Turkish Delight – Part 1

Hello Friends –

I recently returned from a trip abroad to Turkey, and I must say, my heart is still beating fast for all the inspiration I encountered.  Today I am diving in to pattern.  The Turkish are known for the intricate design details and layer upon layer of pattern.  Primarily consisting of bold colors, it is not hard to miss a distinctively Turkish design.


The Topkapi Palace is a must see when visiting Istanbul.  After Constantinople was conquered by the Ottomans in 1453, Sultan Mehmed II constructed the palace on the original Byzantine Acropolis with stunning views of the Sea of Marmara.  For centuries the palace housed the Sultans, their administration, concubines, and children.  Covering 173 acres, the palace in layered in opulence and layers of pattern.

The tiles represented are Iznik tiles, created in the town of Iznik (in West Anatolia) in the last quarter of the 15th century.  The tiles are primarily blue, with a combination of Ottoman arabesques and Chinese influence (the Ottomans were admirers of Chinese blue and white porcelain).  The tulip symbol is also a repeated image in the tiles.  The flower was originally found growing wild in Central Asia and was cultivated by the Turks around 1000AD.  It later made its way to Europe and the Netherlands in the 17th century.

The detailing of Topkapi palace is renowned worldwide and has made appearances in fabric trends today.

I’m loving this pattern from Schumacher.  Take note of the tulip design.

Izmir ChenilleSchumacher

Appropriately named, Shumacher’s Topkapi comes in several color ways.


So we covered the walls and fabric with pattern, but let’s not forget about floors.  Many of the palace floors were covered in pattern as well.  This terra-cotta hexagon is my favorite.

And today, the floor sample shown at the right is a reinterpretation of the medallion grid pattern.


Care to take a little Turkey home?  Tabarkastudio has an overwhelmingly large number of beautiful Turkish tiles to bring a little pizzaz to your space.  I will close today with some of their beautiful tile designs.


Stay tuned for more next time when we talk Turkish rugs and I show you a few that I brought back for my stash!!

Have a great weekend my Friends!


All Here!

Hello Old Friends!  It has been a long time!  My holiday blogging break nearly has turned into a semester break.  As I may have mentioned previously, this blog is an aside to my design business, and for me to share my musings and misc projects.  While I do love to write and share with you, my family and business take primary focus.

All There

The wise Jim Elliot said it well, “Wherever you are, be all there.”  I tend to be very black and white about things.  And the fact of the matter is, I have been so consumed being all ‘elsewhere’, I couldn’t also be ‘all here’ in blog world.  I’m thankful for your understanding.

Here are some snippets of where I have been:


Enjoying lots of family time at Christmas.  Little G loved learning about this whole present thing from his older cousins.  Much time was spent having different sides of the family in and out of our home, indulging in yummo food, and catching up on a few movies I haven’t seen in a year.

I also began work on a few new projects in the new year:  a family room, master suite, corporate office, a kitchen and sunroom mini remodel, and new build job.  The kitchen project is on a tight turnaround time and has occupied a lot of my focus.  I am super excited to be sharing it in future posts, but for now, here’s a little sneak peak!:


So enough about my list of to-do’s.  I’d love to hear from you in this new year.  What would you like to read about on the blog this year?  What design topics peak your interest?  What are your goals for the year….perhaps to live Well Nested?!  I look forward to hearing from you!



Wild for Wallcoverings!

Hello All!

I am excited to be sharing over at Interior Canvas today!  Check me out here!  These lovely ladies are so thorough in covering various designers throughout the country.  They are a great read and study on all things D E S I G N !

I will be sharing on some of my favorite wallcoverings, as well as showing you a recent dining room I completed for one of my favorite clients.  Hope you enjoy!


Hello World! Nice to meet you!

Hello world!  At long last I have joined the ranks of blogging!  Thank you Katie for your encouragement – (I finally listened to you-you are such a good friend!)

Let me start by introducing myself.  My name is Emily Gilbert.  I am a wife to a great man, Big G (I am a lucky girl.  I will have to share with you our little love story one day), a mother to a one year old boy, Little G, and a designer.


I have been in the design industry for 9 years and opened up Emily Gilbert Designs in 2010.  Learning to balance a growing business and motherhood has been one of the most difficult challenges I have experienced, ….and I wouldn’t have it any other way.  As Oprah once said, “you can have it all, just not at the same time.”  I’m working on that.

Here you will find my design musings, project sneak peaks, and other fun facts.  I intend to keep you inspired and encouraged, and hopefully blessed.


Elsie de Wolfe said it well.  Creating beautiful surroundings in an effort to impact one’s experience for the better is my passion.  Living Well Nested.

A few more fun facts about me:

I am a dessert-aholic (and working on getting into recovery).  I will get hooked on a particular dessert, and it is all I crave.  After exhausting my taste buds, I move on to another sweet temptation to become passionate about.  My current obsession is Curly’s Custard.  One VERY BERRY CONCRETE please!


Fort Worth is in my opinion one of best cities in the country.  I hate to let everyone in on this secret.  The word may spread and it won’t be quite the same.  But in all honesty, it has some wonderful people, great places to eat, and all around, it just feels good living here.

If I were to see anyone in concert it would probably be Jim Gaffigan.  I can re-watch his stand up over and over and over.  Laugh everytime.

Favorite Holiday:  Definitely Thanksgiving.  It’s beginning to get crisp (down South), the comfort food is cooking, and it’s an opportunity to reflect on blessings without the hurry and hustle-bustle of Christmas.  I am thankful for Thanksgiving!

Lastly, what’s my style?  I lean toward a relaxed aesthetic with eclectic elements.  No dressed up rooms in my house.  This is truly due to the stage of life our family is in (sticky fingers and silk – not a good combo!).  I have an appreciation for most all styles and love the opportunity to work in different genres.  It keeps things interesting.  The curse of the designer – always editing our personal home.  I have a very patient husband.  I’ll share some project photos soon to give you a glimpse of my work!

Till then, thank you for reading!  I hope all have a fabulous Labor Day weekend!

I wish we planned on doing this…..

Blackberry Farm

Blackberry Farm


……but alas, I will be cleaning the garage!

See you next week!