Monday, April 6, 2015

Spring Updates

Spring is always a good time for a fresh start or a few fresh updates.

 Need a new style for your home office? This beautiful Bell desk in Navy brings a touch of Chinoiserie to a room and creates a whole new look. The navy is on trend and mixes well with brilliant white, silvery gray or other fresh, strong colors.
 The Brigid chest is covered in lacquered grasscloth and is great of storage in a bedroom, den or entry.
 The Ming chest shown in sage is also covered in lacquered grasscloth. I have used the Ming in sage in a client's living room and I have used it in navy in a client's entry. It is a beautiful piece in either color.

 The Evelyn chair and the Kensington counter stool are both wonderful choices for seating. They are comfortable and add an element of style to a space. I have used the Evelyn chair in a client's breakfast area and the Kensington for another client's kitchen island seating.
 I love the loop chair in gray. Reminiscent of the Frances Elkins chair it brings 1930's glam to a room.
 Now a few items that have a gold tone finish. The Harriet scone in  gold is 31 inches high and makes quite a statement.
The Melanie bench can be used singly or paired with a another for a movable cocktail ottoman. I love the proportions and the mix of gold and navy on this stylish stool.

 The Jet Set Collection uses a gold tone finish to add to the 1940's French style of the pieces in the collection.

 The Salon Collection also uses a gold tone finish for the hardware. The clean lines and traditional shapes make this a great collection for updating a space. The pieces mix easily with traditional or modern design.

 The tuxedo armoire from Hickory Chair is a versatile cabinet that can be used in a bedroom, living room, den or dining room. Hickory Chair offers a variety of finishes for the cabinet and the hardware. An armoire is a wonderful way to add storage and style to a space.

The Monroe sofa and chair are also from Hickory Chair. The details on the Monroe pieces, the carvings on the wood base and the shape of the arm add to the beautiful design. The plush seat cushions and padded back make them comfortable as well as beautiful.
 Stylish, comfortable accent chairs are a great way to update and freshen a seating area. The Kelmarsh and  Garbo chairs add style, elegance , detail and comfort to any room.

For outdoor living,these benches are of concrete and can stand just about anything the weather can bring. I love the design of both of the benches. The trellis designs with an Chinoiserie influence are a perfect combination for the outdoors.

So there you have it, great starting points for Spring updates in your home, inside or out.

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Pendant Lighting

I have been researching pendant lights for a bar area in one of my design projects. This blog post is the result of that research. Not all of the lights in this post are appropriate for my client's bar but they are all now my new favorite pendant lights.
 The first is the Firelight lantern from Currey and Co. The shape, pattern and antique brass finish give this classic light an updated style.
 Also from Currey, the Beckett pendant is constructed from recycled glass and an industrial look metal with a rust finish.
 The Charney pendant is a metal shade with an antique tin finish embellished with glass beads. The unexpected combination gives the Charney an unique charm.
 A polished concrete finish and distinctive shape give a retro style to the Hampshire pendant.
 The glamorous Vickers light has an airy bell shape and a textured gold finish. Beautiful.
All of the above lights are from Currey and Co.
 The bell jar light with birds from Canopy Designs is one of the most beautiful lights I have ever seen. I first saw it in New York two years ago. It is one of my all time favorites.
 The Maribel lantern from Coleen and Company comes is several standard colors and is available in almost any custom color. Colorful lighting, such as the Maribel, is a great way to add color to a neutral kitchen or dining area.

 Also from Coleen and Company, the Tole Tent light in black is bold, chic and sophisticated.
 I have been a fan of the star light for a long time. This wonderful light fixture can work over a kitchen island or a bar.
 The metal Blossom pendant, Yes.
 The Ellis pendant has a metal frame with a gold finish and a linen shade. Gorgeous.
 A contemporary light, the Pemble, can also be used in a traditional or transitional design.
 The Verona light in gold is both simple and complicated. It is an amazing light that would look great in an open kitchen area. The above lights are from Worlds Away.
Stray Dog Designs has created this graphic pattern light in a navy finish. Perfect for a clean, crisp interior design highlighting a white and navy blue color palette.
So there you have it, my new favorite lights. If you would like additional information on any of these lights my contact information is in the about me section.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

New Construction In Town & Country,

For the past few years I have been working with a client who was preparing  and eventually built a new home in Town & Country, The family moved into their new beautiful home in July of this year. The spaces are being furnished and the look and style of the house is coming together. 
 The breakfast area includes a custom upholstered banquette, a clean lined oak table and a wonderful teal and gold lantern.
 The dining room features a classically designed table and chairs, customized with a cut velvet floral fabric on the outside back of each chair. The painted sideboard adds color and the grasscloth wallcovering brings the right amount of texture.

There is more to come from this wonderful family home.

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Saturday, June 7, 2014

The Law Office Project

For the past two years I have worked on what I call The Law Office Project. The Law Office is located in Soulard which is an area of St Louis, Mo that was the landing place for new to St Louis immigrants in the 19th  and early 20th centuries.
The buildings The Law Office occupies were originally residential spaces. They were renovated and have been used for commercial spaces for many years.
My work for The Law Firm has been about furnishings and lighting for the reception area, conference rooms and the owner's meeting rooms.
The design for The Law Firm is about scale and proportion, using pieces that work in rooms that were originally meant to be someones home. It is also about textures. The textures used were important in creating the look and feel of the updated spaces.

 The first area I worked on was the reception area. An accent wall, zebra pattern covered chairs and contemporary art gave the space an updated, sophisticated look. To complement the existing style I added a traditional tan settee and two preppy plaid chairs.

 The next area was the second floor conference room, where the mix of textures was an intricate part of the design. When I arrived the room was furnished with a sisal rug, wood planked industrial style table and Eames molded side chairs. To complete the room I added the Armillary light from Currey and Co and arm chairs upholstered in a wide wale navy blue corduroy,

 The wood floors, trim and metal staircase add to the mix of textures and add interest to the design of The Law Office.
 It's all about the textures.

 In the first floor conference room I used a chenille hounds tooth fabric for the arm chairs, a tan and cream striped wool rug and mercury glass pendant lights. The smooth wood table is from Restoration Hardware and the Eames molded chairs in blue complete the group. The aged wood floors and exposed brick remind you of the age of the building.

 The owner of The Law Office has a suite of rooms that includes a sitting room. The fireplace is original, the blue built in bookcases are a recent addition. The comfortable Jules chair and ottoman are from Hickory Chair.
 To balance the setting and add another texture I used the Monaco chair from Bungalow 5 and covered the seat with Osborne&Little's Brodie fabric from Nina Campbell.
 The Monroe sofa, also from Hickory Chair, has a French Moderne style. The tight back gives it a sleek appearance and the full seat cushions and rich blue velvet fabric add the needed comfort. A hand knotted wool rug from Kravet softens the look and the sound in the room.

The meeting is a more private space. To furnish it I used four chairs, a large tufted ottoman covered in a Ralph Lauren wool plaid fabric, a wool area rug with a leather border and two glass and chrome side tables. The original fireplace and wood trim sets the tone of the room and balances the look of the new furnishings.

 In the conference room for this area I used the Mazatlan outdoor chair from Palecek with and the wood planked industrial table. The more casual design for this conference room includes a vintage sideboard and original art done by a friend of the owner.

The view in spring from the back of the building shows the charm of the Soulard area, a beautiful building in a beautiful area.

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