Artist/Designer Spotlight: Porter Teleo

I am wildly obsessed with the design duo of Porter Teleo – artist Kelly Porter and designer Bridgett Cochran. They have combined their enormous talent to develop a unique, hand-printed and hand-painted line of fabric and wallcoverings. Their work has been featured in many publications from, House Beautiful, Luxe, Veranda, Elle Decor and many more.

After I discovered Porter Teleo (and fell madly in love), I just had to speak with these ladies about their work, lifestyle, and inspirations.

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AW: How did Porter Teleo become who it is today?

BC: One small step at a time. It is wild to look back and see how far we have come.   I think Kelly and I shared a vision, an amazingly optimistic outlook, and a strong work ethic that all helped fuel our growth. 

KP: Bridgett Cochran and I had a wild idea to bring the best of both worlds together – fine art from my background and interior design from her background.  We brainstormed ideas over dinner and a bottle of wine.  6 months later, due to a lot of hard work and some unique and fresh designs, we had a line!  We worked together to create the beginnings of the collection, we started tiny, and then built it up over time.

AW: Who are a few artists/designers you admire and why?

BC: I absolutely love Miles Redd’s work – every time I see a space that he has created I can tell it is him, not because the rooms are the same, but because they have such depth and character.   I am a big fan of Celerie Kemble as well, she always gives an unexpected twist that still feels completely  livable and I have never seen a room designed by Jeffrey Bilhuber that I wouldn’t want to live in.  As for artists – I also love Cy Twombly and am drawn to Helen Frankenthaler’s paintings, especially her palettes.

KP: I love Cecily Brown, Francesco Clemente, Cy Twombly, and all of the abstract expressionists from the 50’s.  Design-wise – I love Kelly Behun’s style, Nicole Fuller, Jackson Paige, and Miles Redd.  It’s hard to name those, because there are so many more!

AW: What are some of the things that influence your work?

BC: Color, natural order, contrasting values, and balance.  

KP: Nature, organic form, botanical life, naturally created pattern, geology, Ancient art, religious art.

AW: What is a typical day behind the scenes at Porter Teleo? 

BC: The best thing about the career that we have created for ourselves is that there is no typical day!  There is absolutely no opportunity to get bored here!  We might be working on a new collection for two days and quickly need to switch to digging in on a new marketing plan and then back to the studio to mix color and finalize new colorways for new collections. It is exciting and fulfilling and provides endless opportunities for learning new ideas and processes.   

KP: We do a bit of everything!  It is always exciting – mainly because we are privy to information about the most exciting interior design going on in the world.  Our clients are top notch, so we see everything in the works, as we are creating patterns, product and color schemes for these amazing projects by the best designers in the world.  That is what I love about our days – that there is always inspirational info around us.

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AW: What are your everyday essentials?

BC: The essentials change based on what we are concentrating on in the studio.   The one thing that is always essential is our team!  They are smart, creative, adaptable, interesting people. 

KP: Paint, Ink, brushes, elevations, and a good creative team that is positive and ready to go!

AW: A typical day in your life includes…?

BC: Many hats! I feel so lucky to have a work life that allows me to enjoy my home life and my children as much as I do.   Kelly and I knew early on, and before we became mothers, that we both wanted to create a life that allowed us to express ourselves in our work while still leaving energy to feel alive in our personal lives.    

KP: I keep really busy – I have two young daughters who mean everything to me, then I work hard at Porter Teleo, then when I get home and on weekends, I work a lot on my own paintings – oil on canvas.

 

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Window Treatments: Porter Teleo

Interiors: Boone Interiors

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Wallpaper (ceiling): Porter Teleo

Interiors: Elizabeth Krueger Design

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Wallpaper: Porter Teleo

Interiors: Olga Malyeva / Architectural Digest

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Window Treatments: Porter Teleo (jaw drop!)

Interior: Angie Hranowsky / House Beautiful

Follow Porter Teleo on Instagram to stay inspired!

xoA

 

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5 Tips For Selecting the Right Rug

There are many different things to take into consideration when shopping for a rug for your home – what size will work best, what , is it worth spending the money? The right rug can pull a room together and act as the perfect finishing touch, while the wrong one can make a room feel awkward or look like an after thought. We don’t want the latter! So, here are some tips to take into consideration when you’re ready to start shopping for that perfect rug.

 

1. Size – First and foremost, don’t skimp on size. Choosing a rug that is too small for the space will just make your room look smaller. In a Living Room, your rug lays the foundation for the conversation area, you want it to support the furniture around it. No floating carpets here!

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2. Rug Pad – Don’t let this be an afterthought.  A rug pad not only offers protection against slipping and damaging your floors, but also adds a layer of comfort underfoot – especially to flat weave rugs.

3. Statement – A rug is so much more than a space filler or sound embracer, take this as an opportunity add a pop of color or punch of pattern to your room. Function can be fun too! (Bonus Tip: The pattern need not match everything in the room, focus on the color tones in the design and coordinate those with the colors in your artwork, accessories or fabrics.) 

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4. Texture – When it comes to choosing a rug, the role of texture can play just as big of a part as color and design. If you want to keep it simple by avoiding bold colors and patterns but you still want your rug to stand out, choose a contrasting texture your flooring and other finishes. Leather sofa? Think fuller and thicker pile. Soft and warm upholstered seating? Consider a sisal or flat weave.

 

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5. Investment – Your rug is undoubtedly going to be receiving a lot of foot traffic, so make sure you choose one that will stand the test of time. Don’t forget to include this vital addition into your overall budget – it’s worth a little investment!

xoA

Fabulous & Frightening

Let’s get one thing clear, when it comes to Halloween, orange is not mandatory. Traditional, yes, but certainly doesn’t warrant a slap on the wrist if you opt out. Don’t get me wrong, I am all about tradition and quite in love with many things orange, but today I’d like to explore the untouched side of Halloween decor with 3 different styles of tablescapes. A little bit of inspiration for that upcoming party you may be hosting amongst the knocks of Trick or Treaters.

Dark & Mysterious

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For the dark side decorator, this tablescape gets in touch with the dark and mysterious side of Halloween. Midnight blacks, grand golds, sips of “poison” and creepy crawlers come together to create an element of spook and sophistication.

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(The Decorista)

Natural & Moody

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For lovers of Halloween, minus tradition, a natural palette with raw textures and pops of moody colors is the perfect combination. This table screams Halloween in the most subtle of ways.

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(Elle Decor feat. Twink + Sis)

Green & Haunting

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Lush greenery against a backdrop of gold and black with antique objects come together to add an eery secret garden atmosphere.

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(Coco Kelley)

I’d love to see what has you frighteningly inspired this month, please share your finds!

Happy decorating!

xoA

Andrea’s Highlights: ASID Awards Gala

Saturday night was the ASID Awards Gala, and it was a most special evening for Andrea Wachs Interior Design. The firm was honored to receive recognition for design work in four different categories.

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1st place residential over 2500 square feet:

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1st place small bathroom:

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2nd place large bathroom

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All Photography By: VWC Studio

3rd place single space specialty (co-designer with Carlie Cornik)

I am blown away by the awards and all of the love, but above all, I am beyond grateful to our wonderful clients for their trust in my firm and continued support! After celebrating our 10 year anniversary last month, I couldn’t have asked for a better way to commemorate those years of hard work, hustle and reward.

A huge thanks to everyone for their support!

xoA

Design Inspiration with Marie Flanigan

As a designer, I am always on the look out for my next source of inspiration and it can come from so many different places as well as in many different forms – a printed fabric on a blouse in a store front window, brushstroke colors on a piece of art, texture on a piece of pottery found at an estate sale, or simply through the work of others. Much of my inspiration comes while admiring the work of some of my most admired designers and artists, we all have our own unique style when it comes to designing, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be influenced by the creative works of others.

Today I’d like to spend a moment appreciating one of my sources of inspiration – Marie Flanigan. She is an extremely talented designer, I see her work as natural elegance and always so full of light.

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(All images courtesy of Marie Flanigan Interiors)

Upon “entering” any one of these rooms, you can’t deny the serene and calming vibe bouncing back at you. Neutral tones set off by flashes of gold, natural textures, tailored lines, all come together to create “refined elegance and innovative simplicity.”

An Andrea curation, with a little Marie flare, to get your juices flowing this fine Friday morning! Enjoy and remember, inspiration is around every corner!

 

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 1. Ikat Throw Pillow by Lillian August / 2. Brass Geometric Lamp by Currey & Co.  / 3. Espresso Velvet Sofa by Lillian August / 4. Orb Sculpture by Lillian August / 5. Free Form Platters by John Richard / 6. Geometric Print Throw Pillow from One Kings Lane / 7. Decorative Succulents by John Richard / 8. Exposed Wood Accent Chair by Hickory White / 9. Faux Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree from Houzz / 10. Petrified Wood Side Table by Aire Furniture / 11. Driftwood Mirror from One Kings Lane

Toning into Fall

Summer 2017 has been fulfilling and one to remember, but I am ready to greet Fall with open arms, and in 15 days I will be doing just that! I’m feeling ready for a reason to wrap a scarf around my neck, fill up on lattes and pumpkin spice aromas, and all things in warm tones. Who’s with me!? The color experts at Pantone released their Fall 2017 Fashion Color Report for New York Fashion Week, and they are cozy. 

 

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So, for a little seasonal inspiration, I’ve put together a few of my favorite finds influenced by these trending shades. 

 

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1. Teal Table Lamp / 2. Metallic Decorative Pillow / 3. Coral Sculpture / 4. Quartz Obelisks / 5. Wall Art / 6. Embroidered Decorative Pillow / 7. Rug / 8. Copper Table Lamp / 9. Ceramic Garden Stool

September Support

Hello September!

If you don’t receive the monthly newsletter, let me shed a little bit of light on how I am beginning my September. My heart is so broken for our friends in Texas, but I wanted to start this month on a most positive note – support. I shared 3 different ways we can contribute to help relieve some of the burden that Texas is carrying.

Please consider donating to one of these amazing organizations to help those dear people, and animals, recover from this tragedy.

American Red Cross: Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief

Texas Diaper Bank

ASPCA: Harvey Disaster Response

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xoA

Artist/Designer Spotlight: Lindsay Cowles

This month’s spotlight is on contemporary artist and decorative arts designer, Lindsay Cowles. Her work is so creative and unique, an artist who can seamlessly merge from canvas to textile without skipping a beat is pure talent. Her style is so fresh and brings major wow factor to anything it touches, even the walls! And that takes me to my obsession, her wallcovering designs. Utter perfection! I’ll let her work do the talking…

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AW: Tell us a bit about your background

LC: From my first memories, I have always loved art. I took art classes all throughout my childhood, but stepped away from creating art for about 10 years when I went to college and then to New York. I was in the fashion industry in NYC and worked in sales for Alberta Ferretti. It wasn’t until I moved to Los Angeles that I got back into painting. From that point, I haven’t stopped! And I knew right from the beginning that I wanted to bring my art full circle and create wallpapers and fabrics to dress the home.

When I moved back to Richmond that I really focused on growing my company. I was able to focus 100% of my time on painting, product development and marketing.

My business is constantly growing and evolving. My next venture is rugs. Expect to see them in the next few months!

AW: What kind of creative process, routines or rituals do you have?

LC: Go go go! That’s my routine in a nutshell.

AW: What is integral to the work of an artist?

LC: To be in the right head space to create. Each part of what I do requires a different creative process— from painting; to building and editing patterns; to planning and developing colors; to figuring out which applications and scale would work best. I have to block out time for each of these creative processes and have to be in the right mindset to tackle each of them.

AW: Tips or advice you would give to someone trying to pursue a career in art and design?

LC: Never stop experimenting. It’s important to continue learning and pushing the limits on your creative process.

AW: Do you ever experience creative blocks? How do you overcome them?

LC: Yes! Everyone in art and design must have creative blocks! I find that sometimes its through these blocks that you push yourself past your comfort zone and learn something new. And sometimes, I creative blocks require a full break. A chance to reflect. I do my best reflecting outside— either riding my bike, going for a walk, or just playing with my dogs and family outside. Travel always helps too. Seeing new places and having new experiences always helps.

AW: Who are a few artists/designers you admire and why?

LC: Gerhard Richter. His use of color, layering and depth is so inspirational. Motherwell for his shapes, proportions and use of black and white.

AW: What are your everyday essentials?

LC: In the studio— empty glass jars for mixing paint. When in the office, my cutting board, electric stapler and printer get a serious workout.

AW: A typical day in your life includes…?

LC: I am typically an early riser. I work out of my house, so I usually go to the kitchen, get my cup of coffee and head to the office pretty early. It’s a really tough commute 😉 Then my son and husband get up around 7, so I stop and take a break with them and have breakfast. Once my son is off to school, I find that mornings are a great time to catch up on things. I usually like to head to the studio and get in a few hours of painting while I am fresh, then back to the office to work on sample requests, order processing, design work, etc. The end of the day is family time. We all have dinner together and then relax for a bit before heading to bed.

AW: When do you feel most inspired?

LC: When I come up with something new that I love or help someone create something custom that they love! Or when I see how a designer has used my wallpapers, fabrics or art in a unique and different way. I love to see how creative people are with design. Sky is the limit!!

AW: Your latest obsession?

LC: Small paintings framed with a big mat board and frame. I always love juxtaposition.

AW: What do you do when you are outside of your studio?

LC: I chill with my son, husband and two frenchies. My son is 14 months old, so my time off is really all about him. He is growing and changing so much each day, it really is so much fun to watch!

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Wonderful Wallpaper

 

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Follow Lindsay’s Instagram feed to stay visually inspired and up to date on her latest designs and installs… I dare you to not heart every image!

 

xoA

Labor Day your way!

Labor Day, Summer’s last celebration. What are your weekend plans? If you have yet to make plans but desperate for ideas, I’ve got your back. For my last minute, fly by the seat of your pants readers, enjoy my Top 3 Labor Day weekend ideas.

Away:

With less than 2 weeks away, last minute travels rates could put a damper on the destination of your choice, so think outside of the box and stick close to home. Experience the joy of a road trip getaway without venturing too far – visit a nearby city to get your fix of the hustle and bustle, embrace the staycation trend and act like a tourist, visit popular hangouts and indulge in the local fare. One of my staycation musts, “The Jewel of the Desert”, better known as Arizona Biltmore. 8 swimming pools, fine food and drink, live music, activities for the kids and some drool-worthy decor – sounds like a backlist staycation to me! Designer side note: The incredible, world renowned architect, Frank Lloyd Wright was the mastermind behind this popular structure. [Read More

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Host:

Prefer to gather and be merry? Call up some of your favorites and create the perfect potluck soiree in your own home. Let everyone pick a dish and choose a cocktail, get together and make some memories in the kitchen. Get your fun on with some backyard games – corn hole is always a winner with kids and adults alike. Throw a few festive floats in the pool, open the umbrellas and create your own resort.

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Need some menu inspo? Delish has some mouth watering ideas! [Read More

Stay:

Need a break from it all? There is nothing wrong with celebrating on the low down. Stay home with the family, don’t change out of your loungewear, read, order-in, rent a movie, catch a tan, and just be still. There is no rule book for celebrating Labor Day weekend, do it your way!

xoA

Sourcing For Perfection

When it comes time for product sourcing for design projects, there are many hours spent scouring through catalogs, showrooms and websites to find that one perfect piece. Over the years, I have accumulated quite a few favorites in the sourcing department, and one of my absolute favorite manufacturers is Alfonso Marina. Their furniture goes from elegant to eclectic without skipping a beat and I just love the timeless beauty of their furniture. There is almost always a spot in someone’s home for a piece of Alfonso Marina!

Swooning over these new armchairs – the perfect accent chair for a conversation nook.

This glorious armoire will bring so much ethnicity to any space it occupies!

This handsome desk doesn’t demand much space, but it certainly grabs your attention! (Tip: For a unique take on a desk chair… an upholstered dining chair fits the bill.)

I have nothing but heart eyes for that console table! (Tip: Make a statement with oversized accessories on a featured surface)

 

Visit Alfonso Marina and tell me what piece you fell in love with!

xoA