Archive for February, 2011

The Lille Sconce…

Monday, February 28th, 2011


The Lille sconce by Nierman Weeks is inspired by falling feathers, and looks very “Austin”.  It is constructed of tiny crystal stems, stacked into a sculptural feather-like form that we think is both unique and beautiful, creating understated elegance in interior design.  This is a sizable sconce, that could be stunning in a dining room, foyer, or even in grand master bath.

22 wide x 11 1/2 deep x 15 1/2 high

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Mark Innerst…”Fleeting Moments” Preserved in Art.

Friday, February 25th, 2011


New York artist Mark Innerst’s art wavers somewhere between realism and abstraction.  His eye-catching paintings depict life today in such a way that his pieces could be snapshots from a century ago.  The city depicted doesn’t matter…it could almost be Austin.  What matters is vibrancy and feeling of life in each of his paintings.   The bold colors and impressionistic strokes leave us excited with anticipation at what Innerst will do next.  Any of Innerst’s paintings would be a great design element to your home.

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An Updated Tuft…

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011


Check out this tufted chair in gorgeous steel blue velvet.  It is American made and is constructed from 100% stustainable materials (which we, as interior designers love).  The cushions can either be feather wrapped, or feather filled and it comes in a variety of colors in both linen and velvet, but COM is also an option.  What we love about it is its versatility.  For more on this chair, contact Colby Design…this chair wants to live in your Austin home! 

Mercer Tufted Club Chair

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Luxury Bedding…

Monday, February 21st, 2011


For the best in luxury bedding, interior designers look no further than Ann Gish.  Her line of bedding and decorative pillows is stunning.  With her choice of materials spanning from gorgeous satins and silks to heavy or open grain linens, there is something for everyone.   Ann Gish’s does carry a ready-to-bed line that is available at select retailers in Austin, but for the truly luxurious and unique, custom linens are available to the trade.  Contact us to to see all of the colors and textures available to make your master suite or guest room truly stunning.



Friday, February 18th, 2011


Petrified wood is really quite cool.  It occurs when the organic materials of the wood are replaced with minerals through a process known as permineralization.  Science aside, though, we think petrified wood is beautiful.  Every piece is unique and raw in some way.  It comes in an array of colors and patterns, depending on the minerals it is composed of.  It can be masculine, or it be just the right surprise in a very feminine space.  It also transcends style, which makes it a great addition to almost any interior space.


Spring is Almost Here…

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011


As the temperatures begin to rise outside in Austin, it is time to start thinking about outdoor furnishings, especially if you hope to be enjoying your outdoor room in the next month or two.  With so many styles to choose from, Sutherland is on of the leading lines of teak outdoor furniture.  Teak is a sought after wood for outdoor applications because it is a dense hardwood and is not vulnerable to weather or insects.  Sutherland prides themselves on quality and they only use teak that has been harvested from farmers, rather than cut “wild” wood, as they want to maintain sustainability.  For more from Sutherland, visit:




Pull Up a Chair for Valentine’s Day!

Monday, February 14th, 2011


As interior designers, we appreciate unique interpretations of everyday objects.  In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’ve decided to applaud designers who have created some heart-inspired chairs.  Enjoy your day, Austin!

Adaptive Reuse…

Friday, February 11th, 2011


Adaptive reuse is a growing field in interior design in Austin.  Taking something old, that might otherwise be torn down, and adapting it to suit other uses is like recycling on a grand scale.  It is better for the environment and gives a “nod of respect” to historical spaces, not to mention the fact that something truly unique can be created around the “limitations” of an existing space.  Check out this incredible home in Utrecht (Netherlands) that has been adapted from a chapel.  It is amazing.

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Powder Baths…A Dramatic Design Opportunity

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011


Powder baths are great places to introduce a little bit of drama into your home.  The are small spaces, allowing you to get a lot of “wow factor” for your design buck.  It is the perfect place to use some wallpaper with punch, interesting lighting, and great plumbing fixtures.  Powder baths are a great spot to bring in the unexpected, and your guests will love it!

Hanging Your Clothes in Style.

Monday, February 7th, 2011


Can there really ever be enough storage in a home?  It seems like no matter how much storage space we put in our homes, it always gets filled.  Closets for clothing are no exception.  The bigger, the better, which is why it is great to have your interior designer with you when plans are being drawn up with an architect.  Check out some of these fabulous closets in master suites.  They look great and are very functional.