Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Carpet Diem

They say if you chase two rabbits, they both get away, but as an artist, there is a particular discomfort in being confined. Being singly labeled a wardrobe stylist or interior designer never quite fit into my desire to work in multiple disciplines...nor did it reflect my ability, education or body of work. Succumbing to one label also seemed to limit the potential of my business, which contradicted the ideas so thoroughly instilled by business school. With the hope of encouraging professional cross pollination, we will regularly salute designers that dare to take a leap of faith into uncharted territory.

So, as I observe the market, it is no surprise that an increasing number of companies are looking to crossover into new areas. The skills required to be exceptional in fashion design don't always translate to home furnishings, but these houses have translated their unique aesthetic to home furnishings, particularly luxurious carpets, wonderfully. Here's to seizing a sizable opportunity and building a solid (though soft) foundation in a new industry!


Alexander McQueen

Calvin Klein




Paul Smith

Ralph Lauren

Vivienne Westwood

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Artful Home: For Sport

Ernie Barnes' dynamic painting, Olympic Finish, is a delightful view of a moment during world's premier sporting event generates.  Each subject contributes something interesting to the piece, and we find an apparent simplicity in the midst of all of the brush strokes, colors, and characters.  In anticipation of the season shift and the upcoming Summer Games (London 2012), we are highlighting some colorful and kinetic, yet accessible pieces for a chic summer lounge. 

Collage by Nneka Fry & Rhiana Mitchell
Paint: Gecko by Sherwin-Williams (SW 6719)

Sofa: Portofino sofa, Z Gallerie

Sconce: Bastina, KB Form

Accent table: Color cube, Heller Frank Gehry

Lamp, Area rug: Anthropologie