Gilbertdesignshoot_80Emily Gilbert Designs is a full service residential interior design firm based in Fort Worth, Texas. I am passionate about providing clients with beautiful surroundings and impacting their daily experience for the better. Armed with practical ideas and a customized design perspective, I take pleasure in creating a pleasing environment called home.

My design passion began when I was young, and was honed at Texas Christian University where I received a BA in Interior Design. After years of experience working in the industry, Emily Gilbert Designs was established in 2010. I am thankful to have clients that have become friends, and friends that have become clients. Being personally committed to every project, I ensure an enjoyable process for my clients, and an end result that we can all smile about.

Well Nested is a blog to muse all things design: interiors, exteriors, the details, you name it.  This blog is an aside to my business, with my client projects being my primary focus.  If you are interested design services, near or far (‘e’ design packages offered) please inquire here.

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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.

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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!


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