The Treasure Hunt

We can all recognize when an "A-HA" moment occurs: when all of the planets seem to align, all of the dots are connected and that moment of clarity hits you. For different professions, the "A-HA" moment can present itself in different ways.  A songwriter might find that unique last verse to their song from an old forgotten poem.  A chef may discover a new blend of seasoning that catapults their dish to culinary perfection. And for many interior designers, the "A-HA" moment happens when they find that rare antique, that unique fabric or an unusual combination of color that suddenly transposes a cultivated room from boring to BRILLIANT.  We've asked Jonathan Savage of Savage Interior Design to let us peek into his fast-paced world and follow him along as he explores for treasures that just might create his next "A-HA" moment. BACKGROUND:  Jonathan Savage spent his childhood surrounded by design in middle Tennessee where his family were prominent home builders and real estate developers. After studying business administration in college, Jonathan decided to pursue his true passion for interior design and architecture and studied at American University in London, England. Upon returning to the United States, Jonathan attended O’More College of Design in historic Franklin, Tennessee where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design. During his studies at O’More College of Design, Jonathan excelled in design winning numerous awards. In 2007, he accepted an internship at the New York office of Owen and Mandolfo, Inc. Following graduation, Jonathan returned to New York City and worked for designer, David Kleinberg. While employed at David Kleinberg Design Associates, Jonathan worked on numerous high-end residential projects in Manhattan, the Hampton's, and throughout the United States. He has experience with space planning, custom furniture and architecture and enjoys consulting with clients regarding color as well as selecting fine materials and finishes. After gaining New York design experience, Jonathan returned to Nashville, Tennessee to continue his design career and started the design firm of Savage Interior Design. Jonathan’s primary focus is residential design, ranging from contemporary downtown lofts to sprawling estates. Jonathan is now one of the top designers in Nashville, but he doesn’t limit his business to just the Nashville area. In addition to Nashville projects, Jonathan currently has projects in California, New York, Washington D.C. and Florida.

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The Treasure Hunt

When clients hire Savage Interior Design they know they're not getting furniture or rugs from the store around the corner. They hire me to explore, research and find interesting items with personality and character. Nothing compares to the experience of stumbling upon the perfect dining table or that exceptional mirror that will complete the look I have been working towards.  I love knowing that I have found the jewel that dots the “I’s” and crosses the “T’s” in my rooms. Once these objects are installed into the client’s space, it’s at that point they realize the concept that we have been striving for has been met. With the New Year just beginning, my calendar is filled with future excursions for project inspiration. I always hit the main furniture markets in Atlanta in winter, New York in summer and find fall has arrived when I am off to High Point. Mixed in between are my many trips used for finding specific sought after one of a kind specialty pieces. In this post you will find images of treasures I have found across the world.  From the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, to a small antique shopped tucked away on a side street in Paris or coming across the most amazing hand-made woven leathers in Argentina... you never know what’s just around the next corner!

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This was the exterior to the Cartier Store in Athens, Greece and I found this to be just a lively marble filled with loads of character.

Upon returning home,  I came across the tile shown in the bathroom at Ann Sacks, and I knew I had to use it.

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I found these geometric art pieces in a gallery in Atlanta...

and as a grouping, they transformed this dining space.

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These concrete garden pedestals were found while on the hunt locally here in Nashville.

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While shopping the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey I came across these wonderful hand-woven Turkish towels, which have many different functions. I have used them as tablecloths, beach towels and even as a colorful accent to many kids' rooms.  Locally, Turkish-T (by Sue Joyce) is available on Taigan at www.taigan.com/shops/turkish-t . She offers a wide array of colors and styles.
 

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On the island of Mykonos I discovered a local artist that paints wonderful nautical style pieces that are the perfect complement to any masculine space.

This sculpture piece I discovered by the same artist in Mykonos adds a touch of whimsy to this client's patio. It's the perfect conversation starter.

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Grand Bazaar Istanbul, Turkey---We found this woven silk lotus pattern in this shop shown below.

This unexpected color and pattern, backed with a metallic thread adds so much impact to this very sophisticated sitting room.

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When shopping with a client, I always remind them to keep an open mind. This piece of art we came across seemed a bit intense at first...

But in the setting shown below, it's the perfect complement to this yellow and cream dining room. A vintage picture light mounted in a lucite stand, illuminates this piece from below and accentuates the different tones found throughout this painting.

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From the runways of Paris to your Living Room, we find inspiration in all places.

When searching for a sofa fabric we knew this woven chenille would be the perfect fit for our modern, young, fashionable client.

Because Chanel tweed is a classic look for ladies of all ages, it also is timeless in any interior.

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Thank you Jonathan!  Can we join you on your next treasure hunt?  We can't wait to see what you will find next! 

*Dying to see more of Jonathan's work? Then head to the Antiques & Garden Show here in Nashville (Feb. 8-10) at the Nashville Convention Center! Jonathan will be designing the entry room for the show, which will draw inspiration from the late Albert Hadley (to whom the show is paying tribute to).

Savage Interior Design

 L. Jonathan Savage, Interior Designer-ASID, IIDA 924 Ireland Street Nashville, Tennessee 37208

o) 615.244.5674 c) 615.517.7600 e) jonathan@ljonathansavage.com w) www.ljonathansavage.com

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(All images courtesy of Savage Interior Design)

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