I had planned to do an entire post showing before, during and after photos of the studio, which I will do at some point.  For today, I will show just a few of the photos shot by the lovely shannonkelli.

The design studio, a small space in downtown Walnut Creek, CA featuring a selection of furnishings, lighting, area rugs and accessories.  I also offer full scope interior design services in both residential and commercial venues throughout the bay area.

The majority of product featured in the studio is for sale, with a few exceptions on heirloom pieces or items I hold dear to my heart.

 The selection includes a combination of new, vintage as is, and vintage refurbished items.  All refurbishments were performed by professionals (wood refinishing, lacquer and upholstery).  For further inquiry, please comment below feel free to contact me directly via email.

As always, it is a pleasure having you here.  This has been a fairly rough week on a variety of fronts; your presence in my life has made it lighter and brighter…..and for that, I am very grateful.

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I frequent fashion blogs to keep my visual inspiration library freshly replenished.  Recently, I visited Fashion Moment, a blog chock full of gorgeous fashion visuals.  I was nearly at the end of the post entitled,  Some gorgeous gowns when a designer, Antonio Marras, caught my eye.

The runway visual below, intrigued me for a variety of reasons.  I wanted more.

I was off to visit his website.  I may not be a fashion lingo girl, but I know what pretty is (channeling Mr. Gump).

What about his work drew my attention?

    • fabric combinations
    • vintage interpretation
    • softness
    • applique and ornamentation
    • minimal use of lace, metal, other raw materials
    • blend of constructed and deconstructed shapes
    • tone on tone
    • the lines his pieces create

I selected pieces from several collections to give you an overall feel of his work.

I reviewed many of his current and past collections, dating back to 2001.  These are a few of my favorites.

Antonio is primarily a self taught designer, beginning his career as a fashion designer in the late 1980’s. His first haute and ready to wear collections followed in the mid to latter 1990’s.  The website houses generous illustrations of his showroom, three retail shops, and many photo shoots supporting past collections.  His company maintains a loyalty to his roots, annually supporting artisans from in and around his home country of Alghero, Italy.

So, what about his surroundings, interior expressions impresses me the most?

    • Use of refined and raw elements
    • washed brick, worn wood, discolored concrete, rusty elements
    • light, tone on tone palette, textured fabrics
    • incorporating raw elements, wool, wheels, open frames
    • blending elegance with crystal chandeliers, crushed velvets
    • lover of decay depicted as beauty
    • feminine floral handpainted/embroidered decor
    • inlighting, unexpected lighting
    • decor in unlikely locations/directions
    • classy use of a funk factor
    • smart use of negative space
    • accessing both the inside and outside of a space
    • simple vignettes that communicate his taste
Here’s a compilations of much of what I love about his showroom, retail shops and the photo styling of prior collections.
Just when I thought I couldn’t be more impressed, I happened upon these depictions of prior collection vignettes.  Seriously, the colors, the materials, the balance of lighting and use of negative space.  His mastery of visual communication crosses industries.

I’m off to make good use of this new found inspiration.  Peace to you all.  I’d love to hear what inspires you, visually or otherwise.  Thank you for being here with me, really, it makes me happy.

p.s.  I couldn’t get the bullet points/indention to work right on my two lists above, so bear with me; I will figure this out as I go, and wanted to share his work today.

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