Interior Treats :: Me, Oh, Mama

After a week in Greenville, S.C. as part of my US of A tour, I decided to luxuriate in a bath full of bubbles bubbly or both…with my I-Pad charged and several hours of quiet, it was the perfect time to catch up. As a visual warrior in search of all things beautiful, I decided to start on Instagram. If you follow Instagram then you know the first images you are hit with are recommendations based on “People You Follow.” Uh-oh. Of course, I may have posted a few, and if I share one more sunset I think my followers are going to think I’m a nature photographer and not a Design Blogger. I watch the sky so much for the perfect moment that I tripped twice last week, once spilling out everything in my purse (it’s actually a large tote) to the stares of everyone passing by, yes I felt that people were being a little “judgy.” Why wouldn’t I have 2 cameras, 20 tubes of lipstick (A girl has to have choices right?) an extra pair of Kate Spade flats, numerous notebooks, pens from just about every hotel I’ve ever stayed at, a DVD player (don’t ask), the Frozen CD, a deck of Old Maid (I have an eight year old), a crossword puzzle book, and the latest copy of W Magazine & Veranda (for a coffee break if  I ever have time to take one), a hospital sized first-aid kit (perfect for small operations), and 7 pairs of sunglasses…and the list goes on. Don’t get me wrong I did have several men stop and help, one of whom mentioned that he hoped my husband “Cut up the credit card.” Why would Mr. B. do that? He wants to stay married right? I was going to post the sidewalk spillage on Instagram, but frankly the sunset might be a little more interesting, but certainly not as amusing.

So off I went to explore, and see what some of my favorite IG’ers had to offer. Then I stumbled onto O&D Interiors, a recommendation from Instagram. Hat tip to the genius’s over there. It was a feast for my eyes, because this dynamic duo can design. My mission is to share the latest and greatest with my followers. So share I will, in fact I have a feeling that some people will thank me. Alot. I really don’t know much about Nicole Davis & Becki Owens (yet), but their work certainly speaks for itself. They also have a blog meohmymama.blogspot.com. They were kind enough to give me permission this morning to share the photos off IG. P.S. Jeanne Chung (Cozy. Stylish. Chic) you wondered why I was up until 3AM…well this is why. I think you’ll agree that it was so worth it. On a side note: I do want to mention that we have our next “Tastemaker” in the pipeline, Jane Goetz, this talented “Tastemaker” hails from Atlanta, and had a project being photographed that she wanted to include. I have little doubt that it’s going to be worth the wait…after that several of my favorites from Greenville, S.C.

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Photo/ Ashlee Raubach-Designers/ O & D Interiors

These stunning doors give a little hint of the graphic drama to follow in the dining room…

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Photo/ Ashlee Raubach- Designers/ O & D Interiors

The marbled fabric on the drapes and shade are simply stunning…

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The vaulted ceiling & the soothing colour palette give impact to this stylish space…

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 Photo/ Ashlee Raubach- Designers/ O & D Interiors

 This bathroom is proof that white is still hot…

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 Encased in Carrera …

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I love the graphic play of the wallpaper with the veining on the counter-top.

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The design on the wrought iron staircase adds architectural detail…

As always don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, Pinterest & Facebook for more design inspiration. P.S. I did want to clarify something from my last post. Although, I will be Design Blogger first and foremost, I will still have my hand in the design pie, we are the in process of setting up a unique service that offers remote design only. We will no longer be working with clients in person. Also, we are setting up a store that will offer art pieces to complete gallery walls from some of my favorite artists…More information about all that later. I hope you enjoyed this Interior Treat™.

Until next time,

Be Inspired. Be Amazing.

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The Artful Home :: Paint Spatters

This week I finally said it, out loud. I am a Design Blogger who used to be a Designer. There are no more blurred lines. I’ve always been a big supporter of people following their dreams, only I never took my own advice. So today, I found myself clarifying what I really do for a living. I was asked by a brand that I’ve been dying to work with, (a dream come true moment when they reached out to me)…then the question came- the ONE that I’ve always dreaded. “We’d love to work with you, but we wondered are you a blogger or a designer?”  Honestly, I was hesitant to let go of what I put my heart and soul into for the past 12 years. But, it was time to say it out loud. I AM A DESIGN BLOGGER. Because this is what I love to do. Let’s face it, as we get older following your dreams becomes really, really important, and so I am. Tick tock.

I’m also a writer. It keeps me up at night, putting together blog posts and finishing touches on the book that is in the pipeline. I am  a career blogger, a road warrior of the written word. I get to write about what I love-which is design, 24/7, my dream.

I decided to celebrate my revelation by going to one of my favorite eatery’s in Greenville, S. C. (where I am this week). While I was contemplating the menu choices (seriously is everything in the South, smothered, covered, country-fried, or sugar coated?) and wondering if I should get the field green salad with a country fried pie on the side, patrons of this well-heeled establishment were headed over to Anthropologie across the street. Visiting this “purveyor of the fabulous” wasn’t in the cards for me because a quick look around becomes an extended visit that usually ends with a few bags full of housewares, and maybe a top or two. Combine that with the knowledge that Mr. B. is going to question me about spending a few hundred dollars just window shopping (he has perfected the art of interrogation), and the risk may not be worth the reward (seriously I do go to Anthro to window shop). Who doesn’t get positively giddy looking at the store vignettes? Yes, I gave into my Anthro cravings, and it was worth the trip.

This lifestyle store puts a fair share of creative muscle into their displays, rivaling that of my beloved ABC Home in NYC. The former is an emporium that leaves you with the feeling that you just went through an attic full of great estate finds. I walked out with tons of pics, a bag full of goodies, and a little inspiration sparked by a paint splattered chair. So if a Jackson Pollock original isn’t a possibility you can still introduce this artistic aesthetic into your home through affordable paint splattered furniture, walls or accessories adding visual appeal from high-end to rustic interiors. Some of my favourite paint spatter pieces have been rugs and walls…but some of the furniture offerings are positively mind-blowing, and if you are a proficient DIY’er  get a bucket of paint, and let the creative juices flow.

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The chair that has inspired so many ideas found in Anthropologie.

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 via Yazy Jo

This has to be one of my favorite chairs of all time, it can be dressed up or dressed down…

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 via Lonny Magazine

The fabric on this slip-covered console is actually manufactured…but oh the possibilities…

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Spattered in blue, a wall-covering from Hinson & Co.

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This splattered or spattered mural is in the home of the artist couple Lili Nalovi & Jesko Willert…

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 Photo/ Angie Hranowsky

This paint spattered shade is from an interior designed by last weeks “Tastemaker,” the fabulous Angie Hranowsky…

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Or just a little bit…take your pick.

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I’m not sure what I love more the walls or the drool-worthy console…

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 Designer/ Kelly Werstler

Who doesn’t love the eclectic glamour of Kelly’s spaces? And that rug…

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via Elle Decor

This is the home of Sarah Jessica Parker, the paint spattered fabric from Hinson & Co. adds to the fresh, eclectic vibe of this room in her Hampton’s home…

I hope you are inspired to think outside the proverbial box!

As always don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, & Instagram for more design inspiration. Also, we are looking for creative types to join our team as part of our “Entertaining With The Ace Series.” If you are a writer and are interested in writing for an award winning blog-convo us in the comment section.

Be Inspired. Be Amazing.

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The Ace Around Town-”Tastemaker Series”:: Angie Hranowsky

 

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I have a bucket list, or a list of sorts which has the title “Designers I Will Hire When I’m Rich.”  In this ideal dream world that I have created, I will own a mansion in Newport, Rhode Island  one of “The Gilded Age Mansions” (you absolutely have to dream big). It will have many rooms, enough that I could hire each of my design “fixations” to complete and finish a room. Angie Hranowsky would be one of the “chosen.” I don’t know exactly when she first caught my eye, but she has been in my folder, the one that sits on my desk as inspiration and a little motivation to “never stop creating beauty.” Angie has been hailed as one of Traditional Homes “20 Designers to Watch” and watch I am. Not only has she ranked on some of the design industries most coveted lists, but her work has been featured in top shelter magazines such as House Beautiful, Metropolitan Home & Domino. With a flawless melding of periods & textures, her affinity for color has made her a standout in a world that for so long has been held captive in an endless sea of beige. (I do want to clarify that I have the utmost respect for neutral tones).  After a slump in the economy had many tightening their purse strings and making conservative choices, a refreshing burst of colour is what the world needs right now. This Charleston based designer is anything but traditional, and is redefining Southern design- paving the way for a whole new breed of “Style-makers.”

So a few weeks ago I approached Angie, she was ever so gracious in responding and agreed to be a part of our “Top 10 Southern Tastemakers.” The fact that all of our picks are extremely busy and have little precious time to spare, it is an honour to have them agree to be featured. So we e-mailed back and forth, and then I received the final draft. I was in the waiting room of a firm that we might team with on a product launch. I’m telling you this story because of what is yet to follow. They were running late, (and I was on time) so I decided to check e-mails and saw one from Angie, I opened it, and the images she sent effected me in such a way that I had tears in my eyes. That’s right, in the waiting room of a future client. So when one of the team members came out to let me know they were ready, my eyes were brimming chock-a-block full of salty pools on the verge of spilling over. Talk about a great impression. Of course, trying to explain the cause was challenging, but when “the Team” saw the images, it was amidst gasps and ooooh’s…and ahhhh’s, and the handing over of a box of tissues. Our reactions were a true testament to Angie’s ability to not only create interiors that evoke powerful emotion, but are also reflective of the people who are lucky enough to live in them. So without further ado…I want to introduce our 4th “Tastemaker”-Angie Hranowsky.

logoforinterviewsWas there a defining moment in your life when you knew that design would be your career?

I started my career as a graphic designer, which I loved very much. But it was when we bought and renovated our first home that I knew my true passion was interior design. I’ve always loved interiors and spent countless hours designing rooms for my Barbies. From the time I was in college I was transforming my apartments, painting every surface and scouring vintage and second hand stores for pieces I could transform. So once I got  my hands on an entire house the deal was sealed.

logoforinterviews Do you have a favorite room in a home that you like to design?

I really like to design all rooms. I guess if I had to choose I would say living and family rooms, and kitchens. I love the possibilities that living-rooms and dens offer in terms of furniture plans and how they function. Kitchens provide the opportunity to work with amazing materials, and I love the challenge of coming up with original plans for cabinets and islands.

logoforinterviewsHow would you describe “Angie’s Style?”

I would describe my style as “Relaxed Modern”. I’m a modernist at heart, but I love color and texture and mixing different styles. I like to create spaces that feel like they’ve been collected over time.

logoforinterviewsWhat is the one thing that most people wouldn’t know about you?

I love to play backgammon.

logoforinterviewsWhat is the one piece of furniture you covet in your home?

My 4-poster chrome bed.

logoforinterviewsThe interiors you design are so evolved and have a fresh modern vibe. What is your favorite design style to work in? 

I’m most drawn to mid-century furniture and architecture.

logoforinterviewsDo you have someone that influences your design?

Gio Ponti and Anita Pallenberg.

logoforinterviewsYou have achieved so much in your career, where will we see you in five years?

With a growing design firm and collaborations for a line of lighting or textiles, perhaps a book…we’ll see.

I want to thank Angie for being a part of our series, and of course I look forward to seeing what the future will hold for this design heavyweight. So now my readers you are in for a very special treat…no further words needed.

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Colour play…

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The perfect mix…

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Modern glamour…

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Textural & so very stylish…

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Curated collections…

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Art, action, lighting…

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An artful display…

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Pattern play…

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Angie’s Top Five…

I know you are speechless right now…

Until next week.

Be Inspired. Be Amazing.

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