Archive for April, 2011

Drapery Hardware With Style…

Friday, April 29th, 2011


Drapery hardware is one of those details that can can really make a window sizzle.  It is just as important as the fabric we choose, and it really drives style home.  For example, the same open weave linen draperies can appear very traditional or very contemporary, depending on the chosen rod and finials. 

(Restoration Hardware’s Textured Belgian Linen)

(West Elm)

A great resource for very unique drapery hardware is Urban Decor.  The are a “trade only” resource for a truly designer look for your window, so check them out…if you like what you see, contact Colby Design and we would be glad to help!

Room With A View…

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Take a look at this breath-taking room in Laguna Beach, California.  Not only are its ceilings glass, but one wall has glass doors that collapse to completely remove the wall, and the adjacent wall is all windows.  This is a most glamorous way to feel like you are outdoors.  The interior design is quite simple and elegant, complimenting the phenomenal architecture.  This room begs for entertaining.  It is a “live” room, because the art of a sunrise or sunset is ever changing…we at Colby Design love it!


Romantic Bedding For Your Interior…

Sunday, April 24th, 2011


If you long for a romantic and chic way to dress your bed, Heirloom Beds has you covered.  Their gorgeous and decadant bedding is both beautiful and sophisticated.  While much of their product line leans toward the feminine, they contrast it with dark colors that somehow make the embroidery seem less delicate. 

Luxe Linen

Matteo Due

Silk Velvet Embroidered Curtain Panel

“The Heirloom Bed Co. started in 1998 in San Antonio, TX when my husband and I found and fell in love with a beautiful hand crafted iron bed by Brass Beds of Virginia.  We had been searching for a bed that was both beautiful and durable – something that would last a lifetime. We found that bed – so durable it can hold the weight of a waterbed – without squeaking, wobbling, or rattling – and realized that other people would likely appreciate those same attributes in a bed. 

At the same time, we had been searching for bed linens but were disappointed with the “bed in a bag” and the fact that we found the same offerings at every store.  We were looking for natural fibers, high thread counts, and unique offerings that were beautiful and comfortable – yet easy care and practical. Not able to find what we were looking for, we decided to open The Heirloom Bed Co.

At the time that the store was opened, the addition of mattresses seemed logical. As a physician, I was looking for a mattresses that were healthy – hypoallergenic, dust mite resistant – and could provide quality sleep.  As a result eco-friendly all natural latex, soy memory foam, and organic mattresses were added to our offerings.

The Heirloom Bed Co. has grown into a bedroom “lifestyle” store.  You’ll find the largest selection of iron beds in South Texas, an array of beautiful bed and bath linens, healthy mattresses, lounge wear, fragrance and body care.  Our website is growing and will soon offer the same selection of fine quality products to our internet customers. 

Our offerings are chosen to enhance one’s quality of life, quality of sleep, and quality of health.  Salud!”

For more, visit them on the web at


Contemporary Furniture in Austin.

Friday, April 22nd, 2011


Scott + Cooner is a great resource for “all things contemporary.”  Their showrooms are beautiful, and they only show a small fraction of the number of lines that Scott + Cooner carries.

“With an intuitive devotion to function, line, color and balance, Scott + Cooner began as the brainchild of Lloyd Scott and Josy Cooner in May of 1995, when they set out to make the Southwest a more modern place. Today they have over 15,000 square feet of modern furniture showroom space in the Dallas Design District and Downtown Austin. Scott + Cooner represents 70+ lines of classic and contemporary furniture, the top modern lighting designs, and the most incredible European Kitchen Systems in the Southwest.

Drawing on their training in architecture and interior design respectively, they offer over 30 years of combined design experience. With their shared love of classic and modern European decor they have consistently expanded their Dallas Design Center Showroom to exhibit the best of world’s great space designers.

Lloyd and Josy are dedicated to supporting the worldwide design community. While individuals are welcome to peruse the showrooms in Dallas and Austin and avail themselves of Scott + Cooner’s expertise, Lloyd and Josy firmly believe in the value added by design professionals because experience has shown that the client ultimately benefits from the consistent perspective, taste and overall knowledge the designer adds to the task of designing functional, comfortable and pleasing interiors.”


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Traditional, Transitional, & Contemporary Interior Design Showroom

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011


Walter Lee Culp Associates  is one of the premier interior design showrooms in Dallas.  Their product lines are some of the most beautiful and elegant lines available.  With everything from textiles to wall coverings, furniture,  lighting and accessories, Walter Lee Culp has your home covered.  Below are a few photographs from a fraction of their manufacturers. 

Larsen Fabrics



Dennis & Leen


For more from Walter Lee Culp Associates, visit

Harway Supply, Austin – Home Appliances

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011


When it comes to specifying our interior selections, we often rely on Harway Supply in Austin for our appliances.  They are both friendly and knowledgeable, and they carry all of the best product lines.

“At Harway Supply Inc., we believe that high expectations lead to exquisite kitchens. By combining a timeless aesthetic with a high performance design, our kitchens have the storage, ease of use, and personalized style that meet your family’s needs.  Let our experienced and professional staff firmly ground them.  Harway Supply’s combination of design and appliance expertise is a point of pride for us. Our sales staff attend classes and training sessions sponsored by the manufacturers we represent, allowing us to answer every question you may have and ensure that the products you’re buying meet your needs.

 As members of the National Kitchen and Bath Association, the Texas Capital Area Builders Association, and the Custom Builder Council, we are equally as informed about the latest knowledge that we can pass on to you.  We provide dream elements—professional design and  appliances—for dream kitchens. Even the best chefs marvel at the planning that goes into each detail.   Beyond at-home chefs, Harway Supply extends its services to all corners of the industry. We welcome interior designers, contractors, builders, and architects to combine their design professionalism with our own. 

 We invite you to sit down with our sales professionals and discuss your vision. What do you need in terms of performance and style? What are your cooking needs?  Whatever your needs, we design to meet them.  Our knowledge will help you envision your new space.  Our trusted installers will complete your project, using the same care in your home as if it were their own.”

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Conversation Starting Side Tables…

Monday, April 18th, 2011


These are some great little side tables by furniture designer Ted Boerner.  They incorporate great bursts of color with acrylic, giving them a touch of whimsy that could add to your modern decor.  They could also be a touch of the unexpected in a more traditional home, under the guidance of a good interior designer.

Ted Boerner – Nesting Tables

Ted Boerner – Tumbler Tables

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Stairways – An Unexpected Way To Excite…

Friday, April 15th, 2011


When most people think of stairways, they think of a way to get to a second floor.  Most builders, architects, and interior designers pay some attention to stairs, making them aesthetically appealing, but you’ve never seen anything like these stairs that follow.  They look like they defy the laws of physics…cantilevered and hovering, like modern art.

Staircase Design

Stephen Antonson – Sculptor of Plaster

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Stepehen Antonson is an amazing sculptor.  His material of choice?  Plaster.  Chalky, white powdered gypsum, mixed with water, “is the stuff of dreams” to the artist.  Antonson was inspired when a friend came back from Paris raving about plaster furniture and lamps made from plaster, circa 1930.  He began making creations for he and his wife, and the rest is history.  Now, Antonson is a one-man-show, working for interior designers on commissioned pieces.  We think his things are very artful and fun. 


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Maya Romanoff – Wallcovering Genius…

Monday, April 11th, 2011


Maya Romanoff is an icon in the world of interior design.  After studying at the University of California at Berkeley, Romanoff took time to travel the world to open his eyes to the world of design and gain real-world experience.  So much of interior design is about where you’ve been…it shapes your approach to design. 

“Along with fabrics and wood, Romanoff gives free reign to his love of natural, genuine materials. Gold leaf, mica, grass and bamboo are part of the mix, but the most captivating introduction has been Beadazzled, a collection of wall coverings made of tiny glass beads. The collection has not only has taken the interior furnishings world by storm, but has earned a permanent place in the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.”

Check out some of Maya Romanoff’s wallpapers below.  They are unique, beautiful…sophisticated. 


Floral artist Jo Lynn Alcorn with Maya Romanoff for the 2009 Kips Bay Decorator Show House

Maya Romanoff

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