5 Fab Friday Finds : Embroidered Wallpaper

I go gaga for intricate details & in design, texture is that oh-so important element that gives a treatment, finish or a space more depth. I’m a big fan of hand painted wallpaper of course, case in point here, but now I’m all about embroidered wallpaper. Obviously, you can’t touch & feel my favorite ones below but close your eyes & ran your fingers through the embroidery, please!

Embroidered Wallpaper

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Custhom available at Supply Showroom in Austin.

Anybody wants one in their space?

Design Board | Cognac & Cement

Did you have a firework-filled July 4th? Did you don your best red, white & blue ensemble? Ours was low-key except for a trek to a drive-through Safari.

I do design boards for almost every client. This one was a contender for a bachelor pad at the Seaholm Residences here in Austin, but alas, another design board won for this project {turns out the client is more bold & loves color rather than ultra-masculine notes & muted colors}. I totally love this one, I guess because I’ve been doing traditional & more feminine spaces lately. This one is colder & minimalist but totally awesome! Everything would be in masculine browns, cognac specifically which is all about glamour & refinement, cement grays in hides & finishes, dashes of marble white.

Gray Cognac Leather Design

Sources:

1/ Sectional : Volo at Nest Modern

2/ Wallpaper: Romeo Carrara from Fschumacher

3/ Coffee Table: Zaine Nesting Tables at Palette & Parlor

4/ Area Rug: Hide Patchwork Area Rug from Wayfair

5/ Counter Stools: Acrylic & Hide Stools by Zentique

6/ Lighting Pendant: Crimp Bar Pendant by Studio A

I can see ultra avant garde art everywhere, like horses with balloon heads , oh & maybe other animals, a whole safari! Happy 1st week of July everyone!

5 Fab Friday Finds

It has been an amazing week! The first week of May has turned out to be #MerryMay indeed! First, I am Designer of the Month at the place that sells a zillion things, Wayfair; then just learned that Culture Map Austin voted me to be in the Top 5 Interior Designers to Watch. Woop! Woop! Still doing a happy dance! I am thoroughly grateful! I’m already having so much fun doing what I do but this is icing on the cake & I love icing!

So, my 5 Fab Friday Finds are all about show stopping coffee tables. Sourcing one for a client and he has an amazing {and expensive taste}. These tables are in my home in an alternate universe, they are break the bank tables but oh-so-fine, so without further ado ….

1/ Mattia Bonetti Meander Coffee Table

Because gold plated bronze in swirls is just super-duper amazing! This one will set you back about 40k though. Yowza!

Because gold plated bronze in swirls is just super-duper amazing! This one will set you back about 40k though. Yowza!

2/ Sun & Moon Coffee Table

What if you can get the Sun & the Moon in marble & brass, you’ll get it right?

3/ To Turn You On

Maybe you’re turned out by this table, maybe you’re not but I love it because it’s sculptural & you have so many options as to where to put your glass of wine.

4/ Tears Cocktail Table

It's tiered & it swivels in glamorous black & gold, what's not to love? About 6k.

It’s tiered & it swivels in glamorous black & gold, what’s not to love? About 6k.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5/ Lapiaz Coffee Table

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It’s like gold lava coming out of a volcano’s mouth! This one divides into three different pieces. Earth shaking goodness!

Black and Gold Coffee Table

Have an amazing weekend everyone! I am a workaholic & do not respect the weekend most of the time but this time I will —- so cleaning the house/garage it is! Ha!

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Tile Guide | Choosing the Right Tile

Life is full of options isn’t it? In food, fashion and yes, design. How about paint colors? There’s a gazillion of them. Unfortunately, that’s the way it is with tiles as well. Here’s a little Tile Guide infographic for you that may help out a bit.

Tile-guide

Of course, there are other things to consider, color, pattern, size, grout but choosing what kind will be the first thing you should think about.

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3 Light Gray Paint Colors to Try

I’m doing some pretty bold colors in some spaces in our new home — navy blues, teals … I even wanted magenta but the husband refused pink’s more daring cousin. But in most parts of the house, we have mostly whites & grays.

Looking at a few past projects, it seems I do have some go-to light gray paints I absolutely love. Grays can be warm with brown/taupe undertones or cool with blue/green undertones so if you want a true gray, these are surefire hues to get that wall color right:

1/ Moonshine by Benjamin Moore as shown in this fun abode for a young client. It was the perfect backdrop for her spaces where we used navys, pinks & blue-greens.

2/ Collingwood by Benjamin Moore was the right amount of classic for this urban condo dining-kitchen turned feminine with a dash of pastel colors & a French patisserie feel.

3/ And last but not the least, Light French Gray from Sherwin-Williams is my all-time favorite and perfect for the Updated Classic project.

Light Gray Paint

What do you think? Any favorites? Have a great week everyone!

 

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5 Fab Friday Finds

Oh hello! It’s been a looong time since my last Friday finds post. Womp! Womp! Not doing too well with this consistency thing. I’m trying! The past few weeks have been eventful, finishing up projects from 2015, starting on new ones this year, shot one of my projects, had a little soiree with college friends in Vegas and checked out the Austin Modern Home Tours.

Today, my Friday finds are shops I fell in love with during my last trip to NOLA. Please forgive me for the awful photos 🙂 They are amazing shops … believe me!

1/ Box Paper Scissors

This shop is a gem! Well-edited, extensively curated, you’ll see finds from Lladro, Kelly Wearstler, Fornasetti & saw this Maison Margiela door decal for the first time, it’s a beaut! From apothecary, fine clothing, paper and Hermes scarves throw pillows and floor poufs, this shop is a dream stop for high end shoppers or for people like me just browsing for endless inspiration.

Box Paper Scissor

Box Paper Scissor

2/ Rivers Spencer

Unmistakably French & utterly feminine, this design studio and fine furnishings shop is also a must-see. I kinda fell in love with her own collection, like this Shield chair and this Audrey bench.

Rivers Spencer

Rivers Spencer

Rivers Spencer

Rivers Spencer

3/ Leontine Linens

When bespoke monograms is your thing, this is unmistakably linen heaven. They have one of those doorbell things though so it may be a bit awkward if you’re the only one in; it feels like one of those boutiques you dread to visit because you’ll instantly feel like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman even if you’re not wearing any safety pins.

4/ Perch

I’ve loved this store ever since my first time visiting NOLA. They have quite an eclectic collection, from contemporary paintings to antique finds and to furniture they have refurbished themselves. Wallpaper inspiration galore in every corner & they carry one of my fave lines, Timorous Beasties.

Perch NOLA

Perch NOLA

5/ Kevin Stone Antiques

My must-check-out store when looking for 40 k chandeliers or 5 k busts — oh because I love the history. The space is pretty tight, not because it’s small but it’s just packed to the brim with finds albeit from the interiors of lords {kings & queens perhaps?} from a bygone area. It’s just a feast to the eyes! Maybe someday soon, I’ll be able to muster the courage to buy a desktop accessory — maybe a letter opener?

Until next week folks. Tomorrow, we’re doing a crawfish boil & watching the Pacquaio fight. What are you doing?

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Grout 101 | What you need to Know

I think everything I know about tiles these days comes from my Fireclay Tile newsletters. Believe me folks,everything you need to know is presented to you in a matter-of-fact, simple, easy to understand manner with matching amazing images. I guess I can tell it’s written by a woman {or maybe it’s not, I don’t know}. Those handyman, installers, manyly-man websites just don’t cut it for me.

So, first about grout. My go-to decision has always been to match the color of the tile. I just think it looks cleaner, more cohesive and shows subtle nuances of the tile itself. If there are various colors in the tile {like with porcelain, etc}, choose the lightest color in the tile. Grout line size? Backsplash tiles should be smaller & floor tiles larger. Handmade tiles by the way usually have larger grout lines just because of the variations; you and your installer can make this decision together in collaboration with the client. And how about sealants? It’s always recommended with a few exceptions. Tile School – Grout 101 from Fireclay Tile can be found here.

The takeaways are:

1/ Types:

a. Epoxy – most durable, use in areas where food & moisture will be present; usually doesn’t need a sealer

b. Sanded grout – For installations with grout lines wider than 1/8th of an inch, like Glass tiles

c. Non-Sanded – For smaller grout joints with spacing between 1/16th and 1/8th of an inch; for vertical installations

2/ Grout Color:

a. Same: Will highlight the whole tile installation

b. Contrast: Will highlight the pattern of the tile

c. Neutral

3/ Grout Line: 

a. 3/16″:  Recommended for Ceramic Tiles

b. 3/8″: Recommended for Glass tiles

c. 1/8″: Recommended for hand painted tiles.

Now, can we just ooohh and ahhh over their glorious hand painted collection? Here are some of my favorite installations:

Kasbah Trellis // Fireclay Tile

Kasbah Trellis // Fireclay Tile

Persian Star & Sintra // Fireclay Tile

Ogee Drop // Fireclay Tile

Thank you Fireclay Tile … or the endless tile inspiration and knowledge! Keep doing what you do & beautify backsplashes & bath floors everywhere!

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Sofa Guide | 7 Notable Styles

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A living room is not complete without functional seating. And if you’re lucky, you may have one that’s both beautiful and comfortable. Unless of course you’re opting for a more formal seating where your guests can sit upright and behave like ladies and gentlemen. In the world of sofas, there’s a wide array — from settees to sectionals, chaise lounges to sofa beds but here are 7 notable styles. You may have seen them all over, now you’ll know what their style is all about. 

1. The Chesterfield Sofa

If there is one iconic sofa, it would be the Chesterfield — with history dating back to the 1600’s; this sofa is the seating of choice by the elite and well-to-do. Gentlemen in distinctive suits with their hats and bowlers on & women all glammed up while sipping on English teas and nibbling on biscuits. The Chesterfield sofa has an unmistakable look & feel — it has quilted, tufted or buttoned-up upholstery, the seat is low and the arms are rounded.

2. The English or Club Sofa

Like the club chair, the Club or English sofa is all about lounging, that’s why everything is rounded — round arms and a rolled back for sink-in comfort . English sofas usually have low, turned legs on casters and no skirt. They also have tight backs and loose seats; it’s quintessential seating that’s both classic and timeless.

3. The Bridgewater Sofa

This elegant and traditional seating may look like the English sofa but do not be deceived, this one’s a little more dainty with usually a skirt covering its legs. Like the English sofa, it has rounded arms and rolled arms.

4. The Lawson Sofa

The back cushions are detached from its frame, that’s the signature of The Lawson. It’s undeniably casual & classic at the same time.

5. The Cabriole Sofa

Oohhh la la! With a back reminiscent of 18th-century Louis XV style, this sofa curves into the arms in a continuous line. The ends even curves inwards almost like a cloak. Usually, the top trim of the back and arms and the legs are wooden. But new styles may have them without the wood trim.

6. The Mid-Century Modern Sofa

To say that Mid-Century Modern is “trendy” is an understatement. This design popular from 1993 to 1965 is now more than ever the choice of Generations X, Y and Z (Let’s thank the baby boomers though for glorious mid-century furniture that abounds today). So, what makes a piece mid-century modern? Look for it’s simplicity, clean lines and the organic feel.

7. Tuxedo Sofa

When you’re all about black tie and suits then the Tuxedo sofa is for you. It has clean lines and a back and arms that are the same height. It’s for the prim and proper and the formal. Yet do not be turned away by all the formality if you are the laid back type, just throw in a couple of throw pillows and this sofa can be just as cozy for you.

Although there is a wide array of sofas around, their silhouettes are derived from one of these styles. Some is a better fit with specific kinds of spaces; Bridgewaters & Lawsons are great for spaces meant for comfort like family rooms, Chesterfields are great for the home office and Cabrioles and Tuxedos for more formal spaces.

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Art to a Personal Level // Dawn Winter

Back from a whirlwind trip from NOLA folks! I can’t believe it’s Monday again. Today on the blog, let’s talk art. Whether you’re a serious collector or happy with amazing art you can buy so affordably from street artists or online, art is that one {or more} crucial piece {or pieces} that can make or break a space. Today on the blog, a local abstract and contemporary Austin artist, Dawn Winter, shares with us how she creates artwork that’s truly personal for clients . Take it away Dawn!

Contemporary Art Lake Bled

We commissioned Dawn to make a contemporary abstract art for a couple that depicts their excursion to Lake Bled in Croatia.

As an Artist who has delighted in personalizing my own living space for many years, I’ve discovered that adding unique and personal items to my home has been truly satisfying. Often, I have added touches of texture and color through original artwork and sculpture. As a result, I find that I am surrounded by memories of special excursions, past travels and a living space that is both personal and unique to me.  I find this to be deeply satisfying and comforting.

What are some tips you can share when a client is ready to commission art from an artist like you?

1/ Set aside a time to look at the space together with the artist.  For me, this gives me a sense of the design objectives, clues as to the color scheme of the space, and a feel for the space.

2/ If this is not possible, photos of the space where the painting will be displayed are important. This will give clues as to which colors to emphasize in the painting.

3/ Share photos of other paintings and descriptions of the “look” for the painting is extremely helpful.

4/ A list of colors that not only work well with the desired space, but colors that a collector likes and dislikes. Telling an artist hues you absolutely dislike is a must!

5/ Providing photos of favorite images, whether it is other paintings, travel photos, paint chips or a design board, is always helpful.

6/ Any other pertinent information such as strong dislikes and, conversely, strong preferences such as a realistic portrayal of a subject matter or more of a loose, abstract interpretation is always helpful too!

7/ Last but not the least, if the client is working with a designer, communicating with the designer is essential as well.

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With the abstract art as the piece de resistance, we’re curating a wall in their bedroom with other pieces.

Recently I was asked to provide paintings for Anthropologie.  With this opportunity, I envisioned what I believed would be bring a unique style and color palette to other’s homes. I am fascinated by color and I love the use of texture…and I am pleased that the framed canvas prints found on Anthropologie.com retain that quality.

Dawn Winter seasmoke Anthropologie

Dawn Winter’s Seasmoke 1 & 2 available at Anthropologie!

The experiences I have shared with others from these collaborations have reinforced my own belief in investing in unique artwork.  Time and time again, collectors have expressed gratitude and satisfaction with having a distinctive and authentic living space.  Their living space reflects an authentic design that is unique to them.

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Thank you so much Dawn! I have used her art twice & not only are her creations beautiful & one-of-a-kind, Dawn is also extremely gracious! Don’t forget to check out her work.

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5 Fab Friday Finds: Timorous Beasties

Happy Friday everybody! The familia had a fun 4-day trip to NOLA. I’ve always loved the city! Today’s 5 Fab Friday Finds is just from one studio, the Scottish design powerhouse duo Ali & Paul from Glasgow, Timorous Beasties. It’s the first time I’ve seen their wallpaper in real life at Perch on Magazine Street & I was seriously enamored. They take traditional designs and give it a rock and roll twist. Here are my Top 5 from their wallpaper line.

1/ Indie Wood

I just adore foliage and birds and in such vivid colors like these!

2/ Fruit Looters

Sheez, birds, birds and more birds! Plus fruits and blooms, what’s not to love?

3/ Omni Splatt

An explosion of such bold colors, literally!

4/ Cloud Toile

In pink, this cloud toile is just heavenly!

5/ Damsel Damask Wallpaper

Damask never goes out of style don’t you think?

Hubba, hubba glorious wallpaper! Have a great weekend!

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