Remodeling and Home Design

Sunday, March 20, 2011

entry ideas & inspiration from wynn hotel's encore tower's large scale console vignettes

recently, at west elm in santa monica, i presented the essentials to creating a gracious entry, whether you have a tiny bit of space for a shelf, a chair that doubles as a table, or more room for a console.  before i share a summary of that presentation in a separate post, i'd like to share with you some of my inspiration, this batch of which comes from the encore in vegas, including their luxurious spa.

i love how the wynn design team uses this chunky red rug from natural carpet company for a wall treatment!

this is a great example of a successful colorful arrangement of art and accessories on top of the console.

 try mixing styles like this shiny chrome phone paired with an organic lamp and accessory 
plus dragonflies floating on the wall behind.

found items from nature are fabulous accessories!  
plus, experiment with layering your wall treatment, mirror and accessories and see what works best!

it's all in the details: smart & stunning decorating & design ideas from petit ermitage!

i'm so inspired by the clever details at petit ermitage in west hollywood.  take a look and see what inspires you for your home or business. 

 i love how this charming birdcage takes some of the spotlight away from the less than attractive wall panel.  i'd even add something inside like a candle.

 of course if you have disposable paper products, they should be made with recycled content and eco ink, 
but how about following the lead of the hotel shown above with a special message like lips and hotel phone #!

 sometimes a practical need can provide an opportunity to add just the right detail like 
these beautiful metal wall corner gaurds. 

 another example of how you can use hardware to your advantage as a special design detail like
in the elevator as a corner brace on the wood paneling joining the wall and the ceiling.

this thin metal baseboard is a great solution to the typical 'wood' baseboard 
that comes with some depth and could be a problem in a narrow space. 

another great example of embracing what could be seen as something that needs to be covered up. 
this electrical pole is clearly embraced as it's adorned with the same lyrical pattern found inside the hotel.

Monday, January 24, 2011

i just heard from a tile artist, carol francis, i met with her artist husband michael a couple years ago at hd expo, an interior design show for the hospitality market in las vegas and am thrilled to post this update after first sharing their talents with you back then.  first of all, the fact that this is a husband and wife team of artists who started their pottery studio in a thatched cottage in 1980, is just so romantic!  now, their studio francis ceramics, is based in wales and produces traditional delft, custom mural, and contemporary hand-painted tiles which are also eco-friendly!  their client list is extremely impressive and includes kensington palace and nina campbell!  

michael francis hand-painting bespoke tile panel
their recent winter newsletter highlights some recent projects and reminds me how versatile their tile is.  i love how they share in that newsletter, images of the process from start to finish, some of which i share below with you.  enjoy a stroll through this process for a vanity in the VIP restrooms at an exclusive london nightclub, chinawhite.

source material supplied by client

initial layout sketch

artist's isometric impression based on finished tile

finished installation
one of their tile panels for another project that also makes me swoon:

i love how the client's art on the console creates a 3d effect of the mural


eTTa designs presents ettabits to highlight some of the visual treasures around us - enjoy!