Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Bright and Exciting Style of Ginger Brewton!

Ginger Brewton might sound like a refreshing summer beverage, but it also happens to be the name of a great interior designer based in Charleston, South Carolina. We love her spunky, bold, youthful interiors and bet you will, too. We're always on the lookout for great sources of online inspiration, and she's got it in spades!




Bold, bright colors. Fun patterns in traditional and stylish designs. A real understanding of natural materials and how to use them to create warm, modern environments. Her spaces have a real reverence for nature, and she works with views through the windows to enhance the interiors. Because her firm works in so many different cities, you can see how she works with a particular landscape to really ensure that a home's style matches its natural settings.



Ginger Brewton Interiors the firm is full-service, and offers a more high-end boutique look. She really aims to work with the homeowner to make sure that their personality is seen in the home, not just Ginger's. Because of her years of experience she knows all the best resources to make the homeowner's personalities come through perfectly. She of course has a great handle on a number of different styles and works with all of them brilliantly. Taken from her website:




"Recently named one of House Beautiful's 2010 next wave of designers, Ginger Brewton, is the principal of GBI which she began in 2005. A native of South Carolina, Ginger, Allied Member ASID, studied at the distinguished New York School of Interior Design in Manhattan. During her time in New York, Ginger studied under Elaine Griffin of Elaine Griffin Interior Design. While honing her trade with this prestigious design firm, she played critical roles in meeting the needs of a very discriminating and exclusive clientele." 





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Friday, March 25, 2011

The Subtle and Sophisticated Look of Antony Todd

While we love flamboyant and bold and exciting interiors, sometimes we are in the mood for a more understated, subtle, luxurious look. Well, seek and you shall find: the interiors of Antony Todd are sophisticated, cool and gorgeous.



Spotted first on that fabulous website 1stdibs, his interior design style is very striking. There's certainly a mixing and mingling of styles, but not in a bohemian, eclectic or cluttered way. His interiors are very clean, soft and sensuous, but they're also very classical, with lots of traditional elements spotted. 



Color palettes tend to be overwhelmingly subdued and neutral, but with hints of color and pattern. These spaces aren't boring; they're just very carefully curated and melded. Personalities are distinct, and homes tie together nicely thematically. 



Taken from his website: "In all his creations, Antony Todd aims for timeless sophistication. Trained as a costume and set designer, his interiors possess an exquisite understanding of scale and spatial flow in which three aesthetic strands are interwoven. His pared down European sensibility puts a fresh spin on residential and hospitality design. An affinity for classic forms, whether antique or modern, creates a spontaneous dialogue between furnishings, objects and art from different eras and origins." 



"A passionate traveler, his taste spans cultures and continents, infusing his interiors with global style. Since antique furniture often lacks comfort or functions well in modern terms, Antony Todd also refurbishes and designs his own sofas, chairs, tables and lamps. His designs are characterized by clean lines, excellent craftsmanship and harmonious proportions. The final result is a lasting, beautiful living environment that reflects each client's individual taste and personal style." 



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Monday, March 21, 2011

The Tailored and Warmly Modern Designs of Kenneth Brown

We've a personal connection with today's featured Contemporary Interior Designer; he hails from the same alma mater as this blog post writer-Louisiana State University. Kenneth Brown has come along way from Louisiana, and has gone on to lead an exciting design career in Los Angeles where he remains an inspiring interior designer!



Though Kenneth's long career is proof he's got the ability to design in just about any style that a client could need, he's built his success on excelling at two styles he pioneered and is darn good at: tailored transitional and warm modern. 



Tailored transitional is a highly accessible style that can be adapted for many personalities. Consisting of an eclectic mix of interior furnishings and a very clean, open and fresh look, we love a lot of what we saw. 



From his website: "By combining a look of traditional elements with an updated palette, Kenneth's Tailored Transitional style reflects the need for calming interiors in today's world. He achieves this look using clean tailored lines, less pattern, organic textures and simplified accessories. The ultimate goal is creating interiors that are inviting, comfortable and peaceful." 



Warm modern is what it sounds like, and we think his website describes Kenneth's approach to modern design best: "While many modern spaces appear cold, Kenneth designs his Modern interiors with a warm color palette of exotic woods, rich textures and a simplified furniture arrangement. These elements work together to add warmth to a modern space making it feel welcoming. His Warm Modern aesthetic works especially well in homes with a strong sense of architecture." 



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Friday, March 18, 2011

The Bold and Brash Designs of Kara Mann!

Though we enjoy a range of styles and tastes with our Contemporary Designer profiles here on the Swank Lighting blog, as it hints in our name, we do enjoy those interiors that exhibit high levels of swank the most. Kara Mann sure is fulfilling our swank needs today!




Fabulously sumptuous. Daringly dramatic. Full-bodied. Grown-up. These are all words that quite aptly describe the work of Chicago designer Kara Mann. And though we usually reserve discussing designers' backgrounds until the end of each post, we have to say, hers plays a huge part in the aesthetics of her interiors. 



Coming from a fashion and art background, you can see how this experience shapes her projects. She's bold and brash with colors. The art she uses is far out and unique. She smashes together styles to create entirely new styles that suit each client to a "T."



We spot a real keen talent for textiles in these spaces. Patterns, textures and materials are all mixed and matched deftly, or, kept so uniform that clean and crisp reign supreme. This is no doubt due to her fabulous fashion background. 



Kara's received tons of accolades, awards and notice from the design world, and with reason. Checking out any of her fabulous photographs from her portfolio you can see why. See more for yourself here


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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The Graphic and Bold Interiors of Graham Moss!

You know how much we love interior designers who can create interiors that pop and excite and transform us into piles of design-loving goo. You might as well call Graham Moss an interior design super hero; he sure has the power when it comes to designing sweet spaces.



There are some overwhelming traits that make us love Graham's work a lot. One is the graphic nature his spaces have. Graphic in that color pop, patterns pull you in and graphics are paramount. He uses art, upholstery, textiles and wall paint to grab your attention and set the tone of the space.  



Another trait is his spaces are extraordinarily crisp and clean. He doesn't overly clutter his spaces, and what's in each space counts for a lot. He really examines how each pairing of design elements will go to counting towards the entire look of the room and really excels at creating those show-stopping vignettes and heart-wrenching overall rooms. 


He's also got one wicked handle on those two color/non-colors: black and white. Sometimes used together or separately, black is used to define edges and add drama in his spaces, and so is white! We love seeing big, important furniture pieces all in black, and we love seeing him define collections or make vignettes pop by having only all white vases, art, furniture and more!



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Monday, March 14, 2011

The Mid-Century Modern Interiors of Frank Roop

Oh good lord Frank Roop knows how to design a room. Based out of Boston, this guy looks more like he's time-traveled directly from 1960s New York and Don Draper is his best friend. If you're ever on the lookout for hot, vintage, and styling Mid-Century Modern inspiration, Frank Roop's got it in spades.

Designing since 1998, you can really see all the years of experience Frank has when he's designing his interiors. His rooms are clean, graceful, elegant-all those characteristics you dream that Mid-Century Modern adults had in those days. His color palettes are simultaneously unexpected and familiar, his choice of accessories superb, and he incorporates plenty of contemporary furnishings that complement beautifully the vintage styles he's known for using.  


From his website: "He believes in creating original environments that are ‘couture'. To achieve this it is essential that the ingredients that go into his projects are unique; almost all of the furniture and furnishings he uses are either antique or of his own exclusive design. He travels extensively within the U.S. and overseas to find antique and vintage furnishings specifically for his clients. It is very important to him that his client's home reflects their personality and how they want to live while being sophisticated in taste. Frank feels anyone can develop their own sense of style with a little help. It is his goal to create environments that stir his client's senses and are something that he is proud of."


Well known in the Boston area since he began designing, he's been getting plenty of attention internationally and in the States, his work having been spotted in such shelter publications as: Elle D├ęcor, House Beautiful, Metropolitan Home, Veranda, Traditional Home and even Gourmet Magazine. See more of his amazing work here


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