What the Pros Know Busts Capella Kincheloe Interior Design Phoenix


Italian Carrara Marble Bust


A Polish Bronze Bust of A Man Entitled "Argos" by Igor Mitoraj 


Bust of Neptune


"The Architect" by Jilly Sutton


Hercules Garden Statue


A sculpture of a person's head, shoulders, and chest.


Before photographs busts would be carved to forever capture a person.  Used since antiquity, busts can be carved from wood, stone, clay, or metals.


A very traditional detail, busts can be reimagined to fit into any decor.  Modernize with color - painting it yellow like designer Jimmie Karlsson does below.  Or modernize with location - forego the traditional pedestal and place in a fireplace, under a console, or place on the floor like Lee Stanton does in his home pictured below.  Busts can be more than decorative objects - use one for hats, necklaces, or a revolving display of accessories.

  • Elle Espana featuring home of Jimmie Karlsson and an electric yellow bust.
  • Lee Stanton's home in Architectural Digest features two busts.
  • The bust near the fireplace is quiet company in the home of Ellen & Portia.
  • A bust of Antonius Pius is featured in this home designed by Michael Smith in Elle Decor.
  •  This bust does some heavy lifting as decoration and storage in the Spanish home of Sofia Saavedra.

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Tree of Life on Stand




Indian Ivory & Rosewood box


Bronze Dish

What: Tree of Life, this is a difficult one to describe in just a few sentences, but it is a common motif represented in many cultures, countries, ideologies and religions. Usually represented with roots in the earth, a strong trunk, and branches climbing into the sky.  Often though these elements are present, it may not appear very tree-like because the tree of life can be geometric, abstract, modern or naturalistic.  Often there are animals or birds near the tree or in the branches.

History:  The concept of the tree of life spans cultures, countries, and religions.  Some interpretations are: evolution, underworld-earth-heaven, interconnectedness of all living beings, gifts from God, humanity, soul-physical body, and divinity.  If you'd like to see how far-reaching the tree of life is check out its wikipedia page.  Because the tree of life is a concept held by many people it is widely available as a design on tapestries, textiles, pots, paintings, rugs and many other decorative objects from all corners of the globe.

Use: The tree of life is depicted on many different types of decorative objects.  It can be placed almost anywhere in your home from rugs on the floor to a textile hung on the wall.  It is widely reproduced on fabric and wallpaper. You can find it on objects from Turkey, Greece, India, China, Ancient Egypt, Ireland, and so many more.   So whatever your style, you'll find a tree of life for your tastes.


what the pros know cloisonne on capella kincheloe interior design phoenix

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Pronounce Cloy-son-ne

What: Intricate metalwork filled with different colored enamel.

History: Leave it to the ancient people of what is now Egypt, Syria & Turkey to create such beautiful and intricate works of art.  First thin wires or strips of metal are adhered to the metal vessel (lamp, bowl, bead, bracelet, etc) creating compartments.  These compartments are then filled in with different colored enamel and occasionally gems, stone, or glass.  This art eventually spread to China and Europe.

To be true cloisonné, the technique must be as described above and not painted on (Canton enamel) or in which the vessel has recesses made that are filled in with enamel (champlevé enamel).  As cloisons translates to compartments in French.

The price of a cloisonné piece can vary greatly and depends on the metal used for the body and the detail, size, and age of the piece.

What the Pros Know: As you can see from the images below, cloisonné can fit in a wide range of styles and decor.  Cloisonné will add a ton of color, but still gives a nod to the traditional arts.   A single lamp or bowl can make a nice impact in a room and fits in many different styles from modern to traditional and everywhere in between.

  • Hillary Thomas photo by Patrick Cline
  • Cloisonne lamp on side table photo by Rikki Snyder
  • Cloisonne lamp on side table Home of Frederic Fekkai featured in Elle Decor Oct 2010 photo by William Abranowicz
  • cloisonné bowl on table decoration by Michael Smith photo by Francois Halard
*This post originally appeared on La Dolce Vita Blog, I am continuing my contributor series there today by delving into the tree of life.  Check it out. 

The Insider Behind Style Curator

You know that person that always seems to know what is going to be "in" before anyone else knows about it?  That is Michal Spitzer, the girl behind Style Curator.  She was blogging and tweeting before I even had a smartphone.  Always the one to come to if you needed to know what products work and where to go for that hard to find gift.  Lucky for us, she writes about her favorite things on Style Curator when her uber-demanding job (as designer at Michael Smith Inc) gives her a little free time (see favorite discovery below).  I am not the only person to think so either, C Magazine recently featured Michal in The C List.  Recently I asked Michal about a few of her favorite things.  
Sheets: 100% Linen Sheets from Restoration Hardware or Garnet Hill
Fashion Designer: Philip Lim, J Crew
Special Occasion Restaurant: Urusawa in Beverly Hills
Casual Restaurant: Brentwood Lounge
Flower: Peony
iPhone or Blackberry: Blackberry
Art: Abstract Expressionism, Cy Twombly, Joan Mitchell
Discovery: I love alone time.
Necessary extravagance: Microdermabrasion and Brazilian Blowouts  Shoes: Proenza Schoulers
Home Store: Mecox Gardens, ABC Home, HD Buttercup
Watch: Cartier  Dessert: Haagen Daaz Strawberry Ice Cream
Vacation Destination: Anywhere I haven't been yet
Piece of Jewelry: Tahitian Pearls from Pachamama in Sayulita, Mexico
City to Shop: NYC
Biggest Inspiration: Reading (books, mags, blogs, websites)
Book: Less than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
Cocktail: Kettle Soda
Favorite Atlanta Spot: Star Provisions, 4th and Swift