Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Favorite Magazine Picks!

If you're anything like me, design mags are a must for inspiration!  Here are some of my favorite images from current magazines.


The layered richness here is so inviting.  I love the quiet feel this room exudes.


Garden of magic!  And, look at that puppy...


I love this amazing bed & mirror appointment.


Amazing bathroom...


Stunning headboard & really everything!!!


Love those little chairs & symmetry.


Green wall & fabrics divine!


No words.


Magnificent simplicity.


The wall, gate & courtyard are special.


Sublime...


Dream bath for me!

We'll talk soon.


Gwen

Saturday, April 21, 2012

IT'S ALL ABOUT PAINT...Inspiration!!!

Aren't these amazing?!?! I can't wait to find a project for each idea!  Go see my Pinterest page for more inspiration.









Which one is your favorite?

We'll talk soon.


Gwen

Friday, April 20, 2012

Driscoll Design Group: IT'S ALL ABOUT PAINT on things

I love beautiful painted furnishings.  I'm either on the hunt for signature antique pieces or finish existing ones that need a facelift.  Here are examples Driscoll Design Group has placed in projects.

This exquisite secretary was a perfect find for a client's living room.  We purchased it from Karla Katz in New Orleans.  It graces a wall as a dramatic statement.

DDG Project:  Swedish Antique Secretary purchased from Karla Katz

ACRE's front door has a high gloss yellow painted finish that is perfect for the "Come On In" feel we wanted in its entry.

DDG Project:  ACRE front door with high gloss yellow finish

This piece needed a facelift.  We enlisted the help of Stephanie Jones with Me & Mrs. Jones Painted Finishes.  She did an amazing job with black lacquer & gilt detailing.

DDG Project:  Cabinet with black lacquer & gilt detail finish

DDG Project:  Cabinet with black lacquer & gilt detail finish

DDG Project:  Cabinet with black lacquer & gilt detail finish

A client's family room needed a punch of color to house these amazing pieces of pottery.  We custom designed the display piece & lacquered it with orange that's divine.

DDG Project:  Custom designed orange lacquer cabinet

The occasional table here originally was a milky flat green that wasn't special.  We commissioned Stephanie Jones to black laquer it.  Isn't it beautiful now?

DDG Project:  Table with black lacquer finish

DDG Project:  Table with black laquer finish & gilt detail

DDG Project:  Table with black laquer finish & gilt detail

This chest was so old-fashioned & tired in its original state.  Stephanie Jones put a subtle grayish finish on it to help it feel like today.  Special!!!

DDG Project:  Chest with matte gray finish

DDG Project:  Chest with matte gray finish

I saw these chairs & knew they could be great with a little tweaking.  They're in our kitchen & are the perfect size with casters to boot.  Stephanie Jones added her special touch with black paint & subtle glaze on the caning.  Love, love, love!

DDG Project:  Set of chairs with matte black finish & gilt detail on cane work

DDG Project:  Set of chairs with matte black finish & gilt detail on cane work

Before & after of a client's awesome mirror... Stephanie Jones added a lacquered white finish that's magnifient.  It's perfect in its new finish & location.


DDG Project:  Before of decorative mirror

DDG Project:  After of decorative mirror with white lacquer finish

DDG Project:  After of decorative mirror with white lacquer finish

This client's dining room was almost complete but needed something reflective & simple.  We custom designed a mirror & had Stephanie Jones finish it with a pewter finish that's delicious!


DDG Project:  Custom designed mirror with pewter gilt finish

DDG Project:  Custom designed mirror with pewter gilt finish

Another mirror with black tar finish & monogram detailing.  It's mine & I love it!


DDG Project:  Mirror with black tar finish undercoat of soft gold.  Monogram in gold with orange detail.

Hope you have a great weekend.


We'll talk soon.


Gwen


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Driscoll Design Group: IT'S ALL ABOUT PAINT on walls

One dramatic tool we use daily is PAINT!  It's a phenomenal way to enhance a space subtly or with great strength.  Almost every project Driscoll Design Group works on has a paint scheme that is well planned, executed with precision & always has a punch.

I've got many examples of decorative paint use & inspiration I would love to use in upcoming projects.  Look for several back to back posts this week.

This beautiful dining room was designed with a custom painted wall mural as the main focus.  It's subtle, elegant & beyond remarkable.  The house is located on a Kentucky farm, smack in the middle of horse country.  We instructed Andrea Sims, artist, to use her magical eye & capture the essence of the property.  She did an amazing job & I still love it today.

DDG Project:  Elle Decor 2010 Handpainted Dining Room Mural by Andrea Sims

DDG Project:  Elle Decor 2010 Handpainted Dining Room Mural by Andrea Sims (Detail)

This beautiful wall of script was painted many, many years ago.  It's a passage from the Odyssey & needed restoration.  We commissioned Stephanie Jones (aka Paint Queen) of Me & Mrs. Jones Painted Finishes to lightly clean, wax & polish this wall.  Isn't it fabulous?

DDG Project:  Handpainted Odyssey Wall.  Restoration by Me & Mrs. Jones Painted Finishes

DDG Project:  Handpainted Odyssey Wall Detail.  Restoration by Me & Mrs. Jones Painted Finishes

DDG Project:  Handpainted Odyssey Wall Detail.  Restoration by Me & Mrs. Jones Painted Finishes

Well, I couldn't design a restaurant without fab restrooms.  After all, it's a private place, but one that has much importance.  Again, we called on Me & Mrs. Jones Painted Finishes to take our concept to reality & here's the finished product.  Love it!!!

DDG Project:  ACRE Men's Restroom by Me & Mrs. Jones Painted Finishes


DDG Project:  ACRE Men's Restroom Detail by Me & Mrs. Jones Painted Finishes



DDG Project:  ACRE Ladies' Restroom by Me & Mrs. Jones Painted Finishes


DDG Project:  ACRE Ladies' Restroom Detail by Me & Mrs. Jones Painted Finishes

This bedroom was another project for Stephanie Jones.  She took a fabric we deemed worthy of stencil, used it as inspiration & created a wall that ROCKS!

DDG Project:  Stenciled Wall by Me & Mrs. Jones Painted Finishes

DDG Project:  Stenciled Wall Detail by Me & Mrs. Jones Painted Finishes

DDG Project:  Bedroom with Stenciled Wall by Me & Mrs. Jones Painted Finishes

Visit tomorrow for more on painted furnishings.


We'll talk soon.


Gwen


Monday, April 16, 2012

BELLE OF THE BALL: It's So Good!!!

Tumblr, hands down, is my favorite place to get lost in imagery...sometimes that's all the inspiration you need.  Belle of the Ball Tumblr is an imagery maze of glorious goodness.  Go Enjoy here!


Belle of the Ball

Belle of the Ball

Belle of the Ball

Belle of the Ball

Belle of the Ball
Have a great week!


We'll talk soon.


Gwen

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