Lisa Stewart Interior Design Blog Receives Award

by Lisa Stewart 17 Mar 2019

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.


News & Observer: Timeless Elegance

by Lisa Stewart 16 Mar 2019

This spa-like master bath retreat is part of a very large home addition.


The gorgeous tub is the focal point!


A house on a hill and heartwarming childhood nostalgia combine to make this master bath design a beautiful project from the inside out.

Download my newspaper article here.

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

Hearst Castle Architecture and Interior Design History

by Lisa Stewart 16 Feb 2019

Lifetime of design and decorating inspiration


The unbelievable architecture and interior design collection of the Hearst Castle recently blew me away again! I first visited the Hearst Castle as an 8-year-old, and it was clearly a defining moment in my life. My memories of the astounding grandeur and beauty remained and influenced my own design style. 

Hearst Castle is an Art Museum, National and California Historic Landmark and California State Park located on the Central Coast near San Simeon. It was a residence for newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst between 1919 and 1947. 


The main building of the hilltop estate is the 68,500 square-foot centerpiece of Hearst Castle.

Design and construction of the estate took more than three decades, and it was never really finished. Hearst collaborated with architect Julia Morgan, the first woman to hold an architect’s license in California. They created a unique showplace with precious possessions Hearst purchased in Europe. Some amazing architectural features were collected from deteriorating renaissance castles. Each treasure was meticulously cataloged then shipped to the site. Morgan then designed every detail of the exterior facades, gardens, interiors walls and even ceilings. The rooms are filled to the brim with an overwhelming array of museum quality paintings, tapestries, sculptures and antiquities. Sofas and chairs still have the original opulent fabrics intact. The rich and elegant fabrics are now being reproduced for us to use in our castles. Imagine that!

The two-year restoration of the world-famous Neptune Pool was completed in 2018. The water refracts light to create this brilliant turquoise hue. Surrounded by an ancient temple facade, fountains, marble sculptures and alabaster lanterns it is breathtaking and life changing!

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


Pantone Color of the Year 2019

by Lisa Stewart 19 Jan 2019

This lighthearted blush color decorates the world.

 

The PANTONE Color of this year is 16-1546 Living Coral. From flower beds to beaches and sunsets this warm natural tone encourages optimism and joyful pursuits. It provides buoyancy in our continually shifting environment. Anchored at the center of the chromatic wheel it engages the spirit and energizes the body. 

Get on board. Make a lively impression with this comfortable yet playful sofa. Accent with any array of color you like! 

Brette Sofa One Kings Lane

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


Historic Interior Design in Churches

by Lisa Stewart 15 Dec 2018

Ornately painted designs lift the spirit.

The inspirational designs covering the interiors of this House of God were created by German immigrants seeking solace during the late 1800’s. The immigrants fled persecution and survived hardships and sorrows, but persevered because of their faith. The Painted Churches of Texas were constructed with the same beauty and craftsmanship as the old-world German churches. After their pilgrimages the churches became peaceful anchors in the immigrants’ new world and reminders of their homeland. People now come from all over the world to experience the wonder of these five places of worship just a few hours northwest of Houston. 

Saints Cyril and Methodius Church in Dubina Texas

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.