How many years have you been in the interior design business and how would you describe your design aesthetic?
Meet Barette Widell and Christina Boschetti of the Philadelphia interior design duo Widell + Boschetti
Their work includes a harmonious blend of lush fabrics and dynamic textures reflecting the W+B trademark of juxtaposition in every interior. The balancing of transitional and modern design through simple and streamlined furnishings -- without being trendy or cold --is their true north. W+B are always on the search for "the most original" interior art whether it be paintings, light fixtures or custom furniture. Customization is a serious part of their mix of styles and periods, pieced together in the most original and surprising ways.
“We take to heart and genuinely listen to our clients’ needs. "
WE HAVE BEEN IN BUSINESS FOR ALMOST 5 YEARS COMING IN JANUARY. WE WOULD DESCRIBE OUR DESIGN AESTHETIC AS CONTEMPORARY WHICH IS CONSTANTLY EVOLVING. WE LOVE TO PAIR PRETTY WITH CUTTING EDGE AND UNEXPECTED TOUCHES.
Best advice you have received on running your interior design business? HIRE EMPLOYEES THAT CAN DO THINGS YOU CANNOT OR ARE NOT GOOD AT. FOR US, THAT WOULD BE KEEPING TRACK OF MONEY AND TECHNICAL DRAWINGS!
OUR FIRST HIRE WAS AN OFFICE MANAGER WHO WAS IN CHARGE OF ALL INVOICING, PURCHASING and RECEIVING. SOON AFTER, WE HIRED THE TECHNICAL ASPECT. THIS ALLEVIATED A TON OF STRESS AND ELMINATED NEEDLESS MISTAKES.
Hardest lesson you have learned in design? NOT HEEDING CLIENT RED FLAGS AND NOT KNOWING WHEN TO FIRE THE CLIENT UNTIL IT WAS TOO LATE. THIS GOES ALONG THE SAME LINES WITH TAKING ON THE WRONG CLIENT THAT IS NOT RIGHT FOR OUR FIRM.
What is your biggest pet peeve in interior design?USING TOO MANY DESIGN TRENDS IN ONE SPACE. INTERIORS SHOULD BE PERSONAL, NOT WHATEVER YOUR FRIENDS OR EVERYONE ELSE IS DOING.
Favorite design trend going now? BOUCLE, BOUCLE, BOUCLE! AND ALL THE ROUNDED EDGES of YUMMINESS. THIS IS JUST A VERSATILE FABRIC WHICH ADDS A DRAMATIC TEXTURE AND TURNS A DRAB PIECE INTO SOMETHING A LITTLE MORE EXCITING -- AND ALWAYS MAINTING ITS COZY NATURE.
A major component to hanging wallpaper is the prep that needs to take place. It is important to have this completed and just right so that there are not unsightly bumps, dips and potential peal back areas.
Any dips in your walls need to be filled which include nail holes. The surface must be clean, dry, structurally sound and free of mildew, grease or other such stains.
New construction means new dry wall. One coat of primer and one coat of paint leaves you in the perfect position to apply wallpaper. Never apply to raw drywall.
Have your walls been painted time and time again and weathered many years of livng? If you have areas that have received water damage or are flaking, consider priming these types of walls for perfect adhesion.
Walls that have been previously papered need extra care in removal of old paper. Strip the paper from the walls slowly and then proceed to sand or using adhesive remover. The next step before papering is a layer of primer.
Taking your time to prep your walls will ensure that your wallpaper will look its best.
Something about October makes me want to spend money? How about you? Nothing fits right and I am sick of what I have.
So I make an expenditure or two. Burberry has several trench coats right now that could keep me warm.
Louis Vuitton has moved towards the edgier side of fashion in the last several years --thank goodness-- and this purse or shirt would do.
My love for fabric runs deep as I am sure does yours.
There is something about a lively print that breaks up the dull-drums of a neutral palette quite perfectly.
Per usual, Schumacher you deliver.
From gorgeous geometrics to interesting florals --you keep it quality. Fabrics can make all the difference in an interior and FS Schumacher is one of the greats.
You are a design maven with chops that floor us. Always super edgy and slightly out of frame, you are a fantastic business owner with furniture, fabric, wallpaper and so many other lifestyle products.
My last two homes have had many rooms covered in wallpaper. I love the creative use of pattern and color that adds a pop to a room that paint just cannot achieve. My love for prints goes back to my childhood matching bedding and drapes which were huge primary color florals. Some of my favorite wallpapers comes from Schumacher as their willingness to take risks and introduce new talent is exceptional.
Loved collaborating with Austin-based interior designer Allison Crawford and photographer Alyssa Rosenheck to create a large statement painting for an Austin loft. We decided on a graffiti-based painting for this loft owned by a rising tech company CEO.
Artwork by Angela Simeone.
World renowned photographer and #thenewsouthern founder Alyssa Rosenheck.
It's always nice to find your work published by accident and is exactly what occured recently. Thank you Minted and Good Housekeeping for a nice surprise. My painting appears on the magazines' pages in an article about "bar cart style tips". Who knew my florals and bar carts could be so friendly. On another note, I'm excited to include my fabric which can only be purchased only on Minted right here and includes home goods such as pillows, napkins and placemats.
2018 florals are obviously created by artisans and comprised of original paintings. It's very apparent. My favorite go-to for florals are several places. If you want it funky and fresh its, here or here. If you are looking for a little Laura Ashley style its here. More of a minimalist when it comes to florals, then its got to be here.
Flower power is alive in both interior design and fashion see here, here and here. On another note, check out my new patterns with a bohemian-vibe patterns at Minted.com. A couple other pieces of mine here, here and here.
"Of all the arts, abstract painting is the most difficult. It demands that you know how to draw well, that you have a heightened sensitivity for composition and for colors, and that you be a true poet. This last is essential."
Abstract art does not depict a person, place, or thing of the world. Composition, color, shapes, brushstrokes, size, scale and simply the steps to create comprises Abstract painting. Works that don't have a "thing" allow for the viewer to engage with the work in a powerful way -- usually form and color become the "object" of the piece.
Where did it come from exaclty? Franz Kline was an American painter mostly known for his black and white paintings. He was considered an Action Painter. Wassily Kandinsky - Kandinsky is considered the father of abstract painting. In an effort to capture sound and emotion in art, he painted some of the first major abstract works.
Abstract art uses a visual language of shape, form, color and line to create a composition which may exist with a degree of independence from visual references in the world.
EVERY GOOD "CITY GUIDE" NEEDS AN ART MUSEUM
The Met in NYC is no exception. The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded in 1870 and it owned zero art on day #1. Over the years, through the combined efforts and brilliance of generations of curators and researchers, collectors and patrons, The Met collection has grown artistically, geographically, and culturally to represent more than 5,000 years of art from across the globe—from the first cities of the ancient world to works being created today.
The Met's latest exhibition does not disappoint.The Met hosts exhibits that both make sense and have passion.
Egon Schiele has a wonderful way of line. A majority of his work is controversial and shocking but the line work is both loose and refined. Heavily influenced by Klimt it is always interesting to hear about artist in community with each other.
Not only does it house thousands of pieces of art but it has world class program's that educate's educators, children and the average Jane.
The Met’s Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History pairs essays and works of art with chronologies, telling the story of art and global culture through the Museum’s collection.
In 2017, The Met made all images of public-domain works in its collection availableunder Creative Commons Zero which allowed unfettered access to 375,000 images of artworks. How amazing is that.
Let's not forget The Met Store which has some of the coolest accessories, books and items all art related.
There are so many influencer painters, I could blog, Instagram and Pinterest at nauseum about them so I will try to sprinkle these post in between my other interests like Interior Design, Fashion and Lifestyle. Let's start with De Kooning, a dutch abstract expressionist that came to America as a house painter and worked his way into infamy. I am a believer that persistant sweat equity can get you where you want to be. His restrospective book is a good read and a great table top. Of course, I own it. Cy Twombly let me count the ways-- your use of line, your use of materials, your use of drip? Yes to all. He studied under Kline and Motherwell and of course I own his tabletop book as well. What I love recently is the use of abstract art in fashion. Yayoi Kusama has been all over Louis Vuitton in what is there best work. Kusama is known for her bold, abstract dots which create a visual feast. These are a few of my favorite things and that's all for now.
I love a white shirt as much as I love scrolling Pinterest and Instagram which is a lot--and own six (J.Crew has this awesome one too). I was considering purchasing this Explorer Rolex however due to budgetary restrictions this Swatch watch will have to do for the Summer. These rose-gold sandals are sweet and simple and great for poolside although not quite as comfy as these slides from Nordstrom.com which is having its killer sale right now.
Nude and Neutral in Fashion and Beauty
We all have favorites and here are mine. I love a Turkish Rug and most of mine in the house are from ABC NYC Home. This store has the best finds and at prices that reflect their value. Nars, Nars, Nars-- are you clean make-up? Not necessarily but do you have the very, very best concealer I have ever used. Yes. Which brings me to the most glowey, dewey bronzer, once again not the cleanest- let's call it a guilty pleasure. Sloppy slides that look gorgeous-- head over to Barney's NYC they always have the edgiest trends that aren't trendy not many other retailers have the vision to stock. Not to meantion the chocolate covered gummie bears. And my go to denim that sucks you in and lifts you up, Thanks Citizen.
I love me some Goop.com products because they are incredible quality and aren't murderous when used regularly. Really. This Goop Edition 01 perfume is all natural with no adhesive agents meaning it isn't using some sort of toxic glue to make it last forever. It lasts the normal amount of time perfume should last....naturally.
This Goop.com lip and cheek tint is by Balmyard Beauty and made using coconut oil, my favorite.
A healthy way to put on a healthy glow.
The only time a Goop-ie eye is a good thing is if it is this under eye moisturizer by Goop.com
It is a great price for something you use everyday -- again nothing toxic. Works amazing and I don't feel guilty putting it on. Oh and lastly thank you Minted.com for featuring my work at the ICFF -- this is a pic of their booth with my work in it.