Wall Gram Wednesday: The Decorista

It’s that day of the week again when we highlight an interior design or architecture must follow on Instagram. For this week’s #WallGramWednesday, we give you the  Instagram account of Ashlina Kaposta aka @TheDecorista. The Decorista’s instagram feed satisfies our most glam interior design cravings with a well curated dose of inspirational interiors mixed with her own design endeavors.

The Decorista Instagram

Photo via @thedecorista on Instagram

The Decorista Instagram

Photo of interior designed by Dallas Shaw via @thedecorista on Instagram

The Decorista Instagram

Photo via @thedecorista on Instagram

You’ll find us on Instagram at @SuperStrataUSA!

Holiday House Past

Grade Holiday House NY Interior Design

Grade’s Personal Time room at Holiday House NYC 2011. Photo via Grade

Critical acclaim, top interior designers, jaw dropping interiors, a stunning venue and one amazing cause, breast cancer research. That’s Holiday House NYC in a beautiful nut shell that the Nut Cracker himself couldn’t break. After attending the star studded Opening Night Gala a couple of weeks ago, we couldn’t resist reliving some of our favorites from Holiday House Past.

In fact, we were involved in the very first Holiday House NYC in 2008. Back then SuperStrata was an eponymous design studio run by our founder Jonas Everets under the moniker Jonas Everets Design. Jonas was thrilled when interior designer Kathy Abbott approached JED to do a custom wall treatment for her Kwanza themed room. The answer was a resounding yes! Beyond having a passion for great design, Holiday House’s mission was near and dear to his heart.

That first year brought together top designers and participants under a theme that is hard not to rally around- celebrate life! Every designer was asked to choose an inspirational holiday to design his or her space around in the historic Upper East Side mansion that would become Holiday House NYC’s home, Academy Mansion. Over the next six years the showhouse has seen top talent from the New York City interior design scene transform the Academy Mansion into a glorious and often luxurious homage to the beauty of life itself.

 

James Rixner Holiday House NY Interior Design

James Rixner‘s Engagement room at Holiday House NYC 2008. Photo via The Quest for “It”

Kelley Proxmire Holiday House NY Interior Design

Kelley Proxmire‘s Bedroom for a Holiday room at Holiday House NYC 2008. Photo via Visual Vamp

Interior Designer Kathy Abbott's Kwanza themed room with a subtle lime paint wall treatment by SuperStrata in the 2008 Holiday House. Photo via Kathy Abbott

Interior Designer Kathy Abbott’s Kwanza themed room with a subtle lime paint wall treatment by SuperStrata in the 2008 Holiday House. Photo via Kathy Abbott

Designer Barbara Ostrom's fabulous Festival of the Stag room at Holiday House NYC 2009. Photo via Habitually Chic

Designer Barbara Ostrom‘s  Festival of the Stag room at Holiday House NYC 2009. Photo via Habitually Chic

Diane Durocher Holiday House NY Interior Design

Diane Durocher‘s Winter Solstice room at Holiday House NYC 2009. Photo via Holiday House NYC

Timothy & Associates Interior Design Holiday House NY

Timothy & Associates Interior Design’s New Year’s Eve room at Holiday House NYC 2009. Photo via Timothy & Associates Interior Design

Mark Epstein Holiday House NY Interior Design

Mark Epstein‘s Hanukkah in the Library room for Holiday House NYC 2010. Photo via Emily Evans Eerdmans

Debra Blair Holiday House NY Interior Design

Debra Blair‘s Venetian Carnivale tabletop at Holiday House 2010. Photo via Holiday House NYC

Bradley Thiergartner Holiday House NY Interior Design

Bradley Thiergartner‘s Boxing Day room at Holiday House 2010. Photo via Emily Evans Eerdmans

Irwin Feld Design Holiday House NY Interior Design

Irwin Feld Design’s Snow Day room at Holiday House NYC 2010. Photo via Irwin Feld Design

Charles Farruggio Holiday House NY Interior Design

Charles Farruggio‘s Marriage Proposal room at Holiday House NYC 2011. Photo via The Countess

Avram Rusu Holiday House NY Interior Design

Avram Rusu’s New Year’s Eve room for Holiday House 2011. Photo via Avram Rusu

Ally Coulter Holiday House NY Interior Design

Ally Coulter‘s Mother’s Day room at Holiday House NYC 2011. Photo via The Countess.

Vicente Wolf Holiday House NY Interior Design

Vicente Wolf‘s Winter White room at Holiday House NYC 2012. Photo via Our Empty Nest

Inson Wood Holiday House NY Interior Design

Inson Wood‘s Chinese New Year room at Holiday House NYC 2012. Photo via Ecomanta

Suzanne Eason Holiday House NY Interior Design

Suzanne Eason‘s “Origins of Life” room at Holiday House NYC 2012. Photo via Simplified Bee

Suzanne Eason Holiday House NY Interior Design

Suzanne Eason‘s “Origins of Life” room at Holiday House NYC 2012. Photo via Suzanne Eason

Tobi Fairley Holiday House NY Interior Design

Tobi Fairley’s Spring Forward room at Holiday House NYC 2012. Photo via Tobi Fairley

Claudia Giselle Holiday House NY Interior Design

Claudia Giselle’s Vanity room at Holiday House NYC 2012. Photo via Claudia Giselle

Brett Design Holiday House NY Interior Design

Brett Design’s Valentine’s Day room at Holiday House NYC 2012. Photo via Brett Design

Charlotte Moss Holiday House NY Interior Design

Charlotte Moss‘s Everyday is a Holiday room at Holiday House 2012. Photo via Simplified Bee

Support a great cause and see some truly jaw dropping interior design through December 18th in Holiday House NYC 2013 with interiors by Ally Coulter DesignsCampion PlattChristopher HylandCullman and KravisCW DesignDarrin Varden DesignDécor by Guillaume GentetDeb Landis DesignDeborah Martin DesignsDonghiaFranklin EighthGregory Allan CramerJ + G DesignJ Cohler Mason DesignJames RixnerJoseph Parisi InteriorsKelley Jackson Mario BuattaMichael McKinnon Patrick J HamiltonPatrik Lönn DesignRachel Laxer Interiors, Scott Formby, Stephen Bastone, Studio Tim CampbellSusanna SalkTinatin Kilaberidze Design, and Weitzman-Halpern Interior Design.  Find more information here.

Nicole Fuller: Elegance With an Edge

Dining Room Interior Design by Nicole Fuller Interiors

Formal lavender dining room By Nicole Fuller wears “Boucle”, a custom textured plaster wall treatment by SuperStrata that was inspired by the iconic fabric that Chanel brought to fame

Interior, Furniture, and Accessories Designer Nicole Fuller is a lot like her interiors. At once exuberant, enchanting, and cosmopolitan, this hip sophisticate creates fresh, glamorous environments with just enough edge  to surprise and captivate. And we should know, Nicole has been a favorite client of ours for many years. Beyond being a joy to work with, she is an innovative designer who always requests imaginative new bespoke wall and ceiling treatments from us and other artisans she works with. Never one to overlook or downplay any element in her interiors, she’ll often incorporate bold wallpaper or design something completely new for those surfaces; whether custom plaster finishes, bespoke wallpaper, fabric, leather or metal, yes metal, the walls in her interiors are an integral component that never disappoint. We asked Nicole to share her design process, idols, and favorite wall treatments with us.

SS: You are a very detailed and involved interior designer and as you take every element of a room into consideration, at what point do the walls and ceiling come into your process?

NF: I consider them right from the beginning. The walls and ceiling envelope a space and are what initially inspire my creative process. They play a crucial role in the creation and direction of my designs. Walls and ceilings have the ability to either develop the pre-existing features in a space or even change the space entirely. You can also really play with spatial perception of a room just by referring to its walls and ceiling.

wallpaper and gold leaf ceiling by Nicole Fuller Interiors

A gold leaf ceiling and wallpaper by Cole & Sons in a foyer by Nicole Fuller Interiors

Nicole Fuller Interiors

“Farrah”, a custom striped venetian plaster wall finish by SuperStrata with beeswax drawing designed by Nicole in her own home. Photo via Livingect

SS:  Walls and ceilings in your designs are always an integral component. Beyond that, they are often really dynamic surfaces- fresh, inventive, and bold. Considering that wall finishes and treatments in contemporary design offer innumerable possibilities, what is your process in arriving at the final treatment for those surfaces?

NF: I like to learn and understand the age and character of the building that I am designing within. The intended emotion and ambiance in a specific space helps to define and clarify the creative process. My wall and ceiling creations often go hand in hand with the furnishings I am thinking of putting in the space, and building that initial relationship between actual pieces of furniture and what is either going on the wall or ceiling is vital.

Custom ceiling finish in living room by Nicole Fuller Interiors

Custom ceiling treatment in a dining room designed by Nicole Fuller Interiors

Custom tile mosaic with flanking wall murals in living room by Nicole Fuller Interiors

Custom tile mosaic by Sicis adorns the hearth with flanking wall murals in this sitting room by Nicole Fuller Interiors

SS: What challenges have you faced when designing for walls?

NF: More often than not, the issue is technical versus creative: uneven walls, poorly constructed buildings, and of course, low ceilings, are always a challenge that we look forward to finding a novel solution. I don’t really see any barriers as a negative but more as a challenge, and even the toughest situations excite me and push me to be more aggressive creatively.

It’s funny – clients typically resist wall covering at first. They only think about their grandmother’s flower paper. I have always used wallpaper and treatments in all my interiors. Wallpapers and treatments can reference history while simultaneously providing a compelling modern flair.

Graffiti Wall for Nicole Fuller Interiors

Personalized, custom pink graffiti wall mural by Eric Elms

Ink Blot wallpaper in an Nicole Fuller Interior.

Ink Blot wallpaper in an Nicole Fuller Interior

Custom wall finishing in dining room by Nicole Fuller Interiors

The perfect color of this high gloss lacquer sets the tone. Interior Design by Nicole Fuller Interiors

SS: What would you say has been your favorite wall treatment in one of your own projects? (Other than one of ours, of course!)

NF: I guess I would have to say Vampire’s Garden. It’s one that I designed. It’s distressed leather wall panels with abstract floral tattooed in pure mineral pigments. As with all our creations this treatment is fully customizable.

Vampire's Garden, a custom tattooed leather wallcovering by Nicole Fuller Interiors

Vampire’s Garden, a custom tattooed leather wallcovering by Nicole Fuller Interiors

SS: What about in another designer’s project?

NF: I’m obsessed with Coco Chanel’s famous apartment in Paris, France. Not only was she brilliantly talented transforming the fashion industry, but also her interior design skills were perfection. She continues to be a true inspiration. I also adore Hotel Costes, designed by Jacques Garcia in Paris. It displays such imagination brought together by beautiful wall treatments and textures. Also Yves Saint Laurent’s apartment in Paris, designed by Jean-Michel Frank is a favorite. The apartment is masterfully designed with the perfect pairing of new and old pieces.

Coco Chanel's Paris Home

Coco Chanel’s Paris Home. Photo via NPR

Hotel Costes in Paris by Jacques Garcia

Hotel Costes in Paris designed by Jacques Garcia. Photo via Keylee Sanders

Yves Saint Laurent's home designed by Jean Michel Frank

Yves St Laurent’s Paris home by Jean Michel Frank

SS: As a style trend-setter, are there any new products or processes that you’ve begun using recently? What trends are you seeing with regards to wall treatments more generally?

NF: I think metal on the wall is going to be the next big thing – applied, inlayed, and painted. Metal is inherently dimensional – you can’t go wrong. We have recently started designing a burnished bronze geometric design on large panels for a client. I can’t wait to see them in place! I’m mixing in all different metal leaves (gold leaf, silver leaf, etc.) as well in my treatments.  Stay tuned… I’ll be sending out sneak peek pictures through twitter at @NicoleFullerInt.

SS: As a designer, you create not only interiors, but also design individual elements that make up those interiors, such as furniture, lighting, and bespoke wall treatments. Where do you find your inspiration?

NF: Lately I’ve been inspired by vintage Van Cleef and Arpels jewelry. I recently went to a private showing and the shapes and color interacting just-so with the precious metals immediately made me think of a whole new concept for pieces of furniture.

Custom wall furnishing in contemporary room by Nicole Fuller Interiors

Interior Design by Nicole Fuller Interiors

It’s not surprising that Nicole is inspired by the baubles of the Van Cleef and Arpels. Just like those jewels juxtaposed just-so within their precious settings,  the elements in one of her interiors are perfectly paired with their surroundings.

For more interior design inspiration see check out Nicole’s work on her Website.

To see Nicole’s furniture and accessories, check out her collection, Isabella Wolfe.

All photos courtesy of Nicole Fuller Interiors unless otherwise stated.

There’s a whole lotta GLAMOUR going on!

As we thought might happen, trends are emerging in the collaborative Wall Pin Wednesday board and the accompanying discussion on Twitter. The most obvious, for well, obvious reasons, is graphic, eye-catching wallpapers. It makes a perfect backdrop for interesting, über glamorous interiors and has quite a legacy of doing so. Of course, the venerable Dorothy Draper and her legendary designs for the Greenbrier come to mind!

Palm Wallpaper at the Greenbrier, decorated by Dorothy Draper in a 2012 spread by Bergdorfs

Case in point: Berdorf Goodman did a “cover story” for June 2012 at the Greenbrier, decorated by Dorothy Draper. It’s iconic palm wallpaper paves the way for the entire editorial, populated with labels that make up the who’s who of glamorous fashion. The model is wearing Oscar de la Renta. Photograph by Arnaud Pyvka.

Pink and white graphic wallpaper in an Interior Design by Cayley Barrett

From the 2011 Kip’s Bay Decorator Showhouse comes this brushy, seemingly hand-painted wallpaper in bubble gum pink on white. It’s the perfect accompaniment to the Marilyn Minter photograph glimpsed in the gilded mirror! Interior Design by Cayley Barrett. Photo by Isa Salazar. Originally via Lonny, submitted via Lisa League aka @agirlandamac for #WallPinWednesday.

At this point, I’d like to take a moment to lament. We ALWAYS want to give credit for any images we post here. My detective work is sometimes easy, but many times not. Our goal is not only to give credit where we found the image, but also to it’s creator, photographer, designer, and to the manufacturer of the product(s) depicted. If at any time, you can identify something we haven’t been able to, please leave a comment. To that end, if anyone can tell me what the above wallpaper is, I’d be thrilled.

A Kelly Wearstler designed sitting rrom with de Gournay wallpaper

We’re not sure you can do a post on glamorously colorful wallpaper and NOT include Kelly Wearstler. This Washington state home designed by Wearstler was featured in Elle Decor. Every single room is a delight in wall candy, and this de Gournay wallpapered sitting room radiating in mid-century glamour, is no exception. Photo by Mikkel Vang. via Lisa League aka @agirlandamac for #WallPinWednesday.

Black and White palm wallpaper in Interior Designer Meredith Heron's home

What is black and white and glamorous all over? This entryway vignette in Interior Designer Meredith Heron‘s home. Originally via HGTV Canada and ecstatically repinned for #WallPinWednesday from the Pinterest board “Walls I Love” by Customized Walls.

Zebra doors by Miles Redd

No, this isn’t wallpaper. But it’s beyond glamorous, eye-catching, and creative. These zebra print upholstered and studded doors were designed by Interior Designer Miles Redd. via Courtney Price Design for #WallPinWednesday

We couldn’t leave it at that! We had to find the rest of the room flanked by these marvelous doors, especially when we learned that they belonged to the living room of Miles Redd! From a wonderful post and interview with the designer via New York Social Diary.

There are many more inspiring interior design images on the #WallPinWednesday board including some from Noir Blanc Design, Feia Construction, Royal Design Studio, Mark Johnson FAIA, Julia Mack Design, Avente Tile, and some stunning antiqued mirror panels by Garay Artisans via Fauxology, see them all HERE.

We’d love to have you join in on the visual conversation that is #WallPinWednesday! Your contributions are what makes it so much fun and oh so fabulous! So, join the party that celebrates outstanding walls in interior design!

The Round Up

Last week we launched #WallPinWednesday to great success! It was thrilling to see all of the fabulous contributions that fellow interior design lovers made to the collaborative inspiration board and to be a part of the conversations that ensued! Thank you to all who contributed everything from tile, lacquer, paint, color, to wallpaper, and of course, inspired interior design.

As promised, here is a round-up of some highlights from last week’s Wall Pin Wednesday. There are too many to share all of them here, even though we’d love to! To see the all of the images, CLICK HERE.

Historic meets modern in Valencia Hotel

From Barbara Segal aka @NoirBlancDesign via the Pursuitist a Valencia hotel “fusing historical legacy and modern design” that is beyond exquisite. Fragments of ancient walls, gothic arches, and 19th century palace remains are all integrated into its design. Read the entire post here. It’s worth it, we promise.

Simply awe inspiring, as it’s meant to be. This cathedral glows in walls of cobalt blue stained glass. If anyone knows where this is, we’d love to know! Submitted by Feia Construction, LLC for #WallPinWednesday

Hampton Designer Showhouse 2012 Robert Passal via Quintessence

Our contribution was the master bedroom by the very talented designer Robert Passal in the 2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse via Quintessence blog (please see Q’s post for more on this truly fabulous space.) The luscious wall finish was inspired by the colors of a bouquet and executed by artist Tracy Hines.

Graphic wallpaper in interior by Kelly Carter

The graphic wallpaper sets the stage in this interior by Kelley Carter in Lonny Magazine May 2012. Photography by Patrick Cline. via Customized Walls for #WallPinWednesday.

This pink on pink interior may be too much for some, but you can’t deny its power! The wildly glamorous, intensely colorful G Hotel in Galway was designed by Philip Treacy. via Interior Designer Sarah Sarna for Wall Pin Wednesday.

Watercolor Mural in Living Room

A washy, muted watercolor mural featured in the post 5 Resurrected Old-World Interior Design Trends was submitted from Lisa League aka @agirlandamac for #WallPinWednesday. (Originally featured on House To Home > Mural by Surface View | Photograph by Emma Lee)

Awe inpisiring tile in Casa da Música in Sala Barroca

I think the Portuguese tile in the Casa da Música in Sala Barroca speaks for itself! Re-pinned from Lee Nicholson aka @FilmoreClark for #WallPinWednesday. Via http://fomosveromundo.wordpress.com

Contrasting tile

In a Northern California Home by Michelle Kaufmann Studio a bath features contrasting silver and green tile enclave topped off with a perfect soaking tub. Photo by John Swain. Submitted by Mark Johnson FAIA for #WallPinWednesday

We look forward to seeing you all tomorrow for another #WallPinWednedsay!

Wall Pin Wednesday

We were recently inspired by one of our favorite chats on Twitter, Interior Designer Chat. Well, truth be told that’s not unusual! But during this particular session the topic was Pinterest, and the discussion, as always, was fast, furious, and fun. Pinterest, if you are unfamiliar, is a fairly new social media site that allows users to collect, “pin”, and share images on “boards”. It basically takes the place of a scrapbook, mood board or inspiration board. The Interior Design community is rightfully quite smitten with Pinterest. It’s a fantastic tool, and especially so for creative and visually based businesses.

The conversation, moderated by the founder of the chat, the lovely Barbara Segal of Noir Blanc Design, was steered toward the idea of collaborative Pinterest boards. At this point, Clever Storage, a clever kitchen storage design company, chimed in that they had started something called #DesignPinThurs or in non-tweet parlance Design Pin Thursday. Basically people can pin a design themed image, give it the hashtag #DesignPinThurs, tweet it, and voila, they will re-pin it onto a collaborative inspiration board.

We LOVED this idea so much that Wall Pin Wednesday was born and christened with the hashtag #WallPinWednesday. It works like this- tweet an interior design or architectural pin that boasts fabulous walls with the hashtag #WallPinWednesday, and we will re-pin as many as we can to a devoted collaborative board on Pinterest. Whether wallpaper, murals, fabric, mosaics, tile, glass, plaster finishes, distressed walls, paint, wood: as long as it is wonderfully wall related, it is #WallPinWednesday worthy. You can also follow the action on Twitter by searching for the hashtag #WallPinWednesday.

We realize that Twitter is not for everyone, and well, frankly, the lingo to the uninitiated can be confusing.  But never fear, there will be eye candy in Wall Pin Wednesday for you as well. Simply check out the resulting board every week to see what people are pinning. Or you can check in here for round-up posts of the top Wall Pin Wednesday pins!

Here are a few fabulous interiors with noteworthy walls that we’ve found on or shared on Pinterest.

Creative color blocking on Pinterest

Using creative color blocking to define the dimensions of a space. Originally via Desire To Inspire via Skona Hem.

Leopard Wallpaper

Luxury on the wild side with leopard walls. Pinned via The Decorista.

A lacquered sitting room by Interior Designer Miles Redd

Miles Redd does walls like no other. The dark teal lacquer of this sitting room coupled with pops of orange and turquoise is just one the elements that make it truly spectacular. Re-pinned via ABC Dragoo.

An arched hallway vignette is washed white.

A gorgeously framed hallway vignette is perfection in white. Re-pinned via Elizabeth de Montfort Walker.

de Gournay wallpaper with artistic flourish

Jeffrey Bilhuber’s Manhattan boudoir luxuriates in custom de Gournay wallpaper with golden gestural strokes by artist Nancy Lorenz. Re-pinned via Webster & Company. Originally from ELLE Decor, May 2007, Photographer William Waldron.

We look forward to seeing your pins for #WallPinWednesday, and remember, we will be posting Round-Ups of the top Wall Pin Wednesday images right here!

To see the inspiring Pinterest boards of Interior Designer Chat, click here.

You can also check us out on Pinterest, where we pin our (and your) inspirations and obsessions.