Monday, November 21, 2011

Happy Hour Anyone?

 For those of you who can manage to keep a bottle of spirits around the house for longer than a week, I have two things to say:  I’m jealous and you HAVE to own a bar!  Joking aside; there are some incredibly awesome bar carts and chests out there for the taking, or should I say buying?  Here are a few that will make any time you have a cocktail, the happiest of hours.  

Seriously, it's named after me!
Bloomingdales Marty Serving Cart

Arteriors Connaught Bar Cart in Antique Brass or Polished Nickel

Ralph Lauren One Fifth Trunk Bar

CB2 Swig Swoon Mini Bar

Henredon Serving Cart

MGBW Collins Bar

Arteriors Dorchester Bar

Ralph Lauren Modern Hollywood Bar


Marty Boyle, Interior Designer
Chicago Interiors

Sunday, November 20, 2011

It's All in the Details

Design challenges aren't nearly as challenging these days.  The longer I am in the business, the easier it seems to get.  That being said, I came across one of the biggest challenges of my career this last year.  My wonderful boyfriend moved in and brought one piece of furniture . . . a brightly red painted, distressed, children’s dresser.  Even worse, there was only one place that it would fit, the living room.  I was instructed that I could not paint it and it being his childhood dresser, that he had an attachment to, I couldn’t chuck it.  After a long review of our relationship I decided not to dump him.  As I sat and stared at his little setup with his dresser and some of his daughters things displayed on top, I knew there wasn’t much I could do but I had to do something. 

A quick change to some diverse accessories and my “bright” idea of getting great, big Chinese hardware to give a more grown-up, eclectic vibe and Wa-la!

You can find some great hardware, including this, at the link below.

Whether it’s a kid’s dresser, your great grandmother’s console or your dated kitchen cabinets, consider updating the details.  New hardware is a great start!! 
Marty Boyle,Interior Designer
Chicago Interiors 

Crystal Clear

Crystal has an air of elegance, a crisp appearance and its beauty has lasted the test of time.  The intricate cuts that have been so familiar to crystal in the past have taken a back seat to a more simplistic modern form.  It is crystal clear, to add a bit of glam to your space these pieces will do the trick.

Currey and Co Maharani Chandelier

                                                 Regina Andrew Large Crystal Obelisk 
                                                Currey and Co Moonglow table Lamp

                                                       Global Views Brilliant Pillar

                                           Regina Andrew Crystal Mini Oval Lamp
Marquis by Waterford - 10' Sheridan Vase

Global Views Fortune Teller Sconce

Lauren Home Glen Plaid Barware

                                                      Horchow Rock Crystal Lamp

                       Visual Comfort Large George II Chandelier in Crystal with Polished Silver

Marty Boyle, Interior Designer
Chicago Interiors

Saturday, November 19, 2011

The Light of My Life

Function AND beauty; that’s right!  My new obsession is the ever useful lamp.  As a designer I know the necessity of ambient lighting in setting the tone of a room.  These lamps don’t just set the tone, they set the bar!

BCL Ram Horns Table Lamp

Cyan Tortoise Shell Table Lamp

Arteriors Cassidy Orange Porcelain Lamp

Currey and Co Alfresco Table Lamp

Cyan Traditional Table Lamp

Arteriors Kaleigh Citron Reactive Ceramic/Acrylic Lamp

 BCL Boy and Girl Lamps

Arteriors Dragon Porcelain/Acrylic Lamp

Cyan Driftwood Table Lamp

BCL Pheasant in Porcelain Lamp

Regina Andrew Falt Urn Crystal Lamp

Marty Boyle, Interior Designer

Friday, November 18, 2011

Struck Gold!

Gold is back and beautiful.  We have seen our ups and downs with “good ole” gold.  Jewelry went platinum, light fixtures went chrome and hardware went nickel.  As we all know, gold can infer old traditional, and brassy hues can look dated.   But it is back and better than ever.  You would think you’ve struck gold with some of these pieces. . .
Arteriors Forest Park Distressed Gold Iron Floor Lamp

Regina Andrew Metal Patterned Pendent Fixture

Arteriors Dorchester Iron/Marble/Glass Bar Table
Ricci Silversmiths Flatware

Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams  VANDYKE 3 DRAWER CHEST
Arteriors Cinchwaist Gold Iron/Mirror Tray
Cyan Bamboo Tray Table
Global Views Twig Electrified Wall Sconce-Brass on Brass w/Bronze Shade
Arteriors Cooper Gold Leaf Iron Lamp
Paragon 4 Foot Golden Flower Petals

Marty Boyle, Interior Design

Gingers Are In!

Unfortunately, I am not talking about the queried beauty of the red head.  I say "unfortunately" because I come from a long line of them.  No, I am talking about Ginger Jars!  Their exquisite proportions have long been loved.  In this age where old is new again, take a look at these spectacular pieces that give gingers a bright future!

A New Take on the Blue and White Ginger Jar -

                                                            Emilia Ceramics Ginger Jar

A Pop of Pink -
                                                                     Luca and Eve

Go Big or Go Home -


Chevron is in too!! -
Emilia Ceramics

A Little Bit of Detail -
                                                           Global Views Ginger Jars

And a Little Bit of Pattern -

Dana Gibson

Always a Classic -

 - Marty Boyle, Interior Designer