Intrinsic Design

In a video released by the Interior Design Magazine featuring a recent interview with experienced designer, Pamela Babey, Babey shares some of her thoughts on today’s trends in residential and hospitality design, and also some advice for young designers. She gives some good industry insights and perspective, but more than that, offers a challenging take-away designed to shake things up in the creative realm.

Throughout the interview, she sticks with a theme of “originality” in design. She mentions that her firm continually employs skilled artisans to do hand-designed pieces (like ours) for her clients , giving them a special and unusual flair for each room. She suggests that young designers should work hard to create sophisticated and individual solutions, rather than flipping through magazines. She ends the interview by saying, “Don’t look always to the internet,” and leaves us with that challenge to dig deeper for design inspiration.

Portrait of a concentrated designer

For those who have grown up around computers, it definitely becomes almost second nature to scrounge for answers to our questions–for solutions to our dilemmas–for ideas to aid our lack of ideas–via the magazines or the internet. We consume so much information daily and are constantly downloading it into our brains. We wear ourselves out sifting through loads of new information and too often forget to let our memory, imagination, problem-solving skills, and personality time to come together for an answer.

Following Pamela Babey’s challenge, we’ll leave you with one of our own. Next time you have a question, let it sit unanswered. Write it down and let your mind come up with solutions. You might want to draw or write out your thoughts–just let them come freely. The answers you come up with may not be right–and they may not even sound practical–but you may find you enjoy the grueling process of thinking and may even surprise yourself with your results!

Source: “60 Seconds with Pamela Babey”

Your Present Adventure

“Adventure waits for no one.”

-Quote from The Secret Life of Walter Mitty


If you’re anything like me, you dream of the great escape–the glorious adventure–the undisturbed vacation engrossed in beauty. I like to imagine a life filled with long mornings in a quaint and charming bed-and-breakfast with a view, a save-the-world kind of mission with all the right gadgets, and the opportunity to experience different cultures while traveling the world! All this, I want to experience while not tied down by the limits common to our experience as responsible adults.

I’m sure all of the great adventurers at some point experienced limits, obligations, and constraints before they set out on their life of adventure. How does one begin to create a life of adventure out of a busy, demanding and scheduled-out life? As Abraham Lincoln once said, “The best way to predict your future is to create it.”  At the core of it, adventure means experiencing life at its deepest possible level with each moment. Adventure happens when we choose to live, not when we live just to get though.

Start your Adventure today:

  1. Say No: Sometimes, our schedule needs to change before our life can change. You know what feeds your passion and what drains it.  Re-evaluate where you spend your time, energy and resources. Even the small things could make a big difference here.
  2. New Eyes:  “Most of us lead far more meaningful lives than we know. Often finding meaning is not about doing things differently; it is about seeing familiar things in new ways.” -Rachel Naomi Remen. What opportunities do you have in your life now that you can use as leverage for growth?
  3. Try Something Different: Maybe you do need something new in your life.
    1. Eat at a restaurant you wouldn’t normally visit or try a new recipe with ingredients you’ve never used!
    2. Take a drive to a city you don’t frequent often and explore everything!
    3. Redecorate!: Whether your own appearance or your surroundings, what you and others see in your life can affect the way you live. Choose a theme outside of your normal style. You may need an update with a more modern look or maybe a richer and more vintage look (perhaps you would like to check out our British colonial furnishings collection here!). Surround yourself with what inspires you.
  4. Turn Off GPS: Let yourself get lost. Or, as Amy Poehler says, “Do something before you know you’re ready.” Yes, you might mess up, but you also might learn something you could never have learned otherwise.

What else comes to mind when you think of an adventurous life? What stories do you have that might inspire others? Please feel free to leave a comment with some of your best advice/stories!

The Test of Time

I love shopping in antique stores. I love learning about a different place in time. When I walk into an antique store, I feel almost like I’ve gained a free museum pass or a free ride in a time machine–and if  buy something–almost as if I’ve purchased a small piece of time. As I observe the decor from earlier years, I find it very difficult to figure out why things were the way they were and always find it amazing how much things have changed.

Though I do not have first-hand experience of daily life in previous centuries, I do believe that the pace of life has increased. You can pick up any item in an antique store–whether it’s dinnerware, an appliance, clothing, or even a piece of furniture–and notice ways that our lives have changed. Many of the items that wouldn’t last us more than a year in today’s world still show up in antique stores, in decent and functional shape, from decades ago!

I believe the diminishing of lifetime product value comes from increasing consumer demand on manufacturers. We as consumers need more things but we want to spend as little money as possible. Thus it becomes difficult to purchase something handmade for $50 when we have the option of a manufactured version for $10.

When we prefer practicality, I wonder, what exactly do we forfeit? Perhaps the personal touch… 

Traditional craftsman carving wood with Thai floral motifs

Traditional craftsman carving wood with Thai floral motifs

Years ago, when craftsman didn’t have the demand to serve millions at a time, they focused their energies on ensuring that the one who received their item would really enjoy it. They felt personal responsibility for their craft–a customer’s satisfaction and pleasure with their purchase directly reflected on the craftsman, as a person. Since they crafted most items by hand, each had a personal touch, which made them unique. I appreciate that craftsman, such as those at Bauer International, still exist today that choose to create products by hand and then finish them using traditional materials and methods (such as stain and shellac) rather than the faster and more automated way.

I also love the idea that furniture can do more than just serve a function in a physical space. Something about artistic expression and attention to detail cause people to pause more and feel free to enjoy a moment in time. Perhaps human nature needs moments where they feel inspired to just be–to enjoy beautiful things without evaluating their usefulness. It may be a big jump, but could you say that your furniture does that for you?

Welcome! You have now arrived at your destination.

Welcome! This is the first of many posts from the crew here at Bauer International Purveyors. We’re so glad you could join us as we take a journey–a safari, if you will–into the mysteries of the industry, the nuances of the trade, and the intrigues of the cultures that have inspired our most popular designs.

If you’re not familiar with us, let me just start with an introduction. We’re a 22-year-old furnishings importer company focused on providing luxury furnishings to the golf, hospitality and residential industries. What first began as a passion for high-quality living and a taste of exotic culture, soon birthed a design portfolio full of furnishings, fixtures, and accessories, that would later turn into the enterprise that Bauer International Purveyors represents today.

During his twenty years with the company, our founder, Ken Bauer, deposited a vat of passion into the company for exploration as a way of life, and design as a means to inspire. He traveled the world, studied the world, and adopted the world into his world.

Today, we have the opportunity and privilege to carry on this passion, doing business with the finest golf clubs, resorts and residences from all over the world. If you haven’t already, we invite you to explore our collections for yourself, and to rediscover your taste for the world outside of your own.

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