I had the opportunity to work with a client on his new condominium in Westport. He wanted the artwork in the residence to be personal, have meaning. We commissioned a painting of the local restaurant which he owns, which is located in Westport. The artist cleverly painted a map of the Battle of Westport over the street scene of the restaurant facade.
The space gets beautiful natural light, and is incredibly peaceful...surprisingly quiet and well-insulated from the noise and bustle of the party-goers and bar-hoppers of Westport.
Fortunately, not a lot of battles going on in Westport anymore... at least not here.
In August I was fortunate enough to travel to and stay in THE EAU PALM BEACH RESORT AND SPA. It was a renovated Ritz Carlton, and while the lobby had stayed much the same in keeping with the traditional, formal style of its former management, the upstairs and the guest rooms had been re-designed by none other than one of my favorites, Jonathan Adler. The rooms, as were the hallways and even elevators, were sparkling and colorful and VERY JA!
Upon my return, I received a call from a friend. She asked me to help her with her 16-year old daughter's bedroom. She wanted to get rid of the "little girl" look, and transform the room to something that would be appropriate for her daughter now, but also that she would not grow out of quickly, even when visiting from college. The "before" photos...
We were inspired by a single piece of artwork for the color scheme, and my client and I quickly gravitated to the fun and youthful fabrics that Jonathan Adler has designed. Here are a couple of "after" photos...
Do you see how much I was influenced by my trip to West Palm Beach? Thank you, Mr. Adler.
I wanted to highlight designer India Hicks in my blog today. As many of you know, I started working with India Hicks in 2015, selling her lifestyle brand including accessories, handbags, jewelry and beauty products. I began this new business venture, in addition to my design business. India, as a business woman and an interior designer, is an inspiration to me. She is incredibly creative and hardworking, empowering and funny. And talented...as seen in the photos I have included. Here is an excerpt from a FORBES article:
"Life’s a beach, quite literally, for India Hicks. She with her slice of paradise in the Bahamas. Where many would consider the Bahamas as a retreat, India has made it her primary home with the ocean as her background and the sway of palm leaves her soundtrack. But don’t let the island life fool you into thinking that India only ever just lazes out in the sun in bikinis or spends her days reading books on a hammock. She’s actually doing a lot. Perhaps the idyllic setting and the slow pace of island life is what we need to get creative and to run multiple projects as India does. There has to be lesson to be learned here because she launched a lifestyle brand, a jewelry collection and now a book all from her home in the Bahamas.
Her personal decorating aesthetic is relaxed and easy, a studied-unstudied assemblage of the precious and not so precious, of family heirlooms and new pieces. Plus, India is of course the daughter of interior design master David Hicks."
I have had an amazing experience with this new business adventure. Thank you for visiting my blog, my design website and please visit my personal India Hicks website: www.indiahicks.com/rep/tess and let me know if I can help you with any holiday shopping, and better yet, if you would be interested in joining me on this fabulous ride...it is an uncommon opportunity.
Artist Susan Weems Smith creates beautiful and unique linoleum prints, ink on paper at her studio in Houston. I fell in love when I saw them, hence I installed a few pieces for clients. Afterwards, I could not resist one for myself! Contact Susan for more information firstname.lastname@example.org