Friday, October 30, 2015

Pillow Invasion!

Returned from High Point last week and still getting my photos organized. 
One thing is certain - one of the quickest and easiest ways to update a room is with new pillows! Everywhere I looked there were options - and not just from the usual vendors who have always included pillows. Here are a few to inspire you:
This collection is from Emdee.  Note the trend to pile a lot of pillows onto a sofa or loveseat.  It gives you that chance to add more color or texture. Love this velvet settee, by the way.

Global Views had not one, but two of these round ottomans - what do you call them? Conversation ottomans?  Roundabouts?  In any case I have been wanting one for several years. I love how this furniture piece can be upholstered in a neutral and then splash color all over it with pillows.

While the pillows on this sofa from Bliss Studio don't add any extra color, they are beautiful and add a touch of decadence.

More decadence!
Here is another photo of pillows that don't add any extra color but look so luxurious and inviting. These from Reborn Relics.

These pillows at Vanguard that matched the headboards were playful and fun.

Talk about high contrast! This youthful, feminine vignette shows part of the new Kate Spade collection from EJ Victor. I was lucky enough to hear the design director for Kate Spade Home at breakfast that morning and learn of the inspiration for this collection.

And while we are on the topic of Kate Spade, I travelled over to Jaipur to see the rugs they were offering as part of the new Kate Spade Home collection. While I was there I posed with my favorite cocktail from High Point in front of a collection of some colorful pillows they offer. Yummy!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Monday, October 12, 2015

2016 Color of the Year

For the first time, I saw this color coming.  But I am still a little shocked that Benjamin Moore would choose this as the color of the year:
We've certainly seen it in fashion - the white dress has been everywhere the past few months and I imagine it will continue into winter, now that we are breaking the rules on that sort of thing.
I love an all-white room, but it is not always practical. When using a lot of white in a room, it's important to use various textures.
White and any other color is an easy, impactful way to choose the color scheme.
Other companies should be coming out with their own colors of the year.  I can't wait to see what they are!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Who Loves Pink?

Was so excited when this Instagram photo from Tony Baratta crossed my screen:
I am currently working on a project that we are calling A Study in Pink. It too is a living room and we are taking our palette of pinks and blues into the dining room, study and now kitchen! We are also adding a mix of silver and golds with splashes of those metallics on the mouldings and some furniture. I cannot wait to show you the finished design!
Here are some of the fabrics:
You can see, we are also mixing a lot of patterns.  This is going to be so bold!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Field Trip Friday

Well it's too wet outside for Field Trip Friday so we will pretend my trip this past Wednesday to the Washington Design Center happened today.
Check out this gorgeous chair I saw in the Holly Hunt showroom, upholstered in antique Fortuny fabric.  I knew something was up when I saw that the fabric had been seamed on the top of the chair near the back.  Home decorating fabrics made today are almost always 54" wide, making it unnecessary to have a seam on a chair like this. This seam became part of the charm.While we are on the subject of chairs (for the second time this week!) there is a special auction going on at the Robert Allen showroom.
The three chairs you see here are the same style and size, but different designers covered them in different Robert Allen fabrics.  Can you believe the difference? Ah the power of fabric and pattern!
Chair on the left by Lauren Liess,  center by Skip Sroka and right by Mary Douglas Drysdale.