Friday, October 7, 2016

Happy Autumn

Isn't this gorgeous?

As the seasons change and we ready ourselves for a wonderful time of ''nesting", when our focus turns to creating an inviting space to overwinter, I just want to wish you all a Happy Fall.  Here in Virginia, our leaves are not changing yet, and it seems a bit later than usual, which is fine by me.  

At Powell Brower Interiors we have been steadily busy with wonderful clients, and we are truly thankful.  Many of our more extensive installs this year have not been photographed yet since several are being done in stages, such as in Phase 1: basic furniture and finishes and Phase 2: the final layer of art, accessories and staging.

We have been doing some historic office spaces in Warrenton, VA and creating living room settings in each office, helping the employees to de-stress in our calm, natural and collected spaces.

 'Hakuna', the office mascot, on her gorgeous matching oushak rug.

We've had the most fun finding new vendors and bespoke craftsmen to add unique pieces to our designs...and getting our hands dirty.  I really love the process and the hands-on approach to finishing a room.

Lots of design plans for clients have been happening.  Some have been executed 'en totale', some in part and a few long distance.  A few did upholstery only, while others gave us artistic license to complete the job as we see fit. (Can I say DREAM client?) 
 Here are a few design boards:

Here are some PBI  sample presentation boards:

Bethany's kitchen and more house 'zhushing' has been happening, and, of course, is the most fun of all- designing together. That is my dream. We are working on getting that photographed, hopefully this year, so we will share those at a later time.


Have a wonderful fall and prayers to those in hurricane Matthew's wake!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Monday, July 25, 2016

A Quick Vacation to Chi-town

A few weeks ago I took a quick trip to Chicago to visit my son, who is in grad school at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and his long time girl friend.  The morning of my flight I said to Bethany, "I sure wish you were coming with me".  20 minutes later she booked a last minute flight that came in at the same time as mine from a different airport and we totally shocked Michael, who had no idea Bethany was coming. 
 It was the greatest time having my kids with me 'en totale' again; one of those "mom" moments when all is right with the world.  
We literally checked off the entire list of all things touristy in Chicago, within the two days Bethany was there.  I stayed four, and took a slower pace once she left, doing things Mike, Lauren and I love to do, like meandering through art museums and going to see the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

The architecture, the wonderful boutiques, coffee shops and side streets outside the city in Wicker Park were fascinating. I am not a city girl, but enjoy all the sights and sounds of a bustling city, as a visitor and I especially enjoy the cultural aspects and flagship stores!

Here are some highlights and special moments!

 [The view from the 95th floor at the John Hancock building.]

[ Such phenomenal architecture all around.]

[The Art Institute of Chicago was fabulous,
with a Frank Gehry building just across the park.]

 [Loved this painting: The Big Red Ball by Ellen Lanyon]

 [...and of course a Picasso or two]

[The Ralph Lauren store was so dreamy.]

[The Restoration Hardware store was amazing 
as we shopped with Prosecco in hand.  This was the RH cafe.]

 [We took in a Cubs vs. Pirates game at Wrigley Field,
 a venue on my bucket list.]

I had never been to Chicago before and it was really a treat. 

I hope you're doing something fun this summer! 

 Have you been on vacation?

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The proper place setting

Just checking in from a super busy summer with design clients, to share a funny Instagram I saved.

[This is also a great tutorial for place settings!]

I hope you all are having a great summer. Check us out on Instagram for updates on our whereabouts and project updates.

Take good care of yourself and others!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Inspired by...

  Have you seen the work of Betsy Brown, a designer from Alabama?
 Oh my.

"Modernist sensibilities form the foundation while antiquities inform and balance, providing a delicate tension and subtle energy."  Betsy Brown

Done and Done.