Friday, December 23, 2011

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays from all of us at Design Associates!

*Interior Design and Holiday Decor by Design Associates

Thursday, December 22, 2011

What we're Reading

Live, Love & Decorate by Martyn Lawrence Bullard

If you're looking for a new interior book full of inspiration this pick up.  A must-have for your library packed full of color, texture and drama, of course!  With a foreward by Sir Elton John.

American Fashion Designers at Home, Council of Fashion Designers of America

Gorgeous photos with blurbs on each fashion designer. 

Architectural Digest, January 2012

A standard.

Mountain Living, January/ February 2012

Always full of beautiful mountain-modern spaces!

Veranda, November/ December 2011

Softer spaces, lovely detail shots of vignettes and furniture pieces.


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Suzani

The suzani has recently become very popular in textiles.  You probably see the stylized botanical motif all over but aren't sure what to call it or even where it originates from.

Well this wonderful, whimsical design dates back to the 18th century in Central Asia, what is now Uzbekistan.  These hand crafted works of art began as an intimate part of the culture.  The piece was traditionally started when a daughter of the family was born and was continued by members of the family and friends until it was complete as the brides dowry. 
The hand stitching was first done using lavish silk thread, but today is typically done using linen, cotton,  or wool thread.  They can even be woven or printed.
This wonderful pattern adds character and charm to any space!

Below are a few suzani fabrics from our library!

Friday, September 2, 2011


Chevron is a pattern that can be used in almost any application.  From fabrics to wallcoverings; even tile layouts use this playful yet simple design.  To impact or accent a room it can be paired with a bold color, or to convey a sense of elegance and sophistication when used as a neutral texture.

Block Print by Madeline Weinrib

Simple Round Stools Upholstered in a Chevron Print

White on Khaki Chevron Print by Madeline Weinrib

This bedroom ceiling is painted in a subtle chevron pattern.

Chevron Texture Wallcovering by Schumacher, Color Sable

This chevron patterned stone floor adds just the right amount of interest to this bath room.

Fabric by Schumacher, Zenyatta Mondatta- Color Berry

Painted Cabinetry Top

Fabric by Schumacher, Shock Wave- Platinum and Jet

Friday, August 26, 2011

Unique Outdoor Dining Spaces

If you have the luxury of living in a climate which allows for outdoor dining more than twelve weeks out of the year consider yourself lucky! 
Montana's climate although mostly bug free, has a limited period which allows for this beautiful luxury.  Below are some of our favorite, unique outdoor spaces for enjoying fabulous food and good company!  Maybe they will inspire you to create your own special dining spot! 



Miles Redd

Design Associates



Friday, August 5, 2011

The Garden Stool

Garden stools have a way of popping up quite frequently these days in just about every designers work, leaving many wondering where did this quaint little piece come from?
The drum-shaped design originated in China between 960-1279 under the Song Dynasty.  They were typically made of glazed stone or porcelain and actually used in gardens.  Today they are made out of just about anything and placed almost everywhere indoors!

Elle Decor

Interior by McAlpine, Booth, Ferrier Interiors

Interior by Kelly Wearstler

Interior by McAlpine, Booth, Ferrier Interiors

Interior by Kelly Wearstler

Williams-Sonoma Home

Williams-Sonoma Home, Woven Rattan Seat.

Roost Garden Stool

Square Garden Stool, Gump's Exclusive

Friday, July 29, 2011

Featuring: Laura Lienhard

This spring we had the pleasure of meeting textile designer Laura Lienhard, from Mill Valley, California!  She was accompanied by Ginny Sondrol of Etoile, one of Laura's representative's. 
Laura's love of weaving and natural fibers is the foundation on which her company was developed in 1999, after studying textile design at the Rhode Island School of Design.
Laura has a beautiful, uniquely crafted line of fabrics, which includes a diverse range of woven and printed fabrics; everything from wool textures to organic prints!  Laura's line offers fun and fresh fabrics that will add character and warmth to any design scheme!
For more information about Laura and her company visit  You can also find her on Facebook!  Please contact Design Associates if you are interested in ordering fabrics from Laura Lienhard's line!

Laura in her studio.

Ginny Sondrol and Laura in our conference room, presenting the newest additions to her collection!

Laura Lienhard, Artisan

Laura Lienhard, Selvedge

Laura Lienhard, Coral

Lara Lienhard, Ikat

Laura Lienhard, Seadrift

Laura Lienhard, Nest

Laura Lienhard, Woodblock

Friday, July 22, 2011

Midnight Upholstery

This dark midnight color would be perfect paired with the yellow hues below from our last post! 

The silver nail heads pop against this dark upholstery!

This dramatic upholstered headboard is lightened up by the kelly greens and playful pattern.

This Divine feather wallcovering is by Schumacher.

Again, this chaise could be very formal, but placing it in a bright white space with ethnic accents and prints is a wonderful contrast!

Fabric- Maiandros Weave, Indigo by Schumacher.