The Illusion of Marble

Believe it or not but these gorgeous mantels are made of plaster, not marble. Thanks to the incredible talent of the artist who painted the faux marble, thousands of dollars were saved in creating this high-end look.  The illusion of marble is so convincing that the eye would not even doubt the “marble” of these mantels.

faux marble mantel, plaster mantels that look like marble

 

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Remodeling Trend: Glass Tiles

Glass is making it’s mark in remodeling trends, in kitchens and especially in bathrooms. Glass tiles for shower walls, back-splashes and accent tiles in flooring add a noticeable sparkle, color and depth not found in stone or ceramic tiles. The choices are getting more sophisticated too.

glass tiles blue green glass tile mosaic

The above glass tile mosaics are gorgeous, aren’t they?

gold leaf glass tiles

The above tiles are reflective gold leaf with slight patina.

mirrored metallic leafed tiles

These mirrored glass tiles are available in platinum, white gold or rose gold leafing…

obsidian tiles

 The handsome tiles above are made of obsidian, volcanic glass.

Which ones do you like? Do these inspire you?

If you have any questions or topics you would like to read about, be sure to let us know! Have a great day and a wonderful Easter weekend-

Clever Interior Design Ideas

With April Fools day right around the corner,

marble armchair

photo credit: designboom.com

How funny is this Louis XV style armchair in “marble” digitally printed fabric?!

gun door knobThe gun doorknobs…image source unknown.

white panel wallpaperPanels…or wallpaper….? I love this! See more here.

trompe loeil painted floor ideathis bathroom floor is one of my all time favorites, I love humorous influences to design.

mens room ladies at the urinalsI have nothing to add to this one…

If you have any examples of CLEVER INTERIOR DESIGN, please share!  Send photos to Courtney Price Design and we will do another post. Have a great, humor filled day!

Console Yourself – Console Tables In Interior Design

Console tables have a long history of being a hot commodity among designers because of their functionality and good looks.

The photo below of Coco Chanel’s foyer in Paris highlights the console table’s ability to transform interiors:

coco chanel's paris foyer

photo credit: Isabel Perdomo

History of the Console Table:

Console tables come to us from french furniture designs of the 18th century. Originally, they were small, half-moon shaped tables fastened to the wall at counter height with a “console”, which is a little curved bracket. Sometimes these special little tables had front legs to make it look like it was free-standing. Eventually, they did become free-standing, still with the half-moon shape, or sometimes a small rectangular shape. Over time, these little tables evolved to become as useful as they were decorative.

2 tiered console

Sleek update of the console, available for purchase.

contemporary console table

Contemporary console above, available for purchase.

French Console

Antique console, Louis XV, available for purchase.

gold console

The above is a gilded Louis XV console with marble top.

Louis XV walnut console

Another Louis XV console, this time made of walnut, that auctioned recently at Bonhams.

German Rococo faux marble and oak console

German Rococo faux marble and oak console that auctioned recently at Bonhams as well.

console bedside table

Pair of console bedside tables used in classic meets contemporary feel, photo courtesy of desiretoinspire.

Whatever your personal style, a console table is a beautiful addition to any room. If you would like help locating a console for your home let us know.

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Chic Fire Screens

Most people think of fire screens only on the coldest days of winter, when they are ready to light a fire. That is great and all, but….no matter what the season, it is important to remember that the hearth area is often THE focal point of a room. It is important to consider the fire screen carefully, as it will definitely be noticed by your guests… [Read more…]