December 22, 2011

We made the cover! Design New England Magazine

I was thrilled to learn that, not only would Design New England magazine be including a feature story on The Concord Green Healthy Home for its upcoming issue, the editors selected my European-style bath design for the cover.  

I think back to my plan for an open shower bath, with a wall mounted vanity and dual-flush toilet.  I used an unexpected mix of materials -- a pitched cobblestone-inspired floor tile, a wainscot of horizontal limestone plank reminiscent of weathered wood, upper walls tiled in classic white subway and punctuated with daylight-sharing clerestory windows, with a curved floating carrera marble vanity, all topped off with galvanized barn lights.  Part luxurious powder room, part outdoor shower, right?  Hmmm.  More than one person looked at me as if I was a bit crazy. :-)  I am happy to have held on to the vision.

Special thanks to Design New England's editor Gail Ravgiala, for believing in the project.   Can't wait to see Eric Roth's gorgeous photos of the rest of the interiors gracing the magazine's pages.

Look for the Jan/Feb 2012 issue the first week of January, available online (click "Current Issue") and in print.

Meanwhile, wishing you all a healthy and joyous holiday season, and a happy new year!


December 6, 2011

Earth-Friendly + Gorgeous Wallpapers

 Montague Grasscloth in Shower.  Interior design by Kimberly Ayers.

While working on a client's formal entry, I've happily discovered a new line of earth-friendly grasscloth wallpaper from the hip, creative team of Kyra and Robertson Hartnett at Twenty2.   I am pleased to report that Twenty2's wallpaper is hand screen-printed right here in the USA, so you can buy local too.

Known for their hand-colored wall coverings, fabrics, carpets and accessories, Twenty2's signature is "a unique blend of classic modernism and punchy contemporary styling".   Let's check out some of their glorious product, "fresh from Litchfield, CT".

Here's their Neptunian Grasscloth in a funky foyer, also by Kimberly Ayers:

Sherwood Grasscloth (custom color), House + Garden Hamptons Showhouse 2006, by Michael Rosenberg + Associates:

Maxwell Fabric in Ruby + Cacao, Half Max Wallpaper in Silt:

 Twenty2's website even has video and still photography of their hand screen production process, if you are interested in seeing how local artisans craft their product.

Hope you check them out.  I've already ordered memo samples - process was speedy and Kyra kindly called me personally to let me know they were shipping.  Can't wait for the package of goodies to arrive.



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