Saturday, February 28, 2009

Exploring Tile: Walker Zanger Showroom

I took a trip over to the Walker Zanger showroom in West Hollywood last week to select stone & tile samples for two kitchen projects I am currently working on, and, as I had not paid a visit to the showroom in some time, I enjoyed seeing some new items. While waiting for my samples, I snapped some pictures to share of some of the new-er collections:

A very Moroccan influence:


Colorful patterns:

Carrera Marble:

These graphic & colorful borders would be great for a bathroom:

Arabesque gold & silver tiles:

A showroom display:

Walker Zanger

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Thomas Paul Rugs

Looking for an area rug? Thomas Paul Rugs offer some great colors and patterns.

For pricing & sizing availability, please see the Design Public website.

Boutique Branding

I've been a big fan of Jo Malone perfumes and skin care products since her name landed on this side of the Atlantic. Her product is a UK based company that has had much success with opening boutique stores across the nation to supplement her initial outlets in high end department stores. Aside from liking the product alone, I've always liked the "whole package." The simplicity and clean lines of her packaging, the logo, and the interior design of the Jo Malone counters and boutique stores. It's a very simple design that is also very elegant. I think for interior designers who are designing retail spaces, it is important to take the branding into consideration. It may not work for all retail planning, but it sure works for this product.

Facade of the store front retains the branding influence of the name, the product, and the interiors.

Conceptual rendering of the stores interior:

The interiors of the boutique which are also consistent with Jo Malone counter's located in high end department stores such as Neiman Marcus.

The spa located in London. Retains the clean simple lines of her packaging and boutique interiors:

Packaging of Jo Malone products that inspire the consistency of her logo and store design:

Interiors of the Times Square boutique in NYC:

Visit the Jo Malone website for boutique locations & online products.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Sign of the Times

The cover of this month's Hospitality Design Magazine.

House Beautiful Magazine 30 Days of Color

Check out the House Beautiful Magazine's website for a daily dose of color tips from their experts for the next 30 days. You can get daily information on how to use color, where to use color, and other ideas for using color.


Here are some of the articles featured online on the House Beautiful website:
*30 Days of Color: House Beautiful's best of color.

*An Expert's Insight on Choosing the Right Colors: All of your color questions answered.

*The Ultimate Color Scale: Which Side of the Scale Do You Fall On?

*The Most Outrageous Paint Colors: 12 designers share their most daring paint choices.

*Which Paint Color Is the Hardest to Get Right?: Seven designers tell us which are the hardest to get right.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Highlights: The Designs of the Oscar Parties

Oscar Governors Ball Chooses Zen-Inspired Understatement Over Splashy Opulence:

Elton John's black-and-white Oscar party:

The Night to Make a Difference fund-raiser at Mr. Chow:

Victoria Hagan Fabrics

New Victoria Hagan fabrics at the Thomas Lavin showroom in Los Angeles.