"I HAVE THE BEST JOB IN THE WORLD.  AFTER MANY YEARS BUILDING MY REPUTATION AS A PROFESSIONAL DESIGNER…

I find it's important to show the serious side of design and inspire others to create engaging homes.  But another important lesson learned is to enjoy the moment and find time to have a good laugh.  It is my team of talented, hardworking people that manage to keep me—and each other—laughing."

I really think my role as a designer is to create beautiful, personalized spaces completely tailored to my clients, their lifestyle and their needs.  The space should, in the end, tell the story of them.  To illustrate this, I’ve created two rooms designed with two very different clients in mind. I’ll show you how the fabrics and other elements make the room work for each client.

One space I’ve called the Park Ave Parlor.  It’s moody, sexy, sophisticated and elegant.  It features a classic palette of black, gold, cream and silvered gray with wonderful moments throughout.

 

Tufted upholstery is a detail I often use in my projects.  Most clients want a solid colored sofa (a savvy long-term choice by the way) and it is with surface textures like tufting takes solid colored sofa from mild-mannered to boldly beautiful!  Selecting the right fabric for tufted details is important and that’s why I chose this one.  This creamy pearlized faux leather is durable and cleanable.  But this faux leather offers a buttery soft pearlized finish that catches the light and makes traditional tufting look very current and today.

TEXTILES ARE THE SOUL OF A ROOM

In design, the art of contrast adds drama and excitement to a room and accessories play a huge role in creating it. Look at how the sleek black lacquer desk contrasts an ornate leafy gold mirror.  They are all set off against the dark charcoal matte finish of this beautiful botanical wall covering.  A great play of contrasts here.

Now, the fabric of those drapes —can you see the delicate sparkles? That fabric is embellished with light-catching crystals that reflect the light and create a luxurious mood.

 

 

 

 

 

The second space is more about a relaxing restful retreat… I call it Nature Nurtured.

 

Now when it comes to elements like palettes and patterns and textures, there is no one that’s had a bigger impact on my work than arguably the greatest architect, designer, and artist of all time: mother nature. The colors of nature like earth, water and sky translate so effortlessly, and frankly, naturally into the home.

 

I’m heavily inspired and influenced by light and its reaction to surfaces and materials. You’ll see that reflected, literally, in my design work. From accessories to wall coverings right through to my fabric collection, you’ll see elements of sheen and shimmer.  There are pearlized finishes and light catching details like crystal and glass.  I think this brings a modern attitude to classic, timeless design and it’s one of my secrets to creating spaces that are livable yet luxurious.

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