Install of the Day !

Happy Day !

Had a little time this am to added Mekenzie's images of the Noland job.  Maggie did such a great job pulling this together quickly (3 weeks before Thanksgiving) and installing just in time for the turkey and the company.  New build, the front dining room needed most everything.  Right by the front door it now sets the tone for this young couple's new home.

The vaulted ceiling, while visually a statement on it's own, needed something dramatic in the way of lighting to fill the "void" so to speak.  Maggie and I love these two chandeliers.. such a wow factor. 

Take a look at the finished product !

The rug and bench started it all with their combination of blues, greys and charcoals.  I love the somewhat busy pattern up against the tall white wainscoting.  The tall charcoal upholstered chair also bounce from the white for a strong presence.

Maggie also finished the space of by completely accessorizing... which can be the difficult part.  This is where a designer can really help you from running around town, and spending hours on the Internet.  We love to install in one day with all the details !

Simple white milk glass and brass vases, accent salad plates for a little color.

Gorgeous custom bench in a graphic charcoal and pale blue.

A little Asian inspired sideboard.  The juxtaposition of the sleek chrome shelving and this distressed piece adds another layer of interest and warmth.

And voila... done.

Keith created a simple, abstract piece for the large vault wall.  Simple gold leaf circles intertwined with blues.

photos by mekenzie loli

From the original design we decided to take out the lower grey chairs as those charcoal ones where so pretty and added such a statement.

What's next for the Noland's? The family room.  Their rug started the entire plan (and gave us inspiration for the dining room)  Stay tuned !!


Last Minute Touches


Man it's cold outside.  My northeast blood has thinned.  Charlotte is covered in snow and ice so we are all home bound. Spending the weekend working on a new project pulling all sorts of details to pull new client L.T.'s house together.  At the same time, pulling some great details for our own studio space.  With the major pieces in place, we needed a little fluff of our own.

This past week we installed one of the four gorgeous chandeliers Maggie and I found at Market last fall.  Isn't it killer . . .

I felt like we needed a little more eye candy, so started pulling a rug or two, pillows for the sectional, side tables and more art.
Layering is my favorite part.  Lamps, pillows, side pieces, and couldn't go without a little wall paper!!

Take a peek at all the pillows I pulled to add major texture.

Can not wait to hang the wool wall hanging I wrote about yesterday ! Filtered in a leather chair and ottoman.  A good spot for lap top work and informal meetings.

Our black basalt hanging chair is on the way and now softened up with a sheep skin and more pillows.

Love expensive pillows, they make sure a huge difference.  Yep, sometimes you just have to do it.

Cannot wait to just move it all upfront from the back (and have all that storage back there !)


Crushing on . . The Wool Wall Hanging

Hey !

The wool wall hanging  - now this "micro trend" may have really started several years back, but it really was born in the 70's, and being a 70's girl I am happy  I found one that I love which is just a little different in that it's a felted as oppose to loomed.   Designed and created by Meghan Purcell, it is sure to have a presence on one of our big walls at the studio, mixed with other treasured art pieces.

Being a designer, I am all about textiles.  The more texture the better.  Tactile.  At the same time I love all things hand made, original, unique, one of a kind, just one of the reasons I don't like to shop with the big chains.  I just find I see their goods everywhere and there's nothing special about it.  I've talked about styling and accessorizing to mix in those special pieces that not only express your style, but just make you happy and this will no doubt be a piece like that !

Here's what Meghan had to say . . .  from her site (here)

Through the ancient technique of felting, I explore ideas of genuine connection in a modern and advanced society.  My art is a way to become reconnected to the value and satisfaction of the hand’s work, all while fostering meaningful connections to where I live.  The integrity of my work depends on a trusted relationship built with my local farmer.  Through this partnership, I can be assured that the methods of fiber production and sheep tending are handled humanely, sustainably, and ethically.  In return, responsible consumerism is practiced and an invaluable connection within the community is formed.  
My role as a contemporary fibers artist is to preserve a rich, handmade global art tradition while continuing to revive and elevate the fiber medium to high art.  My inspiration is born from all that is unhurried, natural, and simplistic.  Organic line juxtaposes geometric form and intentional edges, merging an ancient process with contemporary compositions often indicative of the American Western landscape.  Through formal design choices, I’ve created a direct interplay with organic material derived from Montana and compositions that are inspired by the landscape itself.  My interconnected process is depicted symbolically through woven design and intertwined natural materials.  My wool is never dyed and my found materials are never altered, allowing the natural state of my resources to tell their story. 

Gotta love a girl that keeps it simple, natural, organic and clean.  My inner self lives in the mountains of calm, beautiful and uncluttered.

Take a look at a few other pieces designed and created by Meghan and husband Jeff Purcell (available here)

 Another artist I've been following a while,  Rachelle Gardner-Roe, Kansas City girl.

 I really love how she mixes in organic elements in her felted wool pieces.

Wool wall hangings are popular.  You might remember the simple macrame type woven hangings, but what I am seeing these days are a combination of chunky yards, organic layers and color blocking in graphic patterns.  Tassels, branches, even shells are all being woven in.  I have even noticed one of my rug vendors incorporating wall hangings in their line up.  I searched Etsy and came across some of these gorgeous images . . . all under "wool wall hangings" - take a look and see if something inspires you to add to that blank wall.  Made one of a kind, it will be an original, a piece of art.

Not saying I don't love the loomed pieces !! Take a look at these beauties.


Eye candy for a snowy day at home !

Heading West . . .

Hey There !

Been thinking a lot about our trip to Sedona come Spring, planning side trips, galleries I want to see, natural wonders abound to, dare I say, hike.  I am realizing that over the past year or so I have been pulling Southwestern inspired pieces without really realizing it.  A stag horn here, and Aztec fabric there, leather, feathers, hair on hides.  There is nothing I enjoy more than accessorizing.  It can be the hardest part of finishing a room and we do get called upon to "fix" that situation by our clients.   When we install a project (asked or not) we load up the truck with "stuff" and filter all those pieces in to really give that space a finished look and 9 time out of 10 they stay put, happy to stay.  Styling is key and I believe it should be collected.  One of the main reasons we are changing it up at the office is to be able to house all the accessories and such I continually find out there knowing they will end up somewhere fabulous.  I still love to walk past areas in my house where I have strategically placed things I love and have discovered over the years. 

I am really looking forward to another trip and hopefully another treasure to bring home.  Typically you might think of all things red clay related - oranges, reds, pattern filled, "Mexican tile like" but when I think of the Southwest I think of adobe mudded walls, desert flowers, big windows with endless views.  Touches of pattern, touches of reds, worn fabrics in a strong graphic print.  Leather I love, especially a worn caramel color.  Take a look at my version of Southwest inspired !

On a snowy day like today, it warms me up !