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Design: Pinterest Picks July, 2013

design inspiration from some of my influencers

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In my ever reaching search for inspiration on all creative levels, I have come to rely on Pinterest more and more.  The notion of discovering and sharing what others are posting to their boards has brought me a vast visual library from which I can take stimulus – from interiors to fashion, from design to nature –  it’s endless and therein lies the real excitement.

Where else can you subscribe to such a bounty of images, many of which have links for easy reference.  I remember growing up with my set of encyclopedias which were always referred to.  Now I have only to type in a phrase or word and have the universe open up to me.

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Tight-Seat or Loose-Cushion?

upholstery advise from Emily Nomer of Manzanares Furniture

Photo courtesy Jim Fairfax of Fairfax Studio


I was with several members of my ‘design posse‘ recently.   We got into a discussion about the merits of tight-seat and loose-cushion upholstery.  Seeing as I’ve owned an upholstery workroom, I have some definitive ideas on the subject, but I decided to get the opinion of some experts with more experience to see if I might learn something new.

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“POV” ~ Jim Fairfax

a guest post by the celebrated designer regarding his muse Gertrude Stein

The grand dame of style Diana Vreeland once said Most people haven’t got a point of view; they need to have it given to them.”


Do I have a point of view?  Absolutely.  Is there an aspect of my point of view that makes my design work different or unique?  Absolutely.  Do I have an aesthetic angle?  Absolutely.

As an interior designer, I define function, I re-imagine space, I create and commission custom furnishings, I select materials, I select objects and works of art and I provide the organization necessary to secure all the moving parts.  I’m creating a physical world in which the people that commission my work will live their lives.

Is there one person I hold close to me each day as I do what I do?   One person who – by virtue of their choices – lives in both my work and daily routine?  Absolutely.  Gertrude Stein.

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