Throw Pillows: Are They Really Necessary?!

I call this the Throw Pillow Debate.

At one point or another in the design collaboration, we will enter the accessories planning phase. We enter the “pillow conversation”. I explain they will add color, texture, warmth, personality to the space. They will cushion the room and tamper down echo, as do the window treatments. Pillows also serve a function, improving back support and comfort, especially for shorter people who need to have their feet touch the floor and for anyone who suffers from a sensitive back.

Rare are my female clients who do not understand the value of the decorative pillow. Most men, and pardon the generalization, tend to find them fluffy and unecessary. I hear strong words about clients’ distaste for pillows: “my husband hates them!”, “they are non functional!”, “why do we need them?”, “I’ll just throw them on the floor!”

Allow me to illustrate my line of thought.

This beautifully upholstered bed by Bernhardt  feels blah. It’s a bed with white linens. Period. 

Now look at what happens when color and texture is infused on the bed with the use of interesting pillows. Image courtesy Bernhardt.

Let’s look at one of my designs:

Detailed View

The bed before. 

Barbara Elza Hirsch | Elza B. Design IncThe dressed up bed after: linens and 2 decorative pillows leaning against white shams. Note how the custom fabric tells a story: the colors and texture add depth and warmth, coordinating with the wall and accessories. Designed by Barbara Elza Hirsch of Elza B. Design, Inc. Photo Rosemary Fletcher.

Decorative pillows on a bed need not be overdone, I usually recommend 2 or 3 on top of sleep pillows, which I cover with shams or pillow covers. The sleep pillows usually go in pairs to hold everything up but also add adequate back support when reading.

What to do with the decorative pillows at night? They can plopped on the floor against the wall, or simply laid on an armchair. Not as complicated as one would think!

What about the sofa pillows?

Gunner Sofa

I love this velvet sofa found via Jayson Home. But it feels so naked. 

cozy and sophisticated:

Rooms cannot be fully inviting without color, texture and  layering of mutiple fabric accessories, such as the sofa pillows above. The art piece adds a lot to the space as well. Photo : Interiors Magazine.

Beautiful yet bare sofa from Cisco Brothers with no pops of color or layering that make it inviting.

Traditional Media/Game Room by CarolEgan Interiors and Andre Tchelistcheff Architects in Water Mill, New York: Carol Eagan Interiors room offers inviting seating options with colorful pops of pillows.

Many people, including myself, welcome back pillows on seating. I frankly cannot enjoy my evening if there is not something soft and cushy to lean on and allow my feet to reach the floor, especially with a deeper sofa.

Guests or family members who do not find pillows comfortable can simply move then to the side or put on the floor. There is no need for guests to feel uncomfortable : I always make everyone at ease in my living spaces and let all know pillows can be moved around or put on the floor.

Scale and texture of pillows is very important as well. It’s nice to have a blend of squares and a rectangle or two. Make sure you let your designer know if you prefer down or poly inserts. Down allergy considerations are important as well. Down feathers will feel soft and pliable. Polyester feels firmer but can be very useful for the pillows in the far back position to creative supportive layering.

So the next time the designer talks pillows, please keep an open mind and remember this blog post.

Custom pillows are an investment, but they really truly make a space and bring it to the next level!

Today’s Crush : Pale and Delicate

Today’s a PALE day. Not pale as in bland but rather, pale as in fragile and soft. I just dropped off my eldest to college. The leaves are falling. The delicate beauty of fall foliage is not without a certain sadness, reminiscent of loss, letting go, all things that happen when one sends off their eldest to college. Pale colors stir me. They echo a certain fragility and sense of transparency. How fugitive our world can be, how harsh. I find comfort in pale colors and their evanescent nature. Somehow they offer solace and comfort.

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This beautiful bird photograph exemplifies the PALE color scheme. Fragile, refined, nurturing.

Shell Hand Printed Wallpaper

Shell Art Deco inspired handprinted Wallpaper : delicate and perfect.

This beautiful set of nesting tables at Serena + Lily in pale aqua strikes my fancy today

Mughal quatrefoil mirror in pale lilac from Wisteria.

Beautiful Fern block printed fabric by Galbraith and Paul.

Pale and inviting grey armchair by Bernhardt.

Turquoise

Light turquoise turned wood candelabra by Dunes and Duchess.

Hand knotted contemporary rug via Dover Rug and Home.

I hope you enjoyed today’s selections!

 

 

Upgraded Outlets and I Fell in Love…

Boring and clunky outlets? Sad dimmers? Screwy wall switches?

You don’t know what you’re missing if you have not discovered the simple, clean and pure beauty of the adorne Collection by Legrand.

Being French-American, I am proud to share Legrand is a French company. Oui, oui, j’en suis fière! As the global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures, Legrand does over half its business in the commercial and industrial sectors. In line with underlying global trends, Legrand continues to build its positions in promising markets. Fascinating fact: they have been around for over a century!

I never thought I’d get excited with electrical hardware, but then again,never thought I’d drool over plumbing fixtures either :-) There is a magnificent world of industrial design out there, and adorne is clearly part of that savvy membership. I am totally, totally won over.

Here’s why:

They are pretty. They make sense. They don’t catch the eye in a bad way. They look sleek and can be made to complement your design or decor. They are easy to wipe down.

Here are some before and after pics from my home :

Elza B. Design | Chez ElzaElza B. Design | Chez Elzaabove, depressing switches and fan light nightmare.

Below, clean and organized wall plates, dimmers and switches.Elza B. Design | Chez ElzaElza B. Design | Chez ElzaScrewy plate below, and then after!Elza B. Design | Chez Elza Elza B. Design | Chez ElzaElza B. Design | Chez ElzaI selected sleek lacquered white but you can use colored plates as well and more complex switches and outlets.

Here a few examples:

Plum1G2M

Lacquered Plum 1 gang plate with magnesium switch.

FrenchOak1G2M

French Oak, 1 gang plate

ASWV1532W2

The Wave switch features innovative technology combined with sleek, contemporary design. Simply wave your hand in front of the switch to turn lights on and off.

Pop-Out Outlet

The adorne Pop-Out Outlet lets you hide an outlet when not in use. Simply push on the outlet and it disappears into the wall.

Watch the adorne Pop-Out Outlet in action.

But wait, there’s more! I really love the below cabinetry outlets (great for reading recipes on your I PAD!) and other kitchen lighting and switch solutions:

A fresh idea for light cooking

Click on image above for a video on adorne.

Finally, I would not be doing this brand justice if I didn’t mention all the whole house technologies available, such as whole house lighting or intercom solutions.

adorne interior intercom unit

The adorne interior intercom unit (see image above) works in tandem with one exterior video doorbell camera to see who’s at the front door from multiple locations in your home.

I want to thank adorne for coming up with this great product and introducing me to it. Love you guys! Special thanks to Phoebe who was super helpful with assisting me in my selections…

 

Demystification of a Design Collaboration

Today I’m sharing a behind the scenes of the designer/client collaboration.

Soooo, how does working with us REALLY work?

1/Good designers are not out to exploit you. They care. They have a strong work ethic and they work very hard.

2/Hiring a designer requires a budget, and you can’t hope for a total redesign on a $1,000 budget on designer fees for your living room. That is, simply put, unrealistic. Imagine how many hours it takes you to select one wall color when you go to the paint store! Now multiply that task by 50. Imagine selecting furniture, lighting, rug, at, accessories, wall color, tile, flooring options for a project. Add to that the hours spent meeting on site with you and or the builders, the preparation of powerpoints and budgets, the travel time and the custom selections of fabrics and design of bespoke items, communication with vendors, orchestrating deliveries, creating designs and drawings. Designers easily reach 30 hours + on a room design depending on the scope of the project.

Inspiration Board by Elza B. design, Inc.Inspiration board section detail by Elza B. Design, Inc. This board helps the client and designer make sure the client is on board with the vision for the project. Each board takes several hours to research and put together.

3/A good designer will be super organized, prepare a contract, and take time to go through important steps of preparation. Tip: Never work without a contract.

Contract-Elza B. Design, inc..Extract of a contract from Elza B. Design, Inc.

4/Preparation: Designers need to build the backbone of the design project before you can even start designing. CAD drawings, vision plan, color schemes, measurements, photos.

Example of an Elza B. Design Package.Example of the type of work we prepare at Elza B. Design, Inc  before even starting any research or purchasing for our clients. This can take 15 to 20 hours prep work.

5/Trust: Once you select a designer (and we recommend you do your research), please trust they know their craft.

6/Hire someone with excellent client satisfaction reviews, a great portfolio, strong communication and organizational skills. This person should be someone you can relate to and trust to listen well : after all, they are helping you create a space YOU will love.

Designer's Office board for a Project. Elza B. design, inc.Back in the office, each client has a board with all the items, colors, fabrics, info on hand. Elza B. Design, inc.

8/It may seem scary to entrust us with your home or space, but we will do everything we can to make you happy with the outcome. We wear multiple hats, including overseeing shipping and custom fabrication : we are problem solvers and our goal is to deliver.

Elza B. Design Sketch for Custom Pillows.Sketches by Elza B. Design, inc.Custom sketches like these are prepared to communicate with you and the specialists who work with us to ensure a seamless production and installation. Elza B. Design, Inc sketches.

9/Yes, there can be issues but we will solve them! Like when the fabric comes in from the mill at the workroom and it’s defective. We’ll take care of returning it. Or when that glass lamp shade arrives broken. We’ll organize the exchange.

Elza B. Design, Inc | Chez ElzaExample of resolutions we take care of at Elza B. Design, Inc.

10/If you can trust us, great things will happen, and both parties will enjoy the collaboration. If you hold back, and begin to see us as the enemy, a good partnership cannot flourish. Please express your concerns. But please trust you have hired a professional who will steer you in the right direction.

11/Collaboration is KEY. A good designer will want to communicate. He or She will love it if you can say “I don’t like that because…” “I really like that color but I would prefer…” Your constructive input is needed and appreciated.

12/Please let us know when you are happy. Do send photos of the space to share your excitement when the sofa has been delivered or when the kids are happily enjoying the new family room! We love it when clients share the joy! Makes our day!

13/Budget? Why are we asking about your budget before the contract is signed? It’s very important for a designer to know beforehand if the budget is realistic. Our goal is to meet the client’s wishes: if we know what the budget is, we will know if we are a good fit for you, what solutions to come up with and which stores to shop.

14/Do designers work on weekends? Would you ask your electrician to come during the weekend? Probably not unless it was an absolute emergency. Designers take weekends off like everyone else. I will occasionally do a weekend visit but there is an extra fee for that.

Elza B. Design Board of Design Elements put Together.Here is an example of how all can be decided prior to any purchase. We are able to show clients what they are buying with the help of new technologies. Board by Elza B. Design, Inc.

15/The big reveal? If you want a custom designed space, please don’t have unrealistic expectations. We simply cannot deliver awhole room redesign  in three weeks when a simple sofa takes up to 12 weeks in production! Expect the project to last months. If you want a big reveal, we can have our receiving warehouse inspect and hold all the items, and then deliver and install all the same day with our assistance. There is an extra fee for that, but some clients say it’s worth it!

16/”I want an IKEA priced sofa!” Imagine a dish (we’ll call it A) made with fresh herbs, fresh mushrooms and a homemade tomato sauce. Now imagine the same dish (we’ll call it B) made with dried herbs, canned mushrooms and a jar of inexpensive store bought tomato sauce. Dish A make look as good as dish B, but A is going to be tastier and pricier if you order it at a restaurant than dish B. It goes the same way for furniture. It may look good but the craftsmanship and quality of components is what you pay for. IKEA is a great place to start when you’re out of college or on a budget, but you will find the quality is not as high. Designers know all about quality and where to get it. Ask us. We’re happy and proud to explain how the items are made.

I hope you enjoyed this behind the scenes and found it educational!

A bientôt!

 

 

 

 

Wallpaper in the Bathroom!

Is it a surprise I should be daydreaming of vibrant and colorful wallpaper prints and florals in bathrooms? Not really. You may all know my secret love for bathroom design by now…if not, refer to some of my past blog posts or my collected images on my Pinterest board.

And, it will come as no surprise that, in desperate need of SPRING weather and color (I keep on looking outside my window with sad dog eyes) I want flowers!!!

What happened to the weather this year, folks? Seriously, a coat in May???

I will not be stopped by grey skies and apathetic temperatures…

Working on a recent powder bathroom wallpaper project, I sifted through endless possibilities and wanted to share a few inspiration bathrooms I love :

Tilton Fenwick Downtown Loft Powder Room photo: Trevor Tondro

This fabulous and daring print from Osborne & Little used by the talented designer duo Tilton Fenwick created a snappy little powder room. And all the brass fixtures are so in right now!

Kate Simpson.

This powder bathroom designed by Kate Simpson is defined by the wallpaper and those elegant monogrammed towels. The wallpaper gives an immediate zesty and refreshing vibe to the room. Photo via Lonnymag.com

A Gracious Home by Suzanne Kasler

 I love this bathroom by fave interior “grande dame” Suzanne Kasler: Katie Ridder’s exquisite wallpaper designs always add so much to a room, don’t you think? Suzanne creates a seemingly effortless blend of elegance and comfort, striking the right balance between color, textures and styles. A bit of this and a bit of that always goes a long way in my view! Photo via Architectural Digest

Stark Wallpaper. Design by Rafael de Cardenas.

This art nouveau style Stark Wallpaper instantly defines the room, giving it distinctive and dark appeal. Sumptuous against a rasberry glass vase and two slender purple flowers. Design by Rafael de Cardenas. Photo via ELLE DECOR

Wallpapers In A Bathroom

This green and white floral wallpaper screams SPRING! via Shelterness 

For a recent powder bath project I designed, we decided to go moody and very bold. I also knew wallpaper would make the room.

The bathroom originally looked like this :

Ugly Bathroom-1A much improved bathroom looked like this:

Photo and Design Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez ElzaAnd I want you to see how the final Cole & Son wallpaper selection will look (mirror is awesome but a little small, may be changed):

Photo and Design Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez ElzaIn progress design project by Elza B. Design, Inc | Photo Chez Elza

ColeandSonWallpaper-SummerLilyThis breathtaking Lily print Cole & Son is pretty cool, no? Stay tuned for AFTER pics of this project in the year to come. Photo via Lee Jofa

Life is short, have fun…wallpaper possibilities are endless:

Groundworks-KWearstler-WallpaperCrescent by Kelly Wearstler wallpaper via Lee Jofa

 

Wallpaper-C&SonNuvolette by Cole & Son via Lee Jofa

Wallpaper-CS-Geisha tealGeisha by Cole & Son via Lee Jofa

A bientot!

 

 

 

My Summer Show House : A Seaside Haven

I promised to deliver and here it is: the post many of you have been waiting for!

As you may recall, earlier this year, I had the huge honor of being selected to design a space for the Museums of Old York 24th Annual Decorator Show House. So many of you have been asking to see photos. I wanted to wait till I had professional photos of the space before sharing these with my readers. I also needed to check with magazine editors that I know were planning on featuring my space to make sure they would be okay with my publishing some photographs.

I finally have a GREEN light!

So, without any further ado, please join me for a tour:

View from the inside of the porch to a peaceful landscaped haven. Photo Credit: Barbara Elza Hirsch

View from the inside of the porch to a peaceful landscaped haven. Photo Credit: Barbara Elza Hirsch

Upon entering, a full view of my Cove Porch Show house space. Designer:  Barbara Elza Hirsch of Elza B. Design, Inc. Photo Credit: Irvin Serrano

Upon entering, a full view of my Cove Porch Show house space. Designer:  Barbara Elza Hirsch of Elza B. Design, Inc. Photo Credit: Irvin Serrano

A detail of the teak sofa vignette with a Water and Main compass under a glass dome and cactus branch. Vintage French binoculars, teak and electroplated steel side table. Designer : Barbara Elza Hirsch of Elza B. Design, Inc Photo Credit:  Greg PremruA detail of the teak sofa vignette with a Water and Main compass under a glass dome and cactus branch. Vintage French binoculars, teak and electroplated steel side table. Designer : Barbara Elza Hirsch of Elza B. Design, Inc Photo Credit:  Greg Premru

Detail of weather resistant armchairs with custom outdoor pillows and custom outdoor sheers. Ceramic garden stool, seagrass basket with Moroccan glasses and French decanter. Stark Carpet custom outdoor rug. Designer: Barbara Elza Hirsch of Elza B. Design, Inc. Photo: Greg PremruDetail of weather resistant armchairs with custom outdoor pillows and custom outdoor sheers. Ceramic garden stool, seagrass basket with Moroccan glasses and French decanter. Stark Carpet custom outdoor rug. Designer: Barbara Elza Hirsch of Elza B. Design, Inc. Photo: Greg Premru

Custom console painted in Hague blue by Farrow and Ball, Water and Main green stool and paddles, Philippe Starck Kartell chairs.Planter arrangements by designer, succulents on loan courtesy Churchill Gardens in NH. Designer: Barbara Elza Hirsch of Elza B. Design. Photo Credit: Irvin SerranoCustom console painted in Hague blue by Farrow and Ball, Water and Main green stool and paddles, Philippe Starck Kartell chairs.Planter arrangements by designer, succulents on loan courtesy Churchill Gardens in NH. Designer: Barbara Elza Hirsch of Elza B. Design. Photo Credit: Irvin Serrano

Designer: Barbara Elza Hirsch of Elza B. Design. Photo Credit: Greg PremruDesigner: Barbara Elza Hirsch of Elza B. Design. Photo Credit: Greg Premru

The dining area. Kingsley Bate teak table and Starck chairs. Darby Road Antiques antique wood leg candlestick holders, custom runner and terrarium adorn the table. Designer: Barbara Elza Hirsch of Elza B. Design. Photo Credit: Irvin SerranoThe dining area. Kingsley Bate teak table and Starck chairs. Darby Road Antiques antique wood leg candlestick holders, custom runner and terrarium adorn the table. Designer: Barbara Elza Hirsch of Elza B. Design. Photo Credit: Irvin Serrano

Custom console table with vintage paddles, oil painting by my mother, artist Ghetta Hirsch, authentic coral specimen, Mexican glasses, French 1940's Sarreguemines Majolica gravy boat. Designer: Barbara Elza Hirsch of Elza B. Design. Photo Credit: Greg PremruCustom console table with vintage paddles, oil painting by my mother, artist Ghetta Hirsch, authentic coral specimen, Mexican glasses, French 1940’s Sarreguemines Majolica gravy boat. Designer: Barbara Elza Hirsch of Elza B. Design. Photo Credit: Greg Premru

Photo Credit: Irvin SerranoAnother view with bench at left and mosaic art by Ariel Shoemaker. Designer: Barbara Elza Hirsch of Elza B. Design. Photo Credit: Irvin Serrano

Photo: Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez ElzaArt I had commissioned for my show house space to mimic the underwater and above ground vegetation . Beautiful mosaic work by artist Ariel Shoemaker. Ariel uses a menagerie of glass mixed in with semi precious stones such as turquoise or chalcedony. This piece is currently for sale and is part of a pair (can be sold separately). Photo : Barbara Elza Hirsch

 And memories:Photo Credit: Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez ElzaAbove, photos acting as memories of the construction and planning behind the show house. I love the photo of my son sitting on a Philippe Starck chair, taking a break from helping his dad and I on location :-) All photos Barbara Elza Hirsch.

Chez ElzaChez ElzaI accumulated over 6000 miles this spring and summer to prepare for and oversee my show house. I drove to and back from Kittery Point, Maine so many times I knew the Beach Pea menu by heart. And what a menu!!! 

It was all worth it! If you are interested in purchasing some of the items from the show house, please contact me. I will be posting a link to the items very soon.

I hope you enjoyed this glimpse into my porch. Of course, the best is to walk in a space, but this is the closest I could get you, and the professional photographers who took the shots did a wonderful job :-)

A bientôt!

My Latest Houzz Top 20 Guest Picks: Wood for the Soul

As some of you know, every month since last year, I contribute to Houzz by writing a piece on 20 Top Guest Picks that I research and group according to a theme. It could be 20 pillows one month or 20 items to decorate a room.

This month’s special selections are all about Wood.

Enjoy!


“Best of Houzz 2013” Award

I am very blessed this month. Lots of good things are happening at Elza B. Design, Inc : The Brizo Fashion Week Trip to New York  I wrote about earlier this week, and now an award for “Best of Houzz 2013” for the Boston Area, in the Interior Designer Customer Satisfaction Category. Below I wanted to share the Press Release with all of you.

ELZA B. DESIGN, Inc of Boston Receives

Houzz’s 2013 ‘Best Of Houzz’ Award

 

Annual Survey and Analysis of 11 Million Monthly Users

 Reveals Top-Rated U.S. Professionals

 Boston, MA —  January 21st, 2013 –Elza B. Design, Inc of Acton, MA has been awarded  “Best Of Houzz” 2013 by Houzz, the leading online platform for residential remodeling and design.  The The 5-year old interior design firm was chosen by the more than 11 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community.

The Houzz “Best Of Houzz” award for 2013 is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Customer Satisfaction award winners are based on homeowner members who rated their experience working with remodeling professionals in 12 categories ranging from architects, and interior designers to contractors and other residential remodeling professionalsDesign award winners’ work was the most popular among the community of 11 million monthly users, also known as “Houzzers,” who saved more than 124 million professional images of home interiors and exteriors to their personal ideabooks via the Houzz site, iPad/iPhone app and Android app.

Barbara Elza Hirsch, principal of ELZA B. DESIGN, INC, loves nothing more than the thrill of transforming a space that does not yet feel like home, into an oasis that truly feels welcoming.  She likes to “build a room like a painting, each stroke and layer creating the final space”. 

 “Houzz provides homeowners with an in-depth, 360-degree view of building, remodeling and design professionals through images of their work, reviews and an opportunity to interact with them directly in the Houzz community,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of community. “We’re delighted to recognize Barbara Elza Hirsch of ELZA B. DESIGN, Inc. among our “Best Of” professionals for exceptional customer service as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

With Houzz, homeowners can identify not only the top-rated professionals like ELZA B. DESIGN, Inc, but also those whose work matches their own aspirations for their home. Homeowners can also evaluate professionals by contacting them directly on the Houzz platform, asking questions about their work and evaluating their responses to questions from others in the Houzz community.

About Elza B. Design, Inc:

Barbara Elza Hirsch is a French-American interior designer and principal of ELZA B. DESIGN, INC (www.elzabdesign.com) based in Acton, MA.
An attentive listener and gifted colorist, she thrives to create interiors that meets her clients’ needs. She is not afraid to bridge old with new and loves to create restful and unique contemporary, transitional, eclectic or “traditional with a twist” interiors. Her European roots greatly influence her work, as does her background in art and fashion.

 About Houzz

Houzz (www.houzz.com) is a leading online platform for home remodeling, providing inspiration, information, ‘advice and support for homeowners and home improvement professionals through its website and mobile applications. Houzz features the largest residential design database in the world, articles written by design experts, product recommendations, a vibrant community powered by social tools, and information on more than 1.5 million remodeling and design professionals worldwide who can help turn ideas into reality. @houzz_inc

 

Aha Moment ?!!!

While at Blogfest, we were encouraged by House Beautiful editors to write about what inspires us, what might have been the moment in our life that prompted us to choose this profession, or what “AHA moments” we encounter in our daily work.

I have to say Aha Moments abound in my life. Like the time I realized very early on I was happiest creating and working with COLOR.

A little French girl growing up in Washington DC, bound to the rigid system of the French School I attended, I quickly found the freedom and joy of color in illustrations I created inside my French “cahiers” (notebooks) :

Illustration in my “cahier” at the French School.

Later as a brooding teenager, I perfected my craft to include realistic illustrations of other brooding creators (here Baudelaire, as a child):

Illustration of Baudelaire, enfant, by Barbara Elza Hirsch

I fancied myself a talented designer in the making: my goal was to be a fashion designer. From age 10 on, I had developed a mad crush on FABRIC and spent my time making little outfits for my barbies, or inventing little bags and decorative boxes out of Marimekko fabrics.

A vestige of my passion for fabric and creating (note the little ruby stone patiently sewn on to the bustier):

After high school, I moved to Paris and went to Art School, and later, to Studio Berçot, one of the top Fashion Design Programs. I madly scribbled and created designs for diverse collections:

Fashion Illustration by Barbara Elza Hirsch
Sweater line created by Barbara Elza Hirsch back in the 80’s.
Little summer bags created by Barbara Elza Hirsch while a student at Studio Bercot.

Alas, my career as fashion designer was never to be. I HATED the fashion world! If you’ve ever seen The devil Wears Prada, you know what I am referring to.

Little did I know that somewhere deep inside, was an interior designer in the making. Years later, as a wife and mother still enamored by COLOR and passionate about DESIGN, I found my true calling : Interior Design!

Interior designers were a friendlier bunch, and the freedom I encountered in creating designs was thrilling. Aha! I thought! It’s all coming together:

My love of fabric:

Windsor Smith fabric for Kravet on wing chair with contrasting piping. Custom creation by Elza B. Design, Inc.

My love of color:

A color scheme on a current Elza B. Design project. Inspired by a beautiful painting my client owns.

And just the joy of seeing it all come together:

Living Room created by Elza B. Design, Inc

But, wait! Look at what I just found in my childhood notebooks:

“Life is a Big Room” by Barbara Hirsch, done as a child.

Aha! I should have known :-) There was a room in me after all.

Getting Ready for my Spring Intern!

Such an exciting weekend for me! Getting ready to greet my new intern this Monday! Last fall, I volunteered at the local High school to speak at the Job Fair about my job as an Interior Designer. I had a wonderful time. What a joy to share my passion with eager students wondering if this could be the field for them! Little did I know that the school would ask me if I would be open to welcoming an intern in the Spring! Of course, said I. What business owner does not need an intern? And what a wonderful opportunity to mentor a young student, set the right example and show her what an exciting profession this is! Today, the office is all abuzz with lists of ideas and tasks for the internship, fun things to do together, but also more menial tasks that are part of having a business.

My office is a bit tight and I was in dire need of a comfy desk for my temporary assistant. It could not be too big. It could not be too expensive. It had to be hip. Found it! This weekend, I am going to West Elm to get this lovely mango wood bistro table:

West Elm Turned Pedestal Bistro Table

I can’t wait to set it up. Now all I need is a nice chair to pair it with.

Something like the Hans Wegner Wishbone chair could be a nice contrast, but, yikes, it’s pricey :

Hans Wegner Wishbone chair at Room and Board

Or maybe a simple modern Windsor chair such as :

Modern Windsor Chair by West Elm

Mmmh, this one by Pottery Barn is fun! but is is it comfortable? :

Soleil Chair by Pottery Barn

This Louis XV inspired design would be perfect, if only I did not need to fly to France to purchase it :

I will keep you posted! Choices abound! The most important is that the intern feel welcome and that we get down to business! Because this design firm is busy and ready to share the magical, exciting, exhausting world of interior design!

Bon weekend!