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Jen's spot for inspirations, inside her life as designer and artist. I share progress, tips on sources, spaces that inspire and how to push the boundaries of every space.

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Color Outside the Lines- How to Approach Paint Differently

A room is typically defined by its walls: four flat planes that intersect with flooring and a ceiling. When it’s dumbed down, it can feel rather boring. At some point there will be a debate about the finishes. Paint? Or wallpaper? Will the walls and trims match with a single color (v. classy), or should they contrast for more definition? Of course, if you’re feeling spicy there could be an accent wall.

Let’s not be confined by these lines. Let’s push the envelope a bit further…

What if we treated walls like an open canvas and played with the geometry? This may feel a bit avant-garde, but color blocking extends the boundaries and allow a room to make statement. The key is to be deliberate in the application. Take a look and tell us what you think:

The room takes on an overall neutral base color. Large swaths of paint extend from the ceiling and horizontally, and when they collide a blend emerges. Source  Link

The room takes on an overall neutral base color. Large swaths of paint extend from the ceiling and horizontally, and when they collide a blend emerges. Source Link

A room can’t go wrong with a pristine white canvas, but adding a bold color like these shades of green brings in a sense of edginess. Source  Link

A room can’t go wrong with a pristine white canvas, but adding a bold color like these shades of green brings in a sense of edginess. Source Link

The Hoxton hotel in Amsterdam merges 17th century design with retro fixtures and color palettes. The rooms are detailed to perfection, but the hallways are not to be missed. Source  Link

The Hoxton hotel in Amsterdam merges 17th century design with retro fixtures and color palettes. The rooms are detailed to perfection, but the hallways are not to be missed. Source Link

This brass sconce layers beautifully with stripes of warm, earthy red and blush tones. Source  Link

This brass sconce layers beautifully with stripes of warm, earthy red and blush tones. Source Link

Color doesn’t always need to be applied in blocks. Photographer Omar Sartor’s portfolio includes a minty eclipse. Source  Link

Color doesn’t always need to be applied in blocks. Photographer Omar Sartor’s portfolio includes a minty eclipse. Source Link

Why We are So Obsessed with Kelly Wearstler

I know we are not the only ones completely girl crushing on Kelly Wearstler. Let’s breakdown why we love her:

  1. The Colors Are Just Right- She has an innate balance and eye for the right color. For example, It always seems like fresh new shade of cream. She is not inviting the wheel, she just demands for excellence in tweaking until it in 100% right.

  2. The Proportions Are On Point- She plays with scale, that is with intent and creates interesting visuals. For example, by creating a back of a chair that seems over sized and even disproportionate to the rest of chair is interesting.

  3. Draws From History- She pulls inspiration from line, shape and textures from her travels to Morocco, France and Italy, etc. If you know architecture the lines she uses are simple shapes distorted, again by scale, to create something innovative. She also pulls inspiration from vintage pieces from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. These are not decades that have been reworked so much that they seem tired. Unlike our friend mid-century modern, that has been living among us for 20+ years. It is so dead. The 70’s and 80’s feel fresh again. Of course she is also extracting the best parts of your eras and modernizing it.

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Tips on How to Style Accessories for Any Room

Accessories are the key to rounding out a space. It is a critical piece to create a “well lived in” feeling and to personalizes a room. Accessories are much like a great pair of heels or chunky cuff bracelet to punch up a look. We are forever on the search for great accessories and have a private Pinterest board devoted to special finds we stumble on in our research in designing a home.

The happy combination of accessories is size, texture and layering. Key to any well styled accessory book shelf or coffee table is:

  1. 4-5 small to medium solid shapes.

  2. Open and woven shapes, such as small sculptures, baskets, etc.

  3. No glass vases. Solid colors create better silhouettes. Mix of the color and shapes, unless you are going for an intentional all white look. It will feel more organic and natural if they are different sizes and shapes.

  4. Personal items, such as a clients collection of vintage coins or memories from travels.

  5. Coffee table books and varied sizes of decorative storage boxes. These make great opportunities to create height.

Check out a couple of our current obsessions.

Top Indie Fabric and Textile Designers

Author: Sydney Piwowar

Im going to let you in on one of our BIGGEST trade secrets, we have a top secret list of our favorite up-and-comers. One of our responsibilities as a designer requires constant research for new furniture, fabric, and finish designers. Our knowledge of unique artisans is one of the biggest reasons why you hire us. As artists ourselves, we appreciate the creativity and hard work that many of these Indie designers put into re-defining textiles and the classic patterns. Please see our current Top Indie Fabric and Textile Designers list below.. Remember to spread the word to give these artists their much deserved credit as you won't see these designers in mainstream fabric shops. 

Imogen Heath

Eskayel

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St. Frank

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Savanna Hayes

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Quercus & Co. 

The Foundation Shop 

James Malone Fabrics

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Holli Zollinger 

Caryn Cramer

Color Palette Inspiration — Camel and Blush Pink

We love starting a new project with fabric and wallpaper selection. Opening a package of freshly sent samples is the best mail at the office. We love sourcing fresh prints and colors from new lines that are typically a small business run by an artist putting their ideas into print and paper. 

A couple of our new favorites are St. Frank, Skinny Laminx, Imogen Heath, Adelene- Simple Cloth. Check out a couple inspiration boards we are working on for upcoming projects.