Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Orange you glad

Call it tangerine, pumpkin, sunset or sherbet - orange is a warm way to bring happiness to your space.  The beauty of this color is its versatility - an obvious choice for Fall, this bold hue transcends the cool season and can brighten up Winter, ring in the Spring with its vibrant flare and punch up a Summer scheme.

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Orange plays nicely with so many color palettes and design styles, it is hard to go wrong when adding it to your space.    Pair this great color with a whimsical shape or pattern and watch it transform a good room to a show stopping one.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Shop and Design with dbp!

We are so happy to be taking this blog in a great new direction.  Designer's Best Picks has always been about hand picked luxury home decor.  Now we have the opportunity to bring it directly to you.  We are scouting trade shows, utilizing travel opportunities and working hard within the design community to bring our expertise into your home.

Our Designer's Best Picks are now available for sale to you!  Follow our blog, Facebook page or Pinterest board to see all of our latest products.

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We are so excited to be able to share this new chapter with you and we hope you are equally as excited about finding amazing treasures for your home with Designer's Best Picks!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Taking a Leap

In continuing our tradition of luxury curating, we have decided to leave this platform for another.  We are purposely keeping our blog live as it is full of great products and timeless design information.  If you would like to join our emailing list please sign up here to get more Awe Inspiring picks from American & International Designs Inc.


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Art & the Intern

No matter the size or scale of the project, we are always designing the walls.  We pride ourselves on giving art displays the time and attention they deserve and rarely get.  In the case of these golf clubhouses and hotel spaces, we were able to empower our interns to become major stakeholders in the research, design and installation of these exquisite art features.

Richmond County Country Club

"Attic gold" is definitely a phrase we would use for the Richmond County Country Club.  Our intern took the stairs all the way up to the attic storage to find these gems once forgotten.  She worked with an expert framer to get the presentation just right and then created a comprehensive catalog of all artwork used throughout this historic site that was presented to the Club.

Van Cortlandt Golf Clubhouse

The intern working on the Van Cortlandt Golf Clubhouse did extensive research into this New York City treasure.  These detailed insights helped the team better understand the property's history so that the designed honored its tradition with nods to its future.  She worked hard to pull images that highlighted the clubhouse's more famous clients and historic moments.

The Art Nook

This Art Nook was created to display the client's massive collection of artwork.  Our intern worked with the client to position the various pieces.

The Garden Wall

Our intern worked with me and the photographer on this project.  My efforts were needed for the overall vision of the Garden Wall.  Once decided the intern worked on size, prototype and sampling with the artist.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

@Home with Fabric

Many people looking to renovate or redesign their home are often taken aback by fabric.  With all of the colors, textures, patterns and styles to choose from, it can be overwhelming to know where to start and where to go.  What we find helpful is to find something that you like and find a way to incorporate it.

Pillows and benches are a great way to add pattern and color to a home without feeling overwhelmed.  Thibaut is one of our favorite manufacturers of fine fabrics.  Their quality materials can be used to upholster or dress a variety of products to best suit the space.

Natural fabrics work well together when creating a group design.  Utilizing color to tie together patterns is a great way to start mixing and matching.  Eastern Accent's Niche collection has an amazing variety to choose from that work well together.

As October nears it's end, it is only natural to be thinking about the holidays.  Apply the same principals of designing your space for everyday when picking out holiday decor.  Small details like the plaid of the JOY pillow as a cuff on one of the mittens will make your spirits soar this holiday season.

Today's clients are looking on Pinterest or Houzz to find their own fabric inspiration that they pass along to us.  Our challenge is to take the pieces of what they like and utilize them to create a cohesive plan for the space that the client will love.

Keeping within a color scheme and overall whimsy, the polka dot and floral patterns of the window treatments clearly compliment each other.  By using two different window treatment types - valance and drapery - the fabrics each serve a purpose without competing. Additional fabrics like the custom sofa pillows and the custom bistro seats pull a more singular note (green for the seats and large floral for the pillow) from the space's main features. The green wall ties everything together. Showing no fear in mixing these bold patterns makes for a well put together space.  

Looking to add more design to your space but aren't sure where to start?  American & International Designs Inc can turn your "I wish" project into a dream space.