Jun 30, 2010

Designer Trims: Featuring Vervain's Poetry Trimmings

This beautiful setting features Vervain fabrics and trims. Mixing and matching the tones and textures achieves a beautiful space like the one you see here. Notice the styles of trim using a repeat of colorways too.

Drapery fabric:  Palemporia on Linen in Bamboo.  Drapery trim: Eliot in English Garden.
Upholstery fabric:  Venue in Harvest.  Upholstery trim: Commings in English Garden.
Bolster Pillow:  Carina in Lavender.  Trim: Carroll in English Garden.  Tassel: Kees in English Garden.
Pillows 20":  Venue in Avacado.  Trim: Frost in English Garden.
Pillow 18":  Jacapo in Plum.  Trim: Browning in English Garden.
Rectangular pillow:  Palemporia on Linen in Bamboo.  Trim: Eliot in English Garden.

 All photos courtesy of Vervain.

Jun 29, 2010

Interior Designers - Spotlight on Bobby McAlpine

Bobby McAlpine has recently released his new book, The Home Within Us. He also has teamed with Holland and Company to create a 25 piece furniture collection. Holland and Company are known for their gorgeous antique reproduction furniture and are well known in the southeast US. McAlpine Booth and Ferrier is an interior design company that attracts clients from across the US with offices in Atlanta, Nashville and New York. Their acclaimed work is recognized in publications that include Veranda, Southern Accents, Traditional Home, House Beautiful and many more. Below are some of the wonderful rooms from some of these publications. Go to Bobby McAlpine's website for more wonderful photos and take a look at their vast portfolio.

This beautiful room was seen in Southern Accents, October 2009.

A beautiful displayed room seen in Veranda, June 2009.

Seen in Veranda, June 2009.

All photos courtesy of McAlpine Booth and Ferrier and the respective magazines.

Jun 28, 2010

Kitchen Before and After! Atlanta Showhouse 2010

Before: Kitchen renovated in 1993. See new kitchen below!

After:  WOW!!

Design Galleria took this great kitchen that you see in the before photo and made it into a "WOW" kitchen in the second photo. Believe it or not, this kitchen was renovated in 1993 and was then renovated by the same company, Design Galleria for the 2010 showhouse.  Even though the before kitchen was nice and still worked for modern families, this was to be a showhouse and it needed to wow you! I think they live up to the reputation because it sure wowed me! Enjoy!

All photos courtesy of Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles Magazine. They have a great blog too!

Jun 27, 2010

Fermob: Beautiful and Practical Outdoor Furniture

Fermob is simply stated outdoor furniture that comes in a large array of bright and beautiful colors! This company from France sells throughout the US and also can be bought from your interior designer. I am lucky to have one of the divisions here in Georgia and use it frequently for my clients for indoors as well as outdoors. Each collection comes in 24 luscious colors including new colors such as turquoise and peony. Some of the eleven collections are aluminum and some are steel, but they are all coated with the same colors in a durable paint system developed by Fermob. You have many choices of styles from modern to traditional! See some of their wonderful photos below and some of the examples of the bright colors available!

Rendezvous Collection - Table #9530 in apple green ; Chairs #9502 in lemon, carrot, fuschia and verbena.

Bistro Set #6311 in a multicolored chair and peony.

Charivari Bench #1025.

Dune Lounger #1323 in stripes (three colorways available).

More choices can be seen at the Fermob site, see what beautiful colors and styles are available! Great for children's rooms too! Photos courtesy of Fermob.

Jun 25, 2010

My TOP TEN Favorite Interior Design Blogs!

Below are the blogs I love to visit the most and thought I would share them with you. Link over to each, maybe there is one here you did not know about! Of course I had to place my blog on the list as I visit it everyday!

My TOP TEN favorite design blogs:

The Designer Insider - Great products many of you do not know exist unless you hire an interior designer! See what's new in the world of interior design. Real photos from wholesale showrooms around Atlanta.

Apartment Therapy - So much information, great ideas even if you do not have an apartment!

Design Sponge - Doesn't everyone check this blog?

Vicente Wolf - Answers questions from other designers or readers. Great photos from his own projects.

Miss Mustard Seed - Love "Furniture Fridays"! Great furniture pieces are shown, new and old.

Cote de Texas - French style ideas and nice large photos. Takes a minute to load but worth it!

Kravet  - This blog, Inspired Talk, blogs about what's new with Kravet and there is always something new!

My Romantic Home - Beautiful photos for the romantic style. A great feature is "show and tell" Fridays.

Desire To Inspire - This blog features all different styles of design with great photos from around the world.

Coco Cozy  - A nice format and features very stylish homes with great photos.

These blogs are not in any particular order and are just my favorites for one reason or the other. Not to hurt anyone's feelings, but we all strive to find that perfect blog that interests us the most. So comment here and list your favorite blog with a link too!

Jun 24, 2010

Braided Rugs Can Be Modern

Many of you think that braided rugs are not in style anymore or you relate them to your grandmother's style of decor. But the new braided rugs are unique with many different weaves and colors that are available. Look at our example below of using a braided rug in a modern kitchen. I love the color it adds to the space and as always it wears like iron!

For purchasing, contact The Designer Insider.

Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market!

The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market along with the Atlanta Area Rug Market is gearing up for the July market, one of the most popular buying markets in the country. The dates for these markets are July 14th through July21st and features over 4,000 showrooms. This is the debut for all of the new lines, new designs, new products and new resources for 2011. This will be an exciting new opportunity to meet with three top well known professionals in the industry.

This photo depicts the Candler Twin Bed by Suzanne Kasler for Hickory Chair Furniture.

Special presentations at the market:

Jonathan Adler - He is one of the top designers in the country and is also the lead judge on Bravo's "Top Design". Learn how to keep up with new market trends and ideas while staying true to your own view of design.

Suzanne Kasler - This celebrated designer will give you a behind the scenes look into her design process and how to become inspired for each project. Her new book "Inspired Interiors" is a must see and read for all inspiring designers.

Olivier Blanchard - This presentation will cover the basics of social media and its benefits to your business and how to improve your search engine optimization. Learn why social media is worth your time and how to use it effectively.

See you at the show!

Jun 23, 2010

Kravetsmart Carpets! In Stock Carpets From Kravet

Kravetsmart rugs and carpets includes a beautiful collection of in stock carpets and rugs made of wool and viscose that are hand knotted in India. Luscious colors that offer a soft luxurious feel combined with durability and superb craftsmanship. The rugs below are available in seven standard sizes, three designs and two price points depending on the content. Below are the collections Lunaire, Shimmer and Vogue.

Lunaire comes in 6 beautiful colors: Bronze, Citrine, Opal, Peridot, Platinum and Quartz. Below is the Bronze in a hand knotted 55 knot count carpet.

Shimmer comes in 8 luscious colors: Beige, Blue, Chocolate, Gold, Green, Ivory, Olive and Sienna. Below the first photo is the Blue and the second photo is the Sienna. Hand knotted in 80 knot count carpet.

Vogue comes in 6 beautiful colors: Beige, Cola, Gold, Green, Ivory and Seafoam. Below is the Seafoam in hand knotted 80 knot count carpet.

 All carpets are sold through Kravet and your interior designer. See more at the Kravet website and check their blog, Inspired.talk.

Jun 22, 2010

Designer Fabrics: Galbraith and Paul

Galbraith and Paul is a trade company that brings a special hand to textile design where the patterns are hand blocked and printed in Philadelphia on linens, velvets and silk. All of the designs are printed using fabric paints that are permanent and lightfast. The designs are print to order so custom combinations are also easy to do. They offer 30 patterns, 8 grounds and over 100 colors that will make your fabric perfect for your client. These fabrics are available to the trade through specific showrooms throughout the US, see some of our favorites below! Above: This pattern, Birds, comes in 3 different colorways on upholstery linen and two colorways on white linen. The fabric shown is upholstery linen in Pumpkin.

This pattern, Pizzelle, has standard colorways on upholstery linen and on cotton/rayon velvet. The linen comes in 5 colorways and Baby Blue is shown above. The velvet blend comes in 5 colorways.

A favorite pattern, Poppy, comes on upholstery linen in 3 different colorways, shown here in Pear.

 This beautiful pattern, Fern, is on upholstery linen in 5 different colorways, shown here in Sage.

A great modern styled pattern, Zinnia, comes in 3 different colorways on upholstery linen. The color shown is Sky.

A favorite pattern, Spring Garden, looks modern and traditional at the same time. This pattern comes on oyster linen in 3 different colorways and in 2 different colorways on white linen. Shown above in the Marigold colorway on oyster linen.

Creating a custom fabric.

All photos courtesy of Galbraith and Paul. The fabrics above can be ordered through your designer or The Designer Insider.

Jun 21, 2010

John Saladino: The World's Interior Designer

John Saladino is one of the most respected interior designers in the world and is often referred to as the designer's designer. His work is always layered and he was one of the first to incorporate architectural fragments into minimal spaces. In the late 1960s he was already creating rooms with polished surfaces such as stainless steel ceilings. His latest book is Villa, which features a stone house ruin that was discovered in the California Hills. This beautiful home has thick stone walls, tiled roofs and exposed beams. This is a home you would expect to find in the Tuscan countryside, not sunny California! John Saladino found this house to be a lifetime opportunity to create his dream home. Beautiful photos and the true story can be found in his latest book, Villa. See below two photos from this wonderful home and then click over to his website to see more and to learn about this great designer.

 See more at the website, John Saladino!

Jun 18, 2010

Duralee Fabrics: The Wainwright Collection!

Duralee has just introduced a fantastic new fabric group, "The Wainwright Collection". This beautiful new collection of fabrics is contained in six different books with six different main colorways. This is a traditional collection of fabrics with more exciting and up to date colorways. Below are two examples from each book to give you a peek into this fabulous new fabric collection. Each book contains 40 to 50 fabrics in its colorway for great room coordination. Contact your designer or us for more information, all photos courtesy of Duralee.

These two fabrics are from the Pecan/Walnut book. Fabrics: 15298-560 and 15293-560, pecan colorway.

These two fabrics are from the Azalea/Cranberry book. Fabrics: 15326-565 and 15335-565, strawberry colorway.

These two fabrics are from the Dijon/Gold book. Fabrics: 15317-551 and 15287-551, saffron colorway.

These two fabrics are from the Wedgewood/Navy book. Fabrics: 15305-109 and 15336-109, wedgewood colorway.

These two fabrics are from the Porcelain/Sesame book. Fabrics: 15288-118 and 15337-118, linen colorway.

These two fabrics are from the Lilac/Aubergine book. Fabrics: 15320-241 and 15315-241, wisteria colorway.

Jun 17, 2010

Design 101: Chair Details

This modern styled recliner has a modern look and feel in a soft blue leather, from Kravet.

We love this apple green leather with traditional details, shown with a plush coral pillow. Chair from Webb Marsteller in Atlanta.

This chair has clean lines with nail heads just on the bottom. Notice the pillow design of a geometric pattern with a solid border and button detail on the corners. From Webb Marsteller in Atlanta.

This damask pattern is on a linen fabric which makes a great statement on a traditional chair style. Great ivory fringe on the bottom for a great detail. From Webb Marsteller in Atlanta.
All of the above chairs are sold "to the trade" only through their respective showrooms.

Jun 16, 2010

Shopping in New York! Tender Buttons

When you first enter this unique shop, you feel like you are out of the loop if you do not sew! But even as a non-sewer I found this shop intriguing and a serious museum for antique adornments. Make a statement with button trim on home furnishings or even change the buttons on your favorite sweater. Be sure to check out the antique and special buttons with a stock that is impressive and worthy of even the finest of royalty. Some buttons even resemble 18th century mini paintings! This shop is a great one to visit while vacationing in New York City and is a must see if you like the small trinkets we call buttons!  Store: Tender Buttons, 143 E. 62nd Street, NY 10065. Phone: 212-758-7004.

Jun 15, 2010

Dining in France! French Furniture from Grange

See Grange's examples of fine dining in France!

Provencal Farmhouse -  Provencal rectangular dining table with the Deco Ivoire finish. The chairs are cane and carved. All furniture by Grange.

Guesthouse - This is the Grange Exceptions group featuring the 1904 Table in Unique finish  and Ateliers chairs in Ebony Decor finish.

Parisian Apartment - This is the New Directoire dining room featuring the same design for the cahirs, bookcase and door sideboard. All finished in Brocante Patinated finish.

French Country House - Family Dining Table in Brocante finish with Consulat chairs in Brocante finish. The sideboard is the New Directoire in Brocante finish.

Chateau - This room features the Stendhal rectangular table in Prestige Taupe and White finish.

All photos courtesy of Grange Furniture from France.

Jun 11, 2010

Garden Furniture: Featuring Dessin Fournir

Below are some of the new selections for your garden from Dessin Fournir. Beautiful hand forged iron or cast stone pieces are all available in a multitude of finishes and sizes. Contact your designer, to the trade.

Cochran Faux Bois Table - This unique faux bois table is cast stone in a weathered finish. The table is 36" diameter with a height of 31".

Lawrence Armchair - This all hand forged iron chair has the unique bamboo look. The finish shown in antiqued iron and comes with the loose cushions seen here. The upholstery shown is Rose Cumming's Swedish Ticking in Gold. Size: 26" wide x 33" deep x 34" high.

Allphin Planter - This planter comes in three sizes with the largest shown here. It is made of all cast stone and is shown in the weathered finish. Decorative handles add that extra flair to the planter. Size: 24" wide x 24" deep x 28" high. This planter also comes in a rectangular version.

Bernard Chair - This side chair is all hand forged iron in an antiqued iron finish. The iron is a unique style in a bamboo look. The cushion is a loose style and is shown in Rose Cumming's Swedish Ticking in blue. Size: 20" wide x 23" deep x 35" high.

Monceau Garden Chair - This is a modern and unique seat for the garden! This chair is made of cast stone and is shown in the weathered finish. Size: 28" wide x 22" deep x 27" high.

Schultz Urn - This urn is made of hand forged iron and is shown in the antiqued paint finish. Size: 30" round x 30" high.

All photos and information courtesy of Dessin Fournir.

Jun 10, 2010

Designer Details: Webb Marsteller Showroom

Design details! These great display rooms and settings show the details that keeps designers coming back for more. Webb Marsteller is a treasure trove of ideas and products strictly for the interior designer and their clients. Buy off of the floor and give your client instant design! Webb Marsteller is located in Atlanta.

Notice the great mirrors, unique lamps and wall paper background. Details, details!

I love this mirrored sideboard with the reproduction chairs. The unique pillow fabric and modern lamp adds to the great design.

Lots of details here!  Pale blue lamps, animal print pillows, unique wall sconces and round mirror. Notice the cloverleaf side tables!

A rustic lamp mixes nicely with a modern ottoman fabric and reproduction table. Great artwork always gives an extra kick!

This is a great mix of styles displaying traditional details and reproduction paintings.


All dark woods mixed with white accessories, a favorite display! Great mirror, find it on our website for sale, item UT13715.    Our site:  http://www.TheDesignerInsider.com. Contact us for information on any of the above products.