Interior Design Inspiration: DIFFA Dining by Design

Every year at the Architectural Digest Home Show, interior designers and even interior design students create stunning tablescapes for Dining by Design to raise funds and promots the Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids (DIFFA). Per the DIFFA website “DINING BY DESIGN brings together internationally celebrated designers and local talent to create three dimensional dining installations that awe, inspire, and delight”.

Since this is Wordless Wednesday, I will let the pictures tell the story. Enjoy!

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Neutral and serene

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Circles and More Circles

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Student Design with Cardboard and Rope

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Love the colors in the backdrop and the different flowers in each bowl


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Cheeky Colorful Lampshades

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Layers of Fabrics by Echo - dining in Marrakesh? (from Echo blog)


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Left - cotton and spools of thread. Right - butterflies (photos from Interior Design magazine)

I love to hear from you…If you could create an unusual tablescape for your next party, which one would you choose?

(all photos mine except for last two: Echo blog and Interior Design magazine blog respectively)


Modenus Tweetup at the Architectural Digest Home Show

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Modenus Tweetup

For those who think Twitter is all about avoiding connecting with people out there in the world, think again. Through Twitter I have met, connected and collaborated with more amazing people in real life – people I might not ever have met, mostly because they live far away, if it weren’t for our connection on social media. Try it – you will be hooked.

Veronika Miller of Modenus hosted the tweet-up at the Architectural Digest Home Show on Friday morning. Interior designers, design bloggers, furniture designers, kitchen designers and anyone related to the world of interior design mixed, mingled. Plans were made, cards were exchanged, hugs all around, fast friends and a great time for all.
Happy social media!
(photo from Modenus)

From the AD Home Show: Snug Furniture and Black Crow Studios

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Maybelline Te of Snug Furniture and Tracy Hiner of Black Crow Studios collaborated to create this amazing custom wallpaper for the backdrop to the Snug Furniture booth at the Architectural Digest Home Show. They met on Twitter and have been friends ever since.

Eye-catching and effective, the wallpaper not only exhibits Tracy Hiner’s tremendous talent for translating a unique subject to paper but also beautifully showcases the design process for many of the furniture pieces that were not shown in the booth.

Maybelline Te describes the Snug Furniture line as “furnishings for the modern urban lifestyle”. See more at Snug Furniture

Tracy Hiner states that Black Crow Studios “pushes the traditional idea of wallpaper into the realm of Art”.  For more see Black Crow Studios

Fortunately, Stacy of Quintessence and Carmen of The Decorating Diva took great photos of the Snug booth. I was far too busy catching up with Tracy and May to remember to take out my camera. We were “air” designing a custom wallpaper for a girl’s bedroom. I will let you know when it comes to fruition.

I love to hear from you. If you could design your own wallpaper that expresses who you are, what would it look like?

Interior Design: Library Update

I am in the last days of working on the Library project for my client. We spent several days last week shopping and found the perfect rug, a great lampshade for her Simon Pearce glass table lamp, a floor lamp and several pillows. With every purchase, we kept in mind her two young children.

  • Could a lamp be shaken and toppled? No.
  • Should we skip the precious glass vase in the center of the coffee table and put a book instead? Yes.
  • Would one child grab the heavy urn and bash the other one in the head? Turns out no, but it was worth asking.

The draperies are installed and the client loves them! A great special touch is the pinch pleat sheers on traverse rods which allows my client to open them during the day for extra light but close them as needed for privacy.

library, accessories, art, furnishing, interior design, inspiration, lighting, Ruth NewquistSince I am days away from posting some photos, here is the design inspiration board to whet your appetite. This is what I presented to my client prior to shopping to give a sense of the overall look and how my ideas for lighting and accessories would work with the new fireplace and rug.

Since my readers are regularly asking me about the interior design process, I have listed the steps for this project below.

The Process

First, we measured and created a space plan for the furnishings and location of the fireplace. Then we designed and oversaw the construction of the fireplace as shown above.

Next, we added sconces and overhead swivel lighting to accent the fireplace and the piece of art by local artist, Ruth Newquist. We are still choosing between two paintings so it is not yet purchased. 

We chose a beautiful embroidered taupe linen fabric from Cowtan & Tout for the draperies. Photos will be an upcoming post. These and the sheers were just installed.

I then worked with the client to move the furniture into a new layout that would create a seating area facing the fireplace.

The rug was the next purchase as I knew its colors would dictate those of the accessories. The coffee table that was originally in this room hid the beautiful new rug from Safavieh, so we swapped it with the family room table.

The client already had a Simon Pearce lamp but I thought the shade needed updating. This is a great way to bring in an unexpected splash of color without breaking the bank.

Next week, I will be hanging the turquoise boat painting next to it above the console.

The client also needed new end tables, a floor lamp, a table lamp, pillows and accessories. I riffed on the turquoise in the painting for my accent color using cool and subtle acquas in the accessories to balance the warm peach walls.

Can’t wait to show you the final photos.

I love to hear from you. What is your process for updating or renovating a room?

(for paintings by Ruth Newquist)

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In love with new area rug, Yuki, in slate from Warp and Weft. Yuki is made of Himalayan wool and silk.

Three of Warp and Weft’s cool grey modern area rugs were used in the interior for the movie “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”.

I love to hear from you. Do you prefer modern or traditional area rugs?

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Best known for his colorful designs on hide carpets, Kyle Bunting also has a fun and phenomenal line of furnishings that feature none other than, hide. Custom made and designed to the client’s specifications, Kyle Bunting’s design studio is located outside of Austin in the Texas Hill Country.

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Perfect for your child’s room or for the movie theatre. These would be amazing in a dark grey or chocolate brown room.

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I love to hear from you. Where would you use a bright-colored hide in your home?

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New from THG Faucets, Mossi from the Lalique line is sprinkled with crystal spheres on polished chrome or luxbrass.

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The perfect update for the pedestal sink in your powder room.

I love to hear from you. Which new bath fixtures are you dreaming of?

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