Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Hickory Chair Spring Market 2012

There are staple companies in my design library that constantly inspire and intrigue me...  Hickory Chair being one.  Hickory Chair, out of Hickory, North Carolina, prides themselves on quality construction and top notch design.  I am never disappointed with the new market introductions that come out each year and this year I was ecstatic!  Although I adore every one of their new pieces, here are my favorites...

I love the clean lines of the new Atelier Arm and Side Chairs from the Atelier Collection.  As you can see, by changing the finish and/or fabric you have a totally different look.  I can't decide which one I like best. :)

This sexy table was inspired by a French industrial factory work table - the original table had metal supports with a planked top.  Hickory Chair's version has been crafted in ash with hand carved pedestals and a quartered ash top. 

I love this new Muse Bed.  With Hickory Chair, the sky is the limit when it comes to customization.  So, you can take this bed and make it your own with their fabric and finish availability. 

I can see these Serge Ottomans floating in a room or tucked under a fabulous table!

The Serge Ottoman is also included in the M2M (Made to Measure) line which means it is available in almost any size you can imagine! 

Inspired by a 17th Century Italian metal garden table, this Italian Console makes its timeless debut. 

I love the lines of this Malbec sofa also from the Atelier Collection.  My favorite part about it is...

The angled back!!

The new Remy Series drew inspiration from the Japanese Tansu cabinet. It is tremendously versatile, with the ability to order the Remy Base, a Two Door Cabinet, and a Three Drawer Chest individually or group them together.


Thursday, May 17, 2012

Saunders Architecture

As an interior designer who focuses on form, texture, shape and human interactions with my designs for full functionality, I appreciate a fellow designer | architect who truly speaks to their client in such a manner.  Every once and a while, I come across talent that makes me take a step back in awe - this is exactly how I feel about Saunders Architecture.

Saunders Architecture was founded by a Canadian architect, Todd Saunders, in 1998.  After studying at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax and McGill in montreal, he became a well known architect rather quickly.  His work is strongly contemporary and he is known for blending nature with structure to create a beautiful piece of art. 

His work can be seen across Norway, where they are based, as well as England, Denmark, Italy, Sweden and Canada.  Below are some of my favorite works thus far...  

Aurland Lookout, Norway - this amazing structure is part of a tourist route

Aurland WC, Norway - even the Lookout's toilet facilities were well designed! 

Squish Studio, Fogo Island - one of six artist's studios along the Newfoundland island. 

Hardanger Retreat, Norway - one of their first projects to show their abilities. It was "self-initiated and self-financed".

Villa G, Norway

Villa Storingavika, Norway

Alendal Summerhouse, Norway - planned to complete construction this year.


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

From Runway to [Pseudo] Real Life

Yesterday at the London premier of "Snow White and the Huntsman", the fabulous Charlize Theron stepped out in Christian Dior Couture.  This dress was one of my favorites from Dior's Spring 2012 line.  I think Theron did an excellent - if not better - job translating this dress from the runway.

Dress as worn on Dior's Spring 2012 Runway....

Love that Theron swapped the nude hotpants for black!

Can't get enough of the emerald green jewelry by Solange Azagury-Partridge. I'm a bit obsessed with that funky line right now! 


Thursday, May 10, 2012

American Society of Interior Designers | Wine & Design

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) South Central Chapter hosted the annual Wine and Design event this past April and one of my favorite things about this night is the fashion show.  

But this isn't any typical fashion show. This is a fashion show in which 4 ASID members (2 manufacturer's representatives and 2 designers - professional or student) are challenged to design artistically inspired garments made from commonly used interior design materials - ie. tile, carpet, laminate.  The rules were that at least 40% of each interior material is used in the garment and that the main color of the garment was selected from a handful of Pittsburgh Paint's forecasted interior colors for 2012!  It's brilliant! 

This year, there were 14 teams and this wonderful event benefited Our House, which is a local organization offering shelter and aid for the working homeless.  

This is when you truly see the creativity of these talented designers come out.  It's a fun night and below are the evenings' winning designs.  

Best of Show 
Product used in garment provided by Eykon Wallcovering & Surface Solutions
Designed by Kim Prescott & Jessica DeBerry

Best Construction
Product used in garment provided by Mannington Carpet & Formica
Designed by Toni Wyre & Meridith Hamilton ;)

Honorable Mention | Professional 
Product used in garment provided by Kimball Office & WilsonArt
Designed by Gozde Gursoy & Mayfair Fuller

Honorable Mention | Student
Product used in garment provided by Shaw Carpets & Consentio
Designed by Adrienne Meachem & Katie Walker

Most Wearable and Crowd Favorite
Product used in garment provided by OFS & Acme Brick & Tile
Designed by Laure Antonetti & Katrina Griswood

Main Sponsors:
PPG Pittsburgh Paints
At Home in Arkansas
Curtis Stout

Master of Ceremonies:
Korto Momolu

Laura Asaaf, Our House
Jhane Barnes, fashion designer
Diane Carroll, editor-in-chief of At Home in Arkansas
Kellie Clements, interior designer
Missy Lipps, fashion designer

photography courtesy of  ML Baxley


Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Opening Up...At Home in Arkansas, May 2012 Spread

I have been in this business for thirteen years now, yet seeing my work published never gets old!  Each of my projects are so special to me in their own way and my clients become a part of the MLH family during and after the process often leading to more work on other rooms and homes later on down the road.  So, finally seeing all of the hard work of each project photographed excites me!  

When I opened up this month's At Home in Arkansas to see this beautiful spread, I was so proud to be a part of such an amazing publication and team!  Below are some of my favorite shots taken by the oh-so-talented Nancy Nolan.  For the full story, before and after photos and a Q&A section, be sure to visit this At Home in Arkansas link.


Friday, May 4, 2012

Joe Fresh...My Hidden Treasure!

I love New York.  If I could live there, I would be there in a heart beat!  I love the hustle and bustle of each day and the energy of every night.  Of course, one of my favorite things to do while I am in New York City is to shop and this recent trip was not any different!

I enjoy finding new stores.  So, when my friend told me that I had to go to Joe Fresh when I made it to New York, I put it on my list and headed that way.  I was a little apprehensive when I saw the extremely reasonable price points on their website and was afraid of quality issues but I was pleasantly surprised when I walked into this fun store!

I decided to do more research on this little gem after returning home.  This Canadian-based company was launched as Joe Fresh Style in 2006 by designer Joseph Mimran and was only offered in major supermarkets.  However, as the fashion-forward consumer began to recognize the good quality of these trendy clothes at a great price, the line expanded.  It was not long before the line outgrew the supermarket, and the first flagship store was opened as simply Joe Fresh in 2010 in Vancouver.

For anyone going to New York anytime just MUST check out the newest store at 510 Fifth Avenue (which, incidentally, is adjacent to another of my favorites, Zara International).  The atmosphere of the store is light, clean and open.  The color scheme was left metals with white walls and fixtures to highlight the wonderfully colorful clothing.  It was a very reFreshing place to shop. ;)

Photos of New York flagship store courtesy of .tomate d'epingles.  


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Roll & Hill Lighting

When it comes to lighting, I can be rather picky and for good reason.  While there are some amazing lighting manufacturers to choose from, there are not so good ones as well.  So when I come across a company who is exceptional in this department, I am always thrilled to share them with my clients, use them in my current projects and of course, blog about them.

Enter Roll & Hill Lighting...The company was founded in January 2010 by Jason Miller, a designer and producer of contemporary lighting fixtures.  He was also the original designer of the oh-so-popular Superordinate Antler Chandelier. The same style can be seen as polished as ever in the Roll & Hill current line.

This New York City based line was recently acquired by my friends over at SR Hughes in Tulsa.  As soon as I received notice, I was interested and wanted to learn more about the Roll & Hill collection.  I fell in love with the clean lines combined with warm metallics and wood.  Take a look at my favorites...

The original Superordinate 12-Antler Chandelier

Modo 13-Globe Diamond Chandelier

Agnes Hanging Candelabra (classic romance meets modern - love this!)

Excel Chandelier

Agnes Chandelier

Trestle Table Lamp

Superordinate Antler Table Lamp