Mar 30, 2010

Where Do You See Our Products? Designer Rooms Like These!

This beautiful room features our chandelier C09334, the small French Mansion Chandelier. Even though we call this small, this chandelier is still 41" round x 29" high to bottom of chain. This makes it large enough for most dining rooms and tables. All hand carved wood mixed with wrought iron arms and a distressed dark gold finish. This room was designed by Sara Scaglione in an Austin home. The chandelier perfectly enhances this neutral room and gives it the extra design element needed. Photo courtesy of House Beautiful magazine. Feel free to contact us about these products.

Our other lighting that matches this chandelier are below:

C09314 - The largest of this group at 60" wide x 54" high, holds twelve candles on two tiers.

C09324 - The medium size of this group is 48" round x 44" high and holds 9 candles on two tiers.

C05325 - The wall sconce is sold as a single and has two lights at 22" wide x 29" high.

Mar 29, 2010

Kravet: Great Finds in the Atlanta Showroom!

I visited the Kravet showroom in Atlanta this past week to choose a rug for one of my clients. I found the perfect one! The Kravet showroom is full of ideas and wonderful items for any style home. See below some of my finds!

This photo features a beautiful Oushak carpet that comes in different sizes and colors. Pictured above is the Chestnut color that I am purchasing for my client. A deep chocolate brown with subtle golds and creams are enhanced by a light and dark turquoise. Yummy! This carpet is hand knotted in 100% wool from India. Also comes in Brick, Light Gold and Light Blue.

Oh no, more great geometrics! This wonderful linen fabric is from the Windsor Smith collection. A washed and softened linen for heavy duty that comes in five colorways. Shown above is the Archipelago Mist, a white linen with a pattern in a pale blue/green color. See the other patterns below.

First row:  Archipelago Lime & Archipelago Clove.
Last row:  Archipelago Haze & Archipelago Smoke.

A wall of many different fabric books with just about any pattern or color imagineable! Another wall of books the same size sits on the other side too!

All photos and info courtesy of Kravet and the Atlanta showroom. Contact your designer or The Designer Insider for more information.

Mar 26, 2010

Atlanta Shopping: Stark Carpet's Newest Patterns!

Yesterday I visited the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center to shop for a client. As I said before, geometric patterns are in!! These new patterns feel fresh and inspiring as well as adding a more modern feel to the home. Stark Carpet is known for always showing carpets that are fashion forward in style and color. Below are photos of the showroom in Atlanta, see what I found!

A beautiful rug full of circles and more circles!

Rows and rows of carpets in every pattern and color imaginable!

Gray geometrics! Yes, gray is gaining in popularity!

More geometrics in black, beige, brown and navy!

Geometric designs in soft blues, browns and mixed colors.

Smaller patterns for a softer look in muted tones.

Brighter blues with chocolate brown!

What's that in the window? Gorgeous geometric patterns next to the yummy hanging Tibetan rugs!

All photos courtesy of Strak Carpet. Contact your designer or The Designer Insider for more information.

Mar 24, 2010

Samuel & Sons: Perfect Trim!

See great collections below from Samuel & Sons.  Collections that are unique and that bring exciting new designs to market . Samuel & Sons is sold throughout the world in trade showrooms. Enjoy!

Aristotle Greek Key Border - A classic Greek key style in updated colors with the finest French quality. Available in 17 colors and 3 different widths. Perfect for drapery trim, pillows or any place you need a border or outline.

Leather Piping - Hard to find luxurious leather piping in a vast collection of 51 colors. Two sizes which are suitable for residential or commercial applications.

Repertoire - Designed by Lori Weitzner, this unique collection of intricate pleated designs features silk and linen borders. Perfect for draperies, pillows or any border application.

Oasis - This nature inspired collection features exotic elements such as sibukaw pods, abaca fibers and banana bark for tie backs. Other unique elements are wire wrapped wood fringes, macrame jute braids and hand embroidered linen borders. All designed by Lori Weitzner.

Grotto - An elegant collection of intricately woven cords and borders with a contemporary take on classic patterns. Offered in a large range of sophisticated colors designed by Michael Smith.

Contact your designer or The Designer Insider for more information. Photos and information courtesy of Samuel & Sons.

Mar 22, 2010

Kathryn M. Ireland: Designer Fabrics With Color!

If I was to start from scratch, I definitely could love the Kathryn Ireland look, wonderful fabrics and wall papers that make you so happy! The gorgeous colors and patterns are unique and special to "the look" that comes from Kathryn's experiences as an actress, clothing designer and filmmaker. In 1997, she launched the signature Kathryn Ireland collection and it is now distributed throughout the world. Okay, so I cannot start from scratch, but I am sure going to see if I cannot fit in a few patterns in my home. So pretty........

Fabrics:  Chairs - Casablanca, comes in 10 colorways.  Draperies - Tangier, comes in 13 colorways.

Fabrics:  Sofa - Moroccan Stripe, comes in 4 colorways.  Blue pillows - Tangier, comes in 13 colorways.  White pillows - Marrakech, comes in 8 colorways.  Center pillow - Casablanca, comes in 10 colorways.  Drapery - Safi Suzani, comes in 4 colorways.  Lamp shade - Tangier, comes in 13 colorways.

Fabrics - Draperies - Fez Palm, comes in 4 colorways.  Lampshade - Moroccan Stripe, 4 colorways.

This beautiful new collection is "Mexico Meets Morocco". See more fabrics and her other wonderful collections at the site Kathryn Ireland. Photos and information courtesy of Kathryn M. Ireland.

Mar 19, 2010

Designer Trimmings: Using Trim in a Different Way!

The styles and colors of trims to day are mind boggling! There is a choice now for just about any application, you only have to use your imagination. Your interior designer can help you achieve a much better look with their knowledge of using trim and fabrics. Below are some examples of using trim in a little different way than you might have imagined!

 Trim and photos by Vervain.

Trim and photos by Kravet.

Trim and photos by Kravet.

Trim and photos by Brimar. Two different trims layered for an extra effect.

Trim and photos by Kravet. Two different trims are layered for effect.

Trim and fabrics by Vervain. Matching trims used together on this ottoman.

Matching the rod with the trim. Trim and photos by Brimar.

 Copper grommets are placed down each side of this drape. Jacquard tape is then threaded through the grommets. Rosettes are placed on top of the tape on the inner sides. All trim and fabric by Brimar.

Mar 18, 2010

Designer Carpets: The Place For Fabulous Rugs & Carpets!

Designer Carpets is a customer service oriented company that serves the Atlanta interior designer community at Adac. This is the place to go in Atlanta when choosing a rug or carpet for your client. Superior customer service, exclusive lines and unsurpassed quality are all the reasons this company is in its fourth decade of sales. There are over 10,000 choices of colors, patterns and textures that will work with just about any interior style. Below are some of the photos from the store when I visited last week with a client. Here is just a sampling of their stock and available carpets, visit for more selections. To the trade only.

Designer Carpets, Inc.,  Atlanta Decorative Arts Center,  351 Peachtree Hills Avenue, Suite 215,  Atlanta, GA 30305. 

Mar 16, 2010

Clarke & Clarke: Designer Fabrics!

This is one of the newest collections from Clarke & Clarke. The Astoria Velvets collection include rich high pile cut velvets that can be used for upholstery or draperies. All five patterns are made of 100% natural fibers and comes in 6 colorways.
Sofa fabric: Astoria, shown in Aqua.  Drapes & Matching Pillows: Palio, shown in Aqua.  Checkered Pillows: Campo, shown in Citrus.  Pillow on far right: Fantasia, shown in Aqua.  Pattern not shown: Carmini, small stripe.

This collection from Clarke & Clarke is the Florica collection. These prints are on heavy weight slubby cotton in five patterns inspired by Romany folklore. Bright and sophisticated color palettes that are a little more contemporary. This collection also has a matching chenille boucle that comes in 25 colors for matching and complementing the patterns.
Drapes above:  Celeste, shown in Chocolate/Aqua. Comes in 5 colorways.

Florica collection above:  Drapes: Arabella, shown in Chocolate/Aqua. Five colorways available.   Striped pillow: Rosalind, shown in Chocolate/Aqua.  Other pillows: Celeste, shown in Chocolate/Aqua.  Solid pillow: Lorenza, shown in Spice (25 colors available).

Two other patterns in this group:

Pandora, shown in Chocolate/Spice.

Madelena, shown in Chocolate/Aqua.

Thanks to Clarke & Clarke for all the great photos and information on their products.

Mar 15, 2010

Clarke & Clarke: Designer Wallcoverings!

Clarke & Clarke is a family run company that brings high quality fabrics and wallcoverings to the interior designer and their clients. From classic to contemporary, they are internationally recognized as one of the leaders in home fashion. Below we are showing one of their newest products that is just so unique and beautiful! We love this wall covering "Lamps Flock"! Enjoy the view!

Lamps Flock - This paper comes in four colors, seen here in Pearl. Also available in Charcoal, Damson and Espresso.

 Lamps Flock - Seen here in Charcoal.

Lamps - Unflocked wallcovering, shown here in Charcoal. Also available in Nickel & Pearl. See the Nickel color below.

Clarke & Clarke is sold through the Trade only. But you can contact us for more information. Stay tuned for another article on this great company next!

Mar 12, 2010

Upcoming Trade Markets For Designers, Buyers & Sellers

               ADAC Atlanta. Photo courtesy of Michael Portman.

If you are looking to display your wares or to buy new products for you business, then look to a more local market that may be closer to home. As the economy stays weak, it may be advantageous for you to go to trade markets closer to your area for an insight into new products and ideas. Don't dismiss the smaller markets, exciting new products can be found everywhere! Below is an upcoming list of US trade markets that you may visit for the rest of 2010. These markets are for designers, buyers and sellers of home furnishings. Each market has a website where you can go for more information. Remember that at all markets and events, you must show proper ID and company information for admittance.


March 14th to 16th - International Home & Housewares Show in Chicago


April 17th to 22nd - High Point Furniture Market - Covers 13 city blocks!


May 5th to 7th - Design Adac in Atlanta - Market for interior designers. Different events each day for designers. Must be registered.

May 5th to 6th - Karel Expo - Long Beach Furniture & Accessory Market

May 15th to 18th - International Contemporary Furniture Fair - NYC Jacob Javitts Center


June 6th to 9th - Showtime - Textile market in High Point

June 8th to 9th - Karel Expo - Syracuse Furniture & Accessory Market


July 14th to 21st - Americas Mart Home Furnishing & Accessories Show in Atlanta


August 1st to 3rd - Karel Expo - Edison NJ Furniture & Accessory Market

August 2nd to 6th - Las Vegas Market - Home furnishings, gift and kids

August 20th to 22nd - Tupelo Furniture Market

August 27th to 29th - Karel Expo - Orlando Furniture & Accessory Market


September 21st to 24th - International Casual Furniture & Accessory Market in Chicago


October 10th to 13th - ABC Kid's Expo - Las Vegas - Juvenile furniture and accessories

October 16th to 21st - High Point Furniture Market


December 5th - 8th - Showtime - Textile market in High Point

Mar 10, 2010

Modern Lighting: Clean And Classic From Nessen Lighting


Nessen Lighting first introduced the swing arm lamp for tables and floors in 1927. Walter von Nessen followed function and was a pioneer in the lighting industry. Through the years, Nessen Lighting's philosophy has not changed. They give their customers clean styles with performance and classical proportions.
Hand held buffing, polishing and finishing techniques completes that quality formula. Each light comes in a choice of finishes as well as a choice of shades where applicable. They will also consider your requests for modifications and adaptations per your clients requests. They use glass from Murano, marble from Carrara, brass from Dusseldorf and looms from Kortrijk. They remain perfectionists whose market is the professional that sets their products apart from the rest.


Here are some examples of the more unique and popular styles from this company. If you see something you cannot resist, just contact us. Thanks to Nessen Lighting for the photos used in this article.

Mar 8, 2010

Outdoor Rugs: Black & White Patterns

Black and white are great colors for Spring and we are showing below some of our newest outdoor rugs. All of these can also be used indoors for a durable and long lasting rug that is easy to clean. Rugs should mimic indoor patterns and this group does this nicely. They offer weather resistance in a comfortable rug that is also great for high traffic areas. See our selections below! Click on the Url for more information on each rug.

Zebra Rug -

Snow Leopard Rug -

Modern Squares Rug -

Basket Weave Rug -

Damask Rug -

Scroll Trellis Rug -

All of these rugs ca nbe seen and purchased at The Designer Insider.