James Caughman, Senior Sales and Marketing Executive, gave a superb presentation that thoroughly explained Jacques Garcia's extensive knowledge of historical furniture, interiors and decorative objects. This knowledge, as Caughman illustrated through his visual presentation, directly influenced many of the new designs. Tinges of exotic cultures and high fashion also served as inspiration for Garcia's pieces. All of the pieces are hand crafted in the US using artisan techniques at the Baker factory in North Carolina.
Layla the Rescue Pup
FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO LOVE ANIMALS (ESPECIALLY DOGS:) MAKE SURE TO CHECK OUT SOME OF THE LOCAL RESCUE SHELTERS IN PA. TWO OF THESE ARE ALL4PAWS AND TLC (TO LOVE A CANINE) IN CHESTER COUNTY, WHO TAKE IN WONDERFUL DOGS FROM HIGHKILL SHELTERS DOWN SOUTH. WE RECENTLY ADOPTED OUR LAYLA, A ONE YEAR OLD SHEPHERD/HOUND MIX AND SHE HAS BEEN A GREAT ADDITION TO OUR FAMILY. SHE'S A SWEETIE WHO LOVES TO GIVE "HUGS":)
Wallcovering continues to be a design element with an increase in residential usage during 2013 (see my previous posting regarding Astek Wallcoverings – Marie Antoinette Shoes). I am seeing a demand for replacing painted walls with options such as hand painted fabric, papers that look like wood,and natural stone, or metal, along with some fabulous graphic prints on paper. A style that has stood the test of time and is at the pinnacle for quality is the hand painted wallpaper/walls by Zuber & Cie.
This is a bedroom I designed recently for a client who wanted to update her son’s bedroom. When we began the process, his room was still the toddler themed room he had since. . . well . . .he was a toddler! To make it more age appropriate, I proposed a beachy, surf style motif, keeping it laid back and current, with earth tones and accents of sunset orange and vibrant greens. My client and her son loved the idea, so we began!
I love the Etchings collection by Astek Wallcoverings. Although produced via modern technological techniques, Etchings takes us back in time to early traditional printmaking via hand engraving/carving and ink application to the materials.
From the whimsical stylings of Marie Antoinette's Shoes (look closely ;-) ),