Saturday, June 7, 2014

The Law Office Project

For the past two years I have worked on what I call The Law Office Project. The Law Office is located in Soulard which is an area of St Louis, Mo that was the landing place for new to St Louis immigrants in the 19th  and early 20th centuries.
The buildings The Law Office occupies were originally residential spaces. They were renovated and have been used for commercial spaces for many years.
My work for The Law Firm has been about furnishings and lighting for the reception area, conference rooms and the owner's meeting rooms.
The design for The Law Firm is about scale and proportion, using pieces that work in rooms that were originally meant to be someones home. It is also about textures. The textures used were important in creating the look and feel of the updated spaces.

 The first area I worked on was the reception area. An accent wall, zebra pattern covered chairs and contemporary art gave the space an updated, sophisticated look. To complement the existing style I added a traditional tan settee and two preppy plaid chairs.

 The next area was the second floor conference room, where the mix of textures was an intricate part of the design. When I arrived the room was furnished with a sisal rug, wood planked industrial style table and Eames molded side chairs. To complete the room I added the Armillary light from Currey and Co and arm chairs upholstered in a wide wale navy blue corduroy,

 The wood floors, trim and metal staircase add to the mix of textures and add interest to the design of The Law Office.
 It's all about the textures.


 In the first floor conference room I used a chenille hounds tooth fabric for the arm chairs, a tan and cream striped wool rug and mercury glass pendant lights. The smooth wood table is from Restoration Hardware and the Eames molded chairs in blue complete the group. The aged wood floors and exposed brick remind you of the age of the building.

 The owner of The Law Office has a suite of rooms that includes a sitting room. The fireplace is original, the blue built in bookcases are a recent addition. The comfortable Jules chair and ottoman are from Hickory Chair.
 To balance the setting and add another texture I used the Monaco chair from Bungalow 5 and covered the seat with Osborne&Little's Brodie fabric from Nina Campbell.
 The Monroe sofa, also from Hickory Chair, has a French Moderne style. The tight back gives it a sleek appearance and the full seat cushions and rich blue velvet fabric add the needed comfort. A hand knotted wool rug from Kravet softens the look and the sound in the room.




The meeting is a more private space. To furnish it I used four chairs, a large tufted ottoman covered in a Ralph Lauren wool plaid fabric, a wool area rug with a leather border and two glass and chrome side tables. The original fireplace and wood trim sets the tone of the room and balances the look of the new furnishings.



 In the conference room for this area I used the Mazatlan outdoor chair from Palecek with and the wood planked industrial table. The more casual design for this conference room includes a vintage sideboard and original art done by a friend of the owner.

The view in spring from the back of the building shows the charm of the Soulard area, a beautiful building in a beautiful area.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Friends of St Louis Children's Hospital Table Top Event 2014

Each year in April the Friends of St Louis Children's Hospital have their fund raising Table Top Event. The event is held at the Ritz-Carlton in St Louis.  For the second year I designed a table for the event. My design for the 72" diameter table was  in the Chinoiserie style, a mix of Chinese and French.
 For the table skirt I used a silhouette toile fabric from Thibaut.. The fabric's combination of vanilla and cerise, not quite red, not quite pink, was the perfect background for the classic blue and white pieces I used for the settings.
 The initial inspiration for my table design was the Let Them Eat Cake vase I found at Anthropologie, thank you Marie Antoinette. I love the color, size, shape and whimsy of the vase. My friend, Patti Porter of the Rusted Chandelier, created the floral arrangement. Patti is both talented and generous.
 I added mercury glass candle holders and additional blue and white pieces filled with fresh flowers. I knew I would be happy with my table top design because I used all of my favorite colors!
 The pedestal for the centerpiece is also from Patti Porter. She used a chunk of a tree trunk, painted it white and added gold ball feet. It was the perfect addition to the table.

 I added orange to the color palette by using oranges. The touch of orange gave the table design a lift. The pink carnations added to the bowl of oranges brought the design elements together.


My helpers the day of the set up were my assistant Elaine Freund and my grand daughter Kelsey. I couldn't have done it without them. Kimberly Reuther attended the event with me and helped me pack it up when the event was over. Thank you Kimberly! It was a great day and a wonderful event. I look forward to the 2015 Table Top Event.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Lanterns vs Chandeliers

I love a chandelier, sparkling crystals, glittering lights. Beautiful.
Recently I have developed a crush on another style of lighting, the lantern. The lantern is no longer just for Early American designs. It is being used in traditional, transitional and contemporary designs.
This beautiful orange and grey lantern from Urban Electric is perfect in a contemporary setting.
 
Some of  my new favorites are from Colleen and Company. Their lanterns are bright and colorful with a style that is right on trend.
 The Raj Lantern, love the greens.
 The Audrey Lantern, a picture perfect style.
 The Paloma in a rich blue and a hint of Chinoiserie.
 The Elsie, lattice and leaves for the great Elsie de Wolfe
 The Jasmine, perfect


 The Tole Tent Lantern beautiful scale and detail


 Urban Electric Co has a wonderful group of lanterns. The also give a great selection of finishes The lantern style light is versatile and can work work in eating areas, over kitchen islands and few other surprising places..
 The 1600 lantern is well placed in this setting.
 An orange and grey lantern, a great color combination that looks wonderful over this pair of islands.

 The Lillibette lantern in a beautiful silvertone finish
 A surprising and wonderful place for the Lillibette lantern.

 Currey & Company also has a great selections of lanterns in an array of amazing styles. First is the Carousel lantern in a vibrant red.
 The Ladock lantern would be beautiful over a dining table.
 The Beckmore lantern with a strong graphic pattern brings a garden style wherever it is used.
If you are looking to update the lighting in your home consider a lantern or two. You will be happy with your choice. I am using a few of these lanterns in client projects so I'll have more on lanterns in the near future.


Sunday, February 23, 2014

Mod Florals


Floral printed fabrics have come a long way since the '80s when Mario Buatta was crowned the Prince of Chintz. His beautifully designed rooms were filled with glorious traditional florals. A favorite for Mario was Lee Jofa's Althea.
Times have changed, more isn't necessarily more. The designs for floral fabrics are more streamlined. Patterns are layered less, a single floral pattern can be the focal point of a room's design. Osborne & Little's  pattern Japonerie is one of the new florals.  It has cleaner lines, a larger scale and a bolder pattern. A Mod Floral.
 Another of the new, bold, mod florals is Butterfly Garden also from Osborne & Little. A vibrant mix of colorful butterflies and black and white and flowers.

Butterfly Garden
  Designers Guild has created the Kaori Collection. The Japanese aesthetic gives this collection the style of the new mod floral.
Mokuren from the Kaori Collection.
Designer Guild's Sashiko pattern has a fresh modern style.

 Montsuki is a pattern of embroidered tulips. The simplicity and detail of the design creates a modern take on the traditional tulip motif.
 Sashiki also from Designers Guild is a pattern of embroidered chrysanthemums. Beautiful.
 Alexandria in lapis from DesignersGuild is bursting with energy.

  Lee Jofa hasn't stayed with just traditional florals. The Zinnia pattern from the Homes & Gardens Collection by Baker Lifestyle is a bright, exuberant example of the mod floral.
                                                                                      On this side of the pond we have Thibaut, who has designed collections full of the new mod floral. The Monterey is one of those collections.
 Thibaut's  Nassau pattern is a bright, beautiful updated floral.
The Mod Florals add a wonderful design element that can be used in traditional, transitional or modern designs.