Thursday, May 31, 2012

Jaime Drake, A Color Master

Jamie Drake is a New York based designer known for his use of color and attention to detail. While attending Parson's School for Design (NYC), Drake interned for Angelo Dongehia. Over the span of his career, this multi-disciplinary designer has participated in many projects ranging from preservation to new construction and health care.   His high profile client list includes Madonna and Michael Bloomberg. Jamie Drake has gained a reputation for designing spaces with personality and place.   We love his style! (
I love this yellow room.  It would hard to feel anything but energetic here!
The tower in the corner is a stack of carefully placed books.  Probably not a good room for kids, but very clever and dramatic.
What an amazing painting, it is HUGE!  The scale of everything in this room is unbelievable.  Jaime did a great job of choosing the right scale of furnishings to make is look cozy and elegant.

This is a perfect example of a colorful room that is actually full of neutrals with a few well placed pops of color.  The color is well balanced.
We hope you enjoyed our look at Jaime Drake's work.  He is a definate style master and a really nice fellow.  Don't be afraid to try introducing a bold color into your home.  Start with pillows and a few acccesssories, you'll be amazed at the difference a little color can make.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Being Creative

Being creative is about being unique, not about blending in with the crowd.  I always tell my kids to not be afraid to be different, in fact, we celebrate being different!  After all, isn't that what makes each of us special?  How boring life would be if we were all the same.  So on this Memorial Day, let's celebrate those brave soldiers who gave us our freedom and follow our own creative vision to make this life all it can be!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Inspiration of the week: Be Courageous

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” - Steve Jobs’ Stanford Commencement Address

Monday, May 7, 2012

Inspiration of the Week: Believing in Ourselves

We are each gifted in a unique and important way.  It is our privilege and our adventure to discover our own special light.    --Mary Dunbar, artist

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Coverings, a great show!

One of the things I love about being a designer is the access we have to great industry shows and events.  Coverings, which takes place every Spring in Orlando, Florida is one of my favorites. Here representatives from around the world showcase amazing tile, stone and other hard surface products.  They make it easy to travel from country to country to see what new products are avilable for our design projects.    This year I traveled with Alex, my fabulous intern, to see what they had to offer.  Here are a few of the items that caught our eye.  (Excuse the photography, I took them with my i-phone.)

Great texture always draws my eye!

This is the same stone as Geodes.

A glass-slab backed with hand applied silver leaf, this picture does not do it justice.  It was GORGEOUS!

I love back-lit Onyx!

This company is taking concrete tiles to a new level!

Tile that resembles wood planks were a very popular item.  This type of product has come a long way, it is very realistic.  This particular tile has a rectified edge so that it requires very little grout, which further sells the wood-look.  Imagine a wood plank floor with the durability of tile, FABULOUS!

Three dimensional and glowing, this tile drew quite a crowd.

No words are necessary, fabulous!!

Nice modern shower, great combination of textures and color.

This is tile not leather, it reminds me of shop class in the 7th grade!  In the right space this would be gorgeous!

Love this vanity.

I hope that you have seen some products that will inspire your next renovation project.  Whatever products you choose, make sure that it represents you!