Archive for November, 2010


Monday, November 29th, 2010


byHenzel area rugs are both striking and beautiful.  They blur the line between art and home furnishings, which is what good interior design should do – make the person experiencing the space feel as if they are walking through well thought-out art.  Check out some of our picks for contemporary, yet soft, selections for your glamorous space.

The “Grand Scale of Things”

Friday, November 19th, 2010


Manipulating scale is an interesting concept that interior designers love to engage in.  By exaggerating certain elements within a space, a designer or architect can make people take second looks, when they might not have before.  It can create a fun, almost whimsical feel, or it can be used to create a feeling of grandeur.  The image below is a major exaggeration of scale (but we love it for what it is!).  Objects that are clearly too big or too small are great conversation pieces, but beware not to overdo it.  They say everything is bigger in Texas…especially in Austin!


Whimsical Scale

A Great Room in Portland…

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010


What we love about this Great Room is its large scale and open view…not to mention the floor to ceiling copper fireplace.  A bridge leads you from the front doors to the large living area, which is open to the kitchen and dining areas.  The vast windows eliminate the need for much in the way of art, as the natural surroundings and the interesting elements within the home have become the focal points of the interior design.

Laminated-Cherry Chair

Monday, November 15th, 2010


This laminated-cherry chair by David Upfill-Brown has us inspired.  This elegant piece looks more like wooden sculpture than a piece of furniture, and with good reason:  David Upfill-Brown is a wood sculpture, turned furniture maker.  The chair’s fluid design and asymmetry add interest, while the gentle curves give this chair a feminine appeal that could compliment most interior spaces.

Invitation to Sit…

Friday, November 12th, 2010


This elegant sofa by Baker Furniture is a modern-classic that would be a great addition to any fine interior.  It’s clean lines and barely-there curves give it a slick look, but take our word for it…it is comfortable.  Good interior design should be about comfort, as well as style, and Baker Furniture has the corner on the market in those arenas. 

The right upholstery could really make this sofa an eye-catching centerpiece for your living room.

Solaris Dune Wall Art

Monday, November 8th, 2010

This is an architectural design element for either an outdoor or interior space.  The individual squares could be installed either horizontally or vertically, in a random pattern.  It would be a great focus wall for an entry, dining room, great room, or garden.    You could even make this wall art behind a pedestal lavatory in a powder bath.  Traditional or modern furnishings go beautifully with these Solaris Wall Art Squares from Seasonal Living in Austin, Texas.

“To the Trade”

Nature Home

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

What I love about this interior is its natural surroundings.  This home could easily be in Austin, Texas, surrounded by rolling hills and water.  The natural materials which are used both inside and out add to an easy, but sophisticated lifestyle.  The open architecture and design also provides terrific function, combining music, dining, and leisure livability.