Friday, January 23, 2015

FRIDAYfinds! - Are you a Marsala fan?

We're talking about the COLOR


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"

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
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
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.


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!
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?

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

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

Arteriors Kazu dining table
The organic trend has been with us for a while, but
what's new is that it's being stripped down to its 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


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


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, 
your life today.