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Troy Beasley is the principal designer for Beasley and Henley Interior Design. The company works with architects, builders and private clients from every corner of the country to create beautifully personalized interiors. Troy’s travels through Greece, Italy and Asia have influenced his tastes in architectural detail, artistic crafts and textile art.

1. Which designers influenced you?

I can’t site a specific designer or even a group of designers. I look at so many different people! I am influenced by anyone who is creative and artistic. It’s not just designers, but also artists, writers, fabric designers, architects…there’s a long list of captivating creative thinkers. I soak it all up.

2. What’s your favorite design style?

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Christina Strutt runs the fabulous fashion and home decor brand Cabbages & Roses, which specializes in vintage fabrics. Her fifth book, At Home With Country, just came out and we’ve been diving into its beautifully cozy pages. Featuring full home tours of residences in England as well as the States, At Home With Country is full of easy-to-repeat designs, tips on mixing fabrics and inspirational ideas on bringing cozy country style into your home. We caught up with Christina to find out what inspires her and what she can’t live without. Plus, we have a special invite to her upcoming book event.

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AndreasCharalambousThis week we take a trip to the east coast to chat with designer Andreas Charalambous.  Andreas is the principal designer at Forma Design, who’s work has won several awards this year from the American Institute of Architects and Mid-Atlantic International Interior Design Association.  You definitely don’t want to miss his artwork over at  Andreas also has several spaces on Designers’ Portfolio.


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Big, big news all you Rate My Space and Angelo Surmelis fans!

HGTV's Angelo Surmelis
HGTV’s Angelo Surmelis

 As early as this summer, Angelo will have his own upholstered furniture line. Insiders, including Angelo, have been hush-hush about the new line until the last few days although it’s been a dream of the designer’s almost his entire life. Talk about a secret to keep! Furniture Today made the announcement last week, and I’m sure we’ll be hearing a lot more about Angelo’s latest, exciting venture.

For a preview from the designer and namesake himself, check out Angelo’s wonderfully inspiring blog. Scroll down to his post on February 11. Angelo, who also owns the LA design firm, Swell Space, tells the story of how the announcement was made at the Las Vegas Home Expo. And he shares a picture of a fabulous, first-to-be-publicized chair priced under $300. In his blog which is a must-read for design enthusiasts as well as fans Angelo shares, “I always wanted to find a way to be able to merge my love of design and making stuff with affordability and ease.”

Mr. Surmelis, if this chic (and cheap!) chair is any indication, you have succeeded! We are anxious to see the fruit of your labors. And, by the way, this furniture is supposed to be shippable. Now that is swell.  Want to send some words of congratulations to Angelo? Have any particular looks/pieces you’d like to see in Angelo’s new line?

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Congratulations to Vern Yip! HGTV’s Design Star judge and host of Deserving Design was recently named Favorite Male Designer of 2008 by The award is the latest in a long list of accolades for the Atlanta-based designer. No wonder.
Vern Yip, HGTV designer, host, judge
Vern Yip, HGTV designer and host of Deserving Design; Design Star judge

Vern has been wooing audiences and homeowners alike since he began sharing his designs with a television audience nearly 10 years ago. As seen especially in his newest show, Deserving Design - Vern designs as much with his heart as he does with his eye for design and architecture. He clearly loves what he does – as evidenced by a great big smile.  I know what makes me smile. A Vern Yip-designed space. Check out some of his latest creations:

Vern has a knack for making spaces personal. In this Deserving Design bedroom makeover, he surprised the homeowner with framed childhood photos.
Vern has a knack for making spaces personal. In this Deserving Design bedroom makeover, he surprised the homeowner with framed childhood photos.
What musician wouldn't want to hang out in this cool space?
What musician wouldn’t want to hang out in this cool room?
Vern's mix of pattern, color and texture works beautifully in this cozy living room.

Vern's mix of pattern, texture and color works beautifully in this cozy living room.

Vern often creates home offices on Deserving Design. These rooms are organized, bright and conducive to work.

Vern often creates home offices on Deserving Design. These rooms are organized, bright and conducive to work and inspiration.

If you dream of design stardom and would like to learn from the likes of Vern Yip, try out to be a contestant on season four of Design Star. Entries will be accepted until January 5, 2009.

Do you agree with casasugar’s choice of Favorite Male Designer? Who is your favorite HGTV personality? Do tell!

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