Feb 26, 2010

Spotlight On KELLY WEARSTLER!

What can I say about Kelly Wearstler's style? 
Detailed, Inspiring, Glamour, Color, Crisp, Rich, Bright, Textured, Clean, Eye Candy, Unexpected, Beautiful!

Below is one of my favorite photos from Kelly's book: Modern Glamour. Why do I love this photo so much? The composition and the mixture of styles. It captures my attention and makes me want to sing! All I know is that Kelly gets it!!  This display features a cabriole legged console with carved benches in a new finish. It is enhanced by a sculptured lamp and unique accessories, all topped by a mid century collaged oil painting.
MMMmmm good!

Feb 25, 2010

Book Review: FLIP! For Decorating

Elizabeth Mayhew has written a wonderful book about decorating, especially for the novice. This book has a page by page guide to transforming a room from the bare bones. Here is an overview into this wonderful book!

Chapter 1 - Fundamentals of color - Elizabeth also lists her favorite color choices.

Chapter 2 - Window Treatments - This chapter focuses on how to choose window shades and drapes with great tips on the subject.

Chapter 3 - 6: These chapters focus on the four most decorated rooms - the living room, family room, dining room and the bedroom. It will show you the progression of the room, step by step.

A great little book of ideas, tips and information that will make you Flip!  See a few of our favorite photos below from the book.

 
Starting from scratch!
  
Adding the important pieces!
 

The finished room!

Feb 23, 2010

Designer's Best! A Great Store To Visit In Atlanta

PIECES was founded in 2004 in Atlanta to bridge the gap between high end antiques and mass produced items. It is available to interior designers, stylists and to the regular consumer too. Their wonderful store in Buckhead is a designer favorite that inspires us to see furniture and accessories in a different way. They have been featured in many publications and continue to bring new and exciting items to the Atlanta market. See one of our favorites below:

The "Midnight Upside Down Vase" - High fired stoneware with a matte metallic finish. 24" high x 15" wide.


Visitation: 10:00 - 6:00 M-F; 10:00 - 5:00 on Sat.
                3234-A Roswell Road, NW
                Atlanta, Ga. 30305

Feb 22, 2010

Robert Allen Design: FIVE TOP Textile TRENDS for 2010!

Below we reveal the top textile trends for 2010 from the experts at Robert Allen. We are also showing you some examples of each trend using the great fabrics from Robert Allen & Beacon Hill. Enjoy!

1) NATURAL - Natural fabrics such as cotton and linens are loved because of their softness and relaxed look. These fabrics can be luxurious even though we think of them as casual. The natural fibers are enhanced with richer colors and greater durability when a polyester blend is added.
Examples:  Damask Linen - A beautiful linen damask with added rayon for durability that is perfect for draperies too. Shown in Bronze Leaf and Watermelon. Eleven beautiful colorways available from Beacon Hill.

 


2) COLOR  A wider palette of colors that are used together such as blues, grays, creams and whites. Clean and soft colors with a relaxed feel. Also a return to brighter shades such as leaf green or turquoise will all become important hues on textiles.
Examples: Fall Flowers - A 100% cotton fabric shown in Wicker, no other colors available. Shown with a companion trim, Rustica Lattice, a leather look in polyurethane and cotton. Shown in Sepia, also available in Java.

 
  


3) NOT SO TRADITIONAL - A more modern spin on the traditional look but with simple patterns. Adding youth to more traditional fabrics with more graphics seems to be a big trend. Luxury fabrics will become more durable in the performance area.
Examples: Willow Breeze - A faux silk embroidered fabric shown on a poly/rayon blend, only $26.00 retail. Shown in Toffee & Jungle. Four colorways available.
 
Below are luxury fabric examples: Velvet Circle in Plum on 100% silk with a more modern motif. Four colorways available. Sheer Hoops - A silk sheer with modern embroidered graphic. Shown in Spring, also available in Butter.



4) ECO-GREEN - There are entire lines of fabrics now that are eco-friendly in content and the way they are produced. Fabrics with bamboo, organic cottons and recycled materials are attracting more customers.
Examples: Two fabrics made from 100% organic cotton - Park View in Surf, a modern botanical that comes in three colorways. Glockenspiel in Surf, a modern stripe that comes in two colorways.





5) ETHNIC APPEAL  - Ethnic designs have been strong in the fashion world and are now being used on many different levels in the home. They add pattern, color and history to your space. They have been reinterpreted using different fibers with a softer hand suitable for today's homes.
Examples:  A trio of acrylic chenilles with raised patterns in a cotton/viscose blend. These three patterns come in three different colorways for a great coordinated look. Part of the Robert Allen Home collection, a group of fabrics at a more competitive price point. All three are shown in the Burnt Orange colorway. Left to right:  Bjork, Bornholm & Karlsburg.

 

All fabrics are from Robert Allen and can be purchased through your designer or The Designer Insider.

Feb 18, 2010

Interior Design 101: Details Make The Difference!

As you look through many beautiful photos in design magazines or online, you have to delve deeper into the photo to see what an interior designer might see. Eventhough you may not like the design of a particular room, it is the overall composition that becomes important in the photo. The details that surround the main subjects like a sofa or rug, really become the focal point and makes the room truly what it should be. So look beyond the design style and place your main focus on the details. Our motto is "Details make the difference" and they do! Below are a few rooms with wonderful details for you to ponder over. Photos are courtesy of one of our favorite shops, Webb Marsteller in Atlanta.



  

  

  

  

  

Webb Marsteller - 425 Peachtree Hills Avenue, Suite 6, Atlanta, Georgia
To The Trade

Feb 16, 2010

Bausman & Company: Furniture Design At Its Best!

Bausman & Company is one of the leading manufacturers of French, English & Italian reproductions. Founded in 1971, this company has become a favorite in the interior design industry. Their commitment to customize pieces according to the customer's request is unmatched in the industry. Their complex and detailed finishing process keeps Bausman one step ahead of the rest. Today, they have a 100,000 square feet manufacturing facility to enable all of the process to happen under one roof. All of these qualities we have mentioned above are the keys to their success! See some of our favorite pieces below from this great company!

#9780 - Large buffet with flat panel pop-up, see below.

 
 

#9299 - Kitchen island to fit your range.

#9752 - Octagonal coffee table with storage.

#8754 - Lazy susan dining table.

#7919 - Modern television cabinet on stand for flat panel.

#4264 - Secretary with computer workstation.

#9857 - Swivel barstool that does not look like a swivel!

#9886 - Bench with full wood seat and back.

#4099 - Full bar!

#7012 - Plank top rectangular dining table with iron stretcher.

All of the Bausman furniture is available in an infinite mixture of finishes, woods and techniques. This is high end furniture available through The Trade. Contact your designer for more information.

Feb 12, 2010

Mirrored Furniture! Why We Love It!

Mirrored furniture is now more popular than ever! This rollover from the forties is bringing glam back into our homes. Mirrored objects make our spaces look bigger and better. The reflective surface reflects light and can help open up the space. Below is a great photo from our favorite magazine, House Beautiful. The mirrored vanity in this room brings a romantic feel to the setting. And of course it is just so darn pretty! We have more great picks for mirrored furniture below.


More mirrored furniture below from The Designer Insider!

A beautiful mirrored console table with an antiqued look! Size: 41" long x 17" deep x 33" high. 
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A beautiful chest of three drawers with the antiqued look. Size: 31" wide x 17" deep x 32" high.
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This beautiful chest has doors for convenience and one drawer. Size: 31" wide x 17" deep x 32" high.





This beautiful mirror will match any of the above pieces. Size: 26" wide x 41" high.


All of the above furniture can be purchased through The Designer Insider.

Feb 11, 2010

Sherrill Furniture: New Additions!

Entertainment Cabinet - Masterpiece Collection
This beautiful cabinet has bi-fold doors, two drawers and inside adjustable shelf. Accommodates different sizes of flat screen tvs. Size: 64' wide x 20" deep x 84" high.



Sofa M445
New style sofa shown in Manchester finish. 39"high back x 76" long x 23" deep. Arm height 27" and seat height of 19".

Door Chest - Masterpiece Collection
This beautiful chest is a Georgian style door chest with a dark mahogany finish and beveled mirror panels. Large antique brass door pulls complete the picture. Size: 36" wide x 12" deep x 34" high.


Etagere - Masterpiece Collection
This new etagere is five tiers with eglomise back panel and glass shelves. The framing is an aged silver leaf finish. Size: 47"w x 17" deep x 80" high.

Round Cocktail Table - Metal Tables Collection
This table is artisan crafted wrought iron in an aged bronze finish. The top is walnut with a heavily antiqued herringbone pattern. Size: 40" round x 21" high. Side table to match.

Feb 10, 2010

Crystal Bud Lighting! Beautiful Lighting That Matches With Style!

Below you will find one of our most beautiful sets of lighting! Buy one or buy them all! Fixtures for foyers, powder rooms, dining rooms and halls. See what makes this set of lighting so special! All hand made in a dark distressed gold with iron vines that twirl and curve with clear crystal buds on the ends of the tendrils. Choose your favorite! My fave: Crystal Sphere!

Crystal Bud Chandelier - Large Size - This is the larger crystal bud chandelier that matches our other crystal bud lighting. This chandelier is scaled for larger spaces and dining rooms. The arrangement of crystal buds on graceful wrought iron is special and unusual. Very unique and unsurpassed in beauty! Size: 33" round x 33" high.

 

Crystal Bud Chandelier - Medium - This elegant chandelier is a free form arrangement of crystal buds on delicate metal stems. The distinctive appearance is enhanced by the Cupertino (distressed gold) finish. Made of wrought iron and an abundance of crystals. Size: 28" round x 27" high.



Crystal Bud Chandelier - Small - This is the smallest version of our crystal bud chandeliers! The free form arrangement of crystal buds are on delicate metal stems which gives this chandelier its distinctive appearance. The dark gold finish on the wrought iron lends a warm feel to the light scale framework. Size: 18" round x 18" high.
Crystal Bud Sphere - The crystal bud elements accents the vine effect in this round orb design. It is made of wrought iron and crystal buds twined through the orb and finished with a Cupertino finish (dark gold with highlights). See detailed view. Size: 13" round x 18" high and is great for small spaces.




Crystal Bud Sconce - This unique free formed sconce has an arrangement of crystal buds on delicate metal stems for a distinctive appearance. Size: 20"wide x 21"high x 8"deep from wall. 

 

Crystal Bud Open Lantern - This open lantern version of the popular Crystal Bud designed lighting, has a light and airy look. The vines with crystal bud ends makes up the body of this chandelier. Size: 15" round x 24" high.



Crystal Bud Pendant - This crystal bud pendant matches our other crystal bud lighting! Made of wrought iron with a distressed gold finish with the vine effect. Size: 13" round x 11" high.

All of these great fixtures can be found at The Designer Insider.


Feb 8, 2010

Kravet Modern Lighting - My Top Five Favorites!

Below are my top five favorites from Kravet Lighting. Modern styles in nickel with unique accents in chandeliers and lamps. Use any of these fixtures to complement your home in a modern, transitonal or contemporary setting.
ACI101 - ISABELLA CHANDELIER

This beautiful fixture is all nickel with resin beads. The structure is traditional but the chandelier says Modern! The height is 55" high x 24" diameter, a great chandelier for dining or foyer.

AF101S  -  STILTS NAUTICA FLOOR LAMP

This unique floor lamp is made of aluminum with a stilts look and is topped with a special striped shade. The lamp is 57" high x 16" wide. Also would look great in pairs.

ACH103  GIOIA RECTANGULAR CHANDELIER

This beautiful chandelier is made of Macassar ebony with nickel trim. The shaded lights are in white linen for a clean look. This chandelier comes in two other sizes also. The size of the rectangular shown is 47" long x 20" wide x 10.5" high, not including chains. An extraordinary chandelier in beauty!

AGC101B  - LARABIE CLEAR TABLE LAMP

This modern lamp is perfect to match with any color decor because it is clear! The 38" high lamp is clear resin on a polished nickel base. The white shade completes the clean look.



ACC103 - CONTESSA CHANDELIER

This modern chandelier is nickel with hand blown glass as an accent. The glass on this fixture is in smoke but it also comes in black glass or amber glass. The chandelier is 40" high x 40" diameter, perfect for a large dining area.

All of these products can be purchased from Kravet through The Designer Insider or your interior designer.