Wednesday, June 23, 2010

BLOG BREAK....WILL BE BACK SOON!

Hi everyone.  Thank you for all your e-mails letting me know you've missed my blog posts.  I've been very busy with many new and exciting things happening at Gwen Driscoll Designs.  I've got plans in the works for our new website and blog ideas so please STAY TUNED!


See that pile of paper...it may look like chaos but I'm a lucky girl to be busy and for that I'm grateful.





Hopefully, one day I'll be able to sit at my desk and do this!  But, not for now.




My posts may be a bit more sporadic over the next month but I'll keep in touch, I promise.




We'll talk soon.


Gwen

Friday, June 11, 2010

DREAM: My Kind Of Place


I'm hopeful, one day soon, we can have a weekend getaway home, apartment or even a closet will do.  An environment that's different from our every day living, that puts you in a new mood and feeling.  I could be very happy here.  What about you? 


This swing would be the first place I'd go upon our arrival.

And, how much fun for kids to be here.  The wide open spaces with fun, happy colors are inviting and free.

Forget the kids, invite your chic friends in for a cocktail!






And, this is where I'd end my every weekend day.


It looks like a dream to me.

Hope you have a fabulous weekend.

We'll talk soon.

Gwen

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Gwen Driscoll Designs for The Shiny Pebble



Please go by and visit precious Catherine Hopkins at The Shiny Pebble today.  Click here to visit.  I did a Q & A and virtual Dining Room design plan for her.  Check it out and let me know what you think.  I'd love to hear your thoughts.


Have a great day.


We'll talk soon.


Gwen

Monday, June 7, 2010

Dominique Browning: Inspiring, Awesome & Real





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Dominique Browning: Inspiring, Awesome & Real


I have always had great love and respect for Dominique Browning.  First, before I even knew her name, I cherished her publication, House & Garden.  I, still, truly long for it monthly.  Of all the defunct design magazines, House & Garden is the one I miss most.  It was the perfect mix of what I consider stylish and inspiring, beautiful interiors to admire but with an approachable nature anyone could understand.  Somewhere along the way, I discovered Dominique was the leader of the fine team who put this publication together for us regularly.
I, then, read her article written for Garden & Gun, another favorite publication.  It spoke to me personally.  Please click here to read the article.  Dominique and I both have Kentucky roots, both our fathers are from Kentucky, her Dad from Hopkinsville, mine from Bowling Green.  I spent my summers in Bowling Green, just as she spent hers in Hopkinsville.  And the rest was history, I was hooked for life on Dominique and her words.
I'm embarassed to say I lost track of her once House & Garden went under.  She was not a personal friend, just someone I followed professionally and admired.  And then, I saw this article in the New York Times Magazine and waited for her book, Slow Love, to be released.  Click here to read the article.

I always admired Dominique's stunning physical beauty.  It is arresting, so unique and true.  But after you read Slow Love, you will see her beauty is so deep in her inner core, her physical beauty is just that, physical.

The honesty and focus it took to write this book, to me, is mind-boggling.  I'm in awe of the deep dark secrets she shared, I believe, in an altruistic way.  This book is a beacon of hope for those who find themselves in deep grief and loss.  Dominique lost her job and persona professionally speaking but, I've suffered deep loss in my life, and I related to this fully.  She clearly walks you through, in her own words, how hard it is to put your life back together. How, at times, you aren't even sure what day it is or worse what time of day it is.

Dominique has found a way to put her life back together, turn lemons into lemonade and become her true self, not the former woman wrapped up in a persona defined by a career or schedule.  She isn't guarded by a "public face" but is one with her thoughts and feelings, an eye-opener of what appeals to the human soul.
I encourage you to reserve this book at the library, borrow it from a friend or buy it.  Of course, with my insane schedule (and after reading Slow Love I'm questioning my sanity) it took me several weeks to finish it.  If I was living as Dominique recommends I would have slashed the calendar for a day and enjoyed every morsel of it without interruption.
Are you a Dominique Browning fan? Go visit her fabulous blog, slow love life.  Click here to visit.  I couldn't believe when I first visited her blog she had Ragland Hill Social listed as one of her favorites.  I was so honored!
I must also state, I bought my own copy on Amazon, wasn't gifted it from Dominique or her publisher and I'm writing this from the bottom of my heart.

Hope you enjoy it!  And, let me know if you've read her inspiring words.  I'd love to hear your perspective.

We'll talk soon.

Gwen

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Friday, June 4, 2010

An Old Soul Warms the Heart

After leaving a meeting today with a new client, I was driving in great ponder, "Why do I REALLY love antiques so very much?".  I had just discussed design philosophy in great detail and how antiques play a leading role in my work.

I'm not saying I couldn't design a room without them, but almost saying that.  An antique piece is an "old soul" that grounds a space.  It's a piece that gives a room presence and importance, elegance and clarity, and call me a little whacky, but its energy is good, solid and real.

I tell young clients time and time again, "Save your pennies, your nickels, your dollars...buy the best quality piece you can for your money, you won't ever regret it".  And hire a designer that can steward your money best.  What you are paying a designer for is his/her "eyes", experience, knowledge and ability to help you have a well-rounded collection.  And yes, I speak from experience...I couldn't buy pieces in my own collection today if I had to.  I couldn't afford it, they have at least doubled, maybe tripled in value, and that my friends, is a good feeling.

So, I'm sharing some "old souls" with you today.  I love each and every one.  Some come from dealers I work with regularly and some I've bookmarked along the way, ready to find the perfect place for them.

Enjoy!




The Tom Petty:  Rustic, refined with a style all its own.  Netherlands, Circa 1820, unusual Flemish three drawer chest in pine with original faux bois finish.  Kantelberg Antiques & Interiors.  Click here to visit.





The Sela Ward:  Classic, refined and exact.  Mid-18th Century Georgian Mahogany Chest on Chest, England.  Penny Farthing Antiques.  Click here to visit.




The Mick Jagger:  Quirky, one-of-a-kind, perfect juxtaposition.  Large 1870's Louis XVI Style Armchair.  1stdibs Paris.  Click here to visit.





The Charlize Theron:  Quiet, elegant, with a story to tell.  French, Set of four early 19th Century Louis XV Style Panels made from Dufour Scenic wallpaper.  Jacqueline Adams Antiques.  Click here to visit.







The Halle Berry:  Charming, curvaceous, a looker you can't miss.  Pair Regency Peacock chairs in Grosfeld House style, 20th Century.  The Collection Los Angeles.  Click here to visit.



The Eddie Vedder:  Unexpected, layered, an artistic genius. 18th Century Italian painted commode. Karla Katz.  Click here to visit.






The Catherine Zeta Jones:  Flawless, fine and staying power that's undeniable.  Italian, Veneto, Neoclassical Walnut Scantonata Credenza, 2nd quarter 19th Century.  Robuck Company Antiques, Ltd.  Click here to visit.





The Sarah Jessica Parker:  Distinguished, superior, flawless.  19th Century Italian, Olive Wood, Side Commode.  Karla Katz.  Click here to visit.






The Courtney Cox:  Glamorous, beautiful with a grounded quality.  Italian Baroque Walnut three drawer chest, Circa 1700.  Epoca.  Click here to visit.

I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend.  Please let me hear which is your favorite.  I love to know what my readers are thinking.  You're the best!

We'll talk soon.

Gwen

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Charm. Charm! Charm!!

First, let me say, I hate it when I do this.  Again, I've bookmarked these images long ago...with no idea of from where they came...but, of course, I had to share them with you.  So, if these are your house or they came from your blog or website..PLEASE let me know.  Many of my archives have been together for years and years, some adequately referenced, some not.

And, I must say, I love my archives because of images like these.  Aren't they fabulously charming?  Just love each and every one.  My favorite in all....the lighting.  Check it out!






















I'm thinking up a project, just now, that these will be the perfect inspiration for...until then...I'll leave them with you.

We'll talk soon.

Gwen
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