Monday, May 30, 2011

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!!

It's Memorial Day Weekend, the sun is shining and the red, white and blue is being worn proudly! I have always appreciated this holiday, showing gratitude for our men & woman in the armed forces, but now that I have moved to Chicago it has another form of importance as well... SUMMER IS HERE! The beaches and pools are officially and finally open! So after todays excitement of seeing Cubs fans heading to the ball game, people walking to the beaches with coolers straw hats, the smell of grills and the sun brightly shining it is definitely inspiring and makes me think of beautiful summer homes, and crisp coastal inspired interiors... 
                                                                                              Photo: Chicago, North of Oak St. Beach – Woman Sunbathing – 1963

This living room is feeling very coastal and patriotic. I love the  mix of red, white and blue with this casual interior. 

This coastal interior has a very ethnic traveled vibe to it. 
I love, love, love the refreshing white lacquered floors...

I recently saw this wallcovering (also available in fabric) in the Schumaker Showroom, 
it's called "Katsugi" and I am dying to find a place to use it!! 
Hint, hint... anyone need a new wallcovering or fabric?

This family room is a perfect example of a coastal inspired interior without a lot of color...

You would never have a gray day on this fabulous sunroom!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Fabrics, Fabrics, Oooo la la!

I absolutely love Kelly Wearstler, her design style is color, texture & sculpture O.D.... (well a good O.D.) I basically have to wipe my chin when talking about her jaw dropping, drool inducing designs! Her work has a perfect balance of color, texture, whimsy and tradition. She definitely takes a nod to the classics but pushes forward with her own twist. 

Since I love her design work, you can only imagine how excited I was to hear about her line of textiles for Lee Jofa! The last time I was at the Merchandise Mart you can bet I jumped right into the Lee Jofa Showroom to get my Kelly Wearstler fabric fix! So brace yourself for these next images of her beautiful fabrics, you might have to wipe your chin ;)

This next one I particularly love. It definitely has a Japanese vibe, but I could see it used in many different applications... I am thinking it would look fabulous on a side chair in my future beach home (Hey! A girl can dream!)

And in case your aren't already aware, Kelly has a great book out called "Hue" so next time your in the market for a truly inspiring design book, make sure you pick this one up!

Happy fabric finds! xoxo- Lisa

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Blending the Old with the New

As a designer, it's basically our job to be a chameleon... we may have a style that we favor more than another, but all in all we have to be able to work with it all. The modern, traditional, transitional and eclectic (even sometimes the ugly). I personally like to work with  clients pieces that they have inherited over time or through family members, it's like building a story in your home, showcasing your favorite pieces and adding a bit of sparkle (where needed)

Last month, the design firm I work for, Sarah Van Assche Interiors participated in the International Antiques Fair at the Merchandise Mart, here in Chicago. It was definitely an interesting experience. Basically we had to showcase a beautiful way to blend antiques and current pieces, in a 10'x20' "room"... and I have to say, I think we did a pretty darn good job! :)


The ladies of Sarah Van Assche Interiors: Megan, Sarah & myself

Monday, May 2, 2011

Waaaay behind!

Woah, have I been a slacker on this blog! Sorry about that guys. I promise for a new, fun creative blog in the near future... :)
xoxo- Lisa