Is Faux Fur For You?

Written by guest blogger Kayla

Lets face it, it isn’t for everyone, but for those who do enjoy it faux fur can make quite a statement piece.  Not to mention the warmth and just plain ol’ cozy factor it brings.  If you are on the fence about bringing faux fur into your home here are a few things to consider.

 1. Sustainability – The debate over real vs faux is for another time and place.  For the purposes of this article we are only looking into faux.  With that in mind it is important to note that the manufacturing process to create this fluffy material is not usually the most eco-friendly.  The best bet when considering the environment is to buy recycled or vintage.
2. Durability – Faux fur is a long way away from being a durable material.  For this reason take time to think through its application in your home.  Do you have young children or pets?  It is best to keep this loveably impractical fabric in a place that would be less likely to be chewed, slobbered or spilled upon.  Also, consider smaller applications like pillows or throws, because unless you have the magical ability to levitate across rooms a faux fur area rug would undoubtably be a headache to maintain.
3. Aesthetics – When it gets right down to it, do you like it?  Your personal style should have just as much say in the debate as the durability factor.  So, if you’ve found that faux fur is for you then we hope you find your perfect piece and snuggle right up to it!

Springtime Floral Design

It’s no doubt that adding a dash of floral to any space can make all the impact!  We’ve chosen tulips as our favorite floral this spring.  In countless color varieties, these blooms create a natural elegance and ambiance that so beautifully brightens up the room.

 

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1 Bright orange varieties in bunches, lined up for an outdoor garden party.  A simple, yet elegant presentation.

2 Aqua blue glass adds a touch of bold color against a white backdrop.  We just love the aqua-red color combo!

3 White pottery is the perfect accessory to any casual-chic floral arrangement.

4 Stems wrapped in greens in an ombre of purple tones create a lovely linear pattern.

5 The Estella Rijnveld species is a type of tulip identified by it’s fringed edges.

6 Long, thin branches accent this rustic composition.

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Earthy Orange Dining Room: Interior Design & Decor by Schlosser Design Group

 

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Orange pops off a dark, contrasting backdrop.

 

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Countless color varieties are available at almost every floral shop during the spring months.

 

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Have a large surface to fill?  Want to create the maximum effect?  Fill a large mouth vase with many hand fulls of blooms to really captivate your audience.

 

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Don’t be afraid to show off your roots!

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Inspired by Art Deco

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Jay Gatsby’s estate isn’t the only hot spot for twenties decor!  Art Deco style is back, and in more than just fashion design.  Interior design has been subject to this surge in roaring twenties aesthetic. This spring (opening in theaters May 10th), the Baz Luhrmann version of the film and novel, The Great Gatsby, will hit cinemas with a bang. And we can only imagine what stunning cinematography, glitz and glamour he has in store for viewers.  Designers such as Kelly Wearstler and Charles Allem have been inspired by Art Deco geometric shapes, high gloss, and glamour for years, but quite recently the trend has captured a much broader audience and selling look-a-likes in retailers everywhere.  From mirrored and lacquered furniture, to wallpaper with geometric deco shapes, to curvy, low-profile furniture, Art Deco is a Great trend in 2013! 
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Office Administrative Opportunity

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Office Administrative Opportunity

 

Busy Dallas Interior Designer is looking to add a self starter who will work hard and enjoy a stimulating and creative environment.  Our Office Manager will keep us organized and on task ensuring we are profitable.  This person will be responsible for a wide variety of duties and will be an integral part of the design business working closely with the Principal Designer to develop systems and procedures.  In addition to organizational and procedural responsibilities, he/she will manage our marketing and communications efforts; purchase orders, invoices and bill collections; manage design intern program.  This is a part-time (24 hour per week) position with the opportunity to grow.  Sorry no medical benefits.

 

Preferred Experience:

  • College degree in business administration, marketing or communications
  • Experience working in an office environment handling a variety of administrative duties
  • Microsoft Office, PowerPoint, Quick books, Google and Excel, Evernote
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail, and multi-tasking
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Ability to take initiative, foster new ideas and work independently
  • Ability to work in a team environment and to delegate
  • Ability to work with clients in a professional manner

 

Email Resume/letters to: contact@schlosserdesign.net Email only please

Posting Date: 4/15/13

Closing Date: 5/15/13

Location: North Dallas, near Inwood Road and Forest Lane

Lighting As Sculpture

Written by our guest blogger Kayla

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Alright, so maybe a lit Chihuly is a bit much as a chandelier for your home.  But that’s no reason not to incorporate sculpture with a glow.  Lets explore the world of sculpture as lighting, and see where your space can be illuminated with art.

In the vein of organic modern art, Hive has produced a series of light fixtures aimed at takes on basic shapes found in plants and animals.  As the name indicates, many of Hive’s pieces are reminiscent of the hexagonal shape of a honeycomb.  This fixture reminds us of plant roots, but is actually comprised of tiny human stick figures.

If you had any doubts about the certifiably artistic nature of this chandelier, then finding out that this item was designed specifically for the 2009 Milan Design week might just be enough to knock your socks off.  The beauty of the Hope Chandelier is that it is capable of standing in the place of a traditional chandelier, and can still transcend that role through sheer force of design drama.

If streamlined is more your thing then this Agnes 20-Bulb Chandelier might just do the trick.  With angles galore this brilliant fixture will bring a sense of enlightened geometry.

An iconic homage to the urban landscape these quirky sneakers fit the profile for something different, and can add a touch of whimsy to a casual space.
The effortless flow of metal woven softly as silk combined with an internal glow gives this feminine sconce a glamor all its own.  In a guest bathroom or other small space this could be just the jewelry to finish off the space.

If Art Deco fell in love with Space Age Design and had a baby, this is what their light fixture offspring might look like.  Not a pendant or chandelier, this fixture mounts flush against the ceiling with a spray of bulbed arms to light up the room.  It gives a softer look at what can typically be a more hard edged design concept.

Blue & Gold Design Inspiration

Complementing each other for years, blue & gold are a favorite combo for all of us at SDG.

Compatible in any design style, this pair shines in every light!  Shop these favorites online.

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Spring Outdoor Furniture & Color Trends

Written by our guest blogger Kayla

Our Design Guide Article on Spring 2013 Outdoor Design – See the article on the

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Spring is in the air and it’s time to start thinking about your outdoor living spaces.  This year’s trends lend themselves to nature, nurture and cocooning. There’s texture and color, the warmth of woods, and sleek lines of metal. Comfort and style come in one package with outdoor furniture designs found in the 2013 lines of Brown Jordan, Sutherland and DeDon to name a few.

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Sutherland Table Chair / Emerald Textiles from Perennials / Photo Credits: Kayla Harvey

Selecting the right furniture to sit and enjoy the sunshine is only the beginning. Exploring the colorful world of outdoor fabrics like the new lines of Robert Allen, Perennials, and Sunbrella will give you the opportunity to add some personality and vibrance to your outdoor space. Schlosser Design Group especially loves the new Schumacher fabric by Trina Turk.

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Emerald green is the Pantone color of the year. So why not work the trend and add a splash of colored fabric with this tranquil hue? Or even incorporate emerald with the raging trend of dip dye for your outdoor accessories. Check out this simple image of dip dyed blocks that can be used as outdoor embellishments, and require a lot less watering than flowers.

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Trip to Santa Fe Art Galleries

Written by our guest blogger Kayla

Cristie had a great visit with Selby at The Selby Fleetwood Gallery, Santa Fe. Works included paper origami style sculptures by Kevin Box.

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The entrance to the eclectic Selby Fleetwood Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Adjacent to the front door sits a bronze sculpture by artist Kevin Box. The sculpture is lovingly named “Family Tree.”

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“Birthday Cake” by artist Palo Klein Uber is in acrylic and French crayon on board.  Uber has recorded a detailed account of the origins of this piece.  Stumbling upon an ordinary object in the wee-hours of the morning resulted in this stunningly detailed work.

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On display in the Fleetwood Gallery of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Joe Ostraff presents a series of harmonic and understated pieces in oil and mixed media.  This piece titled, “Logo #1” almost glows in the gallery lighting.

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Two pieces by Joe Ostraff in mixed media on panel on display in the Fleetwood Gallery of Satna Fe, New Mexico.

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“A2Z” in oil and mixed media by Joe Ostraff.  On display in Fleetwood Gallery of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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“Sometimes I feel like I am Covered in a Fall Cactus Cocoon” by Aaron Bunshnell on display in Fleetwood Gallery of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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“Harlem Elevated” oil on linen by David Kapp on display at ZaneBennett Contemporary Art Gallery of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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“Tasadana” raku ceramic and bronze, by Kellogg Johnson on display at ZaneBennett Contemporary Art Gallery of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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“Dancing Pony” by Kevin Box is a delight to see in the courtyard of Fleetwood Gallery of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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In a quirky take on origami Kevin Box has created these wall sculptures that can be found in the Fleetwood Gallery of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Adorning the entrance to ZaneBennett Contemporary Art Gallery stands this eye-catching bronze sculpture titled “Boon” by Guy Dill.

 

Introducing Our Newest Team Member, Kayla

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SDG is welcoming the newest member to the team.  Kayla Harvey is studying to achieve her Bachelors of Arts in Interior Design, and is working as an intern this spring.  Hailing from the Hoosier state of Indiana she has moved around the Midwest several times before settling here in Dallas.  In addition to previous work experience in the field of event management, Kayla has also worked in IT sales and as a design drawing tutor at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  She is ready to bring her enthusiasm and passion for design to SDG.

Kayla Recommends these Design Blogs…

designsponge.com
Designsponge.com is a great resource for everyday residential design inspiration.  Since it is updated frequently throughout the day it is worthwhile to check in periodically to see what is happening.
fab.com
If I am looking to find a special gift, or just seeking an item to fall in love with for my own home I always check out Fab.com.  Fun, quirky, and unique items can serve as inspiration for a room, or the perfect, albeit unexpected, accent to finish a space.
inhabitat.com
Eco-friendly, meets Architecture, meets Art, meets good Design. Inhabititat.com is the place to search for the latest green innovation.  The information here ranges all the way from the tiny house movement to massive scale green hotel designs, and everything in between.