Thursday, February 10, 2011

A Special Brand of Magic

I'm asked at least once a day, "Where did you find that?" and my reply is always, "From one of our valued resources".  Two of the keys to top-knotch design is research and sources.  Building a mega-watt resource infrastructure that spans the globe isn't easy.  All resources aren't created equal.  It's only with a keen eye, lots of fact finding and vetting that this resource foundation exists.  And, that, my friends, is what creates a special brand of magic.  

With every project, I start with the architecture, house history and the people who will call a dwelling home.  My job is to create an extraordinary story that has my client's fingerprints all over it.  A story that weaves the history, energy, style and special touches that each person contributes.  This is what creates a masterpiece: a home that exudes warmth and special quality that calls those that reside there home and guests longing for another invitation.

Here are some items being placed in projects I've been working on of late.  Without that mega-watt resource guide, these beautiful pieces wouldn't be possible.  Enjoy!

Polished Nickel Double Arm Sconce
I love these silver stunners.  Aren't they beautiful?  Perfect for a classic Entrance Hall. 
Veneto, Neoclassical Walnut Scantonata Credenza, Italy, Mid 19th Century
I love the silhouette and wood of this ravishing antique.  Truly, antiques are one of my favorite shopping items.
Pair Art Deco Leather Chairs, France, Early 20th Century
These are for a handsome office: every man deserves a pair of beautiful leather chairs.  The patina is untouchable.
Baltimore Bench, 19th Century
Another sculptural piece that I love.  It's perfect for the foot of a bed.  Can't you see a beautiful silk cushion on it?  Any lovely color will do.
Gunmetal and Gilt Bronze Sconce
Simply perfect.  The austere quality here is what I love most.  These are going in a Powder Room but I could see them just about anywhere.
Neoclassical Cylinder Desk, Germany, 19th Century
This piece is divine.  The intricate work here is truly amazing.  I love it.
Gilded Bronze and Crystal Sconce
These dazzling beauties will be wonderful in a Living Room that doubles as an Entrance Hall.
Neoclassical Petite Inlaid Commode, Italy, Circa 1790
This charming piece of furniture will be perfect in a Master Bedroom.  Now to find the amazing lamp we need to accompany it.

Antique Carved Stone Sundial, France, Circa 1623
Perfection for a  Sunroom.  Isn't it stunning?
Late Georgian Period Mahogany and Greek Key Inlaid Sideboard, England, Early 19th Century
This refined sideboard is finding a new home in a client's Dining Room.  I can't wait to show you pictures once we install it.

Neoclassical Walnut Desk with Red Leather Top, France, Circa 1880
Sometimes the best pieces have the simplest of features.  Here is beautiful wood, aged red leather and classic detail.  What more do you need for that handsome office mentioned above?

Which is your favorite?  I'd love to hear your thoughts.

We'll talk soon.

Gwen























Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Old Souls

Fabrics are like friends to me.  They each have a special calling card that make them unique and interesting.  I choose them wisely, ones that have true and individual character, are always stylish and exciting, even when they've been around for quite some time.  Scalamandre` is one of my favorite textile sources for one reason:  its fabrics are like "old souls".

Founded in 1929 by Franco and Flora Scalamandre`, this textile giant has been weaving exquisite fabrics and trims year after year.  In the world of textiles, Scalamandre` is known for reproducing historic patterns in both America and Europe.  Jackie Kennedy called on Scalamandre` to reproduce a magnificent 19th century silk when redecorating the White House.  William Randolph Hearst needed a renaissance design fabric reproduced when renovating San Simeon Castle and Scalamandre` has beautiful silk curtains hanging in Thomas Jefferson's Monticello.

There is something special about using fabrics that have historic roots.  They have a grounding sense in both new and old homes alike.  I continue to find a special use for a Scalamandre` jewel in almost every project.  There is something magical these fabrics do for a design scheme.

Here are some of my favorites.

Scalamandre` Falk Manor is exquisite and versatile.  It settles in perfectly with whatever I've chosen to pair it with, modern art, magnificent antiques or both.   You can't go wrong here.






Scalamandre` also has beautiful silks in yummy colors like no other.  See this silk hanging at these French doors...what about that luscious green?  
This pillow fabric is the crowning appointment needed for a warm and comfy Library.  It has just enough pattern to make it unique but doesn't stand up and scream, "pay attention to me".  Love that quality in a fabric.
Oh, and Scalamandre` Lovebirds.  Really, you can't beat the exquisite workmanship detailed in this textile.  It's shown here with beautiful beading detail and the companion, another wonderful silk.


Love Lucca!  I've used this large scale linen many times.  It's perfection for a little girl's room.





Scalamandre` Raja is getting ordered this week for curtains in a client's Entry Hall.  Aren't they going to be beautiful?  I can't wait to install them.
Here it is in other colorways.  Love the spunky yellow and gray.

Ciclo Ombre is a Jacquard Velvet that is stunning.  I can't wait to find a special project where it will be right at home.


Leopardo is a Scalamandre` classic.  Love it.  I think I might pull it out tomorrow.  I just had a fabulous idea!


And, if you shop in Atlanta, go by the Scalamandre`showroom and visit Chandler and Holly.  They'll take great care of you.  Promise.

We'll talk soon.


Gwen










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