Monday, November 22, 2010

Details & Embellishments

You have probably heard the saying, "It's all in the details".  We believe our attention to detail is what sets us apart from other designers. 
Whether it be trims, tapes, pillows, drapery, tile or unexpected painted details, these small touches give a space depth and character.  A room without details, is like a woman's wardrobe without accessories.  The finishing details, are often what makes a house, an actual home.  Small touches allow a designer to add a bit of the clients personality to the home, creating an instant connection between the client and their home.  Often times details can go unnoticed, but without them an individual may notice their lack of.  Embellishments add a touch of luxury and comfort.  Details boost refinement. 

A magically lit hall leads to a whimsical guest suite.
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Beaded trim and tapes add luxury to this custom bedding.
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Beautifully detailed kitchen.
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A painted compass adds a bit of whimsy to this bunk room doorway!
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This private bar features a collection of license plates applied to the front for an interesting detail.

A trout carving featured on a fireplace surround of a clients fly tying room!
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Hand woven fishing baskets used as pendants light this cozy guest room.

Fun fringe on the bottom of bunk curtains!
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This curved shower wall was incorporated with a unique tile layout to create an interesting open shower space.
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Tile Detail
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The contrast of the birch beds and upholstered head boards against the reclaimed vertical paneling adds great texture and detail to the space.  
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The embroidered fabric with coordinating trims makes a beautiful statement for drapery.
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Close up of an embossed leather and nail head detail.
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Friday, November 12, 2010

Luxe Leather

Leather conjures up images of beauty, luxury, and prestige, involving almost all of the senses- touch, smell and sight.  The appeal of leather is timeless and universal.  Today, there is a demand for a return to natural things.  What could be more natural than leather?
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Club Chair with Tufting and Nail Head Details

We LOVE to use leather in our designs whenever possible!
It's a material which works perfectly with any territory, adding texture and warmth to a space.  When upholstered, a piece of furniture, if properly taken care of will be sure to outlast most end-users.  The best characteristic of leather is it's beautiful aging ability.  Most leathers with daily wear and tear, only get better over time.  Added character (even if it is a scratch here and there) and increased suppleness from use, give the piece of furniture a story which says "I have been loved & enjoyed!".  The best are those wonderfully aged gentleman's cigar chairs where the placement of his hands at the end of the arms is worn and faded with use.  Leather has been used for centuries and is sure to continue as a staple for design to come.
Today leather is available in a variety of colors textures and even patterns.  On the right you can see photos of some of our favorite samples here in our office that we can hardly wait to use!  Enjoy!

Upholstered Leather Headboard
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Aged Leather Side Chairs

Leather and Fabric Dining Chairs Mixed
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Grouping of Leather Chairs
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Beautifully Worn Arm Chair


 A Bright Leather Pair
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Friday, November 5, 2010

An Autumn Palette

Autumn has arrived and we couldn't be any happier!
The colors fall brings are simply divine!  Rich and full of texture, many of these shades and tones we see in our surroundings here in Montana are commonly used on the interior of spaces here as well.  This is due to the fact that here in the mountains most of what we see outside is covered in a blanket of white for six months or more!  By using warm rich colors in our interiors, you can easily achieve a warmer, more inviting space.  Colors and textures also affect the materials commonly used in mountain homes, which include exposed stones and dark wood tones.  Both if used in large vaulted spaces can feel cool.  By adding warm color and texture, the spaces become instantly more inviting. 
Below you will find photos of interiors here in Montana, colors and textures found in our travels which remind us of the fall and a few material collections we have put together with autumn inspiration in mind.  We hope these will inspire you to add a little autumn palette to your own home!  Enjoy!

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Photo- Roger Wade


German rooster


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Photo- Gordon Gregory


Old Montana Barn

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Photo- Roger Wade


Italian Market

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Photo- Roger Wade


Paris path


Autumn Presentation