3 designers on the pieces they come back to again and again

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While there’s always a thrill to discovering a new piece of jewelry, three designers explain why their time-tested favorites always bring them (and their customers) joy.

For a show home in Palm Beach, she used tiles to mimic the effect for a striking moment in a moody bathroom.Gloribell Lebron

wooden wonders

“I love the texture and warmth wood brings to a room, and I’ve found a variety of ways to use wood tiles. It was an obsession. I first used it in my own office – it starts on the wall and then goes up and wraps around the ceiling. Clients would come to meetings and say, “Can we do this in my house? I’ve used it on ceilings and walls and even in bathrooms using porcelain tile that looks like wood I used a nice option from Mirrella Tile in my bathroom at the Kips Bay Decorator Show House in Palm Beach last year, and people were coming up and were touching it, and they were still shocked that it wasn’t real wood. I like that you can do this on a tighter budget or go high end: we bought some wood from Home Depot and got it stained to get the look we wanted, but we also worked with a carpentry company p for a customer. with more to spend. We can splurge if the budget allows, or make it look like a splurge. It’s such an easy way to add a personalized and adventurous look. —Nicole White, Miami

3 designers on the pieces they come back to again and again

Bespoke tables from Seattle-based furniture maker Chadhaus have become a staple in Andy Beers-designed dining rooms.Haris Kenjar

Gather around

“I’ve always found dining tables to be very emotional pieces. They carry so much history and feelings for customers, which can create a tough endorsement. We have a local Seattle furniture maker , Chadhaus, to whom we return again and again for dining tables. It is a pleasure to work with them, and it shows in their work. Their dining tables can be hyper contemporary or truly traditional. The finishes are so changeable and we’re able to accommodate the aesthetic needs of the job. We’re able to make it work no matter who we’re working with – and there’s some variation of this chart in most of our projects. Clients love it because it’s an easy piece that’s simple in its design details. It’s all about materiality, and they can imagine themselves gathered around it in any setting. There’s a quali sensual and luxurious tee in simplicity. Because we are involved in the entire process, there is an added benefit of being able to choose the wood that is used. We can bring the customer to the workshop, so that he can participate in the process. It’s exciting for people to understand the scale of the trees used and to see that this material has a story before it comes into their lives. Furniture is an investment, and seeing that process allows customers to relate and see that value at work. —Andy BeersOre Studios, Seattle

3 designers on the pieces they come back to again and again

Although he was unable to purchase the antique banquette that captured his imagination in Paris years ago, Garrow Kedigian now regularly includes custom reproductions of the piece in his work.John Grun

welcome

“I was shopping in the flea markets of Paris almost ten years ago and saw this small antique armless bench from Maison Jansen. I have always had an affinity for their designs, which lean towards the mid century but with neoclassical elements. I tried to convince a customer to buy it, but he didn’t want to. So I later made my own version of it for my house, and I reinvented several times for my clients since. The bench seat has small, flowing legs and great lines. If you want it softer, you can make more of a camelback shape; if you want it to look more modern you can use nickel nail head trim More recently I’ve used the piece as an L shaped banquette in the breakfast nook of a Manhattan apartment I’ve done this in several living rooms and as a cozy sitting area in a room that couldn’t fit a couch. there’s a laid-back feel to this banquette that invites people to sit down, and I find it radiates formality into a living room – something I discovered by accident in my own home, where people walk in and sit down. sit there, ignoring my couch.” —Garrow Kedigian, New York

Homepage image: Nicole White creates a stylish bathroom with wood accents in this Palm Beach show home. | Gloribell Lebron

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