21.11.14

Patricia Gray's Taste of Life

Patricia Gray, award-winning interior designer and global aesthete
When Patricia Gray designed a residence for John Travolta (“JT,” she calls him), “he was lovely to work for, and wanted a place to escape to.” Patricia Gray, a regular interior designer to the stars, Feng Shui practitioner and a Vancouver native, was nominated “2014 Designer of the Year,” has numerous “First Place Northwest Design Awards,” and her firm was named one of the “Top 3 Design Firms in Canada.”
Gray’s mother was a bespoke dressmaker in Vancouver in the 1960’s. “I rushed home from school, excited to see the Jackie-O-style dresses and to help drape and sew.” Years later, while Gray was studying at the Parsons School of Design in Paris, one of her instructors, a curator at Versailles, used her ring of skeleton keys, some nine-inches-long, to unlock doors few had entered. After seeing the magnificent interiors they led to, Gray’s fate as an interior designer was sealed.
See the world through Patricia Gray’s eyes when you peek at a few of her favourite things. patriciagrayinc.com

Patricia’s Picks

Patricia Gray's picks - Chanel SunglassesChanel delivers what Patricia Gray expects from quality shades: “I’ve always worn them.“
Patricia Gray's picks - Stella McCartneyStella McCartney tops Patricia Gray’s charts in black or white.
Patricia Gray's picks -Tom Ford lipstickTom Ford Indian Rose lipstick, discovered on a Manhattan trip, is bought “two or three at a time.”
Patricia Gray's picks - Yves St. Laurent bag An Yves St. Laurent bag “holds everything for business, but it’s dressy for dinner too.”
Patricia Gray's picks - Hermes leather braceletPatricia Gray likes the silence of her Hermès leather bracelet — “it doesn’t clank at my desk.”
 One whiff and she “fell in love” with Diptyque’s Tam Dao.
Patricia Gray | Interior Design” Walnut and ¾ inch thick glass make for intricate end tables, Patricia Gray's design. “
The globetrotter totes Tumi luggage in dark grey as she seeks out ever-more beautiful design ideas to bring home to Vancouver.
I discovered Roger Vivier flats in Paris — love the tortoise buckles.”
 Of her upcoming visit to Croatia, “I can’t wait to walk the walls of cities on sea cliffs, visit castles, and learn the history.
Originally published in Taste of Life Magazine
Taste of Life Magazine Text by Brett Price and Catherine Dunwoody 
PATRICIA GRAY INC is an interior design expert in Vancouver. Here we write about lifestyle

1.9.14

Simple White Flower Arrangements

These are some simple white flower arrangements that I use regularly in styling my own home and clients' homes. They are especially effective for a dinner party, are easy to arrange and make you look like an expert interior design stylist. Try some and have fun!
simple white flower arrangements
This centrepiece contains one bundle of pussy willows, two bouquets of white tulips and one small storage basket. 
Expert Interior Design StylistSimple White Flower Arrangements

Tie bunches of cala lilies with rope or twine and in clear vases (left). Arrange bunches of different white flowers in assorted vases down center of table or in front of each plate (right).

Interior Design Expert VancouverInterior Design Expert

Nine perfect white roses in a square glass vase (left). A white orchid with bamboo cross stakes (right).

PATRICIA GRAY INC is an interior design expert in Vancouver. Here we write about lifestyle

10.7.14

Designer of the Year Award

Patricia Gray Interior Design award-winning finalist in the Western Living Designer of the Year award.

I have just found out that I have been nominated as a finalist in the Western Living Designer of the Year award. The award-winning finalist will be announced in August. This is the third year that I have been nominated so please keep your fingers crossed for me!

Patricia Gray Interior Design award-winning finalist in the Western Living Designer of the Year award.
PATRICIA GRAY INC is an award winning interior design firm in Vancouver. 

6.7.14

BEST INTERIOR DESIGNERS: PATRICIA GRAY

BEST INTERIOR DESIGNERS: PATRICIA GRAY
LEADING INTERIOR DESIGNERS INTERVIEW

“What is your idea of earthly happiness?”
“Clients that allow me be creative.

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Patricia Gray is an amazing, talented  woman who has become one of the best interior designers in the world. For 31 years, the Vancouver based designer has been creating fantastic decor that has amazed and inspired so many people.
Patricia began her design training at Douglas College in Vancouver, studied at the prestigious  “Parson’s School of Design” in Paris, and at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Ferrara in Italy. She is also a certified Feng-Shui practitioner.

Patricia Gray is a member of the Inter-Society Color Council of New York, the National Council for Interior Design and she is part of the Interior Designers of Canada. A woman with so much recognition has, of course, worked in many different places: besides Canada and the US, Gray has made interior designs across Japan, Africa and Singapore.
Contemporary Interior Design Vancouver | Patricia Gray
Award-Winning Interior Design Vancouver | Patricia Gray
Ms Gray’s interior designs are made so that her clients can have an absolutely comfortable and beautiful space. In her work, she integrates architecture, interior design, Feng-Shui and furniture combined with stunning touches that only Patricia Gray can do. Her signature style is marked by the use of innovative materials, customized furniture and the use of her own artwork.
Contemporary Kitchen Design Vancouver | Patricia Gray
 Contemporary Kitchen Design Vancouver | Patricia Gray
The Vancouver based interior designer is inspired by travel, by being near the ocean and she gets some ideas by being around young people. Her design icons are Michael Taylor, Andree Putman, Antonio Citterio
, Coco Chanel and Dianna Vreeland.

Patricia Gray has gathered thousands of fans through her blog: http://patriciagrayinc.blogspot.ca/. She gives tips, insights of her work and so, so much more. If you don’t know this blog yet you must check it out!

Contemporary Interior Designer Vancouver | Patricia Gray
Contemporary Interior Designer Vancouver | Patricia Gray
Her timeless and creative designs will be remembered for a long, long time and such a talented and passionate lady will surely be considered one of the best interior designers of all time.

Source: Best Interior Designers
Best Interior Designers is an ongoing lecture series featuring designers of distinction from around the world
PATRICIA GRAY INC is an award winning interior design firm in Vancouver. 

27.6.14

Interior Design Event Vancouver with Top Chef Canada Matt Stowe and Patricia Gray

Patricia Gray Interior Design Vancouver Event
Matt Stowe Top Chef Canada and Patricia Gray Interior Design Event Vancouver
I recently attended a private cooking demonstration and tasting brunch for interior designers in Vancouver with Top Chef Canada season three winner Matt Stowe. The event was hosted by Midland Appliances at their new showroom in Vancouver and GE Monogram to showcase their new line of contemporary designer kitchen appliances. Brunch was a two course tapas tasting with Chef Matt Stowe who put on quite a show for us well as the food being delicious. Thanks Chef Matt Stowe for the great eats!
Patricia Gray Interior Design Vancouver Event
                                                                 Matt Stowe Top Chef Canada at Interior Design event in Vancouver


PATRICIA GRAY INC is an award winning interior design firm in Vancouver. Here we write about lifestyle

16.4.14

Emily Carr Pastel Course - Class 3 & 4

Patricia Gray Pastel Painting Vancouver
Patricia Gray Pastel Painting VancouverPatricia Gray Pastel Painting Vancouver
Patricia Gray Pastel Painting Vancouver
Patricia Gray Pastel Painting Vancouver
Patricia Gray Pastel Painting Vancouver

More experimenting with different papers, techniques and colour schemes at my pastel class at Emily Carr.

PATRICIA GRAY INC is an award winning interior design firm in Vancouver. Here we write about lifestyle

Emily Carr Live Model Sketching - Class 6

Patricia Gray Pastel Painting Vancouver
Patricia Gray | Emily Carr University Live Model Sketch Class
This is class six of my Pastel course at Emily Carr University of Art & Design. It is the first time I have done a live model class (I won't count the one class in design school many years ago). We had a series of timed sketches. Starting out with 30 seconds which seemed impossible to capture anything. I was only able to put down a few strokes. Progressing to 60 seconds which was a little better. Then 5 minutes, which felt like an eternity. Then onto 10 minutes, when I could start to make sense of the figure and get a bit of shading and contouring. Each time the model assumed a different pose, so it was always starting from scratch. Short bursts of concentration trains the mind to capture the essence of the pose. No time to ponder, no time to correct. Just carry on. A good lesson for life also. These are 6 of the 45 sketches I completed in a three hour class. The total concentration required was exhausting but exhilarating. I will do it again!

PATRICIA GRAY INC is an award winning interior design firm in Vancouver. Here we write about lifestyle

5.4.14

Emily Carr Pastel Course - Class 1

Patricia Gray Pastel Painting Vancouver

This is the first class of my venture into the world of pastel painting at Emily Carr University Vancouver. It is a new medium to me and this is an experiment to see if I like it. So much to learn about pastels. I love the beautiful colours and the immediacy of this medium. We spent the first class getting used to different papers, line strokes, how to apply pressure and shading. Our subject was an apple. Quite basic, but profoundly complex at the same time. I can better appreciate the art of still life painting now-it's all about capturing the essence. We were instructed to concentrate on value, line strokes and composition.
Patricia Gray Pastel Painting Vancouver
Pastel Painting Value Study | Patricia Gray
Patricia Gray Pastel Painting Vancouver
Setting up my colors for the pastel painting value study above.
Patricia Gray Pastel Painting Vancouver
Pastel Painting Complimentary Colours Study | Patricia Gray
Patricia Gray Pastel Painting Vancouver
Pastel Painting Still Life Study | Patricia Gray 
PATRICIA GRAY INC is an award winning interior design firm in Vancouver. Here we write about lifestyle


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