White might be simple, but never dull.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

'The Wall Street Collection' by TUI LIFESTYLE

The 'Wall Street Collection' circa 1960

The 1960s was the era of the three-martini lunch, nonstop cigarette smoking, the rise of TV commercials, and the growth of a political-cultural awareness. And, the creation of the 1960s décor  - a distinct style of interior design – also known as "Retro Modern".

Perhaps in contrast to previous decades, where the economy necessitated that we be a little bit more understated with our home lives, you saw interiors in the Sixties that were not only on the cutting edge of style, but ones that were highly personalized. People spent a lot of money on their homes because it was very much a statement of not just your wealth and success, but who you were. Perhaps most of all, there was a sense of fun. People loved to entertain, and fun colors, fun patterns, experimentation with new technologies, new ideas, and new furniture layouts reigned supreme. The Sixties were swingin’ and so were the interiors.

And now, Tui Pranich, Creative Director of Tui Lifestyle has created ‘The Wall Street Collection’  - a return to the 60s with the perfect lounge chair for a martini and a sophisticated coffee table to place it on.

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"The Palm Springs Collection" Designed by Michael Wolk

The Palm
Springs Collection 

Inspired by the extraordinary  examples of Mid-Century Modern  Art, Architecture, and Furniture in Palm Springs, Michael Wolk has designed what he describes as a “New-Century Modern” furniture collection. 

Introduced at High Point Market by Tomlinson Furniture
The initial 28 piece collection of tables and upholstery are named after some of the Architects , Writers, and Actors that worked or lived there. 

“I wanted to bring the same vitality, exuberance and style  to the collection that they brought to Palm Springs," says Michael Wolk.

Wolk has been designing for Directional for over 25 years and more recently for Tomlinson and Carter.  Rod Lambeth, CEO of Tomlinson Companies decided to renew his commitment to bring affordable high style to the marketplace.

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      Florida based designer, Michael Wolk is one of Americas leading designers of     corporate, residential and hospitality interiors, as well as furniture and  furnishings      collections for many of the country’s most prestigious manufacturers.

Saturday, October 18, 2014


For this expansive 140-acre waterfront compound near Tampa, Florida, design firm Taylor & Taylor paid homage to the impressive estates of the past, specifically the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina, The Breakers in Rhode Island and Versailles, with interiors that are predominately in the French country style but with an understated splendor. Located on Lake Thonotosassa, the complex includes a three-story guest cottage, horse stables, barns, a dovecote and garages perfect for housing the client’s car collection. This impressive home is featured, along with 9 others, in a new monograph from the firm, Classic Florida Style: The Houses of Taylor & Taylor.
Louis XV bergères with embroidered backs are a focal point in the parlor. Other pieces include a linen rug, a pair of French Bombay chests with marble tops and a 1950's glass and brass coffee table.

The walls in the dining room come to life thanks to a silk mural depicting oranges and palms. The Italian bench in the background features finely detailed carvings covered in gold leaf and upholstery of broad panels of tangerine and white silk. The French chandeliers sparkle thanks to triple rock crystal. Antique French country chairs, purchased at Cedric DuPont Antiques, are upholstered in checkered silk to complete the space.
The Hall of Mirrors at Versailles inspired the long room. The walls are covered in Swedish milk paint in a gray-green hue with gold leaf detail while the floors are covered in custom carpets featuring a pattern of black-and-white flowers on an acid green field. 

A jute carpet by Doris Leslie Blau sits on a wood floor made of scrubbed oak and draws the eye into an adjacent pub room that boasts a mood-setting chandelier of alabaster.
The fireplace in the hearth room is clad in Texas limestone. Window treatments depicting monochromatic sunflowers hang over two sets of French doors. The cocktail table is made of reclaimed wood and is by Dos Gallos.
Black-and-white striped awnings and cushions in Sunbrella fabric bring a taste of the Côte d’Azur to an outdoor seating area. Resin Adirondack chairs in a lilac hue add a contemporary note to the ensemble.

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Hampton Designer Showhouse - A Tribute to Betty Sherrill Designed by Gil Walsh

OUR ROOM- A Tribute to Betty Sherrill 

This year’s Hampton Designer Showhouse marks Gil Walsh Interior’s premier appearance at a major American showhouse. The room, a sunny study on the second floor, is a loving tribute to the late Betty Sherrill, the first lady of American #interior #design. As president and CEO of the legendary design firm, McMillen, Inc., Mrs. Sherrill singlehandedly took the hocus pocus out of interior #décor and refashioned it into a quantifiable business, packaging gracious living, quiet good taste and connoisseurship into a respected, desirous service. It is our hope that this exuberant space, with its charming furnishings, dramatic Brunschwig & Fils fabrics and walls in Mrs. Sherrill’s beloved daffodil yellow, will inspire, delight and further the legacy of high design that truly defined the extraordinary Betty Sherrill.

Since its founding in 2007, Gil Walsh Interiors has quietly become a substantial #design firm, noted not only for exquisitely detailed work, but also the diversity of its projects. From private #residences to country clubs to corporate headquarters to elegant resort hotels, the Gil Walsh touch has brought a unique sense of place to distinguished interiors from coast to coast. With offices in Palm Beach and Martha’s Vineyard, the firm employs cutting edge methods and materials to produce buildouts that transcend trends, allowing occupants of any particular room to feel instantly at home.


The Stryde Collection, designed by Michael Wolk is reminiscent of popular international lounge chairs from the mid-20th-century. Characterized by clean, simple design, Stryde’s interesting angles and mix of wood and upholstery give it a classic style. A gradual tapering seat, streamlined silhouette and solid Black American Walnut legs create the perfect modern lounging experience. Oak and Beech woods are also available for individual modern tastes.

Michael Wolk, a Florida based #designer, is one of America’s leading designers of corporate, #residential and hospitality interiors, as well as #furniture and  #furnishings collections for many of the country’s most prestigious manufacturers.

The Stryde Lounge collection won multiple awards; which include the IIDA/Hospitality Design Product Design Awards Competition.  Stryde also won the competition’s best new lounge seating category, achieving the title – Award of Excellence Winner. Best of Neocon – Peoples Choice Award. Best of Show – HD Las Vegas. And, both the #Interior Design Magazine – Best of the Year Finalist and Good Design Award by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture & Design.


My good friend Russ Post at Sotheby’s, Key Largo recently invited me to come up with some ideas to promote an amazing lot that he has listed in the exclusive Ocean Reef Club in tropical Key Largo.  The property is especially amazing because of it’s unusual  “pie” shape. The lot widens to a sunny southern exposure with over 200 feet on a protected and crystal clear waterway. I always love to splay the wings of my homes whenever possible even on more regular rectangular lots.  The effect  creates multiple views instead of a single more static view… it always surprises me how different a view can be even if it shifts as little as ten or fifteen degrees which is often enough to capture a long water view or often a bridge off in the distance.  Russ and I decided it would be best to sketch up a classic tropical home which immediately brought to mind the work of famed theater designer Oliver Messel who dabbled architectural design in Barbados. So what you see is a classic “Island” inspired home, no more than one room deep in order to bring in the bright Florida sunlight all day long.   These striking images were both created by my very talented son Jeremy Taylor form his own design studio in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. WRITTEN BY BILL TAYLOR OF TAYLOR&TAYLOR, INC.

Sunday, July 20, 2014


Tour a Coral Gables Home Designed for Indoor-Outdoor Living by Charlotte Dunagan

Posted July 16, 2014 in Top Designers At Work by @Dering Hall
In this Coral Gables homes, #interior #designer Charlotte Dunagan embraces the indoor-outdoor lifestyle that the area is known for and provides a nod back to old Florida. #Designed for a family relocating from South Africa, the #home feels comfortable and effortless and is perfect for entertaining.

This old Florida-style home was given a metal roof and generous balconies and #porches.

A tropical twist on #contemporary living room. Dungan used a neutral palette; she mixed Anglo-Indian pieces and slipcovered #upholstery  in neutral colors, using outdoor fabrics so that they can be easily maintained.

British colonial cane chairs, a tufted ottoman and comfy lounge chairs create a conversation spot off the living room. 

The custom made #dining #room #table is surrounded by upholstered Thomasville chairs. The custom, herringbone r#ug was conceived by designer, Charlotte Dunagan.

 In the family room, custom sofas lend a tropical vibe adorned by a seagrass rug. 

The kitchen features custom cabinetry and leather-finished countertops. Rattan barstools offer seating for casual dining. French doors lead to the outside patio pool area for additional entertaining. 

Crisp white millwork contrasts nicely with the hallway's rich, wide planked walnut floors. 

This outdoor conversation area  provides a table and benches for outdoor entertaining. With easy access to the pool.

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Easy Living with Tui Lifestyle

Posted July 17, 2014 in Behind the Design by @Dering Hall
Designing model residences offer unique challenges and opportunities, allowing designers to stretch the bounds of creativity while still needing to make the space feel livable. For a series of model apartments in Pasadena, Tui Lifestyle created easy, elegant design schemes, showing the timeless style of their comfortable furnishings.
Classic mid 20th century style chairs and twin storage units keynote the modern scheme created for this inspired, generously proportioned living room. The massive sofa becomes a design statement with a range of pillows adding texture and color to the overall design of the room.

    Ethnic patterns in the carpet and pillows lend interest and authenticity to this contemporary living room where the main pieces are in soothing neutrals.         
The lighting, seating and other elements are perfectly orchestrated to offer home owners and guests a space for both contemplation and easy relaxation and conversation.

      Deftly incorporated notes of blue enliven this neutral toned bedroom. Needed interest is further provided by the textured rug, also in neutrals. 

The fabric slip covers that envelope the dining chairs are a grace note that offer a somewhat traditional counterpoint to the stark contemporary dining table.

     Sometimes it is the art.  Sometimes it is the furniture. Sometimes it is the accessories. But in this smartly styled bedroom it is the rug and the pillows on the bed that add color, texture and style to the comforting neutral scheme that the designers created. 

   This superbly designed kitchen is perfect for the gourmet in each of us….however prolific. Compact, but with a full range of appliances, counter space and storage amenities it also offers easy access to the general living areas beyond. 
A patterned rug, a high tufted headboard and a massive plant that is almost sculptural are all that is needed to give this bedroom its unique appeal. The designers also made smart use of modernist seating and a strongly proportioned chest.