• A post by P&D Founder: Gerardo Bautista

I spend a lot of my day philosophizing, daydreaming, idealizing. Haven’t the slightest clue if other artists do so as well, but I find that in doing these things, I am inspired to create beauty.

Creating the ideal world after-all, is up to us all. We do so by championing the causes that elevate society, that care for people, the planet and the overall health of everything that surrounds us.

Every collection in the P&D library has a beautiful story behind it. Stories of people doing for people, and not exclusively for their pocketbook. Our newest addition to the collection is no exception.

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P&D Window Fashions is pleased to include in our collection of gorgeous designer textiles, the Mary Fisher for Lee Jofa – Groundworks Collection. Inspired by nature, visual artist Mary Fisher has designed fabrics so natural, you can almost feel, taste and smell the soil, tree bark, stone, mountain air, or running water that inspired them.

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We at P&D are inspired by people like Mary Fisher. Brave talented people that represent the best that humankind has to offer. That represent themselves honestly and with a good heart.

To learn more about Mary Fisher, her personal story, her talents and generous heart, please visit her website : http://www.maryfisher.com/

For more on the Groundworks Collection, visit Lee Jofa : http://tinyurl.com/hnr9rew

To experience the beautiful collection in your own home, be sure to schedule a complimentary design consultation via our website or by calling your nearest P&D showroom.


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KPCC Winter 2015 Online Auction – P&D Window Fashions Custom Roman Shade Donation


 

P&D Window Fashions is pleased to support local public radio stations in the communities that we do business in. Our Pasadena location donated a custom roman shade design makeover to the Pasadena KPCC public radio station for their Winter Online Auction.

The KPCC Winter 2015 Online Auction raised just under $80,000 this year; thanks to business donors and to the generous bidders. Funds are used to continue the great programming offered by the station.

Our contribution of Custom Roman Shades for one room, valued at $2000.00, saw a lot of interest. We’re pleased that local Pasadena homeowners recognize the P&D quality and are available to enjoying our products in their homes.

Even though P&D Window Fashions has been around for 20 years, our P&D Window Fashions Pasadena location is young to the city at only four years. So it is heart warming to be so well received in this community, just as we are in Glendale, Sierra Madre, Riverside and San Bernardino.

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Our sister company, Paint & Design Group, Inc., donated a Kitchen Cabinet  Finishing Makeover! With a top bidder in the lead for days, it appeared almost certain that person would win. The final day of the auction however, Sunday December 6th, saw two new bidders entering the race. These two bidders were neck in neck to the final moment. At the end of the auction, that particular donation placed 2nd on the list of Highest Bids.

Congratulations to the winning bidders. We look forward to meeting with you and featuring your completed projects on future P&D blog entries!


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I begin this latest P&D blog entry with a confession.

You see, my primary talent, I’d say as a designer, lies in the translation of complex notions and ideas into decipherable, easily palatable design.  This strength, has focused the design direction P&D has taken very much since it’s inception. Minimal, beautiful, simple interiors that are comfortable, aesthetically clean, and focused. I confess that after more than a decade of minimalist interiors, I would like to liven things up a bit.

In my search for the most beautiful finishes, textures and colors for minimalist interiors, I’ve had to turn inward to create things that did not exist. P&D has had to formulate complex colors to give walls more interest than what regular paints can provide. We’ve designed textiles in somewhat the same way, to make certain colors that current manufacturing conditions could not produce, happen. The same goes for textures. All in all, I’m proud to say we’ve perfected the art of simplicity in our now 20 years in business. We do it very well, we do it beautifully.

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Now and again there is a little powder room, or there is a guest room, a library, a hallway, somewhere in a house that could really benefit from something totally unexpected, something fun. Something that cannot be achieved with paints. This is where I turn to Matthew Williamson. Matthew is the iconic UK fashion designer responsible for some of the best patterning on textiles anywhere. He’s a rock star in Europe, and my new favorite source for wallpapers and fabrics.

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Matthew Williamson has a beautiful collection of wallpapers and fabrics with UK manufacturer: Osborne & Little. The collection is quite manageable, and very pretty. Just the right place to go to for when just a bit, or quite some more pattern is needed in a room.  Sometimes good design calls for something more than paint, it calls for beautiful pattern. The Osborne & Little collection offers tasteful, wonderful designs for these purposes.

P&D is pleased to introduce the entire Osborne & Little collection, including the works from Matthew Williamson, to our collection this month. Come in or schedule for an in-home design consultation to experience the Matthew Williamson for Osborne & Little collection in your own home.

For more on Matthew Williamson, visit his instagram account. I know you’ll fall in love with his charismatic personality. You’ll also not want to miss checking out Osborne & Little’s instagram account.

 

 


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NY based interior designer, Charlotte Moss, is one of our favorite taste-makers.

Her style is effortless, beautiful. and always stylish. While leaning to traditions, Charlotte does have a way of keeping things current. The room above is a perfect example. It’s romantic, whimsical, with traditional elements, and yet – it’s contemporary.

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Charlotte Moss has teamed up once again with fabric house giant, Fabricut, to release a brand new fabric collection. Her prior collection with Fabricut, was quite popular with P&D Window Fashions customers. We had quite a number of gorgeous drapery and custom bedding orders with Charlotte’s fabrics.  With what we’ve seen of the newest collection, we expect to see yet another run of beautiful fabrics gracing both our showroom and workrooms.

What we like about this newest release of prints and solids, is the “coolness” of the palette. The colors are so clean, so crisp, so relevant to today’s aesthetics. Charlotte has done it again with the release of these new fabrics.

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Experience the Charlotte Moss for Fabricut Collection by visiting our showrooms , or  from the comfort of your own home by scheduling a P&D Designer visit directly from our website.

For more on Charlotte Moss, and Fabricut, be sure to visit their instagram accounts by clicking on their names, or check out their websites:

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www.charlottemoss.com


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For centuries, the French have influenced the world of design with their refined sense of style. Be it with interiors, architecture, art or even for ideas on what to wear, the world has looked to France for direction – and they have not disappointed. French inspired architecture is quite favored in the States. It is one of the top styles for homes as a matter of fact. Decorating the inside of a home in the French style is of course, also quite popular.

A few years back, the French Country style was all the rage. The darling, romantic colors, textiles, and farm style furnishings made for beautifully comfortable interiors. No company represented French Country better than a company known as Pierre Deux. A catalog company of accessories and small home furnishings, whose name became synonymous with French Country. Procuring an exclusive line of fabrics and wallpapers, Pierre Deux further stamped itself into the minds of Francophiles everywhere.

At roughly the same time, if not slightly earlier, in Tulsa, OK., an interior designer was making a name for himself in the world of French Country. A charming fellow by the name of Charles Faudree, was decorating the homes of the Tulsa elite in the style of the french countryside. Notorious for his coordinating-not-matching decorating, Faudree created beautiful art with his interiors. Every detail was carefully thought through and incorporated. Draperies featured gorgeous trimming, upholstered chairs and sofas would have overstuffed seats, the lighting would be planned for both task and ambiance. With the publishing of several books, Charles Faudree became the premier interior designer, and the authority in the French Country style.

Pierre Deux would often feature Charles Faudree in their catalog and website, as Charles loved that Pierre Deux existed, and wasted no time in using their furniture in his rooms. The love affair between the Pierre Deux and Faudree would never extinguish.

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Unfortunately, in the midst of our most recent recession, Pierre Deux  was faced with diminishing sales. After years of poor sales performance, Pierre Deux was forced to close all stores and file for bankruptcy. The news came as a shock to us in the industry, as we believed the store to be strong and doing superbly.  If you have been a customer of P&D for a while now, you may remember that P&D became the source for all things French Country after the closing of Pierre Deux. We gained many wonderful friends during this time. People that have stayed with us, and evolved with us in design through the years.

Now, arguably, the French Country style is no longer in fashion. This I would say is absolutely the case. French Country as Pierre Deux, and Charles Faudree knew it, no longer appeals to people. That is to be understood, as interior design evolves and updates frequently. Of course, certain elements are classic, and like all things classic, these elements will never go out of style.

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One of the companies that P&D is pleased to offer in our showroom, is Brunschwig et Fils. B&F manufactures a beautiful collection of fabrics, wallcoverings, and upholstery pieces – true to the French style. They continually update their collections, to bring new and exciting products to keep Francophiles constantly smiling. We have utilized the fabrics for drapery treatments, upholstery, pillows, bedding, and even lamp shades. Always to fantastic results.

Come in or schedule for a complimentary in-home designer visit to experience the beauty that is Brunschwig & Fils in your own home.


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John Robshaw, famed high-end textile and interior designer, collaborates with Duralee Fabrics periodically and on an on-going basis, to release beautiful fabric collections.

Now, this isn’t a novel idea really, as other high-end designers have also teamed up with fabric houses to introduce their own lines of fabrics. To much success. Designer collections sell rather well, as many interior designers have become household names thanks to design magazines and television networks such as HGTV. Their recognizable design aesthetic draws in the customers. So not a new idea, this partnering of fabric houses and interior designers. What is novel in this particular instance, if I may say, is the manner in which this collection translates into a beautifully designed, reasonably priced collection. P&D Window Fashions John Robshaw

Interior design experts will tell you immediately, from experience, that high-end designer products simply do not translate well when reinvented to appeal to a wider audience. The primary reason being of course, in the quality of the collections. This is where most all designer collections with this idea in mind fail, and where, quite frankly, the designer brand itself sustains irreparable artistic damage. You may remember a few years back when designer clothing started to appear at Target? Much to the dismay of the brand-protective garment designers whose labels appeared on the racks. You better believe they went after Target, as their credibility was on the line. No pun intended. There wasn’t much they could do of course, since Target was able to prove that the merchandise was obtained legally.  Now it goes without much thought to say that these designer items were a huge success at Target. This instance began what is now a designer label garment market for the masses. Not much to write home about sadly, as the quality leaves so much to be desired.

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John Robshaw went about designing this collection intelligently. That is not to say that all other designers have gone about their collections unintelligently. Rather what I mean to say is that John had his eye not just on the price point, but on the quality of the end result as well. Nothing is lost in translation here folks. The textiles are just as gorgeous as their much higher priced versions. That is how you know you’ve succeeded with a wide audience collection. When it looks just as wonderful as something you could have spent much more on. Because as my Spanish colleague said best : ” When quality is lacking pretension, it matters not from where it hails. Nor does it, be it of wood or plastic, prohibitive or cheap.” -Luis Galliussi

 

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We’ve been quite pleased with each and every project we’ve had the pleasure of utilizing the collection on. From the tiniest pillow to the biggest wall of drapery, every piece a gorgeous work of art. ???????????????????????????????

P&D Window Fashions offers the entire John Robshaw for Duralee collection. Featuring fabrics suitable for drapery and upholstery. Heck, if there’s something you love beyond expression, we’ll design and fabricate a garment out of it for you to wear.

Come in to the gallery showroom or schedule an in-home design consultation to experience the beautiful collection for yourself. Fabrics start at $40 a yard.


P&D Home Fashions is pleased to have partnered with Bassett Furniture, to offer the entire Bassett product line of American Made products, which include: Dining Tables, Cocktail/Coffee Tables, Night Stands, Beds, Sofas, Sectionals, and so much more.

“We’re so very pleased with the exceptional quality Bassett Furniture produces, and are excited to include it in our collection.

I’ve inspected every piece of furniture personally. The construction is in keeping with the practices of the finest cabinet makers.

The stylish pieces, the quality of the craftsmanship, and the remarkably attractive price point, I predict will make this a very well received collection by P&D customers.

With our shared philosophies of offering beautiful, stylish products that last, and a shared love for people and the planet, P&D and Bassett are a match made in Design Heaven. ” – Gerardo Bautista
Another beautiful aspect of the Bassett Furniture collection, is the Baby & Kids collection, which features well designed furniture that appeals to both youth and parents. With scale and proportion in mind, every piece in the Baby & Kids collection is made with comfort in mind.
In a hurry? Bassett offers a first of it’s kind 30-day custom upholstery program. Call or visit us for further details.
Remember that P&D offers complimentary in-home design consultations. You may schedule directly from the website by clicking on Book Appointment tab above.

 


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“Apparently”, as I’ve been saying all day in my head in my best Noah Ritter voice, we’re over the use of the chevron pattern in interior design. It’s official. I’ve been hearing from fellow designers and design bloggers that they are just sick of chevrons. I was not much of a fan, as my design aesthetic for the most part avoids trends in favor of classic, timeless interiors. With that pat on my back, I must confess however, that in my store, I did offer many a chevron pillow, and other chevron accessories. It’s a fun pattern, and people love it.

Trendy elements, if I am to partake, will be in the non-permanent aspects. In the accessories, in those things that aren’t glued, cemented in place. That can be moved out without much effort and replaced.

Every year since say 2010, furniture and home accessory manufacturers have unveiled something in their collection containing chevrons. Every year that is, except this one.

Those that got a sneak peek at the latest products coming out of High Point in the coming season, mention specifically how glad and relieved they are to see that no new chevron pattern products were introduced.

Design bloggers Nicole Gibbons and Michelle Workman, were given a preview of things to be introduced this year at High Point Market.

Amy Preiser of Elle Decor, posed the question after the bloggers’ visit to the showrooms,” Which trends are you glad to see “retiring”?”

Nicole Gibbons, blogger at So Haute, says  “I would be happy to never see another chevron pattern or faux taxidermied animal! ”

Michelle Workman, of Michelle Workman Interiors : ” … happily I didn’t see any new Chevron patterns!”

Sigh…

It’s as if the forces that be conspired to eliminate the chevron from the face of the interior design world all in one fell swoop.

In remembrance of the limited fun that we did have with you, Mr. Chevron, a look back at some of our favorite installations:

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Kelly Wearstler Interiors

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Jonathan Adler fabric collection


 

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I am always touched, especially touched, when asked to design a nursery. Being that close to a client brings about all sorts of sweet emotions that serve to remind me of why it is that I do what I do for a living.

It is essential, and basic for me to make meaningful connections with the people in my life – including clients. When it all boils down to it, I’d much rather feel that I am a great person, rather than a great designer.

So, for my newest nursery, I am working something up a la Hollywood Regency for a young couple expecting a baby in December. The nursery is to have no sharp edges on furnishings. Everything is to be rounded and visually soft, dreamy, and whimsical – yet sophisticated. The crib we are installing in this room is a work of genius. A design by my pals in Britain, the crib features an all wood construction in egg-shaped form.

 

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Take a look at the bird’s eye-view of this thing with baby in it. You could just melt.

Colors are to be in warm grays and soft ivories. I wanted to share this with you today, because it was just too fun no to. I’ll also be sharing finished room images in the coming weeks.