Archive for January, 2011

“Loud Speakers for Art Lovers”

Monday, January 31st, 2011


TON Art has the “Battle of the Sexes” resolved…it is a tie!.  Well, maybe just as far as home entertainment goes.  Women typically want their home entertainment spaces to be aesthetically pleasing, first.  We want the equipment to be non-intrusive.  Men, while also wanting the space to look good, typically are striving for function over form.  Here is where TON Art comes in…they have created speakers that are completely hidden in art forms, and they are beautiful.  They are a great resource for interior designers to utilize in order to please both husbands and wives.   Below are two examples of their creations.  One is a “tabletop” piece, the other is wall art.  For more from TON Art, visit


Salvador Dali’s Kind of Wallpaper…

Friday, January 28th, 2011


If Salvador Dali was alive today, I am sure he would have this surreal wallpaper in his home.  Surrealien is a German based company that has developed a process of placing wallpaper so that it looks distorted by the objects it surrounds.  They do it by taking careful measurements of your space and the things that are on or within the walls (doorways, wall sconces, that perfect piece of art) and designing the paper for your interior space specifically.  This is a very cool commercial application, but it could be a little too much for the average homeowner’s everyday living.  Either way, it is intriguing.  For more on Surrealien, go to



Green is Good.

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011


The term “Going Green” typically refers to utilizing sustainable materials in the building process and being environmentally friendly, something most people in Austin care deeply about.  I would like for us to also consider the value of real (not artificial…sorry for those of you who don’t have green thumbs) plants for your indoor application.   We all know that plants help clean the air that we breathe, but did you know that it is advised for you to have one 6″ plant/100 sq. ft. of interior space?  Now, that doesn’t mean that you need to fill your home with pint-size plants.  Consider some tall palms or bamboo.  Besides creating a healthier environment in which to live, plants help to give a space that finished look.  Clearly, artificial has its place in the home (everyday dining table centerpieces, entryway tables, etc.), as well.  Whether arificial or real, plants  soften things up and can really add to the beauty of your interior space. 





Monday, January 24th, 2011


Color is at the foundation of interior design.  It has the power to stir emotions.  Calming colors, such as green and blue, can make you want to stretch out and relax, or vibrant colors can actually raise your heart rate, and make you feel energized.  Color is something that can be changed relatively easily and inexpensively, to give a total makeover to a room.  Below are some before and after shots of rooms that had “face-lifts.”  It is amazing what a little paint can do… 





Friday, January 21st, 2011


Barlas Baylar’s Atlantis chandelier is an instant favorite here at Colby Design.  Its organic shape and shimmery nickel finish is dazzling.  It is constructed of nickel chain (almost like jewelry), draped from a nickel plated frame.  The entire line of chandeliers are grand in scale (the one seen below is 29″ x 36″ x 69″ H), and would add that “wow” factor to your dining room here in Austin. 

Elegant Lines.

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011


We love this chair.  It’s clean lines and soft curves work.  It is one of those pieces that could really fit into any setting, with the right fabric application, which is something we see great value in.  It’s frame is great, allowing your interior designer to re-upholster it every decade to keep it current…this is a forever kind of chair.


Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary…

Monday, January 17th, 2011


There is great beauty to be found in everyday objects.  In the ordinary places in life, and in the extraordinary.  “Mary Quite Contrary” is a collage of all things beautiful and inspiring.  Good interior design is about focusing inspiration to achieve a desired feeling.  Check out some of Miss Mary’s selections below:

motherearthfathersky:  rejoicethehands


blistersonmyfinger:  beach crochet

For more beauty found in the everyday, visit:

A Cow of a Different Color…

Friday, January 14th, 2011


Cowhide rugs are a thing of the west…but this is no ordinary rug.  Kyle Bunting has taken a fresh spin on the old cow, which is perfect for homeowners in Austin.  It almost seems sinful to walk on such beautiful pieces of art, but being cowhide, these rugs will undoubtedly wear well and be long lasting.  Bunting’s rugs can be customized to fit anyone’s color palette, interior design style, and size.


Ann Sacks

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011


Ann Sacks is one of the most innovative tile lines in the world.  With everything ranging from simple square tiles to incredible mosaic art, Ann Sacks has got the corner on the market.  With so many choices in color and style, her product line is unparalleled.  If you are thinking of making over a powder bath, secondary bath or kitchen, let Colby Design help you to make it spectacular.  For more, visit


Water Works.

Monday, January 10th, 2011


In the world of plumbing, there are a lot of choices.  When it comes to making a statement with understated fixtures, though, Dornbracht is King.  The German company’s beautiful plumbing fixtures look more like sleek sculptures than what they really are.  Plumbing is a way for interior designers to set a home apart.  For the homeowner that wants the best in contemporary fixtures, Dornbracht is it.  Their beauty lies in their slightness.