Monday, August 30, 2010

And Little Things That Make the Difference

It all started with a problem corner in a client's Dining Room.  After many meetings and much deliberation, I decided it needed two things:  a mirror and a pop of color.  The mirror came easy, we designed it, built it, added a beautiful painted finish and hung it on the wall.


And then, we deliberate!  And deliberate!  And deliberate!  I knew I wanted an ottoman or stool to sit in front of this exquisite mirror, but the shape and color, what should it be?  This room is beautiful, special and really almost perfect.  For any of you who do design work you know the finishing touches are always the hardest.

We added these beautiful Saladino chairs at the Dining Room table that are absolute perfection.

And then to decide on the color of the ottoman.  It's all about this rug.  Isn't it beautiful?  The colors are magnificent in a quiet way.  We tried every kind of dark green to bluish teal you can imagine.  It just wasn't quite right.  We tried cream, white, shagreen in many colors...not happening.  And then, somewhere it occurred to me that orange could be fabulous.
No exaggeration, I think I looked at 100 orange leathers at my studio and brought at least 25 to my client's house.  It came down to one that would work:  Edelman Leather Luxe Calf in Pumpkin.  If you haven't used Luxe Calf before you must immediately find a spot for it.
And a close up of this beautiful painted finish by Mrs. Jones Painted Finishes.  Go visit her blog here, you'll be so glad you did.
A work in progress at Mrs. Jones' studio.
And the finished product.

I'm just sayin', it's the little things that make the difference.  My client is over the moon and so happy to finally have the deliberation behind us and these new jewels perfectly placed.

Hope you have a great week.

We'll talk soon,

Gwen

Images courtesy of Moi & Mrs. Jones' Painted Finishes

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Holland & Sherry: A Perfectly Rich Source

One favorite part of my job is sourcing beautiful items for projects.  While on a web hunt searching for lush green pillows, I ended up at Holland & Sherry, one of my favorite sources for exquisite pieces of finery.





Holland & Sherry is a 170-year old company that supplies prestigious tailors and luxury brands with the finest cloth money can buy.  In 1836 Stephen George & Frederick Sherry began the business as wool merchants in London.  Holland & Sherry is constantly refining their product line providing the finest fibers and fabric qualities always.

When I'm looking for a fabric that is rich in color, feel and quality, Holland & Sherry is one of my go-to sources.  I use these fabrics for special places, usually a spot that calls for handsome and sophisticated.  Enjoy perusing some of these exquisite specimens of textile.  Click here to visit Holland & Sherry.  It doesn't get much better than this!

I love the layered quality of this pillow.  It has a found look, something that is key to my design.

Couldn't you just take a bite out of this?  I think it's rare to find a product that has fresh color but is also rich in texture.  Love how the green is coupled with a touch of blue.

Unusual and very cool.  Perfect for an upholstered bench or ottoman.


It's no surprise I love this considering it's the perfect orange!  Just spectacular for any use.


No words needed!!!!!!!


Divine and special.  These borders are spectacular as drapery or wall upholstery.



This color combination is one of my favorites.  Love it!






More borders that make me weep they're so fine.  

I'm in New York next week and I can't wait to stop by Holland & Sherry.  Hopefully I can pick up several of those beautiful green pillows.

We'll talk soon.

Gwen

Images courtesy of Holland & Sherry












Thursday, August 26, 2010

Lavender Love - All Shades, All Ways!

I must say, this is one of the hardest things I have to convince clients of...but a little lavender in your life or home is what makes the difference.  For those of you who follow my design and blog, this comes as no surprise, but it's always "shocking" when I mention it in design meetings.

I can't really put my finger on it, or give you the exact reason or time this became part of my design aesthetic, but it's here to stay.

It may have been early on when I started studying the work of John Saladino.  He uses it in many, many ways:  I could go as far to say it is his signature color.  

Experimentation is key to my work and experimenting with a client project isn't an option, so guess who got to be the guinea pig?  Moi!  I have lavender silk drapery in my bedroom and after 11 years, I still love them!  Now, that is a sign of staying power in my world!  Just ask Michael, who has pretty much thrown the gauntlet on anything else changing around here for a while.  My house is my chemistry lab and he has now cut me OFF!   Luckily, most of my "experiments" stick, I like things that are timeless and acquired, with a little twist that will last!

Enjoy these lavender of all hue images (there are some eggplant & purple) thrown in too.


















I hope you are having a great week.  I've got many exciting posts coming up so stay tuned!

We'll talk soon,



Gwen

Images courtesy of Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Style Me Pretty, Decor Pad, Design Dress Decor and others I'm sure I've failed to mention. Please contact me if I've used one of your images and I'll credit you ASAP!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

I Can't Believe It's Over?

It feels like yesterday I was picking up Lucy in carpool line on the last day of 3rd grade.  I can't believe summer 2010 has now come and gone for good.  We have had a great time, filled with lots of fun, lots of work and progress on so many exciting projects.

I can't wait to bring you updates on the Rosemary Beach house, a fabulous restaurant project and many, many wonderful projects at Gwen Driscoll Designs.  For now, take a look at our summer fun.




We enjoyed a great family weekend in Vicksburg, MS honoring my Dad who is finishing up his long career with the Army Reserves.  He has dedicated his life to our country, starting with his time at Westpoint and enjoying an illustrious career with a two-star General position as his last post.  We've watched him travel all over the world to serve and are very proud of his accomplishments.


Celebrate!



Celebrate!



Celebrate!


Then, it was on to Linnville, North Carolina for a quick family vacation.  Oh, the weather!  It was fabulous to escape the Memphis heat.









This was one of our favorite spots, Eseeola Lodge.  I got great inspiration for the restaurant project, ACRE, I'm working on that will open in early 2011.  Look for more on that project very soon.


The 4th of July was full of family fun:






baking cakes,




enjoying our flags,



playing with our precious pups!




Swim team



and more swim team.




Dogs were chillin' most every day:  way to hot to go outdoors.


We had flower arranging lessons,





summer camp fun,




tubing,



laughing,



and good old-fashioned swimming in the lake!


Michael and I had a great end of summer get-a-way at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs.      




If you haven't been you must make it happen.


I loved every minute of it.


Just wonderful.


Michael and Lucy brought these beautiful flowers home last week to celebrate our anniversary.  Aren't they beautiful?  Thank you to Joseph at the Garden District for whipping something up.



We are working to finish up the Rosemary Beach project, so close.  Can't wait to bring you beautiful images.



And this is ACRE, a new restaurant opening in Memphis very soon.  Look for more on this project in very short order.


Remember this beautiful project?  We are putting the finishing touches on it as we speak.  More to come!


And a sneak peak at a project that has been in the works for months.  It's going to be "die for fabulous" so stay tuned!

Thank you so much for all your e-mails, comments and begging for more Ragland Hill Social.  I so appreciate all of your support and so glad you've missed it!  I wondered if anybody would!

Talk soon,


Gwen

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