Friday, April 17, 2015

This little piggy goes to market



I'm headed to High Point Market for a four day marathon.
Lots to see and do in a very short amount of time...
but it's an adrenalin rush like no other!

So before I go, I wanted to give you a peek 
at some of my favorite pre-market finds.
I'll be checking these out for sure.

Jonathan Charles Knightbridge Collection
I love to find new renditions on a classic.  
This biedermeier-inspired chair is as elegant as it gets!


Currey Zinnia table lamp
There's something retro about this shape
but the gradient art glass makes it so hip.


Bungalow 5 Bell Desk
Royal blue is still trending strong in furniture and fabrics so it's not surprising 
to see it pop up again this market.  
What makes it so fun is seeing how it will be translated.
I can't think of a more natural pairing than with this
Chippendale-style desk!

The previews are nice 
but there's so much more to see once I'm in the showrooms. 
And the best part is finding the surprises along the way.

so...
follow me on FACEBOOK 
during my three days at Market 
to check out my top picks!



"EMBRACE THE JOYS OF GOOD DESIGN!"













Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Diva Design for Spring

Google image

With all the crazy winter weather we've endured,
I thought it would be refreshing to 
switch our thoughts to 
Spring
and the anticipation of fresh new looks in the design world!

With Fashion Week in New York wrapping up in February,
it reminded me once again that Fashion and Interior Design
are trending together, now more than ever.

"We share a passion for creativity 
and finding new ways to express it."

So what trends are we sharing this Spring?
Feminine influences are everywhere.
Bold and confident, these styles are no "push over".
I've paired some of my favorite Spring shoes from the runway
with the hottest new look in upholstery - the chaise lounge
to give you a glimpse of what's coming our way...

FAV # 1 
ELECTRIC PASTELS

 Valentino Rockstud 1973 ankle strap

Sweet pastels go high octane with happy mid tone values for a look that's 
feminine but strong!  
Check out the studs...definitely not for the timid, 

Valentino multi colored sandal

One Kings Lane Cameron chaise
  
 With its saturated color palette, 
this chaise is a new take on a classic recamier, or fainting couch.
Curvy with an attitude.  



FAV #2
GRAPHIC BEAUTIES

Gianvito Rossi Darcy Stiletto
Bold and glamorous, futuristic and retro all wrapped into one.
Lines and shapes take center stage in a 3-D version of graphic images, 
But these shoes don't shout, they just softly announce who's in charge... 
These would be my statement shoes.

Presotto Chaise Longue Dixie
There's no denying this sculptural beauty! 
It's pure form and function, designed to command attention in a room.
A playful counterbalance between feminine and masculine.



FAV #3
50 SHADES OF GOLD


Manolo Blahnik gold leaf pumps

Gold continues to dominate in both fashion and furnishings.
Think opulence, elegance and drop dead glamour.
A personal favorite of mine, from the palest shades to the intense
greenish gold on this fabulous satin pump.
You'll be hearing fun descriptions like canary, saffron, marigold and amber.
Just in time to brighten up these never-ending dreary days... 

Donghia Victoire Chaise
Is this just to die for? 
It's the artful mix of satin and chenille in those luscious shade of gold
 that makes it such a come on.
 It conjures up images of the great movie sirens of the 1950's. 
I can imagine Sophia Loren lounging
with one arm strategically draped over the back, martini in hand.



FAV #4
GLADIATOR DIVA

Ralph Lauren Mya sandal


The gladiator trend has been around for a few seasons, but the newest twist is a 
 more feminine take with higher heels and more refined details.
The female warrior-
ready for whatever comes her way...


One Kings Lane Regeant daybed
Wrapped, woven and bundled like the sandal, 
I'm crazy about this chaise/daybed combo!
The frame is classic mid-century Miami Beach venacular
reinvented in a cleaner form.
But the real beauty is in the details. 
The rattan is finished with leather wrappings to create a fabulous geometric
pattern across the entire back.  
Beautiful in neutral, I could also see this played out in one of the new
electric pastels.  
Hot pink anyone? 



"EMBRACE THE JOYS OF GOOD DESIGN!"

Friday, January 23, 2015

FRIDAYfinds! - Are you a Marsala fan?


We're talking about the COLOR

via pantone.com

not the wine...

Get ready to see a lot more of this lusty color in 2015!

As Pantone's Color of the Year,
Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute
describes it this way,
"This earthy yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily
to fashion, beauty, industrial design
home furnishings and interiors"

via pantone.com
It's not everyone's favorite, but the way I see it,
it's gorgeous translated into this rich damask fabric, 
 a quilted Chanel bag....

via google images

via Manolo Blahnik
or
these to-die-for Manolos!


***

But how is this sophisticated hue going to 
make its way into the interior design world?


via Surya
We're already seeing it woven into lush geometric rugs and accent pillows.

Use it as the foundation for your color scheme with an area rug, accent wall
or...
via google images

Make it the focal point with one singular piece like this sofa.


I also see it popping up as a small detail...
Kravet trims
as a trimming on neutral drapes or
border on a sofa skirt.
A little goes a long way!

My take on this color?
I'm intrigued.  
There's something very familiar about it,
almost a throwback to the terra cotta of the 70's
but much more intense.
Not quite 80's burgundy either.
It's both new and old, which I find interesting.

I'm excited to see the newest translations 
at High Point Market in April!
I'll be circling back to this so keep in touch.


"EMBRACE THE JOYS OF GOOD DESIGN!"



Thursday, January 15, 2015

DESIGN RADAR 2015 - My Top Three



Is it 2015 ALREADY?
Seems like we were just celebrating the turn of the century!
courtesy_theatlantic.com
Think back to the year 2000...
What would you have predicted interior design trends to be 15 years into the future?

Some predictions have been fairly, well,... "Predictable"
but I would say that many more were not even on the radar!

Yes, we expected technology to play a major role in molding our interior spaces,
but the big surprise to me has been the
increasing demand for authenticity within those "high-tech" environments.

 We want our gadgets and toys with us at all times, but
we want to enjoy them in a space that feels connected to the natural world.
Our love of organic materials is emerging as an interesting counterpoint to
 the technology we've come to depend on everyday.
Could it be that opposites attract?


2015
 design trends 
promise to energize the spirit,
 soothe the soul
and complement our ever-changing 
environment


With that in mind, what's on my radar for 2015?


#1
ORGANIC SIMPLICITY
Arteriors Kazu dining table
The organic trend had been with us for a while, but
what's new is that it's being stripped down to it's purist form.
Instead of stylized replicas of wood and stone,
we're now seeing the "real deal" being played out in furniture and accessories.
 "One of a kind" pieces draw us in to take a closer look;
to explore and admire their uniqueness.

Emporium Home Agate Chandelier




#2
ARTISTIC DIGITAL IMAGERY


Jamie Drake for Soicher-Marin
Phone snaps, Pinterest, and the world of social media
has created a whole new level of visual awareness.
We love capturing the "essence" of an event
or a fleeting detail in the landscape with our phones, and
we want to immortalize these images for our homes.
Enter technology!
With advancements in digital printing, we can reproduce almost anything,
in any size, in any variation.
The image can be manipulated to give you a micro close up view
like the artwork above, called "Orange and Green Monarch"
or blown up to cover an entire wall.

bamboo grove wall mural via dornob.com



#3
MODERN TRAD

Lillian August for Hickory White
A far cry from your grandmother's version,
the new traditional is modern and full of surprises!
It's timeless in reference but has been reinvented in a way
that excites the senses.
There's a comfort in seeing familiar shapes, patterns and colors,
The difference now is that designers are amplifying the familiar to
create totally updated furnishings that respond to our current lifestyles.
Even the four poster bed is enjoying a revival.
 But the Celerie Kemble bed below is definitely a new take
on the classic.
It's the perfect mix of luxe and high style!

Celerie Kemble Ferrus bed for Henredon


It's a new year and it's looking bright!
The spirit and creativity of the style makers in the design world
are making our living environments even better.
With each new introduction, we are given more fabulous choices
to create our perfect "nest"

So here's to 2015...
May it energize, 
soothe 
and 
complement 
your life today.


"EMBRACE THE JOYS  OF GOOD DESIGN!"



Sunday, December 14, 2014

Special Delivery - Holiday Decor Tip #2


With the holiday revving up and time slipping away
I think the best strategy to successful
decorating is to
"Keep it simple!"
 The most elegant is often the least overworked design.

So with that said, I bring you...

HOLIDAY TIP #2
SWAG IT UP 
AND YOU'RE DONE!


via Pinterest

I Love this idea!
I'm talking about the fresh evergreen swags
casually draped over the drapery panels.

It instantly sets a festive mood without being too fussy.
The bows are a nice touch,
but I think I would play up the natural theme with
pinecones and berries.

The goal is to create the holiday atmosphere
with minimal effort.
The affect is fresh and uncontrived.


Go for it!

"EMBRACE THE JOYS OF GOOD DESIGN!"

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Special Delivery - Holiday Decor Tip #1


With the holidays in full swing, 
I'm thinking about my blog friends.


via tikipop.tumblr.com


I know you are ALL as busy as I am, 
trying to shuffle work and pleasure,
decorating and entertaining,
and the often miserable weather outside...

***
So I thought, 
"What would be a nice little "cyber" gift 
I could share with you to make the season just a bit more enjoyable
and less hectic?"

A couple of years ago I posted
The Twelve Days of  Decorating Design Tips
I included tips from my own home as well as
great ideas from some of the best in the business,
Scot Meacham Wood
Katherine Greeley
and
the Hable Sisters


courtesy of Scot Meacham Wood

It was such a hit that it just seems natural to
offer it up again, with some new ideas
mixed in.

So here's to you, my friends...
some fresh ways to add holiday glamour to your home!


***

HOLIDAY TIP #1
Bring out your old silver 
and create a winter garden tablescape

via Pinterest
Mini evergreen trees are so cute
cropping out of this silver tea set




via Pinterest
A Silver bowl makes the perfect container for Paperwhites.
And the green and silver balls make it so updated! 





via At Home in Arkansas
Elevated drama! 
Can you think of a better way to 
repurpose your hand-me-down compote? 


I'm not one to stash away family heirlooms.
I want to use them as much as possible.
It's so delightful to see how they can be transformed into
something totally fresh and unique,
especially during the holiday season. 


So go on a little scavenger hunt and uncover
some hidden treasures of your own to embellish.
Whether it's tarnished silver, or a set of tea cups,
use your imagination to make them shine this Christmas!


I'll be back with a few more decorating tips
so keep in touch.


"EMBRACE THE JOYS OF GOOD DESIGN!"






Sunday, November 9, 2014

Color track - Pear!


It's coming!  
I know it's still Fall out there but we're already seeing 
the Spring lines from our fabric reps.

And the hot color that's emerging is 

PEAR

 Fabricut 

It's a cool mix of citron with a little neon thrown in.
Not quite yellow....OR green
but a energetic kind of color that makes you look twice!

Following the current trend of all things organic,
it's hard to imagine this high octane color really exists in nature...

via Color World trend report

But clearly its abundant!  
Think luscious fruit and the vibrancy of the rain forest.
And as you can see, teamed up with these other saturated colors,
"Pear" can play a leading role or take a back seat.



Global Views ice vase-Limeade
This gorgeous art glass even mimics the shape of a pear!



Lorts showroom
I'm crazy about this combo!  What could be better than a jolt of "Pear" 
in this soothing neutral room?  
It takes it to a whole new level of sophistication.
Note the touches of this color carried around the room.


 Thibaut Novia fabric

But I have to say this is my favorite mix.  
Blue and white just got fresher with the introduction of Pear!

Looking towards a fun spring palette
to brighten up our dreary days ahead.



"EMBRACE THE JOYS OF GOOD DESIGN!"