I found an email in my inbox yesterday titled "SHAMELESS PLUG" and I had to laugh. I mean, why waste time beating around the bush? It was from Gari who wanted to show some of his interior design work for his firm Jugendstil Designs. After a quick peek at his Flickr photos, I was quite impressed and delighted to plug his work. The photos included modern, retro and traditional. He does it all...and does it REALLY WELL. I've included my favourites below, but there are many more photos here. (It seems I must really like Gari's work - it appears I have posted his work once before).
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Mary McDonald is an interior designer out of Los Angeles and I adore her ethnic/eclectic style and use of intense colours and patterns. Her work has been featured on the cover of House Beautiful, House & Garden and Domino. "Through extensive travel throughout Europe and the Far East, she has created a personal signature that is eclectic, classic and clean. Her ability to combine European antiques, Chinoisery, and Indian influences, with Contemporary lines and an impeccable sense of color have made her one of the most sought after interior designers in Los Angeles."
O'Connor Design Partners is a firm located in Dublin. They have a great classic style, using neutral colours with wonderful pops of colour for some contrast. Their website is very informative with lots of useful advice, like this on living with colour:
"Remember that whatever colour you choose for your walls will become the main colour in the room, so take your time with this decision; consider what visual impact it will have and how it will effect other elements in the room. Try to see the room as a combination of parts forming a harmonious whole rather than just separate elements. Another important factor to consider is how much light does the room get? Does it get full sun from a southerly aspect or does it get a softer more grey light from a northerly aspect? A sunny room can look great painted in one of the cooler shades of blue or green but a dark room can feel cold and unwelcoming in the same colours. Similarly, a sunny room can be overpowered by a dark and sombre colour, whereas a dark room can become warm and cosy, the perfect winter cocoon! Consider will the room be used mainly by day or night; if it is a night-time room think carefully about the use of lamps and other diffused lighting. Different lighting will hugely affect how a colour looks."
"Also consider creating a link between the rooms in your home through the use of colour, the eye will travel easily from room to room and a sense of continuity will be created. Choose say three different colours using one for your walls, one for your windows and one for your carpet then reverse where these colours are used in an adjoining room. Halls, stairs and landings and open plan areas are key linking spaces and they either be treated as one so the eye travels smoothly or they can change subtly allowing the eye to adapt to what is around the next corner or in the next room."
Sparingly elegant, a classic clean country look, minimalist country, modern/traditional twist. These are just a few phrases I think encapsulate Heather G Well's work. Her designs are client driven, the right "fit" for every person. If modern country is your look and modern minimalism with traditional forms and tailoring are what ring your bells then HGW is for you.