Loving this Robert Allen room with its beautiful, lovely gray color palette. I have always been drawn to a subtle, neutral palette that can easily adapt to changing trends, seasons, and styles. Ben and I are using a calm, soft gray in our own home, and I love it. We have strategically located surprise pops of color for an added element.
Education is changing, and we must adapt in the way we approach the design process for educational areas. The once sterile environment is being exchanged for a more collaborative, interactive setting. These pieces from Bretford that were featured in Interior Design provide the perfect starting point in designing the modern educational experience for students. I am sure we will be able to utilize some of this ideas in upcoming projects for K-12.
The Barcelona Chair.
Meis van der Rohe.
My favorite chair.
I love this chair for so many reasons, and every time I see one I find myself coveting it. I plan on having one of these (one of the real ones by Knoll) in my home. I may have to save up for a long time, but I definitely want one of this sexy loungers in my house. Not only is is nice to look at with it’s clean lines, but it is also very comfortable. It’s a classic.
Yes, I realize I have been a little slack lately. So much going on in my life, but I am going to try to get back in the groove of this because I do enjoy it very much.
So…today at work, we were meeting with our new Fabricut rep and the regional manager, and they were showing us some great new fabrics. We were all ooh-ing and ahh-ing over the beautiful colors and bold prints. I found one that I particularly liked, with pink and orange. Now, I am always drawn to these colors, as it is a color combination that I have been itching to use for 3 years now! I just have to find the brave soul and the right lobby for it to go into. So, while looking and admiring this fabric, I mentioned that it had a very Kate Spade feel to it with the graphic cross pattern and bold colors. Well, what does our lovely rep tell us? Yes, that pattern was designed by a woman that had previously worked at Kate Spade doing their designs. It’s a little scary that I can recognize a style of a particular fashion designer, but given that she is one of my favorites, I suppose it was not so abnormal. None the less, I was excited about this connection!
So, my color forecast for this year, is a fun orange, pink, and gray/white. Pantone assisted in this with their naming Tango Tangerine as the color for 2012 (http://www.pantone.com/pages/pantone/category.aspx?ca=88). I think the ever-popular gray and yellow will get a charge of energy, and these bright bold colors will take center stage. It has already been big in fashion, so I can only imagine that this color combination will follow in design. So, channel your inner South Beach!
Obsessed with Chevron!
I love this dynamic print, and it is starting to pop-up everywhere. I love the subtle applications of it in muted colors or incorporated into furnishings, flooring, and wall tile. I think it is a very versatile pattern when used properly. Too much in a bold color can be overpowering, and the wrong color can create a visual nightmare. Stick with wider bands of solid color for a more pleasing look. A strong black and white for table dressings, such as place mats, adds enough punch without being too over the top, as an entire table cloth would be. I am so happy to see this fun, modern print, and I plan on incorporating it into my own room at home!
photos from Pinterest
Frank Llyod Wright gingerbread houses!
Awesome spaces! I love this wall of color, and this would be great to incorporate a bold element like this into a current project I am working on. Great design inspiration!
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Architectural “oops!” Looks like this firm will be back to the drawing board with this design, as it is resembling the 9/11 WTC towers. I can understand the design direction that they were going for in trying to create a cloud image encircling the towers, but it looks like there was an oversight in the design review. There is still a lot of sensitivity to what happened on that dreadful day, so an outside eye would have saved this firm from an “oops” moment.
Click the picture for the full story from Architectural Record
Christmas season is upon us! I found the above images on Pinterest, and I love the crisp, cool white with the fresh green. It is a great way to decorate for the season in a modern home.
I am finding more and more that I love themed trees. Our tree at home is a collection of ornaments that we have received over the years, and it is so fun to remember so many memories as you are decorating the tree. I think it is important to have a tree like this in your home, but there is nothing wrong with having multiple trees too. I also think you can have a more formal looking tree, such as the one in the picture, that has been carefully thought out, and it is there for show and guests. Small trees are a fun way to bring some Christmas cheer to a bedroom or smaller room. I put up a small, 3’ tree in my room this year, and it is so festive and fun in its bright pink, green, and blue. Ben and I also have a 4’ tree that we put up for him that is all Clemson themed. It is fun having these because they are different and unexpected.
Another great tip, if you have a momentous year to celebrate, i.e. your marriage or birth of a child, get a live tree with the ball on. After Christmas is over, you can plant the tree and watch it grow. This is probably the most “environmentally friendly” choice as well because the plant is returning to the earth. Just make sure you do a little research on the type of tree to make sure it is suitable for your geographic location.