By now, you know about the many benefits of indoor plants – they help purify the air, reduce stress and background noise, and improve your mood, in addition to being naturally beautiful. You can also add life to your space with other naturally occurring items like coral, seashells, petrified wood, geodes, plus textured fibers like macramé, abaca, jute, grasscloth and sisal. Adding these natural elements brings earthy textures to your décor, and increases the tranquility of your space. You can use these elements in subtle or big ways, and they work especially well in casual, boho-inspired interiors. Fish tanks and fountains optional.   Natural Found Collections || You can easily add natural beauty to your home by gathering your seashell or beach rock collection, putting it in a woven basket, and placing it next to a group of plants. A branch of coral is another classic touch, often displayed atop glass coffee tables or on book shelves. Other shore items like starfish, sea urchins and sea glass are inexpensive, readily available collectibles that can be gathered in groups or scattered randomly to charming rustic effect.   Furniture & Rugs || There are plenty of ways to use natural elements to make a bigger impact. In addition to natural wicker, rattan or rope accent furniture, you can complete a seating group with an eye-catching geode-topped accent table or tree stump table that's anything but cookie cutter. Each one will feature unique variations in color, pattern and shape. Ground your space, inside or out, with an environmentally-friendly natural fiber area rug that's both resilient and easy to coordinate with most design schemes. Accent Pieces || Geodes in their organic form can be striking, and appear in many gorgeous colors, including purple, blue, pink and green. Arrange them inside an open clam shell for an artful presentation. The aforementioned coral makes a great decorative accent, maybe on a tray with other objects or under a glass cloche. A natural woven sunburst mirror adds coastal charm when placed above your dresser, or use it to embellish a bare wall in an entranceway. Finally, if natural elements aren't your favorite décor go-tos, framed botanical prints work especially well in a formal grouping on your wall.
Summer is finally here which means you are probably entertaining more than usual. Whether it’s a casual barbeque or a swanky dinner, it’s time to get creative with your tabletop décor! Of course the décor will depend on the theme of the event; however there are a few design styles that are timeless for any dining table... Floral || Swap out that fabric table runner for some vivacious floral garland! Whether you bring the drama with large blooms or keep it simple with greenery, this look is fresh and modern! Choose flowers that aren’t too fragrant as this can be unappetizing when sitting down to eat. Vintage || From milk glass to mercury glass these vessels can be styled to evoke an intimate vibe when filled with candles. Intertwine linen with a strand or two of twinkle lights along the length of the table and bunching it around each vessel to tie the whole look together. For added romance sprinkle in some taller, narrow vases adding just a single, lush bloom.   Coastal || Using driftwood as the anchor, style the table with cream pillar candles in varying heights, sea glass bottles, and loose air plants for a more refined coastal look. Shells accompanied by mini spoons are a coastally creative way to serve condiments like sea salt and will double as décor!
Clearly Cool || Acrylic furniture is like the unicorn of the home design world; often seen in blogs and magazines, but rarely spotted in real life. This ultra-modern look is a great alternative to traditional wood and upholstered pieces especially if you are a small-space dweller or even decorating a small room. These clear pieces blend with their surroundings, visually decluttering your space making it look less full. Similar to mirrors, acrylic furniture also creates the illusion of a larger and brighter space due to their ability to let light pass through. Trend Lightly || Too much of a good thing is never a good thing so trend lightly. If you’re decorating a room, don’t fill it with acrylic accents or it will look like everything is floating like you’re in space. If you’re decorating an apartment, be sure to style your pieces in different areas. If you opt for a waterfall cocktail table in the living room then try ghost chairs at your dining table, this will create a balanced, cohesive look. Clean with Care || With acrylic you get the look of glass without the fear of it shattering, but don't clean it the way you would glass! Best practice is to wipe it down with a soft cloth and warm soapy water (no chemical cleaners). Be sure the cloth is non-abrasive, absorbent, and lint-free. Disposable cloths are the best way to go to ensure that there is no debris embedded in the material that could potentially scratch your furniture.
Capitalize on hibernation season and stay in with your loved one on this Valentine’s Day. Make your bedroom a haven for love whether it’s as simple as treating yourselves to fresh new bed linens or splurging on a new bed and mattress! Start your lazy day of cozy with breakfast in bed… Aphrodite’s Kiss Toast to love with this refreshing brunch cocktail! Ingredients: 1.5 oz gin .25 oz rosemary simple syrup .75 oz elderflower liquor 3 dashes angostura bitters Champagne rosé Fresh sprig of rosemary Directions: Add all ingredients minus the champagne rosé into a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Strain into a wine glass with fresh ice. Top off with the champagne rosé and garnish with the fresh sprig of rosemary. Cupid's Cups Breakfast in bed is made less messy with these adorable little omelet cups! Ingredients: 36 frozen tater tots 1/2 cup diced ham (substitute meat you prefer) 1/2 cup diced peppers (substitute veggies you prefer) 7 eggs 1/4 cup milk 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese Directions: Preheat oven to 400. Grease a muffin pan liberally. These tend to stick, so using a silicone muffin pan works best. Place 3 frozen tater tots in the bottom of each cup and bake for 10 minutes. Remove and press the tots down to form a base using a glass or measuring cup. Return to oven and bake for 5 more minutes. Remove from oven. Reduce oven temperature to 350. Top each cup with about ½ tablespoon of the omelet ingredients of your choice Whisk together the eggs and milk and pour the mixture into each muffin tin nearly to the top and sprinkle each with a little shredded cheese. Bake for 20 minutes or until egg is cooked through & sprinkle with a dash of salt & pepper.
When a piece of furniture or object is lovingly used over time, it can develop a rich, distressed patina that tells its whole life story. Think of a wooden table from an old workshop with metal drawer pulls that are darkened from years of use, or a marble countertop from a decades-old hotel kitchen, discolored and buttery smooth from wear. These characteristic imperfections are often indications of a time when furniture and household items were handcrafted, when country life prevailed, and homey, rustic objects were used, handed down, and reused. Today, this type of "farmhouse style" – which, incidentally, blends easily with boho, shabby chic and industrial styles – has become one of our most enduring decorating trends. And, short of incorporating actual antiques into your home, it's easy to find new furniture and objects intentionally made to look like weathered antiques. The secret to distressed pieces is simplicity. They look and feel lived-in, comfortable, unpretentious – the opposite of slick and shiny. Furniture || The idea behind distressed furniture – and why it has such charm – is that each piece has subtle variations in surface appearance, so no two are exactly alike. Before the Industrial Revolution, variations were naturally occurring, but once items became mass produced, each one started out exactly alike with uniform surfaces and details. For today's distressed furniture, surface imperfections are desirable, with variations in color and finish intentional. In addition to wood, other materials, including metal, glass, stone, and plastic, can be made to look distressed.   Area Rugs || Previously, the only way you could really get a "distressed" rug was from years of walking on it. Now you can find new rugs that have worn patches of faded color that truly look vintage, but are deliberately created in factories using special manufacturing and finishing techniques. Most rugs were and are built to withstand plenty of wear and tear, and can become more beautiful as they age. Finishing Touches || Mirrors, clocks, plaster busts (more popular than ever!), woven baskets, architectural salvage, metal gates and grates, stained glass window panels, books and other items, can all be found in true vintage distressed form. Or, you can buy attractive reproductions made to look as though you've curated them from years of global travel. Ideally, your home will look more unique if you mix true vintage items with newer items. It's even more interesting if you mix styles and time periods for an eclectic look that tells your personal design story.
Nowadays it feels as though everything is getting “smarter.” Smart phones, smart tvs, and now smart sofas. Coming in all sizes and styles, smart sofas enable you to have all your favorite entertaining needs right at your fingertips… literally. The Features || While some smart sofas aren’t customizable, others allow you to hand-pick all the bells and whistles you’d prefer truly making it your own! Do you love curling up with a good ol’ fashioned book but your spouse prefers to read on the tablet? Opt for a flex light on your armrest and an adjustable tablet holder on theirs. Never worry about being near an outlet to plug in your accessories because nearly all smart sofas are equipped with USB ports. Ease your fear of spills by adding a removable snack tray and wine glass holder (yes, the wine glass finally gets its own ergonomic holder). Are you a movie buff looking for that true cinematic experience? Feel the sound by adding a wireless bass shaker. The Versatility || Thanks to the many different configurations, owning a smart sofa is possible regardless of the size of your space. All their functionality actually makes them ideal for small space dwellers! Opting for the removable tray means you can forgo a large cocktail table all together – and since they recline, you won’t need an ottoman to rest your feet either! Hidden arm storage and center console storage provides space to tuck away your tablet, remotes, and any other accessories. Your smart sofa could even double as your workspace on those days you work from home!
Even if your interior spaces skew traditional, there are times when you want to modernize and lighten things up. Sometimes, too, if your spaces are vividly colorful or dark, you may want to tone things down. Here is where clear acrylic furniture or accents can mix beautifully with your décor. Subtle, sleek acrylic drawer handles, furniture legs or even an entire cocktail table made of gleaming acrylic can lift up a room.   Clear Benefits || In addition to having the look of glass without the worry of shattering, the benefits of acrylic include durability, easy care, and superior weather resistance, plus it comes in a variety of shapes and colors to make your room look unique. If your room is on the small side, an acrylic piece gives the illusion of taking up no space. And because of its see-through quality, anything you put on top of, say, a table, will draw attention to itself, making it look like it's floating. Acrylic is about 50% lighter than glass, but much stronger and more resistant to scratches. Its superior durability also makes it a fine choice for a porch or other outdoor space because sunlight won't harm its look or function. Also, in today's design world, you can find acrylic items in almost every shape and color. If you don't want all clear, there are pieces with clear tops and green legs or chairs tinted in blue, pink, purple, orange, smoky grey and more. Careful Cleaning Tips || Avoid cleaning acrylic with household cleaners because they often have harmful chemicals. Instead, wipe with a soft cotton cloth and some mild detergent. Avoid using man-made fabrics like polyester or rayon because their fibers can be abrasive. If you do find scratches, there are over-the-counter cleaning products you'll find online or at your local hardware store that you can use to make your items look as good as new. Cool Reflections of Style || As with any other design category or trend, use acrylic furniture and accents strategically. A room of all acrylic would likely look too unsettling in a lost in outer space way, plus you might trip over some pieces that aren't easy to see in certain light. Mixing a piece or two with items in other styles will yield the chicest look. For example, a wooden dining table surrounded by ghost chairs achieves an intriguing balance of cool and functional. Or, add a few touches of acrylic in a bedroom to lighten the mood.
Small space living can be challenging, but that doesn’t mean you should forgo personal style for functionality there are ways to marry the two in perfect interior design harmony! The Furnishings || Don’t shy away from statement furnishings just because of your limited space if you love it, make it work! Your bedroom is your sanctuary so if your way of packing a style punch is with a grand bed then do it, but be smart about it. Opt for a bed that has under-bed storage built in and/or invest in a short chest that can be place at the end of the bed for additional storage and a surface for décor. If space allows for a bedside table choose one that is glass or Lucite as this will give the room an airy feel. The Color || “Paint it white to enlarge the space…” we hear it all the time and while yes, there is truth in this go-to small space design standard, it doesn’t need to be your standard. Rules are made to be broken, right? If you are a lover of color then splash that bold hue on an accent wall or even the ceiling! You’ll discover that a pop of color will actually create depth in the room. Not a fan of accent walls? Hushed hues like blush, dove gray, and sage can be painted on all the walls creating a quiet impact that won’t go unnoticed. The Décor || Visual tricks like styling with mirrors and glass will definitely create the illusion of a larger room while adding a dash of glam, but there are a few other tricks! Try adorning one of your walls with one piece of large-scale art. This will create a feeling of grandeur without the chaos of a gallery wall. Have a spare corner? Combine the look of luxury with functionality by adding a stylish storage ottoman.
Man Cave, meet the Haute Haven. Transform your walk-in closet into a style savvy sanctuary where you can sip libations and discuss the latest trends with your fellow fashionistas… The Layout || Maximize the space you have by utilizing your wall space from top to bottom. Line your walls with a mix of angled shelving for shoes, rods for hanging garments, and cubbies for your folded wardrobe. You can even utilize the wall space surrounding your doorway by adding shelving above the door; this is a great spot to store your handbags! The Furniture || Keep your lingerie and jewelry organized by adding a small armoire into the mix. This little organizational gem will fit snug beside your doorway leaving the middle of the room open for seating. Make a statement with a pair of brightly colored accent chairs, a luxe velvet settee, or even just a fun printed bench depending on what your space allows. You’ll appreciate having a place to sit while you sip your morning coffee and decide what to wear. Don’t forget a little side table! The Accents || No walk-in closet is complete without a mirror. Whether you choose a free-standing looking glass or carve out wall space to design your own three-way mirror, this is a must-have for any closet! Cozy up the space by adding a plush area rug and finish it off with a chic chandelier.
With a new year upon us, it's a good time to take stock of your home space. If you have a dedicated home office – whether you work from home full time or just pay bills there – it may be time to reorganize and make a fresh start. Specific items to upgrade can include your desk, chair, storage cabinets, shelving and lighting. Ultimately, you want your space to function smoothly, but also energize you to do your best work. A Place for Everything || And everything in its place. Even in the Digital Age, there never seems to be enough storage. Depending on how you want your home office to function, you need some version of drawers, shelves or cabinets to store things like receipts, paperwork and supplies. A desk with versatile drawers or cubbies can be useful, especially if you don't want your work to be immediately visible to anyone entering the room. Sometimes a minimalist desk with a small writing surface and room for a computer monitor or laptop is all you may require. Style & Comfort || You can create a hard-working home office without sacrificing style or comfort. The space should be productive and inspire you with brilliant ideas, so don't feel compelled to stick with office grey or all neutral colors. If kelly green, royal purple or citrus orange get your creative juices flowing, go for it! Make sure you have an office chair that offers adjustable support, and if space allows, include an upholstered chair or sofa for break time or to seat visitors. Finally, good lighting is essential. Include a task lamp for close work, as well as sufficient overhead lighting, especially if natural light is not abundant. Personal Touches || Personalize your home office with framed family photos, favorite books, a glass-door cabinet of curiosities, or a mood board pinned with travel images, souvenirs and stickie notes. Strategically placed plants or a vase of fresh flowers clears the air, and a bit of office humor goes a long way… posable superhero action figures are totally acceptable!
We've all been there. Those nights when we can't seem to turn our brain off and just fall asleep. Not only is it frustrating in the moment, but it also makes for a very long, lethargic day. Here are a few relaxation tips that could help you reach that REM state. 1. Disconnect. || One hour before you go to sleep turn off all of your electronics. Our devices promote mental activity and that constant scrolling you are doing before bed is a contributing factor to your sleepless nights. 2. Tidy Up. || Keep your bedroom neat and organized. Cluttered room, cluttered mind. There is plenty of cute storage options that can help keep your room organized and you well-rested. 3. Take A Bath. || Break out the bath salts, aromatherapy candles, and pour yourself a glass of wine (or tea!). Since this is not typically an everyday indulgence it will put you in the mindset that bedtime is near! 4. Scentsations. || Scent your room with relaxing aromas like lavender, chamomile, or jasmine. Reed diffusers are the most effective way as they emit scents slowly and safely over a long period of time. 5. Dim the Lights. || Our bodies are very responsive to light. Exposure to bright lights promotes wakefulness which is another reason why it is important to put down your phone or tablet one hour before bed. Dimming your bedroom light will prepare your body for sleep. Controlling noise and temperature will also help.
Good things come in small packages, right? Well think of your little living room as a diamond – with thoughtful and purposeful decorating it will transform into a stylish hub of coziness fit for dazzling guests. Double Duty Décor || Just about any surface can be used as a cocktail table, however by opting for an ottoman or bench you’ll also be getting additional seating. Bonus if they have hidden storage! Power of Transparency || Decorating with glass or acrylic furniture or pieces that feature tall legs will create an airy vibe in the room making it feel more open and less cluttered. Bring the Drama || Floor-to-ceiling décor such as a tall bookcase, gallery wall, or one oversized piece of artwork will create the illusion of taller ceilings while making a dramatic style statement. Cozy Corner || Bring on the SECTIONAL! While this sounds counterintuitive, it can actually work well in small spaces since it hugs the contours of the space. Just be sure it is the right proportion for your space. Get it in the same color as your wall and it will blend seamlessly! Optical Illusions || Perception is everything; give the impression of an infinite amount of space by decorating with mirrors. Round mirrors provide the most continuity with their “tunnel” effect while the shape is a great way to break up square spaces. The Traveling Table || Nesting tables are undoubtedly one of the most useful and versatile pieces of furniture. Coming in twos or threes these little guys are easy to move from room to room and their airy construction enable them to be tucked away!
One of nature's most prominent hues is about to make a welcome return with the start of spring this month. From an interior design standpoint, green can be tricky to work with, often because it takes on so many different casts depending on lighting and the other colors used around it. This is especially true of paint colors. The classic adage, "if it works in nature, it will work in your home," definitely applies to green. Just think of how great live plants look in any room. Depending on saturation, texture, and which variations you use, green can be soothing or energizing. If it's been awhile since you've considered it, maybe now is the time to put some fresh greens on your design plate.   Calming Approaches || Sage. Mint. Forest. Moss. Seafoam. Olive. Aloe. Celery. These are some of the greens that nourish and soothe, much as they do in the natural world. Note that many of these can be dark and saturated and still exude calm, much like a dark forest with filtered sunlight through treetops can feel very peaceful. In the same way, mint, celery, seafoam and aqua are often associated with tropical beaches, which can feel both peaceful and visually lively at the same time. In terms of your interior space, almost any type of wood furniture looks great with greens, whether it's a green upholstered chair or a walnut credenza against a mint green painted wall. Or, place a wood cabinet with a green distressed painted finish in a kitchen or hallway to add vintage character.   Wake-up Call Approaches || Shamrock. Kelly. Emerald. Chartreuse. Lime. These tend to dazzle the eye, create excitement, and energize the soul with their sharper intensity. They will gain even more strength when paired with other vibrant hues like royal purple, hot pink or the traditional holiday pairing with red, which works well because green and red are opposites on the color wheel. In terms of a room, a modern glass-top table, for example, will pair beautifully with lacquered emerald-green walls in an entranceway. Mixed Greens || Much like a grouping of plants, different greens can blend beautifully. For example, pair two upholstered accent chairs, one in chartreuse next to one in kelly green, and it will make the room look fresh, lively and eclectic. Fabric patterns on throw pillows can also coordinate well, such as a palm frond print pillow mixed with, say, pillows with small-scale green and white stripes. Mix in a pair of ceramic garden stools and live plants, and you can easily create a lush garden feel indoors, even if you live in a city apartment. It's easy using green. Green is everywhere!
We've all been there. Those nights when we can't seem to turn our brain off and just fall asleep. Not only is it frustrating in the moment, but it also makes for a very long, lethargic day. Here are a few relaxation tips that could help you reach that REM state. 1. Disconnect. || One hour before you go to sleep turn off all of your electronics. Our devices promote mental activity and that constant scrolling you are doing before bed is a contributing factor to your sleepless nights. 2. Tidy Up. || Keep your bedroom neat and organized. Cluttered room, cluttered mind. There is plenty of cute storage options that can help keep your room organized and you well-rested. 3. Take A Bath. || Break out the bath salts, aromatherapy candles, and pour yourself a glass of wine (or tea!). Since this is not typically an everyday indulgence it will put you in the mindset that bedtime is near! 4. Scentsations. || Scent your room with relaxing aromas like lavender, chamomile, or jasmine. Reed diffusers are the most effective way as they emit scents slowly and safely over a long period of time. 5. Dim the Lights. || Our bodies are very responsive to light. Exposure to bright lights promotes wakefulness which is another reason why it is important to put down your phone or tablet one hour before bed. Dimming your bedroom light will prepare your body for sleep. Controlling noise and temperature will also help.
Distinctive Accents || Make your home uniquely yours with accent tables, clocks, mirrors & more In almost every story, the main character needs a sidekick – someone to interact with and play off of. The same is true of rooms in your home. Your living room furniture needs a supporting mirror, clock, accent table or objects to give it life. Most of all, these supporting accents should include details that speak to you. As many an interior designer has stated, these pieces make up the "jewelry" of a room, much like the finishing touches to your fashion wardrobe. These are easy to switch out when seasons change or for special holidays, or if you just want something new. In addition, accents don't have to hide in the background. An oversized vintage-style clock or decorative mirror, for example, can be a main focus for an entire wall. Ultimately, an eclectic diversity of accents will make your rooms more interesting, invite conversations, and create fascinating twists to your story. Accents…can be a main focus for an entire wall. Collections || Souvenirs from your travels will make any home more distinctive, and remind you of memorable destinations you've visited over the years. Quirky masks or hats on the wall, trinket boxes, sculptures, busts, glass vases, and books on a coffee table mingle with ease among other objects in your room. Displaying artwork is a great way to showcase your unique personality, whether you choose family photos, colorful abstract paintings, vintage travel posters grouped and expertly framed, or anything else that reveals your passions.   Colors & Patterns || Toss pillows are the easiest way to add instant pizzazz to your furniture. Try other shapes in addition to square – round, rectangular or organic shapes add depth to your upholstered furniture, as well as comfort. Play with different scales, too. Mix large leaf prints with, say, a mini cross-hatched pattern. Lamps are another way to add color and pattern, especially if you choose a shade that isn't solid white, or one with a colorful sculpted base.   Contrasts || If your main furniture is wood, add metallic accent tables for shine. In addition to their multifunctional uses, your room will have greater depth if you mix matte and shiny surfaces, which you can also achieve with paint or wallpaper. Even better, if your furniture is mostly square or rectangular, mix in other shapes like round, octagonal, triangular or organic shapes for added interest. If your walls are white, artwork in black frames look chic, especially when configured in multiples.
In a world full of chaos your home should be the one place you feel calm and sheltered. Calm is a term used loosely because with children and pets sometimes even home can feel like pandemonium; however, there are a few ways to achieve Zen in your home… Nesting || Carve out a space in your home that can be all your own, even if only for a couple hours. If you cannot dedicate an entire room to yourself then it is time to get creative and find your Zen nest. Every home has a bathroom and nothing says Zen more than a soothing aromatherapy bath. Light a few candles, pour yourself a glass of wine, and R E L A X. Another great place to unwind is by a window in your bedroom. Open the window for some fresh air and ambient noise while curled up in your favorite chair. Unplug || *gasp* yes, U N P L U G. Make it a trend in your home to disconnect from the outside world for at least an hour every day. While technology is amazing, it can also keep us from truly living in the moment and enjoying a state of nothingness. When was the last time you weren’t tethered to your phone? Sleeping does not count. Our minds are constantly being stimulated from the moment we rise until the moment we lay our head on the pillow. Unplug from all electronics one hour before bedtime and you will feel the difference in your quality of sleep. De-Clutter || Free your mind and free your home of unnecessary things; cluttered home = cluttered mind. De-cluttering doesn’t mean you need to purge everything, but it does mean that the items you choose to keep should be organized. Seek out decorative storage pieces like bookcases, hutches, or credenzas so you can display or tuck away all your treasures in style!
In general, the definition of a tableau (derived from the French) is an artistic grouping, stage presentation or scene. As it relates to your home's interior, you probably picture a beautiful tabletop. It can be anything from a stack of books on an end table with a vase of flowers perched on top, to an elaborate grouping of treasured objects spread across a fireplace mantel or console. Think of a tableau as a calling card or preview of the rest of your home that expresses your personal style in a dramatic, fun and artistic way. It can be purely decorative or a combination of decorative and useable objects. Show Off a Collection || Not sure what to do with your growing collection of vintage pottery? Arrange a group at the end of a credenza or on top of your kitchen cabinets. To make the tableau more eye-catching, play with scale and color. Place tall and narrow pieces next to stout ones, and if the items are color coordinated - say blue and white, or green, yellow and chartreuse - your grouping will be more striking. If you have an abundance of framed photos, place them together on top of a dresser with a lamp, arranging them by descending size, so 8"x10" frames are in back, then 3"x5", then mini frames in front. Maybe add a long peacock feather at the front of your tableau for the finishing touch. Rearrange Anytime || With any tableau, you have complete creative license to express yourself freely. Whether you keep it to just three items for simplicity or pile on multiple pieces, you can always change, or add items, even making your vignettes worthy of a still life painting. Declutter || Instead of placing your collections haphazardly, think about putting them on a tray to avoid a cluttered look. The great thing about a tray? You can move it – and everything on it – with ease. A recent trend involves displaying small objects under glass cloches of varying sizes – another easy way to declutter and keep intricate items dust free. Sometimes symmetry helps to declutter when you have numerous objects. A cluster of small bottles and books on a table gain structure if they're flanked by a pair of lamps, for example.
The industry’s top home furnishing designers gathered in High Point, NC to showcase their latest collection to prospecting retail buyers and interior designers for the biannual High Point Market. High Point Market is the equivalent to Fashion Week in the fashion world – it is the largest home furnishings industry trade show in the world, providing insight to new products and the latest trends in home décor… Mixed Media || Unique materials like concrete, metal, and stone are paired with more traditional elements like glass and wood to create an unexpected twist on classic silhouettes. Highlights include pieces like a writing desk or sofa table that feature metal bases topped with stone. Va Va Velvet || What once was a textile we only saw in the fall and winter months is now making an appearance in spring and summer! Slightly lighter in texture for the season, this fabric is being shown in both airy pastels and bold brights from pillows to ottomans to add a fun punch of color to your home. Flora & Fauna || While it’s not out of the ordinary to see an abundance of floral patterns for the warmer months, this design staple was spiced up with a dash of fauna this season! Birds and blooms mingle with leafy vines on poufs, bedding, and accent chairs. Nature's Neutrals || Bring the outdoors inside with textural raffia, rattan, or wicker. Furniture constructed of these natural elements provide a lighter look for the season while maintaining a refined look. Go coastal with the addition of shiplap or rope elements. Perfectly Imperfect || The Japanese design aesthetic known as wabi sabi – the art of living with imperfection, was prominent at this market. The trend highlights the inherent beauty of asymmetry and furniture pieces that are designed to purposefully look unfinished.
Europe is like that unequivocal cool kid – they don’t follow trends, they set them. While diversity in design ranges from country to country the one adjective that best describes them all is: chic. From minimalism to opulence each design evokes a sense of effortlessness that transcends the test of time. Posh Parisian || Deemed fashion capitol of the world, Paris, has mastered the art of effortless sophistication. Their evolving interior design style strikes a balance between old and new, opulence and minimalism. Vintage accents like an ornate chandelier is paired with a clean, modern sofa. Light walls offer a blank canvas for decadent texture like a velvet accent chair in royal blue or a tufted ottoman. Merry Mediterranean || Inspired by the cheerful hues of the sun, sand, and sea, Mediterranean design is as carefree as the people that inhabit the area. Capitalizing on their perpetually mild climate, Mediterranean architecture blurs the line between the outdoors and indoors; bare picture windows and sliding glass doors dominate design making dining al fresco a seamless transition. Patios are filled with cushy outdoor furniture that is as cozy as their living room set. Simply Scandinavian || Built on the Scandinavian design philosophy that less is more, minimalism is characterized by clean simplicity and functionality without compromising comfort. Clean lines like leggy, tight-back sofas are juxtaposed with rich texture like a sheepskin rug to create a crisp-meets-cozy vibe. Void of any bold primary hues, this design aesthetic was made for the lovers of all things neutral.
The days are getting longer which means spring is finally here! Though it’s a bit early to start opening all the windows, it is a perfect time of year to go through your home and give it a good clean. Don’t think of this as a daunting task the end result is sure to leave you feeling refreshed… just like the start of a new season! Flip || This is something that most of us are probably guilty of never doing, but it is an important and quick way to give your furniture a refresh. Go through your home and flip the cushions on all your furniture (even the ones that aren’t often used). Upholstery can fade over time especially in rooms that receive a lot of sunlight. Flipping the cushions regularly will ensure the color will fade evenly while also redistributing the filling. Your mattress also should be either flipped or rotated depending on the type of mattress. For two-sided traditional inner spring mattresses only: flip AND rotate to minimize body impressions. For one-sided traditional inner spring & latex foam mattresses: rotate periodically but do NOT flip. Rotating will equalize wear. Polish || With a clean, white cotton cloth dust all surfaces before polishing to ensure no stray pieces scratch the surface when you start polishing. Be mindful that different finishes and materials require different types of polish. For instance, if you have glass or acrylic tables you want to use warm, soapy water free of any chemicals whereas wood and hardware require something a little more abrasive. Vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil, and turpentine are all great cleansers that will leave a nice sheen without posing a health hazard in your home.   Condition || Just like your own skin, your leather furniture must be cleaned and conditioned as well. Due to leather’s porous nature, it is extremely prone to environmental toxins such as human and pet oils, which can lead to permanent discoloration and eventual cracking. Invest in a quality cleanser and conditioner for your leather furniture and avoid any products containing silicon as it has been known to desiccate the leather.
Do you ever wish you could move a table, chair or sofa yourself, without relying on your partner, neighbor or friend to help you move it? Sometimes you just want a change and feel like trying a different furniture configuration without a hassle, or you want an easy way to vacuum underneath an item. This is where casters can help. From discreet mini casters on a shiny bar cart to large, industrial cast-iron wheels on a distressed wood table, you can make rearranging furniture easy and stylish. Make it Multifunctional || Suppose you need a new cocktail table for your living room but frequently use the room's sleep sofa for visiting guests. A table with casters is the ideal solution. You just wheel it out of the way when you set up your sleep sofa. Or, if you like to entertain guests in the living room, but during the holidays, the dining room holds more people, a bar cart on casters will be the perfect multitasker. Work in a Rustic Element || If you like the vintage industrial look of rustic pieces but don't want to incorporate a total factory into your home, an accent piece on casters is a great solution. Place a multi-drawer console with casters in a home office, for example, and it will add character to your space, and work smarter by giving you more flexibility. An office chair on casters will be an asset, too, and a rich, leather upholstered one can add a warm rustic element to the room. Roll it This Way || First patented for use on furniture in the 1800s, casters were originally made of metal. Today, you'll find casters made of myriad materials, including metal, plastic, glass and rubber. In addition, there are different caster types. In general, rigid casters (like the back ones on a shopping cart) will allow you to move the item forward and backward, and swivel casters (like on many office chairs) let you move the item 360 degrees. Some items feature locking casters, which are especially important on heavier furniture for safety.
Being in New England there is nothing more nourishing than dining al fresco for the first time after a long winter. With just a few key pieces you can create a magical ambiance regardless of the size of your space… Seating || The traditional outdoor table with chairs is a great standard, however if you are short on space consider an outdoor sectional or loveseat and chair paired with a table! Adding plush textures to your outdoor space will create a cozy atmosphere with a touch of indoor luxury. With endless configurations from long farm tables with benches to high top tables with barstools, you can create multiple conversation spots by mixing and matching these pieces if your space allows. Don’t forget the chaise lounge for those afternoon naps in the sun!   Rug || An outdoor rug is a great way to soften the patio or define a dining space in your backyard if you don’t have a patio. Whether you choose a vibrant print or a laid-back solid, a rug will warm the space making shoes optional. And in fabrics that are stain resistant and fast-drying you won’t have to worry about New England’s unpredictable weather. Ambiance || Create an ethereal vibe by stringing twinkling lights or hanging Moroccan lanterns from your house or trees above. Keep those pesky insects at bay in style by placing pillar-style citronella candles in tall glass hurricanes. Complete the setting with a fire pit. Not only will it aid in keeping insects away, it will also provide warmth for those chillier nights. Campfire reimagined.
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