The last silk pillow. A sculptural work of art. Polished accessories.
The finishing touches...
Why do the images in top design magazines look so inviting and beautiful?
It is because every detail is in perfect harmony.
Like an artist fine-tuning the composition of a painting,
we balance color, texture, contrast, style and visual weight with finishing touches
in order to fully realize the design vision.
Our talented design team is hard at work,
ensuring that each piece at our Skyline project is perfectly positioned.
[From left: Alex MacMillan, Kelly Hiselman and Emily Lacouture.
Shelley Jain was expertly keeping things rolling back at the studio.]
A modern chair joins a Swedish antique-style daybed to invite lounging and reading.
Coffee table books on art, architecture and haute couture capture the imagination.
Silk pillows dress a comfortable tufted sofa near the marbleized wallpapered bookcases.
The curve of the calla lilies echo the lines of the custom-designed Skyline settee,
L I S A T H A R P C O L L E C T I O N.
It is wonderful when a renovation can incorporate inspired details
from around our beautiful world — in this case, from Venice, Italy.
Our Delancey Place client shared a favorite image (above) of the mosaic floors
at St. Mark's Basilica with the project's design team.
A lovely collaboration began
between client, architects, ourselves and tile vendors,
with the goal of recreating this mosaic on the home's entry vestibule floor.
Seeing St. Mark's mosaics up close and in person this summer got me even more inspired!
The talented folks at Joanne Hudson and New Ravenna Mosaics have been working on samples
to get the colors, proportions, shapes and finishes just right.
We gathered recently at Joanne Hudson's Philly showroom to finalize selections,
with an eye to recreating the patina of age.
Even through the shiny protective layer of plastic, one can see beauty emerging in these design samples.
Soon, this mosaic will provide a warm, memorable welcome to our client's friends and family for years to come.
Grazie for my own memories, Venezia!
It was SO satisfying to finish the interiors at SALT MARSH.
Over 3 days, we teamed with our valued partners to install remaining
furniture, wall + window treatments, and art.
Then, we styled in a mix of luxe and natural accessories to complete
the relaxed, barefoot vibe of this home.
Some behind-the-scenes snapshots:
Days like these are always hard work and require serious project management (thank you, Kelly!).
The reward is in the final result, and the delight of our clients.
Soon, I will share a preview of our shoot day with talented photographer Michael J. Lee.
Special thanks to:
Acorn Design Center
Concord Lamp & Shade
Designer Services, Inc.
Jack + Toba
Manning's Cabinet shop
Red Bird Trading
2 and 3.
Gorgeous custom counter chairs
now grace the kitchen island at our Salt Marsh project.
Salt Marsh gave me the opportunity to collaborate
with furniture maker Richard Wrightman, whose work I have long admired.
We commissioned counter chairs that complement the kitchen proportions perfectly,
while adding fitting style to the space.
Wrightman's campaign-inspired furniture mixes "history with invention".
It embodies a profound respect for traditional craftsmanship, the finest materials,
and an adventurous spirit for evolving furniture forms at function's behest...
qualities I strive for every day in my own design work.
Our collaboration began with an idea.
My kitchen design plan took many cues from sailboat building traditions --
from the mast-like island pendants and map-reading sconces,
to the countertops made from teak + holly boat decking.
What better grace note than counter chairs that might easily be found on a yacht in the south of France.
As so, we moved from initial concept...
to palette selections for the leathers and wood...
to workshop drawings...
to production prototype...
to the finished design.
The oiled walnut complements the teak + holly countertops beautifully.
The white leather, attached by dark leather bridle straps, is soft and buttery... so comfortable for relaxing at the counter, sipping a cool beverage while chatting with the cook.
The entire process has been an absolute pleasure, and the end result has made our clients very happy.
A big thank you to our clients for approving this plan, the team here at Lisa Tharp Design for making it all happen,
and to Richard Wrightman and company for their fine artistry.
Portrait photography by William Geddes. Project photography by Fia Tharp
One of our newest design projects gets underway this month.
The Governor's House holds a prominent position
in the architectural history of its charming New England town.
Built in 1830, this beautiful Georgian house, with its multiple chimneys and classic floor plan,
was the summer home of the state's Civil War-era governor,
whose affluent family also built other historically significant homes nearby.
The new design plan will respect the home's important origins while
making it family-friendly for its young homeowners.
The house is well sited on lovely grounds with mature trees.
The property includes a boat house and former staff quarters which will be
preserved and reimagined for today's lifestyle.
The original carriage house still contains horse stalls, which will be restored as the structure is improved.
Lead paint abatement on the interiors is now complete.
Love the tall windows in the original part of the house.
I look forward to sharing updates as the project progresses.
Thanks to these terrific new clients for trusting us with their future home.
'Til next time.
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