Heidi Rawson, a Ringling College of Art and Design graduate, recently opened a design studio in Sarasota. Her 16-year career encompasses interior design work for commercial and residential properties from Boca Raton to Arizona.
"We believe in adding an element of whimsy to our interior spaces, and that is why we are crushing on Kelly Wearstler’s “Saints Hands.” Hand-sculpted by artisans in Los Angeles, these burnished bronze hands are inspired by Kelly’s love of the figural form and classical architecture. They are fantastic for dinner-party place settings or on top of a vanity, cocktail table or work desk."
"Lighting is so important in a space. It’s the visual punctuation that adds atmosphere and helps define a room. The trend has been moving toward warmer metals. We’re crushing on Hicks’ hand-rubbed bronze pendant. It’s perfect in the kitchen, and adds vintage inspiration and warmth."
"Clients are asking for something different and unique on their floors and walls. Ann Sacks and Martyn Lawrence Bullard have collaborated with gorgeous results. We’re seeing a trend toward concrete tiles and love Eastern Promise by Bullard. Hand-crafted in Morocco, these tiles are an updated version of the tiles we see in Moroccan architecture. They’re softly honed and have remarkable patterning, a perfect modern interpretation inspired by his travels."
"Wall covering sometimes gets a bad reputation. Today’s designs, however, are stylish and has an infinite array of colors, textures and patterns. One of our favorite wall coverings is by Phillip Jeffries. The patterns, natural materials and textures are fun and add interest to a room. Union Square, white on graphite manila hemp, is a favorite go-to pattern. It works beautifully in a powder room or on a headboard wall."
"We’re bringing warmer metals into the bathroom as well. Kallista has created a collection of the most beautiful faucets by designer Laura Kirar, called Pina Paletta. They’re unlacquered brass jewelry-like pieces for the bathroom inspired by thumbprints, feathers and African tribal weavings. Our clients love the collection, which 'marries tactile details with sculptural form to deliver something that’s not only stunningly beautiful but also highly interactive.'"