Jan 31, 2008

DESIGN AWARDS 2007

ABOVE: RESIDENTIAL CATEGORY - PEGGY STONE OF PEGGY STONE INTERIORS
ABOVE: EXCELLENCE IN DESIGN - DIANE HOLLMAN OF DHL INTERIORS


The above awards are the SE Designers of the Year 2007. This esteemed competition is open to designers from the southeast US and are judged by the editors of Veranda magazine. All entries represents a single project or sampling of the body of work. If you would like more information on the 2008 competition, then contact ADAC at 404-231-1720.

Jan 28, 2008

DESIGN STYLE: GREAT BEDS


The beautiful bed pictured to the left is the handpainted Venetian from Baker Furniture. Below you will find more great beds showing different styles using leather, upholstery and beautiful woods. Enjoy!






BEDS FROM THE TOP:
PROVENCAL BED - GRANGE FURNITURE
COTTAGE REVIVAL - GARDEN GATE BED - STANLEY FURNITURE
BRITISH CLASSICS - UPHOLSTERED SLEIGH BED - HICKORY WHITE
MALACCA BED - MILLING ROAD - BAKER FURNITURE
MORETON HALL BED - RALPH LAUREN HOME
SAFARI BED - RALPH LAUREN HOME

Jan 22, 2008

Jaima Brown Home - A Force in the Design Wars

When Jaima Brown entered the world of fabric and wallpaper, her company added many new and exciting patterns to the design professionals. Her inspirations come from her travels around the world and she conveys that well in her collections. Not only does she sell wallpaper, but her coordinating fabrics add another dimension to her designs. Ottomans and tote bags from her fabrics are also available. See some examples below.






Jaima Brown Collections from the top: Sarong Collection, Chanticleer Collection, Retreat Collection, Retreat Collection, Mah-Jong Collection. Photos courtesy of Jaima Brown Home.

Jan 16, 2008

Wesley Hall - Eye Candy

Wesley Hall has become one of the key manufacturers of upscale upholstery in the furniture market. They provide excellence, top quality, fast service and some of the most beautiful fabric and leather choices available. This company remains one of my favorites for my customers as they are a dedicated and experienced company from the top down. All of the below furniture is from Wesley Hall and can be found on their site: www.wesleyhall.com. Happy looking!

Photos courtesy of Wesley Hall.







Jan 13, 2008

OTTOMAN MANIA

BELOW ARE SOME OF THE NEWEST STYLES OF OTTOMANS AVAILABLE. FIND ONE YOU LIKE AND JUST USE YOUR IMAGINATION WITH FABRIC OR LEATHER. I HAVE INCLUDED THE MANUFACTURERS IN ORDER FROM TOP TO BOTTOM:
  1. Hickory Chair
  2. Woodchicks
  3. Woodchicks
  4. Taylor King
  5. Wesley Hall
  6. Wesley Hall
  7. Hickory White
  8. Hickory White










Why Hire An Interior Designer?



Design professionals are your resource to the latest trends, best products and ideas to help assist you in the best possible way to achieve your goals. The designer will do the footwork for you while providing the very best for your budget. They can save you hundreds of dollars on just one project by helping to prevent costly mistakes. The agreed upon fee can be by the hour or by the project depending on the client's needs. Below I have outlined some tips for choosing a designer:

  1. Interview several designers to find the best fit for your project.
  2. A professional will be upfront about the fees and cost so there will be no hidden fees that will surprise you in the end. Ask questions!
  3. Find a designer that fits your budget and project. Some professionals only deal with certain aspects of design and have a minimum charge.
  4. Be sure to express your feelings to the designer and keep the lines of communication open.
  5. This should be an enjoyable experience! If not, then choose another designer. Any recommendations you can get from other clients are always helpful.
  6. A true professional will be able to buy at wholesale and save you money!
Remember that your designer is a complete resource for the creation of the lifestyle that you want to bring to your home or office. Hiring a designer can be one of the best decisions you ever make!

Above photo: Chest courtesy of Accents Beyond (to the trade).

Jan 7, 2008

DESIGN IDEAS: SHELF LIFE

The pictures below are of an antique pine wall bookcase depicting three examples of how to best showcase your collectibles. Use this as a guide to designing your own shelves in any room in your home. The basic principles are the same for large or small shelving and any items you love can be incorporated if paired with other like or similar items. Take the time to move your items around for the best possible arrangement and mass smaller items together for a greater impact. Aim for balance and if it does not look good to you then move items around and try again. Accessories with varying heights also add impact and help keep the look interesting. Be creative and if it looks good to you, it probably does to everyone else!