Monday, November 30, 2015


Nothing like a cheerful red valance to make you want to do a little laundry.
Flat valance with pleats at corners.
The most adorable powder puff tape trim!
Micro-check fabric from Duralee.  Trim from D'Kei.
Fabricated by SK Fabric Interiors.
Photo by Bob Narod.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Color Forecast and Inspiration

Attended a beautiful event last week at the Washington Design Center, presented by Sherwin-Williams and their color forecast for 2016.
The presentation, given by the Director of Color Marketing,  Jackie Jordan, showed the four emerging palettes for next year, and spoke not just of the colors but the emotions and social drivers behind those palettes.
Fashion models were made up (and painted!) to represent the various color trends.

Natural materials - honed and sheer.
Sand, marble, grey, khaki & blush
Social - gatherings & network
Flower power - greens and pinks
Maker Movement - Rugged determination
Olive, denim & brass
Technology & the Future
Icy blue, pewter, plum and gloss
Following the presentation we were invited to the various showrooms where displays visually described fascinating interpretations of the four trends. Even the refreshments were on trend! And there was bubbly galore!
A step outside the elevator had us stopped in our tracks at the entrance to the J Lambeth showroom and their collection of Mas Amor Por Favor products.

The Century showroom had multiple displays, all towards the theme of Pura Vida.
This is chocolate candy made to look like silver rocks!
This continued the trend we saw at High Point of rocks, minerals and gemstones.
Couldn't resist showing you this fantastic mirror from Century!
Although we toured many other showrooms, we ended our day at Osborne & Little, where the affable Nick gave us a personal showing of their fabric collections and we dined at their very pink buffet!
First 4 pictures from Sherwin Williams 

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

A little inspiration

Sometimes it comes to us in the quietest places.  Inspiration for a color scheme, for a garden design, for a poem.
I stumbled upon this sight on a walk in town a few days ago.

Those green spheres on the ground that fell from a tree - what are they? Up close they look like little green brains! Last year I collected a bagful and piled them in a bowl on my side porch.