Patricia Gray Interior Design

Inspirational Quotes

"Style…isn’t something that you apply like hand cream. It comes from within, as an emanation from your own being.Life is the canvas and style is the grooming point of view.” Jan de Luz

It was Mrs. Vreeland who said "it is not bad taste I object to, it is
no taste that I'm against." via HouseofBeauty&Culture

“To not dare is to have already lost. We should seek out ambitious,
even unrealistic projects…because things only happen when we dream.”
Andree Putman

"I believe that architecture and decoration are art forms of the highest order…”
Mariette Himes Gomez
Posted by Patricia gray
over 12 years ago

Turquoise Bliss

What girl doesn't love this little turquoise box?

Florence Broadhurst wallpaper

Who inspired who? The color for the Tiffany box and the Florence Broadhurst wallpaper look almost identical. I have recently been reading the book: FlorenceBroahurst - Her Secret & Extraordinary Lives. She has quite a few designs in turquoise for her wallpapers that were designed in the 60's & 70's. I like that this color is once again fashionable and is being used in interiors.

Refreshing and Sophisticated: A mix of blue and green, turquoise has a sweet feminine feel while the darker teal shades add lively sophistication. Some shades of turquoise have an old-fashioned 50s and 60s retro feel. Turquoise has the same calming effects as the mixture blue and green it is comprised of .

Culture of Turquoise: This in-between color represents water, thus the names aqua and aquamarine. It's also a valuable and popular mineral often turned into jewelry. Turquoise is closely associated with the Middle East and the American Southwest.

Posted by Patricia gray
over 12 years ago

Staircase Inspiration

I have long had a fascination for staircases. They are one of the hardest elements I have to deal with and one of the most expensive to detail correctly. One of my pet peeves is wall to wall carpet on stairs. I prefer to use runners or leave the stairs bare if at all possible. I am just in the process of finishing a renovation of a home for a client and I have replaced the carpet on their open staircase with 2 inch thick pieces of 100 year old reclaimed teak from Asia. The teak is so beautiful and you see the solid thickness of it as you go up the stairs. The project isn't completed yet, but when it is I will post photos. The best book on staircases I have in my library is Staircase Design.
Suzanne Kasler
How grand this entry foyer is with the black and white checkered
floor. This is a staircase to walk down in a flowing ball gown
Lucyina via Desire to Inspire love the sisal stair runner

Madeline Stuart wall color Farrow & Ball 'Blue Ground'
so fresh & inviting

House Beautiful

Fotene Design via Desire to Inspire

Armenio Losa makes me want to run my hand on the curved hand rail, or slide down it.
Myra Hoefer conjures up images of Tuscany

John Stefanidis Greece is written all over this picture

House Beautiful

Steven Ehrlich
This is my very favourite staircase. Thanks Steven.
I love the cantilevered slabs projecting from the wall
and the rough concrete wall.
Posted by Patricia gray
over 12 years ago

Chairs I Adore

Vincente Wolf updated slipper chair
John Saladino trademark quilted fabric

Thomas Pheasant for Baker updated slipper chair in the style of Elsie de Wolfe
House Beautiful Slipcovered Traditional English Roll Arm

Mariette Himes Gomez Notice the tassels on the arms

House Beautiful mixing several styles in one room
Antonia Hutt Klismos Chair dates from 5th Century BC Greece

Michael Taylor

Eames Management Chair Charles and Ray Eames 1958
Bikini Chair Charles and Ray Eames 1951- House Beautiful
Phillipe Starck Ghost Chair made of injected poly carbonate in the style of Louis XV

Ghost Chair (in foreground) photo BNO Design

Eero Saarinen 1948 Womb Chair - photo BNO Design

Womb Chair in rich saddle brown leather
Antonia Hutt love the purple velvet

Ruthie Sommers Vintage find that she reproduces
and sells on 1st Dibs
Posted by Patricia gray
over 12 years ago

'Sine Qua Non' Live B...

This is a penthouse project that I recently completed for a couple with two small children in downtown Vancouver. It has a fantastic view that was a little overwhelming when I started on the project. There was nothing to keep your focus inside the space. I decided that I needed to be bold in my choice of finishes. I grounded the space by adding teak panelling to the raised ceilings to mirror the teak of the floor. The furnishings & accessories were kept to a minimum to not detract from the view. The finishes had to child friendly. The dining table and countertops are Caesarstone, which is virtually indestructible. The dining room chairs were upholstered in white leatherette. I put studding on the chairs at the top of each leg. The chandelier was picked for its fun and whimsy. The sofa is real leather and the area carpet is wool from Belgium. The ottoman is upholstered in Cashmere, which isn't exactly child friendly but my client fell in love with it. The back wall of the cooktop is a wonderful piece of Granite that I hand picked from the supplier, and it was with much difficulty, that they were able to install it as a slab - in one piece with no seams. It weighed approx 600 pounds and had to be taken up to the top of the building. It looks fabulous, and hangs on the wall like a magnificent piece of artwork. I also wanted to use warm coloring & natural products to connect the space with the earth energy. The color of the granite picks up the color of the teak and has these beautiful charcoal grey veins running through it. I matched the paint and carpet color to this gray veining in the granite to further accentuate the granite. Redl Kitchen Studio designed and fabricated the kitchen and masterminded the installation of the teak ceiling panels. The effect is better when you are in the space. You feel like you are on top of the world but at the same time the space is very warm and enveloping. The clients are happy with the end result and they are finding it very family friendly and good for their frequent entertaining.

Chandelier Dandelion Moooi
Floor Lamp Logico Artemide
Area Carpet Banner Carpets
Chairs & Table Patricia Gray Inc
Appliances Miele & Sub-Zero
Tap Tara Classic Dornbracht
Granite Bordingnon Marble & Granite
Cashmere Robert Allen
Photography Roger Brooks (magazine cover)
all other photos BPlus Studios
Posted by Patricia gray
over 12 years ago