Monday, September 1, 2014

What do paper, wood and carpet have in common?

What prompted me to write about unusual tile products was Alexa Hampton's paper tiled wall in the 2014 Kips Bay Decorator Show House shown in our last post.  I began to delve deeper into paper tiles which basically can be made from any image, printed on paper and adhered to a wall.  Think of the unlimited unique, one-of-a-kind possibilities! Then there is 3-D paper tile and many more examples like these:


Wood tiles are becoming more available and creative. Ann Sacks has some beauties.  You can get handpainted and custom wood tiles from Mirth Studios.


Carpet tiles have been around a while. They can be temporary, waterproof, applied on a plastic tray to suspend off the floor in case you have a moisture issue, and we can't forget that one square can easily be replaced in the event of damage. Think about other applications such as on a wall or ceiling!


I hope you have a great start to September.
We are in the 'hunting and gathering' (aka shopping) phase of a client's master bedroom project at the moment, but always thinking of new applications of conventional materials and living inspired.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Happy Labor Day Weekend

We've been trying to squeeze every last bit of summer in before September brings thoughts of a new season.  I just got back from a vacation at Bethany Beach, Delaware, and Bethany is still there with her family. (Yes, that's where she got her name! It's been our family's vacation spot since the 1950's.)

Also, I must brag on her and her recent achievement from campaigning her 2 year old English Bulldog, Seamus, in dog shows this summer, culminating last weekend in his Championship in Springfield, Massachusetts!

Presenting Champion Peak's View Shameless James:

I hope you all have a wonderful Labor Day weekend. 
Here's a corner of a room that inspired me lately:

Alexa Hampton's room at 2014 Kips Bay Decorator's Show House-
really out-of-the-box and I love it.
This room has movement, texture, pattern, line, color, balance, contrast; all good things, with an added touch of whimsy. 

See you in September!

Friday, August 22, 2014

King Street Inspiration

There are many towns in the Washington, DC environs that we love to explore.  Bethany mentioned our trip to Georgetown this week, but I also had a lovely day yesterday in Old Town Alexandria, VA.  King Street is chock full of great boutiques, antique shops, eateries and charm.  This image just about says it all:

There are always so many beautiful vignettes at J. Brown & Co.  

 Anna Weatherly's line of fine china just blows me away. It is sublime (and so is the $575 per plate price point)!  The charger is only $150...gorgeous, and totally makes the setting.

It was a perfect day that ended with a stop at Haute Fabrics in Arlington where I picked up a few remnants to recover a bench.  

Bethany and I are off on a road trip this weekend to a dog show for Seamus (cross your fingers he gets MAJOR points towards his Championship) and next week I am off to the Eastern Shore for our much anticipated beach vacation.  Have a great weekend and enjoy the last days of August!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014


Mom and I hit Georgetown this past weekend for some retail therapy.  We ventured into the CB2 store to have a looksy because we've only ever seen (and loved) the goods online.

What we saw blew us away.  A great option for dorm decor, because it's affordable, but some solid good to have pieces for current decorating.  If you remember, we got mom's powder room light there a year ago and are still loving that light!

This mirror is the perfect gilver color, for those who can't quite commit to gold or silver.  When I was looking for my glass towel bar, I couldn't find anything like this. I am crazy for their lucite bathroom accessories! My dogs would murder this rug but what an impact it makes!  The marble base and the fancy cutwork on this pendant are sharp! These barstools come in a chair option and are really trendy! The sediment side table is a great alternative to plain white marble! The perfect size coffee table and the best jute pouf I've ever seen (trust).

This post was NOT sponsored by CB2 but reflects the opinions of Powell Brower Interiors.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tag Sale

Vintage Turkish Oushak Rug - SOLD
This colorful area rug is lovingly worn and comes from a smoke-free, animal-friendly (as you can see) home.  Recently steam cleaned
36" wide by 67" long (3' x 5'7")
$300 obo + shipping