Emerald Isle Inspiration

Let’s celebrate the 2013 Pantone Color Emerald Green with these gorgeous statements! From mosaic tile to emerald washed antique rugs – there is always an amazing avenue to add this trendy shade to your own living space. Shop these selected items online.




Sneak Peek: New Portfolio Images

This month, we’re adding some new projects to our design portfolio. Thanks to Michael Hunter Photography & Marie St. Hilaire at St. Hilaire Design for capturing & editing these exceptional spaces! We’re thrilled to share these new projects with you.  Stay tuned for the addition of these new projects to our online portfolio. 




Space Age Design in 2013

Slide1Mid Century modernism has always had a strong following, especially among artistic types such as architects, graphic designers and interior designers – to name a few. In 2013, trendy items making the strongest comeback in this design era are lighting and décor accent pieces.

In the late 1950s, Sputnik sparked the Space Age of Design, a period of Mid century modern style. Technology development and innovations in science drove the design aesthetic not only in architecture, but also in industrial, commercial and interior design. These influences continue to impact design some 60 plus years later. We find interpretations reflected throughout our culture in the way modern architecture frames exterior vistas through the use of storefront windows or glass walls with flat roofs, and in crisp, clean modern tile designs.

Consider the work of Austrian American architect Richard Neutra, who was one of the most influential modernist architects of the period. He was described as creating an “innovative stylistic balance between domicile and environment.”

Here’s a wonderful interpretation of Mid century modern design today with dark floors and the use of a tiled accent wall above the fireplace. Take note of the window wall systems that open the rooms and bring the outside in.


Now: Moraga Residence, J.Weiss Interior Design


Now: Spanish interior designer Mikel Irastorza

Today, we define the return in popularity to this design style, which originated in the ‘50s, as Retro-Futurism. We love the combination of linear and curved outlines in the furniture, the orb-like extensions of the lighting fixtures, and the mixing of traditional paired with Space Age-inspired furniture that lends to a delicate balance. Very low profile furniture and the juxtaposition of wide chaise frames with slender legs beside slender accent tables are characteristics of Retro-Futurism.

Italian lighting manufacturer, Stilnovo, produced one of the most iconic symbols of modern Space-Age design. The original “Sputnik” chandelier was produced in the 1950s. Consumers can find originals available at sources such as 1stdibs.com. Newer versions can be found at varying price points, all boasting space-themed names like the “Orbit” or “Satellite” chandelier.


From top left, down: www.1stdibs.com  / www.practicalprops.com  / www.1stdibs.com  / www.yatzer.com/Two-Is-Company



Isn’t this chandelier a stunning feature in this dining room? What a statement in modern style. The Space-Age style light fixture fills the room with its delicate orbs and sparkling imagery.



Metallic decor is making quite a comeback in today’s design. We’re seeing metallic in all design avenues, including interior design. Metallic in the small details, especially vintage brass, is a terrific way to add a touch of glamour to any space.

See the post on Design Guide Blog


Coastal Chic Brights – Living Room

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A Coastal-Chic Inspired living room concept, designed by SDG on Olio board. Bright seaside blues and coral patterns coordinate fabulously with light-airy textiles and statement brass decor.

A Winter Wonderland of Decor

Snowy white decor & accessories inspired by the wonders of winter, selected by SDG for the month of January.

Shop these items online: Sled Chair / Montecito Glassware /Silver Twig Tree / Mohair Blanket / Large Chevron Vase / Marin Pitcher / Snowball Pendant

Vacation Condo

Our clients in Richmond Virginia asked us to design their beach vacation condo just purchased in Destin Florida at Santa Rosa Beach.  We took a quick look-see trip to get a feel for the space.  For this project we were hired to design and purchase all the furnishings, art, accessories, bedding and more.

Our client met us at the airport, we rented a car and drove to our destination stopping for a quick bite to eat on the way.  Once we were on location, we measured the space, took photos and I shared some design ideas (images similar to the ones posted here) to see if we were on the same page.  She liked what she saw and gave us the thumbs up!