Posts Tagged ‘designers’

Designer Spotlight: Doryn Wallach

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Today I have another designer in the spotlight:  New York based interior designer Doryn Wallach, a veteran of several design firms and also a contributor to ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. 

Doryn’s goal in designing for her residential and commercial clients is to create a unique, beautiful and workable interior that improves their quality of lifestyle.  She has quite the eye for mixing traditional and modern styles, elegance with comfort, and plenty of pattern and texture for interesting interiors.   Doryn was kind enough to send along some pictures of her most recent project, and also answer a few questions for me!

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Q:   I love your mix of traditional style with modern glamorous pieces, your spaces are so elegant, yet comfortable too.  How do you begin the process of decorating?

“I always start with the bones of the home because you shouldn’t stray too far from the style, but you can always add a "twist". For example, in a Nantucket cottage, you may want to bring in beautiful linen fabrics and modern caned chairs, but throwing in a fun wallpaper or oversized modern light fixture can glamorize it a bit and make it feel a little more modern.”

 

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Designer Spotlight: Tracy Hutson

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

I am a huge fan of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, and I’m always amazed how the team and the hardworking volunteers build a home for a deserving family from scratch in one week ! And the homes are always gorgeous from top to bottom, both inside and out.  Don’t you just love that show?

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One of the interior designers on the show, as you may know, is the beautiful and talented Tracy Hutson !

Tracy has spent her design career helping others beautify their homes, both on and off the TV screen. 

She was selected to be a style consultant and designer for ABC’s Extreme Makeover in 2003. 

No doubt you’ve seen the show and witnessed all of her incredible designs, especially the amazing kid spaces.

 

  

    

Tracy took a few minutes to talk with me last week over the phone. 

Q:  How did you happen to partner with the team from Extreme Makeover ?

I started my own design business in L.A. 11 years ago.  It was a stroke of luck that I was chosen to be part of the team by ABC, I’ve loved every minute with the show.  There’s nothing like witnessing the positive impact the show has on deserving families.  I’m really very blessed. 

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Designer Spotlight

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

kyle tyra officeMany months ago while I was planning my own home office remodel, I wrote about how I was inspired by Tyra Banks’ office.  You’ve seen this image before, but here it is again. 

I adore everything about this office space, including the writer’s desk, the intense blue on the walls, the white cabinetry, bold print panels, and the  traditional accessories infused with modern color. 

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This office was designed by 24 year old L.A. designer Kyle Schuneman.   Kyle wrote to me several months ago thanking me for the link and we’ve corresponded ever since.

 

Last month Kyle gave advice in Real Simple magazine in an article entitled  “Decorating with Brown”.  Personally, I think brown is a color many struggle with because it can quickly become dull. 

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Not for Kyle.  Now this is how to decorate with brown !  You can read his other helpful tips in the Real Simple article right here

When I saw Kyle’s name mentioned as one of the twenty interior designers promoted on House Beautiful’s Next Wave List, I was extremely excited for him.  He has incredible talent and will no doubt be in the spotlight for many years to come. 

Kyle was kind enough to answer a few questions I posed to him.  Here’s our mini Q & A.

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