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24.04 20140

Design Color Forecast 2014

Spring is a time for renovations, renewal, and rejuvenation! While there are many fashion trends going around, one of the most exciting is a focus on color! In past years, money was tight. That seems to be easing up for a lot of people, at least somewhat. That means neutrals like beige are becoming less and less popular. At most, these neutral colors will serve as a base backdrop to more exciting splashes of interesting color. Here's one of my design projects to give you an idea of how you can blend neutrals with bright colors to make the most of your current look while capitalizing on new colors for something fresh and new.

Blues are featuring heavily in design I'm looking at all over the web. From turquoise to navy, blue is making a big comeback. If you've always wanted a nautical theme, soft blues can be just the thing. Even a few accessories can make the difference in your interior design:
  And of course, there's the Pantone Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid! radiant-orchid-pantone   This color is bright, vivid, and springy! It's perfect for this time of year. I'll have to figure out ways to work it into projects that are coming up. What colors inspire you? Are you ready to give your home a spring makeover, or just add a few dashes of color here and there?

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10.03 20140

Books as Accessories

Books are beautiful, and they really can add a dimension to your home that makes a statement. Books are erudite and sophisticated, and make great conversation pieces. People who walk into a home with books will never be at a loss for something to talk about.

A couple of weeks ago, I talked about how important accessories are this year as a design trend. Bookshelves and bookends are obvious accessories to a room. This adorable set of bookends can help display your personality, for example.

Roll Tide Bookends

Working in a bookshelf in an unusual nook or creative way makes a bold and beautiful statement.

Bookshelves

It's not just the accessories you buy that make books great to have in a home. This is because books are great accessories by themselves! Even a haphazard shelf of well-loved paperback books can be colorful and eye-catching. Libraries are beautiful places.

paperback books

E. Lawrence, LTD is a recent discovery I'm very excited about. They take books and rebind them in parchment, leather, and any number of interesting and artistic ways. I recently picked up some of the Haute Couture collection below, and mixed it with some other bindings to create an unusual and interesting display shelf.

elawrenceltd haute series

A talented designer has a knack for pulling the colors, designs, and so on together in a great way that enhances the room. Artistically arranged groups of books with complementary bindings are an inventive way to make a statement. The possibilities are endless! Do you decorate with books?

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09.02 20130

Industrial Furniture

Last week, we talked about how a painted finish can change the look of your existing furniture and update your decor. Today I want to focus on another trend in interior design, the industrial furniture trend. Here's an example of a room that incorporates industrial elements into the design. Notice the shelving, in particular. Doesn't it create a unique look? It really adds an attractive element to the overall feel of the living space.

industrial furniture changes your interior's look

Industrial furniture is at a peak of popularity right now. When the economy is having a hard time, mass produced furniture is cost effective. There is a quick turnaround for these pieces. Another feature is their durability. The materials are often heavy wood and sturdy metals. These materials lend themselves well to a raw, unfinished look, that works well with natural finishes. Industrial furniture is also made to take more punishment than ordinary home furniture.

These pieces can be used in our homes combining practicality and usefulness in a way that can be very attractive, if it is done right. The simple, unadorned lines can be elegant and simple and coordinate well with other styles. It's becoming more common to see office chairs, stools, and industrial type shelving incorporated into interior design. Many existing manufacturers are capitalizing on the concept.  You see reproductions of industrial furniture that appears to be old and weathered all the time.

Here's another piece, on display in my showroom at Lilly Designs in Pell City, AL.

coffee table cart

That coffee table has lived another life as a cart in a warehouse. It's durable and practical piece of furniture that has already proven its worth. Instead of a sturdy and useful cart becoming just another piece of trash in the landfill, this cart continues to be useful as a unique and appealing focal point to this seating area.

Are you looking for something elegant and practical for your living space? Would you like ideas on upcycling existing furniture to work with your existing furnishings? I'd love to hear your thoughts about industrial furniture.

Reneesig

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27.03 20120

Cahaba Heights Show House

Interior Design March 20th was the last day to visit the Show and Sell House in the Cahaba Heights area of Birmingham. Thankfully I got there in time to see it and sneak away with some great photos! The house was developed by Charles Kessler but all architecture and interior design was done by Christopher Architects. The house was recently built in a new neighborhood not far from the Summit called The Cove at Overton.  

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01.03 20120

Hot Trends: Statuary and Busts!

Here’s the thing about busts and statues: you either love them or you hate them. If you hate them, maybe you haven’t come across the right one yet. The options are endless for statuary to enhance any space.  

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01.03 20120

36th Annual Red Cross Designer Show House— Palm Beach, Florida

Recently in sunny Palm Beach, Florida, I visited the 36th annual American Red Cross Designer Show House. Each year, Red Cross hosts the event to showcase local designers. This year an impressive spread, nicknamed ‘The Mansion’ by locals, received a make-over from 18 talented designers.

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