Archive for March, 2010

Designers on Hand for Evening Event

March 12, 2010

Last night SR Hughes was proud to participate in Center 1:  Inside Modern Design. We like to work but we LOVE to party. Our events provide our clients, fans and new faces a chance to experience all we have to offer in a fun and relaxed environment. Folks stopped in for a cool drink, good conversation, and serious swag bags featuring t-shirts and gift certificates to Black Optical.  Brookside, once named the Restless Ribbon, was abuzz with cosmopolitan activity. The weather was exceptionally beautiful for a luxurious stroll from our neighbor to the north, Valcucine, on down to Aberson Exhibits – now featuring the Russel Young show. Our designers were on hand talking shop – new fabrics, current trends and design inspirations were all hot topics.   

A piece of burled wood sets the stage for this color-story; Inspiration comes from many places.  


Our design team presented before and after pictures which left me and so many others wondering, “now how’d they do that?” The answer? Mix extensive design experience, innovative modes of creative thinking and a “delight the client” focus to achieve something truly amazing.  


Our designers also presented an in-store museum depicting the evolution of style.    

Contemporary Circa 18th Century

Contemporary 21st Century

The Evolution of Seating



Thank you everyone who attended last night’s soiree. For those who couldn’t make it we definitely look forward to seeing you at our next function!  


Stephanie Odegard visits Tulsa

March 1, 2010

Renowned Rug Designer Stephanie Odegard to Speak at Philbrook Museum April 15 on “Sustainable Design and Social Responsibility”
Presentation in observance of Earth Day‘s 40th anniversary

Internationally renowned rug designer Stephanie Odegard will speak at the Philbrook Museum of Art at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 15. In observance of Earth Day, Odegard will present “Sustainable Design and Social Responsibility.”

Recognized as one of the interior design industry’s leading figures, Odegard will illustrate techniques used in the hand-knotted rug industry of Nepal as well as share highlights of her journeys in remote places with traditional artisans. The presentation will demonstrate her pioneering designs and environmentally sustainable practices and how a socially responsible business provides for and enriches a dignified way of life for artisans and their families.

From 5:30-6:30 p.m., Odegard will demonstrate her process, and visitors will have a chance to enter a vegetable dye identification contest in the Patti Johnson Wilson Auditorium, Philbrook Museum of Art, 2727 S. Rockford Road.

Philbrook and SR Hughes, the Tulsa interior design studio and showroom that is the sole Oklahoma dealer for Stephanie Odegard hand-crafted rugs and home accessories, are partnering to bring Odegard to Tulsa.

Stephanie Odegard is leading the way for socially conscious carpet manufacturing today,” said Brian Hughes of SR Hughes. “She helped revive Nepal’s carpet industry in the late 1980s by commissioning and importing Himalayan wool rugs, and she continues to be a force today in helping developing countries promote and preserve their traditional artisan crafts. Tulsa is extremely fortunate to have this award-winning designer come to speak at Philbrook.”

Odegard and her company also are deeply committed to the RugMark Foundation in its fight to end illegal child labor in the worldwide carpet industry. All Odegard® carpets bear the GoodWeaveTM label by RugMark, which assures that no child labor was used in their making.

Odegard has received numerous awards for her design talents and for her commitment to social progress and philanthropic accountability, including the 2009 ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) Individual Product Prize, the 2006 Mountain Institute Award for Excellence in Sustaining Mountain Livelihoods, and the 2004 Aid to Artisans Award for Innovation in Craft. She also was named a 2004 “Giant of Design” by House Beautiful Magazine, and received the 2001 Peace Corps Association Business Symposium Award for Entrepreneurship.

Tickets for Stephanie Odegard’s April 15 presentation at Philbrook Museum are $7.50 for adults; $5.50 for seniors (age 62+), and free for youth 18 and under. For more information, go to or

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