Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Fall Trends 2014

Fall started yesterday and so it’s time to check out the fall trends for 2014.  Here is a sampling of some of the hottest ones.

One of the big trends this year is the return of metal in furniture design.  Steel, iron, aluminum and copper are all being used, whether alone or with wood cork or fabric.  Can anyone say, “1950’s?”  BuzziSpace has created a new Legends line of tables and chairs using salvaged steel rods and aircraft aluminum.  Metal is also being used for accessories like pendant lamps.

We are also seeing bright, vivid colors in many places, from wallpaper to paintings, cookware and kitchen accessories.

Of course, wood is still very popular and some artisans are finding unique uses for it.  Pascal Oudet is a sculptor and wood turner who has created beautiful decorative and lacy wooden sculpture.
Courtesy Pascal Oudet
Here is an overview of other up and coming trends:

  • Brass is on a comeback, especially in the kitchen and bath.
  • The merging of indoor and outdoor spaces.
  • Ethnic prints from exotic places used in fabrics.
  • Corduroy used as an alternative to velvet in upholstered furniture.
  • Floral textile designs in both interior design and fashion.
  • Lighter colored woods like oak and cherry in furniture.
  • Many tints, tones and shades of blue.  Navy is very hot.
  • Classy, softer tones of black and white.
  • Pineapple shaped accessories.
  • Modern versions of old, classic designs.
Courtesy of Freshome

Let me know what you have seen as new design trends.  Love to hear from you.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Have you ever redesigned a room in your head?

Thats what I do when I have no clients.  I walk into a room and I imagine what I would do if I was redesigning this room.  Apparently, I am not the only interior designer/decorator who does this, according to a new post by Houzz.  They posed the question, “What do interior designers create when they have no client, only their own imagination?”  Thank you, Houzz for the article, “Luxurious Looks From the 2014 Hamptons Show House.”

This article highlights the 2014 Holiday Hamptons, where 16 of the top designers in the country have used their talents and imagination to decorate spaces in the historic 1881 Watchcase factory in Sag Harbor, New York.  The old factory is being converted into 64 condominiums.  Some of these lofts, townhouses and bungalows are being temporarily transformed into special rooms inspired by moments or special holidays in the lives of each designer.

I love the look and the feel of the rooms, with a nice yin and yang feel, combining both modern and traditional elements.  Each designer did a wonderful job converting the factory rooms into comfortable and beautiful living spaces.  They say its all in the eye of the designer.  I say it is in the imagination of the designer.

Here are a few photos of some of the rooms.

I especially love the last bedroom photo and the whimsical touch above the bed.  How clever!

Thank you Hamptons Cottages & Gardens magazine for sponsoring the show house which is open to the public through August 10 and using the proceeds to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  Thank you Houzz for this posting this great article.  Photos and article courtesy of Rikki Snyder, Houzz Contributor.

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Antique Flat Top Trunks

From around the 1870’s until around 1920 flat top trunks were used by many travelers.  The basic design consisted of a rectangular box covered with canvas or sheet metal with hardwood, metal trim and hardware on top.  Many trunks came with trays inside but most now are missing the trays since they were not as durable as the trunks themselves.

Flat top trunks have been around a long time, some even used on stagecoaches.  Some trunks were later changed to  rounded tops.  Some people say this came about so that baggage handlers would not stack them, but nobody knows for sure.  Up until the late 1800’s, the trunks were usually lined with paper when many of them started to be lined with cloth.

On most old flat top trunks the canvas became rotten so you will not see many with the original canvas.    When a trunk is refinished, most refinishers will remove the canvas and then sand and stain the wood.  This creates a beatiful look for the trunk.

Most people call these trunks steamer trunks but a true steamer trunk is about half the height of other flat top trunks.

Here is a steamer trunk.

Here is a flat top trunk.

I live in Sanford, Florida where there are antique shops with some nice flat top trunks.  If you live in this area or come anytime to visit, it would be well worth your time to take a day trip to Sanford and see them.  One good shop to visit is Antiques and Dustibles