I went to an event tonight at Pierre Frey hosted by none other than Pierre Frey (grandson to the man who founded the company in 1935), Nicole Gibbons (author of So Haute) as well as Joshua Greene and Alex Kale (founders of Shagreene).  The event had a magnificent panel that included the following four extremely talented designers:

Nate Berkus

Not only is Nate Berkus filled with amazing decorating advice, talent and good looks but he’s also one of the better spoken, easy going and funnier (is that a word?) decorators I’ve come across in awhile.  It’s nice to know that there are people out there who can decorate your home with a sense of style yet still have a great sense of humor about life.  I’d work with Nate any day!

Steven Gambrel

Steven Gambrel established his firm in 1995 and has done wonders ever since.  He spoke a lot about texture and surface materials, something he’s “obsessed” with at the moment.  He’s obviously remarkable at what he does and a true artist/designer who’s looking to create amazing homes for great clients.  Another one I’d work with..

Laura Kirar

Laura is the founder and creative director of Laura Kirar TRU Design which creates elegant, innovative interiors and products for the home.  She has a wonderful presence about her that seems somewhat modest.  Something I admire in talented designers.  Laura has been extremely successful in creating high end products for the home such as furniture, tile, carpets, lighting and much more.  Another one to keep your eye on!

Jessie Carrier and wife Mara Miller

Most recently Carrier and Company was named one of the country’s “Top 20 Young Designers” by Traditional Home and if you browse his portfolio you’ll know why.  Jessie was rather soft spoken and felt very small against a larger panel of great designers but with out a doubt deserved the recognition that Trad Home gave him.

Now for the dirt…

Tips for designing and decorating your home:

1. Keep your interests, favorite colors and surroundings in mind when choosing home furnishings

2. Stay consistent with your project, your vision and stay focused until the project is complete

3. Keep quality in mind when purchasing things and don’t just buy something because it’s less expensive – go for the throw or the side table that’s going to make a statement, last a lot longer and make you happier in the end

4. Focus on a combination of colors that you like instead of just choosing one.  If you like greens and blues, make it your palette

5. Be passionate about your choices and select items and finishes that you’re crazy about!

If I had to choose one of these designers to work with or decorate my home I’m not sure who I’d choose.  They all have their own flare and their own style that would make any home great.  Take a look at some of their work below and see if you can decide who you’d want to hire..

Nate Berkus apartment

Nate Berkus Bedroom

Nate Berkus Kitchen

Steven Gambrel Living Room

Steven Gambrel Bedroom

Steven Gambrel Bedroom

Laura Kirar Living Room

Laura Kirar custom designed carpet

Laura Kirar barrel lounge chairs designed for McGuire and used by a good friend of mine who decorated this living room in the hamptons

Jessie Carrier Living Room

Jessie Carrier Bedroom

Jessie Carrier barn conversion

Thank you Pierre, Nicole, Josh and Alex for a great night!

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11 Comments to 'Right Now In Design'

So Haute 28 Jul 10 at 11:54 pm

Thank you so much for coming out and for such a lovely blog post on the event! So happy to hear you enjoyed the event!!!

Down comforter 29 Jul 10 at 8:08 am

Love the Laura Kirar Living Room, it’s so natural and neutral

Kim@Chattafabulous 29 Jul 10 at 10:46 pm

I choose Stephen Gambrel! Love all the fearless color !

Sally-Ann 30 Jul 10 at 3:44 am

I can see your point. I think Nate Birkus would be my pick.

water bed sheets 30 Jul 10 at 5:18 am

i like Laura Kirar barrel lounge chairs, thank you for giving this great posting

bryansmith 30 Jul 10 at 6:53 am

I like Jessie Carrier Living Room, its amazing with fine interior decorations.

Piper (DailyDivaDish) 30 Jul 10 at 11:07 am

Sounds like wonderful event. I’m loving the designs by Steven Gambrel…especially the living room. There’s a little drama there, and I like it! Have a beautiful weekend!
XO Piper

Susie M 30 Jul 10 at 11:16 am

These are all so wonderful it is hard to choose a favorite. I have to say that I love the white table in the Gambrel bedroom and the barrel chair in the Laura Kirar room. If you like a rustic look the barn conversion is pretty amazing too.

MThayer 05 Aug 10 at 11:26 am

great guest bedroom by Steve Gambrel. love the use of traditional and modern. that bed side table adds the perfect touch of whimsy.
What is on the ceiling there?

Rebecca-NY 06 Aug 10 at 8:17 am

it looks as though it’s a tin ceiling in steven gambrel’s guest bedroom. such a great/fun idea for a bedroom!

Bowe On Interio Design Decor 16 Sep 10 at 11:49 am

I would have to agree, not sure which one I would go with. I would have to say, it depends on what I would be after the look and feel of the room I am decorating. But here is what I will say that I like about each one.

Love Nate Berkus’s look, it is simple yet elegant….

Steven Gambrel brings a clean look with some nice colors that compliment each other well.

Laura Kirar has a unique vibrant look…

And Jessie Carrier gives me the feeling of old and rustic, but also very appealing.

Must have been a very nice event….

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