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December Best Of Van Nice Design

Andrew & Gemma, 5th Grade Artists 

In your home, what makes a room beautiful is the blend of custom made pieces, such as the window coverings and sofas & chairs, along with objects you have purchased or made yourself.

It seems that, at least at our house, the rooms are also continuously evolving. New pieces come home. Old ones are given away. Some will always be with us.

Andrew & Gemma, Ceramic Artists

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Dwell Home Furnishings – Cool & Unique Stuff For Your Home

One of the pleasures of working with clients on their interior design projects is when I go out into the marketplace and finding sources for things for their homes. With that in mind, a couple Saturdays ago I took a day trip to check out design studios and furniture stores in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City and Coralville, Iowa.

I want to tell you about my discoveries at one store in particular. This was my first visit to Dwell Home Furnishings and Interior Design in Coralville, located on Highway 6 just east of Coral Ridge shopping center. How to describe Dwell? A furniture store and rug gallery where you can find beautiful and unique pieces for your home that no one else you know will ever have. And I found the prices are very reasonable.

8 Door Vitrine of Reclaimed Wood

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This Bucket List Contains Wine and Beer

 

Fireside Winery, Marengo, Iowa

This has nothing to do with interior design. But I would like to tell you about a project I will be working on that combines my passion for wine, beer, travel and Iowa entrepreneurship. XMQBVBUPFGWG

I have set a fun goal for myself: I’m adding to my bucket list the goal of visiting every microbrewery, winery and vineyard in Iowa – in my lifetime. It won’t be easy. There are now over one hundred wineries and breweries spread out over every part of Iowa and more destinations are popping up each year. Plus, I want to find really good tasting wine. So, I’m looking for quality, not just quantity. I want to meet the growers and brewers and hear their stories. They are the 21st century Iowa entrepreneurs. They have passion and are willing to risk their money and careers on work that has no immediate monetary payoff for them. I appreciate those qualities in people!

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Patrick Van Nice, one of the Midwest’s most prominent interior designers, has more than 16 years experience providing a full range of interior design service throughout Iowa and across the nation. He lives in Des Moines, Iowa with his wife and their two children.
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Andrew & Gemma, 5th Grade Artists

In your home, what makes a room beautiful is the blend of custom made pieces, such as the window coverings and sofas & chairs, along with objects you have purchased or made yourself.

It seems that, at least at our house, the rooms are also continuously evolving. New pieces come home. Old ones are given away. Some will always be with us.

Andrew & Gemma, Ceramic Artists

Just this week we added some really cool, just-finished ceramic sculpture pieces our kids Andrew & Gemma made in their ceramics studio class at the Des Moines Art Center. Andrew and Gemma are both in fifth grade (in case you’re wondering, yes they are twin brother and sister).

Two Dragon Ships!

Over the last eight Saturday mornings each kid in their class made the various objects using a Native American style of creating ceramics. The African masks, life-size fish, dragon boats, Viking ships and bowls were made using coils of clay that were stacked up, rubbed together, smoothed with scrapers, hit with spoons, then painted, glazed and fired in a ceramics kiln.

Beautiful Bowls, Hand-Made From Coils of Clay

Beautiful Bowls, Hand-Made From Coils of Clay

The results of their creativity are shown in these photos. We’ll keep them on our coffee table and living room cabinets. They are every bit as interesting and fun to look at as pictures, paintings and sculptures we have collected over the years from professional artists. As I like to say, “It’s all good!”

This Fish Is A Thing of Beauty, Dad! Really, It Is!

Patrick Van Nice, one of the Midwest’s most prominent interior designers, has more than 16 years experience  providing a full range of interior design services throughout Iowa and across the nation. He lives in Des Moines, Iowa with his wife Judy and their two children, Gemma & Andrew.

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For more information, contact Patrick at: 515-577-5562, or patrick@pvninteriors.com.

 

By |May 10th, 2011|Art, Decorating|Comments Off|