Tuesday
Oct012013

A Year In Review

Today marks the one year anniversary since launching my decorating business! It's been a great year and I'm learning and growing every single day. I want to thank you all for your support and for checking in and reading my blog posts! I enjoy sharing my decorating tips with you and I appreciate you reading them. And a heartfelt thanks for those who have also become a client. Every job has been so much fun and I enjoy working together!

This anniversary also coincides with the annual IRN design conference. So it's been a busy few days talking with fellow decorators and learning how to grow my business. I'm also getting some great resources and design tips that I hope to share in future blog posts!

We'll talk again soon. Thanks for making this a great year!

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Thursday
Sep262013

ICFF Furniture

You would think that with the fair being named "International Contemporary Furniture Fair" I would have been posting contemporary furniture this entire time, instead of design for kids, bath fixtures (here and here), lighting (here and here), outdoor furniture, flooring, hardware, and materials. But the vast amount of design worthy of sharing is massive. I hope you've enjoyed seeing what's new so far and can find some inspiration for your future product selections. In this post I will highlight a few of my favorite furniture pieces from the show.

Bend

The metal furniture from LA based design studio has been making headlines in design magazines - it fits well into the current geometric trend and offers a nice colorful alternative to the iconic Bertoia side chair.

The Lucy Chair

Coffee Table

Long horn trophy head

New Colony Furniture

I was so excited to find these at the fair not only because I think they look great, but I love the concept! I had a similar idea in college where I made a stool out of wooden dowels attached to a rubber sheet, but I will say Annie Evelyn's execution is so much much better. I'll have to find an old picture of mine to share. Looking back at college projects can be a bit like looking at pictures of yourself with bangs, braces, and humongous coke-bottle glasses during the 80's. It's a tough phase and you eventually get through it, meanwhile the potential (idea in this case) is there all along. ha!

Anyway, she has expanded the idea past "squishy sticks" as she calls it and has also used wood, cement, and even Swarovski crystals in interesting ways.

 
Squishy Sticks

LEFT  | Scotty
RIGHT |  Reclaimed & Cracked

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Saturday
Sep212013

Curtains Part 2: To The Floor

I think many homeowners are becoming savvy about curtains and know that hanging panels high and wide makes their windows look bigger and lets in more light.  I've shown several options how to do this and how to layer with blinds in this previous post here.

But what if you can't find curtains the right length in a color or pattern you like? Or what if you already bought a pair you like but now realize they're too short? This post will address a few creative ways to lengthen the curtains you already have or find affordable fabric alternatives.

These first few ideas show adding fabric somewhere on the panel and if you are handy at all you could do this yourself. The best way is with a sewing machine but sometimes you can use no sew tape instead.

Extending Fabric On the Bottom

Using a matching color from the pattern for a color block that goes to the floor below.
Posted by Shelterness

This adorable panel for a little girl's room mixes polka dots and stripes with pom pom trim between.
Posted by Nanny Goat

Here they added white fabric to the bottom of these shower curtains. Then continued the same fabric pattern for the very bottom. The DIY instructions are in the link below.
Posted by Migonis Home

This one plays with proportion and adds a large color block in the middle of each panel with narrow contrast trim between fabrics. This really adds interest to these tall windows.

Extending Fabric On Top

Depending on the room and what you want to emphasize is where you can add detail. Here the bottom is covered so they brought a Waverly fabric in matching charcoal gray towards the top. DIY is in the link below.

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Friday
Sep132013

Pantone Products

I've been reading a lot about color lately and was excited to see the most recent catalog from The Home Decorators Collection featuring four new lines of rugs that are part of Pantone Universe! There is Pantone focus, Pantone expressions, Pantone prismatic, and Pantone matrix.

This first picture from their catalog that shows a simple shag in the Pantone 2013 color of the year, of course: Emerald.  One of the other colors available is Tangerine Tango which was 2012's color of the year. These are basic color block options for a dose of saturated color in any room.

This catalog page shows their more subtle color combinations which all have a soft feathered edge to the patterns. I really like the one they picked to photograph above, called New Antique. You'll also see they've selected a few Pantone chips on each page so you can "perfectly match your wall color, laminates, furniture, accessories and more with our rugs."

 

I also liked these tone on tone geometeric wool flatweaves shown above. 
Horizon Blue: Pantone 19-4057 TPX and Pink Flambe 19-3138 TPX

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Friday
Sep062013

Creative Solutions for Necessary Evils

My car was in and out of the shop this past week and I've finally gotten it back, horray! It was challenging to coordinate two different schedules around one car, and there is limited public transit for travel within NJ. NJ to NYC - no problem. Eastbound travel within New Jersey - not so easy. Anyway I'd be just as happy to not own a car but alas I still need one! That got me thinking about all the necessary evils that we deal with, my car being one of them, and there are certainly plenty in the decorating world! 

Here are the top 4 necessary evils that came to mind right away:
- Incorporating a TV into a room plan
- Designing around floor & wall vents for HVAC
- Plugs and wires for connecting our digital world
- Cash (always a necessary evil!)

What other necessary evils do you find hindering the way your rooms work? I'll address each of those above and I'll start with the TV. I think this is something we all deal with and there are many ways to make it work!

#1 - The TV is Bossy

Necessary: for entertaining, watching TV & movies with friends and family

Evil: When living rooms are bossed around by the TV it results in uncomfortable room arrangements.

With new technology and flat screens there are many options you can use to incorporate the massive black screen successfully into your decor :)

For Wall Mounted Screens...

I love the idea of using artwork to hide the screen when not in use. There are many variations on this idea: you can lift a painting, slide to one side, or my favorite is splitting the artwork and sliding to each side for a balanced look. If you choose a more abstract artwork it would look just as good open as it does closed.

Lowe's: I love this simple DIY video from Lowe's, click here for the link.

Or if you look around I'm sure you could find a decorative box with accordion doors that open, similar to this one at Horchow that is sold out. 

Horchow

Or try incorporating the screen into a gallery wall. I think this one works particularly well because all the frames and matting are black so it relates to the TV. In addition the wall is painted a medium gray and the unit below is also black. Very cohesive.

via Decorating Files blog

Projectors

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Friday
Aug302013

Floored At ICFF

Happy Labor Day weekend! I hope everyone can take some time to enjoy this last official weekend of summer. I can't believe how fast this summer has gone, I was just starting to get the hang of it.

As the weather starts changing we turn our attention from the beautiful outdoors to our inside environments. One way to make our rooms cozier is by adding an area rug. There are unlimited colors and patterns to suit just about any interior. One of my favorite things about them is you can change them according the the seasons... a sisal or flatweave during the summer then a plush wool carpet in the cooler weather. Such a small thing that makes a huge impact!It's visual, it's tactile, it's a great element of the room design.

I saw lots of beautiful carpets and rug designs at the ICFF this year. I really like the creative use of materials, silky accents, sculptural hand carved piles, and original patterns. Here are a few of my favorites, what do you think?

Designer Rugs

Based in Australia Designer Rugs creates various collaborations with designers and artists that have hand tufted piles that are carved for some luxurious volume.

Greg Natale - New Regency

Pavement Empire

Their collaborations with artists translate their art style into carpeting with unique patterns and design, like this one from Minnie Pwerle below.

Minnie Pwerle - Camp Sites

M&M Design

M&M Design International presented a colorful collaboration with artist Rai Alexandra. Her abstract expressionist style uses hand torn collage and assemblage. Looks like fun!

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Sunday
Aug252013

Design for Kids

Oh summer, why do you always go too fast? I hope you are enjoying the last few weeks of summer before the weather cools and kids (both old and young) head back to school. I was originally thinking of posting about back to school, but instead I thought it would be more fun to post about design for kids!

Cool Kids

These first few are designs I saw at the ICFF this past spring. I really liked these storage units that create a Dutch city skyline. So adorable and colorful! These are a pretty generous size and can house clothes, books, or toys.

This is Dutch (or Kast van een Huis)

And then this adorable Bunny LED light / toy / decor for a kids room. So adorable and fun, it would make any scary monsters under the bed move out for good. Based off a children's book character created by Dutch artist Dick Bruna.

Miffy (or Nijntje)

And sometimes a rocking horse just needs an upgrade, just like this zany zebra pattern!

Zebra Roc

fatboy

The ultimate for kid & teenage lounging. They take the deflated and old-school bean bag chair to a new level. These fatboys come in contemporary colors, patterns, and even hold their tailored shape (instead of always being a round-ish blob).

Fatboy Junior (orange & silver)

How fun would a family room be with fatboys all over the floor, similar to this?

(source)

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Wednesday
Aug142013

!Buenos Dias! ICFF Outside

Hola mis amigos! Hello my dear friends. We just returned from our vacation in Mexico where we enjoyed some quality R&R on Akumal Beach - land of the turtle! It was so beautiful and great to take a little time off. Maybe I'll put together a few photos that highlight our trip. But in the meantime I wanted to share some outdoor furniture from the ICFF!

It is at events & fairs like the ICFF that I realize just how vast the design world is... it's totally crazy, mind melting, and inspiring all at once. It's hard to figure out how to organize these posts... I originally thought "furniture" would be just one category (silly me!).  Then I started sorting through everything so now I decided to add another sub-category: outdoor furniture. It's fun and funky- perfect for a summer post in August!

Weltevree Outdoor

Well I'm torn between the Dutchtub Original and the Dutchtub Wood... I mean you can carry the Original by bike and it come in so many colors....

Dutchtub Original - just look how romantic

Original by Bike... bring the party with you.

But the Dutchtub Wood shows how convenient it could be to stir-fry while soaking in the hot tub.

Dutchtub Wood - with Wok

It's totally crazy and totally awesome at the same time. I want one. We could fit it somewhere in the yard I'm sure. All sarcasm aside though, I do think it's rather simple and smart. No motors to break down just a simple wood fire for relaxing. I wonder if you could use it as a pool during the summer, sans fire?

Zachary A Design

Cement look + lightweight is what they claim. I wish I saw these in person, guess I missed them. The brochure shows a cute little boy lifting up one of these bad boys. Pretty good fake actually - a lot of these designs would look great in a garden setting.

Slab dining table

Van Eyke Chair

Blofield

These are interesting, their booth and brochure from the fair shows these at a campsite setting, which is pretty cool I guess. But I'm more interested in how they use them at hotels, and in the pool...

Donut  

Monaco Monte Carlo

Villa My Spy

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