Lisa Stewart Design Gov Mansion 1

Feeling At Home in the Governor’s Mansion

I recently had the great honor of touring the North Carolina’s Executive Mansion in Raleigh. Completed in 1891, this historic house and home remain one of the state’s finest examples of the Queen Anne Cottage style of Victorian architecture. Its many attractive features include a steeply pitched gable, wrap porches, and richly colored textural surfaces. The mansion really begins to shine once inside. With 16 foot ceilings, columns and elaborate turned woodwork it would be easy to feel overwhelmed. I […]

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The Magic of Art Museums

Art museums are magical places because they inspire me. The Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota did not disappoint when I visited recently. As Frank Gehry’s first American art museum, the Weisman became known as “Baby Bilbao” because it shows glimpses of the design features — molten Cubism, light-filled interiors, a faceted metal skin — that soon took spectacular shape in Gehry’s best-known building, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. As we entered the museum we were stopped […]

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Lisa Stewart Design Pantone Tangerine

Pantone Color of the Year for 2012

Dance into the New Year with this vivacious and appealing reddish-orange. PANTONE® announced 17-1463 Tangerine Tango, an energetic, enticing hue, as the color of the year for 2012. Sophisticated but at the same time seductive and dramatic, it is an orange with a lot of depth. Reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy. […]

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Lisa Stewart, Design, Interior, Raleigh, NC, Classic Decor

Timeless Decorating, Timeless Memories

This 1940’s living room above shows classic features that never go out of style. It belonged to my in-laws and the photo was taken by my father-in-law shortly after he returned from WWII, where he served in the Navy as a “Seabee” in the Pacific. Money and materials were scarce for them.  But my mother-in-law’s resourcefulness and sewing skills helped her create this beautiful room in their rented apartment in South St. Louis, MO. The second photo below shows today’s […]

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Lisa Stewart Design Granite Countertops

Take It For Granite

No longer a luxury item, granite countertops in kitchens and baths have become standard with builders and the expected norm with homebuyers. In less than a decade, granite went from being opulent to ubiquitous. This sudden shift can be attributed to lower prices due to globalization and new technology. Granite is more affordable because of the easy access to many sources around the world. And granite is easier to work with because of computerized saws and other technology advancements. Are […]

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Lisa Stewart Design Best in Show

Fall 2011 High Point Market – Revived & Renewed

My pick for “Best in Show” at the High Point Furniture Market is this beautiful, one of a kind desk at the Phillips Collection Showroom. Making the best of a bad situation, the hardworking people of Thailand are salvaging wreckage from the 2004 tsunami and creating art. Crafted from uprooted trees, this organic furniture represents the resourcefulness and artistry of people struggling to recover from a devastating tragedy. Unrefined wood elements like this desk ground a room with a connection […]

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Lisa Stewart Design Raleigh NC Print Fabric

Custom Designed For You

Having trouble finding the perfect fabric, wall covering, or flooring? Did you know you can design your own? New technology has made it possible for you to personalize anything. Now you can put your own stamp on your home by creating custom designed materials of all kinds: from fabrics to wall coverings to floorings and even to countertops. I loved this wall covering inspired by the pooch. It’s just one example of how you can imagine and then create items […]

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Gracious Living with Bob Timberlake

Life is a celebration of love, family and home for this North Carolina artist whose family history dates back to the 1700s and has been recreated in film. As a child, Bob Timberlake experienced “country living” at its best. Now he captures those wonderful experiences for others to enjoy through his signature paintings, log homes and furnishings. The outside world seemed to fade away as he recently spoke before a group of interior designers in High Point, NC. There was […]

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Palace of Versailles – 21st Century Lighting

This famous French 17th century chateau, the brainchild of Louis XIV and a spectacular symbol of his regime, was the first royal palace to introduce lighting in the form of candle-lit chandeliers. This invention set the standard of lighting for all other European dynasties. The famous Hall of Mirrors, where the treaty ending the First World War was signed, has a collection of 17 large reproduction chandeliers. In the 20th century these were lit with unattractive and inefficient incandescent bulbs […]

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Lisa Stewart Design India Large Home

Homes of Pride

India one of my favorite places is a fascinating and colorful country of contrasts. Take a moment to reflect on these two divergent dwellings. The Ambani Family spent four years and nearly $2 billion to build the world’s largest and most expensive single family home. Called Antilla, it’s a 27-story skyscraper in downtown Mumbai with 400,000 square feet of interior space designed by Hirsch Bedner Associates, the designers behind the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. With amenities of a hotel, the home […]

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