Lisa Stewart Interior Design Blog Receives Award

by Lisa Stewart 17 Nov 2018

Named Top 50 North Carolina Blog

What an honor to be named #34 TOP BLOG on Feedspot Home Blog. Check it out!

Lisa Stewart is an interior designer serving the Triangle area of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, NC.


American Artist Georgia O’Keeffe Inspires Women

by Lisa Stewart 17 Nov 2018

North Carolina Museum of Art Exhibit Highlights

Georgia O'Keeffe, photographed in New Mexico by Bruce Weber, in 1984.

Georgia O’Keeffe, Petunias © 2018 Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.

Georgia O'Keeffe was best known for her paintings of enlarged flowers, New York skyscrapers, and New Mexico landscapes. Recognized as the "Mother of American modernism" her famous painting style is well-known all over the world. A woman with a very distinct eye and way of living, she is now inspiring another generation of artists shown below.

Anna Valdez, Deer Skull with Blue Vase.
Exterior mural at the North Carolina Museum of Art by Ouizi, Louise Jones.

Lisa Stewart is an interior designer serving the Triangle area of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, NC.


2018 Fall High Point Market: COLOR Returns

by Lisa Stewart 13 Oct 2018

Decorate with bold, bright colors to chase the gray away.


Interior designers know that gray is here to stay because it has established itself as a “go-to” neutral everyone loves. But the dominance of gray over the last several years has left many craving colors. And so, the fall furniture market revealed intense hues blooming everywhere in fabrics and on walls. What a relief to have color again! 

The beautiful red jacquard fabric below inspired the Ambella showroom designed by Jennifer McConnell. By incorporating cranberry, burgundy, pink, purple and copper she updated the tired old Ralph Lauren red of the early 90’s. This hip pinkish crimson is fantastic and satisfies my need for color. What do you think? Are you ready for some chroma therapy?

Lisa Stewart is an interior designer serving the Triangle area of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, NC.


PE Guerin Hardware is Handmade in America

by Lisa Stewart 15 Sep 2018

Intricate detailed designs with classic opulence.

 

Looking for American-made kitchen, bath, cabinet, door and window hardware? P. E. Guerin, is the quintessential artisan metal foundry for luxury fixtures. The graceful swan faucet shown above is my all-time favorite. They also present lovely lighting and furniture lines. Each stunning piece comes alive in the hands of their craftsmen trained through generations. Founded in 1857 by French immigrant Pierre Emmanuel Guerin, it has been at its current location in Greenwich Village since 1892 and is the oldest decorative hardware firm in the United States. Four generations later, the family business remains committed to unparalleled high-quality design, workmanship and service. 

This museum-like room in their Greenwich location houses all the P. E. Guerin historic pattern books. Imagine what you might find there!  You will be spellbound when you see this exquisite hardware. 

Lisa Stewart is an interior designer serving the Triangle area of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, NC.


Hand-Made Modern Furniture

by Lisa Stewart 18 Aug 2018

Local artists can build your dream furniture piece.

This long, lean chest of drawers shown here, which incorporates a branch from a dead oak tree, is the first major collaboration for furniture designer Chris Lehrecke and his wife, jewelry designer Gabriella Kiss. Featured at Ralph Pucci International in New York City, the price tag on this gorgeous piece was $22,000. That is not an option for most people here in the Triangle. But fear not, you can find custom wood furniture designed and turned into reality for reasonable prices. In Raleigh, check out Woodleaf Studio and Bones Studio. Also husband-and-wife team Mike Parker and Ann Cowperthwaite of Eidolon Designs are happy to build any style you desire. Wood furniture artists can also be found on the Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild website. Go ahead, contact them. A one-of-a-kind furniture piece can be yours!

Lisa Stewart is an interior designer serving the Triangle area of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, NC.

 

The Log Cabin Chic Interior Decorating Trend

by Lisa Stewart 14 Jul 2018

From humble historic homestead to grand glam hangout.

 

Coming from humble beginnings the National Register of Historic Homes includes many log cabins from the 1600’s. The interiors have just the bare necessities of that era and decorating flourishes are scarce. 

Log cabin homes today are still being built using the same type of structure, but the interiors have changed dramatically. Now when cabins and castles collide, you end up with a captivating look that’s also comfortable. Reinventing rustic is easy to accomplish with a few perfectly picked accents and stylish touches. Say goodbye to cabin fever because you will never want to leave these bedazzled bungalows. 

Lisa Stewart is an interior designer serving the Triangle area of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, NC.

 

Traditional Floral Prints are Making a Comeback

by Lisa Stewart 16 Jun 2018

Floral motifs are always classic and timeless.


The left photo of Nancy Pyne by Jonathan Becker was featured in Town and Country Magazine in 1987. The right photo by Melanie Acevedo shows Nancy Pyne at her current home.  

The fetching floral chintz pattern on the left was famously used by distinguished designer Albert Hadley for his client, legendary socialite tastemaker Nancy Pyne in the 1960’s. In 2010 with the help of Hadley and Pyne, Schumacher reintroduced the beautiful floral print on the right. Available as a fabric and a wallcovering, this popular pattern named Pyne Hollyhock is gracing furniture, windows and walls once again. 

Thinking of adding this time-honored elegant look to your home? It’s available in quintessential color collections that will revive any décor, especially when paired with one of the latest contemporary geometric prints in the same colorway.  

Photos left to right: Caitlin Wilson Design, Michelle Adams, Erin Gates Design

Lisa Stewart is an interior designer serving the Triangle area of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, NC.

Interior Design Inspiration from The Past at Tryon Palace

by Lisa Stewart 18 May 2018

Historic New Bern North Carolina has colonial design roots.


Tryon Palace, located in New Bern, North Carolina, is a replica of the mansion built in the late 1760s. Royal Governor William Tryon brought architect John Hawks from London to design and build the Georgian-style structure to serve as the first Colonial capitol of North Carolina and home to the Tryon family.

Following the revolution, the site held the general assembly for the State of North Carolina and housed the state governors until 1794.

Shortly after the state capital was relocated to Raleigh in 1792 the original building burned to the ground. After an extensive 30-year campaign to rebuild with the original architect's plans this modern recreation was erected on the site in the 1950s.  

Today, the Palace with recreated gardens is a State Historic Site that lives on as a testament to history, community and rebirth. 

There are many other beautiful historic homes and sites in New Bern within walking distance of several nice Bed and Breakfasts. Plan your stay soon. 

Lisa Stewart is an interior designer serving the Triangle area of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, NC.