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May 31, 2011


Filed under: concrete countertops — Tags: — jherzlinger @ 3:20 pm

Discovering concrete!

I have received many in inquires about my thoughts on concrete and how to use concrete.

I have actually just recently introduced concrete into my design aesthetic

I love concrete.  Concrete has always been thought of as a material only suitable for very contemporary homes. Not true any more.

For those who desire a countertop that stands apart from common surfaces, concrete is the answer. If your countertop options have only included granite, tile, synthetic solid surfaces or engineered quartz, then you understand the limitations and frustration with such materials that are so commonly installed in households today. Concrete countertops are an option you need to consider.

Concrete countertops are getting mainstream because of their many benefits. Concrete brings new options for countertop surfaces without sacrificing durability. And, concrete far surpasses other commonplace materials in design choices for shape, color, thickness, embedments, and more. No other countertop material offers nearly unlimited options as does a concrete counter. Tops for your cabinetry have never looked so good.

One of the most alluring features of concrete countertops is that they are crafted by an artisan rather than mass produced in a factory. The doors for design potential are wide open with this malleable material shaped in the hands of experienced contractors who are familiar with its capabilities. Concrete is not your typical, characterless material.

Concrete is a great material for high traffic areas like mud rooms and kitchens, ancillary bathrooms off kitchens and family rooms.  Once sealed, concrete is as durable a material as using a granite or marble.




May 27, 2011


Filed under: capability brown,Uncategorized — Tags: , , — jherzlinger @ 3:30 pm

The Life of Lancelot “Capability” Brown

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Lancelot Brown was called “Capability” after he once commented that he could see the ‘capabilities’ of an area for landscaping

Lancelot Browns inspiration was to move it onto an even bigger scale. Instead of dividing up areas of an estate to different areas of interest, he took the entire grounds area to create entire woodlands with huge lakes, more rivers, and with the ha-ha he could bring the vista right to the doorstep of his client. Sitting him in perfected countryside, with all the comforts of a warm fire and home about you, but with spectacular views only a window away.

This was a revolution in gardening though, compared with Italian Renaissance, Tudor knot gardens, the influence of France, with formal fountains, cascades, canals, and evergreens clipped to perfection. The Tuileries and Versailles could not be more removed from what was now taking shape under the guiding hand of Lancelot Brown. The formal goosefoot design of Mallet, a half circle with 5 formal avenues radiating from it, as in Hampton Court. The Dutch influence, with William of Orange favouring topiary, cones, globes, and pyramids. All these were the complete opposite of this new gardening direction.

Jane Brown wrote a new book that I just read on Capability Brown. One of the pre-eminent landscape designers and champions of the English garden.  When I designed the landscaping for my Casa Blanca project I referred to his work.

When you travel through England and visit the historic houses, you will for sure arrive upon the most splendid gardens designed by Lancelot “Capability” Brown!

I am currently working on the landscaping for a townhouse actually, and am finding a lot of inspiration in this book, so I though I would share a fabulous source for you to enjoy!



May 26, 2011


Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — jherzlinger @ 2:22 pm

When designing a room or an entire home the key to achieving that designer look are the vintage pieces that as a designer we love to use.

These pieces give the project, room or entire home the sense of personal history.

The question always comes up on how to get that designer look if someone is not working with a designer.  And what is it about working with a designer when it comes to furnishings that gives the project that designer feeling.

Well my friends, it’s the vintage pieces.  For example, the dining room from my Casa Blanca project. The table is new, and made out of a Macassar Ebony that I put a very high gloss finish on.  The lighting fixture, designed by me is a funny take on a traditional chandelier.  BUT the chairs are a 1950′s vintage Chippendale chair that I painted in a high gloss lacquer.  The chairs add that sense of personal history and define the space as if it always was.

Another example is this photo of the cabinet I designed using brass studs but the mirror over it was actually a gilded mirror from the 1960′s when that kind of romantic a la French style wood carved mirror was in vogue.  By painting the mirror white, I was able to again add that sense of history.

In this photo which is from my project called the Enclave, I took new Corbusier chairs and put a vintage Platner table with them.  The Meis daybed is a new model as well.

In this photo of the settee, which is in the living room directly across from this sofa, this settee gives the living room this very classical feeling of having had these pieces forever.  So the key to getting that very designer look is to find a vintage piece that works well or even if you are not sure, if you love the piece then trust me it will work well. Make sure to keep the upholstery in the color scheme you are using.  To find vintage pieces? Flea markets are great for this or hunting in vintage stores.



May 25, 2011


Filed under: edge wallcoverings — Tags: , , — jherzlinger @ 3:31 pm

EDGE Wallcoverings

Today’s blog is about being able to wallpaper one wall in a room. Often times I receive this question so decided to write today about the fact that wallpapering one wall, a feature wall is a great idea.

First of all, it is wonderful from a cost perspective of course and often times depending on the paper, you don’t need to wallpaper all the walls.

I have recently discovered a company called EDGE Wallcoverings.  I am working on a guest room and came across this companies incredible portfolio of papers.

What makes EDGE so interesting is that it is like traditional still-life meets modern technology.

Founded in 2009 by a photographer named Carl Pascuzzi and a designer named Phoebe Brandt, the company has put a new spin on custom wall coverings.  The collection includes kaleidoscopic patterns that include an element of fantasy for single walls, ceilings or entire rooms!

Each pattern the EDGE creates originates from a photographic

Shoot of multidimensional still-life arrangements of their own creations.  The image created is then digitally manipulated.  The design sets are layered with fresh flowers, to sand and pebbles to custom jewelry and fabric.  All this contributes to the look and depth that you see in the papers!

These papers are fabulous in any design theme.  So if your home is traditional

Or modern definitely check these wall coverings out!



May 24, 2011


Filed under: red color — Tags: , — jherzlinger @ 3:56 pm

Red is a funny color.  People always associate red with holidays like Valentines and Christmas. But really red, when seeing it, the color, evokes passion and lust.  Think of red roses and a red Ferrari!

But when we talk about the color red for interior design purposes people take a step back.

My Casa Blanca project has become referred to as the project with the “Red Door project”

Red is a color the evokes passion. People either love it or hate it.  I have recently become a huge fan and not just for an outdoor paint. I actually just painted a twelve foot door, the inside of the front door, in a loft space.  The architecture is classical modern, the ceilings are quite tall and the red is a definite statement!

Benjamin Moore paint actually has some great reds for this purpose.

DEA 107-Hot Jazz, DEA 108, Red Power,DEA 151 Red Ink

Red is a great color to use when you want to create contrast in the landscape and draw attention to a building that you don’t want to blend into the background.  It’s good to remember that, when you are thinking about red for the outdoor color, direct sunlight has a way of washing color out.

Whenever you choose red-indoors or out-you are showing a ton of confidence with color!

Thanks again for all the questions I am getting and please feel free if you do have a question just email me at info@jamieherzlinger.com

Have a great day!



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