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.
Today I would like to introduce you to Frederick Rayner, a multi-talented impressive Dallas native. If you have the pleasure to get to know him, he will inspire you with his quick wit on so many fronts: culture, culinary arts, literature, philosophy, or maybe just in the amusing way that processes life. If you do not already know Frederick, he is the COO and co-founder of Continue reading
I want to share one of my favorite New Orleans stores for your Magazine Street shopping: Continue reading
Ahhhh, Magazine Street Shopping for antiques and Interior Design. The stores are located in beautiful old houses- built with the fabulous New Orleans proportions. The architecture is unique and the history is tangible. Here are a few shops that sum up the look nicely. They are actually located in a 2-3 block stretch of great Interior Design resources on Magazine Street. (see map below)
I’m at Huffington Post Home this week sharing Top Design Highlights from Design Bloggers Conference. I have recapped presentations of keynote interior design word legends Newell Turner, Charlotte Moss, Barbara Barry and Windsor Smith…and filled you in on who else presented at this star-studded conference. Head over to Huffington Post Home to check it out!
I have long been a fan of the style and good taste of McAlpine Tankersley projects. It was a pleasant surprise to cross paths with Greg Tankersley in the world of social media. His creativity extends beyond the work we have visually devoured in magazines over the years; he is a witty and charming conversationalist as well. I have quoted him previously because he has such an amusing perspective on all things design. I had the honor of a casual interview with Greg- and he is now on MY list of people I would most like to have dinner with! Meet Greg:
Currently Living: Three homes: Montgomery, AL, Lake Martin, AL and New York, New York (that certainly runs the gamut) Continue reading
Philippe Grohe, head of Axor/Hansgrohe SE, on what makes design good:
”For me personally, good design should have a notion of timelessness. A well-designed object is able to trigger an emotional response through aesthetics, while, at the same time, fulfilling its function. Ideally, it should also integrate symbolic content and present a technological innovation. Good design, and this is the pretense we follow with the Axor brand, should always change our awareness for what we are doing when we use a product. A well-designed bathroom fixture, for example, should first and foremost clean our skin, then it should produce an emotional response, and finally, it should leave us with the conscious experience that water is a valuable resource. Our newest collaboration with Philippe Starck, Axor Starck Organic, embodies this pretense very well.”
The Modenus BlogTour Cologne trip was an incredible experience in so many ways. It was a privilege to see an international Furnishings & Kitchen and Bath show of the scale of IMM Living Kitchen because we were exposed to products designed for different cultures and spacial uses – also technologies that are way ahead of what we have in the US. Below is a photographic tour of Kitchen and Bath trends 2013: Continue reading