Annie Krug

Annie has been working as a writer and editor for over 16 years. Her love of all things unique and artful has found a perfect home in writing for the Stone Yard brand, which is characterized by its inventive, one-of-a-kind designs.

Recent Posts

The Joy of Collaboration: Q&A with Expert Designer Barbara Grigsby

Posted by Annie Krug on Sep 12, 2017 12:40:33 PM

Nothing lights the creative fire like working with other artists on projects you both love. And Stone Yard's founder and head designer Mitch Brean cherishes the collaborative relationships he's fostered over the years with designers and trade professionals. For nearly three decades, Mitch and the Stone Yard team have been privileged to work with San Diego interior designer, Barbara Grigsby, on countless custom projects. In the following Q&A session, Barbara discusses what brings her joy as a designer, and why she loves coming to Stone Yard with her craziest ideas.

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Topics: Design Inspiration, Inspiration, Collaboration

Add Life to Your Space with These Nature-Inspired Designs

Posted by Annie Krug on Jul 26, 2017 3:35:10 PM


Looking to incorporate natural elements into your design? At Stone Yard, our handcrafted furnishings include many nature-inspired pieces designed to add organic beauty, textural interest, and artful variety to luxury landscapes. As a reflection of biophilic design, a design style that uses natural elements to connect humans with nature, our artisans and designers take queues from the natural landscape, crafting one-of-a-kind pieces that exert a soothing, grounding influence on a space.

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Topics: Design Inspiration, Inspiration

Outdoor Seating That Stands the Test of Trend and Time

Posted by Annie Krug on May 22, 2017 2:36:37 PM


With the warmer weather rolling in, the topic among designers and homeowners naturally turns towards outdoor spaces. Whether it's a home, restaurant, hotel, or other venue, the intent remains the same: to create a stylish, comfortable place to gather and entertain. Our outdoor seating line, which includes sofas, chairs, benches, and fully custom pieces, are both artful in design and sturdy in all climates. These furniture-turned-statement pieces give people a place to relax, reminisce, or revel—or all three.

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Topics: Materials, Seating

IN THE PRESS | Stone Yard, Inc. Showcases Custom Hospitality Design Solutions at HD EXPO 2017

Posted by Annie Krug on Apr 19, 2017 2:04:33 PM


“We are excited to showcase some of our latest designs at our booth, including artisanal fire tables and bowls, contemporary new planter shapes, mosaic marble table tops, and an exclusive fountain design,” says Mitch Brean, Stone Yard's founder and lead designer. “We will also be displaying high-end faux plants from our sister brand, EcoVara, including a fabricated tree trunk with a tap that dispenses cold refreshments for our guests.”

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Topics: Design Inspiration, In the Press

In Service of Style: Hospitality Design that Inspires

Posted by Annie Krug on Apr 19, 2017 2:03:11 PM


At Stone Yard, we believe that good luxury design is livable—and that furnishings should be not only aesthetically pleasing but welcoming. Nowhere is this more important than in hospitality design, which seeks to create a fantasy getaway atmosphere for guests, but with all of the comforts of home. Here is a list of hotels and resorts that inspire us by achieving this delicate design balance.

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Topics: Design Inspiration, Inspiration, Collaboration

Q&A with Amy Meier and Mitch Brean: The Inspiration Behind Their Collaborative Collection

Posted by Annie Krug on Apr 5, 2017 4:29:47 PM


Read our exclusive Q&A session with acclaimed interior designer, Amy Meier, and Stone Yard founder and principal designer, Mitch Brean. Find out what inspired their collaborative collection, Amy Meier for Stone Yard—a line of sculptural concepts de forme made to add artful dimension to modern design landscapes.

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Topics: Design Inspiration, Inspiration, In the Press, Collaboration

An Exclusive Look at Stone Yard's Fresh New Color Picks

Posted by Annie Krug on Mar 29, 2017 9:34:26 AM


Explore the fresh new color collection that our founder and chief designer Mitch Brean has created for Stone Yard. With more than 30 years' experience designing and crafting artisanal furniture for trade professionals, and as a sculptor and painter in his own right, Mitch brings a wealth of design experience and a discerning artist's eye to this task. And since California is the home of both Mitch and Stone Yard, he had to look no further for his muse than California's vast and varied landscape. For this season’s design inspiration, you, also, need not look any further than these stunning, nature-inspired tones, paired with artistic planter shapes in an ultra-modern SyGlos finish, to bring fresh color to your spring design projects.

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Topics: Design Inspiration, Inspiration

Designer Crush: An Exclusive Q&A with Amy Meier

Posted by Annie Krug on Mar 24, 2017 1:37:57 PM


"Good design satisfies the body's innate need for comfort and the soul's thirst for style," explains Amy Meier, founder and principal designer of Amy Meier Design, a full-service bespoke interior design firm in San Diego. Included on Luxe Interiors + Design magazine's 2017 Gold List of top interior designers, Meier uses her lavish yet edited style to design spaces that fit her clients' characters and their lifestyles.

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Topics: Design Inspiration, Inspiration, In the Press, Collaboration

5 Must-Haves of Luxury Fire Tables & Bowls

Posted by Annie Krug on Feb 28, 2017 4:47:27 PM


Extend your design conversation to the outdoors with luxury fire tables and bowls that elevate the fireside experience. These five "must-haves" of luxury fire design allow you to do just that with their uncomplicated yet sculptural styles. Our custom fire tables and bowls introduce subdued yet chic alcoves into the outdoor space, making entertaining by the fire an art form.

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Topics: Inspiration, Fire Tables, Handcrafted, Fire Bowls

Design Inspiration from Bhutan and Jaipur

Posted by Annie Krug on Feb 17, 2017 1:48:13 PM


“One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things." - Henry Miller

I had the privilege of sitting down with our founder and chief designer, Mitch Brean, to talk about his recent trip to Bhutan and Jaipur, India. Mitch spoke excitedly about the many sights he saw during his trip that stirred his design imagination. After all, traveling is what continues to fuel Mitch's creative fire for new design ideas. "It may be a texture, color, or element of a building that motivates me to create a custom design," he explained to me. "This design could end up being a new texture for a planter collection or an element of a mantel such as a leg or shelf, or it could be a color that influences a new finish or finish technique." In this post, Mitch shares just a few of the images from his travels that inspired him as both artist and designer.

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Topics: Design Inspiration, Our Founder Mitch Brean, Inspiration