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5 Signs You Need a Designer

A home should be a place that you look forward to coming to. It should be somewhere that reflects you and your family. It should not just be beautiful, but also functional. Many people are lost when it comes to turning a house into a home. Are you one of them? Here are 5 signs that you need to hire an interior designer. Your home doesn't reflect you. Anyone can move furniture around a room and throw paint colors up on [...]

J. Kent Martin Home Tables are Here!

Launching our own furniture line created by and named after our co-founder J. Kent Martin has been an exciting process. Yesterday we received our first shipment of his creations and we're stocked up and ready to ship! This first introduction of tables, chests, and consoles feature unique sculptural elements and are constructed from high end materials. During the design process J. was inspired by classic and modern art, and this greatly influenced the look of the new pieces, unifying tradition with [...]

Nathan’s Flower Tips

Dorothy Draper said it best, "A vase of flowers or greens will bring even a dull room to life in the most delightful way. The small amount of trouble or expense involved is honestly repaid in real decorative effect." Indeed fresh flowers are the perfect accessory for any space, but they tend to evoke anxiety over cost and caring for them. Over the years I have used fresh floral on nearly every project I've had the pleasure to work [...]

Nathan From The Ground Up

A lot of Nathan Taylor's projects involve him being brought in at the very beginning stages, before a home's foundation has even been poured. When this happens, it allows him to work with the clients and contractors to ensure every aspect of the design is beautifully and effectively executed. "Being able to communicate and work with architects and contractors is vital to a project's completion. It helps ensure that the clients get what they desire and have a home that reflects [...]

The Construction of Gentle Disturbances

Christo and Jeanne-Claude are responsible for some of the most grandiose public art projects in modern times. If you don't recall their names, you've certainly seen the duo's headline grabbing works of art such as The Gates in NYC, Wrapped Reichstag in Berlin, and Wrapped Coast in Sydney - just to name a few. The beautiful connection that existed between Christo and Jeanne-Claude is apparent in the way they worked, created, and constructed together. Their inspiration came entirely from within their two hearts and [...]

Reshaping an Iconic Skyline, Construction of NYC’s Supertalls

It's no question that New York City has the most iconic skyline of any city on the planet. But with construction of the many planned skyscrapers (now dubbed, "supertalls"), in just a few years the skyline will be completely transformed. Can you imagine a midtown Manhattan skyline where the Empire State Building doesn't dominate? Or one where you can't even see the iconic structure? With construction projects that are underway, slated to begin, and in early planning stages this will [...]

Surya Rugs

Surya’s wide variety of colorful, fashion-forward rugs are brought to life through the hands of dozens of talented artisans. From the designer's thoughtful vision to its (more…)

Construct

I love the word CONSTRUCT. I guess because I’m a hands-on kind of guy in the furniture and design business. I admit to liking order and style and the sensible process of sharing, constructing and creating space from just dreams and imagination. (more…)

How to Construct an Empire? Ask IKEA.

As we celebrate all things related to construction this month, we felt it was appropriate to review one of the most innovative companies of all time—the furniture giant, IKEA. Younger consumers don’t remember a time when furniture (more…)

A Look Back at Architecture Great, Richard Morris Hunt

My obsession with Richard Morris Hunt began in Newport, Rhode Island when I was about 15 years old after a tour of the Breakers Mansion, designed by Hunt for the Vanderbilt family. The Breakers is the architectural and social archetype of the "Gilded Age," a period when members of the Vanderbilt family were among the major industrialists of America. This french chateau inspired architecture is the look that surrounds Richard Morris Hunt's legacy. If you weren't familiar with his name before [...]