Wednesday, March 9, 2016

TWO JEWELS FIND A NEW HOME




I am very excited to announce this lovely pair of Aesthetic Movement side chairs have found a new home, with a young, hip interior designer in Salt Lake City.  I just love that younger designers see the value in mixing old and new and actually using real vintage and antique pieces instead of settling for mediocre repros.





I am DYING to see photos of them as captains chairs at his dining table.  Coming soon.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

FORGET PASTELS, JEWELS ARE IT



For some reason the Pantone color of the year seems to hold lots of sway in the interior design industry these days.  I am not really sure how this started or why.  Don't get me wrong, I love Pantone, but wasn't it not long ago they were strictly working in the domain of the graphic designer and publisher?  Maybe they have some great insight regarding color trends in general, but I feel everyone in the interiors industry grudgingly follows along with their color selections against their better judgement.

I am pretty sure most everyone is at a bit of a loss over Rose Quartz and Serenity this year, which come on, is really just pink and baby blue.  I don't do a lot of nurseries so I don't foresee using these colors a lot except for in small doses.  These colors should be relegated to a supporting role.

 And last years Marsala?  I know fashion is looking back to Winona Ryder's brown lipstick, but I would prefer not to have this muddy, early 90s eggplant color on my walls.  All I can think about with this one is that it would work quite well in Monica's apartment.

The trend I see so far this year is much richer and elegant than the pastels of Pantone.  Rich jewel tones are making a decided comeback.

Key influences on these colors seem to be -
- an interest in Art Deco and higher end MCM, and non-Scandinavian MCM, ie Italian


- the last season of Downtown Abbey with its current Art Deco tones and a nostalgia for the Edwardian richness of the earlier seasons


- Fashion, we saw what was happening on the red carpet at the Oscars, it was saturated jewel tones



- And the continued obsession with Kelly Wearstler and her obsession with all things stone


I recently had the great honor of getting a sneak peek and offering my opinion on a new line for a fabric manufacturer.  Remarkably I saw a wonderfully rich and elegant palette of deep teal, ocean blue and ruby.  And yes, there were a few hints of pastel, but these pale colors actually worked really well as a delicate and subtle foil to the jewels.

I wish Benjamin Moore or Sherwin Williams would step up their game in publicizing their color forecasting.  Or one of the many furniture and fabric houses that also forecasts.  I believe interiors colors is different from general fashion/graphic color forecasting and therefore warrants its own take.

So there are my two cents.  Anybody else?

Saturday, February 20, 2016

PILLOW TALK

I was recently asked to contribute to a magazine article about 2016 fabric trends and had to think, look at some magazines and a little pinterest, and consider what my clients are asking for as well.  I won't reveal my official findings quite yet, but I do think this little grouping from my own pillow collection tells the story fairly well.  Love the mix of graphic black & white, traditional Oriental-inspired toile, and mid-century modern.




Friday, February 19, 2016

Design Concept Sneak Peek

Very excited about this bold concept coming together for a living room!


Thursday, February 18, 2016

Little peek on site

I am so excited to see this amazing project coming together.  Might not look like much yet, but this will be just stunning when it is complete!  I am so lucky to have clients that have the sophistication and vision to embrace an ultra minimal house filled with amazing antique furniture.  This is what I call a dream project!