Paula Winter Design
Summer 2011
Summer, 2011 - Vol 1, Issue 5
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Colorful Comment
Designing Forward
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Paula Winter Design, Ltd.
Highland Park, IL  60035


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Welcome . . . . .

Paula Winter Design's Summer Newsletter

"Riches do not consist in the possession of treasures, but in the use made of them"        N.B.

This newsletter is devoted to the many requests made by clients to utilize existing furnishings, artwork, collectibles, and heirlooms.  Your grandmother's credenza?  The first table you ever bought? The 'best finds' from flea markets? The room that never got completed? If you have ever had this dilemma please keep reading.


home main photoPaula Winter Design specializes in high-end interior design, and is located in Highland Park, Illinois. Paula offers a full spectrum of design services including space planning, custom furnishings and accessories.
Colorful Comment . . . .

"It is not the form that dictates the color, but the color that brings out the form"  Hans Hofmann   


Bedroom After 

The project highlighted in this newsletter combines both the theory of our opening paragraph, and this wonderful quote by abstract artist Hans Hofmann. I've designed some of the furnishings and textiles for this client's family room-adding color, texture, and interest for them. The lines, angles, colors, and curves help define and re-define these spaces. I hope you enjoy these 'befores and afters' as much as my client!


Designing Forward . . . 

Keep It ... Cherish It ...  Improve It!


What to do with what you own when what you really want is something new? It can be a challenging thought to sort out-one that needs to be addressed when embarking on a new design for a space.



Clients are looking for transformations, improvements, and enhancements to their current environments. We all have items we've acquired or inherited-and many are important cherished pieces that we don't want to discard or relegate to the attic. These can be the pieces that often do, or can when regarded properly, render the charm and individuality we're striving for in our homes. The process of designing a space does not necessarily begin from scratch.  Often it is my responsibility to better locate ("re-assign" is the buzz word for this today) or highlight these pieces, whether it is a practical item or treasure, into a newly conceptualized and functional space.  Translating these existing pieces into our new language, our new space we're creating, can be a beautiful experience and truly awaken the identity of something already owned.  




It helps to inventory these meaningful possessions as we begin to plan. The conversations between myself and a client about these items, along with the scale, aesthetics, and function of a piece, will 'talk to me' as I begin planning and designing.  As the room evolves on paper (very old school, I know!), perhaps I'll find a new usage for the piece- or perhaps even place it in a different room. The critical element is that if it's important to the client-let's try to make it important to the design. The client's history is often what gives life to their new environment.  


For more photos of this project please visit our web site.





Trivia . . . . 

What are 'Natural Fibers"?


There are two categories: Vegetable Fibers and Animal Fibers

Examples of vegetable fibers include cotton, jute,flax, ramie, sisal, and hemp. They serve in the manufacture of paper and cloth. The most used vegetable fibers are cotton, flax and hemp, although sisal, jute, kenaf, bamboo and coconut are also widely used.

Examples of animal fibers  include silk, sinew, wool, catgut, angora, mohair and alpaca.


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Paula Winter Design, Ltd.