Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Gregory Grammer – Designer Spotlight

A Peek into the Life & Style of Gregory Grammer of Shorelines Interiors

Gregory Grammer of Shoreline Interiors is a cut above the rest. His design influence is rooted in travel and his love of fine arts. When he enters a clients’ home you won’t find him pulling out paint colors or fabric swatches, rather you will be pulling out historic family photos, antiques and art from your closet, attic or basement. His design will surround your lifestyle, history and taste in an atmosphere that embodies your soul and personality. Read our Q&A with Gregory below to hear more about his interior design history and influence.

 

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What did you do before becoming a designer?

Before becoming a designer, I owned a bookstore in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia Canada.  I spent a decade remodeling a 19th century home on the coast…see photos of the project here.

When did you know that you wanted to be an interior designer? Or that you wanted to own your own business?

I did not want to be an interior designer, but I had a party in my Canadian home 20 years ago, and a guest of a friend, visiting from San Francisco, told me that I should be doing design work and to just go for it.

 

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How did you get your start? // What were your first steps?

Friends asked me to help with their homes after seeing my bookshop renovation and my home.  Antique stores in the area led me to some big clients.

Tell us about your design/creative process.

 I treat all of my projects with a point-of-view derived from my training in television production.  I “see” clients’ spaces through an imagined “camera lens” to see where the eye lands and wants to follow the natural energy of a home.

What project are you most proud of so far? Why?

 I am proud of the projects where the client has trusted my advice and the result was beyond their expectations. Below are some of my favorites:

A fireplace I designed in conflict with the builder and architect:
It’s 22’ x 15’ with the mantel at 7’. The goal was to keep the eye from focusing on the 60’ screen. The plans called for a center fireplace with the television above…room-destoying configuration.

 

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A home transformed with wallpapers and exquisite lighting: Master Bedroom featuring Pierre Frey wallpaper and Jean-Marc Fray Murano glass lamps.
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Transforming a window view with an antique Burmese board carved with griffin. It took several months to prepare the space and the boards, build the cornice, upholster the cornice, then install the whole thing.
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Knowing your book collection – what are your go-to design books or your favorite book?
Below are a few faves from my extensive design library.
Glamour: Making it Modern by Michael Lassell
American Modern by Thomas O’Brien
The New Eighteenth-Century Style by Michèle Lalande
Moorish Style by Miles Danby
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Where are your favorite places to shop/source for projects?Jean-Marc Fray Antiques, Antique Swan, Negrel, Lotus, James, Supply, Circa Lighting, and Designer Showrooms.

 

Besides interior design, what are your hobbies?

World Travel to study art and architecture and photography to record.
What advice do you have for someone wanting to enter the design field who doesn’t necessarily have the degree or the experience?
Take a lot of photos to record your work, then create a website and Instagram your work-in-progress.
Do any of your travels inspire your style? If so, where?
Istanbul was a major influence the past 5 years. Any travel destination offers insight on ways to live as long as you want to see!
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Favorite design blogs, local design shops/boutiques/etc., favorite place to eat in Austin?
I don’t spend much time with blogs but I do look at Belgians Pearls at times…classic. Clark’s is my favorite bar/restaurant in town for it’s atmosphere and on-point Vesper martinis.
Do you attend any professional events/workshops in the design industry? Or markets? What do you recommend?
I don’t attend many workshops, as I am rarely interested in the latest product.  I mostly read books and travel to inspect great houses of the world in person.
Tell us about a favorite JMF piece that you’ve previously purchased for a project or for your own home?
The Murano glass that I induce any client to obtain to enrich their homes (e.g., the lamps in the project above).
Favorite design period? (e.g., Mid-century Modern, Art Deco, Industrial, Neoclassical, Art Nouveau, Contemporary, Scandinavian, etc.)
Favorite design period is the age of the Country Houses in England, Ireland, and Scotland…layers that tell a story.
Visit Shoreline Interiors’ website to learn more, or to work with Gregory on your next design project.
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Peter Dunham – Designer Feature

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Peter Dunham was raised in France and spent his summers in Spain. He eventually went to school in England and studied Modern Languages at Oxford University and International Business at the American University in Paris. Later, he moved to New York where he resided for the next 15 years.

Peter then opened his interior design company in Los Angeles in 1998, and has since been working on projects in Los Angeles, Aspen, San Francisco, Laguna, Ojai, and Montecito. His projects range from residential to hotels, medical offices, film studio offices and more.

Today, Peter has his own line including travel-inspired textiles, rugs, custom home furnishings and must-have vintage pieces. We chose to feature Peter Dunham this week because we love his casual, but vibrant look that blends his European background with modern American style and luxury internationally-inspired textiles! Enjoy the images below and leave us comments on your favorite looks!

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Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Annie Downing – Designer Spotlight

Jean-Marc Fray Antiques prides itself in working with some of the best designers in the world, and this week we’re excited to feature one of the best designers in the industry, Annie Downing. Get to know Annie yourself in our interview below!

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What did you do before becoming a designer?
I worked in politics and media in Washington, D.C.

When did you know that you wanted to be an interior designer? Or that you wanted to own your own business?
From a young age I would rearrange my room, moving furniture, working with the layout. I took interior design and art classes at night while I lived in Washington, D.C.  I knew I wanted to own my own business after having my first child.

How did you get your start? // What were your first steps?
I lived in and sold 3 homes while we resided in D.C.  I designed them all and friends started asking me for help and told me I should charge them.  I thought, “well that’s a good idea.”

Tell us about your design/creative process?  
OOOOOHHHH. It’s the best part. Honestly, you really have to be in the right mind-set to create and work on a project. It can be mentally exhausting! I always meet with a client, see their space, or we go over their plans and talk about how they want their space to feel, we share a couple of images, and I try to interpret it while adding my own design to it. We pull fabric samples, finish samples, paint colors, wall coverings, trims, tear sheets, furniture, anything, even a piece of jewelry, and I literally toss them around, sometimes on the floor, sometimes on our work table, and when we know we know because it will just click and we say, “that’s it!” It’s very intuitive. Then we hope the client loves it as much as we do and says, “go for it”. Voila!

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What project are you most proud of so far? Why?
I think the project I am most proud of is my parents home in South Texas.  They finally trusted me and my vision and loved the end result. That was truly an affirmation for me.

Knowing your book collection – what are your go-to design books or your favorite book?
Parish Hadley, 60 years of American Design, Frances Elkins’ book.  I always re-visit designers like Billy Baldwin.

Where are your favorite places to shop/source for projects?
Jean-Marc Fray,  James Showroom, Supply Showroom, our own resource library.  We have sourced some great wallpapers and fabrics and have some great pieces of furniture.

Besides interior design, what are your hobbies?
I love to read, I like to take pictures and like to exercise.  I have 3 great children and right now I am very focused on raising kind and loving little ones, so if that’s considered a hobby I would include that.

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What advice do you have for someone wanting to enter the design field who doesn’t necessarily have the degree or the experience? 
I think you should read as much as you can, everything is rooted in history and there is so much to learn from the works of earlier designers. So much is still relevant and the more you know the better you can feel about your decisions.  Be informed, know technical terminology.  Nothing makes you look more inadequate than not knowing basic terminology in the design industry.

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Do any of your travels inspire your style? If so, where? 
Oh yes, a trip to Italy last year really inspired me.  Florence, Rome & Venice.   As well as trip to California.  Travel is a huge source of inspiration, I tried to set a goal to take a trip once a month, even it was just to a new hotel in San Antonio or something like that.  It has been hard to keep, but it has helped really open my eyes.

Favorite design blogs, local design shops/boutiques/etc., favorite place to eat in Austin?
I don’t read too many blogs, I wish I could.  I love Jean-Marc Fray of course, I love Supply Showroom for color.  By George because their clothes are inspiring.  My favorite places are Clark’s Oyster Bar and Uchiko. I love Josephine House and Elizabeth Street Cafe as well.

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Do you attend any professional events/workshops in the design industry? Or markets? What do you recommend? 
Round Top twice a year.  I always find things for projects there.  High Point once a year to visit vendors that we carry in our showroom.  New York market every 2 years.

Tell us about a favorite JMF piece that you’ve previously purchased for a project or for your own home? 
A pair of gorgeous Italian vintage brass and glass lamps for a client’s dining room. They finished the space off perfectly. I can’t wait to purchase a piece from JMF for myself!

Favorite design period? (e.g., Mid-century Modern, Art Deco, Industrial, Neoclassical, Art Nouveau, Contemporary, Scandinavian, etc.)
I lean more towards Mid-Century and Art Deco, I LOVE a mix.  I like to describe our interiors as classic and modern at the same time.

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Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Think (Blush) Pink

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Blush pink, the color of summer.

From the runway to the living room, it seems pink (specifically blush) is everywhere we look this Spring. Feminine and sweet, the color is perfect for any room. Gray color scheme in your living or bedroom? Great, add a touch of color with a blush pillow and Voilà - the room is finished! Light and airy kitchen and dining space in need of a fresh, Spring/Summer paint color? Check out Benjamin Moore's Cat's Meow #1332. Planning on freshening up your garden over the weekend (especially before it gets too warm in Texas!)? Visit Better Home & Garden's post on the best pink flowers for your garden. We personally love the Angelique Tulip! We can't help but constantly be thinking about pink this week, so we've gathered some of our favorite interior inspirations along with some of our favorite pink pieces at Jean-Marc Fray for you to enjoy!

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The blush ottomans used in the master bedroom image from this San Francisco home are absolute perfection. So crisp, simple and clean.

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We'd love to do a styled furniture shoot in this incredible space. Stunning design and color!

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Because who doesn't love antique china? Especially when it's pink!

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Taking dining to the next level. Delightful mix of white, pink and brass.

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Even wedding gowns are being designed in shades of pink!

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Why not bring back the retro kitchen vibe with a mix of blush and green? We LOVE it!

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Are you thinking of adding blush to your interior design plans? Share with us in the comments or tag us in your latest design inspo posts on Instagram and Facebook!

 

 

 

 

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