Monday, July 21, 2008

Decorating Inspirations

Most people decorate their homes to reflect their individual taste and personality. There are many different styles of decor, and within each different style, there are many different possibilities. You could look at ten different examples of contemporary decorating, for example, and each one would be totally unique.
Living in Las Vegas, I see a wide range of decorating styles, everything from ultra high end contemporary designs, Southwestern influences, rustic and lodge themes and many cultural influences such as Asian decor. Asia is such a large continent that this type of decor has influences from China, Korea, Vietnam and Japan as well as countries like India and Pakistan, where the style looks more middle eastern instead of oriental. All Asian decor has one thing in common though, exotic beauty.
Having been born and raised in Wyoming, I have a passion for rustic and western decor. This type of decor is popular all over the country as well as out West. I have the pleasure of working with some very talented designers of this type of decor. One supplier I work with, New West, was co-founded by a fourth generation Wyoming native, Mike Patrick, who grew up on a large cattle ranch. He was also one of the founders of the Western Design Conference. His designs were influenced by the famous Western designer Thomas Molesworth. Matt and Venita Sheridan bought New West in 1993, and continue to produce top quality western furniture and decor with their team of talented craftsmen in historic Cody, Wyoming. Another talented family owned and operated supplier from Wyoming that I have the pleasure of working with is Frontier Ironworks. Founded in 1995 by husband and wife Chris and Traci George, their unique rustic furniture and lighting has been displayed by invitation for years at the Western Design Conference. They have also been featured in several magazines such as Country Living, Log Home Design Ideas, Cabin Life and Wellington Lifestyles. I also feature handmade rustic decor from designer Kendal Von Feldt. She uses pine, Aspen and weathered barnwood found in the rugged forests of the Colorado Rockies to create beautiful one of a kind rustic wine bottle holders, candle holders, picture frames, mirrors and more. Her handmade rustic decor can be found in retail stores throughout Colorado and online at
Another popular design scheme is tropical, which evokes a sense of casual relaxation. Tropical furniture, made from tropical wood such as bamboo, rattan and abaca, calls to mind an island vacation or perhaps a plantation in British Colonial West Indies. Furniture made from these exotic materials is also considered to be eco-friendly because harvesting these plants actually promotes rapid regrowth.
Whatever your style is, have fun with it!

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