A “Cool” Feeling Bath… January 9

Gray tones produce a feeling of coolness, especially when incorporated via marble or tile.  The guest bath pictured below is a prime example.  The gray marble, combined with the blue counter top and the mirrored vanity cabinet is refreshing.  We like that the theme is carried from the bedroom, as is seen in the mirror’s reflection of the blue drapes hanging there.  Another nice thing about this bath is that is that while it is cool, it is not cold.  If you would like to get this look, let Colby Interior Design get you there!

Eskayel – Wonderful Wallpaper. January 2

Shanan Campanaro has manipulated her watercolor and ink drawings into something amazing – wallpapers that look like art, because they come directly from original works, placed into patterns.  Campanaro graduated with her BFA from Central St. Martins in London in 2003.  From there, she developed an amazing studio practice, and has had support of many notable design groups, and is even a senior designer with Express.  Her idea for wallpaper came to her while re-designing her apartment in 2008.  Today, she has a broad line of beautiful and innovative collections.  ”To The Trade”small_feudal_facet_slate.jpg

Fuedal Facet

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Roman Ram

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Bali Stripe-Sky Blue

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Bear in Mind – Sand

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Madagascar – Bay

Skram Furniture. December 28

Skram Furniture, based in Hillsborough, North Carolina, is a fairly young company that was founded in 2001 by furniture designer Jacob Marks.  What is unique to Skram, though, is the fact that Jacob Marks is a self-taught designer and furniture maker.  His pieces are crafted meticulously, and his designs, while contemporary in form, are warm in nature.  Marks was recently named one of the 50 top young designers of the Americas (Young Designers:  Americas, Daab, 2006), and we think his work is beautiful.  ”To The Trade”

 

Merry Christmas, Austin! December 25

“Merry Christmas, Austin!  We wish you all the best this holiday season, and hope that the coming year is prosperous, and brings you much joy.”

Sincerely,

Lynnda & Keri

Colby Design

 

A Spectacle Of Light… December 19

Stewart Haygarth is a British designer who takes everyday objects, even trash at times, and transforms them into something beautiful.  Check out the chandeliers below.  At first glance, they simply look like contemporary lights, but take a closer look, and you will see that the first chandelier is actually made up of hundreds of eyeglass lenses, which actually serve to magnify the light.  The second light below is comprised of eyeglass frames…interesting and unique, for sure!

‘Tis The Season… December 12

The Christmas Season is upon us!  We at Colby Design just love the holiday season…it is a whole new reason to create a different look in your home, which is something that every designer loves.  Because you are probably about to (or already have) pulled the decorations out, we want to pass along a holiday decor tip.  Decorate your tree and your space in colors that reflect your room’s color scheme.  That simple concept will transform the whole room (instead of just the corner where your tree is), into something that looks sophisticated and carries a common thread throughout the space.  Below are some examples. Enjoy!

Banquettes: Cozy Spots That Add Charm. December 5

Banquettes are great.  They are space savers, for those homes with limited room to dine, or for those who are simply wanting to add a cozy corner to their large space.  What we love about them is the charming atmosphere that they create.  Their is a certain intimacy about dining in a small comfortable spot that is lost on a large dining table.  Below are some great little banquettes that add that touch of charm and warmth.

Lacava – Innovations In Your Kitchen & Bath. November 28

Lacava is one of the industry leaders in all things kitchen and bath.  They have clean and simple designs, marrying Italian plumbing and American furniture.  Look at some of our finds below.  We love the simplicity in both design and materials.  For more, visit www.lacava.com

Brick – Wall-mounted ceramic shelves with concealed installation hardware.

Linea – Floor-mount towel stand in stainless steel (fixing floor kit included)

Galleria – Wall-mounted vanity with drawers and cubby

Warmth For Winter’s Approach… November 21

This time of year, warm throws and blankets are a must for cold evenings by the fire in your Austin home.  How better to to warm yourself than with a silky cashmere, wool, or alpaca throw?  Check out some of our finds on some great looking (and feeling) ways to keep cozy during this holiday season.  These would also be a great gift idea.

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Alicia Adams Alpaca

Missoni Home

Striped Wool Blanket

Coyuchi Organics

Dressing Your Thanksgiving Table… November 14

With Thanksgiving around the corner, you are probably scurrying, trying to pull together last minute details for this festive affair.  Maybe you haven’t had time to think about your table setting, yet, and it will be done last minute, or maybe you have been thinking about it for weeks.  Either way, we have found some very simple ways to dress your Thanksgiving table, wow your guests with understated seasonal flair, and at least look like you’ve been planning all along!