Monthly Archives: October 2016

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FALL TREND: WITCHY CHIC

As days grow shorter and nights grow longer, darkness descends — the perfect time to whip out your dark lipstick and your chicest witchy wear. Wear black head-to-toe for a look that makes bystanders both in awe of and terrified of you; cast a spell on someone if they give you the side-eye. Here are our favorite picks to bring out your inner witch.

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5 DELICIOUS FALL COCKTAILS

With the weather getting colder and stormier, we’re ready to curl up with a cocktail and a cozy blanket. The only question is which cocktail to choose! We’ve rounded up some of our favorite cocktails featuring classic autumn flavors like cranberries, apples and maple syrup. Curl up, get cozy and imbibe!

 

If you’re a vodka drinker…

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If you’re a tequila drinker…

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If you’re a whiskey drinker…

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10 CLEVER STORAGE IDEAS FOR YOUR HOME

Finding glamorous and inconspicuous ways to tuck away items you don’t use everyday can be challenging. That’s why we’re in love with this architectural trend: clever storage! We love creating spaces that aren’t just beautiful, but functional and livable. This storage space in our Art-Centric Style Residence is perfect to display some items but stash others. Here are our 10 top ideas for chic but ingenious storage solutions.

Pulp-Home-Clever-StorageDesign by Jutta Muotopuoli | Design by Spacedge Designs | Design by Leva & Bo | Knife block by Signature Design Cabinetry LLC | Photo from Better Homes & Gardens | Design by Lauren Rubin Architecture | Design by MyDesignChic | Design by Sigmar London | Design by Shelly Amoroso Design | Microwave Oven Drawer by Sharp USA

 

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Pulp In Progress: Anise Kitchen + Market

As part of our Three-Step Design Process, we are taking you on a tour through projects that are currently in progress. It will be a fun look into who we’re working with, what made them want to hire a designer, and how we are working with our clients to help solve some key design challenges that will improve their daily experience. Plus, you’ll get a glimpse at some of our designs before they’re completed!

 

Step 1: Consultation + Intake

Q. WHO IS THE CLIENT AND WHAT IS THEIR SCOPE OF WORK?

After completing three other projects with this client — both residential and commercial — she came to us to help her design the space of her new business, . Driven by seeing a lack of fresh, healthy foods in Laredo, Texas, she and her business partners wanted to serve the community by filling that need. Anise Kitchen + Market will be both a community-centric market and a restaurant where neighborhood residents can grab fresh fruits and vegetables as well as locally sourced clean eats.

Q: WHY DID THE CLIENT DECIDE TO HIRE AN INTERIOR DESIGNER RATHER THAN TAKING THE PROJECT ON THEMSELVES?

Client, Evelyn:
This project is a new venture and a substantial investment for me. Achieving a certain look and feel is important to the brand and success of the restaurant and I felt like Pulp understands that better than anyone. Having a designer walk you through each step of the process is not only assuring but brings creative opportunity and attention to detail that I couldn’t achieve on my own.

 

Step Two: The Design Phase

Here’s where we took everything we learned from our clients at our consultation and intake process and put all that information and our creativity to work for our clients. We started really getting to know the brand, their goals, who the customer is, how their staff functions in their current space, and how we could make it better. Then we started by gathering inspiration from our client in the form of a and began to collaborate between our offices on the design.

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Q. WHAT IS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THE NEW DESIGN?

We wanted to bring together a Latin, global influence with fresh, modern appeal. We combined that with bright greens that will wet your appetite and make you feel connected to the food and its roots.

Q. WHAT ABOUT THE NEW DESIGN IS THE CLIENT MOST EXCITED FOR?
Client, Evelyn:
I am most excited to see the finished product and our ideas come to life. There’s always an expectation or an idea of what it will look like but you can’t ever fully appreciate the design until you are in the space. I can’t wait to get that feeling when you first walk in to the space, smile and think you never want to leave!

 

Step Three: Installation + Execution

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We’re currently in the installation process! We’ll share more progress on as it’s available. Make sure to also follow as well and get excited about their grand opening, happening soon!

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Straight from London: Fromental

While we were in London with , we spent the week seeing the most beautiful interiors that London has to offer. We fell in love with the street style, historical-meets-modern architecture, and beautifully styled spaces. Some of the most inspirational visits we made were to installations of wall coverings — handmade, hand-painted luxury wall elements.

Known for their chinoiserie, Fromental has been adding more modern art to their repertoire lately and we are completely in love with both their classic and modern styles. Even outside of custom pieces, Fromental always includes a handmade element into their wall coverings. Any Fromental piece makes the room it’s installed in so much more special — it’s our dream to install one of these incredible investment pieces into one of our future designs.

 

The Goring Hotel

One of the last privately owned owned hotels in London, The Goring Hotel is a highly sought-after space… As a part of its long-term partnership with Fromental, The Goring Hotel entrusted Fromental with installing beautiful wall coverings throughout its space. It’s an incredibly special place that we were honored to be able to see.

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The Duchess of Cambridge herself put the finishing touches on this unicorn… She painted the eye onto this installation!

 

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China Tang

The Fromental team brought us to a beautiful dinner at the Cantonese-food restaurant China Tang. It was so fun to see gorgeous, traditional Fromental coverings playing off of the modern pieces in this space.

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London Fromental Showroom

But perhaps one of the best places to see Fromental pieces is in its London showroom.

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Along with showcasing Fromental’s beautiful traditional wall coverings, we were able to see some amazing modern renderings. Can’t you just see this in a Pulp room?

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So who wants to the first lucky Pulp client to get a Fromental piece installed?

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8 Balsamic Vinaigrette-Drizzled Recipes

As we head into the fall season, our taste buds are craving the sweet, acidic flavor of balsamic vinegar. This is only compounded by the gorgeous new balsamic vinegar container  sent to our office. Its beautiful packaging has inspired the Pulp team to spend more time in the kitchen. Now the Pulp team is on the hunt for more delicious balsamic vinaigrette-focused recipes… Here are our eight favorites.

 

Picked by Co-Founder and Principal Interior Designer Beth Dotolo

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Picked by Co-Founder and Principal Interior Designer Carolina V. Gentry

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Picked by Senior Designer/Project Manager Tracy Sexton

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Picked by Junior Designer Tara Shovan

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Picked by Design Assistant Shannon Carl

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Picked by Design Assistant Alissa Johnson

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Picked by Design Assistant Vilma Garshae

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Picked by Marketing + Communications Coordinator Emily Willeman

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WEAR THE ROOM: Vibrant Townhome

Vibrant and modern, this Dallas-area townhome was reimagined by pairing the clients’ existing furnishings with thoughtful new items. We were inspired by the playful graphics and lively jewel tones of the space to find pieces perfect to wear while entertaining in its chic-yet-whimsical living room. Usually, interior design styles are sparked by personal fashion trends, but the switch has flipped — all we want to do is wear this room!

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DESIGNERS’ GUIDE TO LONDON

After jetting off to NYC for the we headed to London for the  event. After a week in London seeing the most spectacular spots, we narrowed down our visit to the most inspiring spots in the city. Here are the top 10 most necessary places for design-lovers to visit in London.

 

  1. The Kensington Hotel

We stayed in the incredible . The decor and service were amazing, inspiring many of the interior design projects we’re currently working on.

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2. Decorex

 is an amazing tradeshow showcasing more than 400 exhibitors hunting for new and inspiring sources for our clients. It’s definitely a must-see trade show for designers.

3. Kensington Palace

was displaying the exhibit “Fashion Rules: Restyled” — an exploration of the wardrobes of Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Margaret and Diana, Princess of Wales. So amazing to see! It’s always inspiring to take a step back and look at the detail and quality of interiors from days past.

4. The Goring

We visited the beautiful , covered with hand-painted wall coverings. The finishing touches to the wall covering were even added by the Duchess of Cambridge herself as part of the open ceremony of the hotel refurbishment… the eye of a unicorn!

5. Alfie’s Antique Market

Introduced by , we took a spin through  and it was incredibly inspiring to see vintage and antique drool-worthy pieces.

6. designjunction

We visited ‘s exhibition, Cubitt House. More than 100 leading design brands presented furniture, accessories and lighting. We were on design overload by this point, in the best way possible.

7. Fortnum & Mason

Our friend Lauren — a Dallas ex-pat now living in London who blogs at — met up with us to show us around the town. We went to the beautiful luxury department storefor tea service. Gorgeous!

8. Victoria and Albert Museum

Visited the amazing  and were inspired by the artifacts, art, and textiles. We happened to find a little piece of Seattle there… A Chihuly glass sculpture right in the entry!

9. China Tang

For dinner, we dined at  in the Mayfair neighborhood of London. We even spotted a Fromental wall covering and chatted all things handmade wall covering with our friends from Fromental! Such fun details and delicious food in this hot-spot.

10. Wright Brothers, Old Spitafields Market

We ate at  after shopping the famed Spitafields Market area of London. So delicious… and look at that understated, but powerful, decor!

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