Oceanside: Finding #DesignLUX Inspiration from the Sea with Wood-Mode & Amy Beth Cupp Dragoo

By the Sea...

For the creative communities inspiration comes from many sources, from family & friends - their tales and personalities inspiring written and illustrated characters, personal experiences becoming the impetus for the world's next great innovation, to the environment with her multitude of color palettes and naturally occurring design motifs. 

It is, however, By the Sea where many artists, designers, craftspeople, and architects find their greatest muse.  Not simply Mother Nature's greatest gift, the Ocean offers an endless supply of inspiration - the brilliant color spectrum created as the sun melts into the horizon beyond, the highly evolved textures gracing the face side of a found starfish, or the airy sprays of foam as waves crash into the columns of an aging pier - the Ocean and her many facets have a habit of winding their way through the minds of the creative.

With the help of new partner Wood-Mode, inspired by the launch of their Oceanside Collection of contemporary cabinetry, and guest hostess Amy Beth Cupp Dragoo, a #DesignLUX favorite, #DesignLUX this week visits both coasts, celebrating the Mother Nature and the oceans we love so dear.  How important is water in your design direction? What elements of the seaside do you find most inspiring in your quest to create?  We're sharing the ocean's influence on architecture (Shingle style beach house anyone?), interior design, and furnishings.  And as a special bonus?  Wood-Mode will be sharing peeks into not only the inspiration behind the Oceanside collection but also into their own design processes. 

Be prepared to enjoy a relaxing beachside conversation with #DesignLUX.  Thursday January 29th, 1pmPT/4pmET.

Courtesy Wood-Mode

Courtesy Wood-Mode

Courtesy Wood-Mode

Courtesy Wood-Mode

Courtesy Wood-Mode

Courtesy Wood-Mode

This episode of #DesignLux is brought to you by:
Wood-Mode's Oceanside Collection  | www.Wood-Mode.com/Oceanside
Since 1942, Wood-Mode Fine Custom Cabinetry has gained a reputation as being one of the most respected custom cabinetry manufacturers in the United States.  With three-generations of highly skilled craftspeople and a dedication to quality hand-crafted workmanship, creative & innovative design motifs, and environmental stewardship, Wood-Mode's cabinetry is often the cabinetry of choice for many of America's finest homes.  Oceanside, their newest collection, embodies Wood-Mode's heritage while incorporating streamlined design & hidden functionality.

Courtesy Amy Beth Cupp Dragoo

Courtesy Amy Beth Cupp Dragoo

Courtesy Amy Beth Cupp Dragoo

Courtesy Amy Beth Cupp Dragoo

Courtesy Amy Beth Cupp Dragoo

Courtesy Amy Beth Cupp Dragoo

This week's special Guest Host is:
Amy Beth Cupp Dragoo | www.ABCDDesign.com
Amy is easily our participants' favorite #DesignLUX.  Besides being a style maven and a doyenne of the luxury aspects of interior design, Amy is also a real estate addict with her many former residences having graced the pages of numerous design and lifestyle publications.  Did I mention that Amy has some of my favorite photos of AGA ranges this side of the pond?


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An Education in Luxury: DCoopMedia Asks Our Readers for Help

Dear Readers -

At the start of 2015 I made only one resolution (two if you count making an attempt to blog daily) - to be more personal in my media efforts. Both here on D'Scoop and through my various social media channels, I want to make certain that my readers and followers truly get to know me.  it is all in the quest to be authentic, something I continually strive to be as well as advise my clients and colleagues to be within their own media channels.

Thanks to Daisy Fromkin for this image.

Thanks to Daisy Fromkin for this image.

For as long as I can remember I've always made a valiant effort to remain independent in my endeavors and even today I nearly always prefer to be the Mother Hen, lending my ear, rather than asking, or worse more, accepting help, even when I really needed it (and whether I wanted to admit it or not).  In all honesty, this little facet of my personality is something that I consider to be my worst trait. 

Though the result is that I continue to maintain a perceived sense of independence, I also realize that it has been an impediment, resulting in the passing up of a number of great experiences and opportunities, chances to really immerse myself in both the cultures about which I write as well as the true business side of the luxury marketplace.  Although I'm not a fan of regrets I can't help but dwell on them just a bit.

Courtesy Financial Times

Courtesy Financial Times

Courtesy Financial Times

Courtesy Financial Times

Just after the holidays, I'd found that I'd been invited to an by-invitation-only event in Saudi Arabia as well as been alerted to a summit in Monte Carlo focused on both the part of technology in the Luxury marketplace but also the new consumer. Both events are not simply a superficial show of high priced objects and baubles but instead substantial opportunities to be both face to face with the world's leading experts and foremost influencers in the luxury marketplace.

These two events are why I'm reaching out to you, my reader, for assistance. As any business owner knows, the launching of any endeavor can make for strains in terms of finances.  With both events being overseas and neither in locations which lend themselves to the budget traveler, I've put together a GoFundMe campaign.  It's my way of asking for your help.

Clicking through will take you to all of the show's details as well as my goals for both. As they say, every little bit helps and will certainly go a long way. Seriously, your help would absolutely mean the world to me!

Of course, please do ask me any questions you wish - I'm always happy to share!

Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you!

- Your fearless editor, Brandon


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Love at First Site: La Cornue Château in Carbon Fibre

I once heard that it muttered that if you loved someone you should let it go.

Yesterday marked the starts of the Kitchen & Bath Industry show, a part of the 2015 Design & Construction Week in Las Vegas.  I don't fall in love easily.  I can say that I love my mother.  I love my husband.  I might, just might love Lucky Charms (the cereal for those who don't partake in cereal).

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One never expects to find love in the aisles of a trade show, weaving past the throngs of individuals also searching for that one true affair, loaded down with the profiles of hopefuls, toes throbbing, knees wobbling. But yet, there she was. So exotic.  So shiny.  So wondrous.

Amongst the vanilla ranges and tawdry refrigerators waited the La Cornue Château in carbon fiber.  150 or 165 centimeters in length (I was spinning, it was much too difficult to remember).  A French Plaque.  A Power Burner.  And all of that chrome.

I'd began to wonder how, in all my life, I'd lived without such a creature.  How through my few short Earthly years, the chrome and carbon fiber Château had never been part of MY life.  I ogled her.  She posed for me.  Glances were shared and those passing by knew it could only be true love.

Our dance, like this post, was short and sweet, waving goodbye and wiping away the tear that managed to escape from within hoping that one day I'd come face to face with her glistening chrome, deep carbon fiber, and her burning hot aura.

One day my love.... one day.


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