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March 03, 2022
Philip Thomas Vanderford & Jason James Jones run a full-scale boutique style interior design firm. They take a strictly hands-on approach and personally execute every step of the design process. The firm offers complete interior design capabilities from detailed interior construction documents to building custom pieces through their couture studio workroom located in Dallas.
Both having degrees in interior design and much experience in construction and contracting, they are able to dream, execute, & manage a project to fruition with respect to client’s time and budget needs. Their personal attention to detail has allowed them to tackle a multitude of projects including residences in Aspen Colorado, Healdsburg California, Dallas Texas, rural Wyoming, Paris France, British West Indies, & Shanghai China.
They thrive on working with a variety of periods and styles to create spaces that are unique to each client they serve. They enjoy walking with a client through the design process to create spaces that are stylish, functional, timeless, & most of all reflect the ideals and desires of each individual they assist.
What importance do textiles play in your designs?
“A lot of times, textiles act as a spring board or inspiration for the entire color palette of a job. They are often the driving force for the desired mood and can change the entire feel of the space.” – Philip Thomas Vanderford, Studio Thomas James
Where do you take risks in your work?
“I often have a tendency to be more classic on the architectural side and take more risks when it comes to durable goods such as paints, fabrics, and wallcoverings that have a natural ware cycle. I like for the architectural elements to endure the test of time.” – Philip Thomas Vanderford, Studio Thomas James
When should a home-design enthusiast enlist the help of a design pro?
“A home-design enthusiast should enlist the help of a design pro in the early phase of a project. In general, we like to start the project at the same time as the architect, so it is a collaborative vision, it makes for a more cohesive result.” – Philip Thomas Vanderford, Studio Thomas James
Why make custom goods instead of purchasing "off-the-rack" from retailers?
“Making custom goods allows us to get the perfect scale, proportion, and finish. Not only does it give us the chance to have something personal and bespoke, but we never have to settle for almost perfect.” – Philip Thomas Vanderford, Studio Thomas James
How much of being a great designer is innate and how much is learned?
“Obviously, I think that designers are born with some sort of artistic flair, but there are things like scale and proportion that ultimately designers learn over time. In all, I would say that it is 50/50.” – Philip Thomas Vanderford, Studio Thomas James
Photos courtesy of Studio Thomas James
Remember when outdoor fabric was stiff and only came in limited colorways? Then pioneers like Sunbrella came along and brought a rainbow of options onto the marketplace - we we're thrilled! Well now, WOW, outdoor fabric has come a long way baby and is anything but limited! We can't wait to incorporate some of these awesome designs into our Summer Collection.
Schumacher outdoor fabric pictured here:
Welt. Self-welt. Contrast-welt. What is welt? It is that awesome edge detail on your favorite custom pillows. Welt is either made of the same fabric as the pillow or a contrasting fabric. It is completely custom, unlike pre-made piping (we'll save that for another post) and there is a reason it can be pricey to complete.
When the fabric is cut to make the welt, it is cut on the bias, which means it is cut diagonally across the cloth. This allows the fabric to wrap around the cord insert and bend around pillow edges without wrinkling and puckering. This means that even if you have a long, narrow, straight strip of leftover fabric, it will not work for welt.
Typically a full additional yard of fabric is needed to complete the welt. That makes for significant additional raw material cost to be accounted for. You can piece smaller sections of bias cut cloth together to make welt, but it adds seams and does not look as professional.