Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Very Nice Style of Sara Story

It's going to sound cliché and possibly even offensive to say, but the first impression we get from Sara Story's design work is that these rooms are so nice. That's not to say we don't have any other colorful adjectives to use to describe her work; we certainly do. But overwhelmingly, we think one of the highest compliments you can give someone's work is just how nice you imagine you'd feel hanging out in one of these rooms.



Paying Sara Story compliments probably isn't new to anyone; browsing through her online portfolio it's clear she's used to people saying good things to her. Her spaces are clean and fresh. They're layered and sophisticated. She incorporates lots of neutral tones which are calming, but isn't afraid to throw in some bold splashes of color where they are needed. 



She likes to play with textures and patterns, but never in an overwhelming way. Her spaces have interest, but they never take away from the main stars of a room: the people. Her varied style means she's able to take what a client says and translate it perfectly into a beautiful space. She adds to-not takes away-from a space's architecture with her design work. 



From her website: "Sara Story's birth in Japan, coupled with extensive travel in the Far East, have influenced her approach to design. Moreover, living in Texas and California further affected her vision of design to result in a contemporary, eclectic and timeless aesthetic for interiors. Sara moved to New York City in 2001, where she worked with prominent designers before creating Sara Story Design to infuse her own vision into the world of interiors." 





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Friday, April 1, 2011

The Royally Sumptuous Style of Kenneth Bordewick!

If the name Kenneth Bordewick sounds familiar to you but you don't know why, it's because it's a name that just a few days ago had been kicked around as being chosen as the official designer of Kate and Price William's married abode. Subsequent reports have since proven this rumor to be just that--a rumor--but we've thanked the gossip gods because it's put Kenneth on our radar.



Kenneth Bordewick's sumptuous and unbelievably swanky interiors will have you wishing you're marrying into royalty, too. Though these interiors are a bit out of the reach for many of our budgets, you can still gain some inspiration from his many details. And hey, sometimes it's just fun to drool over gorgeous interiors (even if most of us won't get to live in quite anything as large!). 



Kenneth is obviously a master at details. Sure, a huge designing budget makes him unique as a designer, but it's also his ability to personalize nearly every single element that clearly sets him apart as a designer. This guy understands that clients of this stature and rank want one-of-a-kind. They want interiors that match their personalities, of course, but they also want rooms that are so good-looking no one else will ever have one like it. Kenneth knows how to deliver in this regard. 



His attention to details is reflected in his "about us" statement on his website: "A concept of elegance between Mid-Century Modern, Empire and Neo-Classic. Stile pilots. The choice of making the design of the silhouette even more contemporary, dynamic, essential. A statement. A Uniform, an immediately perceptible way of being. Reflecting language based on subtle monochrome shadings of light and dark." 



"Clear forms, unmistakably defined structures. Sofas brush stroked on to the architecture, with squared legs and tapered arms. Full sheers with curled fibers at the hemline. Opposite effect Egyptian cotton with diagonal or zig zag jacquard stripes in bronzes and silver. The sumptuous sheen of silk, the highlights of aesthetic design. Clinging or flowing. Heavy or Ultra-light fabrics. Matte to glossy shadings. Sophisticated touches of luxury." 



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