Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Before & After...

We have heard from many of you that you would like to see a few before and after shots of a some of our projects.  So here is one of my recent favorites!  This project was not a do-over but a use what you have well and edit/redo what needs doing in Houston, Texas. 

We edited the prior bachelor pad and incorporated both spouses aesthetic into their combined home. 

Using timeless whites and a better space plan we edited it to achieve a better sense of place...Enjoy!  Laura

Friday, July 23, 2010

What is Simple. Sophistication. ™???

As We Explored the Art of editing your collection at Now & Again yesterday, we also uncovered our philosophy of Simple. Sophistication. ™ :

To put it 'simply'...

1.  Using your existing pieces to their best ability (both function & aesthetic)
2.  Living well with what you have and knowing when to get rid of pieces you have so that your great objects stand alone in their proper place.  Knowing that of your budget there are ways to make it go further than others--choose wisely!!
3.  Knowing that when you choose to edit and downsize or regroup part of the cleansing process is to let go of the 'wrong pieces'
4.  When you let go of them, instead of donating them, consign them or list them on the appropriate online service to try to recoup a little cash to stretch your budget...
5.  With the little cash you recoup apply it forward to your design plan to make your home a simple sophisticated place to live well and enjoy life's best moments. 

We also explored in the Q&A Session immediately following a few how not to do's and a few how do I do's!!! 

1.  When you are looking for a great piece of upholstery remember it is not always more economical to buy used and recover at 16-20 yards of fabric even if it is $20 per yard you quickly end up topping $2,000 for a redone sofa that may or may not leave you desiring more for comfort and aesthetic. 
2.  Remember to let your homes architecture dictate functional aesthetic when it comes to panels that would interrupt a door swing.
3.  In a room centered in your home with no windows and doors--lacquer the paneled walls and add two pairs of sconces to brighten the space and add architectural interest, layering books and objects of art to further set it apart visually. 

Would love to have you join us for our upcoming event at Sandy Springs Antiques and Interiors as we put together a room while you watch!!  August 19th 7-9pm to RSVP space is limited reply soon...

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Won't You Join Us...a design event

Won't You Join Us for a design event at

We will be discovering the art of Simple. Sophistication. ™  and editing your collection as we peruse Now & Again's collection of antiques and original pieces.  Mimosas & Muffins 10:30-12pm This Thursday July 22nd
56 East Andrews Drive NW, Atlanta, GA 30305  404.262.1468 Space is Limited to RSVP

Bring your Questions a Q&A Session immediatly following...

Friday, July 9, 2010

Parisian Apartment...Wonderful Things for the First Offer

It is no Secret that the economy and spending are down, that has created this wonderful saturation of pieces at bargain prices!!  If you find yourself positioned for being Shop-ortunistic here are a few deals you do not want to miss...

Simply Amazing French Piece hand painted by Addington Osborne Ltd. now opening a new location in California--bring an offer, we have a reserve number but are willing to hear any offer and consider...It seems it is simply a matter of priorities in life...Cheers!

From a wonderful shop in Atlanta called The Gables...Recently appraised for over 16k...bring any offer to consider...

Beautiful Carved Queen Bed Upholstered in a Creamy Vanilla Latte Cotton Matelasse...Interested make an offer...
Contact us to reach the seller at

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Sneak Preview...Westgate Phase 2

We had the best of times installing phase 2 at Westgate Houston, Texas.  Here are a few sneak previews of a few shots--the rest will have to wait as we have a few editors looking at this project...Enjoy!

I have always loved the juxtaposition of a creamy cold marble and a venetian gold finish together, the perfect balance of tones!

More to come...

Monday, July 5, 2010

Kuhl-Linscomb. Sensory overload in Houston...

My client and longtime friend mentioned that there was this wonderful designer, Pam Kuhl-Linscomb, ASID, who has an amazing shop in Houston that we must stop in while installing the second phase of her home.  Well...That was an understatement to say the least!!

Amazing Collections of Linen, handcrafted papers, wonderful porcelains and interesting objects of interest fill a light and airy space.  The way the space flows from building to building and the transitions are beautiful.  The attention to detail and obvious perfection achieved is wonderful--you must stop by if ever in Houston...

Displaying only the most intricate collections Kuhl-Linscomb proudly carries one of my favorite patterns and the pattern used by my client in Houston.  That of Robert Haviland & C. Parlon ~ Recamier Range, Syracuse ~ Inspired by the Greek motifs of Syracuse ~ described by Cicero as the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of them all. Syracuse is once of the designs of Arielle de Brichambaut, French artist and dinner service designer.

Isn't It Incredible the swirls, and dots seem to stack themselves architecturally on the plate surround?  I can hardly wait to formally photograph Westgate and have the dining table set perfectly in this wonderful china...

Now for a decidedly different twist--I am not sure I would be dying to snuggle up and watch a move in this chair but it would be fascinating to have in an entry used as a sculpture or other focal point--love the layered loops.  What do you think, would love to hear your thoughts??

We stumbled upon these really intriguing chairs that could be so great in a studio space--I am considering using them in the one we are designing for our future office at the moment--see the blue ones in the middle portion of the image?  We will use these at our conference table set of eight around this classic marble piece for the table with a wonderful Vintage Crystal Chandelier...

Here we noted the feeling of a wonderful loft looking over a skyline--love these mirrors...

The overall ambiance is so wonderfully creative, that even the most linear thinker would be inspired to grab a handful of paints imitating Piet Mondrian!!

We were sad to say goodbye, and will definitely be planning a purchasing trip for our projects to Houston in the very near future!!  Thank You to Kuhl-Linscomb!!

Kuhl-Linscomb Design Firm was established in 1984. Prior to 1984, Pam Kuhl-Linscomb, ASID, worked in management and buying in the retail/fashion industry after graduating from the University of Texas in fashion and design.