3.31.2013

Create Fabulous Fretwork Doors

I am helping on a house where the client loves fretwork  --  I have been looking for inspiration on fretwork doors and ideas as to how to create them...So I thought I would share some inspiration and ideas:

 Inspiration:
I am really digging doors with Moorish or Indian influences.  These fabulous doors are actually the doors to closet designed by Jeffry Weisman and Andrew Fisher (Fisher & Weisman) a pair of designers from LA (via Lou Lou Pear Blogspot).   




Love these doors featured in Vogue Living (Australia).  Perfect for the posh London flat of wallpaper and textile designer Neisha Crosland (you can see her smashing wallpapers & fabrics here). Via the Zush.  I seem to recall this same image in Veranda?  


Lovely Cabinets photgraphed by Brie Williams

When I stumbled upon this image on the web, I had to find the source for those door inserts.  
 Ideas Sources for Creating Fretwork Door Inserts:
So how to create doors with intricately designed panels -- of course there is a high and low way to go about it. The first is to have custom wood inserts made, the second is to either use wire aluminum mesh or overlays if your cabinet is made (and flat).

1.  Fretworks Design.  This is an Alabama company that makes  custom-designed panels and wall hangings to exact customer sizes in a variety of material including solid wood, MDF, plastics, and acrylics. Visit them here.

Think of the possibilities!







2.  O'verlays: A clever company by bloggers Danika & Cheryle.  They make custom made panels to fit on existing cabinetry/doors/drawers...




3.  Aluminum Screening. This can be inserted and painted rather inexpensively and is available at Lowes and Home Depot. The wire mesh is stapled or nailed into place around the frame (think radiator cover).  Decorative Iron, Acurio Lattice and MD Building Products are companies that make pleasing a decorative perforated aluminum sheeting. Check out these images:



















3.12.2013

The Uber Talented Benjamin Dhong

Recently I stumbled upon the talented San Francisco based interior designer Benjamin Dhong --   you have seen his spaces even if you don't know his name.  Benjamin has terrific style and an even more interesting story.   During a 2004 trip to Italy to celebrate a friend’s 40th birthday, he befriended designer Martha Angus.  The two bonded over a shared love of art and design and before he knew, it Martha invited him to apprentice at her firm.  Three years later, in 2007, Benjamin set out on his own.
He describes his time with Martha Angus as the equivalent to a graduate course in design (his past life was in finance) and I have to say, nothing beats the hands on training you get working for a busy and talented mentor.  I doesn't hurt that Benjamin has an amazing eye and a natural ability to seamlessly blend the old and new as well as classic and contemporary.  The photos below are from his portfolio. 
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3.11.2013

Year of the Snake - a Gorgeous Serpentine Mirror

Nothing beats the impact of a dramatic mirror in a foyer.  I love this entwined dolphin mirror (yes, but it looks like snakes) --- love it so much that I am thinking about ditching a painting to hang it.  Here it is in an entryway by the uber talented Benjamin Dhong (courtesy of House Beautiful).  The wall paper is Fornasetti "Nuvole" paper by Cole and Son table is from Oly.  The mirror can be yours for $1,850 -- where else but Mecox Gardens.


Entwined Dolphin Mirror, 1,850,  Mecox Gardens


3.07.2013

The Pink Pagoda's Prints

Okay, Don't know how I could have missed this, but Jennifer of the Pink Pagoda has these fantastic prints that match Jim Thompson's fabulous blue and white fabric, Qinglong.  Check out Jennifer's blog here,  and her fabulous prints here.  Below is a photo of the prints just above the fabric on a headboard -- they look fantastic together.



The Pink Pagoda's Prints paired with Jim Thompson's fabric -- they match perfectly because she was commissioned by a designer to match the color to the fabric.


Jim Thompson's Qinglong fabric


Pink Pagoda



Pink Pagoda