Penny Delray Promoted to Studio Leader

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We are especially pleased to announce that our own Penny Delray has been promoted to Studio Leader for BDS! Penny has been designing with us for four years. Before joining Barrett Design Studio, Ms. Tant was a senior interior designer for two of Jackson’s major architectural firms. She was also an assistant vice president/facilities designer, for AmSouth Bank. She is N.C.I.D.Q certified (National Council on Interior Design Qualification). She is a professional member of the International Interior Design Association (I.I.D.A.).

In her new role as Studio Leader, Penny will be responsible for coordinating and leading our team of designers, allowing Barrett Design Studio to take on more ambitious projects, bringing “New York Style . . . Mississippi Grace” with us wherever we go!

 

I am very happy to have Penny as my facilitator and right hand woman.

 

 

Update Any Area of Your Home with a Fun, Fabulous, Inexpensive Lighting Product

PHOTO COURTESY OF HAYNEEDLE.COM

PHOTO COURTESY OF HAYNEEDLE.COM

I recently ordered these fabulous instant pendant light fixtures for a couple of areas in my home. They are reasonably priced and super easy to install. I installed both areas in under an hour. It actually took more time to unpack the pendant fixtures that to install them. If you can change a light bulb, you can install them. You do not need an electrician. You simply remove the light bulb from your recessed lighting fixture, screw the pendant fixture in and wrap the cord around the handle to the desired length, loosen the bottom screw on the plate, push the plate to the ceiling and re-tighten. The hardest part of the installation was getting the pendants at the same height, but I was able to make adjustments and get them installed. I absolutely love how they create an instant warm and cozy feeling to the spaces!

Penny Tant, I.I.D.A.

Project Manager

Barrett Design Studio

PHOTO COURTESY OF PENY TANT, IIDA

PHOTO COURTESY OF PENY TANT, IIDA 

PHOTO COURTESY OF HAYNEEDLE.COM

PHOTO COURTESY OF HAYNEEDLE.COM

PHOTO COURTESY OF PENY TANT, IIDA

PHOTO COURTESY OF PENY TANT, IIDA

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PHOTO COURTESY OF HAYNEEDLE.COM     - INSTALLATION PROCESS

PHOTO COURTESY OF HAYNEEDLE.COM – INSTALLATION PROCESS

“SPACE, THE FINAL COMFORT”

“The discovery of a solar system as old as the Milky Way and with five Earth-like planets could shed new light on the possibility of ancient life forms in the galaxy.”

Just read this on Yahoo Trending.  We are SOOO with it!  I am working on a luxury hotel guest room with “Space, the Final Comfort” as our theme.  Not going to reveal it yet, but here is one of the possible pieces of art – provided by Art Dallas.

Is the Final Frontier our future?

Is the Final Frontier our future?

Time for a Party!!

We had our holiday party for clients and friends last week.  It truly was “a good time had by all”. Good friends, good conversation, good music by Sergio Fernandez and great fun.

Penny Tant, Judy Robinson, Monica Harrigill, Celia Barrett, Karen Gilder

Penny Tant, Judy Robinson, Monica Harrigill, Celia Barrett, Karen Gilder

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Sliders…and roses – perfect!

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Our logo in chocolate!

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Chris and Katrina Merriwether

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Our group – Kristen, Betty Jenn, Leigh, Penny, Kacey – I’m a lucky boss!

 

Kacey’s Key Design

Are you interested in updating your home? Consider retiling a surface for a fresh modern look with SlimTech Tiles from Lea. The slim slab is perfect for renovations because it can be simply glued to the old surface. This will avoid uplifting and disposal of rubble and reduce installation times. SlimTech has fun shapes and colors as well as natural-look finishes.  Let the following images inspire you to step out of the box and make a change that will keep you uplifted and inspired each and every day.

Kacey Clark, Allied ASID, Associate IIDA

Courtesy of Lea Ceramiche

Courtesy of Lea Ceramiche

Thoughts from my Gulf Coast Tourism talk.

Hernando Lobby in progress

Hernando Lobby in progress

As I reviewed in my tourism talk on the Gulf Coast last month, the tourism industry and the hospitality industry are on fire right now.  We are very busy with hotels around the country.  It is quite exciting.  There were 3 points that I wanted to stress in my talk.

1. High Tech.  If you ask what the traveler is looking for now, it is simply a place to pug in!  Your hotel room MUST have lots of outlets – right?  In the head board is a wonderful place for them.  We ALL travel with an I-Phone, an I-pad, and maybe a lap top.  We need juice!  and WiFi!  Along with this need comes the design of interactive furniture and TVs.  The future is here.  No doubt about it.

2.  Tell A Story.  All of our hotels tell a story.  The guest wants to know about the local, or the owners, if a B&B, or the history.  It is our job as the designer to find the story and tell it visually.  I love that part of our process.

3. Classic and Hip.  We must keep our designs classic so they stay relevant.  But we also must keep up with the styles – OR stay ahead of them.  I am ALWAYS watching.  Always paying attention to fashion, news, art etc., for ideas.

And by the way – the Hernando Hotel is finally about to open!  progress shot above.

Barrett Design Studio wins TOP 3 IIDA awards in NOLA

1908 Provisions in the Fairview - AWARD WINNER  HI Connect - AWARD WINNER

BROOKHAVEN  HIE - AWARD WINNER

Barrett Design Studio was recently awarded three prestigious hospitality design awards at the annual International Interior Design Association (IIDA) ceremony in New Orleans. The only Mississippi-based design firm to be acknowledged, Barrett Design Studio was recognized with the top “Recognizing Excellence” Award for Hospitality Design for their design of the 1908 Provisions restaurant and the top “Recognizing Excellence” Award for Hospitality Design for their work on the HI Connect Prototype Upscale Guest Room. An Award of Recognition for Hospitality Design was bestowed to the Brookhaven Holiday Inn Express project. Competing with architectural and design firms from throughout Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi, Barrett Design Studio was the only Mississippi firm recognized in the full competition.  Barrett Design Studio is honored to have worked with these clients and to have the final projects be recognized in this way.  For more design inspiration, visit www.barrettdesignstudio.com. #interiordesignawardwinner #mississippicleansweep #hospitalitydesign  #hotelbusinessdesign  @grubstreet @foodarts @artculinairemag