Posts in Category: INTERIOR INTRIGUE

HOUSE TOUR: HAUTE BOHEMIAN IN PALM BEACH (PART TWO)

“You forget where you are when you are here.” – Kathy Rayner

Yesterday, I shared one of the most original homes I have ever experienced.  Click HERE to read the first part of the background of this bohemian gem. The main house of Kathy and the late Billy Rayner’s Palm Beach compound is a modest one bedroom home. Tiny guesthouses posing as”potting sheds” are scattered throughout the property connected by serpentine paths in the lush tropical landscape. I think the best interiors are always constantly evolving. These interiors perfectly reflect that concept showcasing items accumulated from their travels through North Africa and the Near East. 

HOUSE TOUR: HAUTE BOHEMIAN IN PALM BEACH (PART ONE)

Once in a blue moon, I experience a house that makes me weak in the knees.  It is the kind of emotional response that one has to a great work of art or experiencing a heavenly moment in nature. I was fortunate enough to visit this beauty last winter on an architectural tour in Palm Beach. What started as a non-descript ranch was transformed into an exotic compound in a tropical garden by architectural genius Peter Marino. I had first read about this property in the book Palm Beach Chic by Jennifer Ash Rudick. I was instantly enchanted by the home of Kathy and the late Billy Rayner. Images do not do this magical oasis justice…Enjoy the tour!

BEHIND THE DESIGNS: TRINA TURK AND MR. TURK RETURN TO CHARLOTTE

“We’re thrilled to introduce an excellent selection of Trina Turk and Mr Turk to friends of the brand, and newcomers alike. We’ve been treated to Charlotte’s southern hospitality, and we look forward to reciprocating at our new boutique.” -Trina Turk

We have been devoted fans of Trina Turk long before her visit to Charlotte in 2012 as our guest of honor for the Mint Museum Auxiliary’s Fall EnrichMint Forum. Ever since that visit where Trina and her husband Jonathan Skow (aka Mr. Turk) charmed everyone with their fashions and passion for architecture and and design, we have hoped they would open a boutique here in the Queen City.  To our delight, that wish is coming true this summer and we have the pleasure of collaborating with them to design their new boutique. See below for the inspiration behind the design….and come visit the boutique opening August 1st at Southpark.

YOU’RE INVITED: STUDIO PARTY AT THE MCCOLL CENTER FOR ART + INNOVATION

FINAL CALL: ATLANTA HOME & LIFESTYLES SOUTHEASTERN SHOWHOUSE CLOSING WEEKEND AND SALE

It is hard to believe this is the closing weekend of the Southeastern Showhouse & Gardens presented by Atlanta Home and Lifestyles Magazine.  Many thanks to all who have come to see the showhouse filled with so much amazing talent. I will be at the house tomorrow from 1-4 for the final day for anyone who wants to pop in to say hello!

I have had many inquiries about items available in our space. Showhouses provide an amazing source to get incredible high end pieces, custom furniture, art and antiques…many of which are priced well below what they would sell for on the showroom floor.  So, if you see something that catches your eye, make sure to look at the price list in each room to see what is still available. You might find the perfect Mother’s Day gift! 

ART WITH HEART: ATLANTA HOME & LIFESTYLES SOUTHEASTERN DESIGNER SHOWHOUSE & GARDENS

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” -Pablo Picasso

I think original art is one of the MOST important design elements in an interior. It reveals the personality of the inhabitant, elevates the other surrounding items, and adds a magical dimension to any room. Working on the art for the Southeastern Showhouse was a dream come true. Two of my favorite artists, Brad Thomas and Alexis Walter created works specifically for my spaces and my favorite Charlotte galleries, The New Gallery of Modern Art, Hidell Brooks Gallery, and SOCO Gallery allowed me to curate my own dream installation from the artists they represent, many of whom have become friends. The majority of works are by Southern contemporary artists with a nod to my NYC days represented by Stephanie Hirsch and Scott Duce seen below. By playing with scale, unifying colors, and juxtaposing different mediums, I tried to create harmonious compositions throughout the spaces.

ATLANTA HOME AND LIFESTYLES: 2018 SOUTHEASTERN DESIGNER SHOWHOUSE & GARDENS

We are delighted to be participating in the Southeastern Designer Showhouse & Gardens which opens this week!  Not only am I glad to have a reason to spend more time in my hometown, but I am also beyond excited to spend time with so many other favorite design friends that are also designing spaces in this year’s showhouse. Atlanta is at her finest during April and May.  When I first began contemplating the design scheme for our rooms,  I wanted to incorporate the glorious spring shades that reveal themselves each week a new flower or tree begins to bloom. For the past several weeks, we have been feverishly working to pull together our bedroom, bathroom, and hallway that all began with this spring palette…

I wanted to create a fantasy bedroom where I would look forward to waking up each morning surrounded by everything I love. I am a colorist at heart…color energizes me, comforts me, and evokes joy for me. The palette was inspired by some of my fondest travel memories of the past year. I kept coming back to certain images I had taken where the indescribable colors stayed with me. I was continually drawn to the combination of spring green with shades of lilac and orchid. 

COASTAL LIVING: VIEW WITH A ROOM BY CATHERINE M. AUSTIN INTERIOR DESIGN

When the editors at Coastal Living invited me to design a sunroom for their “View with a Room” column, I could not wait to see the inspiration image I would receive. I was delighted to get this scene from Bermuda with everything I adore….a flamboyance of flamingos, pinks, greens, and beautiful reflections off of the lagoon water. I fell down the rabbit hole searching for all things in “flamingo pink” and attempted to create a collected space that included vintage finds, contemporary photography, and colorful textiles and rugs from favorite sources.  See below for the design scheme featured in the March issue of Coastal Living on stands now…

GOODBYE 2017!

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await another voice.”  -T.S. Eliot

I always get very nostalgic during the sleepy week between Christmas and New Year’s.  Showrooms and workrooms are closed, clients are travelling, and the quiet time allows for much needed reflection and time to reset goals and intentions for the year ahead. After looking at the past few years of doing these posts, I realize that I have the same resolutions from year to year. Clearly these ideas are on my mind if they make my resolution list from every year in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016!

JOYEUX NOËL

Wishing you and your families a magical holiday season filled with joy, peace, love and laughter!

Heartfelt thanks to our clients that allow us to do what we love, our vendors and workrooms that bring our ideas to life, and to our friends, family, and followers that allow us to share our design adventures along the way.

May your new year be merry and designs be bright!!!

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