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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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Murano Glass Chandeliers & Modern Homes

Murano glass chandeliers & the homes they live in

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Murano glass – a material we’re always talking, searching and obsessing over at Jean-Marc Fray Antiques. Jean-Marc and Jean-Noel are currently spending time in Venice doing just that! You may have seen some fun photos on our Instagram over the last couple of weeks. Whether it’s sourcing rare, antique pieces or designing new chandeliers and lamps – we’re always working with this exquisite material and style. On theme with their current buying trip, we’re talking all things Murano glass chandeliers on Le Blog this week. Specifically, how to mix this historic and unique glassware with modern interior design.

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We sourced the image above through a quick search on Pinterest, but we would recommend using a similar chandelier from our gallery (of course)! This aquamarine Murano glass chandelier by Barbini is a striking and magnificent way to add color to a space filled with a primarily neutral color palette.

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We love everything about this modern farmhouse kitchen. From the shiplap walls to the cornflower blue cabinets and mirrored kitchen island. The real statement in this image though, is the floral Murano glass chandelier. This is a great way to dress up an otherwise fairly simple space!

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It’s no surprise that we love statement lighting at JMF, and we have a couple flower chandeliers in stock at the moment just like the image above. Both Murano glass, flower chandeliers are by Cenedese. Information for the chandelier on the top can be found here, and information about the chandelier on the bottom can be found here.

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A cascading chandelier is always a good idea. We love the juxtaposition of this glamorous fixture against the vintage tulip table and chairs.

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You too, can own a cascading Murano glass chandelier. We have a variety available, but this one is one of our favorites.

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Sputnik chandeliers – a widely popular style right now in interior design. Authentic vintage design, prisms for days.

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We seem to have a thing for the sputnik style, and have a wide variety of this style available in the gallery right now. To see a full range of our available lighting, click here.

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Our relationship with Murano glass is a bit of a long time love affair, and we have no interest in ending that anytime soon! Stay tuned to our blog, emails and website to see our latest Murano glass arrivals, and for even more – visit our Pinterest board!

 

 

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Lucite Luxury & Our New Arrivals

Lucite is back and it’s here to stay.

French designer Erwine Laverne once said, “The most important element in rooms is people, not furniture.” Erwine and his wife Estelle became famous for their Lucite chairs and made the case for lucite furniture in 1959. Decades have passed, but we’re happy to say that lucite is back and it’s here to stay.

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Though lucite was most popular during the 50’s-60’s, it was actually introduced in the 1930’s. Among the first collectors was Polish-American businesswoman and art collector, Helena Rubinstein. Helena collected art, furniture and decor in bulk and was well known in the design community. It’s unclear if an interior decorator introduced her to lucite, or if she found it herself, but she remains known for her glowing lucite sleigh bed from Paris.

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What we love most about lucite furniture is its ability to remove clutter from a space. Coffee tables, chair legs, or any other type of pedestal furniture can seemingly add chaos to a space. The use of lucite furniture completely removes that worry. This is especially useful today when people are moving into smaller and smaller spaces. There is a large focus right now on living with minimalism – and acrylic or lucite pieces are the perfect solution!

Below are some of our favorite uses of lucite furniture. What are some of your favorite looks? Share with us in the comments below!

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Even more exciting news about lucite? We’ve added some STUNNING new lucite pieces to our collection. From two-tiered transparent tables juxtaposed with shining brass, to a beautiful Mid-Century Modern mix of lucite, brass and chrome -these new tables are must-haves for any modern home. Shop now.

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Mid-Century Modern French coffee table made of brass, glass, and lucite. This stunning table has major decorative impact and two tiers of glass. The transparent lucite juxtaposed with the polished brass make this such a unique and lovely piece. The canted corners and high quality make this a wonderful piece to add to a modern or eclectic living space!

 

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French Mid-Century Modern coffee table with two glass shelves made of beautiful lucite and polished brass. The modern sleek links of the frame pair well with the decorative spherical brass finials.

 

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Modernist French coffee table from 1970 by Maison Raphael. This stunning piece is made of glass, brass, and lucite. With a clear glass piece sitting on top of a transparent lucite and polished brass frame, this elegant table is a favorite in our gallery. It draws attention with its sleek lines, modern features, and excellent condition.

 

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This large coffee table made of brass, chrome, and Lucite has wonderful Mid-Century Modern style. The frame pairs brass and chrome together beautifully and brings a sleek, modern look. The top of the table slides open, creating a display case within the Lucite casing. This piece is so unique and perfect for a sophisticated living room. The functionality and beautiful lines will work well in a modern space. The table’s polished metal and simplicity is so eye-catching!
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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Joel Mozersky – Austin Designer Spotlight

Joel Mozersky’s latest project

You may recognize this designer from a variety of projects around Texas. He’s unafraid to push the envelope and it’s evident in many of the projects he’s completed over the years – including the likes of Uchi, DownHouse, La Condesa, Taco Deli Westlake,  Juliet and more. Joel Mozersky is one of the top names in the Austin design community.

His most recent project is the one we’ve had our eyes on. Down the road from our gallery sits a historic mansion near the corner of West Lynn and West 6th. With just over 8,000 square feet, the project was a large undertaking and no detail was left behind. As obvious lovers of history, it’s no surprise that the Jean-Marc Fray team has been admiring this project from afar over the last year. From the grand entry and parlor room to the extravagant master bed and bath, the home is dripping in luxury craftsmanship and decor. We’re just excited the photos have finally been released so we can share with you!

To learn more about Joel Mozersky Design, visit their website or check out this article.

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All photos sourced from Joel Mozersky Design. Photos by Shade Degges Photography.

Our favorite aspects of this home are the beautiful original hardwoods that have been restored, the beautiful vintage lighting and brass elements surrounding the entire dwelling.

Are you working on an upcoming design project? Or looking to enhance your home with vintage pieces? Check out our winter sale (ending soon!) to receive up to 40% off one-of-a-kind vintage lighting, Murano glass, vintage leather, and more! Sale only available directly through Jean-Marc Fray Antiques. No holds. Cannot be combined with other offers. Limited time only.

 

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