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Something To Occupy Your Time

You know, sometimes with weather like this, one can get a little stir crazy. That’s where a good DIY project can come in handy. We’ve got one for you and it involves our beautiful Cavallini papers.

For those uninitiated, Cavallini & Co. is a San Francisco company dedicated to producing the finest gift and stationery products.

Each piece of beautiful paper is printed in Italy on heavyweight ivory laid paper. Designs are based on historical prints and maps.

The obvious use would be gift wrap. They say the presentation is as important as the gift.

We probably sell the most for framing. Each piece is a generous 20 x 28.

Best of all though, these papers are wonderful for upscale craft projects! Try decoupaging a chest of drawers. Use them for mats on framing.

Can someone say “drawer liner”?

Each sheet is only $3.75, so why not try lots of different uses. With all the snow that’s been falling over most of the country, I think we’ve all got nothing but a lot of indoor time our our hands.

Stop by the Studio at 60 N. Main Street in Historic Centerville to see our selection of Cavallini papers and let us know what project you have up your sleeve.

Golden Globe Interiors

I love being an interior designer, but my dream job would have to be a member of the Fashion Police. If you follow me on Twitter, you got my play by play commentary on the Golden Globes . Well, unfortunately, E! is not calling me and I have no choice but to go back the studio and continue designing beautiful spaces for my clients. ‘sigh’- picture some Scarlett O’Hara drama here. So in an effort to indulge my passion for critiquing red carpet looks, yet still stay within my realm of expertise, I will attempt to associate them with an interior design do or don’t.

A big trend of the night was emerald. I say don’t follow this yellow brick road. Emerald reminds me too much of forest green- a favorite of the Waverly trend. Here in Ohio we still have clients who have this color along with some navy and burgundy in their houses and want to keep it. Yes, seriously. So the last thing I want to see is this color when I don’t have to. The Scouts have a wonderful green we use called “Happy Camper”.


At first I was on the fence about Anne Hathaway’s dress. But then I decided it reminded me of a decadent lighting fixture.

Here’s just a little eye candy for you.

If “Horders” were a dress:

This is a room that’s not quite finished. Needs accessories.

Accessories are the jewelry of a space.

If I had to pick a red carpet look from the 2011 Golden Globes that captured the look of my perfect room it would be this:

Clean, tailored, classic, and elegant, but still young and fresh.

I could go on and on. There were looks I loved and those where I would be screaming to the stylist “Off with your head!” Seriously though, your closet is a great place to start for inspiration for your interior design. Look for colors that stand out. Do you go for trends or are most pieces in your wardrobe classics? Answers to these questions are great leads if you are looking for ideas to freshen your home. Or as always, you can contact us here at the Studio. If you’re in the Dayton/Cinci/Columbus area, we’re happy to schedule a consultation. Not in Ohio? Send us an email and we can work with you virtually to help you find the look for you.

Staying Inspired

It’s been almost two years since I first walked in to the lobby of the Gramercy Park Hotel. We were at the NYC Gift Show and our friend, Fifi, wanted to share some of New York’s finest design with us.The first thing that struck me was all the amazing art. That should come as no surprise, as Julian Schnabel designed the interiors with Ian Schrager, the master of boutique hotels. Pieces by Schnabel, Warhol, Haring and more are predominantly displayed throughout the public areas of the hotel. A super treat to see works in an environment like this.The sawtooth shark chandelier in the Rose Bar was nothing short of completely cool. The vibe was medieval, yet felt like an exclusive men’s club. It was almost a little pompous, although that was probably intentional. Then toss in a Moroccan influence and you have combination that no one would think would work, but is flawlessly pulled off. The unabashed mix of rich, bold colors combined with luxurious finishes is a treat for any designer to experience. Fuse that with the storied history of the hotel and the total package is an intriguing feast to behold. While goofing around with a suit of armor in the lobby, a gentleman chuckled at us. Fifi, not one to be belittled, gave him a look that only Fifi can. He stopped to talk to us and it turned out he was the former owner of the hotel, Steven Weissberg. He talked to us about his family, so candidly that we hardly believed him until we googled it. Read all about it here- NYMagazine
Maybe the Scouts will one day be lucky enough to stay at GPH. Until then, we’ll take away inspiration for it’s blend of styles, colors, and over-the-top furnishings. Have you ever stayed there? If so, let us know how your experience was.

What’s Your Background?

Well, what can we say? The Scouts have been busy at the Studio. And we’re not complaining! The only bummer is that our blogging has taken a back seat. We wanted to let you know we haven’t forgotten you, so I wanted to share my desktop background with you. I admit I pulled it from something online sometime ago, so I don’t know who or where it’s from – my apologies. (Comment if you know so I can give credit).
But could one image say more?
What’s on your computer background? Is it inspirational? Family photo? Blank? And what do you think it says about you? Talk amongst yourselves and share it with us here.