designer profile

Paul Semkuley, of re:source lifestyles, lives in an art filled condo in the sky, with partner Ian Swan. It was refreshing to see the unconventional way much of the art was hung in their space. Whether a piece was placed up high (above a mirror or bed frame), in an eclectic grouping in the bedroom, or against shimmering dark mica fleck wallpaper in the powder room, it was clear that art is a major focus.
Last Sunday morning I made my way to a loft in the west end, home to Edward Griffith and Tamara Robbins Griffith, Managing Editor of Style at Home. While I cradled their eleven week old kitten, Winston, in my arms, Tamara gave me a tour of their chic and cozy home. Her passion for art and design is evident in every detail of their stylish space.
John Barnwell, of J. R. Barnwell Design, Inc., welcomed me into his gorgeous home only three months after moving there. As I wandered through his rooms, I was stunned to find everything in perfect order so quickly after his move, including art up on the walls. John is an avid collector of art, and a strong believer in trusting intuition when choosing what pieces to live with. As he gave me a tour of his collection, what resonated most was that each piece had a narrative that would draw you in, whether it was the life story of the artist, or the tale of the gem he discovered on one of his travels.