Patricia Gray Interior Design

Fifi Flowers - Artist Inspiration

I have come across a wonderful artist who writes a blog called Fifi Flowers.  She was inspired to do a drawing by a picture I posted recently on my inspirations on Patio Furniture.  I love what she has done and I never cease to be amazed at the different things that trigger the creative process in each of us. 
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                  Briger and Briger                                                   Fifi Flowers

Posted by Patricia gray
over 11 years ago

Garden Pathways

This is the time of the year, summer, glorious summer to spend time outdoors. Renew, refresh, get inspired. Visit your favorite garden or park, or dream about making your garden a little more special. I love gardens with pathways that invite exploration. Gardens that make you want to meander, to spend time and to contemplate the finer things of life. I love all the different colors of green in gardens. You don't necessarily have to have color in flowers to make a garden pop. Try different textures, shapes, and colors of greens. A well placed statue or urn gives the eye a place to focus and center on. A water feature can add a cooling element, and a splashing fountain can be a calming and soothing to the soul.


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Posted by Patricia gray
over 11 years ago

Summer Shopping in Seattle - Guc...

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   Tory Burch Cork flats                                       Gucci catch all                    Moroccan Influenced Caftans

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Tory Burch cute take on sneakers                     The season much have- cropped white pants



White is hot - Tory Burch coat & Gucci purse

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                                                                Nautical influence on Tory Burch Flats

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  Eli Tahari  - beautifully detailed                   Tory Burch Wedge

Posted by Patricia gray
over 11 years ago

Patio Furniture Deluxe - Clover ...

Why is well designed furniture for outdoor use so hard to come by????????? Everywhere I look I am visually assaulted by poorly designed and equally stinky, (as in smell) off-gasing furniture manufactured in China. I have through diligent searching found some truly amazing, beautiful to look at, and somewhat environmentally friendly outdoor furniture that is not manufactured in China. FYI Knoll practices Sustainable Design. All Knoll Space seating is GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified® for low-emitting products.

First the UGLY........

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These chairs are so beautiful and sculptural and are appropriately call "The Clover Chair"


A truly classic and timeless design by Knoll - the Bertoria Chair and the Paperclip Table

I am partial to the Bertoria chair in white powder coated finish with a white vinyl chair pad

This is a design by the prolific Phillip Starck called One Cafe

The One Cafe also comes in black/ivory and a bar stool is available with slip cover options in white cotton.

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Another design by Philippe Starck called Dr No


Lord Yo Chairs (I like the cotton slipcover) They also come with Leather Slipcovers so you can take them indoors in the winter.

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Knoll Cyclone Table Kissi-Kissi Table One Cafe Table

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Bo Chair Miss Lacy Chair Toy Chair

Now for a few divine settings to get you yearning for those lazy, hazy days of summer


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Briger and Briger

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Cecconi Simone

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Architectural Digest


Posted by Patricia gray
over 11 years ago

Blue is the New Black

And I mean a deep, dark, luscious Blue.  It is showing up in walls, fabrics, carpets and accessories.  It is a blue that doesn't have green or red in it.  It is almost black and is warmer than lighter blues and has more life and depth than Black. It is the deepest shade of Indigo as seen in Ikat Textiles.  It is the color of the sky on a moonlit night. It is mysterious, moody, classic, timeless, calming, and refreshing. It can have a glossy finish or be totally matt.  It is beautiful when contrasted with pure white. My favorite Benjamin Moore paint colors are Polo Blue, Blackberry Punch, Kensington Blue, Blue Gaspe, Hale Navy, and Old Navy.  Some deep blue colors are: sapphire, azure, beryl, cerulean, cobalt, indigo, navy, royal, midnight blue, slate, steel blue, Prussian blue.

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The high gloss finish on this wall has a subtle reflectivity to it that changes at different times of the day and  literally sparkles at night.  Design by Tom Scheerer

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I love how the walls, bookshelves and fabric of the banquette seat and sofa are all the same color
Design by Robert Burke and Todd Romano

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A beautiful color of blue to set off the antique prints and porcelains in this Dining Room
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This room by Victoria Hagan is destined to be a classic with her crisp and geometric use of color and pattern


Alberto Pinto has used a deep blue in the bold geometric carpet as his only color in this wonderful Master Bedroom

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A deep and refreshing Mediterranean blue has been used on the walls at JK Capri Hotel in Italy


The Inkiest color of blue used for the walls in this room are a great backdrop for colorful artwork


  A deep "French Blue" 

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 Windsor Smith Domino Aug07 via girl meets glamour

The deepest of blue used in an updated traditional paisley pattern
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Deepest Indigo blue as used in traditional Ikat textiles

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The company Sea Cloth is reinventing and putting a modern twist on Indigo dyed fabrics

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This is a classic Wallpaper pattern in a classic deep blue that will never date

Let me know if these deep luscious shades of blue are slated to become one of your new favorite colors?

I am in the process of designing my own guest bedroom and I have chosen a deep blue silk for the curtains called Moonlight. I am putting a natural woven raffia roman shade on the window behind the curtains for some textural interest. The walls will be painted the same shade as the silk curtains: Benjamin Moore "Blue Gaspe".The Headboard is a heavy white Belgium linen.  The bedding is white Egyptian cotton with an Hermes cashmere blanket in a deep charcoal color on the end of the bed.  The carpet is wool and is the color of white coral. I will hang black and white "ocean"photographs that I have taken  on my travels on the blue walls to finish it off.  So you can now see where the inspiration for this post has come from.  My friends and family are very anxiously awaiting the unveiling of this room.

Posted by Patricia gray
over 11 years ago