May 3, 2016

The Market Report!

I know you have heard of March Madness, my life is May madness; when interiors and landscapes collide, head on, with an anvil......well, you get it.
In between is my happy place, HIGHPOINT market, the twice a year international furniture and accessory event, and an event it is!

Let's look at trends, and have to have's

What is the biggest trend?

Let's enter.........
Color, Furniture, Soft Goods, Lighting, Rugs
I was not supposed to over hear this conversation from a very proper English lady explaining the brand philosophy to the reps; 
First we make everything absolutely perfect, then we go back and f_ck it up a bit
I loved her!

Also stunning in gray tones, we are carrying her rugs with samples coming in

Everything Organic

This stopped my heart; rough hewn reclaimed wood, hand pegged, soapstone top, hand glazed terra cotta vessels
Heavily textured linen and low profile seating. Six of these are headed to a clients harvest table with a taller version for head chairs.
Lucite framing and very creatively. Did you know that Lucite and Acrylic are the same thing?

LOVE!!!   Whimsical shapes. Add anything you want, a front and back magnet holds your piece/photo/ephemera.......... in place
Gallery walls that are an interesting mix of art. These can tell a story, about you, your interests, your eye, your world
Most prominent color? Coral, with orange a close second. Pantone's pair of colors for the year; pale blue and pale pink......absent.
Screech! Pull the car over!
Sadly my photography into the glaring sun did not do this composition, in the round, any justice. Packed, full, textural, gorgeous!
Thinking outdoors, feast your eyes. Not new, but olive jars, ala Provence are on trend
Clever outdoor (or indoor) console with bottom plate keeping the wood off the ground
Sunbrella webbing; comfortable, retro, fast drying

A Polish company crafting these wood and metal strapped planters that were affordably within reach, well in comparison to anything similar 
A concrete or glazed floor lamp for outdoors. A testament to this piece is that you can take it into the deep woods and read a book. Mind spinning yet? No, I would not take this into the woods but you get the concept.
The shades are melamine, the base plain concrete or concrete glazed (will not blow over) has a LED insert with an 8 hour life before you have to charge it again. 
My head is spinning!!!
So, it is a furniture show after all, let's look further. More webbing. 
A fun new line, that is dreamily comfortable. Totally whimsical, see the one painted leg? Envision these in a coastal sun room
What's a girl to do when seeing these? Get out the order pad! So many color combinations and materials, these ottomans are multi-purpose; lift off the top for storage, pull out the side's also a drinks table!

More organic elements combined to beautiful effect. From Spain; leather, linen, caning, ceruse wood. 

A client is looking at the CLOUD sofa from RH, I would like for him to consider this, with that please do not make me get up feel. And how about all those jewel toned pillows?
It is all in the details, what a nice effect and a look I spied often

LIGHTING......Oh to have the height and space for the clustered look

Oh yeah, this was a killer showroom!
My fav of the show
My second fav 
Clever, a massive old dough bowl turned light fixture
We recently let go of the Dash and Albert rug line for Jaipur.
 I am loving the variety and the quality, the Kate Spade patterns and the global influences.
 Area rugs are exploding as prime players in a rooms decor, virtual floor jewelry

Good design is everywhere. This is the interior of a showroom bathrooms' door hardware. Kudo's Bliss Studio!
Highpoint market also includes a boat load, actually many boat loads of antiques. Due to arrive to the shop is a portion, of a truckload, of antiques. Included is this baby, and tell me, who does not need a Congo trunk?! 
C. 1930's Belgian Congo shipping crate. All of the wording is the address from Belgium to Congo, let there be no mistake to where it was headed!
 I see fun, whimsy, a conversation piece turned coffee table. You may see a fool xo

With love,

April 27, 2016


My head is still in a whir of all the beauty I saw at the recent High Point Market. Next post I'll share!

One line that struck me were these signs. Actually I have long tired of signs and sayings in one's home, haven't we been there, over done that? 

These were different, what do you think? I just could not resist ordering for the shop

 The fun of this sign is that you get to choose your 10 favorites, this is from a wife to her husband.  Think of your Mom, any Mom would love this, newlyweds and graduates, tis the season

In the same vein, this is completely customized and in this case a father to his new born twins. I can think of so many 'telegrams' I could have made, for so many reasons, for so many people...LOVE
The Mom that began this company wrote and made this for her children, when they were young, this would apply at all stages of life. This is one of the most popular items in her line.

Have a message? Why wait?

with love,

April 11, 2016

Garden Trends 2016

Ready, set, go..........In the Midwest that is,  the new landscape season is nearly upon us.

The trends I experienced last year, that are carrying forward this season, are very intriguing to me. Some are a new take on an old theme, particularly propelled by millennials, others an uptick in established patterns. (actually hate the thought of following a trend, but these appeal) Let's take a look, any of these to your liking?

Taking the Interiors OUT..........
Not a covered patio, fully emerged in the elements. The use of upholstered outdoor furniture up markets your space instantly. The comfort level soars. A favorite manufacturer is Lee Industries
From interesting rug patterns, poufs and high fashion outdoor pillows.....enjoy decorating this extra 'room'
Empty Vessels
 In the above image, place your thumb over the pot and notice how your eye will 'float' across the photo. When removed, your eye will focus, while encompassing the surrounding environs.
With the aid of empty vessels you create instant focal points, a foil against plants, an exclamation point of interest.

Could these be planted? Of course! Whether creating focal points or no maintenance accents, the typical pot leans towards the Grecian oil jar style
Ornamental Grasses
From no maintenance to low maintenance, people are gravitating towards the ease of these plants.
Wispy and romantic to columnar and structured. Tall to short and in a variety of foliage colors, these specimens have much to offer. I noticed on our garden tour to France last year, the heavy use of grasses, not what one typically thinks of when in French gardens.

 Free standing Espaliers
Espaliers are most often seen hugging a wall, as originally intended. In Europe when few people had land, a spot would be found or carved out against a wall, preferably south or west, to plant a fruit bearing tree for food. Today aesthetics rule the day.
Pre-formed trees are most interesting to me as free-standing sentinels. They delineate a space, add massive interest, create a fence like barrier in limited spaces and yes, bear fruit.
A Garden within a Garden
When designing a garden, I keep in the back of my mind, the principle of creating a getaway spot for intimate conversation or as an individual retreat. In Europe, where I studied gardening, homeowners spaces are often a series of 'rooms' requiring one to explore and sit within the garden. In the US, we usually have one vantage point, say a deck or patio from which to survey our 'land'. Consider creating another space within, providing new views uses and perspectives
A Clothesline
I am of a certain age that remembers laundry day at my Grandmothers. My parents had a washer and dryer, Grandma had a wringer washer and a clothesline. It screamed summer to me and the clothes were oh so fresh. Unlike my Grandmother, I was endlessly fascinated.
This is a movement sparked by those who have never experienced a clothes line. It 'romanticizes' wash day. 
A few years ago, I was working with a client creating French gardens on her expansive property. I suggested two solid lavender beds, a bit larger than a king sized sheet. After washing her sheets, they were spread over the lavender for drying.The lavender released their fragrant oils in the sun as they dried.....viola!
In the aid of Bees
As the below quote states, this is a serious predicament.
There is welcome interest in the preservation of bees. Along the way we can create colorful borders with bee favored plantings, pick up a new hobby as a beekeeper, enjoying the tasty rewards of bottling honey, become a soap maker, craft colorful beehives......

A friend of my husbands became a passionate beekeeper, hoping his enthusiasm would rub off on him, I began to design the beehive and borders filled with lavender.......sadly, not to bee

Imaginative Lighting
Up lighting has long been a staple. This is still a format I employ, but ask me for help with the exterior lighting on your home and I am in heaven. Let's peek at a few other options........
Wall Washing with lighting
Rope lighting along a rock border
Oh yeah!!!!!

It is that time again, enjoy!


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