Archive for August, 2011

Edelman Leather…Unique Leather For Any Application.

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

“Back in the mid 1950’s, Teddy and Arthur Edelman not only fell in love, but together fell in love with the family’s specialty reptile leather business, creating works of art from animal hides.   In 1964, with their new friend, Andy Warhol doing their graphic design, they became the leading leather source for the fashion industry, winning the Coty Award and the Neiman-Marcus Award. In 1981, they discovered a void in high-end upholstery leathers and launched their newly formed company, EDELMAN LEATHER – making a superb leather collection for architects and interior designers whom they felt were looking for the Best of the Best..

Edelman Leather is the premier brand of luxury leathers. “We continue the founding Edelman family tradition to design for designers, through innovation and imagination,” Amy Darrah, President.

Today, with awards such as consecutive “Best on the Best” House & Garden award (2005-06), Robb Reports 2006 “Best of the Year” award, and 2007 “BEST of Year” for product from Interior Design, the business has become a lifestyle company.  The projects range evenly among high-end residential, hospitality, contract, and aircraft.  The clients’ homes, their yachts, their offices, the restaurants they eat in – a lifestyle, all involving Edelman Leather.”

That is their history…here is their “now.”  Check out some of the most unique leather applications for interiors around.  Enjoy!

Leather Seat Upholstry

Leather Floor Tiles

Embossed Crocodile

Leather Walls

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Conrad Shades…

Monday, August 29th, 2011

When it comes to the best in woven or bamboo shades, Conrad is one of the best manufacturers out there.  Their product line is extensive and their quality is rivaled by few.  Below are some spaces which have Conrad shades.  With so many styles from which to choose, you are bound to find something that grabs you.  See how well these shades go into different styles of homes.  Also, Conrad shades are finished on the edges, so as to prevent snagging and fraying (which can occur when this is not the case)…yet another reason Conrad is at the top of their game!

Great Lamps For Under $100…

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Accent lighting is one of the easiest ways to really warm up a space, but if you have shopped for lamps lately, you might realize how expensive they really are.  Below are some great finds from Bellacor that will give you a lot of look for a small price.

Lumisource Ivory Lace Table Lamp

Lite Source Vinci I White Ceramic Table Lamp

Lite Source Pesach Blue Ceramic Table Lamp

Lite Source Mimosa Table Lamp

Adesso Director Tripod Table Lamp

Luce Plan Fans.

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Now here is something a little different for those of you who expect more from your fans than simple function.  Check out these fans by the company Luce Plan.  They are fun and funky, and they come in multiple colors and designs.  While these fixtures may not be for everyone, they are certainly different, and are more like colorful ceiling sculptures than fans.

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Tabouret Chevre Bench…

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

The “Tabouret Chevre” bench below is part of the A La Reine Collection by Myra Hoefer Design.  It is inspired by John Dickinson’s hooved tables and chairs, and we think it is both elegant and whimsical…a lot of fun and a truly unique piece.  For more from Myra Hoefer, visit her on the web at

36″ wide x 17.25 deep x 21 high


A New Take On Something Old…

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Check out this Klismos dining chair by Scala Luxury.  It is cast out of brass and then polished to a high sheen, with a woven leather seat…and we at Colby Design think that it is to die for!  It is luxurious and sophisticated.  This chair could be that unexpected “pop” for a traditional space, or a slick way to dine in the most modern of Austin homes.  If you are interested in this chair, or other pieces by Scala Luxury, give us a call!

Klismos chairs from Scala Luxury

“To the Trade.”

Usona Home Lighting…

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Take a look at these light fixtures by Usona Home.  We have visited this manufacturer before, but they are always worth another gander!  The light fixture below is fantastic.  This metal ribbon is twisted and looped just enough so as to not look fussy, while the inner gold finish bounces back light in a glamorous way.  This fixture could go great in either a contemporary setting (like the one below) or could just the thing to make your transitional room.

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This fiber optic drum lamp by Usona Home is one of a kind.  For more from Usona Home, visit them on the web at  (To the Trade)

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Transitional Bed.

Monday, August 1st, 2011

So often we are challenged as designers to find the perfect balance of style and taste for our clients.  We want each piece that we select for a home to be special and unique, but we also want the look to last (i.e. not become dated in 5 years).  Yes, styles change.  And yes, our own taste changes.  But wouldn’t it be nice to find pieces, such as the bed below, that change with the times?  We at Colby Design think so.  The style of this bed can be as different as night and day, with the right linens.

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