I have been leading a very busy life over here at the Workman camp, Some of you may know that I recently started a web series and if you haven’t seen it yet I hope you will take 7 minutes and give it a look-see. On top of that I have been working on a series of eBooks all about color and its inspiration. The first of these books is being released in one week with the advent of my curated sale at Joss and Main (sale starts April 25th), and it is all about Pink!
Each of these books feature my favorite fabrics, and wall coverings from all the prominent fabric houses, as well as my favorite paint colors from Benjamin Moore. It is a great resource and each fabric is linked to the website, so designers will be able to use it on the go! If you aren’t a designer it will be a great source of inspiration for your home. It also includes quotes from many of todays top designers as well as historical quotes from artists regarding color.
I hope that you will shop the sale at Joss and Main and even buy my book – I hope that it will inspire you to live a more colorful life!
I was recently invited into downtown Los Angeles to meet a Welshman by the name of Damian Jones. The invitation was from my good friend Jack Inman who works at the Baker showroom on La Cienega (the premiere destination for fabulous finds in furnishings). Jack had met Damian and was impressed with his new line of furniture and wanted me to see it.
Now I am ALWAYS a bit skeptical when people tell me about some new line of furniture that they are just CERTAIN I will adore, but Jack knows my taste and so I was slightly interested when he asked if I would like to see a few photos on his phone. I saw the photos and about had a breakdown. I was looking at something I couldn’t even articulate… (it was a pair of side tables). I had to meet the man responsible for such beauty.
Several weeks passed and I finally was able to schedule in a visit to meet Damian and see his furniture in person. As I drove into the barrio of downtown I began to have second thoughts, what if the pieces weren’t as spectacular as I remembered? What if the photos being blurry and looking at them in the semi dark made the tables look better than in real life – what would I say when I really found the pieces inside to be … well, MEDIOCRE? I started in to the shop, dreading my disappointment.
I was in for a surprise….
Damian Jones, a charming and affable man, started the tour of his workshop very quickly, and just as quickly, I fell in deep deep lust with his supremely beautiful pieces. To call them furniture is to degrade the attention to detail and the craftsmanship, to say nothing of the creative design.
To say that I “want” his furniture is really a misnomer – I COVET his work.
This coffee table is just a brief moment in the overwhelm of beauty that I experienced – everywhere I looked were pieces (even incomplete) that were simply put… ART.
My photos do not do Damian’s work any justice (which is why the amazing and talented Greg Zabilski loaned me a few of his fabulous shots – thanks Greg!)
Damian’s attention to detail is startling – he hand engraves the beautiful designs you see in the close-ups of the brass, he is meticulous, not allowing anything to pass that is less than excellence.
Damian does not have a website, he is neither on Facebook, nor on twitter, but that may all change soon, and my suggestion to you is to get to him before he blows up – because right now he is one of LA’s best kept secrets.
You can reach Damian via email: Jonesyboy21@mac.com
PS: if you need a great furniture or interiors photographer you can contact Greg through his website: www.zabilskiphotograpy.com
A very special thank you to Jack Inman for the introduction to a true Artisan!
It has been some time since I posted. It has been an interesting time for me with lots of travel not only for work but for pleasure too. This summer my family and I went to Italy. While the entire trip was amazing one of the highlights was our stay on the island of Murano. As I’m sure most of you know Murano is where they have been making glass products for centuries. The most beautiful glass in the world comes from this tiny island in Venezia.
On my first day there I walked around and saw some of the great and well known glass houses like Venini and Barovier and Toso.
What I didn’t see was one of my favorites… Barbini. I spoke to the owner of the hotel we were staying in and he said that sadly Barbini had closed several years ago with the death of Alfredo Barbini. However, he was happy to tell me that he knew the daughter of Barbini and was happy to set up a tour of the now closed showroom.
Inside I was squealing with delight while outside I calmly thanked him for his help. He made the necessary calls and then directed me to the house of Barbini.
When I arrived I was greeted by Oceania, Alfredo’s daughter, she is a stately woman with red hair, probably in her sixties. She was kind and gracious, and I was so nervous that I might say or do the wrong thing and cut my tour short… I mean, what I really wanted was to see the closed factory… what treasures there must be in there! I didn’t want to overstep my welcome so I carefully kept my mouth shut while she led me to the showroom.
I asked Oceania if I could purchase any of the items I saw and she explained that they really weren’t in business anymore but since I had come highly recommended from our hotelier (I must have charmed the heck out of him!) I would be able to purchase a few items.
I thanked her and quickly made a small pile – I then carefully asked if there was a possibility of seeing the factory? She said that unfortunately that would not be possible today – but perhaps I could return tomorrow? Of COURSE I could return tomorrow (completely rearranging our travel plans in that moment) I replied enthusiastically!
The next morning I returned and met Flavio Barbini – Oceania’s brother and a gifted glassblower in his own right. Flavio was to escort us into the now defunct factory. We took a long and winding path behind the palazzo, and showroom and ended up in the factory which looked as if all work had stopped midstream the day Barbini passed – it was like a movie. Everywhere I looked I saw beautiful things covered in dust…
I was astounded. Please understand that I am the type of girl who is always looking for buried treasure, things forgotten, lost items needing love and attention and here… here, was an entire factory of treasures, just asking to be loved and admired. Honestly, it was an exceedingly profound moment for me.
Flavio told me that he had found some lamp bases for me and perhaps I would like to see them (I had told Oceania the previous day that I loved the Barbini lamps from the 1950′s and 60′s)? I was obviously enthusiastic in my response… YES! He took me to an old crate and began to open it, he told me that it was from 1955
I think I started hyperventilating at this point, I mean there must have been 20 lamp bases in this crate! I timidly asked if I would be able to purchase them and was answered in the affirmative. I set about choosing as many as I could justify, in the end I ended up with 8 boxes of items. They are currently in customs and I am supposed to receive them tomorrow… I am GIDDY with excitement!
All in all this was a most wonderful experience and I have to say it was made all the better because of the lovely, gracious and charming Flavio and Oceania Barbini. I think they know how grateful I am that they let me have these… heirlooms.
I will be offering a small selection for sale on my soon to be launched (November 1st) shop at michelleworkman.com/shop I hope you will stop by and share in the beauty of these pieces with me!
Recently on a walk I noticed this pretty little flower on a tree and I thought it was such a beautiful and feminine shape… it got me to thinking about other things with this same shape.
The first thing I thought of was a chinese lantern.
Lanterns of course made me think of lamps.
I also began to wonder what other things might take their cue from this shape.
Not only Jewelry but gowns from times past (oh, I wish we still dressed like this!)
And of course one can’t forget the vase.
When choosing furniture pieces for clients, shape is the most important aspect – it defines the style, and gives rise to all sorts of opportunities. Shapes inspire design as much as color or texture, and nature is the mother of that inspiration.
Hi, I’m Susi from Design Shuffle, a fantastic social media site where you can browse the work of top interior designers and home decor trends around the world. I’m lucky that I get to visit great design blogs, like Furnishing a Fabulous Life, as a guest blogger. I was asked to write about furnishing fun and it got me thinking about the design elements I am loving right now. Metallics, quilting, button-tufted anything, whimsical touches…these all call to me right now. What fun interior design elements are you loving right now? Here are mine. Hope you enjoy. I had a great time visiting!
Playing with the scale of furnishing can turn make even classic design elements feel like fun. The large mirror dominates this foyer.
Button tufting may be traditional but it is also a fun design element that can transform the look of any upholstered piece. Love how it is repeated on both the headboard and sofa in this bedroom.
Quilting is similar to button-tufting in the design patterns it creates. A quilted coverlet at the end of the bed offers pattern and texture as well as warmth.
Pattern, like this lattice pattern, can be subtle or bold. Add it to furnishings through paint or paper or even fabric to add fun to your furnishings.
Playing with light and dark is another way to have fun with design elements as you explore new decorating ideas. Black built-in bookshelves are backed with a light, rose gold color that ties in with the furnishings in the room.
Whimsy is underrated. Adding a touch of whimsy or a large whimsical element, like this mural, can be fun and stylish in living room designs. Love the beautiful color palette.
Color, pattern, texture, scale, a little bit of whimsy, metallics, playing with light and dark hues… all these design elements can be seen in this room. Gorgeously styled. [ Images†1 / 2 / 3 / †4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 ]
What’s your favorite style of furnishings? You can find great furnishing inspiration at Design Shuffle where talented designers, such as Boston interior designers and San Francisco interior designers showcase their portfolios to inspire all!
Hi all! I’m Jennifer and I write for†Arcadian Lighting, an e-commerce site that chronicles the work of top interior designers and home decor trends around the world.†I’ve been writing about home decor since graduating university and have loved it ever since. I’m addicted to patterned fabrics, Jonathan Adler, chaise lounges, old doors, milk glass jars, antiques, and chandeliers. Michelle Workman is one of my absolute favorite interior designers, so you can imagine my sheer delight when I was told I’d be writing a post for her amazing website – and about something I love, no less: painted ceilings!
Home decor is made up of all kinds of elements, from furniture and light fixtures to wall art and everything in-between. But one of the best tried-and-true ways to tie the look of a room together is to not only ensure there is a pre-determined colour palette but to also integrate it from bottom to top — tippy-top! Stunning rooms with painted ceilings look seamless and streamlined (not to mention super stylish)! Here are a few faves:
A touch of lavender
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An interior sunroom with layered window treatments (sheers and heavier curtains), manicured potted plants and a pale purple ceiling all culminate to create a calming oasis.
Mural mural on the ceiling…
Michelangelo may have adorned the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, and this dreamy cherub mural on the ceiling of this cozy kitchen adds major visual impact to such a small space. The matching pendant light is a nice added touch — couldn’t even tell there was a light fixture up there!
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A painted ceiling helps create dimension in this whitewashed bathroom – the sky blue section above is a great home decor detail in that it “lowers” the height of the space. The mismatched ceiling lights definitely adds character to this lovely bathroom.
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Stunning rooms with painted ceilings don’t always have to have one solid colour – stripes are a stylish way to elongate a space, like this kid’s room.
Minted Life via
A painted ceiling that “bleeds” onto the walls helps to change the overall depth of this bedroom. The comforter and furniture, such as the bench at the end of the bed, are also in a similar grey hue. The wooden-like light fixture in the middle of the room definitely balances the room.
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A purple ceiling looks more subdued when paired with other elements in the space, like the wall art and the table decorations – the purple print and flowers help bring the look together.
A painted wood slat ceiling looks less obtrusive when criss-crossed with corresponding white beams. We also love how the fabrics are carried through from room to room.
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A home office or craft space can be more whimsical and playful than other more formal rooms in a house, so why not paint the ceiling in something unconventional, like a 50s diner turquoise?
They say that God is in the details and this especially holds true when it comes to home decor. Sometimes one gets so involved in the bigger picture that one tends to neglect the smaller elements, not realizing that a space is often defined by its accessories. An inexpensive interior trick is to be attentive to hardware like door numbers, door knockers, and iron rods, and focus all your creative energies on it. This way a complete overhaul is avoided, and a new look is achieved without breaking the bank.
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First impressions are often the last, so it is imperative to make an imprint on the neighborhood. House or door numbers don’t have to just be practical but should also give a glimpse of what lies inside. Preferably they should compliment the house decor and for a visual impact, ensure the numbers are fixed on a contrasting backdrop.
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In this tech dominated world, door knockers are being replaced by fancy security systems and intercom speakers. However, while useful, nothing is as charming as a quirky or a beautiful door knocker. Antique and brass nickel door knockers are quite popular, but one can go either contemporary or classic.
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Give a makeover to the entire house cabinetry by replacing the knobs on it. Remember to match it with your†home accessories and furniture and try not to be overwhelmed with the different kinds of styles, types and shades. Decorative cabinet knobs can be custom made as well and are easy to install, since they generally require only one screw or bolt.
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Pulls are generally limited when it comes to styling, however that doesnít mean they wonít enhance the look of your cabinets. Pulls are more streamlined and would be suited for a contemporary home. The elongated form can also be more advantageous since they allow a better grip and suitable for those suffering with arthritis or any form of motor disability.
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Towel bars, toilet paper holders, shower curtain rods, and hooks are also considered to be a part of bathroom hardware, so choose wisely. Use only quality products since the bathroom is the most used and abused part of the home.†Toilet paper holders should be mounted on the side of a cabinet or the back wall of the toilet. Install rods for hanging up towels and clothes. Add rings in the bathroom, since they occupy less space and break the symmetry. Lastly ensure that the hardware matches the bathroom dÈcor. So if you have an antique faucet, then make sure the hand towel rack next to is classically styled.
Switch Plates & Wall Outlet Covers
Switch plates and wall outlet covers are one of the most neglected†home accessories, which is unfortunate since they can really make a visual imprint. Decorative switch plate and wall outlet covers can provide a significant alteration to a room and can be customized according to the electrical wiring outlets. The best part? All your wiring gets concealed and you get to choose from an eclectic variety of styles like brushed nickel, wood, copper, metallic and even ceramic.
I recently did a design board that was created from resources available to every person – not through a designer. I had a lot of fun creating the design board and have decided to do another. All the elements of this design board are readily available for purchase – so if you like it, you can go out and get it!
Modern Out of Africa (the movie was a wonderful inspiration for me when I was young) Bedroom
We start again with the walls, in this case I decided against wallpaper (though I had a really big argument with myself about that) and went with a deep green paint on the walls: Benjamin Moore 2044-10 “Green”. This color makes me relax and think calming thoughts of oceans, forests, mountains, and a peaceful nature.
Next is the bed which comes to us from West Elm – normally I would suggest curtains to get that Out of Africa feel but I love the way it looks open too.
Some very crisp and clean bedding from Anthropologie.
This dresser from Z Gallerie is just the right mix of glam and safari camp with the mirrored drawer fronts and cerused oak frame, the X shape on legs (repeating on mirror) makes one think of the campaign chairs and travel items from that time period too – only modernized.
A bench at the end of the bed is not only cozy but functional too – a place to sit for the on and off of shoes!
Bedside tables complete the furnishings – these from Anthropologie go right along with our African Safari inspiration.
a rug (or three – layering them would definitely add to the sense of being in the wild) from West Elm.
Finally, some artwork to keep us inspired….
I think you get the idea….
This morning as I was sitting on my porch I noticed that one of my plum trees was starting to blossom and I thought how pretty the colors were. Pale pink, plum red, grey bark. That got me to thinking and well… I haven’t posted in a while so here you go!
Here is a photo of the inspiring tree.
Our walls would be papered in this lovely Silk hand-painted scenic wallpaper from Griffin and Wong
A rug from The Rug Company always delights, This Alexander McQueen is cashmere and divine!
A modern, yet plump and cozy sofa from The Collection.
Flanking the sofa these side tables with faux bois legs from Kay O’Toole
And sitting atop the tables I would put these gorgeous Foo Dog lamps from Belvedere
In front of the sofa I would use this large bench rather than a coffee table.
And I would refinish the legs dark and reupholster it in this metallic fabric from F. Schumacher
Add these yummy chairs from Baker
Upholstered in this lovely plum blossom pink from Kravet
A dash of modern thrown in with this chair from Pieces
This series of photographs is all that this space needs to be a mix of modern sumptuousness.
Thanks to 1st Dibs for hosting such amazing dealers!