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Refined Rustics

September 20th, 2013

Warm, inviting and resplendent – When it comes to the current trend of turning old into new again, the French Country style is one of our favorite looks. A warm counterbalance to Industrial Chic, the French Country or Provencal aesthetic exudes relaxed rejuvenation with country-infused elegance. Gently weathered, distressed and rusted finishes add old world charm while modern European styling creates high-end luxury with a down-home feel. Here’s a look at some of our favorite products currently redefining “rustic.”

Provencal Fountain – Stone Forest
For centuries, fountains served as watering holes and choice gathering spots for small villages in the Provence, France region. Typical of an 18th century watering trough, the Provencal Fountain adds stately elegance and ambiance to any outdoor space. Available in heights of 36” or 60”, this fountain evokes the rustic charm of Provencal living.

Paris – Watermark Designs
Elegant and stylish, the Paris Collection creates a welcoming space that combines classic lines with old world interpretations. Paris gives a traditional bath a clean, contemporary edge to create lasting beauty and luxurious taste. The rhythm of the elegant multifaceted detail carries through from the graceful spout to the sculpted handles. Get the weathered look of your choosing with one of Watermark’s 38 different finishes, including their new Natural Bronze.

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Happy Birthday, Andy!

August 6th, 2013

Andy Warhol would have been 85 today – that’s a lot of soup cans! His playful, whimsical “pop” art creations seem as relevant today as they did in the 1950s, when the world got its first glimpse of his graphic drawings for advertisements. In the 1960s, his take on iconic American objects set the art world on fire – and his style still burns bright.

What else was going on in the 1940s, 50s and 60s that is still relevant today in home design? Easy peazy…

Eero Saarinen
From the TWA Terminal at Kennedy Airport to the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, the expressive sculptural forms of Eero Saarinen’s architecture can also be found in his furniture. When Florence Knoll challenged Saarinen to create a chair that was like a basket full of pillows – something she could curl up in, he was perfectly suited for the task. The Womb Chair has an enveloping form that continues to be one of the most iconic and recognized representations of mid-century organic modernism.

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Design Bloggers Conference 2013

March 13th, 2013

Styleture recently joined other interior design bloggers, new media innovators and industry leaders for the 2013 Design Bloggers Conference in Los Angeles, California. This premier conference brought together the world of interior design and new media, emphasizing the importance of blogging, social media and more. The two-day conference was filled with inspiring and heartfelt speakers, excellent networking opportunities and even a mini concert by a Grammy award-winning singer!

Adam Japko, founder of the DBC, opened the conference with these wise words: “Social media is about human beings and human connections.” Blogging is a way to make connections with followers by sharing a piece of who we are in every post. This speech set the theme for the rest of the conference. While there were many excellent speakers and presenters at the DBC, here are our three favorite standouts:

Iconic interior designer Charlotte Moss spoke about the importance of honesty and integrity in blog writing. Her knowledge and passion for design, along with her Southern wit, wisdom and humor inspired us all to be authentic and original in everything we do.

Designer Barbara Barry started off the second day, not with a speech but with an experience. Her flowing, poetic words painted a picture of how color, passion and beauty are the driving forces in her life. Like a storybook, each page revealed a deeper understanding of the importance of design and why the simplest things can be most inspiring. “I believe beauty can transform the way you see the ordinary.” These are truly words to live by.

Last but not least, singer-songwriter and Grammy-winner Patti Austin spoke about her lifelong interest in design and her work with the Over My Shoulder Foundation, a non-profit organization that promotes mentoring through music and design. She ended her speech by singing “This Little Light of Mine,” a song that gave her inspiration to co-found Over My Shoulder. After her song, we certainly felt inspired by her voice. Let the church amen!

Overall the conference was a great success. We walked away with inside knowledge of the interior design field, what it takes to be a successful blogger and how to use our niche industry as an advantage. See you next year!

Oscar Bathrooms by Devon & Devon

January 24th, 2013

When it comes to furnishing an Oscar worthy bathroom, look no further than Devon&Devon.

In addition to Villa Tre Ville, Franco Zeffirelli’s exclusive retreat in Positan, another project now connects Devon&Devon to the world of cinema: many suites at Palazzo Margherita, the historic nineteenth-century residence of Lucania Jonica, now owned by the director Francis Ford Coppola, are in fact furnished by the Tuscan brand.

Located in the heart of the small town Bernalda, the building is fifth in a group of luxury hotels known as the “Coppola Resorts,” which are situated in some of the world’s most exotic and unique locations. This hotel was created as a tribute to the director’s Italian roots, since it was from here that the Coppola family emigrated to America at the beginning of the twentieth century. Immersed in the peace and quiet of a luxurious urban garden, which has been landmarked by governmental restrictions since 1960, Palazzo Margherita occupies a total area of around 2,500m2 and represents an eclectic example of late nineteenth-century architecture.

The interior decoration project was completed by the eminent Parisian designer Jacques Grange, who has succeeded in transforming this ancient residence into a grand hotel. Filled with all the charm of the Belle Époque, Grange creates a perfect harmony between the typically Mediterranean, almost bucolic setting and elegantly “decadent” interiors.

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Great Gatsby Style

January 23rd, 2013

Even though Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby isn’t hitting theatres until June, we can’t keep our love for the Roaring Twenties quiet. Nearly a century later, the 1920s produced timeless, modernist pieces that are still very much en vogue today. Sculptural forms with strong ties to architecture and design, faceted polished chrome and stainless steel, elegant black and white and refined crystal detailing… we think these designs are the cat’s pajamas! Let’s take a look at some of these great designs inspired by The Great Gatsby himself.

Fontaine by GRAFF

GRAFF’s Fontaine faucet is ready for its close-up. Exuding a high level of Hollywood glamour with strong shapes and an Arc Deco feel, its curves and angles mesh perfectly to create an ambiance of pure luxury and visual delight. A modern masterpiece of geometric design, the distinctive Fontaine faucet looks great from any angle.

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Go Goth!

October 15th, 2012

Black out? Never. The darkest color in the rainbow is also the most tragically misunderstood. Black isn’t all doom and gloom, it’s a color worthy of worship even outside the funeral parlor. White is passé after Labor Day, but black is classic and refined year round. Feeling a little spooky? Take the passenger seat in our hearse and ride along as we dig up these black beauties…

Bijoux – Corbett Lighting

Bijoux is the French word for “jewelry” and while the traditional Goth may shun sparkles in favor of studded bracelets and lace chokers, this is a piece worthy of anyone’s collection. Wrought from hand-crafted iron, Corbett Lighting’s design blends Classic Golden Silver with delicious Antique Black. And just like your trusty night light, the shining crystal accents brighten up even the darkest corners.

Queen of Love Armchair by Moro-Pigatti

Even people of a ghostly pallor need to get a little sunshine once in a while. This whimsical throne by Italian designers Graziano Moro and Renato Pigatti can be placed outdoors or indoors, depending on your ghastly tan lines. And because this armchair is made from recyclable linear polyethylene, it’s an eco-friendly addition to your haunted house. The Queen of Love is available in 13 unlucky colors but we prefer to lie back in black.

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Branch out into Good Design

October 4th, 2012

Autumn is upon us, from the shorter days to the crisp cool nights. And while it may be hard to compete with a festive pumpkin spice latte, the real superstar of fall is nature’s beauty. As the leaves change color and fall to the ground, we’re left to wonder, what would autumn be if not for the trees? Take a leaf from nature and go out on a limb. Spruce up your home this fall with these tree-inspired designs!

Drift – Troy Lighting

From Troy Lighting’s new summer collection comes a fixture that’s all fall. Drift blends white pearl glassware with hand-forged iron, driftwood made out of bronze with silver leaf, and natural Manila rope. It is offered as a chandelier, pendant and sconce, more options than you can shake a stick at.

Iron Branch Console – Stone Forest

The New Mexico-based Stone Forest takes its lead from nature’s blueprint, offering contemporary designs made from natural materials. And while stone is their specialty, this hand-forged iron console channels true autumnal ambiance. It includes a black granite or carrara marble countertop so your mood can change with the season.

Parc Royale – Corbett Lighting

Can’t see the forest for the trees? Corbett Lighting’s Parc Royale blends golden ice glass and a gold and silver finish, creating a mesmerizing look. The hand-wrought iron fixture is a perfect addition to your family tree and can be specified in nearly every configuration: pendant, chandelier, semi-flush and myriad sconces.

Pinecones – Native Trails

Native Trails is known for their commitment to sustainability and their copper sinks are no exception. Forged by artisans from reclaimed copper, their Pinecones sink offers a hand-embossed pinecone design to bring a little bit of the outdoors to the indoors. Available in Antique or Brushed nickel finish, it’s a natural addition to any nature lover’s bar or prep area.

Paris Ginkgo Faucet – THG

During fall, the ginkgo tree’s leaves turn a bright yellow before falling to the ground. THG channels this unusual plant in their Paris Ginkgo faucet from the Daum Collection. The crystal plays beautifully with the golden-finished exterior, and each piece is cast by hand ensuring no two are alike. It’s a little early to mention snowflakes but you know what season is next…

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