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View on Vegas

    We had a blast at this summer's Las Vegas Market and are excited to share a recap video on our favorite finds and trends posted on Instagram. For more inspirational shots, check out all the Design Tastemaker's and Showroom Instagram pages below: Lori Dennis Top Pic at Peninsula Home Kelli Ellis Top Pic at Selamat Carson Kressley Top Pic at Christopher Guy Julia Buckingham Top Pic at Global Views Michel Boyd Top Pic at Palecek Jamie Durie Top Pic at Phillips Collection Allison Mattinson and Eliza Sharp of Trellis Home Top Pic at Somers Furniture Toma Clark Haines of The Antiques Diva Top Pic at The Barn at Hoey Ranch Heather Vieira of 20th Century by HKFA Top Pic at Blue Ocean Traders I'll be at High Point this October and will make sure to keep everyone posted on what my favorite finds are.  Stay tuned!

My Summer Internship Experience at Lori Dennis Inc.

I'm Lauren Daly and I had an amazing internship with Lori Dennis this summer!  My interest in interior design sparked in middle school when I was able to design my room exactly how I wanted – from paint to carpet to furniture and accessories.  I have since interned with various interior designers to gain experience for when I am an interior designer myself. This summer I had the ultimate internship with Lori Dennis, one of the top celebrity designers in Los Angeles.   What sets Lori Dennis apart from other designers is that she works closely with a construction company (SoCal Contractor) and a materials company (Lion Windows Doors and More). I saw first-hand the benefits of being a “one stop shop.” Because all of these trades work as one team they are able to tackle large projects in less time. They also work great together. I saw this cohesive collaboration first hand for one of the projects I worked on. A family needed to move from the east coast into their new Los Angeles home in just a few weeks, and at the same time also needed to freshen up their 25-year old Georgian Colonial home that felt really dated. I loved this project because it was exactly my style – Traditional and Classic with lots of blues and whites! I was excited to be in charge of accessories and art – which I learned is more than just “the cherry on top” – it’s essential to give a home a finished look. To find these special pieces I traveled with the Lori Dennis team to the Las Vegas Market. Not only was it my first time in Vegas, it was also my first time going to market! I didn’t know what to expect but when I walked up to the World Market Center I saw three huge buildings filled with a seemingly endless amount of showrooms. One of the best parts of these showrooms is that designers can buy these items at wholesale prices, which is more than half the price of the retail price! I loved everything at Leftbank Art  Can I buy all the lamps at Visual Comfort? The next day we attended Design Campus, a project Lori started with a fellow designer, to help designers get their CEUs in a fun and convenient way. Although this was a “mini” camp, a half day instead of the normal two full days, I learned a lot from the speakers - including feng shui specialist Ariel Joseph Towne, YouTube expert David Brownstein, and a renowned architect, designer and landscaper William Hefner!     The engaging and informative Feng Shui Guy, Ariel Joseph Towne       David Brownstein, encouraged us to post short but sweet youtube videos The awe-inspiring architect, William Hefner A stunning project by William Hefner Another highlight was going to San Diego to work on a photo shoot of a completed project. We worked hard for two days straight to make this beautiful project absolutely picture perfect. I learned that to get published in a magazine, or to have an impressive portfolio, it’s all about the details.   How fun is this table setting?      Now I feel like a pro at staging a bookshelf! But before a designer can have their work photographed, they must always go through “install day” which I learned can be even more exhausting but equally exciting to see the rugs, furniture, paint, accessories, etc. all come together! There’s nothing like seeing a client see their home move in ready for the first time. Placing hand painted art above the mantel. With my favorite accessory, a blue and white ginger jar I helped with two installs during my internship along with attending an event with Kathryn Ireland, the “Million Dollar Decorator,” and I created social media content out of sample boards. Oh and did I mention this was all within a month? I told you Lori and her team works fast!  Sample Boards I worked on at Lion Windows Doors and More Material Showroom  This summer was the best of my life and I look forward to working with Lori and her fabulous team in the future!

Master Architect: William T. Baker

  A building, or a home, becomes an exquisite work of art when special attention has been paid to every detail, everywhere you look.  It's richly layered and creates a sense of history and permanence in classic styles like French, English and Georgian.  In researching master architects for our Atlanta and Dallas Design Campus Live Events next January, I came across the work of William T. Baker.  His work is magnificent.  Each element, detail and finish is stunning, and I was especially impressed by his rendering - skills taught to him by his furniture designer father at the age of 5.  The concentration it takes in drawing is something I'm sure defined his sense of impeccable taste and quality.   Here are some images from Bill Baker's portfolio that I find stunning. Baker knows when to show restraint in order to allow a design feature, like this coffered ceiling, to shine. Notice architectural details like deep windows ledges, chic arches, dentil molding, and a fantastic stair rail.   Such beautiful cabinets, and check out that hood.  This French Country style is refined yet relaxed.   Bring the eye up with drapery panels to discover a classic ceiling molding detail.   I always love a great bookshelf (and ceiling molding again!) A beautiful Georgian Home, classic in white with black windows and doors.  Can you see that entry door? Here's his rendering Stunning Staircase There are so many delicate details in this fireplace mantel. Rich and Regal Again, the ceilings, moldings, arched built in bookcases, columns - everywhere you look is delightful. Architectural Digest featured an Atlanta home by Interior Designer, Suzanne Kasler, who partnered with Bill Baker, that is both elegant and relaxing at the same time, completely without pretension.     Laid back wood paneled walls and molding as a backdrop to fine traditional furniture.  And yes, that fireplace....Oh Yes. Even with a more relaxed design, the details are still in the slight curves of the cabinets. Nothing too over the top with this warm wood ceiling. I can't get enough of this sweet ceiling.  I'm incredibly inspired. Having an interior architecture background has helped us bring our client's homes up to a more elevated level, as shown in a few of our past projects below: In learning about other master architects and designers like William T. Baker, we sharpen our eyes, refine our taste and recognize beauty in the fine lines.  It gives us something to aspire to, and for that I am grateful. Please join us at either Design Campus in Atlanta January 15-17 or Dallas 22-23 where you will have the pleasure of hearing this master William T. Baker speak on his craft.  You won't want to miss it!

On Trend for 2015

We've been seeing a lot of exciting styles happening in interior design this year.  It's almost as if there are no rules - just go for what you love and whatever makes you happy.  Many of these individual styles are often mixed together to make a fun and richly layered home.  Check out the big trends of Blue and White, Trellis, Botanical, Coastal and Boho Chic.  We LOVE them!   BLUE and WHITE The most popular by far is blue and white.  It's classic, pretty and always in style. TRELLIS Trellis adds texture and dimension to a room and can be used as wallpaper, fabrics or architectural detail. ORGANIC BOTANICAL Feel romantic and get back to nature with flowers, plants and birds. COASTAL We're always drawn to the ocean for it's calming comfortable vibe. BOHO CHIC The tip to creating the boho chic look is to layer, layer, layer - fabrics, materials, textures, lighting and color. Whatever style, whatever your personality and whatever you feel drawn to most, just go for it!

Coming to America! The Real Design Women

After airing in HGTV Canada, France, Israel, the Middle East and countless countries around the world my TV series The Real Designing Women finally hits the US!  You can check it out on the Ion Network. They're not just at the top of their game, they are the game - Four of the most successful female interior designers working in North America today, Dee Dee Taylor Eustace (Toronto) Lori Dennis (L.A.) Jennifer Flanders and Nina Freudenberger (NYC) lead us on a fun, fascinating and completely real jaunt through everything and anything design and decorating related (real designers, real clients, real everyone) - it's their world and we're welcome to it.   Hope you enjoy the fun and fabulousness!

Master Designer: Francois Champsaur

Francois Champsaur's project in a historic Parisian Trocadero Apartment is one of the most sensually soft modern designs I've seen in awhile.  Champsaur took on a project that had been in a family for generations and untouched for 40 years, and transformed the space into something completely unrecognizable and fresh.   He removed everything and started with a blank slate of over 5,000 square feet of living space.  The walls now undulate as they divide rooms.  The color palette is calm and neutral with splashes of bold colors.  The custom furniture is sparse and sculptural, and there is a nod to history revealed in the original exposed beams.   Softened corners on the marble wall and kitchen ceiling complement the clean lines and diagonal seating area.   This custom green banquette in the dining area was designed by Champsaur, balanced by the angular Mars chairs by Konstantin Grcic and table by Eric Schmitt.    Stunning bronze glazed doors continue the lines in the wide plank floors and louvered ceilings, allowing light to fill the space but also divide it.   Romantic drapes and a cozy chair help to soften the room. And can I please have that beautiful bench? I need it.  Bad.  Real bad.      I could spend hours in this oak and marble bathroom.   This home feels much more architectural than decorated.  Uncluttered home, uncluttered mind....   A sleek and simple bronze fireplace / art installation designed by Eric Schmitt Materials are made of wood, bronze, oak and marble - Soft, Supple, and oh so Tranquil.  No need for unnecessary decoration, only a peaceful backdrop to quiet the mind, body and soul.

Master Architects: Lee F. Mindel

I was recently pouring over the pages of Architectural Digest and I paused for quite awhile on the exquisite work of Lee F. Mindel's penthouse project in Manhattan. Since the passing of Peter Shelton in 2012, Lee has continued on in the ascending success of their New York based firm Shelton, Mindel and Associates and has landed on AD100 with good reason.  Fresh, tailored and joyful are often words that accompany his work as he marries clean lined architecture with luxurious furniture and finishes. The handsome Lee F. Mindel.   Mindel is no stranger to high-end commissions which include Sting and Trudie Styler's London townhouse and Ralph Lauren's Headquarters in Manhattan, along with The Marquand - a $15 million luxury condo on the Upper East Side, a 2,000 passenger cruise ship and a Gulfstream G550 jet.  Not bad.  Not bad.  He makes every space both chic and comfortable - the epitome of luxury. Here are a few images from AD on his Manhattan project. Notice the amount of light that fills each and every space. "Seamless integration of the interior elements—light, acoustics, texture, color—makes the space pleasurable." - Lee F. Mindel Laid back layering. A simple addition of a traditional chair along side lucite tables. A Master of mixing modern lines with traditional pieces. Modern organic lucite desk with a classic shape X-base stool. Mindel is not shy about expressing his passion for Nordic Designs.  "I've long collected furniture by Danish designer Poul Kjaerholm. Unlike most Scandinavian designers, Kjaerholm often worked in metal rather than wood.  I love how he made new materials like stainless steel feel organic by combining them with the humility of string or linen. My favorite piece is his pk91 folding stool."  PK91 Stool in white.  Yes please!   His light fixtures always add a touch of whimsy. Bringing the indoors out. More lovely work by Shelton, Mindel and Associates: A peaceful balance. The art preference seems to be sculptural. A few examples of our work that have the same feeling of light and luxury - California Style:   For more images and inspiration, I would highly recommend adding the Rizzoli book Shelton, Mindel & Associates: Architecture and Design to your design library.  You won't be disappointed!

Oscar Inspiration

I wait all year for the Oscars.  Not so much for the actual awards and speeches, but to see, "what she's wearing."  Inevitably the looks will inspire my clients dream rooms for the coming year.  It's always great fun to reinterpret the fashion into furniture and accessory pieces.  Read on and learn just how fashion influences my interior design selections.   Lupita Nyongo dripping in pearls, by Calvin Klein Can't get enough pearls? Add them to any room with the Helene Mirror by Made Goods. Jennifer Anniston in Versace Oprah Winfrey in Vera Wang Collection There's nothing quite as soft and romantic as flowing peach sheer drapery. Classic and chic Reese Witherspoon in Tom Ford Create an elegant and streamlined black and white kitchen. Cate Blanchett in John Galliano wearing a beautiful necklace made of turquoise Bring in a gorgeous accent with your own turquoise lamp by Times Two Design. Rosamund Pike in Givenchy Any room will exude passion with this red Glamour Shag rug by Loloi. Naomi Watts in Armani Prive Graphic blocks with touches of gold shine in this Arteriors' Monty Chandelier. Scarlett Johansson in Versace Emerald in still going strong as seen in this malachite rug by Tony Duquette, available at Roubini. Eddie Redmayne in Alexander McQueen House your drinks in style in this regal blue and gold in the Anna Bar Cabinet by Worlds Away. Margot Robbie in Saint Laurent Don't be afraid of black walls.  They actually make rooms look bigger. Van Cleef & Arpels antique Colombine necklace, originally made in 1938 for the Duchess of Windsor. Tassels are back!  Add them as a drapery tie-back, trim accent or tie to the end of a cabinet pull. There were so many touches of inspiration represented this Oscar season, not only on the red carpet but in costume and set design.  It's all so beautiful and fascinating.  Cheers to a new year filled with art, expression and beauty!

Behind the Scenes at a Top Interior Design Firm

  We've been busy little bees over here!  As you know, our main job is high end, interior design of multi-million dollar remodels and new construction projects.  That could keep anyone busy for quite awhile! One of our favorite renovation projects in the Hollywood Hills Newport Coast, new construction project of an entirely different style and breath taking view of the Pacific Ocean! But we don't stop there, and if you want to succeed in business, neither should you.  It's great to do award winning interior design projects, but if nobody knows about it, your firm won't thrive.  Bill Gates once said, "it's all about the marketing. A superior product with mediocre marketing, won't succeed. " Since no one likes to "be sold", so we keep our campaigns interesting, informative and fun with a heavy emphasis on video.   This week we began shooting our TV series Metro Makeover, starring some A-List Lovely Ladies: Top Chef Dakota Weiss, Celebrity Make-up Artist Elle Leary,  Wardrobe Stylist Raxann Chin, and little ole' me. We all work our magic to transform a style-challenged slob into a METRO God. Shows like these and my HGTV Series, The Real Designing Women, give viewers a chance to get to know me, my style and what I do.  Raxann Chin, Lori Dennis, Dakota Weiss and Elle Leary Cast and Crew taking a break between shots to have a delicious lunch at Peking Tavern, a downtown LA restaurant that was once a turn of the century bank - complete with the old vault.  Great food and great company!   At our firm we also understand that sharing what you know is the foundation of building trust.  That's why I started Design Camp, the leading educational and networking event for interior designers. Every time I host an event, I have the opportunity to demonstrate my expertise, inner circle of contacts and how much I love what I do.   After discovering how many people around the world wanted to attend our continuing education events, we built  Design Campus, the online spot where design connects.  This week our team has been hammering out the final touches for our launch. The Design Campus Crew working hard on the launch! Filming videos highlighting the secrets for designer success. If you'd like to learn more about how to succeed in business, find balance in your life and have a great time doing it all, let me lead the way!  You can check up on me here: Facebook:  Lori Dennis, Inc. Instagram:  @loridennisinc Twitter:  @loridennisinc Pinterest: LoriDennisInc Houzz: Lori-Dennis

Viva Las Vegas!

  Oh Vegas, you've done it again!  Better wear comfy shoes to walk these 3 building at Vegas Market Excited campers picking up their goodie bags and heading into camp. Phillips Collection gifted everyone a sculpted Kalimantan Egg.  If your egg rattles when shaken, it's a good luck magic egg!  Hand-inscribed with symbols of time on the exterior, each egg is different. Last week was such a crazy fun whirlwind between my time at the Vegas Market, Design Camp and KBIS.  Before touring all the showrooms and checking out the latest items in our Insta-Hunt, we started Camp with a gorgeous vegetarian brunch hosted by Jaipur Rugs.  They always throw fantastic events with the most healthy and tasty dishes, and this was no exception.   I spy rose gold on the forecast...always a stunning showroom at Global Views. I loved these Hip Hacienda pillows from Jaipur Black is always in style at Sunpan Modern. Noir, showcasing their new organic chandeliers and their ever popular slanted bookshelf. Star International showing a little British Love. Tre Chic Indeed!  These are fantastic outdoor lounge chairs from Lexington Home. Lamps Plus, filled with so many options and styles and colors. Tight on Space?  This Four Hands desk is perfect! Fermob offers seating in every color of the rainbow. After our mini-camp, we headed over to the beautiful Natuzzi showroom for a cocktail party to mix and mingle with other designers and vendors from all over market.  What a blast!  Posing with Mr. Natuzzi himself.   I fell in love with this bed at Natuzzi and just wanted to crawl inside and take a relaxing rest. Rounding out the week at KBIS, was my P.I.C. Kelli Ellis's launch party for her new collection at Tile Bar.  These tiles are truly stunning!   KBIS is like Toys-R-Us for designers.  You walk in and your eyes get wide and everywhere you look - up, down, side to side - fills you with overwhelming excitement and you don't know where to begin.  It's filled with the most beautiful and creative innovations and technology in kitchen and bath design.   I left completely inspired and ready to tackle my new projects.  Ready, Set, GO!  

Highlights on Design Camp – HOTlanta

  Filming at Jaipur Rugs among the most beautiful collections of new pillows.  I was in heaven!   Design Camp Atlanta was HOT!  Not so much the weather, but definitely the event.  This was not only one of our largest but the most inspiring camps yet!  The theatre at Americas Mart was packed with over 600 eager interior designers ready to soak up all the tips and information on how to make their business a success and bring the entire design community to a higher level.  It was a packed house! Tastemakers Suzanne Kasler and Z Space Design's Peter Zakas were incredibly inspiring as they shared their stunning design aesthetics and immense creativity.  Once again, our always entertaining resident Design Camp counselor and wine connoisseur, Adam Japko, shared his wealth of knowledge and expertise in building online marketing content and social media, which resonates across the board to any small business.   Suzanne Kasler at her exclusive Design Camp booksigning in the Jaipur Rugs showroom.  Her new book Timeless Style features beautiful glossy, full-page images that effortlessly transport you into her elegant style and design.   Who doesn't love a scavenger hunt?  And posting your finds on Instagram makes it even more fun for everyone!  Designers were scouring showrooms throughout America's Mart on the prowl for the latest and greatest on the market.  Everyone got creative with their posts: hosting imaginary tea parties in Fermob's showroom, falling head over heals in love with their Kintbury Collection.  "They're the absolute cutest outdoor chairs we've ever seen.  Perfect for a garden party!"  Others posted shots of themselves melting into "the most comfortable chair EVER!" at Natuzzi.  Campers were blown away by the gorgeous new collections showcased at Jaipur Rugs, Currey and Company, Emporium Home, Noir, Europe2You, Leftbank Art, and more!     Natuzzi's Leather Recliner was a smash hit! Campers were so impressed with the texture in the art at Leftbank Fermob's sweet little outdoor Kintbury Collection Oh Noir, how I love you so!       Did you say Cocktail Hour?  Design Camp would never be complete without a fabulously hosted party where everyone has the chance to sip, mingle and make lasting connections.  We all know and love Currey and Company for their exciting furniture and lighting, but boy do they know how to through a party.  We'll have another!   Can't wait to join us in the fun?  There's still a seat for you at Las Vegas Camp on January 19th.  We'd love to see your smiling faces so register online here. I'm sure there will be plenty of highlights from this camp!  What happens in Vegas.....  

Shop Small and Happy Holidays!

Are you going crazy running around at the last minute trying find a few more gifts for someone special?   Rather than fight the crowds at the mall, think of the small businesses in your local city or town.  It's a great experience and you'll always find something truly unique while at the same time giving back to your community.  It's a win-win! I was thrilled to be a part of the AMEX Small Business Saturday over Thanksgiving Weekend and believe in it wholeheartedly.  We were set up in Coral Gables Florida near Miami and helped decorate the street and business store fronts to remind people to Shop Small.  It was really exciting!     See the cycle of giving One of the easiest installations I've had! A HUGE gift package just for you! Spreading the word to Shop Local and Shop Small.  You can't beat Miami in the winter! Jewelry Store Front Wrapping A little something with your name on it Helene Hollub of Hollub Homes adding her special touch Fancy and Festive! I met with the Mayor of Coral Gables, Jim Cason So happy to end the day with my beautiful family, SoCal Contractor and my little Princess. Thank you again to our fantastic team that helped put this all together: American Express MyVDRC Plant Professionals B Pila Design Studios Helene Hollub Luxe Design Studios Kelly Marie Interior Design Sherwin Williams JNJ Design Group WAC Lighting Here's to a Happy, Healthy and Joyous Holiday Season and a Wonderful and Prosperous New Year! xo Lori

Stunning and Sustainable Furniture at Phillips Collection

  At our core, we love being green and aligning with others who hold the same values.  We look for companies who provide something truly special to each home while at the same time taking care of our world.  One of our main go-to showrooms is Phillips Collection where we always find thoughtful pieces that stand out and spark a conversation.  You can usually spot a Phillips' piece of furniture when you see it.  It's always unique, artistic and sustainable - which is right up our alley!  And did I mention affordable? Consoles carved from abandoned tree roots from Northern Thailand   Using discarded scraps of wood, Phillips has created beautifully hand crafted Teakwood Horses.   Founder Mark Phillips says "It has always been our goal to be a steward of beautiful and socially responsible design.  This is an intrinsic part of our company."  And this is why we love them! We're not the only ones to notice their amazing efforts.  Because of their socially responsible products and business practices, Las Vegas Market, in conjunction with the Sustainable Furnishings Council, has awarded them their 3rd Global Goodness Award.  Highlighted was their Folded Glass Collection, which recycles shards of broken, cola bottles into stunning works of art. Folded Glass Table Folded Glass Planter Folded Glass Buddha Head  These chairs made of recycled seatbelts are cool and comfortable!   Re-purposed bicycle parts create chairs, tables and wall panels. Still a fan favorite is the raw edge tables and desks. Make it modern by adding a silver leaf finish. Something small can make a big impression, like these wood wall tiles.  So striking! This is just a taste of what Phillips Collection is all about.  They are a perfect example of one voice making a huge impact in the world.

Eye-Catching Lounge Pieces found at 220 Elm in Design 9 and Leif Petersen

  We love a great party, whether it's fun and funky or more chic and reserved.  They're all fantastic!  And we were so happy to see furniture that fits every lounge style at the 220 Elm building at High Point. Once a forgotten, hardly used space, we're now seeing a trend where people are using their "Formal" Living Room as a lounge.  What a great way to re-purpose a room that you'll actually use!  Here are some cool pieces from Design 9 and Leif Peterson that caught our eye: Design 9 Why be tied down to one layout in your home?  How boring!  You know we love multi-functional and modular seating and Design 9 is perfect for that experience.  This convivial piece called Roley Poley is ideal for group conversations.  You can place in the middle of the room as a focal piece, or break it up to round out a few corners.  You could even turn into 2 fun settees.  The possibilities are endless!    If you have a larger Living Room, placing two of these Vera Lounge Sofas back to back creates 2 different seating areas and is uber comfortable and relaxing for everyone.  This amorphous ottoman is perfect for multiple conversations at the party and everyone can still be comfortable and lean against the center back. Don't forget your social four legged friend who loves to lounge too! You don't need to have pet furniture that looks like pet furniture. It should blend with your surroundings and this Bow-Wow Lounge fits in perfectly! And for those friends that just can't make it home that night, this extra deep sofa converts into the most comfortable bed. Design 9 has a wide selection of great fabrics to choose from so make each piece a work of art and have fun with it! Leif Petersen A beautiful and carefully curated selection of modern manufacturers are represented at Leif Peterson, including furniture, lighting, rugs and more.  Here are some loungie faves: We love the open spaces in the back of this beautiful sofa. It encourages conversation from all sides. Plus the woven back support is a great touch and pretty to look at from across the room. This subtle yet sexy table lamp is perfect for mood lighting and makes everyone look young and beautiful. If music is your thing, this Sitar inspired chair is for you! Light enough to move around the room and comfortable enough to lounge in.  The webbing is great! This rug is so pretty, it could be wall art.  And on the floor it's incredibly soft and begging you to kick off your heels and get comfortable. Sleek and sculptural, this lamp gives you plenty of mood lighting and stays out of your way. I'm so inspired by Design 9 and Leif Petersen that I'm ready for a cocktail and some lounge music.  Who's joining me?

Exciting New Finds at 220 Elm in High Point: Innovation Living and MAT Rugs

  Each time we head to High Point Market, we're always on the look-out for something we haven't seen before - and there's so much to discover.  During our last trip we explored the 220 Elm Building on the hunt for something new and exciting.  There are 4 floors filled with over 60 showrooms and we have to share a couple of our favorites with you - Innovation Living and M.A. Trading Company. Innovation Living: We have worked on projects where space is limited and we try to maximize not only the design, but also the function in each room.  Being able to accommodate overnight guests in their own suite is a luxury but sometimes there's just not enough room. So bring on the sofa bed!  Noooo, this ain't your grandma's old rickety bed of dread.  I'm sure we all have horrible flashbacks of an uncomfortable night's sleep with bars jabbing you in the back or a sagging thin mattress.  But not these beds!  Founded in Denmark, Innovation lives up to it's name with their stylish AND comfortable designs.  Check it out! The stunning Long Horn Sly Sleek Sofa Oak has curvy legs and a sexy back. Going for Retro, this slimmed down Chesterfield gives you all the style and saves on space. Here you can see the quality support and total built in comfort. Each piece can be customized with a wide selection of leathers and woven fabrics to choose from, along with leg style options.  We were so impressed and excited for this discovery at Innovation and hope you check them out!   MAT Rug Company You know we love playful, whimsical designs and are never afraid of color.  And you also know we like to support companies that take responsibility for the earth as well as the people they work with.  Well, we have found our mecca!  M.A. Trading Co. is a third generation company in India whose 3,000 weavers and craftsmen create beautiful, contemporary and elegant rugs.  Each rug is hand-knotted, hand-woven or hand-tufted which makes each piece unique and truly special. Matisse inspired rug is so fun and full of color! How cute is this ottoman as a major pop of red? This rug reminds me of colorful candy dots. I love it! And Pantone style ottoman.   Notice the criss-cross thread detail. We're seeing a lot of 3-D textures in materials and this rug and ottoman are no exception.  It's a great addition of texture, color and fun! Who said you have to stay within the lines?  These flowers follow no rules and it's paying off with a sweet and playful design. MAT has so many more beautiful rugs in natural fibers like bamboo, wool, silk, flax, hemp, linen and silk - all exquisite and gorgeous.  Definitely a company to keep in your favorites tab. I'm so excited to have these new tools in my resource bag and be able to work with quality vendors like Innovation and MAT.  It makes my job even more fun!

Pet Friendly Designs by Phillips Collection

Welcome to the zoo at Phillips Collection!   If you love animals as much as we do, then you know there's no need to hang dead animals on your wall. Let Phillips Collection demonstrate your love and appreciation of the animal kingdom in a more whimsical way.   Their designers have been hard at work creating herds and schools of chic, modern, no maintenance pets.  And as always, Phillips Collection brings high style & high impact without breaking the bank.   Inspired by Francois Xavier Lalanne, Phillips Collection brings the outdoors in with these resin sheep.  Bhaaaaaaaaaask in their glory. Who needs to troll all day for fish when you can just pick up the phone and order from Phillips?  Save that sunny time for a beach, a hammock and a cold margarita. Here's our fellow Design Camper enjoying a ride on a larger than life Great Dane. Starfish and Crocs and Rhinos - OH MY! We couldn't help ourselves!  We had to kiss these funny wrinkled faces, and we're not talking about ours! Really, we're all just a bunch of animals. Now this is REALLY hypoallergenic! Take no bull!  Except this one, which is pretty amazing. You HAVE to check out what's going on at Phillips Collection.  Their new collections at High Point Market amused, delighted and surprised us. If you want to smile too, check out the latest on their Instagram Account @PhillipsCo Stay tuned next week when we talk about the latest and greatest in Outdoor and Sustainable from Phillips Collection!

Why we LOVE Architectural Digest

When it comes to Interior Design magazines, Architectural Digest is the Dom Pérignon.  So what is it that makes it so great?  Their striking projects, sharp editorial staff, gorgeous photography? Let's start with our love of Margaret Russell.  With her keen eye and exquisite taste, she took a classic in Architectural Digest and brought in a totally fresh and contemporary look without changing the integrity of the magazine.  When AD arrives each month, it's my favorite time where I sit with a cup of coffee and devour it slowly, page by page.  Their selection of exceptionally talented AD100 Designers is on point and incredibly varied which always keeps it interesting.  Favorites include Darryl Carter, Timothy Corrigan, Jean-Louis Deniot, Bunny Williams, Mario Buatta, Madeline Stuart, Miles Redd, Suzanne Kasler, Thomas Pheasant, Vicente Wolfe, Victoria Hagan and more...I can't stop dropping names - I love them all! So what does it take to make it into the AD100?   Premier Art Collections Some of the highest, most sought after artists have been represented in AD.  Pieces range from world-class antique and fine art found at auctions houses like Christie's or Sotheby's, to the ever-current graffiti artist, RETNA, who was just featured on the cover in Ellen Pompeo's home, designed by Martyn Lawrence Bullard - another favorite. For our client, a partner with Goldman Sachs Asia, we worked with Daniel Maltzman who brought in touches of his surrealist and abstract art.   Art by Daniel Maltzman   Quality Vendors The team of vendors you surround yourself with can make or break a project.  We are honored to work with the finest craftsmen in the business and we all collaborated on this jewel of a room at the historic Maison de Luxe Greystone Mansion Showcase House in Beverly Hills. Bed woodwork by WestArt Woodwork, Bed finish by Jimenez Brothers, Upholstery by RAGS USA, Furniture and Accessories by Maitland-Smith, Rug by The Rug Company, Drapery by Heritage Drapery, AV and Speakers by Van Wert Technology Design and Sonance, Art by Kevin Barry Fine Art, Custom Ceiling Mural by Jill Crawford Interiors, Fabric and Wallpaper by Thomas Lavin, Crystals by Crystalarium and construction by SoCal Contractor.   Celebrity Clients We had a great time working with Jen Rade, celebrity stylist to the stars on her Zen Villa in Los Angeles.  She had a clear vision and we were able to work with great pieces of art and furniture from her travels around the world. Jen Rade's home she shares with her husband, a well-known set designer.  Some of Jen's clients include Angelina Jolie, Dave Matthews, Pink, Cher and Marilyn Manson, who gifted her a few pieces of his personal paintings.    Every star needs a relaxing Hollywood spa experience. Vintage Furniture Just like cars, buying new furniture tends to depreciate once you drive it off the lot or take it out of the showroom.  With antique and vintage pieces, the value only increases over time which makes it not only a wise investment but a way to create a collected and unique design within your home.    Antique Josef Hoffmann chairs found at Dispela Antiques Our client's personal dining table and chairs by Robjohns Gibbons High Quality Custom Furniture When you just can't find what you have in mind, designing a custom piece of furniture is your best bet and a guarantee to make each home feel special. Inspired by Julia Child, we designed these leather, iron and wood stools to hang on the wall when not in use. Custom furniture can be anything from large scale pieces to a seemingly effortless yet beautiful accent.  We designed these matching settees with leather inlay and matching bolster pillows, and added tassel and tape trim to the occasional wingback chairs.   Location!  Location!  Location! Property values, exclusive world-wide locations and stunning views are all fantastic features of an incredible home tour. This home was located in the famous Bird Streets of Hollywood Hills just above the Sunset Strip.  The multi-million dollar neighborhood is well-known for residents such as George Harrison, Leonardo DiCaprio and Dr. Dre, and features more than 180 degree jaw-dropping views of LA from downtown to the Pacific Ocean.  This is one of our favorite rooms in our Blue Jay Way project. It must be Charisma Bath and Bedding's favorite too because they chose this location for their Gabriel Aubry ad. Kitchen at Blue Jay Way   Our Blue Jay Way bar was so hot... BOOM! It was featured in Sean "Diddy" Combs' sexy commercial for Ciroc Vodka. I'll drink to that! What have been some of your favorite projects featured in Arch Digest and what AD100 Designers continue to push the envelope and inspire you year after year?  While you think about that, I'll head back to finish this month's editorial.

A Global Inspiration

Interior Design inspired by world travel and global influence.

Design Camp High Point

We're on the road again and our next destination is fall market at High Point.  For those of you who have never been, this is the perfect time to come and see what's new and refresh your interior design and business skills at Design Camp. High Point We'll be camping out in the fabulous Jaipur Rugs showroom Suite 3000 in Showplace, Saturday, October 18 from 3-6PM.  Design Camp Co-Founder Kelli Ellis and I will share our insights on how to charge a flat fee, being transparent with clients and staying profitable.  Joining us is our friend Michael Stein from Houzz, sharing secrets on how to get more clients and raise your ranking on the number one interior design site.  There will  be a surprise Design Icon and our usual gift bags and giveaways for the first 100 designers who register.     Following the camp, Jaipur will be hosting a cocktail party.  I've been quoted saying that one of my favorite things about market is the lunch at Jaipur.  The cocktails are just as good!!!  Asha (the owner), Candace and the rest of the team roll out the red carpet and welcome you with old fashioned, Indian style hospitality (you will not go hungry at this cocktail party). Asha Chaudhary and the Jaipur Team You may have also heard through the grapevine that Design Camp has partnered with Jaipur to bring you a line of outdoor rugs.  We've long been fans of the style and quality that Jaipur has to offer, but are even more grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the charitable work the Jaipur Rugs Foundation is doing!!!  Some of my favorite rugs are the Barcelona indoor outdoor and the tribal kilims. Jaipur Rugs Foundation Jaipur Tribal Flatweave Jaipur Rugs Barcelona   Come say hello, learn a lot, make new connections and enjoy everything that Design Camp and Jaipur has to offer! REGISTER HERE.

Top Five Guests at My Dream Dinner Party

The people who impress me most have unusual clarity, drive and are the best at what they do. With their unique views on the world, determination and perhaps good fortune, they've risen through the ranks, ascending to the top.  Everyone knows finance and politics are taboo topics among guests and anyone who knows me, knows I don't care about being taboo.  Guest one and two, sitting right in the middle of the table, are dominate power players who impact the world.  I also like a good story, so I've invited the best in the biz.  Finally, I'd love my party to have panache, so I've called on the dead to invite the most "fabulous" person I know. Without further ado, please meet my guests.   1.   Lloyd Blankfein - CEO and Chairman of Goldman Sachs An avid Zero Hedge reader, I'm fascinated by how money really works in the global economy.    This NYC boy came from a  middle class home, not elite private schools on the Upper East Side. Through ambition, hard work and unwavering perseverance, he became Valedictorian of his high school and went on to attend Harvard undergrad and Harvard Law.  Since taking on the role of Head at Goldman Sachs - and not without controversy - Blankfein has since been named "2009 Person of the Year" by Financial Times, Forbes Magazine's "Most Outrageous CEO of 2009", and #43 on Forbes list of "The World's Most Powerful People." 2. Vladimir Putin - President of Russia I'd love to listen to his story about his journey from his early years living in a communal apartment with other Leningrad families, to becoming one of the wealthiest men in the world.  He restored the glory of a failing nation, steadily grew the economy during his first two terms as President, and continues to receive the love of his people after being re-elected numerous times.  Under his direction and energy policy, Russia has become a clear energy leader in environmental sustainability and energy development. 3. Jenji Kohan - Creator of great shows like Weeds and Orange is the New Black She's such a delightful story teller who always seems to know the inner workings of the Vlad and Lloyd.  With many credits under her belt, including 7 Emmy Nominations ( finally winning for Executive Producer for Tracy Takes On)  her point of view and getting to the nitty-gritty is always intriguing. 4. Wes Anderson - Director, Screenwriter of The Grand Budapest Hotel, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom  If you've seen his movies, you can only imagine what insanely hilarious things he could write about the guests at this dinner party. The, quirky cartoonish details of his storytelling shock and delight.  Every movie is different yet distinctively "Wes Anderson" and the same lines run through my head for each one, "WHERE DID HE COME UP WITH THIS SH*T?" Design: 5. Tony Duquette - Designer in Costume, Jewelry, Set, Furniture and Interiors Last but not least, the most "divine" person on my list has also risen from modest roots to working for and along-side the elite in film, fashion and all things design.  Elsie de Wolfe picked him up and he was off and running in the design world!  Duquette is the king of recycling - transforming the ordinary into something exquisite.  Also, I know he'd give me great decorating advice for the party and perhaps he would bring some of his beautiful jewelry over for me to borrow for the evening. Am I forgetting anyone?  Bon appetit!


Lori Dennis is a top Interior Designer, speaker, best selling author, star of HGTV’s The Real Designing Women and co-founder of Design Campus.









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