I have not fallen off the face of the earth. It may seem like it, but no! I took a little break from blogging here to resource and work on all the good things happening to me and my design firm.
After my wonderful trip to New York with Brizo, I was invited to guest post for New England Home Magazine. I was inspired to write about hotel design : and tile. I invite you to go read those posts and let me know what you think!
I prepared a post on Spring Fabrics for Houzz :
And then was given the most amazing news:
I had been selected to participate in a Show House! As some of you may know, participating in a show house is a huge deal and tremendous pressure. Designers decorate rooms in a house at their own cost, and then the show house sells tickets and is open to visitors for viewing. Items in the rooms are for sale and proceeds from the show house benefit a charity or a cause. In this instance, the Show House is organized by the Museums of Old York, Maine, and will benefit the museums as well as their education programs. This is their 24th Annual Decorator Show House and Maine Home + Design is the media sponsor. The property we are decorating this year is on the waterfront in Kittery Point. You can read about it here: http://www.oldyork.org/Visit/decorators.html
I am honored to have been selected to decorate a very large space which is a a double L shaped screened porch just under 500 square feet. Imagine the possibilities!
I share with you a photo of the lovely home here:
Photo courtesy Ann Erwin via Sotheby’s Properties.
This water front home is currently on sale with Sotheby’s through Ann Erwin and offers landscaped gardens and a salt water pool!
My space prior to its make-over :
Prepare to be floored! I am working nights and weekends on this!
I cannot wait to share with all of you and hope you will attend the Show House which will open from July 13th through August 16th.
I can see why. As soon as you arrive, you know this is an unusual space. Glorious and over the top decor surprises you in the shared spaces of the hotel, part of the Kimpton Hotel and Restaurant Group. In 1981, Bill Kimpton pioneered the boutique hotel concept in the United States. His idea was to create welcoming and stylish spaces for guests. Thus was born the Kimpton Concept.
Without further ado, let me present the brilliant Eventi Hotel:
Photo courtesy Jayme Thornton.
Allow me to walk you to the 2nd floor, home to the lounge and dining area, a 60’s/70’s inspired space with over-sized lighting and a disco vibe :
I am curious what you take away from this post. Did you enjoy the spaces? They are not for everyone, however, I found them well suited for the Chelsea neighborhood vibe. Would I decorate my house this way? No. But who wants a stay away that looks like home? Hotel spaces are unique. They are meant to intrigue and transport you.
I am not ready to forget this fabulous hotel design. Eventi’s sense of scale, color and grandiosity nurtured me and left me feeling inspired and energized.
I left New York with a big smile and creative sparks popping inside my coat pockets…
Kelly Wearstler is a big name in the Design Industry. But who is Kelly Wearstler?
An interior designer, textile designer, and now, since the fall of 2011, a fashion designer, Kelly Wearstler is the new “chouchou” of the design world. Born in 1967 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, she obtained her BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art. In 1994, she moved to Los Angeles, CA thinking she would work in the Movie Industry. Deciding it was not for her, the slim and graceful Wearstler posed under a pseudonym in Playboy Magazine and used the proceeds to pay off her student loans and start her Interior Design Firm in 1995. She was hired for a decorating project in the late 1990s by Brad Korzen, a real estate developer, whom she later married. She went on to provide Interior designer services for some properties Korzen and his Kor Realty Group owned, including the AVALON, a Beverly Hills hotel. From that point, her career really took off and she became renowned for her Hotel Design projects, Residential work, tablescapes and textile designs. Her style has been described as “Retro-Theatrical” by the New York Times but also as “Hollywood Regency”-a glamorous, over the top style started in…you guessed it, Hollywood in the 1930s’. I would describe her style as extremely vibrant and layered, with a sense of grandeur and whimsy.
Here are a few examples:
I discovered Kelly Wearstler through her fabrics at Lee Joffa a few years ago, and used some of her fabrics in the Red Master Bedroom as well as in my home. What strikes me in her creations is her wonderful ability to play with color and textures. Kelly Wearstler puts in incredible research in her designs, and their level of refinement is masterful. One can imagine her with a pad and pencil in hand taking in everything that surrounds her: nature, art, travels, etc.
Here are a few close up photos I took:
Okay, that first one is really just a teaser! Hard to see in detail. Now the one below is a close up I took to show you the intricate detail of this textile design:
I hope these images make you want to run out and discover more about Kelly Wearstler. She is quite a talented creator! Don’t forget to check her fashion, accessories and home lines at http://www.kellywearstler.com