I am writing to announce that beginning next week, Thursdays will be “Coffee with Jamie.” After many wonderful and supportive e-mails inquiring about lifestyle trends, we wanted to give our readers more ways to improve their overall life and not just the design of their homes. We have decided on a book club of sorts. I love reading and find that people often want to know what piece of literature I have sitting on my side table. We will explore books ranging from fiction to coffee table books that I have found to be incredibly inspiring and fascinating. We have also teamed up with AMAZON so you can purchase right from our site. We would LOVE to hear more from our readers about what exactly you would like to see or hear about a great book that you have recently completed. We are looking forward to this addition to the blog and hope you are too! Check back on Monday for our regular posts and keep and eye out this Thursday for Coffee with Jamie!
It is a fact that interior designers would be nothing without the fine service people of the trade that provide us with resources for our projects. This has been true since the beginning of architecture and can especially be seen during the 1200′swhen guilds of different crafts left emblems of their guild embedded within the architecture, like in the stained glass of Notre Dame. ( The largest guild during the mid 13th century was the wool merchants guild and they were so wealthy that they were able to purchase the entire main city church of Florence after the head craftsmen died, and hired the infamous Brunelleschi.)
Not a lot has changed simply because there are so many industries necessary to complete a single design project, commercial or residential. The best designers have an extremely loyal team of industry people behind them with specific representatives that are practically like family. Our firm is no different, and one company that continues to stay a part of our team is Artistic Tile. If you have never heard of Artistic Tile (which I’m sure you have), all you need to do is a small google search to understand the caliber of their work. They sell the most exquisite and luxurious stone and tile products on the market and recently just put in a small line of bathroom furnishings. And we aren’t the only ones who think they are fantastic, Artistic Tile was just recognized this December by Interior Design Magazine receiving one of their Best of Year Awards.
Despite their glory, we find again and again that their dedication to the personal relationships with their clients is something entirely unique. The friendly and loyal representatives support our projects and design aspirations whether they are involved or not. We find ourselves often exchanging design ideas because the innovative and progressive staff always know the latest in our field. Obviously we use TONS of Artistic Tile’s products and have many projects and examples of them in our work. The refined and exclusive collections they carry practically guarantee a success not matter what you pick. They maintain their facebook and will answer you PERSONALLY if you have any questions. Needless to say – we love Artistic Tile and all of the support they have given us over the years. Where would we be without you? Visit their website at http://www.artistictile.com/ or their facebook http://www.facebook.com/artistictile - tell them Jamie sent you.
This is a powder room I did using flooring tile from Artistic Tile. You can see this along with other interior examples on their facebook.
Gorgeous stone from their website.
Not only are their products fabulous, but their marketing campaign is hot as hell. Brilliant.
Yes Please. I would buy just about anything from this guy.
When you think of the most romantic bed on earthwhat do you think of? A four poster bed of course! (If you were thinking a red velvet tufted circle bed that rotates in turn with a disco ball then I am afraid this might be the wrong blog for you.) Like canopies, four poster beds made their claim to fame in the 15thcentury with the development of Gothic. Furnishings and interior details became very heavy and architectural, mimicking the massive cathedrals of the time. As you can imagine, these were not the delicate four posters that you see today. These beds had huge wooden posts and came up to support a canopy covered roof with flowing drapery coming down the sides. If you are a regular reader then you have read my post on canopies. In case you haven’t, bedding textiles during the 15th century were the most prominent way to display rank and nobility. Not to mention that the fire place was not well understood and the technology to allow heat to spread throughout did not exist. Therefore, bedding textiles were not only a fashion statement, they created a micro climate of warmth that probably prevented death especially during the winters in England. If you could afford it, beds like these were adorned with the most expensive trimming and textiles that could be sewn with threads of gold, literally!
Even though many four posters do not function to support heavy wooden roofs and canopies, they still allow textiles to hang down and be tied to the posts. Although typically considered a traditional carved work, contemporary four poster beds are just as popular, and as expected, have developed into a whole new level of design. I still think that the most elegant paradise bed is a clean and simple four poster adorned with white sheer drapery. I can hear the grand caymans calling. If you want to feel like the ruler of your master bedroom, consider a four poster bed of any kind (and ditch the disco ball.)
Today we are so excited to be featured as a guest blogger on one of my favorite blogs, Desire to Decorate. We are talking about the hot styles of 2011. Thank you Wendy for the opportunity! Check it out at http://www.desiretodecorate.com/2011/01/guest-blogger-jamie-herzlinger.html
If you are a color lover like me then I sure you are always dying to find out what’s the hottest color around. Well look no further because Pantone just released Pantone 2011 color of the year – Pantone 18-2120 Honeysuckle. It doesn’t get more romantic than that and it is perfect for spring. Pantone describes it “Courageous. Confident. Vital. A brave new color, for a brave new world. Let the bold spirit of Honeysuckle infuse you, lift you and carry you through the year. It’s a color for every day – with nothing “everyday” about it.” I don’t know if this color alone can infuse you and carry you through the year, but if there ever was a color to do it, this could be it.
I’m not trying to let them do all the talking, but Pantone also states,
“While the 2010 color of the year, PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise, served as an escape for many, Honeysuckle emboldens us to face everyday troubles with verve and vigor. A dynamic reddish pink, Honeysuckle is encouraging and uplifting. It elevates our psyche beyond escape, instilling the confidence, courage and spirit to meet the exhaustive challenges that have become part of everyday life.
Honeysuckle is guaranteed to produce a healthy glow when worn by both men and women. It’s a striking, eye-catching hue that works well for day and night in women’s apparel, accessories and cosmetics, and in men’s ties, shirts and sportswear. Add a lively flair to interior spaces with Honeysuckle patterned pillows, bedspreads, small appliances and tabletop accessories. Looking for an inexpensive way to perk up your home? Paint a wall in Honeysuckle for a dynamic burst of energy in the family room, kitchen or hallway.”
I have to agree that I think this color is fabulous since I am a huge fan of pink. Pantone says it works well for fashion especially wedding as well as in interior decor and in packaging. A good thing to keep in mind when deciding on what color of shirt to add to your wardrobe or what color of spring sheets you should get. I personally am suddenly craving some strawberry gelato…wonder why?
I get comments all the time about how much people love my dining room. I’m not trying to brag – but there is something about that space that people are very drawn to. Actually I know exactly what it is. Its the lucite chairs. Everyone knows that lucite or acrylic material has been around forever becoming ever popular during the 1930′s and 40′s. Now with the recent classical modern craze people are reviving the lucite to a whole new level, even though is never left. Despite the fact that is considered an older material, it seems new and surprising ever time it is used. What is wonderful about lucite is obviously the manipulability. You can make just about anything out of lucite and it has that added factor of durability. However, what you see around these days isn’t the same product that you might have seen in an old movie theater. Modern technology combined with the existing knowledge of lucite has created something magnificent. With progressive companies like 3form acrylic has become one of the most sustainable products you can specify. The manufacturing methods have changed to be less pollutant and the plastic is recyclable and can be commercially as well as residentially. There is even a company that infuses wood with acrylic to make it more durable and suitable for commercial interiors.
And lets just talk about the options! You can have the different colors, but that’s just ammature. 3form has acrylic that is combined with natural materials like grass and leaves. Any image you want can be screen printed and sandwiched between two pieces of acrylic for a super retro yet practical conversation piece. I think that everyone can agree there is just something intriguingabout being able to see through something. I mean wasn’t that why people loved the original apple computer? This confusion to the senses has inspired designers to create extremely dynamic interiors. It can make a space feel bigger or brighter just by removing those wooden chairs and replacing them with classic ghost chair. If you can’t afford a ghost chair that’s okay because you can make just about anything of lucite. My personal opinion is that every one should have a lucite piece so start looking – I bet you won’t have to search too far.
A lucite klismos chair?! Now that’s what I call classical modern.
Beautiful and interesting
Lucite is great way to add a little “hip” to a space
This table adds to the aire of elegance
Jazz up an otherwise boring office
Now this is just funky – and I love it!
I think it is safe to say that everyone loves tufting. No really – everyone. It has a very feminine quality when applied to an upholstered headboard or masculine feeling when used on a leather sofa in a lawyer’s office. With the recent crazy of classical modern design, people love tufting more than ever and they seem to be using it in every form. Tufting is even do-it-yourself friendly which means any house wife with a needle and thread is bound to get her tuft on sooner or later. But lets just pretend for a moment that you aren’t a complete expert on the subject and lets cover some tufting basics that could put your tufting knowledge above and beyond that of your friends. There are two general types of type, a regular tuft and a diamond tuft. You will know the difference between the two because the diamond tuft creates the shape of a … diamond, while the regular tuft makes a square-like shape. Looking at the history of furniture can really help you decide which type of tuft to use to create the look you are going for or to enhance the overall style of your space. Diamond tufts have a much more traditional history BUT with all the classical revival taking place, it now has developed a kind hip glamour quality. Regular tufts seem to carry a more modern style.
The next aspect of tufting that you need to consider it the depth of the tuft. Deep tufting has a very sensual and luxurious type feeling, but be careful because there is a fine line between sexy and the las vegas love palace (if you know what I mean.) A more shallow tuft has a very subtle feeling and is commonly used in country style homes or cottages. Another aspect of tufting that people don’t often consider is the scale of the tuft. You generally see a medium size tuft used on headboards but a slightly smaller tuft for sofas. Think about this: try using two scales of tufting on one sofa with a smaller scale on the back of the sofa and a larger scale on the seat. From a distance the tufts will begin to look like a pattern of fabric instead of a texture. For less dramatic impact use large scale tufts and for bold statements use small scale tufts. Last thing to consider is the material that you are using to be tufted. Generally people like to use a solid color fabric because the tufting adds its own level of visual interest. There are always alternatives to that, but if you do decide to go with a print I would suggest using something asymmetrical like a floral print so that the tufting doesn’t interrupt the pattern. Also consider materials with high textural values like silk, velvet or leather. Now that you know all there is to know about tufting feel free to use it anywhere and everywhere. And remember, tuft responsibly.