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

The Wachs Mix: School Rules

Last week we were celebrating back to school with some inspiration for your darling’s bedroom makeover. This week, let’s make sure they are prepared – backpack, supplies and essentials, have you been shopping yet? The inevitable back to school shop can be a daunting task, dashing from one store to the next crossing off your Mommy-do list, but it can also be a fun time. With all the exciting kiddy trends out there, it’s hard not to get a little giddy when scouting out school supplies! Here are a few of my favs – save room for a treat or two just for you!

Glam day planner and a must have Kate Spade tackle box for the learning lady. Light fixture for a locker? Sold! Sweet backpacks, dry highlighters (need these for my own desk!),  super drinking vessel and totally trendy backpack for your little hero. A family calendar!! Delicious erasers for her pencil case and a magical water bottle to go. You can’t go wrong with Herschel and a dapper pencil case for the growing man. Desk clock to keep track of those study hours! And, last but not least, fuel for Mom and Dad and a super stylish touch screen smart watch to keep you in check.

Now, let’s go school supply shopping!

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1. Rose Gold Leather Planner by Kikki.K / 2. Kate Spade Stationary Tackle Box from Macy’s / 3. Locker Light from Target / 4. Backpack by Vera Bradley / 5. Eco Dry Highlighters by Stubby Pencil Studio / 6. Captain America Water Bottle from Target / 7. Star Wars Backpack by Loungefly on Amazon / 8. Family Calendar from Nordstrom / 9. Food Erasers from Paperchase / 10. Camelbak Unicorn Water Bottle from Target / 11. Backpack by Herschel Supply Co / 12. Gentlemen’s Hardware Pencil Case from Nordstrom / 13. Desk Clock by Kikki.K / 14. Starbucks Card / 15. Fossil Touchscreen Smart Watch from Macy’s

Do you have any favorite items on your shopping list this year? What are you kids loving? Please add it to my list! 🙂

xoA

Artist/Designer Spotlight: William McLure

This month’s spotlight goes to the ever so talented personality, William McLure. He is checking all inspiring boxes when it comes to an Artist and Designer – rich, natural and authentic are 3 words that come to mind when admiring his portfolio. He is a true Southern design gem and I am sure you are going to love our little Q&A with William.

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



WM: Well, first off I typically prefer to paint in the early morning hours or late at night. I typically get interrupted less during these hours and once the creative process is interrupted it can be hard to jump back into your creative cycle. I’m always listening to music or podcasts while I paint. I find that it keeps my mind from wandering and helps keep me focused, in some weird way, lol.



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


WM: For me I think it would have to be your space. I found very early on that this work requires large spaces to spread everything out and allow for drying time for the artwork. You also need a lot of natural light. My loft is perfect for this because two sides of the loft are nothing but floor-to-ceiling windows.

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

WM: 
This is actually a great question. For me, I believe these two skill sets are talent-based. So, if you don’t have some sort of knack for it I don’t think it can be successfully cultivated through the educational process.
For me, one of them most important assets was being able to work for and with people that are talented. This experience taught me so much more than an education ever could. Also, never be afraid to take a risk. Sometimes it can be one of the most rewarding things you’ve ever done. I’m living proof of that, lol!



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


Most definitely! Recently I have had my best friend, my dog Baylor, pass away after 15-1/2 years, so, I really didn’t work or touch any painting for about four weeks. It was extremely hard for me, but eventually I started exploring social media again, looking at design books, and reading articles that were design based. Integrating myself back into my work through these avenues, was a great way to overcome my emotional block and to re-cultivate my creativity and get my mind back into the game.




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


WM: Mark Sikes is pretty amazing! He has the whole lifestyle concept down pat!
I think as far as the artist go I would have to go with Catherine and Jones. She’s based in Birmingham and has a clean, honest and timelessness quality to her work. Her composition and colors are on-point. I’ve actually spoken to her about commissioning a piece of hers for myself.


AW: What are your everyday essentials?

WM: 
I would have to say a long sleeve blue button down, some torn blue jeans, a great pair of sunglasses and some well-made loafers.




AW: A typical day in your life includes…?

WM: My morning drive to Starbucks and trying to get all my errands run before lunch. Then home to work on commissions… and at night time you can pretty much bet your bottom dollar I’m in the bathtub with Netflix.

AW: When do you feel most inspired?


WM: Usually it’s at night. I tend to be a little ADHD and there are less distractions at night, so I can really get in the creative flow and not be interrupted.

AW: Your latest obsession?

WM: My latest obsession….. I think it would have to be this 9-foot long by 6-foot tall, 17th century tapestry that I had framed to go over my bed.
I had been eyeballing it for about a year at the frame shop where I have some items framed. So, one day when I was there getting something framed I just happened to ask him what the story was behind it and why it was still there. He said that a doctor had brought it in to have it restored and framed, but had never come back to claim it and pay for it. I asked if it could be for sale and he said yes…… at that moment I instantly turned on the charm! He said all I had to do was pay the doctor’s bill and I could purchase it!
Needless to say, I pulled my debit card out instantly! And “that’s all she wrote,” and it became mine.


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


WM: Well, I enjoy running so that releases a lot of stress it helps me level out. I have a pretty close- knit group of friends, so we are usually at one of our houses doing a dinner party and cocktails.

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Are you in love yet? I’d love to hear what you think about my Q&A will William!

xo A

Artist/Designer Spotlight: Zoe Pawlak

Welcome to Wachs This Ways’ new feature, Artist/Designer Spotlight. There are so many wonderful and talented humans out there and I believe they need a shout out, so I’m here to do just that.

After some serious creative soul surfing on the web recently I discovered Canadian artist, Zoe Pawlak. Her contemporary artwork is so refreshing and moody – in all of the right ways. She makes contemporary take on such a diversity – figurative, floral and landscapes – each with its own flair of personality. From canvas to floor, I love it all! Yup, you heard me correctly, floor – her rug collection is a show stopper!

Top of my list, if I must choose one, Rising

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I couldn’t stand to not share both of these beauties! Oh! The floors I can envision them on.

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If you’re still stuck on the commitment process when it comes to purchasing art, head back to my Designers Tips post ‘Andrea’s Tricks to Selecting Art‘.

xoA

Designer Tips: Mixing Metals

Can metals really be mixed? Yes. I don’t know where to start! Well, you came to the right place!

Mixing does not mean competing –

Your first step should be deciding which metal you would like to be the most dominant in your space. Once you have established your fancy foundation you can start playing with the accents. Your eyes need something to rest on – an even amount of mix can be overwhelming.

House Beautiful / Designer: Matthew Quinn

 

Blend Warm and Cool Tones –

The warm metals, like gold or brass, are perfectly balanced when mixed with a cooler metal, like silver or chrome. Consider a gold light fixture above an island in a kitchen with brushed nickel hardware.

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Texture is Key –

Using varying shades of the same metal is technically considered mixing, but do consider texture (and shape). Contrasting textures and lines can be the deciding factor when it comes to making it or breaking it when mixing your metals.

Kelly Wearstler / The Avalon Hotel

xo A

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How to: Mix Old & New

I don’t know about you, but I am a firm believer in bringing personality into your home. Walking yourself into your living room does not count as “adding personality.” No, I’m talking about a piece of furniture, an artifact or a piece of art – something that has a story and only you can tell it. Antiques and special collections passed from generation to generation top the list of items that tell a story and add personality. But how do you use that piece in your home – where do you put it if you have created a beautiful modern space or a rustic aesthetic? Here is your answer:

You use it by using it! Put that piece you love so dear in that beautiful modern space or rustic aesthetic. Yes, it will make a statement, but when mixing old with new that is the exact idea you are creating. It doesn’t necessarily need to become the focal point, but believe me, it has its place in that room.

Let me say one thing, mixing old and new does not necessarily mean it has to be an antique or generational sentiment… it can be an old piece you discovered at a local estate sale or on a trek to Timbuktu (what?!).

Some of my favorite ways to incorporate the old with the new and add personality to your home:

– An ethnic sculpture brings a lot of masculinity to this sweet space, and the bold piece of art creates the perfect bridge between the two.

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– A beautiful 19th-century elm-wood altar table. What a gorgeous addition to an entry way.

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Luxe Magazine / Interior Designer: Andrea Goldman Design / Photographer: Michael Robinson 

– A unique, carved bench creates the perfect anchor in this large, airy bedroom designed by the talented Mary Flanigan.

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Mary Flanigan Interiors

I would love to see how you have incorporated old with new in your home, antique or recently discovered, please share! If you haven’t quite yet found that piece of old, 1st Dibs is a great place to start, or continue your search. Some of my latest loves…

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  1. Carved Wood David Bust / 2. Pair of Blue and White Chinese Jardinieres / 3. Pair of French Giltwood Chairs / 4. Antique Marble Table / 5. Carved Bone Calligraphy Brushes on Stands

xoA

Designer Tips: Add Texture to your Space

Happy Tuesday to all! I love Tuesdays, the second day of the week and the chance to set your week off on the right foot… just incase Monday wasn’t so fantastic!

I also love Tuesdays because I get to share some Designer Tips with you! Today’s tips are all about texture. What is a space without some texture? For me, texture is an opportunity to add warmth to a room and a chance to add more. More is more!

If you are a reader of the newsletter or have recently signed up, you will know all about my 5 tried and true ways to add texture to your home and feel the need to (x) out of this post… please don’t, I have something for you too! Today, I am adding 3 more tips to that list because there truly are so many ways to add a little “oomph” with texture. And for those of you who haven’t signed up – 8 ways is better than 3! 🙂

Lighting: In addition to the general lighting add mood lighting. Add a small lamp or two to bring in a different shade of light and cozy up the space. Let’s call this layered lighting.

Andrea Wachs Interior Design / Formations Lighting

Formations USA / Interior Design: Amy Morris

2. Wall decor: Whether you hang one piece of art, or 5, you are adding dimension with contrasting colors from the art and a contrast of materials with a frame.

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Interior Design: John De Bastiani

 

3. Textiles: This can be a bold, or subtle print fabric as window treatments, or a woven throw to add an extra layer to a sofa or chair.

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Luxe Magazine / Interior Design: Brant McFarlain, R Brant Design / Photography: Nick Johnson

 

Trends: From the Sky

There are so many fun (and daring) trends swirling around this year but there is one in particular that has really got me seeing stars (pun so intended!) – celestial inspired everything, from stars and constellations to galaxies and orbs. Some trends are expected, but this one came out of nowhere and I’m loving it.

What do you think about this dreamy trend? Hot or not? I’m completely on board with hot and speaking of boards… Here are my discoveries.

Untitled-41. Sunbeam Wallpaper by JAB / 2. As Collective, Sun print from One Kings Lane / 3. Vintage Brass Wall Sculpture by Curtis Jere on 1st Dibs / 4. Bronze Sculpture of Nike, Goddess of Victory from 1st Dibs / 5. Wool/Jute Blend rug from One Kings Lane / 6. Constellation Matches from Jayson Home / 7. Star Map on One Kings Lane / 8. Moon and Star bracelet by Hermes / 9. Universe Dome Paper Weight from Jayson Home / 10. Wallpaper by Stark / 11. Three Drawer Cabinet by Global Views / 12. Halo Steel and Acrylic Chandelier by Paul Loebach

xoA

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