Wednesday, April 29, 2009

ASID 2009 Design Tour on Greer's OC

Check out today's Greer's OC. There is a an awesome post about the ASID 2009 Design Tour 0- Urban Living at Astoria.

Click here for the full story and photos. Or see what she says below.

Thanks Greer!

If you're anything like us, you're behind on remodeling. It's been awhile. Not so long ago that your appliances are avocado green, but you don't have recycled leather walls (so hot right now) and modern art glass fireplaces that can move from room to room. Now you can see the latest and best in interior design at the 2009 ASID/OCC Design Tour benefiting the Orange County Performing Arts Center. This is the first design tour of its kind, showcasing an urban contemporary setting in OC known as Astoria at Central Park West in Irvine. Thirty-seven of Orange County's hottest designers show off the latest trends, colors, styles, home technology, green living and more.The tour includes four penthouse lofts and two flats. The floor-to-ceiling windows and vast outdoor spaces provide the perfect backdrop for the designers to showcase their talents.On Fridays from 5 to 9 p.m. (through May 17), it's "Meet the Designers Night" where you can meet the designers. Friday night guests can sample wine and dessert at the café and later enjoy a discounted meal at participating restaurants at The District in Tustin, so save your ticket stubs! Tickets cost $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Available online (see above link), through the Orange County Performing Arts Center Box Office (714.556.2787) or at Whole Foods in The District at Tustin Legacy.If you can't make it on a Friday, the tour is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last entry 4 p.m.). 405 Rockefeller Drive, at Central Park West in

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One2BOND's Room at The ASID Design Tour

Who doesn't love a "before" and "after"? I thought this room by One2BOND on the ASID 2009 Design Tour was fun to see with the "before" drawing and the "after" photo. Before


The One 2 BOND designers include: Jolene Ballard, Amanda Malson and David A. Romero.

Everyone who tours their room is crazy about the wood carved doors, the custom side tables with nail heads and the orange accent wall that was carried up onto the ceiling. My other favorite idea from this room are the framed wall paper panels -- that is an easy way to try the wall paper trend without committing to it fully.

Here are their tips on easy ways to freshen up your home:
1) Reupholster a piece that already exists in your collection at home. Cost effective AND green.
3) Light, neutral flooring with a darker accent rug will keep the room from feeling too heavy.
4) Reframe your existing artwork. It's easy and inexpensive.
The ASID Design Tour is open now and runs through May 17. It is sposored by Orange Coast and benefits Orange County Performing Arts Center.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

ASID 2009 Design Tour - By The Numbers

What does it take to put on a Design Tour? From witnessing it first hand, it takes more than a village.

Here are some fun numbers from the ASID 2009 Design Tour at Astoria, which is sponsored by Orange Coast magazine and benefitting the Orange County Performing Arts Center.


4 penthouses
2 flats
40 designers
80 docents a day
4700 square feet of patio space
3 custom kitchens
38 floor material changes
467 gallons of Dunn Edwards paint
1 resin floor
9 wine chillers
3 Two-Way Mirror Flat Screens
16 pieces of found driftwood from local beaches
100’s of custom furniture pieces
2 crocodile embossed leather floor
1 $38,000 Lalique chandelier
Over $1 million of Lalique exclusive products
Dozens of faucets from Brizo and Fine Faucets
1 cutting-edge Green Energy electrical monitoring system from Pacific Digital Home
2 $10,000 chairs
$195,000 worth of audio from Audio Visions
15 Plasma TV’s
2 custom 8 foot mosaic murals
12 beds from Custom Comfort Mattress
2 pairs of designer shoes ruined
1 fabulous Super to get the job done!

The Design Tour is now open and runs through May 17th.

Drew Brophy Talks About Orange Coast's Article on Surf Artists

Lauren and I talk about the surf/skate industry all the time. From houses to luggage, all of our clients seem to be shaped by the surf industry in some way, shape or form. At heart, I think they are a creative, entrepreneurial group. So it is no surprise to me that there is a crop of OC artists that have surf/skate roots.
Drew Brophy, an artist for Sector 9 Skateboards, Liquid Force Wakeboards and Nirve bicycles is one of the artists featured in Orange Coast's May issue in the article titled "Avant Board".

Check out his post about the article and more about his work here:

Monday, April 27, 2009

Orange Coast's May Issue - One Great Cover

When the latest issue of Orange Coast magazine came across my desk, I couldn't help but take a second look. I LOVE the cover of the May issue!

It does make me think that I need to upgrade my "watering the front lawn" outfit though. Great job Orange Coast!

PR Firm in Orange County Makes National Impact For Clients

No wondering we are smiling! Allison Olmstead and Lauren Townsend of TO Media Co.

To keep you updated with the PR side of things -- I was just writing our monthly reports for our clients when I realized that we have had an amazing couple of months. At TO Media Co, we really try to give personalized attention while seeking stories in the press on a local and national level.

Within the last couple of months, we have worked with the following media outlets about our clients. Some stories have already ran and some will be coming out shortly. Here are our recent successes:

People Magazine – Style Watch
Travel + Leisure
The Today Show
Associated Press
Better Homes & Gardens
Family Cirlce
Orlando Sentinel
Girlfriend Getaways
Coastal Living

OK Magazine
Orange Coast
Cooking with Paula Deen
Hyatt Magazine
Orange County Register

Interior Design Magazine
+ More!

Stacy McCallum of Pixie Dust Decor Featured In The Orlando Sentinel

Stacy McCallum of Pixie Dust Decor, a playfully chic children's fabric and decor company, was just featured in the Orlando Sentinel. It is a great article - you've got to check it out.

Thanks Jean Patteson of the Orlando Sentinel!!

Friday, April 24, 2009

ASID 2009 Design Tour - Urban Living at Astoria Video

For those of you who want to get sneak peak at the ASID 2009 Design Tour - Urban Living at Astoria and learn about the events and all of the happens on the Tour, here is a video that we thought you might like.

The Tour benefits arts education at the Orange County Performing Arts Center and is sponsored by Orange Coast magazine.

ASID 2009 Design Tour in OC Register!

Orange County Register just posted a story about the ASID 2009 Design Tour - Urban Living at Astoria in their Home section called Tips From Loft-Style Living. It is a great story about living at the super-chic Astoria and the incredible design on the Tour, complete with tips from some of the designers and a 55-photo slide show.

The story will run in the paper tomorrow- April 25 - so be sure to get it.

Thanks Cindy McNatt, the fearless leader of the Home section at the Orange County Register!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Interior Design Tips from Rick Campos - A Designer Featured at The 2009 ASID Design Tour - Urban Living At Astoria

Rick Campos of Christopher Tracy Interiors proves that you don't need a big space to make a big impression.

He is responsible for three spaces (the foyer, the staircase and the landing at the top) at the ASID 2009 Design Tour - Urban Living at Astoria, all of which welcome you into the home. I love his choice of art for each space. It is bold, colorful and really makes a statement.

After spending some time with Rick on the Tour he was kind enough to give us some design tips to freshen up our own homes.

Rick Campos' landing on the ASID Design Tour

Tips from RICK CAMPOS – Christopher Tracy Interiors
1) Add reflective elements like a mirror or mercury glass
2) Art books, the bigger and chunkier the better, one or three, meticulously placed.
3) Rotate art to give new life to a space.

Surfer Girls Do A Shoot For Coastal Living

Yesterday was a fun day at TO Media Co. We got to head to the beach for a photo shoot with Coastal Living about surfer girls and their beauty routine.

Our California surfer girls featured were Oleema Miller, Veronica Baker and Luann Petix, who were photographed in super cute bikinis with their surfboards (you've got to check out the amazing new surfboard by Halsea. It will be luanched to the public soon.)

Below are some shots (taken on my iphone so sorry about the quality and the lighting) of the crew in action. Thanks Lindsey Ellis and Kristen Shelton of Coastal Living and the photographer David Tsay. Look for the story in the July/August issue which will hit stands towards the end of June.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Halsea in Girlfriend Getaways!

I love this story about roller suitcases in Girlfriend Getaways magazine. The blue Halsea one in the China Cove shell pattern really jumps off the page just like it does on the tarmac! Here's to summer travel!

Thanks Sara Morrow from Girlfriend Getaways!

ASID 2009 Design Tour's Preview Party Benefits OCPAC

The ASID 2009 Design Tour kicked off with a great preview party benefitting Orange County Performing Arts Center. The Design Tour officially kicked off today and will run through May 17!

ASID 2009 Design Tour Featured on KTLA with Allie MacKay

The talented designers transformed Orange Coast's Lisa Jackson's apartment to bring the ASID 2009 Design Tour to life. In addition to talking about the ASID Design Tour, they showed viewers the creativity that a designer can bring to your space and how to maximize what you have, while making the biggest impact. They did an AMAZING job!
Above are the rooms they created for Lisa - a living room, dining room and outdoor patio. Go to and check out the segments listed "interior design tips"

Queen of Hearts - Set A Course To Save A Life Gala

Queen Of Heart’s “Set A Course To Save A Life” gala will raise funds for ovarian cancer research at UC Irvine - Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The nautical-themed party will be held on Saturday, May 16 starting at 6:30pm at the Newport Harbor Yacht Club.

Sporting yachting attire, guests will enjoy dinner, a casino, dancing and a live auction. For more information or to purchase tickets, which are $125 per person, contact Sandi Hanscom at 949.929-5074.

2009 ASID/OC Design Tour on INTERIOR

Interior Design Magazine posted a fantastic article about the ASID/OCC Design Tour!! Check out these gorgeous photos!!

The 2009 ASID/OCC Design Tour starts today!! You can see all these incredible spaces and much, much more, all while making a contribution to the Arts & Education programs and world-class entertainment at the Orange County Performing Arts Center!! It's worth a visit or two to really take it all in...

Congratulations to the amazingly talented designers and everyone who came together to make this tour happen!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

ASID Design Tour Featured Artist - Steve Jensen


Steve Jensen has been wonderful in lending his Murano glass pieces for the 2009 ASID/OC Design Tourtour. An absolutely wonderful art deco chandelier is hanging in the dining room along with 2 large glass urns made just for the tour that are on the fireplace mantle in David Rance's space in 1301. He also has loaned lamps and candlesticks that are just stunning.
Check out more of Steve's original works at

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Halsea on Pattern Pulp

Check out a recent post by Pattern Pulp about the new trend of bold patterns - thanks to Shayna Kulik, the trend story included Halsea's colorful beach-chic travel bags.

Pattern Pulp is a web forum devoted to tracking ideas and emerging trends that connect pattern design across all creative platforms.

ASID 2009 Design Tour - Tickets Now On Sale

ASID 2009 Design Tour - Urban Living at Astoria
Tickets Now on Sale

Monday, April 6, 2009

The Honeymoon Never Ends...

Thanks to Here Come's the Guide editor Jolene Harrison for her fantastic post about Halsea's luggage and travel accessories!

As Jolene says, "You look hot... so, shouldn't your luggage be haute too??" Perfect for your honeymoon or great for bridesmaid gifts, check out Halsea's complete line at

Friday, April 3, 2009

Rick Thompson of Keir Interior Design Featured In The Orange County Register

EXAMINER.COM Shares Design Tips from the ASID/OCC Designers of Easy Ways to Freshen Up Your Space!

Home and Living examiner Andrea Campbell of was so excited about all the fantastic tips offered up by the team of designers from the 2009 ASID/OCC Design Tour, she had to run them ALL!! Thanks so much Andrea for your support of the 2009 ASID/OCC Design Tour and in turn, the OCPAC educational programs. For anyone looking to bring a fresh feel a tired space - these tips will be your inspiration!!

To get more ideas, inspiration and expert advice visit the 2009 ASID Design Tour - April 21-May 17 at Astoria in Irvine, CA -