Turning Plain Walls into Beautiful Works of Art!

Leather tiling for floors or walls is a gorgeous way to add glamour to any space. They are not only stylish and creative but they will age beautifully! Leather tiles are best used to draw attention to an area. By placing them behind the T.V., the T.V. becomes the focal point of this room. Also, they are great for bring unexpected texture. I love the way these tiles are incorporated with the textures from the ceiling, chandelier, couches, and all the other elements. I love the idea of using leather tiles behind a bed to add emphasis to the space. They are great for making a statement of luxury. These rooms look gorgeous; I love the mirrors for added texture! I also love these Textured Wall Panels. Using these make it easy to create a funky space while maintaining a classic and luxurious feel. How gorgeous would these be in your living room or bedroom? I also love the idea of using  these in a closet!   This is a fabulous company which I have come across, that features textured 3D PU leather tiles. The PU Leather is faux leather that also has a layer of water proof polyurethane.  This fabulous product brings forth a new dimension and concept for interior wall decorating. It enables a designer the ability to enhance flat walls with 3D surfaces that are not only visually rich, but also pleasing and stimulating to the eye.  I love the idea of using this material to transform a children’s play room or even using it in a home theater! Another marvelous company that really struck me was Bueno Glass. This is a form of art that utilizes blown glass to be placed on walls. They offer two different styles one for more rustic interiors which is the Stone Series and another which is more sleek and contemporary, the Silver Series. Despite their differences in appearance, they both are created using the methods of blown hot glass. All of the inspiration for these pieces is taken from nature in its purest for as you can see just simply from looking at the pieces, they are incredibly beautiful and offers an amazing opportunity for you to transform any wall into an open canvas! I hope that learning about these manufactures has inspired you to think about designing walls in a new and creative way! If you would like...
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Beautiful Accessories in Their Purest Form

I often find that people overlook the beauty of Mother Nature because it is given to us so freely. Today I would like to take a step back from the new, completely modern, and mass produced accessories, that are slowly taking over the industry and instead recognize the natural and one of kind pieces. I have come across a few companies that are simply charming; they all have their own creative techniques for re-inventing forms of natural elements and truly finding beauty in its purest form!     Here is a fabulous company called Interi which I just love! They offer beautiful accessories and one of a kind creations stemming from 16th to 18th century fragments. They take architectural remnants and fragmented objects, often times from churches that have fallen into disuse and then recreate them in their own beautiful way to make these marvelous works of art. They also take elements from Mother Nature and add their own patina, embellishing them in new and fascinating ways to create these wonderful pieces. I love the idea of taking something so simple that offers incredible history and nature, and re creating them into elements of design. Not to mention that there is absolutely no mass production in the process; everything is guaranteed to be one of a kind! This lighting fixture from Michele Varian, is called the glass cluster. It is made of hand blown glass bubbles, and can either be used as a table lamp or can be hung vertically.  I love the way in which the light seeps through all of the elements and textures of the layered glass, illuminating a space with a subtle and enchanting glow. I would love to see a few of these placed in any living area or table setting. By day it would add an interesting sculptural element, and by night create a charming glow. This lighting fixture is called the Iron Lotus Pendant. Not only can it be hung by a chain as shown here, but can also be flush mounted to the ceiling, which would be just fascinating. I love the artistic sense and creativity that has been applied to the design of this piece. The way that the designer has recreated a lotus plant with such elegance and grace in a rough and sleek material, is so intriguing. I hope that these elements and works of art have inspired...
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When furniture is art it rocks my world!

The International Contemporary Furniture Fair at the Jacob Javits Center in NYC happened over the weekend.  I was fortunate to be there.  It was a place where interior design is at its cutting edge. Every item I saw was not only a highly functional piece of furniture or fixture but a piece of art.  When furniture and fixtures also function as art it rocks my world! Many of the pieces I saw come from people who are clearly innovators but still building their brand so their pricing is more accessible.  I’m glad to be able to catch them on their way up and talk about some pieces that really caught my eye. First is a chandelier from Studio Bel Vetro in Brockton, MA.  They make each piece by hand and specialize in blown glass, but incorporate other techniques such as casting, fusing, and cold fabrication.  The handmade quality is highly refined.  It’s evident in every piece. I was surprised when I saw the hand made wall paper from Lori Carroll & Associates but astounded to learn the material used was bark skin. Lori has never been bound by limitation and has an uncanny sense for balancing casual comfort and refinement.  Needless to say, she understands “green” and environmentally friendly products. This wall sconce is from Jeremy Cole.  It’s handmade out of porcelain. Jeremy’s ideology is to challenge the mediums of ceramic and light by exploring their relationship with flora and art. I am in awe of Jeremy’s work.  I only hope he can help explain to me how to change the light bulbs. A side table can be an underestimated piece of furniture in terms of stopping power, but not when it comes from Hellman-Chang. His Omni Side Table certainly stopped me. It was sleek, white and spectacularly lined with thousands of precious, loose and eye catching crystal.  It looked as much like a piece of sculpture as it did a side table. Speaking of sculpture, I’ll leave you (although I could go on and just might in another post with more) with this stunning, translucent porcelain lamp from Bespoke Global.  It’s hand formed and carved with an undulating hole and line decorative motif. All of the these pieces are important to me because they balance art and function perfectly and, when that occurs, it takes interior design to a next level and that makes me proud of what I do for my clients every day. For example of how I balance art and function, click here. Would you like to see more...
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What item in a room stops you in your tracks? For me, it is hand blown glass chandeliers

The items that light up a room, like a chandelier, tend to steal the show. If you have ever seen a hand blown glass chandelier, you have seen a real show stopper.  If you have not, you are in for a treat because I have some to share.  They mesmerize me by just looking at them. Whatever is the season outside, the etched glass detail of Moshe Bursuker creates the effect of a winter wonderland with a rich color pallette.  I love the ornament shapes and colors since they can be mixed and matched into any custom color to fit a room’s decor.   Jamie Harris Studios has the organic free form shape like melting glass molten in motion.  The pieces have a perfect spatial relationship with one another.  In this case, three is definitely not a crowd. Lindsey Adelman, Bubble Series is really fun and reminds me of a branch on a tree with flower blossoms on the end.  It is very organic and sculptural with its free form glass globes at the end. North Rim Glass has taken something we recognize as animal antlers and turned it into this sleek, contemporary hand blown glass piece. Antler chandeliers are usually very traditional but they have transformed it into a contemporary work of art. Joseph Pagano has taken a traditional fortuny style chandelier, which is usually made out of silk fabric, and has reinvented the classic style and shaped it out of glass. I get goose bumps when I look at items like these because they are great examples of how interior design is art and interior design is art.  For examples of work on our website that also fit bill, click here. Did these hand-blown glass chandeliers stop you in your tracks?  Let me know! The companies featured in the images are: Droplets and Image Pendants by  Moshe Bursuker Rock Pendants Lights by Jamie Harris. Bubble Series by Lindsey Adelman Studio. Black Antler Chandelier by North Rim Glass Studio, LLC Saturno Pendant by Joseph...
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