There is nothing better than a relaxing morning browse through the Wall Street Journal Magazine, just to stumble upon a gorgeous London home- wow! Anybody who has ever been to the posh clubs Annabel’s, Mark’s Club, George, Harry’s Bar or The Bath & Racquets Club might expect the look of this handsome London flat for Robin Birley, son of billionaire businessman Mark Birley- well known for his members-only nightclubs. Chock full of massive collections of art and accessories, this charming Knightsbridge flat weaves textures, patterns, and color magnificently into a warm eclectic look.
High gloss is the most reflective and “blingy” paint finish there is. Because it is the most durable and cleanable, it is a great choice for molding and trim. It is also mildew resistant, making it a good finish for kitchens and bathrooms. I am a big fan of using high gloss in dining rooms because the high sheen creates an elegant sense of depth and drama, reflecting light all around the room. In a design sense, high gloss walls are not for the uncertain or squeamish. They involve considerably more labor and skill than other paint finishes in order to get the paint streak free. Also the walls must be perfectly smooth, seamless and flawless, so wall repairs and resurfacing are likely to need to be done before painting. High gloss paint is unforgiving so it should be done by specialists. However,
I couldn’t agree more, David Hicks is spot ON about the power of great art against white walls… which allows for the perfect opportunity to introduce a very talented photographer, Joe Horner, a Dallas native who just had a fabulous show. Here is the artist in front of some of the must-have works from his latest series:
“I love photography intimate details of nature that show the intricate colors, texture and shapes in the natural world that is so often unnoticed in our daily lives” -Joe Horner
These images are available as 8″x10″ photographic prints with a wrapped edge on a wooden block. They are ready to hang and include a wood wall cleat hanger.
The wrapped edge on these images is very clean and sharp. The colors are so incredibly vibrant that I had to share details of some of my favorite Joe Horner flower photos:
Prints are metallic photographic prints protected with a laminate.
These prints provide for vibrant saturated colors, and the beautiful clean edge finishing makes for a stunning presentation.
I would recommend buying more than one so you can create a grouping for maximum visual effect, blending color and texture into an impressive pop of color for home or office. What a wonderful way to always have fresh flowers in your room!
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.
The above glass tile mosaics are gorgeous, aren’t they?
The above tiles are reflective gold leaf with slight patina.
These mirrored glass tiles are available in platinum, white gold or rose gold leafing…
The handsome tiles above are made of obsidian, volcanic glass.
Which ones do you like? Do these inspire you?
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TROMPE L’OEIL: a French term literally meaning “trick the eye”. Sometimes called illusion-ism, it is a style of painting which gives the appearance of three-dimensional, or photographic realism. It flourished from the Renaissance onward. The discovery of linear perspective in fifteenth-century Italy and advancements in the science of optics in the seventeenth-century Netherlands enabled artists to render objects and spaces with eye-fooling exactitude. Both playful and intellectually serious, trompe artists toy with spectators’ seeing to raise questions about the nature of art and perception.
“You definitely don’t want to be entertaining people at your home and WHAM…. a shelf falls off the wall and cracks your dinner guest over the head. This is not the kind of thing we want happening to any of our readers!” Many thanks to this blogger for showing us how it is done.