Interior design is hard. As my mother would say, "Things don't just decorate themselves!" It takes a unique perception of many aspects of a room, including scale and proportion, quality of the light, and style of the architecture to really create something stunning. Over the years, we have come to realize that there are good decorators and there are ordinary decorators, which has led us to really respect and appreciate the acumen and artistic genius in the really good ones. Occasionally we like to highlight designers that have stood out and impressed us. I guess it's like your favorite piece of art ... you're not always going to feel the same as the next guy about it, but generally true genius is universally recognized.
|Tammy Connor Interior Design|
Designer Tammy Connor has a way with traditional design (which I'm seeing more and more of in the world of interiors) that can make you love something you wrote off as old fashioned. She brings out the true beauty of the style and gives just enough updating to let you know you are actually on the cutting edge. She has other tricks up her sleeve too, and I assure you that if you love coastal decorating, you'll easily be able to relate to her gallery called "Flyaway."
|Urban Grace Interiors|
Designer Erika Powell defies the name of her company with her somewhat traditional, somewhat eclectic arrangement, capturing the warmth and charm of a French country look in this particular room. I love her use of a fouta throw and what looks like a bamboo viscose throw to add extra warmth and style to this room. (Foutas are a very trendy Mediterranean addition to almost any style room.) The harmony of the subtle color palette relaxes and satisfies, while the arrangement of the furniture adds supreme functionality to a large room where space could otherwise become an impediment to beauty.
|Beasley & Henley Interior Design|
On a more provocative note, designer Troy Beasley and his partner Stephanie Henley offer lots of exiting drama in their portfolio of interior design. As much involved in commercial interior design as in residential, Troy Beasley speaks of how "powerful and extremely motivating" it is for him to have the trust of his clients. After looking at his portfolio, I believe I would trust him to design my children! ;) The galleries are extensive, and I encourage you to take a look at them at the risk of being immobilized for hours. You won't regret it.
|Fava Design Group|
If you're more of a minimalist, you may fall hard for Joseph Fava's work, although his range is certainly extensive and not limited to just a minimalist style. Head on over the site and check out my favorite gallery -- the Ft. Lauderdale, FL residence (the first of two) and see his beautiful selection of outdoor furniture! Every gallery will impress, and you may just find yourself confused about which space you really relate to because you will most likely relate to them all.
Of all the designers that I featured today, do you have a favorite?