Sunday, November 11, 2012

Fabulous Jamie Beckwith Collection

Interior designer Jamie Beckwith not only creates gorgeous interiors out  of her Nashville Tennessee office but she also is the creative power behind the Jamie Beckwith Collection of architectural wood wall and flooring. 

I was on the internet researching (again), and don't know quite how I stumbled upon her flooring collection but I was thrilled when I found it! The hardwoods are available in a variety of species such as walnut, sawn white oak or plain sawn white oak, maple or ash and offered in a number of different finishes.  The patterns are what I found to be so beautiful.  

Sextant on the Floor
Sextant on the Wall

I really love the wood on the fireplace!  I think this is a stunning alternative to stone, brick or ceramic tile surrounds.  Something to think about!

Commercial installation on the wall.
Powder room installation

If you felt like your wall needed a little bling, she's got that too!!
These can be set into a wall installation.

All pictures are from the Jamie Beckwith website.

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Friday, November 9, 2012

Working for You!

I've been doing some research today for a client's office and thought I would share some of the pieces that caught my eye.  A few will be presented for her project and others I just like.  These items have a pretty quick turnaround time in case you might need to do some sprucing up before the holidays!!!
Fabulous finish!!

10" deep for those super skinny spots!

Wonderful texture on the frame with black glass.

Beautiful transitional styling. 


Gorgeous marble!

Iron finish or...
Gold finish!
Have a great weekend everyone!
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Monday, October 15, 2012

I'm Thinking of a Bar Cart...
I keep seeing bar carts everywhere!  Atlanta, New York, High Point -all the shows have them front and center.  We have a shop here in Alexandria called The Hour  and I always stop and gawk at the windows. They have the barware I want on my yet to be purchased bar cart!
 photo courtesy of The Hour Cocktail Shop
David Hicks shows had to display right on a table.
Joe Nye
 Deborah Needleman in Lonny
This one from I saw at market is almost identical.  Simple and classic.
 Extra detail....

Tom Felicia
I like this one if you want a simple display like Tom Felicia's

Tori Mellott in Domino
Restoration Hardware

 Ron Marvin in Lonny
With the holidays coming up (I know!) maybe a bar cart could be in your future!   

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

 10 Must Know Room Measurements
This article from House Beautiful is just too perfect to not reprint. It's almost so perfect that it's the kind of thing you want to keep at your finger tips or maybe post on your bulletin board! Some of our favorite designers were asked some questions on "how much" and "exactly where?" and their answers are below. 
Thanks House Beautiful!!!

Get your measurements right: an indispensable guide.


1. Dining Room Table
A 36-inch-wide rectangular table is perfect for conversation. A round table with a diameter of 48 inches seats six; a 60-inch round will handle eight standard dining chairs or 10 ballroom chairs.
—Charlotte Moss.

2. Light Fixtures
How big should an overhead light fixture be? Just add the length and width of the room in feet, and whatever number you come up with is, in inches, your guide for the fixture's diameter. So a 15-by-20-foot room would need a 35-inch-wide chandelier.
—Bunny Williams

3. Paint Coverage
One gallon of paint will cover about 400 square feet of wall.
—Alexa Hampton

4. Curtain Height
Mount curtains as high as possible to give the room more height, and let them break 1½ inches on the floor.
—Miles Redd

5. Kitchen Island
A kitchen island should be about 38 inches high—a little taller than the countertops—to be comfortable for prep.
—Thomas O'Brien

6. Window Treatment Width
Curtains should be 2½ to 3 times the width of the window. So if you're doing two panels, each should be 1¼ to 1½ times the window width. Buy a rod that's 20 inches wider than your window so it extends 10 inches on either side. Your window will seem much wider than it really is.
—Libby Langdon

7. Dining-Room Chandelier
The bottom of a dining-room chandelier should hang 36 inches above the table.
—Thom Filicia

8. Light Switches
Install light switches 36 inches above the floor and 1½ to 2 inches to the side of the door trim.
—Gil Schafer

9. Fabric for a Sofa
For a standard 84-inch sofa with exposed legs and a tight back, you'll need 14 yards of plain 54-inch-wide fabric. Add two yards for a skirt.
—Madeline Stuart

10. The Golden Ratio
From classical times to today, the golden ratio has always been the perfect proportion: 1 to 1.62.
—Eric Cohler


Monday, September 24, 2012

Addicted to Books!

If you are like me, I am addicted to books!  I love most any kind but of course my favorite kinds are the wonderful design books with fresh, glossy images to drool over.

I get my Amazon emails as frequently as the next person but does everyone get lost in all the info?   I love the feature that lets me see "inside" a book; I think that's really cool!  I recently got an email with a number of new Interior Design books and quickly put a few in my cart.  Here's one that I can't wait to feast my eyes on!

Amanda Nisbet has a new book out called Dazzling Design.  Fabulous!  Known for bold use of color and great attention to unexpected details, this book promises not to disappoint.

Amanda has been designing interiors since 1998.  She also designs fabrics for Holland and Sherry, lighting for Urban Electric and linen for Sferra.  

photo image- Jonny Valiant

Love the nightstand!!

Notice the touch of acrylic?

Daring deep blue.


I'm really looking forward to getting this book and being inspired!

order it here

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012


Brian Coleman has been working for the last year and a half along with Erik Kvalsvik, his amazing photographer, on yet another stunning book! 
Erik Kvalsvik and Brian Coleman
picture Fortuny blog
This time he has documented beautiful interiors created by designers around the world using Fortuny fabrics. He also shares with his readers the legacy of Mariano Fortuny and brings us up to date with the current owners Mickey and Maury Riad.
Mariano Fortuny at work in his Palazzo 
picture Fortuny website

In 1922, the Fortuny factory opened its doors on a small island, Giudecca, in what had once been a convent.  Mariano Fortuny resided in the Palazzo Pesaro degli Orfei, a palace built by the Pesaro family at the end of the 15th Century, and that is where he would study and conduct his experiments.  Today the Palazzo serves as a museum and many of the original fabrics, inventions, works of art and collections are open to the public to enjoy in the magnificent setting in which they were created.
The Riad brothers have taken over the management of the house of Fortuny since 1998 (you will have to visit the Fortuny website to read the amazing history!).   Carrying on the legacy Mariano Fortuny began, the fabric is still being produced in the same factory, on the same machines, using the same secret process and techniques handed down from generation to generation. The showrooms in Venice and New York have recently been expanded and renovated.  The New York showroom in the D & D Building has been renovated by Barry Dixon. 
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And just a few of the many, many full page pictures from the book....
 picture Erik Kvalsvik
 picture Erik Kvalsvik

Mariano Fortuny’s original powdered dyes at the factory in Venice.
picture Erik Kvalsvik  

Fabrics for inspiration....
Carnevalet Purple

Richelieu Purple
Persepolis Green
Murillo Green
Melagrana Marmalade and Silver
Absolutely inspiring day! 
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