Thursday, June 30, 2011

Pretty in French: Lanterns & Gate

Since we drove out to a client's house in Tyler, Texas, we decided to stop at his neighbor's home and snap a few photos of the gates and lanterns we custom made for them a while ago.  ...And what perfect timing, now that all the bushes and such have grown in and everything looks so pretty.

French style custom wrought iron drive gates; Tyler Tx.

French style custom gas lanterns; copper and brass.

written by: Izabela Wojcik

The Sparks Are Flying at Potter Art Metal Studios

wrought iron panels for custom arch-top doors

I was just checking up on a table base we are currently building when I saw the neatest sparks display; I grabbed the IPhone and quickly snapped a photo.  Thought I'd share it with you guys... it made me happy.
The wrought iron panels will be placed inside custom made arch-top doors.

written by: Izabela Wojcik

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

French Impressions by Betty Lou Phillips

We just got a letter from Julie Peterson at Gibbs Smith; apparently Betty Lou Phillips has done it again!  We are in her new book: French Impressions.  Can't wait to see it!

And just in case you don't know about Betty; she is the sweetest person ever!  She's a renowned best-selling and award winning author and a fabulous interior designer who is totally into France and everything French, and she has a great appreciation for Spanish design as well.  Her books are a must in every interior designer's library!

This was such a surprise!  Thank you Betty!  ...from the bottom of our hearts!

Izabela Wojcik and Richard Potter

written by: Izabela Wojcik

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Regency Style Lanterns

The lanterns are finished and looking great!  The over 4' tall solid brass and wrought iron beauties will be replacing the current light fixtures soon!  Yes!, we are rockin' and rollin' on the Regency Row Homes in The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton neighborhood.  The sparks are flying, as the doors and glass-top awnings are taking shape too!

The kick-plate panel decoration has been hand forged now also, which I am very excited about... it came together even prettier then on the drawing I had penciled in for our artisans!  I can't wait to see it on the doors.  Hopefully I will be posting finished photos soon.  I know that I have been slacking a bit on the posts, but I've just been super busy.  I'll try to be a little bit better in the future:)

written by: Izabela Wojcik

Friday, June 17, 2011

We have the best looking clients, don't we?

If the names sound familiar, it's probably because you have sat in one of their fabulous restaurants (Steel, Cru, Ferre, or Victory Tavern) while enjoying a delicious meal and a glass of wine.  And now they're doing it again!  Patrick and Catherine Colombo are about to open a new Italian Restaurant in Preston Royal!

The former Popolos space is currently getting a total makeover, and from what I can see on the plans, it's going to be awesome!  A modern twist on a Tuscan farmhouse-style restaurant is just what the doctor ordered.  I am especially excited about the European style outside patio; Dallas soo needs to get in gear about that!  There is nothing better then sitting outside, under an old oak tree and enjoying a cup of what ever is your thing... and that's exactly the feel of (the name is still a secret; I can't spill it for a little bit longer), as it will be called.

By the way, you remember chef Kevin Ascolese from Salve, Mi Piaci, and Ferre in the West Village, don't you?  Well, he'll be the official chef of the new restaurant!  Exciting!  I certainly hope to be one of the first to taste something fabulous from the menu as soon as the doors open toward the end of August!

Above: Catherine and Patrick Colombo posing beautifully on their main stair.  The wrought iron railing, seen in the photograph above, was such a pleasure to build for them, and Catherine wrote me the most adorable little note on Facebook: "Izabela, it was amazing watching you, Richard the metal workers take this concept and materialize it so beautifully. I'll never forget the day you all installed it, I thought for sure someone was going to get crushed! You all ROCK!"  Her main railing was so graceful, with its beautiful flowing lines, and at the same time just huuuge, to say the least.  It certainly was a spectacle to see the guys installing it all; I don't know if anyone out there has a better crew of metal artisans who can also turn into He-Men the very next day!

written by: Izabela Wojcik