Lisa Stewart Interior Design Blog Receives Award

by Lisa Stewart 15 Sep 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.


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.


Barry Dixon and Lisa Stewart Chat Interior Design

by Lisa Stewart 21 Apr 2018

Blending global decorating styles


“A room should start a conversation before people actually start exchanging words.” 
~Barry Dixon

Photos: Erik Kvalsvik, Peter Vitale
See the careful attention to detail in this bookcase styled by Barry with the homeowner's collection.

Barry Dixon is known for a distinct aesthetic that blends Western styles with global influences from a childhood spent abroad in India, Pakistan, Korea, New Caledonia and South Africa. With projects spanning the world, Dixon imagines interiors that infuse artifacts and antiques with present-day motifs – all preserving the history and personality of the homeowners and their treasures.

What fun to connect with Barry at the Tomlinson Showroom. Notice how our design philosophies align. Whether designing your home or your life, we inspire you to embrace the world of the possibilities! 

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


Lavish Bath Remodels to Love

by Lisa Stewart 17 Feb 2018

Luxury interior design bath tile for less in Raleigh.

This stunning marble bath remodel features Marvel Calacatta Extra Bath Porcelain Tile from the Mosaic Showroom in Raleigh. It’s reasonably priced and installs beautifully. Shown here, the largest tiles are 18 x 36 when installed with grout. The luxurious look of imported Italian marble is astounding and can be yours for less than you might think! 

Below, these 4 x 8 Mirage Privilege porcelain tile wall slabs create an upscale statement but cost less than real stone options. If you like a grand palatial look, this one’s for you. It can also be found at the Mosaic Showroom.

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