Dec 24, 2008

Dec 16, 2008

Bringing The Outdoors In, A Design Trend!

In 1979, a unique furniture company was born. Their success has been built on good design, consistent quality and the best rustic furniture possible. Because of their concern with the environment, they harvest only fast growing and environmentally secure wood and are carefully pruned from living trees and bushes which continue to grow and regenerate.
With 600 designs of seating, cabinetry, tables, beds and accessories available, this varied collection can be used effectively in a number of combinations. Custom designs are also available including adding architectural features to your furniture. You will find La Lune through out the country in many commercial installations too, such as hotels and restaurants and they are appropriate for many interior and exterior settings. Consult your designer for more information.














All photos courtesy of La Lune. Sold through designers and architects only.

Dec 3, 2008

LARRY LASLO - AN ICON!

Sofa: Verdant in Pumice
Sofa Pillow: Fantasy Maze in Quartz
Chair: Penchant in Marble
Chair Pillow: Simple Star in Bone
Cornice: Mystic Glow in Dune
Sheer: Hybrid Foliage in Driftwood
Drapery: Thai Silk in Toasted Pecan
Trim: Gretchen in Antique
Chair: Penchant in Marble
Pillow: Simple Star in Bone
Sheer: Hybrid Foliage in Driftwood
Drapery: Thai silk in Toasted Pecan
Wall: Formation in Harbor
Chair: Elements in Sea
Pillow: Kerala in Celestial
Wall: Formation in Harbor
Sheer: Natures Web in Mica
Drapery: Kerala in Celestial
Trim: Tiebacks in Platinum
Chair: Elements in Sea
Chair: Consort in Rosewood
Pillow: Limitless in Citrine
Drapery: Harmonize in Citrine
Trim: Aracaju in Lime

All of the above rooms feature fabrics from the Larry Laslo Collection exclusively through Robert Allen Designs. This signature collection is partnered with an icon in the world of design, Larry Laslo, and brings a sophisticated offering of fabrics and accents suitable for your entire room. Mr. Laslo draws from inspiration around the world to make what he calls a "liveable contemporary" design. He believes that you must be a born collaborator to assist in interpreting designs from architects and clients. He has designed interiors that have graced the pages of some of the most prestigious magazines around the world. To enjoy more of his designs, feel free to visit his website where his portfolio will bring you inspiration from around the world. His website: www.LarryLasloDesigns.com.

Nov 21, 2008

The French Style - INSPIRATION!

The French Style - What is it we love about what we call the French look? Is it the romance, the layering of patterns and textures, stripped wood, limestone tiles, cherry furniture, gorgeous ceramics or rough plastered walls? It is all these things that make the French style one of the most popular decorating styles still today. The French style unites all the regions of France: Provence region, Normandy and the Loire Valley. In prerevolutionary France, the King controlled everything including the decorative arts and down to what colors were used for the home. You can still see this today in the rich colors that are still popular throughout France. The style encompasses many layers with no desire to match anything, each item becomes a part of the supporting cast.
Above is an article that appeared in Veranda magazine on Francois & Co. This company pulls out all stops to bring the French style into homes by selling antique stone mantels and making reproductions of many types of stone articles found throughout France. They can make any home have that French style! Check out their beautiful website: www.francoisandco.com and dream of a chateau in France!
Below you will find French inspired items that we sell on our website. Enjoy the view!
French chest in cherry finish - GJCF8 - $1299.00 - www.thedesignerinsider.com
La Chapelle Chandelier - Petite chandelier in rust finish - C09486 - $475.00 - www.thedesignerinsider.com
Brass Rococo Candle Sconces - GV90458 - Beautiful pair! - $389.00 - www.thedesignerinsider.com
Montmartre Chandelier - Beautiful French Rendition - C09391 - $960.00 - www.thedesignerinsider.com
French olive jar lamp- "The Beatrice" - C06491 - $284.00 - www.thedesignerinsider.com
French Tile Plaques - GV8008 - $129.00 pair - www.thedesignerinsider.com
French Cherry Bookcase - GJDC23 - $748.00 - www.thedesignerinsider.com

We hope all these items will inspire you to bring the French style to your home!

Nov 15, 2008

Design Style: New! Driftwood Lamps




Beautiful new driftwood lamps! Just came on the market and selling like hotcakes! They accent any decor from beachside to mountainside. Accented with old iron and shantung rectangular shades. You may purchase on our site: www.thedesignerinsider.com

Nov 10, 2008

Design Style: Nature In White

Let us introduce you to a unique company that focuses on lighting and accessories by bringing the outdoors inside. Moth Design uses elements of nature such as: coral, tree trunks and wind effects for their designs. All are handmade and evoke a sense of nature, calming, elegance and vitality to any room. To the Trade. Please contact us about any of these products.
Our email: thesource@numail.org.
The above photo shows beautiful coral inspired sconces in a powder white finish. See more of their designs below.
Table lamp in white powder coat finish.

Rickman end tables.
Tree floor lamp in white powder coat finish.
Coral chandelier in white powder coat finish. Below: Tree trunk coffee table.

Nov 9, 2008

PAINT COLOR HELP - GETTING STARTED

Finding your color palette is the first step toward choosing colors for your home. Answer a few questions below and you will be on your way toward choosing the right palette for you.

  1. What colors are in your closet? Look over your wardrobe and choose the colors that you like to wear the most and that make you feel the best.
  2. What style is your current home? Narrow your style so you can focus your ideas. You can research different styles through publications and magazines. Your local paint store will have certain styles already divided on charts to assist you. Such as, Victorian, modern, historical, beach side, etc.
  3. Where do you reside? Do you live in a high rise apartment or in a bungalow by the beach? Take a look at your surroundings and make note of the colors in your outdoor palette.
  4. What colors inspire you the most? Do you love the look of a red rose or maybe the tones of natural wood? Narrow your likes and dislikes.
  5. What colors do you already use? If you currently love any colors that you already use in your decor, then build from that palette. Maybe you love the fabric on a chair or the colors in a piece of art work. Make notes and then choose colors accordingly.
The idea is to build from colors you love and that inspire you in your everyday life. If you are still confused, you may need to do more research through publications, magazines, your local paint store or hire a designer just to help you with color.

Once you have a direction, then it is time to choose colors from your local paint store. Here are a few more tips:
  1. First choose your main color. Let your other colors flow from this first choice. Choose color chips and bring them home and take your time. Once you know what your main selection will be, then choose several tones of that color from the charts to purchase in sample size.
  2. Paint your samples on heavy white poster board then move each poster through out the room during daytime and nighttime.
  3. Always confer with the paint store professionals if you are looking for a certain tone. For example: If I need a blue that has a more gray undertone for a soft look, then I confer with the paint rep on the ingredients of each color. I will choose a blue that has more additional black then maybe another choice I like. Let your paint store help!
  4. Slow down, take time and choose colors you love.

Nov 3, 2008

Design Style: Choosing A Sofa


It is now possible to get the sofa you want! When it is time to look for a new sofa, choose a company that can give you multiple choices of style, sizes, types, etc. For example, the company shown on the chart above offers one sofa with 48 different choices . You should have a choice of arm style, leg style, seat and cushion style, back cushion style and multiple sizes. You build your own sofa! This will ensure that the comfort level and look that you expect will be worth the wait. So go for the gusto and really get the sofa of your dreams!

Oct 29, 2008

Frame It!

Below are four examples of wonderful message frames that are a great gift or just for yourself. The frames are made of composite and have a marble-like feel and look. Their popularity is rising so be the first to see it here! All are approximately 8" x 6" overall.

Frames below:

"Believe In Forever"
"Laugh Like You Mean It"
"Don't Mess With My Dog"
"Celebrate With Reckless Abandon"




Order now: $18.00 each at www.thedesignerinsider.com.

Oct 23, 2008

Great Buys Under $50!

Silver Leaf Bracket - $36.00 at www.thedesignerinsider.com.
Caribbean Conch Shell on Stand - $28.00 at www.thedesignerinsider.com.
Beautiful Memory Frames - $18.00 at www.thedesignerinsider.com.
Bronze Finished Bulls Eye Mirror - $45.00 at www.thedesignerinsider.com.

Caribbean Starfish on Stand - $32.00 at www.thedesignerinsider.com.

Oct 15, 2008

Wall Displays - Mix It Up!!!


The above photo (Courtesy of Domino Magazine) shows a great way to make a plain wall look special. Notice that all the pieces are different but yet framed in black to give a shared harmony to the display. You can apply this same rule to many types of displays just be sure that they have something in common. (Same subject or similar colors.)

The beautiful convex mirror is FOR SALE at our new site: www.thedesignerinsider.com