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Stan Topol has been in the design business for 30 years, including a stint as design legend Billy Baldwin’s assistant.

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This is one of the more live-able rooms I saw at the showcase. Everything was comfortable and personal. I was not surprised to see the Eiffel Tower shout out in the window. That makes three designers who reference Paris, either visually or as an inspiration (Matthew Quinn, even though I didn’t include that quote, and Suzanne Kasler, who name checked both Paris AND the Eiffel Tower.) Will our final designer do the same? (Hint: yes)

Three inspirations from Stan Topol:

My Clients: “I have been and hope to continue sharing a life with smart, witty and adorable people. I love the challenge of where they come from (visually) to where we can go together. They seem to understand my major concern is for their comfort.”

Faith: “I keep working because I believe that one day we will recognize that all interior work does not have to look similar… that all seating doesn’t have to be so low that you need a hand to get out of a chair… that all finishes won’t be the same… and finally, that people will step out of the kitchen and enjoy a great living room designed for conversation.”

Charity: “…We owe a debt to our fellow man and community. Working with and for causes inspires me to be my best and learn to share my gifts with others.”

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My favorite room from the bInspired showcase came courtesy of Bill Peace. Gorgeous artwork by Tony Hernandez and Todd Murphy complemented a nature-inspired (but not dominated) design.

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“Pebble Beach” rug from Jaipur Rugs

“Onda” chaise lounge by Nancy Corzine at Ainsworth-Noah & Associates/ADAC

“Beehive” crystal floor lamp by Alison Berger for Holly Hunt at Jerry Pair/ADAC

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Next up from bInspired is Matthew Quinn. He specializes in one of our favorite topics around here — kitchens and baths. His bathroom showcase is bigger than my bedroom, but what a luxury if you can afford it. The floor lamp… the shower curtain… the tiling… so beautiful.

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“Intarcia” bathtub in matte white with ebony inlays designed by Matthew Quinn for MTI Whirlpools, Renaissance Tile & Bath/ADAC

“Grigio Chiaro” porcelain tile flooring with “Silver Vein Travertine” mosaic by Renaissance Tile & Bath/ADAC

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Our next bInspired designer is Atlantan Suzanne Kasler. You can find her lovely book, Suzanne Kasler: Inspired Interiors, if you want an in-depth look at her comfortable, French/Continental style. I particularly appreciate that she rejects over-designed, fussy elements, which allows the architecture of the room and the furniture to take center stage.

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Area rug by Antique Oushak, Moattar, Ltd. Finer Rugs/ADAC

Woodward bench by Suzanne Kasler for Hickory Chair

Amsterdam dining chairs by Suzanne Kasler for Hickory Chair

A few of her inspirations:

Paris: “To me, it is the most beautiful and inspiring place in the world.”

Objects That Carry Emotions: “I’m a collector. I find things I love and I buy them, not always knowing exactly what I’m doing to do with them. These collections and pieces set a tone, create a mood, are stylish and personal and timeless.”

Eiffel Tower: “Metal, wire, crystal, paper, silver, porcelain… you name it…”

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Last month I went down to Atlanta for the bInspired (Be Inspired, for those who had to look at it sideways, as I did) Home Design Showcase. Six designers created an entire room based on things they found personally inspiring . Each week we’ll feature one of these designers along with photos of the room and product information.

This week it’s Bob Brown from Robert Brown Interior Design.

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