Category Archives: Interior Design

Jan 20, 2018

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I’m so thrilled to head back to Nashville, one of my favorite Southern cities, to be a part of the Antiques and Garden show of Nashville.  I can’t wait to reconnect with Nate Berkus (I did a segment on his talk show many years back), and Robert Leleux (whom I met through the Southern C Summit here in Charleston). I’ll also be doing a book signing on Saturday, February 4th.

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See the schedule of events above, and head to their website to purchase tickets which are on sale now!

2017 Lecture Series Nate BW - August 9

1.20.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Jan 20, 2018

Sobiloff Collagephotos by Liz Banfield

Wanted to share some of the recent prettiness our sister company Lettered Olive has produced for some of our clients. Our brides love the letterpress designs printed on the thick luxurious Italian paper, and Lettered Olive gets its name from the South Carolina state seashell!

The wedding papers above were for a couple wanting a lot of natural elements incorporated in a sophisticated way. The escort cards for dinner featured different African fabrics as a nod to the couple’s time in the Peace Corps where they met.

Bennett Collage

photo by Corbin Gurkin

For a wedding in Aspen, Colorado, elements of the native landscape were married with a soft feminine palette. Another design juxtaposition and luxury for the guests we were excited about were the leather bound menus stamped with individuals name.

Kerr Collage

photos by Liz Banfield

For our glamour bride marrying in Texas, florals, pinks, and sequins were the name of the game.  We found the perfect floral fabric we wanted to incorporate into the wedding decor and Lettered Olive made envelope liners to match it perfectly, along with floral papers to use in other paper designs like the menu cards. I love the look of something like masculine horns paired with a pink ink and monogram, don’t you?

McNeil Collagephotos by Liz Banfield

This bride found much of the inspiration for her New Year’s Eve wedding from Carolyne Roehm’s affinity for blue and white. We found blue and white toile plates we knew we were going to use, so our Lettered Olive designers took inspiration from designs you’d see throughout china patterns and popular interior fabrics. The diecut edges were carried throughout the entire wedding design as well.

Reed Collage

photos by Liz Banfield

For a bride that had spent her post college career working in art galleries, a favorite painting provided color and pattern inspiration. A custom monogram (a tradition for all of the brides in her family) was designed to personalize the papers even more.

We love working on finding vintage stamps for the invitations that they work well with, but we also love the idea of designing stamps printed at zazzle.com.

1.20.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
Art, Event Design, Event Planning, Interior Design, Stationery, Invitations and Pretty Papers, The Lettered Olive, Uncategorized, Weddings | Comments >>

Tara Guerard Interiors by Corbin Gurkin

Today I wanted to share this sweet little girls’ room that I did for a friend whose daughter was turning 10 and wanted her room updated for her “big” birthday.  Living in a historic home in downtown Charleston, the family was planning on growing with the house for many years to come, so it was important to make updates that would work as long as the girl was living at home, and using accessories that could be switched out when needed.

Tara Guerard Interiors by Corbin Gurkin

A “hang out” nook for the girl to entertain friends when after school playdates or sleepovers happened was important. Old nightstands were painted pink and repurposed into book nook “benches” capping the foot of the bed. I found a fabric that had all of the colors we wanted to work with, so it set the tone of many of the other details and accessories. We had custom cushions made to top the benches which also provides extra friend seating. A ladylike vanity and stool offer her an area as her grooming practices grow.

Tara Guerard Interiors by Corbin Gurkin

The table and chairs were already part of the bedroom, so we just repainted them to give them a little facelift, which provides an area for homework, crafting, or snack time.

Tara Guerard Interiors by Corbin Gurkin

For the built in shelving above the bed (an architectural feature already existing), a streamlined look was necessary. Before books, craft projects, etc were able to scatter about freely, but by finding simple and washable canvas baskets we were able to sort everything and give it a clean feel.

Tara Guerard Interiors by Corbin Gurkin

Tuesday Tip: we dressed up a simple and readily available white cotton duvet by finding trimmings in colors from the fabric we were using throughout and had a seamstress attach it to the duvet. Such an easy and affordable trick to give your bedding a designer look.

Tara Guerard Interiors by Corbin Gurkin

The home’s original windows offer so much light, so in addition to drapery we had roman shades made from the designer fabric. The heavy brass hardware and drapes can be lasting fixtures in the room even if the design scheme needs to change.

All images by Corbin Gurkin

1.20.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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