Taking Inspiration from Nature

"The day I see a leaf is a marvel of a day"

                                                                                     -Kenneth Patton 

 'Serenity' by Louann Brechler

'Serenity' by Louann Brechler

Be inspired by nature!  Talented Florida-based photographer and artist, Louann Brechler's photography above inspires us to bring the colors of nature indoors.  Let us show you how you can use greens and greys of nature to add a fun, modern twist to your interior...

 

 SW Light French Grey

SW Light French Grey

 SW Classic French Grey

SW Classic French Grey

 SW Outrageous Green

SW Outrageous Green

 SW Gauntlet Grey

SW Gauntlet Grey

Green can be so unexpected and yet so welcoming...

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Green is a great foil to the greys that are so popular in design today.  They 'talk' to each other... Greeen freshens up grey and grey calms green.  It works in modern, traditional, formal and quirky settings.

 

Dining Rooms and Family Rooms...

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Katie Ridder room below

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minh ngo@taverne-agency.com

This is one of my favorite ways to see bright green used in a room.  I love a traditionally styled french chair with the upholstery in a surprising green.  Such a fresh twist!

Kitchens and Baths...

 Katie Ridder

Katie Ridder

Okay, it's not grey... but green looks pretty good with black in a bathroom!

 Greg Natale Interiors

Greg Natale Interiors

 view of the same kitchen from the dining room by Greg Natale Interiors

view of the same kitchen from the dining room by Greg Natale Interiors

Do you see what a great conversation grey and green are having here?!  Love the calcutta marble next to the green cabinetry.  Gorgeous and timeless.

 

a more contemporary kitchen in grey and green

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General Contractors

another Katie Ridder home... 

Bedrooms...

You don't have to paint an entire room Outrageous Green, sometimes a pop of fresh green really brightens up a room and gives it a polished finish.  

 Bernhardt Furniture

Bernhardt Furniture

Accessories...

Think of the greenery you add when the room is complete.  Plants always add that lovely gold green.

 Vagabond Vintage

Vagabond Vintage

 Scalamandre Chinese Gator Wallcovering

Scalamandre Chinese Gator Wallcovering

 Anna Griffin quilt fabric

Anna Griffin quilt fabric

 Bungalow 5 Brussels Lamp

Bungalow 5 Brussels Lamp

 Bretby Vase on Etsy AgeAgainstMachine

Bretby Vase on Etsy AgeAgainstMachine

Another pretty fabric-  this one by Allesandra Branca for Schumacher

 Elizabeth in Acid Green Greige by Schumacher

Elizabeth in Acid Green Greige by Schumacher

Picture any ornate mirror lacquered in outrageous green and hung on a beautiful classic french grey wall...

 SW Classic French Grey

SW Classic French Grey

 Christopher Guy Mirror

Christopher Guy Mirror

... or green can be lacquered onto a piece of furniture.

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 green small appliances in a kitchen gives it a fresh pop

one last photo inspiration from nature and Louann...

 Grayton's Glow by Louann Brechler

Grayton's Glow by Louann Brechler

We love this color palette!  Can you tell?  :)

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Finding your niche

niche  /niCH/

 

noun

  1. 1.a shallow recess, esp. one in a wall to display a statue or other ornament.

    synonyms:recessalcovenookcrannyhollowbaycavitycubbyhole,pigeonhole More

verb

  1. 1.  place or position (something) in a niche.

    Wow, niches can be really difficult.. Builders love to add them to new homes but homebuyers are often confounded as to what to put in them?  We are asked often:  "What do I put in this thing?"  Often folks go on a shopping trip just to fill the niche!  In case your home has one or multiple niches, we have done the research to show you some creative possibilities for your niche(s). 

 Simple and architectural wooden rings from Arteriors.

Simple and architectural wooden rings from Arteriors.

Not only would these look great in a contemporary setting, but also in a more traditional room.  They're so simple and striking! Simple is key...  try not to accessorize with lots of little things.  It ends up looking cluttered and fussy.  Plus you have to dust all those fake flower arrangements... ugh!

 Another cool organic Arteriors sculpture.

Another cool organic Arteriors sculpture.

We love the organic feel of this sculpture.  Plus, it's huge!  Scale is another factor to keep in mind when outfitting a niche.  Be bold! You don't have to spend lots of money to do something like this.  It is possible to find natural items that you can drag home and place.  Just make sure you check for creatures first!   

 Adding something with meaning helps create a story especially at the entrance of your home.

Adding something with meaning helps create a story especially at the entrance of your home.

We found this santo on Ebay.  He's not perfect, and his patina is part of the beauty. Also, he tells a story about the spiritual dimension of a home.  Consider a protective santos to watch over kiddos., pets and exhausted parents. 

 

 Currey & Co mirror.

Currey & Co mirror.

 Moroccan Mirror by Wisteria.

Moroccan Mirror by Wisteria.

These mirrors would be beautiful in a niche that isn't deep enough to use a sculpture.  We love the shape of the tops for use in an arched niche.  A simple succulent arrangement in front would be a perfect companion piece.

And finally...art glass always works in niches--especially if the niche is outfitted with a wall-washing can light to illuminate the glass.  

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Hope you enjoy our ideas for niches and find some inspiration for your own project.  Now...go find your niche!  

Traditional to Contemporary!

This small living room used to be a forgotten space, rarely used by the homeowners. Many of us have rooms like this:  we simply don't know what to do with the space! We changed the flooring to warm wood, ditched the old furniture and added a custom rug, a couple of dreamy sofas from Thayer Coggin, and finished it off with fabulous art pieces. What a transformation! Now this room is inviting, comfortable and perfectly contemporary.  A great space to read or unwind at the end of day with a glass of wine.

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Lunch with Wesley Hall

San Antonio showroom: KBK To the Trade, hosted a lunch in welcoming the furniture and upholstery designer company Wesley Hall. To represent Wesley Hall, the President Zach Taylor and furniture designer Peter Jacob who did a wonderful acquainting and reacquainting the Wesley Hall culture that has inspired the company and designs.

Peter Jacob

The focal point of the presentation was to share the process behind the new designs that feature a classic yet contemporary element that Wesley Hall strives to provide for their clients. Since furniture and home aesthetic is such an investment and statement, Wesley Hall has proven to reflect large spectrum of tastes but sharing the common factor of quality, and effectiveness.

-to design furniture using notes of tradition tied in with cleanliness.
— Peter Jacob

The most recent designs by Peter Jacobs were inspired by menswear but keeping in mind for a room not to communicate too seriously. My first impression of the pieces and fabrics that he shared made me feel happy, they enabled a sense a unique freshness. Every piece reminded me of a different style, whether it be traditional, modern, or eccentric. But what intrigued me the most, regardless of the differing origin in appearance, it all looked so beautiful together. It seems eclectic, but with an actual purpose. When you take a closer look, there is a fluidity among the textures, color, and shape of the furniture which is one of my favorite characteristics of the designs.

 The Social Sofa

The Social Sofa

The social sofa was a piece that I found so fascinating and smart. It has several aspects that really turn this piece into a story that many can relate to. The social sofa in other words is versatile. This is a great piece to use in front of a window without blocking the view or light, to be used as a lounge chair for 1 or 2, and to simply be used as a regular sofa, but not look like a regular sofa! This piece perfectly encaptures Wesley Hall and Peter Jacob; tradition with a  clean twist and quality. It says exactly this...

At Wesley Hall our goal is to create a line beyond what you have always trusted.
— Peter Jacob

Local Artisans...

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 Recent resin diptych installation in Stone Oak.

Recent resin diptych installation in Stone Oak.

San Antonio has some truly talented people that we have the pleasure of working with on a regular basis.  We love supporting local artists and artisans.  Marissa Starr is one of our favorites.

Marissa is a contemporary, mixed media artist born and raised right here in San Antonio. We have worked with Marissa a number of times for clients to create custom work for their homes. Marissa paints with a variety of media but we particularly love her glossy, dimensional resin pieces. Her work is absolutely stunning and works in both contemporary as well as traditional homes. Marissa's work is featured in various private and public collections nationwide.  We are lucky to have such talent right here in SATX!

For more information or to see more of Marissa's work, check out her website at http://www.marissastarr.com or go to:  www.jeanmarcfrey.com or www.laurarathe.com.

Vernalagnia

VERNALAGNIA

 New Covent Garden Flower Market

New Covent Garden Flower Market

[noun]

1. a romantic mood inspired by Spring.

2. happiness brought about by Spring.

Also known as Spring Fever - Grandiloquent Dictionary

Spring has sprung in San Antonio and we have a bad case of vernalagnia!  Time to get inspired by the awesome beauty of springtime in Texas and ponder how we can translate the outdoor wonder to our homes.

 Susan Kemp  PLB Hill and Flowers

Susan Kemp  PLB Hill and Flowers

 San Antonio Botanical Gardens

San Antonio Botanical Gardens

 Ranches of Brushy Top

Ranches of Brushy Top

 photo from Veranda Magazine

photo from Veranda Magazine

 from Veranda

from Veranda

 photo from Veranda 

photo from Veranda 

 ArchitectureArtDesigns.com

ArchitectureArtDesigns.com

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 taken from The Enchanted Home

taken from The Enchanted Home

 pamiam.com  dining room inspired by spring itself

pamiam.com  dining room inspired by spring itself

 photo LoveGrowsWild.com

photo LoveGrowsWild.com

Blogworthy in January

We get really excited when we work with people or companies who make our lives better and easier.  This month with our focus on organizing, our blogworthy company is The Container Store. I just love walking up and down the aisles of this store simply for inspiration!  Any storage issue you may have, and some you didn't know you do have can be resolved in this candy shop for compulsive organizers or those of us who aspire to be organized.

 Elfa Eye Candy

Elfa Eye Candy

 

What brought me to The Container Store is a remodeling project we are doing which include creating two new closets.  The closets are being relocated partly into attic space and so will have angled ceilings to contend with.  Before the space was even framed out, we were able to walk into the store and get the closet set up based on our client's needs using their Elfa system. The angle of the ceiling, the shelving units, hanging storage, shoe storage were all included in our plans. Fernando, the closet designer I worked with just made it so darn easy!  By the time he was finished, I had the color plans, knew the cost, and had an installation date set up.  I could barely "contain" myself!

 Another beautiful color coordinated closet using Elfa

Another beautiful color coordinated closet using Elfa

 An elevation of a closet in the design process...

An elevation of a closet in the design process...

All the fun stuff!  Great containers to make your space neat and unified.

 viewable storage

viewable storage

 hidden storage

hidden storage

 jewelry storage

jewelry storage

And did I mention... all Elfa systems and installation are 30% off until Februatry 11th?  Get yourself to The Container Store!

 shoe storage that folds up flat

shoe storage that folds up flat

New Year

and so it begins... 2014

 Photo from Dwell magazine...  fun modern calendar by Kristina Krogh

Photo from Dwell magazine...  fun modern calendar by Kristina Krogh

I love January.  It's that time of year when you get to reinvent yourself, declutter your house and life, and set new goals.  New Year's Resolutions are still fresh and full of potential.  All the holiday decorations have been stored, the house looks stark and clean in comparison.   I find that fresh scrubbed feeling inspiring.  January will be the month to get those storage spaces like the pantry organized.  

inspiration...

elfa pantry shelves

However, getting it clean is one thing...  keeping it clean is quite another, especially when you have a family! That's why organization is so important.   Having a functional space lends itself to keeping your things and life under control. 

 Organized pantry from Country Living

Organized pantry from Country Living

I really love the shallow storage in these pantries.  Makes for a quick check to see if anything needs restocking.  

 Better Homes and Gardens has lots of inspiring photos, plus month by month organizing guides to help keep you on track.

Better Homes and Gardens has lots of inspiring photos, plus month by month organizing guides to help keep you on track.

The pull out drawers in this pantry are interesting although I do wonder how high up these drawers go.  Would you be able to see in those top drawers without a step ladder?  I do think all the vertical storage for baking pans, cleaning supplies, and cutting boards is a great addition as well. 

This doesn't have the high end furniture look of some of our other inspiration pantries, but how uber practical would this be?  Being able to adjust the height on all those shelves is such a great feature.  And how about that 'floor to ceiling' carousel!  Does anyone else have kids who would take a ride on this?  You'd find them all curled up by the Milky Bones with a supportive sibling spinning them.

Kudos on the functionality of this.  You would never know that behind those sleek cabinet doors there was so much going on.

I love pantries that don't necessarily 'feel' like a storage closet.  I love the natural light and the chair that doubles as a foot stool.... hmmm, maybe it triples as the time-out chair as well?

The next step is to figure out what you're going to keep.  If you haven't gone through your pantry in a while chances are there are lots of items that need to be tossed.  Measure your shelves.  Get an idea of what you need and the space you have before you go shopping.  Do this first and it will save you time and money.

storage tools...

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  I love these Fido italian canning jars I found at Home Goods.  They're so pretty to look at!  

 little baskets can hold small groupings of seasonings... maybe all your italian or asian oils and vinegars.  This basket is from The Container Store

little baskets can hold small groupings of seasonings... maybe all your italian or asian oils and vinegars.  This basket is from The Container Store

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These wall hooks are from World Market.  I'm thinking they would be cute to hang aprons in a pantry.

There are lots of storage tools.  Baskets in all on style help unify a space and look really nice together.  Clear glass jars not only look great, but help keep items fresh.

 Willow Storage Baskets from Ballard Designs

Willow Storage Baskets from Ballard Designs

 Labeling a small piece of painters tape underneath your jars and baskets can help everyone in the family know where to put things back until they get used to your newly organized pantry.  

Labeling a small piece of painters tape underneath your jars and baskets can help everyone in the family know where to put things back until they get used to your newly organized pantry.  

 The Container Store

The Container Store

If you have a corner in your pantry, use a turntable like the one above for all those oddballs like toothpicks, birthday candles, and leftover chopsticks from takeout.  

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Add clear acrylic magazine holders to your pantry and you have a place to store recipes, owners manuals for small appliances stored in your pantry, and issues of cooking magazines that you'd like to have handy without creating a mess of stacked papers.


my own before and after...

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 Basic plan of how items will be placed back into the pantry after they have been sorted.

Basic plan of how items will be placed back into the pantry after they have been sorted.

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It was exhausting, but I finally got my pantry under control, oh, and changed out a lightbulb!   

TGID- Thank God It's Done!

For even more inspiration check us out on Pinterest!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interior Design Awards Best of Year 2013

I got an email the other morning from Yellow Goat Designs asking for me to vote for them in this years Interior Design Best of Year 2013.  Of course I would!  YGD has some very cool designs...check them out!

 YGD lighting- Nest

YGD lighting- Nest

 YGD dishy

YGD dishy

 YGD fusion

YGD fusion

I figured I'd do my voting for them and be on my way in about five minutes.  Boy, was I wrong!  I spent the next hour browsing through all the cool entries in this years contest.  Let me show you a few of the things that caught my eye

Rugs...

 Capri Virtu rug Process Unlimited, designed by David Shaw Nicholls

Capri Virtu rug Process Unlimited, designed by David Shaw Nicholls

 Saerpo rug; Cliff Young Ltd

Saerpo rug; Cliff Young Ltd

 Stephanie Odegard Floral Oushak

Stephanie Odegard Floral Oushak

Furniture.... 

 Atlas Side Table   Avram Rusu Studio

Atlas Side Table 

Avram Rusu Studio

 Floating Origins Accent Tables  Phillips Collection

Floating Origins Accent Tables

Phillips Collection

 Piece of Ash  Modern Market

Piece of Ash

Modern Market

 Clarke Tavolo Flexform  Designed by Carlo Colombo

Clarke Tavolo Flexform

Designed by Carlo Colombo

Wallcoverings... 

 Joel Berman Glass Studios  Tessella paneling

Joel Berman Glass Studios

Tessella paneling

 Chinois Ann Sacks  designed by Robert Kuo

Chinois Ann Sacks

designed by Robert Kuo

 Meystyle LED and Crystal wallcovering   Designlush

Meystyle LED and Crystal wallcovering

 Designlush

 Rollout Cosmology

Rollout Cosmology

Kitchen and Bath... 

 Kallista Bacifiore 

Kallista Bacifiore 

 Miele

Miele

 Bertazzoni Arancio  Professional Series

Bertazzoni Arancio

Professional Series