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Interview :: Claud Gurney of de Gournay

I’ve always admired the work of de Gournay. Renowned for exquisite hand-painted wallpapers, furnishings and porcelain, each de Gournay creation is simply a work of art. So I was thrilled to meet Rachel Cecil-Gurney, daughter of founder Claude Cecil Gurney recently in San Francisco. Rachel showed me first hand samples from their gorgeous collections. Not only are the designs inspiring, but the attention to detail and quality is outstanding.

Taken from my iphone, this St. Laurent wallpaper (below) was inspired by Yves Saint Laurent’s apartment and is one of my personal favorites.

St. Laurent wallpaper detail // de Gournay // simplified bee #wallpaper

I asked Rachel about de Gournay’s history and was surprised at the answer. Claud Gurney founded the London-based high-end luxury brand nearly 30 years ago, but didn’t start in design, but had an amazing mentor. I had to find out more and am thrilled to be interviewing him today.

chinoiserie wallpaper // de gournay // simplified bee(source)

Simplified Bee: Tell us a little about your career and what led you to designing hand-painted wallcoverings and founding de Gournay?

Claud Gurney:  My career spans farming, accounting, consulting, economics, banking, property development and design ..  as you can imagine the joy of doing something creative won out over the drudge of finance and banking and I have never looked back.  I am a great believer that if you do what you love you have a good chance of being successful at it eventually and if you do what you don’t love you may as well be 6 feet under ..  There are lots of other narratives as to why I specifically ended up founding de Gournay around needing some wallpaper for my home and being quoted an outrageously high sum for the supply of that paper and quickly working out that it would be cheaper to set up my own firm than to buy from a company in New York ..  the rest is history ..

weeping willow wallpaper // de gournay // simplified bee(source)

SB:  Who has been a mentor to you?

CG: My mother – taking me round to auction sales when I was very young – from 8 years onwards .. understanding how to buy and sell and how to appreciate value and to create value where others saw none.

 dining room // chinoiserie wallpaper de gournay // simplified bee(source)

SB: How would you describe your personal style and how has it evolved over the years?

CG: I hope that I don’t have a style – at least I don’t try to project a style ..  so I shall leave that for others to judge.  I have a belief that one should only buy the best and thereby one is rarely disappointed – whether it is food or clothes or houses or racehorses.

green chinoiserie wallpaper // de gournay // simplified bee(source)

SB: What type of architecture are you drawn to?

CG: It is hard not to be drawn to the maximum amount of light and simple lines with a combination of mainly rectangles and some curves.  I think that combining straight lines and curves well and creating light and space is key to goo architecture.  That means classical, some 18th century and some contemporary architecture.  Of course it all has to be adapted to the climate one is inhabiting ..

 hand-painted wallpaper // de gournay // simplified bee(source)

SB: Which other designers, artists or creative people are you loving at the moment?

CG: I have always loved Manuel Canovas and Alezandra Gioia (who coloured Colony’s fabrics for many years) and John Stefanides for their ability with colour. There are not that many designers capable of mixing different colours and patterns well – but many who can work in black & white!

 workspace // silver fish wallpaper // de gournay // simplified bee(source)

SB: Who would you most like to collaborate with on a project?

CG: Alain Garcia seems to be the man of the moment and although I hate trends and fashions I love the way he can make so much from so little – he has a real decorator’s touch and it all seems so effortless for him.  I ma hoping he will design some wallpaper for us one day.

 nursery with elephant wallpaper // de Gournay // Simplified Bee(source)

SB: What is the process behind a de Gournay work?

CG: Art, art & art.

boy's room with deco monkeys wallpaper // de gournay // simplified bee(source)

SB: I’ve loved seeing de Gournay in social media circles. What is your advice to other décor companies or interior designers or who are timid about trying social media marketing outlets?

CG: Like mathematics it is a dark art until one knows how to do it ..  once one has started to do it one finds it easy and it starts to become addictive ..  but like all addictions it should be tightly controlled.

bathroom with koi fish wallpaper // de gournay // simplified bee(source)

SB: What are you looking forward to?

CG: Complete freedom for a little while followed soon thereafter by more projects and plans and new houses to build and decorate for myself ..  stopping, savoring,enjoying and moving on .. and starting all over again …

 

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Read full story By on October 28, 2014 in baby and children, baby nursery room, bathrooms, bedrooms, boy's bedroom, chinoiserie, dining rooms, Features, interior design, Interiors, Interviews, wallpaper

Orange October :: Go Giants!

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SF Giants Baseball // Orange October 2014 #worldseries2014

Olive green may be trending next year, but currently around San Francisco it’ orange, orange and more orange. If you haven’t heard, our Giants baseball team is back playing in the World Series – going for a three-peat! This time the opponent is the Kansas City Royals. So far, the series is tied at 1-1. Tonight is the third game.

orange chair // living room // tobi fairley deisng

(design by Tobi Fairley via Houzz)

We will be cheering on the team from home and of course I’ll be pulling out a few orange home decor items for good luck. If you’ll be cheering from your sofa too or just love the color orange, I’ve rounded up some fab home decor items:

orange october favorites // simplified bee #orangeproduct links: 1 //2 // 3 //4 // 5

Need more orange inspiration? Take a look at 2012’s color of the year – Tangerine Tango.

Here’s to orange October! Go Giants!

cristin

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Get the Look :: Olive Green Decor

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olive green decor // dining room

Olive green decor. Are you loving it? As Megan talked about in her article earlier this week, olive green is predicted to be one of the trending colors for 2015. Alone, the warm green can be a bit ho-hum. But, when the handsome green is used in combination with another color – like above with gold accents – it can be quite sophisticated and even fresh. If you are looking to interject olive green in your decor – whether it’s painting an entire room or adding an accent pillow, here are some options to consider:

decorating with olive greenproduct links: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 //

Love it or leave it? I’m curious to hear your thoughts on olive green decor and this trending color for 2015!

happy decorating,

cristin

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Read full story By on October 23, 2014 in color, design trends, dining rooms, Features, furniture, Get The Look, throw pillows, wallpaper

Color Trends :: Olive Green

I’ve been thinking adding a contributor for along time, but it wasn’t until I met Megan Bachmann that I decided to do it. Megan is a mother and has a great sense of style and aesthetic. She has a background in fashion, passion for interior design and writes her own blog, Otomi Home. I’m thrilled to welcome Megan to Simplified Bee!

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Thank you Cristin for the sweet introduction. I am so excited about olive green as an upcoming color trend for 2015. Elle Decor recently did a feature on up & coming colors and I’m particularly excited about this one. Olive green is so lovely in interiors because it borders between being a neutral and a color, depending on how you use it. It can be bold or subtle, modern or traditional. It looks amazing paired with a multitude of colors include white, black, navy, orange, and turquoise. And of course it looks incredible paired with brass accents. Olive green just feels new again. Here are some inspiring rooms using olive green…

The olive green walls and velvet sofa feel luxurious and moody in this room in Barnaba Fornasetti’s residence in Milan.
barnaba-fornasetti-elle decor green velvet(source)

The deep olive green tub anchors this bathroom created by Melbourne based Architects, Hearth.desire to inspire green tub(source)

The olive green walls and upholstered ottoman are totally on point in this room from domino.domino olive green ottoman(source)

An old standby room, also from domino, the olive green curtains act as a neutral and help to keep the turquoise painted room sophisticated.domino olive green(source)

Olive and green and deep navy = perfection.green velvet sofa(source)

Loving this olive green kitchen paired with white marble by Sydney based Architect Greg Natale.Screen Shot 2014-10-17 at 9.49.08 AM(source)

And last but not least, Jenny Komenda from the Little Green Notebook, recently designed a bathroom in olive green which looks amazing paired with those brass and black accents.jenny komenda olive green bathroom(source)

jenny komenda olive green kitchen domino(source)

As you can see, there is good reason to have olive green on your radar for design trends in the next year. You can read about another color design trend at Otomi Home today, Glossy Blue!

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