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!"

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!"


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!"


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!"