Friday, March 28, 2014

FRIDAYfinds! - Food for thought


 I'm once again reminded of the cross-over in design disciplines.
DONNA KARAN
said it so well in this quote I found in REAL SIMPLE magazine.

"WHETHER IT'S FASHION OR INTERIOR DESIGN, 
WE ARE ALWAYS STRIVING FOR THE
PERFECT BALANCE BETWEEN FORM AND FUNCTION"


"EMBRACE THE JOYS OF GOOD DESIGN!"





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Friday, March 21, 2014

FRIDAYfinds! - Red Hot Spring Fabrics and Papers

 Dana Gibson for Stroheim
Spring is here, for sure, when I get to see the new,
HOT OFF THE PRESS
fabrics and papers from my reps.

And these fabulous new intros from
DANA GIBSON 
 are destine to be top sellers in my book!

Why?  It's the perfect formula.
CLASSIC REFINEMENT
+
FRESH COLOR

You know what a fan I am of pink and orange! This "Canton" fabric
will be going on my Pinterest board for sure.  Check it out if you like 
this color combo, too.
http://www.pinterest.com/joanwaddell/seasons-hottest-color-combo/

Dana Gibson for Stroheim - Trot in Persimmon Brown
Isn't this adorable???
With a name like "Trot", what's not to love?
And the leopard background is the fitting classical tie-in, don't you think?



Dana Gibson for Stroheim
Even the coodinate fabrics have a definite "attitude" to them.
In any colorway, the applications are endless...
Baby's room, anyone?  How sophisticated would that be!



 Dana Gibson for Stroheim
You saw it here first!  
A sneak peak at the fabulous wallpaper book
we will be getting soon.
Look at how that fabric updates the Louis XVI settee in the photo.
Set against the cherry red paper, it jumps off the page!



"EMBRACE THE JOYS OF GOOD DESIGN!"


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Monday, February 24, 2014

Russian Olympic Style!

Courtesy of theguardian.com_photo by Itar-Rass Bancroft
I've been glued to the Winter Olympics in Sochi for the past two weeks
and find it hard to think about not seeing the sights and sounds on a daily basis.
Everything about this grand event was exciting but as you might expect,
I was particularly focused on the design elements involved.

"From beginning to end, 
there were so many reminders of the rich heritage of 
Russian design."

In my mind, there's no image more iconic than the Onion domes.
Tracing back to the 13th century, the domes are an enduring symbol of the Russian Orthodox church.
In their many fanciful shapes and colors, 
they are also an often-drawn-upon historical reference for design inspiration.
I've always loved the form, and I'm amazed at the uniqueness of all the different patterns.

But there's so much more to explore in Russian design...
"With the growing trend towards 
"Global Influence" 
in the home,
Russian themes have surfaced 
in furniture, fabrics, accessories and even lighting!"


Catherine Palace
Located outside of St. Petersburg,
The summer residence of Catherine the Great is the epitome of opulence associated with
Rococo
style
As excessive as this seems today, there are new interpretations
I'm seeing that would fit perfectly in today's interiors.

Currey Rainhill Chandelier
Drippy and cool,
These new intros from Currey draw on the elegance associated
with Russian royalty without being over the top.
Give them a "place of honor"
in your own dining room or entry and elevate your style instantly!

 Currey Buenos Aires Chandelier

Obviously the chandelier has deep roots in Russia.
They chose to feature it in the closing ceremony!
It took my breath away when I saw it...
 Photo by Daniel Karmann/EPA


 There is nothing more beautiful than the traditional Russian folk art headscarves!
First developed in the latter half of the 19th century,
it is believed that different design elements in these patterns
serve as symbols to protect from evil forces and will bring
wealth, health and love.
photo courtesy of kurochkaclothing.com

These vivid colors and intricate motifs are finding their way into
modern fabrics, as well.
 Scalamandre Hudson 
With the movement towards bringing
more "meaningful" objects into our homes, it's no surprise that
designers are drawing on cultural themes for inspiration.
And Russia is a treasure trove!
There is a sense of the past in these
beautiful prints but yet they're totally fresh and up-to-date.
Use in small doses as pillows or
 embrace the exuberance with window treatments and matching upholstery!

Brunschwig and Fils Nisiotiko


I love gilded and painted furniture so its resurgence is fine in my book!
The originals were from the later half of the 18th century, as demand grew for
ornate furniture to furnish the grand palaces being built throughout Russia,.
Courtesy of timothycorrigan.com


This is definitely a signature look, but handled with restraint,
it could be drop-dead gorgeous in a special space.


 Theodore Alexander Moonlit Masquerade Mirror

This new mirror is all about the decorative detail.
Hand-carved swags seem to lift off the mirror itself,
a trait often associated with the ornate styling of the Russian originals.
Not a safe choice, for sure,
but who wants to be stuck in the land of "sameness"?

Be an original and express your style!
Explore new cultures and find the nuggets that speak to you.



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Friday, January 31, 2014

FRIDAYfinds! - Springy Fabrics

Well, 
one good thing about January is that
we get a glimpse of the fresh new Spring fabrics
that are coming our way!
And the visit from our rep to our studio this week didn't disappoint.
Take a look...

Bailey and Griffin for Duralee
Isn't this a breath of 
FRESH AIR?
Bright, crisp blues and reds on a cream ground seems familiar in a way, 
but this version is totally NEW with the addition of the graphic stripe.
"The iconic Tree of Life motif meets Moorish mosaic"

Tilton Fenwick for Duralee
But this was the big surprise!
TILTON FENWICK
the young, trendy design firm headed by Anne Foster and Suysel Depedro Cunningham
unveiled their first licensed fabric collection for Duralee.
Known for their distinctive color combos, they aren't afraid to mix it up in unusual ways.
I LOVE the tangerine stripe paired with that random little teal dot.  
And the floral is exuberant...and so Springy!


Tilton Fenwick for Duralee
Check out this colorway of the same pattern.  Can anyone say... 
MAUVE?
For many of us, it's just too soon to see this color again,
but recreated with the addition of rich navy and fuschia, 
it's much more fun than the 80's version, don't you think?


Tilton Fenwick for Duralee
And then there's this one!  
They call it
"GRANNY CHIC"
I call it "Abundance"!
So much you can do with it - beautiful drapes or Romans for sure,
but the real creativity comes in the way you incorporate those stripes.
Cut apart, they would make fabulous borders for the drapes or better yet,
in the gusset of a box pillow! 


Tilton Fenwick for Duralee
How fun are these!  Another great floral print, but the real stand-out for me is the
lipstick red upholstery fabric.
I can't wait to get my hands on this...already envision it wrapped on a set of entry hall chairs.


"SENDING YOU SPRING THOUGHTS"

And as always, a reminder to...

"EMBRACE THE JOYS OF GOOD DESIGN!"
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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Style Booster - Fireplace Envy

via James Bruggers-Courier Journal
With the frigid day we've had today,
I'm really in the mood for a cozy fire.

photo by Joan Waddell
And it reminds me of just 
how appealing a fireplace can be...
or not...

It's so easy to think of it as
"just a place to burn the wood",
and a collection point
for random candles, photo frames and mismatched tools.

But with a little attention, a fireplace box, mantel and hearth
can become a beautiful focal point in your room.


Design by John Stefanidis
OK. So this is over-the-top, but what a focal point it is!
The designer didn't miss an inch.  Every element is considered -  brass firebox insert,
mirrored surround, faux malachite mantel, a collection of Chinese urns,
and the spectacular wall mural by DeGournay!
It all adds up to a fireplace with memorable style.
"which is the point here - make yours a personal style statement, too"


Ina Garten's barn
Is your style a little more down to earth?  In Ina Garten's converted barn,
her mantra was "Less is More"
"There was a temptation to put a mantlepiece around the fireplace,
but it would have been too decorative. This is a masculine room"

Simplicity is the name of the game here.  A grouping of well-placed candlesticks
and one signature piece of art is plenty for this mantel.
The iron tool set and grate complete the look.
"Do you know when to STOP?  It's sometimes harder than it seems.
Tip:  Take everything away from your fireplace and then put back one piece at a time
until it looks balanced and interesting"


Design by Joan Waddell
Sometimes it's more about what surrounds the fireplace
than the fireplace itself.
In the Bellarmine Showhouse last year, I was fortunate to have a room with
a great marble mantle, but the coal burning firebox was anything but inviting.
So, I played up the assets by bringing the eye upward.
The mantle arrangement was an eclectic mix of found objects,
as I imagined the homeowner would love.
"Mix and match your own personal timeline on your mantel.
Create a landscape that will intrigue"

As I return to my
STYLE BOOSTER
posts, I'm reminded of a recurrent theme
that seems to run through every style booster I've shared...

"YOUR HOME HAS SO MANY OPPORTUNITIES TO EXPRESS YOUR 
PERSONAL STYLE, FROM THE FRONT DOOR 
TO THE COZY SPOT BY THE FIREPLACE.
IT JUST TAKES A LITTLE EFFORT TO DEFINE THAT STYLE,
AND THEN YOU'RE ON YOUR WAY!
SO 
WHAT' ARE YOU WAITING FOR?"



"EMBRACE THE JOYS OF GOOD DESIGN!"


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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Winter RX

Artist unknown via Flame Run Gallery
When I spotted this retro poster at a favorite gallery, I couldn't get it out of my mind...
Always a fan of hand-drawn sillk screen prints, it drew me in,
but it was the wording that really struck a cord.

On these dreary winter days and nights of January,
it's a gentle reminder to
"TURN ON THE LIGHTS!" 

There's nothing that will transform a room quicker than good lighting.
You know what I mean.  
Walk in to someone's house where they don't turn on the lights.
How do you feel?  
If you're like me, your first instinct is to FIND THE SWITCH!
I just don't function well in dimly-lit spaces.  It pulls me down,
especially when I don't get a good dose of natural sunlight during the day,
which is pretty common around here in the winter.

So to brighten up your winter day, 
I'm sending you some of my current favorites in lighting

Ro Sham Beaux Carmen Chandelier

This would light up any room!  Made from recycled Coke bottles, it gets my vote
for fresh design + sustainability.



Wildwood Romulus lamp

I'm a big fan of mixed elements! It keeps things a little "curious".  
Love the classic urn shape
combined with a squared, acrylic base and drum shade.
Hard to tell the decade this draws from, which is the whole point!


Worlds Away Harper lamp

Sometimes simplicity is the most elegant choice.
Texture (green lacquer, brass and linen shade) and clean lines
make this truly special in my book.

Take a little time to look around your rooms.  Do they "glow" at night?
There should be pleasing little pools of light throughout the room,
created by layers of illumination.
From the ceiling fixture to the lamp on your table, there are opportunities to improve
your environment with the "flip of a switch".
so...
HERE'S TO BRIGHT SUNNY DAYS AND BRIGHTER NIGHTS!


"EMBRACE THE JOYS OF GOOD DESIGN!"


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Friday, January 3, 2014

FRIDAYfinds! - Ring in the PURPLE!

It's official!
The Pantone Color of the Year for 2014 is...

courtesy of pantone.com
And it's all about expressing joy, optimism and creativity.
Leatric Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute says,

"An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid
encourages expanded creativity and originality,
which is increasingly valued in today's society."

You can almost feel the energy this beautiful color emanates!
A mix of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, 
it's inspiring just to look at it.
But it's also exciting to see how it's being integrated in world of design.

Suzanne Kasler for Veranda Magazine

I've been watching this color for a while on my Pinterest board,
so I've gotten a taste of some pretty cool applications.
But this is just the tip of the iceberg!
You'll see variations of this color cropping up in all sorts of things,
from fashion to accessories.


Surya
There's also a more mysterious side to purples
that intrigues me.
From soft lavenders to neon fuschia, the variations in this rug make it a stand-out!


Champalimaud SF Fairmont penthouse via quintessenceblog.com
Or, in the case of the penthouse of the Fairmont, a direct shot of purple
is all that was needed to take it from fine...to FABULOUS!


Leander Wiseman photo via flickr.com
But for me,
nothing compares to the sheer beauty of purples
in nature...


"EMBRACE THE JOYS OF GOOD DESIGN!"
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