Artist Spotlight: Mark McDowell

Mark McDowell lighing and furniture as seen on www.CourtneyPrice.com

Every surface of the room is McDowell’s canvas, and he’ll even provide the lighting.

Mark McDowell’s case good pieces are sculptural, his choice of materials inspired, and his style always evolving. This award-winning designer is surprisingly modest for his level of talent. He is not one to look back on his breathtaking accomplishments in a self-congratulatory way; his focus is always about eighteen months into the future, onto the next collection. As he designed this latest collection and considered how his pieces will play out in a room, he visualized and then actualized paintings to complement the pieces. Five of his paintings graced the walls of the John-Richard showroom during April High Point market, and those very five paintings sold immediately.  Giclee reproductions are available for purchase.

Mark McDowell’s latest collection ushers in a new wave of luxury penthouse style with warm woods, textural finishes, Moroccan patterns and Asian influences (which are a nod to his Japanese heritage). Seduced by the beauty in the details, his innovative style respectfully pushes traditional and contemporary boundaries. His handsome collection appeals to a discerning collector –  with form that graces function using metals and sensuous finishes which include antique brass, pebble shagreen, stunning woods. His latest collection for John-Richard includes over 75 floor and table lamps, 50 furniture items, and 15 chandeliers and sconces.

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Interview with Orlando Soria of Get It Together!

Book preview and Interview with Orlando Soria of GET IT TOGETHER! on www.CourtneyPrice.com

Get it Together! is hands down the funniest, most entertaining design and lifestyle book ever. Anyone who wants to lighten up and live a beautiful life will devour Orlando Soria’s hilarious, conversational style of writing- and likely feel like he is your new best friend. You may already be familiar with his blog Hommemaker – or have seen him on HGTV, or follow him on social media. His fan base is enormous and vocally appreciative of his authenticity.  Soria shares the good and bad of his personal and professional journey with an honest transparency-  in a relaxed way that makes him seem so familiar and human that readers may feel like they actually know him in real life. His light-hearted approach evokes a page by page LOL, inviting us to rethink how seriously we take ourselves.  [Read more…]

Haute Bohemians by Miguel Flores-Vianna

Haute Bohemians review on www.CourtneyPrice.com

London based Miguel Flores-Vianna is a photographer and writer and has been an editor for more than twenty years. His photography is regularly published in various American and European magazines, and if you are like me, you have been saving his images for years. While his subjects are elegant spaces and places across the globe, there is something quite unique about his talent for seeing things in a way that others don’t- and his way of seeing things makes an enormous impression on those of us who get to see his work.  I didn’t realize just how much of a fan I was of his work until I flipped through the book and fell in love all over again with quite a few of my favorite design projects that I had torn from magazines over the years, like the one shown below.

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AT HOME with DOGS and their DESIGNERS, Sharing a Stylish Life

AT HOME with DOGS and their DESIGNERS, Sharing a Stylish Life

By Susanna Salk 

Kelly Wearstler's dog Willie, on www.CourtneyPrice.com

Kelly Wearstler’s dog Willie

Susanna Salk and Stacy Bewkes have done it again with their AT HOME WITH series, inviting us into the posh homes of 21 dog-loving interior designers. We get to see just how much these top designers value the lucky dogs in their lives and how they thoughtfully design their homes around these pups. The designers provide resources and tips for designing with dogs in mind.  If you are familiar with Stacy Bewkes’ social media presence, you know to expect excellent photography, and trust me when I say that she doesn’t disappoint with this visual feast. Robert Couturier kicks off this dog & designer show with a beautiful foreward.

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Baccarat Hotel, New York

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Hands down, hotel design is exponentially more creative than residential design. With laser-like focus, sensory details are designed to seduce guests into the vortex of the experience being offered, satisfy imaginations, and whet appetites for a return visit or recommendation. Hospitality design pushes the usual boundaries of design in ways that can make the strange seem familiar, and the familiar seem strange.

The 1st and only Baccarat Hotel, in Midtown New York, reimagines the elegance and perfection of the legendary French crystal maker into a luxury hospitality brand.  The beauty is in the details of shimmery neutrals accented by the rich baccarat red. [Read more…]