Friday, October 20, 2017

Friday's Favorite Five



Happy Friday!! TGIF ... we are tackling our first full day of daycare with Marky today and to say that I am ready for the weekend is a severe understatement! Wish us luck :) In the meantime, some pretty pictures to round out your week. Let's start with two stellar bathrooms; the one above is from the talented Amber Interiors and shows just how incredible a vintage dresser turned vanity can be.

Below, a very different vibe but just as insanely beautiful; Ken Fulk shows maximalism at it's finest. I love the combo of the marbelized paper with the dark countertops.


And the "Best Pantry Doors in the History of Pantry Doors" award goes to .... Dina Holland! The color, the brass hardware, the peekaboo windows, and the fact that it appears to be the standard width of a doorway makes you rethink everything about making standard door selections!


This blue velvet tape and tassel trimmed sofa is a dream. As is the Asian-style cabinet, lamp, and chair in the far corner. Ok, I'll basically take everything in the room please (Caroline Gidiere).


This exterior from a home in Charleston had me swooning, and I think it's the perfectly trimmed ivy that first caught my eye. Combined with the brick and black shutters it's so stately in appearance. I think my dream home might have similar exterior finishes! (photo via @peridotdecorativehomewear)


That's my favorite five for this week! Anything that has caught your eye on social media lately?


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Monday, October 16, 2017

High Point Market | Fall 2017


Bungalow Classic, furniture by Highland House

I can't help but admit to being a bit jealous every time High Point Market comes around - seeing all of the glorious images on social media makes me wish I could travel there. But on the other hand, thank goodness for social media (and especially the newer addition of insta stories) to help me see so much of the market I almost feel like I am there! Here's a round up of some of my favorite moments, and I'll list 5 commonalities & trends I am seeing from the current show taking place this week:

Bungalow Classic, furniture by Highland House

Bungalow Classic appears to be the Bell of the Ball this season, the new line they have created for Highland House is incredibly gorgeous, and they are right on the money with the deep green accents. All the larger furniture items are neutral which is practical and pretty. Notice the pom pom, tassel, and Buillion fringes:

Bungalow Classic, furniture by Highland House (photo via Anne Wagoner)

Another vignette with an Hermes scarf framed, always been a favorite idea of mine:

Bungalow Classic, furniture by Highland House

Bungalow Classic, furniture by Highland House (photo via Trellis Home)

Thibaut always mixes patterns well:


Mark Sikes hits it out of the park again with his fresh look for his Henredon collection. I literally had to pick my jaw up off the floor when I spotted the vintage-inspired Asian armoire:


I'm also obsessed with the entry table, not only because of the tailored tape-trimmed skirt, but because of the octagonal wood top:


Alexa Hampton is amazing, she created an Apartment showroom complete with living, dining and bedroom. She shows that green and blue play so well together, and I love this secretary desk below:

The Alexa Hampton Apartment, furniture by Hickory Chair (photo via Editor at Large)

The Alexa Hampton Apartment, furniture by Hickory Chair

As it turns out, in what may be the chicest guest room furniture arrangement of all time, paired twin beds were seen every where:

The Alexa Hampton Apartment, furniture by Hickory Chair


Suzanne Kasler, furniture by Hickory Chair (photo via Sarah Bartholomew)

I love that High Point is a chance to give artists their time to shine as well, such as favorites Kayce Hughes and William McLure:


David Phoenix for Hickory Chair, art by William McLure


There is just too much to love in every image! Are you at High Point? Any favorites? Some notes to take from the above examples:

1. Blues and greens are going strong
2. Note that solid velvet pillows are on nearly every sofa above
3. Details like fringes, tape trims, and fabric lampshades are not to be missed!
4. If you have the space for it, go for twin beds with stand out head boards in your guest room
5. Art makes the space - sometimes a whole vignette is planned around it!

If you are like me and following along from afar, be sure to check out the hashtags #hpmkt2017 and #highpointmarket to get your design fix. 


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Monday, October 9, 2017

Interior Design Show Vancouver 2017



I attended the annual Interior Design Show Vancouver last weekend and finally had the chance to piece together my summary of the sights & trends I viewed. I so enjoy heading to this top-notch show as it always has me leaving motivated and excited about what's happening in the interior design world. Here are a few of my highlights, and I've linked to products and designers especially for those who are located in Vancouver:


Ocean Pacific Lighting always has a wonderful booth. And truthfully I love that there's nothing 'trendy' about it - I can be sure to find classic fixtures that are worth investing in. Like this gold dipped table lamp by Suzanne Kasler above; and that's the other great thing about heading out to design shows or markets, you finally get to see/touch many products in person that you may have only been exposed to online!


It was apparent from several booths that brass (whether lacquered, polished, or brushed) isn't going any where. The lines of the pieces I was most drawn to were very traditional. And just look at the amethyst sink from Cantu Bathrooms below! A real showstopper:



One of the major highlights for me was the Gray magazine stage seminar featuring Alexa Hampton and The Mine's president Michelle Newbery. Their talk focused on the importance of achieving authenticity in your home, and shared designer tips & tricks on how to do just that. Alexa has a wonderful way of mixing fantastic story-telling and advice in order to capture her audience. I'll share more on this session soon!


It's always fun to see how designers create an amazing space within the confines of 3 fake walls:


I finally got to see Benjamin Moore's new matte-finish paint called Century in person, and it really is the most matte finish I've ever seen, and apparently it will hold up to wear and tear/scratches better than other matte finishes:


I love the way a guest's leopard coat paired perfectly with the moss green sofa in Gillian Segal's design for the VIP lounge:




Once A Tree Furniture always knocks it out of the park:



One thing I was very happy to see at such a large show: designated businesses promoting antiques. Not only because I love antiques, and believe every home should have pieces with history, but because in our mass-production consumer environment it was nice to see this promotion of reusing, recycling, and reloving!


There were so many solutions to address your walls, Urban Walls was the perfect fit for those afraid to commit to wallpaper but seeking a dramatic look:


And Bobbie Burger's larger than life canvas art was a dream:


Underfoot my favorite selections were from Burritt Bros, rug designer Ainsley Jones knocked my socks off with this stunning design, I think it's the low and high pile combination that makes it so perfectly textural:


And finally, it was nice to see that slowly but surely kitchen appliances are getting neo-traditional makeovers as well. I think many of us are over the stainless steel that has been around for 15+ years now. I loved this matte black and bronze authentic Italian range from Superiore, it would be a dream-home item for me for sure!


To summarize the above photos & my thoughts on what I saw: rich colors on the walls are trumping whites, brass and bronze will remain strong in both the kitchen and bath, luxe velvet furnishings in moss and jewel tones are everywhere, and sticking to classic furnishings, lighting, and finishes is always the way to go. To see more from the show, head to IDS Vancouver here.

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