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

See How It's Made: The Bollé Dining Table Base

Posted by Annie Krug on Jan 25, 2017 9:15:55 AM


With interesting textures and artistic details as top design trends this year, the Bollé dining table base perfectly encompasses both sentiments. The patterned style of this stone table base, with its textured surface made of irregular bubble shapes, has been hand carved by our stone artisans as one of our latest dining room tables in a series of sculptural furniture-turned-art. In this post, we invite you to follow the Bollé creation process from start to finish and see how each fine detail gets translated into the finished piece. This process reflects our mission here at Stone Yard: to create one-of-a-kind furnishings synonymous with luxury, excellence, and craftsmanship—unparalleled designs, made by expert artisans, using superior quality materials.

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Topics: Inspiration, Our Team, Handcrafted, Stone Yard Studio

Custom Furniture: Why it’s a Growing Trend

Posted by Annie Krug on Jan 25, 2017 7:52:34 AM


We are already seeing the custom furniture trend accelerate in popularity. And with the maker movement in full swing, there is a noticeable uptick in the demand for one-of-a-kind furniture built by artisans, not machines. Stone Yard's expert artisans weigh in on what's behind this shift to custom, handmade furnishings, using as research their more than 30 years' experience designing for trade professionals.

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Topics: Inspiration, Our Team, Handcrafted, Stone Yard Studio

As Featured In Luxe: Our Founder Talks World Travel, His Fossil Collection, and What Inspires Him as a Designer

Posted by Annie Krug on Oct 14, 2016 3:25:29 PM


Looking to be inspired? Our founder, Mitch Brean, sat down with our friends over at  premier design magazine Luxe Interiors + Design to reveal what sparks his design process--and some of his muses may surprise you.

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Topics: Inspiration, Our Team, In the Press