The Francis Files
Take Five: March Design Inspiration
MARCH 14, 2023 - Written by Kevin O'Gara
1. Outdoor design tips with Belgard
I wrapped up my four-part campaign with Belgard outdoor living, with my top tips for designing an outdoor space. It's all about colors and materials when it comes to backyard living, and I loved bringing to life multiple vignettes with Belgard during our three-day photo and videoshoot this past winter.
2. Diptych commission for a recent project
It's such a honor when I get to create a custom painting for a design project I'm working on, and this beautiful abstract diptych painting was the finishing touch for my client's primary bedroom. Helen Frankenthaler was a huge influence for this work, which was inspired by the cool tones in the rug I sourced for this room.
3. How to make a St~Germain elderflower margarita
For the finale of my yearlong partnership with St~Germain elderflower liqueur, I showcased a floral-spin on a classic margarita, demonstrating how easy it is to elevate any cocktail with this key ingredient.
4. Inside a sophisticated Madrid living room
I love this Madrid salon by one of my favorite Spanish designers, Isabel Lopez Quesada. Freshly reimagined, Quesada raised the ceiling, restored the pine floors, and decked the room in sophisticated vintage silhouettes, including these 1950's armchairs.
5. The new zip-up duvet cover invention
I partnered with Nuvet Home this month for the launch of their innovative duvet cover, which zips around saving tons of time and hassle. It's made with soft supima cotton and features a beautiful embroidered border – so you don't lose any style or quality with this update.
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