Thursday, May 30, 2013

An evening at The Birchwood in St. Petersburg, Florida

Last night, myself and some local gals made a date to go to the new hotel hot spot in St. Petersburg, The Birchwood we've been hearing the buzz about this newly renovated space, and couldn't wait to feast our eyes on the design and the views. I am happy to say, it did not disappoint!

The ballroom was elegant and didn't distract from the beautiful view outside. 
(Also, do you recognize that wallpaper, it's the same pattern and colorway I used in Piquant Hyde Park's dining room!)

As we traveled through the space, I couldn't help but swoon over this delicious fabric covered wall, when is a fabric wall not luxurious?! Martyn Lawrence Bullard, is this your line for Schumacher?! If not, it's surely very similar.

The bedroom suites were designed very well with a nice welcoming color palette and again great textiles. 

And let's just talk about these bathrooms, these gorgeous, gorgeous bathrooms! I can't get enough of the Bordeaux feel. 

We traveled through the dining room and loved all the details that went into the design. The Sputnik Filament Chandelier looks fabulous to offset the tailored space with a modern vibe.

Cozy circular banquettes make sitting pretty easy! 

I love the details throughout the design, what a great art installation using the historic doorknobs. Simple, yet a big statement. 
We made our way up to the rooftop, and wow, those views! I could have stayed up there all day and evening!
Check out these lovely gals and their local businesses! Danielle of DIzso DesignsAmy of Strands of Sunshine, myself, and Celesta of Paper Street Market.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Kelp Sushi Joint - Tampa Bay Dining

You may have seen the posts on Facebook, I've been busy working on another great restaurant coming to the Tampa Bay area. Lots of planning, lots of creative energy, lots of good things! (And still in the process)

Now, the permits are pulled and construction is underway, I can finally fill you in on the details! Excited to announce, one of the newest restaurants coming to South Tampa:

Kelp Sushi Joint, will be located at 3401 W. Bay to Bay Blvd. Tampa, Florida. 
Head over and show them some love and "like" their facebook page! 

Excited to see you there in July!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

What I'm Loving This Wednesday: Jonathan Adler

Those who know me won’t be very surprised by this one! If I had to describe Jonathan Adler in one word, it would be WHIMSY! I truly love his entire collection, of EVERYTHING. If you are looking for that pop of sass he is your man. I also really love how he has no fear of color and pattern. If we ever met, I feel we would be two peas in a pod! His line is my dream aesthetic. It’s got bright colors, awesome patterns and is modern with a touch of mid century and glam all in one look. Recently a friend of mine visited Jonathan Adler’s website and remarked that she was pretty sure he and I were separated at birth. 

Jonathan Adler has spent his life creating art and design projects. His early years were spent making pottery, which he sold to Barney’s and that’s when things really started to pick up. He opened his own store in 1998 and in 2001 finally began interior design projects. Since then he has continued to branch out into more categories, which can now all be found on his website:  

His current collection includes pottery, pillows, lighting, furniture and all kinds of decorative home accessories as well as totes, fashion accessories and dining ware. His website also offers a gift registry and some excellent interior design tips that anyone can incorporate into their homes. There are several Jonathan Adler stores in major US and Canadian cities, but you can always shop on his website too.The pictures I have included are one example of his whimsical pottery (pair of squirrel ring boxes) and an example of his design in which he incorporated his own yellow Chinese Chippendale chairs.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Fabric Friday: Hable Construction

This week, I was reading my most recent issue of  Elle Decor and I ran across an article on Susan Hable Smith at Home the creative brains behind Hable Construction. I instantly fell in love with the style of her Georgian Revival Home and had to look further into their company (because sadly, until now, I hadn't heard of it!) Boy have I become smitten with their beautiful line of textiles...

I love how even their botanical textiles have a modern geometric feel to them. This is one talented artist and I am so happy to see their company flourish! I can't wait to specify something from their line soon.

I hope you enjoyed this little sneak peak of their beautiful line, they also carry pillows, accessories and great totes, perfect for the everyday gal on the go with practical needs, but doesn't want the basic black that many items are offered in. 

Happy Fabric Friday!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

What I'm Loving This Wednesday: Surya Rugs

I absolutely love Surya area rugs! Not only do they come in many different great designs, but they have rugs available at a lot of different price points. According to the company, Surya has anexpert understanding of the latest trends in fashion and interior design,” as an interior designer, I can vouch for them on this claim. Their designs really prove that they are innovative when it comes to design. 

Aside from the great styles they offer, Surya’s luxurious rugs are also high quality. They have so many beautiful rugs it’s easy, and fun, to pick out the perfect rug for any space in your home or office.

While Surya only has show rooms in India, Tupelo, New York, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Ontario and High Point, North Carolina, their products are available pretty widely on the internet from various retailers. And of course you can full their full catalog on their website: Here, you’ll also find that Surya also makes pillows, poufs, throws and wall art, all of which can be used to complement the rug and complete the look you want for your room. 

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Interior Design, in the medical field!

Recently, I had a friend instagram the following photo to me while she was at her Dermatologist...

Her caption was that she loved the chairs and they made her think of me. These are some pretty gorg chairs, and personally I feel a little unexpected from your typical medical office waiting room. However, this is a great example, of a company who pays attention to the details and took time to make a space beautiful, and their clients notice! (They even share it!)

I can't emphasize enough how important it is to incorporate good interior design into your workspace environment. Whether you have a restaurant, retail space, hair salon, doctors office or even a car dealership, excellent design speaks in volumes and leaves your clients feeling good and excited to spend money with you for their experience. Yes, they are there for a reason, for your service and what you offer, but something has to leave them with the visual memory. 

Here are a few of my favorite images of good design in the medical field...

Is it just me, or would you feel more at ease in a well designed medical office? It's bad enough we have to sit our bums on crinkly paper, could we at least get some visual eye candy in the process? 

What do you think? Would you enjoy your medical experiences if you had a better visual experience?


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

What I'm Loving This Wednesday: Maison Fontaine Hardware

Maison Fontaine has an incredible variety of hardware that includes over 30,000 different styles. The line includes modern designs as well as pieces designed all the way back to the 1700s. 

All of their products are incredibly beautiful, timeless and made of the highest quality. The French company has been known for centuries for their elegant creations and while for much of that time the only people to have their hardware were French royals or wealthy Americans who had it imported or brought it back from France themselves, it is now much easier to get your hands on it. Maison Fontaine is now sold in the Cote France store in New York City, oh how I would love to visit it!

The line includes several collections from many different decades so it is easy to find just the right style to complete a period specific installation. The images above feature a antique door pull and lever from 1905 and a gold plated door pull. Maison Fontaine pieces aren’t that easy to come by, but when you see one there is a pretty good chance you will love it, I know I do!