Sophisticated Living July/August 2014

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The Antithesis of Antiquated

Interior designer Brian Gibson of DIGS melds fun with formality to offer the best of both worlds in an East Walnut Hills home.

Interior Designer Brian Gibson of DIGS melds fun with formality to offer the best of both worlds in an East Walnut Hills Home.  "Why settle for ordinary when you can have unusual and extraordinary?" asked interior designer Brain Gibson of DIGS when questioned about his design philosophy for a historic home in East Walnut Hills.  Formal and decidedly French in style when acquired by the current homeowner, Gibson was given carte blanche and a clean slate to create spaces suitable for frequent and sometimes formal entertaining, yet able to keep pace with the demands o a youthful and active family.

Perched at the edge of a steep hillside with Ohio River views and discreetly tucked amongst grandly proportioned estates from a bygone era, the home's multi-level layout means that its seemingly relatively modest exterior belies a quote spacious interior.  "the home is very much surrounded by its neighbors, but it is laid out to turn in on itself and towards the view.  So, there is a great feeling of privacy." said Gibson. 

Chinese, French, Japanese and English influences are palpable in most rooms, and each boasts its fair share of fine antiques.  here Gibson's tur talent lies is in his ability to keep everything from feeling too precious . Read More.....


Sophisticated Living - Jan/Feb 2012

Its Easy Being Green

The renovation of a 1920s home in Hyde Park accentuates its arcadia

"The gardens are absolutely legendary," said interior designer John Harrison of DIGS when describing the 1920s-era Hyde Park home of his longtime friends and clients. Equal parts urban and Eden, the premises boasts an enviable level of privacy, courtesy of its placement on a bluff, and carefully manicured grounds dotted with majestic specimen trees. Harrison's involvement with the property spans nearly two decades, and he was ecstatic that for the most recent renovation and redesign his deft interior design skills were once again called upon in collaboration with architect Don Beck. 

Each room is a repository of treasured items, often with an interesting provenance. In the dining room for example, the 19th century French chandelier was procured from a shop in New Orleans.  "Hunting for period antiques of appropriate scale was a fun aspect of this project, " said Harrison.  Hanging above the sideboard is a mixed media piece by Judy Paff selected from the Carl Solway Gallery.  part of the wife's burgeoning collection of Majolica is found in the dining room, and Harrison remarked that she is prone to frequently rearrange their presentation.  Drapery is ombre silk with heavy fringe.  The deep windowsills are topped with granite to provide additional serving space.

Evidence that good taste is timeless, most of the original interior doors and hardware were retained during the renovation, such as the English-inspired double doors with diamond pane leaded glass in the dining room Continue Reading »