Category Archives: Inspiration

Lead designer Josephine Kurtz designs youthful and whimsical nursery

Posted on July 29, 2016 by


Our lead designer, Josephine Kurtz, created a vibrant and whimsical space for her niece’s new nursery! Chock full of eye-catching colors and patterns, this room is a great showcase of our cutting edge interior design skills and a wonderful fit for the creative family’s new addition.


Josephine began with an Osborne & Little wallpaper called “Cockatoo’s” as her initial inspiration, making a bold and colorful statement. She also added a Cisco Brothers pouf ottoman, a Kevin O’Brien custom pillow made of hot pink ombre velvet, and a metal rod starburst mirror with a goldleaf finish. These funky and free-spirited pieces felt right at home in the room.


To represent New Moon, Josephine incorporated the “Trinidad, cafe au lait” rug. The soft mocha brown of the Trinidad rug complements the smaller palm leaf design in the window treatments in a fun and playful way.


For the finishing touches, Josephine added ceramic animal head drawer pulls on the dresser and placed their father’s all original artwork around the room!

With the eye-popping furniture and John Kurtz’s original pieces hanging on the walls, the new nursery expressed a strong sense of the family’s savvy interior design.

You can find all of these exciting items on our online catalog!

Make a splash! With Antique Statement Pieces 

Posted on July 26, 2016 by

This July, make a splash with surprising and unique antiques and watch your statement piece become the talk of the room. Here are some of our designer Josephine’s favorite antiques from the Wilmington showroom:

Antique Map of Tuscany – An Italian engraving by Giuseppi Puliti that dates back to 1803! This conversation piece would look right at home in your study or even over the fireplace.


Antique Red Lacquer TrunkDating back to the 19th century, this Chinese red lacquer clothing trunk features a rare and fine gold elephant decoration. You can store anything from throw pillows and blankets to musical instruments in this spacious piece.


Vintage Brass Bar CartLooking for a sophisticated addition to your dining room set or bar? This classic antique features brass accents with two glass shelves.


Chinese Altar TableThis intriguing altar table is built from elm and dates back to the 19th century. Try it at the end of your bed, with some throw pillows resting on top. Or, see how it looks in the foyer as a place to put your keys.


African Marka MaskA Marka (Moorka) mask bambara from Mali, West Africa. Dating to the mid-20th century. Pair this with a rug from the New Moon Menagerie Collection.

For the complete inventory of one-of-a-kind antiques visit the Kurtz Collection showroom:
1010 N Union St.
Wilmington, DE 19805
P: 302-654-0442

We re-upholster!

Did you know that we re-upholster furniture at Kurtz Collection? Bring in your favorite antique piece and our designers will give it a fresh new look.



Garden Inspiration

Posted on July 13, 2015 by

gardeninspiration Few things surpass the feeling of a summer breeze while enjoying your garden view. The smell of fresh flowers, colorful scenery and warmth of the sun are what summer days are made of. It’s no wonder that we bring that same garden style inside our home through home decor. You’ve seen it time and time again with floral prints that stay year round. Not to mention, cheery garden hues are not just left for the summer. We rounded up a few of our favorite garden inspired home accessories for you to enjoy. Continue reading

Let Your Walls Speak in SHINE

Posted on November 8, 2014 by

wallpaperWallpaper is making a huge comeback in the interior design world, and this is not your grandmother’s wallpaper. Designers have resurrected an antiquated staple by adding a design for every homeowner. There is a pattern for those who enjoy bright and colorful patterns, and styles for those who opt for texture and elegance. Suddenly, we have the urge to cover every wall in our home in a beautiful design.

As wallpaper continues to surge in popularity, it is picking up the metallic finishing trend. Here are few of our favorite shining examples of metallic wallpaper.

1. Cavern Home – “Birds of Paradise”: Who can deny the deep navy backdrop of this beautiful aviary design. This design is a bold choice for a metallic lover.

2. Hygge-West  – “Oh Joy Petal Pusher”: This simplistic elegance could fill a room from to to bottom and still not overwhelm its patrons.

3. Farrow and Ball – “RANELAGH BP 1847″:  Even if geometry wasn’t your favorite subject in school, you can still love the fun of a geometric design. Even better that the design is in gold over an elegant, chic teal.

4. Calico – “Metallic Marble”: Brooklyn-based Calico stole the hearts of many who were dead-set against wallpaper when they released this metallic marble wallpaper. Grays and gold for the win.

5. Anna French “AT10103“:  Gold polka dots? On  wallpaper? It may not make much sense in theory but Anna French proves that it makes perfect design sense.

6. Graham Brown – “Sparkle Brown”: The understated luxe of this fabric speaks volumes for a room and design palette.


Posted on August 12, 2014 by

When you are tackling a design project its common to be influenced from various ideas, places, styles, people and attitudes. This small vignette was pulled from subtle influences from different areas shown in its bold colors, lush fabrics of silks and velvet and the feminine, yet classic, tufted sofa.


Spring & Summer Wedding Decor at Kurtz

Posted on May 27, 2014 by

It’s spring and wedding season is in full bloom. Couples are busy gearing up for a great summer wedding which is always an excited and joyful time. To find the perfect “look” and ambience for each couple is essential to show each person’s creativity and personality. No one is the same therefore cookie-cutter weddings aren’t ideal for everyone. The most important way to differentiate your wedding from the next is the unique touches. Each couple has their own personality which should be felt in the room as soon as each guest arrives. It’s that, “Oh, this is so Terri!” moment for guests that leave a lasting impression.

We have some ideas on how to dress up your space and bring in a “home-like feel” through awesome home decor. Here are some great ideas for summer weddings with pieces and ideas that can be found at Kurtz Collection:

1. Displaying the food and drink can be a fun place to introduce a at home feel with trays, servers and drinking glasses similar to those at home.


2. These mercury glass luminaries are an awesome addition to the walk down the aisle or light around an outdoor space.


3. A great light fixture like this brings texture into the space and gives a unique glow on a room.

wedding104. Outdoor living style spaces are great to incorporate for guests at cocktail hours to mingle and relax.

Best part, Kurtz has a wedding registry! Look to see you in the showroom soon.wedding18


Let’s Talk Design with Nile Johnson

Posted on May 2, 2014 by

Choosing a career in interior design may be a dream for some, Nile Johnson feels the choice was made for him.

“I never pursued design, but design pursued me,” says Johnson, “it’s how I move through the world – I can’t turn it off.”


Johnson is a national award-winning interior designer and the Principal of Nile Johnson Interior Design. His design firm is located just outside of Philadelphia, but he has crafted living spaces for clients as far as Los Angeles, Cali.

In just one conversation with Nile it is abundantly clear that he is passionate about his work. But it doesn’t stop there. He has a thousands of followers tuned-in to his daily posts of  favorite products, designers, music, inspiration, and anything #NJIIDapproved.

Let’s sit and chat with this local designer on the move:

HEADSHOTWhat is your interior designing “motto”?

I believe that everyone should live beautifully – not just aestectically but in all aspects of life, which is why I strived to produce distinct yet timeless designs to reflect my clients’ lifestyle. The crux of interior design is creating moments throughout a space that is layered wih thoughtful and personal elements.

What was your defining design moment thus far?

NJ: Honestly, I am just so grateful being able to do what I love to do everyday. I see this as the defining design moment for me. However, a recent major achievement will be receiving the amazing honor of The African American Top 20 Interior Designer along side some of my other design heroes such as Daryl Carter, Michele Boyd, Joy Moyler and Elaine Griffin.

What is one element that a room could never go wrong with?

NJ: Accessories. They are the jewelry on the room.  They complete the space, and unfortunately they are often overlooked.  They are just as important as the sofa.

What or who is your design inspiration?

NJ: It depends on my mood and the day.  I am very diverse; my iPod has everything from Patsy Cline to Jay-Z to John Mayer.  I am inspired by everything from music, furniture, art and fashion.  I have such an appreciation for artists of all forms, types and genres, and all these things influence my approach to interiors.

nilejohnsonwork copyLiving Room Details from NJ: This room was a bit of a dance. You know the saying, “If you can’t beat them, join them.” The clients did not want heavy window treatments so I designed the room around the room architecture. I selected subtle, yet interesting pieces that would not take away from the view but bring life into the space. Careful selection was key.

Bedroom Details from NJ: This Master Bedroom was a labor of love. It was a part of the show house project with Oxford Art Alliance. I wanted to take a fresh and fun approach on traditional. The room palette was centered around the amazing rug (found at Kurtz Collection). It was colorful and soft, but grounded the space in an interesting yet unobtrusive.

Dining Room Details from NJ: I was able to mix several different styles and patterns to create an eclectic yet soothing space to dine and entertain. I love being able to use spaces for dual functions and the expansive walls in this space were the perfect spot for the family’s beautifully curated and growing art collection.

Nile Johnson is an interior design graduate of the Art Institute of Philadelphia, and received his masters in interior architecture from Chatham University. He is an adjunct faculty member in the interior design department of two local colleges, and a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). 

Be Shamrock Chic

Posted on March 17, 2014 by

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Here are a few items to add to your space to incorporate a little green without going overboard.


Roll Out the Bar Carts

Posted on March 14, 2014 by
Photo courtesy of Wicker Paradise of Flickr

Photo courtesy of Wicker Paradise of Flickr

Timeless charm is making it’s way back to the interior design – and it includes bar carts. Think back on your favorite black and white movie or vintage style parlors; you’d see the bar cart tucked neatly by a grandiose sofa or along an entryway. This classic furniture piece has not seen the end of its popularity and popping up in many of home interior designs.

Bar carts are great for entertaining like a pro. Drinks, appetizers, and utensils all have a place. Even without company, a bar cart is movable storage which is always benefit to users. It can be used as a storage option for anywhere in the home to keep things stylish and organized.

When styling your bar cart remember that color, pattern and texture all come into play. It is a perfect way to display a glassware or another collection without looking cluttered.

Just one tip: What’s a bar cart without the wheels?