Wednesday, May 25, 2011

True Love!

You know you are really in love when your heart races when they're around... You can't imagine your life without them... And all you want is more! No, I'm not talking about men... this is a design blog after all.... I'm talking about Weitzner Wallcovering!

I was out looking for some wall covering yesterday so I made a stop at my "go-to" showroom, The ID Collection.  They carry some of my favorite lines... Including my favorite wall paper. Now, this isn't your grandmas paper folks, this is something so much more. Check out some of the images below.... And don't worry, just like true love...there is enough to go around.

Paper back stone!  These thin slices of stone give you beauty of exotic stone, with the ease of wallcovering installation.  This has hotel reception wall written all over it!

Upcycled newspaper creates a casual and green style.  I think this would be fun in a kids craft room, company break room, or anywhere else that doesn't have too take itself to seriously.

Paintable plaster paper.  Beautiful raised plaster designs that can be painted to any color.  Could be great on your walls, applied to boards like art panels, or even inset into paneling on furniture.

Magnetic Wall Covering!  Has the look of linen but the functionality of a cork board- Great for a clean office.

Paper made from South American tree bark had an airiness.  Great sandwiched between glass on a table top, or as a room divider .  I'd love to see it on a ceiling inset!  Shown here are the three different colors available.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Setting the Table

Well, anyone who knew me in design school or really anyone who has been to a design studio knows that the creative process isn't usually a tidy one.  I typically pride myself in an orderly home, but as soon as I start a project..... my creativity explodes.  Ironically as I create a sophisticated and clean space for a dining room, I have completely covered mine with images, fabric/paint swatches and catalogs (don't worry my fancy candle sticks are still there just to remind me to not get out of hand!)

Since mine is in temporary disarray, I pulled out a few of my favorite dining table shots to keep me on the straight and narrow!  Hope you enjoy!

Perfect for outdoor casual entertaining.  I love the mix of the colors and the warm candle light!

Crisp and simple but far from boring.  I would have loved a textured vase for those flowers though!

This table cloth has all the right pizazz!  The white and red accessories on the table are the perfect finishing touch.

The colors in this image don't drive me wild, but i think this could be a great holiday place setting.  Especially if you could incorporate a seating arrangement on the ribbon somehow.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Dining on an Empty Stomach... I mean... Room

I just started work on an EMPTY dining room that will soon become a posh hangout for a Hip Young Family.  They bought their home a few years ago and have yet to tackle the space, which happens to be directly adjacent to their front door.  I'm thrilled to have been enlisted to whip this "Empty Cave" into "Chic First Impression!"  I'll post before pictures early next week, but to wet your whistle here are some concept photo's from the client.... Oh how I love a Hip Family with good taste!

After our first meeting, we decided that this would be our direction because of the inviting look and warm contrast. 

Clean, inviting and covered in elegant details.

We are going to do a custom stone top table for the space!  I love all the details in this image... Great mix of textures, styles and materials.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Reclaimation Station!

The enviornmental movement has really taken off in the past few years. With this insurgence, there has also come so many chic ways to be green! While I personally think its fabulous to make small changes daily that can help save our environment, why not apply some of those same ideas to make your interiors more fabulous too!  There is a certain panache associated with surrounding yourself with things that have been around for longer than you have, so using reclaimed or repurposed items can add instant character to a space.... and you also get the extra feel good vibe for doing something good!

Here are some great finds around Dallas and beyond:

Re-purposed wine bottles as wine tumblers.  Not only does this restaurant use them in their daily service, but they sell them on site too!-Rise

These architectural artifacts were salvaged from the ruins of old houses in India. Definitely adds an old world touch... makes me wish things were still made like this for everyday use!    -Wisteria

A limited edition pendant fixture made from a cache of vintage holophane glass salvaged from a Connecticut aeronautics factory.  This company also has a green philosophy that they apply to their manufacturing practice.  Extra feel good points here! -Remain's Lighting

This chair back is covered in an old french feed sack, very chic and so different.  You could do this with almost any vintage textile.  Check out their website or stroll-in for other one of a kinds- B Gover Ltd

These art panels are made from slivers of reclaimed boat hulls, very textural and totally one of a kind!-Big Mango