From The Studio.....

Artwork is one of the most difficult things I find to source for clients as it is so personal.  With art I've always felt that instant reaction you have when seeing a piece is immediately a love / hate thing.  It either appeals to you or it doesn't.  I am currently sourcing some artwork for clients but at the same time painting some of my own. I started in this industry selling antiques and as a decorative artist.   I painted walls for many clients and fellow designers throughout Connecticut and New York.  I'm making time to get back to some creative outlets that I have missed over the years.  This piece will be available soon!

Artwork is one of the most difficult things I find to source for clients as it is so personal.  With art I've always felt that instant reaction you have when seeing a piece is immediately a love / hate thing.  It either appeals to you or it doesn't.  I am currently sourcing some artwork for clients but at the same time painting some of my own.

I started in this industry selling antiques and as a decorative artist.   I painted walls for many clients and fellow designers throughout Connecticut and New York.  I'm making time to get back to some creative outlets that I have missed over the years.  This piece will be available soon!

Inspiration from Pinterest

As an interior designer, I think many of us are very visual which is why I love Pinterest and Instagram.  A picture is worth a thousand words.  Here are a few of my boards for the week that are inspiring me personally as well as my projects.  Not sure if all of the layering is due to the winter weather coming in and the need to create a haven for the winter to rejuvenate.  For me home is everything.  It is a safe haven, it rejuvenates and it nourishes.

I am loving all of these layers and mix of pattern and colors.  For me personally this may be a bit to much, but this with a touch of restraint is fabulous.

I am loving all of these layers and mix of pattern and colors.  For me personally this may be a bit to much, but this with a touch of restraint is fabulous.

This is my Color At It's Best Board, more color, pattern and texture!  

This is my Color At It's Best Board, more color, pattern and texture!

 

For me fashion has always been tied closely to interiors.  I'm loving all of this, it is all about layers and texture.  Dressing like a million bucks makes you feel like a million bucks and I'm all for it!

For me fashion has always been tied closely to interiors.  I'm loving all of this, it is all about layers and texture.  Dressing like a million bucks makes you feel like a million bucks and I'm all for it!

Then a complete departure to simple Modern Farmhouse exteriors.  I have been on the hunt for a flip house for sometime....and this is my plan for the exterior when I find one.  I love the casual farmhouse feel, yet there is still a formality to the homes as well.  Fingers crossed 2018 I will find one to transform! Would love to see what is inspiring you all on Pinterest, please share on my Facebook page.

Then a complete departure to simple Modern Farmhouse exteriors.  I have been on the hunt for a flip house for sometime....and this is my plan for the exterior when I find one.  I love the casual farmhouse feel, yet there is still a formality to the homes as well.  Fingers crossed 2018 I will find one to transform!

Would love to see what is inspiring you all on Pinterest, please share on my Facebook page.

Holiday Table Setting

I love setting my holiday table.  As you can see I am not a fan of traditional color palettes!  The more outside the box, the more I love it!  It still feels like Thanksgiving with the mushrooms and natural elements but in a more unexpected way.  Please share some of your tables with us!

I love setting my holiday table.  As you can see I am not a fan of traditional color palettes!  The more outside the box, the more I love it!  It still feels like Thanksgiving with the mushrooms and natural elements but in a more unexpected way.  Please share some of your tables with us!

Love using my vintage lettuce ware 

Love using my vintage lettuce ware 

Mushrooms everywhere but in a more unexpected color way adds an organic touch.

Mushrooms everywhere but in a more unexpected color way adds an organic touch.

Raw Amethyst and raw emeralds keep things organic but in a glam way.

Raw Amethyst and raw emeralds keep things organic but in a glam way.

Antlers are a must.

Antlers are a must.

Beautiful greenery, buds and seeds layer nicely.  Now to finish the cooking before the guests arrive.  Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Beautiful greenery, buds and seeds layer nicely.  Now to finish the cooking before the guests arrive.  Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Camo & Green Aug 17' Mood

Fashion and interiors for me go hand in hand and how I approach dressing and decorating are very similar.  I believe in great quality basics that can stand the test of time, that you can continually keep reinventing into fresh new looks.  In Fashion think great basic dresses, classic trousers, high end white shirts made from beautiful fabric and T-shirts and jeans that fit like a glove. 

 For your home think classic sofas, upholstered in great quality fabric that can last and be easily cleaned so they always looks fresh. Chairs with a silhouette you love that can be reupholstered and or painted to give it a fresh look from year to year.  This my methodology, I love quality over quantity, fabrics in general for me are key, cheap looks just that cheap.  I then like to put my personal touch on things with accessories, in fashion, jewelry, handbags and over the top shoes can change a look in an instant. Anyone who knows me knows shoes are my thing!  I owned a shoe and handbag store for 10 years. For the home, think pillows, organic natural accessories, or other classics.  Limiting your home accessories to black, white, silver and gold allow you to build your styling closet with timeless objects that can be moved from room to room and look current from year to year.  Adding of the moment accessory items to your classics keep things fresh and current.  

Augusts mood dissected....like many of you, I have been drawn to the olive green and military look.  Had to have the Nili Lotan camo pants with the tape running down the sides...they are my casual go to this summer, for fall I will amp them up with a black or nude shoe or boot.  The animal hyde in green is available in The Prop Shop if your looking to add an eclectic touch to a space.  Love the geometric painted floor, I have been thinking about painting my office floor for an extra layer of somthin somethin if you know what I mean.  The Gucci image...well Gucci is knocking out of the park these days!  I purchased the vintage Hermes Camo scarf and plan to create my very own one of a kind camo jacket...hoping is comes out great as it will be a costly mistake if I ruin the scarf! Yikes...  My jewelry inspiration is the classic simple wide gold bangle, I have had my eye on the Hermes Medor for sometime and that might be my guilty indulgence this fall....then I love adding the touch of edge with the nail head bracelet.  I love taking my classic items but then adding in something edgy and unexpected.  When designing homes...I always like to add in something that adds some friction if you will.  It almost doesn't go, but does, if you know what I mean.  These types of things make things much more interesting and personalized.

Would love to hear from all of you on what is inspiring you this August...forgot to add something food related or garden related...these are all focal points for me this August as well.

Until Next time,    Donna

William McClure...The Mix Master and Reinventor

William McClure, interior designer / artist is a designer I can so relate to.  To say this guy is talented would be an understatement, but what I love about him is that rather then buy new pieces he continues to reinvent the pieces he owns.  His style is very much my own personal style, many accessories and design items you will find in my own home.  He has a knack for accessorizing and moving things around to continually create new vignettes throughout his home.  Let me show you what I mean.  I think the first thing people think of when they want a change in there home is that they have to get rid of pieces that they own and replace them. The take away here Is that with a little ingenuity you can keep reinventing your pieces time and time again.

Same classic chair shown in various places in his home in different fabrics, they appear to be slipcovers.  Ingenious, allows you to change your space when ever you feel like it.

Same classic chair shown in various places in his home in different fabrics, they appear to be slipcovers.  Ingenious, allows you to change your space when ever you feel like it.

Same Gray hand painted console table with three completely different looks.

Same sofa, three different wall colors, this easy change makes the space feel fresh and new.

Same sofa, three different wall colors, this easy change makes the space feel fresh and new.

Same pedestals and planters with 3 different paint finishes.

Same pedestals and planters with 3 different paint finishes.

Same white waterfall coffee table used as a bench/ console, coffee table, and bench at the end of the bed.

Same white waterfall coffee table used as a bench/ console, coffee table, and bench at the end of the bed.