Carved Headboards, A Resounding YES

Ok people. It's time to live a little. Throw out your notions of what your headboard SHOULD be and consider having some fun. Life is short after all. Perhaps this one, commissioned for a clients' Paris apartment, is a bit over the top, but you've seen plenty of other less ostentatious options. I say go for it!

Photo Credit: March 2010 The World Of Interiors, Interior Design by Vincent Darre.

GEORGE Projects, Commonwealth Residence

For my master bedroom re-design project, we are going to be using this gorgeous Robert Allen pattern as the bedding & consequently, the focal point.

Yesterday, I shopped furniture including an accent chair. Which do you prefer? This West Elm "Sweep" Chair in Elephant Leather and Silver Nailheads ($699.00)?

This Ralph Lauren "Driscoll" Library Chair by Macy's in a Heathered Grey Linen-looking upholstery with bronze nailheads ($1099.00)?

Or this Martha Stewart by Macy's "Kent" chair in a flax-y grey color with silver nailheads ($1049.00)?

I think I have finally hit the nail on the head because I love all 3!! I love this little sweetie the most however. (Selby & Emily, 10 weeks old).

Hope you're having a good week!

Tuesday Terms: Decorative Trap

The U-shaped pipe located beneath the sink is known as a trap. When using a vanity that exposes the plumbing, such as this handsome chocolate powder room does below, you will want to use a decorative trap which becomes a design feature all its own. I am sorry that I do not know the source, but I think this is a great looking bathroom.

Saturday Trend: Asymmetrical Bookshelves?

These wacky asymmetrical bookshelves keep popping up in my international interior design magazines. From what I gather from my limited knowledge of french, they are avant garde takes on the traditional bookshelf form.

Inspired? I'd say yes. Practical....probably not.

Have a great weekend!

GEORGE Projects, Revamp Versus Redo

This little entry needed a little refresher without completely starting from scratch...

So we implemented an monochromatic color scheme which really cooled down those green walls. We also gave the sofa new life simply by recovering the seat cushions in a rich chocolate fabric. The mazy diamond pattern gets played out in the pillow, rug and the fun hassocks from Palacek in front of the sofa.

Tuesday Terms: Damask

Damasks. A damask (in the traditional sense) is a name for a weaving technique that yields elegant, often monochromatic and iridescent patterns featuring fruit, flowers or other designs. Damasks often suit clients who have a desire for a formal, highly polished space. I am considering this Thomas Paul damask rug (from Domestic featured below for a current project.

GEORGE Projects, Westwind Finishing Touches

Alas, the Westwind Residence living room is complete. The finishing touches... 2 custom mohair slipper chairs, with a loose-back cushion upholstered in a coordinating linen for interest, and a mahogany wood base. Add 2 leather Moroccan poufs, from Serena & Lily, to the mix and the room is ready to enjoy.

We've also installed the lighting in the Master Bedroom so stay tuned for another exciting reveal to come!!

Tuesday Terms: Liners

Liners. Typically long and skinny, these blue ceramic trim pieces mounted at the top of the backsplash below, are generally referred to as liners. They can used horizontally or vertically, by themselves or in combination with other field tile, to clad a surface.

Saturday Trend: Valances??

As long as I can remember, I've HATED valances. But suddenly, I cannot stop staring. And I'm finding myself wanting to use them on projects! What's going on. Are they coming back?

This is my newest project on the horizon... a master bedroom redesign. (I'm SO excited about that god-given symmetry!!!) I'm dying to put up some valances to give those walls some ummph... what do you think?

GEORGE Projects, Westwind Residence Family Room

You heard it here first... ORANGE is the next big color that's going to sweep across those magazine covers gracing your coffee table in the year to come. Gone are the moody purple and gray days of recession doom and gloom. There is a hint of optimism in America and designers are responding with lighter, brighter and more energetic color schemes. This light and bright Family Room, we recently installed at the Westwind Residence, is an inviting place to gather with friends or catch your favorite morning show.

Stand out furnishings include; (1) Custom Linear Media Console, Room & Board (2) Tree Stump Side Table, West Elm (3) White Vases, CB2 (4) Tangerine Parlour Chair, CB2 and (5) Custom Draperies using Ivy in Pumpkin Sheer Linen Textiles, Gailbraith & Paul

Tuesday Terms

Glazing. Glazing is a finishing technique that is often used on kitchen cabinetry. The finisher builds up layers of translucent paint and/or rubs away layers to achieve the desired effect. The technique can be seen here on this green apple green kitchen island. Glazing will usually increase the cost of finishing cabinetry.

Photo Credit: 2011 February House Beautiful, Interior Design by Gideon Mendelson
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