Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Connecting Creatives

2 photographers + a group of interior designers

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Where have you been?

In case you have been wondering what I have been working on lately, here are some links to posts I put together for White Light Visual, where you can find me during the week. I love the variety of projects and industries that they serve. Since starting in January, I have connected with local business owners, interior designers, large corporations, property managers and educational institutions. We are planning to host a spring open house/creative networking event sometime around May, so let me know if you would like to be on the guest list. Email me at yvonne@whitelightvisual.com (post links are in green)

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Art in Public Spaces

Plexiglass panel print with brushed nickel standoffs
Eventi Hotel, NY

Large format printing and cut vinyl lettering
Ligne Roset at 2013 West Edge Design Fair, CA

Dimensional lettering and architectural signage on curved wall
Target House at St. Judes Childrens Hospital, TN

Large format printing with colorful paper install
Benjamin Moore Paints
2012 Architectural Digest Home Design Show, NY 

Cut vinyl lettering and custom image install
Karen Alweil Studio
2012 Architectural Digest Home Design Show, NY

Dye sublimation fabric printing
Domoore Designs // DIFFA: Dining by Design
2012 Architectural Digest Home Design Show, NY

Ever wonder just how this art gets created?
I always have and now I know ...

White Light Visual presents ...

Transforming Corporate, Retail, Institutional and
Educational Environments // March 25, 2015

Lunch + Learn event from 11:30am until 2pm
at Harbor Place, 9 Rantoul St. Beverly MA

Visit me and the creative team at White Light Visual
studio in Beverly during #BostonDesignWeek and you
will learn design how-tos behind public art installs.

RSVP by March 23rd to attend.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Please vote for Design Vignettes!

Design Vignettes has been nominated for the second year in a row for Best Blogger Interior Design! My blog is up against a number of design blogs that have also been nominated (13 total in the Interior Design category) so every vote counts. If you enjoy this blog on a regular basis, I would truly appreciate your vote of support! 

Even more so, I would like to know why you follow this blog. Do you like the before and after makeovers, the sharing of design trends, local design event coverage, or other art related content? Is there a topic you would like to learn more about? Are you interested in reading more personal posts that are not design specific? Or do you rarely read blogs anymore and prefer a stream of Instagram images?

Since starting this blog in 2009, my life has certainly had a lot of significant changes ... from being a stay-at-home-mom of 4 who needed a creative outlet, to becoming a design show participant (on 8 different occasions), to creating a years worth of issues of a digital design magazine, to guest blogging for dozens of brands, to being invited to several design blogging events across the country, to working full-time for 3 different companies over the last 5 years.

I know that the opportunities that have presented themselves have without a doubt been influenced by the simple act of writing this blog, which helped to define my creative path. And how fun has it been to connect with and meet other design bloggers on the same journey!

And while my blog posts have certainly decreased as my work life has become more structured – and as my growing boys lives have required a new type of attention – I still feel compelled to post every now and then for whatever reason. To those of you who continue to come back to check in, thank you! And my sincerest gratitude to any of you new visitors who stopped by today and read to the end : )

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Conference Room Makeover

This is a #throwback makeover, from a couple years ago. My task was to choose paint color, carpet, and design elements for the Designer Bath conference room, where we often hosted invitational Lunch + Learns for the design community.

Above is the “After. Below is the eye-sore before ...

This support beam posed the biggest challenge. After much thought, simply wrapping it tightly with rope created an interesting texture in the room, while referencing the company’s early years when still located in the seaport town of Salem, MA. The decorative orange tree, taking a cue from the company’s brand colors, adds brightness and life to the corner of this window-less office space. 

The new paint colors for the walls in the conference room and adjoining cubicle area both had to coordinate with the new commercial grade carpet we chose from Landry and Arcari. 

To finish the space, cut vinyl was added to the conference room walls. On one side, the Designer Bath logo in white, and on the monitor wall we added a reflective wave pattern taken from their Salem Plumbing logo.

At my new position at White Light Visual, this is the type of project we are often called upon to design and execute – branding corporate, retail, and institutional environments through “visual marketing. To me, its just another form of art.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Magic Carpets + Makeovers

New home with new furniture plus one of my favorite carpets from Bassett.

After spending the last year recommending sofas, ottomans, chairs, accent tables, and more, I am very certain of one thing: anchoring the space with the right carpet is the best way to achieve a well designed look. The carpet adds visual harmony, often bringing in the colors of the fabrics, incorporating the shades of the wood furnishings, or adding an additional layer of color, all while presenting a feeling of luxurious comfort to the space. Even with all new furniture, a room just does not look “right if all the legs are on a naked floor.

My best interior makeovers have always included a new carpet to tie our selected design elements together. Below are some of my recent favorites ...

Handcrafted dining furniture paired with host chairs and carpet from Bassett.

A large scale geometric carpet adds a modern touch to this classic bedroom.

– Simple With Elegance –

A floral and lattice style carpet lightens up the heavy black dining furniture.

 A simple stair runner from Karastan paired with a wool carpet from Bassett.

This stairway is adjacent to the dining room above. All colors and patterns had to work together in this open and connected space. Likewise, the colors on the second floor pulled from the same palette of soft blues and warm neutrals so that each room would flow from one to the other. The small square below shows a fresh, organic style area rug that we selected to coordinate, yet contrast, with the traditional patterned carpet that the homeowner was using in her walk-in closet.

– A Modern Victorian –

For this makeover, the homeowner had already chosen her furnishings, but was at a loss on how to choose the right carpet to work with her jewel toned fabrics in her traditional Victorian-era home. We looked at a number of different carpet choices, from wool geometric patterns to solid shags. The key was finding the right color and pattern that could hold its own with the saturated palette of the pieces in the room.


Along with determining the right carpet for her space, we also had custom pillows made in fabrics that worked with her bright colors and bold patterns. This may have been a small project design-wise on my part, but having this type of professional guidance at the end was just what the client needed.

“I finally unrolled the carpet (busy week) and wow, you were brilliant with this one. We were working with difficult variables, and this final piece pulls it ALL together. Thank you so much. It is the happy room I want! – Lynn P.

Finished room with new carpet and pillows.

Custom bolster pillows in citrus-bright geometric pattern from Bassett.

– A Pink and Green Prepped Room –

I loved working with this sweet, and traditional, client on her new downsized home. She was very confident that she wanted to incorporate her favorite color, pink, throughout. These photos show how the custom furniture that we selected looked in her brand new space soon after she moved in. Notice how the carpet is not to scale? Choosing an appropriately sized one was next on the list, along with accent tables, window shutters, artwork, and the hanging of a pretty chandelier over the dining area. The room will not be as inviting as it can be until these last pieces of the design puzzle are in place. 

Follow my Instagram account for future updates on my design related projects. This year I will be working at Bassett by appointment only. I will also be working on some large scale creative projects for corporate, retail, and even pop-up spaces via White Light Visual in Beverly. How I ended up there is a story for another day ...

Monday, December 15, 2014

Holiday Tradition at Endicott Mansion

Earlier this month, the Danvers Historical Society held their winter gala at the Endicott Mansion at Glen Magna Farms. Florists and artists were invited to deck the halls. I was more than happy to return to this former show house to style my decorated rooms with wintery floral arrangements plus a bit of holiday glam. With snowflake-like wallpaper from Farrow and Ball, the decorations could remain simple ...

evergreens with white roses

sparkle on the bookshelves

feathery arrangement displayed in a winter white vase
from Janus et Cie via The Boston Design Center

whimsical DIY snow globes ... just for fun

How are you decorating your favorite
rooms this holiday season?