Get The Look

Get The Look: Houzz

June 2016

We all have our favorites. What we gravitate towards, what moves us, what inspires us is subjective. But some things garner more attention than others and we’re always curious which of our designs catches a viewer’s eye more than others. If you aren’t familiar with Houzz and are an interior design lover, we highly recommend visiting the site. If you’re looking for inspiration or resources for a home design project, Houzz is an efficient and incredibly useful starting point. Whether it’s a micro project and you need to find a custom bookcase for the living room or a complete remodel of your current home, Houzz provides a community of homeowners and industry professional at your fingertips. For homeowners, it’s a useful tool to create mood boards (ideabooks) and connect with designers, architects and contractors.

As interior designers, we’ve found it to be a helpful and engaging forum where we can share our design ideas and interact with an audience. Some of our favorite design projects are coincidentally some of our viewer’s favorites. We’d like to share these highlights. For a more comprehensive look at Soucie Horner projects, visit Houzz.

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Get the Look: 1st Dibs (Part One)

April 2016

We’ve all been there. All of a sudden, you’re in a black hole with no end in sight. As soon as you start typing in www.1stdibs.com into your browser, you might as well call it a day…or night. Dubbed as the “the world’s leading online marketplace for the most beautiful things on earth”, we couldn’t agree more. 1st Dibs curates an incredible collection of exquisite items that would otherwise be difficult to source on your own. If you are a collector of rare, luxurious finds and want to live amongst beautiful treasures, you are likely to find it on 1st Dibs. While the inventory is ever changing, these are our hot picks of the moment from our talented Design Team. andylauber_1stdibs

ANDY PICKS: (1) Monumental Bronze Surround Mirror  $14,500 (2) Unique Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow Champagne Bar & DJ Booth  Price Upon Request (3) Vincent Fournier Ariane #2, 2007 $30,000

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KATIE’S PICKS: (1) “Souriez, souriez, toujours” Poudrier by Line Vautrin $10,800 (2) Pair of Black Stitched Leather Bar Stools by Jacques Adnet $12,000 (3)  La source murmure…sans fin même ton amour $8,500

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SALLY’S PICKS: (1) Matt Devine Soundwave 4, 2013 $12,000 (2) Michael Wilson ‘Harley’ Chair $3,500 (3) George III Carved Giltwood Chimneypiece Attributed to Matthias Lock Price Upon Request

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REBECCA’S PICKS: (1) “The River of Time” Screen by Elliott Barnes for Philippe Hurel, Special Edition $84,525.04 (2) Yee Wong Disco in the Jungle: Electric Blue $575 (3) Pair of Swivelling Sling Chairs by William Katavolos $9,500

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DINA’S PICKS: (1) “Nimosi” Chair by Hugo Franca, Brazil, 2006 (2) Rosalyn Bodycomb Evidentia I, 2008 $25,0001stdibs_jackson

JACKSON’S PICKS: (1) 18th Century English Lacquer Cabinet $51,750.03 (2) Mavis Smith Fight or Flight, 2013 $12,000 (3) Pair of 1960s Steel and Leather Lounge Chairs After Maison Jansen $12,000

 

 

 

Get the Look: Library Ladders

April 2016

There is always that hard to reach place in your home where you have to lug out the very unattractive, yet necessary and functional ladder. It could be a storage space lofted above a room, a home library or built in bookcase showcasing antiquities and relics from your travels, a wine cellar or exposed kitchen shelving. The solution to that Home Depot ladder tucked away in the utility closet? Library ladders, of course.

Library ladders are increasingly being used for both functional and decorative purposes. So, if you have a Hogwart’s Library worthy space or a shoe collection the size of Imelda Marcos, you’re likely to find some inspiration from our round-up below.

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Photo credits: (1) Design Boom  (2) Soucie Horner (3) Design Sponge (4) The Makerista (5) Soucie Horner (6) My Domaine (7) Remodelista (8) Remodelista (9) Architectural Digest (10) Traditional Home (11) Pinterest (12) Architectural Digest (13) My Domaine (14) Soucie Horner (15) Architectural Digest (16) Pinterest (17) Dwell

Behind The Scenes: SHIIR Rugs

June 2015

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At first glance, what we offer at Soucie Horner may simply be seen as interior design services. Take a deeper look and you will find that we are more multi-layered than just that. We are a top to bottom interior architecture and design firm that works with both residential homeowners and property developers and builders to create elegant, beautiful and inspirational living spaces. We are also designers that collaborate with artisans to actualize custom concepts such as furniture, lighting and rugs.

In fact, our rugs have a story to tell of their own. Partnered with third-generation rug purveyor Oscar Isberian since 2010, we have traveled to many far off places together, such as the mountains and hillsides of Southeast Asia to educate ourselves about ancient rug weaving techniques from skilled craftsmen whose families have carried on the tradition for multiple generations. The result of the collaboration is SHIIR rugs. Sitting side by side with the artisans who weave the rugs and discussing new ways to innovate techniques to create new, unique textures and designs is exhilarating, inspiring and priceless.

Our materials range from wool sourced from Tibet, India and New Zealand, silk produced from farm-raised silk worms fed a diet of mulberry leaves, mohair sheared from goats raised in South Africa, cashmere from goats in Mongolia, pashmina sheared from high altitude goats in Mongolia and finally, cotton. We believe in the importance of purely hand crafted goods and therefore dye all of our fibers by hand. We hope this gives you a sense of the care we put into our rugs.

We recently took our rugs on a yacht to photograph them against Lake Michigan and the skyline of Chicago. While the day was a bit foggy, the cerulean color of the lake highlighted the indigos, grays and mossy hues.