Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Design Effects: The Power of the Rolled Towel

A fresh, soft, crisp white towel perfectly rolled or folded in a bathroom holds a certain mystical design-power that simply cannot be explained! Whether carefully grouped or stacked or just a few placed on a shelf or stool, white towels give off a luxurious, spa-like feel that really sets off the bathroom experience. 
Check out these rooms below to see what WE mean! 

The way the face of this bathtub is used for towel storage and display is pure excellence!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Summer Trendcasts

A few things on our radar that are trending this Summer, don't say we didn't warn you! 
  1. Pom Pom Shorts- the more graphic and colorful, the better! 
  2. Fruit Clutches- like this Charlotte Olympia Lemon Wedge
  3. Moscow Mules- checked your fave Happy Hour Menu lately?
  4. Everything Sophie Hulme- especially the bright and bold bags
  5. All Things Tufted and Soft for the much needed R&R
  6. Abstract Art with muted neutrals and pops of color. CC: Ubaldo Franceschini
  7. South Beach Toile- because it's just fabulous
  8. Coup d'etat Popolo Chairs- the Perfect blend of exotic texture and bright color

Monday, June 16, 2014

PDG Puppy Love

Show your pups love and let them live fabulously! These ultra-chic pet care products will have tales wagging and heads turning!

1. Crocodile Dog Carrier $20k
2. Orange Leather Dog Carrier $2,100
3. Pup Hanging Feeder $175
4. Atna Pet Lounger $170
5. Aldo Lounger for Pets $190
6. Library Pet Bed $165
7. Black Diamond Bowl $135
8. Canines Raincoat $50

Details are things we do not miss in our projects. We think of your children, your guests, and even your pets. Palmer Design Group interior designs address more than your home decor, we address your lifestyle! Contact Us now for your lifestyle transition! 

10 Gift Ideas To Consider For Your Fabulous Fathers!

*top left to bottom right*

Vintage Cognac Leather Journal by Miansai
Robert Jessel Leather Folio
Brioni Broadcloth Dress Shirt
Valet Stand Chair
Fredric Malle Coffret Collection for Hommes
Tom Ford Lizard Bi-fold
Tom Dixon Eclectic Scented Candles
Vintage Leather Sports Balls
Clive Christian Travelers Set
Full Body Massage Pad

Ten simple and chic gift ideas for Dad from Palmer Design Group. Thank us later! 

Monday, April 28, 2014

Design Advice: Beyond Wallcoverings, Fabric, and Furniture

We're so sorry for the extended absence, juggling this year's Atlanta Symphony Associates Decorators Show House and Gardens AND our project roster has consumed all of our  time and energy! With that said, we at Palmer Design Group definitely wanted to make this post count and share some valuable industry advice with you guys. 

What to Do and How to Protect Yourselves when working with other design industry "professionals." Whether you're thinking of hiring a "marketing person", P.R., a social media expert, working with an upholsterer for the first time, working with a "friend," a new photographer, a web developer, and any other individual who may approach you and your business with promises of development, growth, profit, exposure etc. If you're paying these people, you have to make it COUNT and hold them ACCOUNTABLE for results!

Here are a few things to consider when consulting with these "professionals"

Ask Questions
Do not view asking questions as probing, rude or excessive- you're spending your money with someone you know very little about.
Where did you study? Who have you worked with? How is your relationship with them now?  I'd like to see your previous work, websites-built, renderings, marketing profiles, etc. What were the gains from your recent projects for previous clients? What are your proven results? Ask to see EXAMPLES and SAMPLES. Be sure that if it's quacking, it is indeed a duck! 

Check References and Backgrounds
It's not likely you'll be able to gather FBI-style information, however making sure you're not being sold a dream that quickly becomes a nightmare should be your priority. "I've done marketing and P.R. for Sue Schmoo Interior Design Firm ASID, IIDA, LEED etc"......that's excellent, now here is when you ask for a profile on Sue Schmoo's marketing/PR campaign and should see that since hiring [said person], Sue Schmoo has garnered X amount more projects, X amount more publications, and X amount more rewards and recognition.  

In design world we're all friends and professionals, therefore there should be no harm in contracts and no apprehension. Even for the smallest of services from sending out a few tweets per week or updating your website, a clear and concise contract brings fortitude and legitimacy to a business agreement- even between friends! 

Assign Check Points and Progress Reports
This is important for projects and services that may take a while; like building a website, a marketing campaign, advertising, etc. Many of us can be so tied up in our creativity and projects, we take on a laissez-faire approach when we hire out services. Bi-weekly updates, summaries, images, and samples should be presented periodically and signed off on to assure everyone is on the same page and expected results are what's being produced. Also, if you're being billed hourly for a service, don't wait until you receive a bill to inquire about what activities were performed and when; ask for a weekly update so that YOU can assess whether or not time is being spent wisely. Ex. if a web developer is using a free, ready-made template [Squarespace, Wix, etc] for your website and bills you 80 hours; this needs to be addressed immediately as ready-made templates are very easy to maneuver and upload information onto- and should not be taking so long. 

You must have your best interest in mind at all times because there are people practicing as professionals who simply have no clue what they're doing, and your time and bank accounts should never be casualties of their trial-and-error approaches to achieving their goals. And hey, there's absolutely no harm in not knowing and wanting to learn, however, in those cases that "service" should be gratis and these professionals should humble themselves and present their services on a trial basis as interns. If they're not able to answer your questions, provide samples of work, references, or are apprehensive about a contract- simply wish them well and refer their services to your arch nemesis! (Just kidding) :) 

Have a Powerful Day from Palmer Design Group!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Oh, Iris

A quote Palmer Design Group adapted from Iris Apfel herself! New words to live by!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Inspiration In A Bottle

The Guerlain Boutique Paris: Champs-Elysees
You have to love the gold EVERYWHERE to compliment the bottles, and the floor-to-ceiling chandelier! 

Palmer Design Group has been antiquing for a project lately and have really been inspired by the vintage perfume bottles of the Golden Years (pretty much anytime before 1985)! There is so much detail, color, and dimension in these bottles, made by Rene Lalique, Guerlain, Dior, YSL, and many more. While these classic designs had so much detail, perfume bottles today seem to be more about the quick, convenient use, versus the art and beauty of the bottle.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

A Lesson In Luxury: Hand Woven Rugs

A Dining Room by Palmer Design Group featuring a new over-dyed oushak rug a la Keivan Woven Arts

A few recent clients have probed this post on Understanding The Value of a Handwoven Rug- yes, the client that has 6 luxury cars, every designer shoe and handbag ever made, and let us not forget the 7,000 sqft home on Habersham!

**New Rule** you CANNOT have a machine made rug in your formal living room, no matter where you live! (it's equivalent to wearing Old Navy flip flops with a Gucci gown- and ummm no, not anywhere, not ever)