Friday, October 29, 2010

A Powder Room by DA

The Powder Room dates back to the time of royalty and powdered wigs. This was where the head pieces were powdered before being presented to the wearer.  In the late 1800's the powder room became a sanctuary for women during dining or parties.  Here women powdered their noses, checked their hair and makeup and could escape from the business discussions of men and other scandalous talk. 
Today the powder room of private homes still holds the same name and purpose in some aspects, but is also reveled by Designers who understand it's powerful potential.  Because a powder room is one of the few rooms your visitors see, and because of it's manageable size, it's the perfect opportunity to 'splurge' if you will or 'Go All Out!'.  As Lynette likes to say, "Give it the WOW factor!".
 
Design by Design Associates
Photo by Roger Wade
 
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Design by Design Associates
Photo by Roger Wade

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Design by Design Associates
Photo by Shelly Saunders


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Design by Design Associates
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Photo by Shelly Saunders


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Quote of the day...
If you can imagine it, you can create it.
If you can dream it, you can become it.
William Arthur Ward

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Inspiration found in Italy

Welcome to the world of Exquisite Dwellings!
We thought it would be appropriate to begin our blog with our recent trip to Europe!  After a busy Holiday season our office decided a trip to find some new inspiration was just what we needed!
Italy has more to offer than anyone could possibly describe!  We were inspired by everything Italian- from cuisine to architecture, landscape and art.  Needless to say we arrived back in the states refreshed and full of fabulous design ideas just waiting to be put to use!  See some of our photos from our trip below!

View from the Borghese gardens overlooking Rome.

Lunch in Rome!

Painted ceiling in the Vatican.
The color of this building caught our eye as we made our way down the Spanish steps.  We love the contrast of the dark shutters against the rich patina of the stucco.
This is Vernazza on the Mediterranean coast, we stayed in a quaint little apartment overlooking the water!
Beautiful mosaic tile design found in a church in Florence.  It has become the inspiration for a current project!

Uniquely colored beans found in the central Florence market!
We look forward to seeing you again soon!