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Monday, March 5th, 2012

Inspiration Monday: Spring’s Pastels


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Over the past few years, dramatic black, bright bold colors, jewel tones and even neon have ruled the runways as well as home décor, but the recent fashion shows brought back some hues we had not seen in awhile; pastels. Once evoking thoughts of sister-wife dresses, Easter egg hunts and looking washed out, designers are treating pastels in new ways, making them fresh, cool and futuristic. Peach, lavender, dusky rose, dove gray, mint green and pale blues were everywhere, usually in solids, some paired together in simple blocks of light color, others paired up with plain white with hints of silver.

Graham and Brown Contour Spa Pastel Wallpaper

Above, crisp and cool aqua and mint green pop against a silvery white background of a mosaic tile-like wallpaper.

Kartell DR. NO Chairs

Kartell Mr. Impossible Chairs

If you like this translucent pastel look, Kartell has several great choice, including a range of light pastel options for Thalya Chairs, La Marie Chairs, and Victoria Ghost Chairs. Mix in clear chairs and a healthy dose of white to keep the look fresh.

Blu Dot Modulicious No. 4

Another fresh look? The mid-century inspired casework of Blu Dot allows you to choose the colors you’d like for each drawer. Choose pastel tones outlined in dark graphite or walnut for an updated, contemporary look.

What do you think of this pastel trend? Do you have a favorite pastel hue? Or did you swear off pastels for life back in the ’80s? Will you be incorporating any of these colors into your wardrobe or your home? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section!


Monday, January 30th, 2012

2012 Design Trends: Modern Rustic


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Modern Rustic is more than just a design trend, it’s a look with long lasting staying power. What is it exactly? Imagine that kooky cozy log cabin in the mountains, visualize taking all of the furniture and tchotchkes out, then put about 10% of them back in. You can always add some hot faux bois and a few more updated accessories to round out what you need . Here are some ways to get the look.

  • Take a familiar shape and cast it in an unexpected material, like Erich Ginder’s Ghost Antlers (these also double as coat hangers) or Urbana Design’s Teardrop Vases.
  • Use wood with a beautiful grain, but keeping modern lines
  • Animal shaped pillows are eclectic and fun, and are a fresh take on typical cabin cozies
  • Bring in a little camouflage, whether it’s via a big fat beanbag chair or a chic little boat tote.
  • Use branches from the woods to create beautiful arrangements.
  • Keep a simple color palette that lets the wood be the star. Think Scandinavian simplicity – warm wood floors, spartan decoration and white walls.
  • Use table lamps, chandeliers and floor lamps to create a warm glowing lighting scene.
  • Bring back cozy plaid blankets and throws paired with plain and light bedding.

Here are a few products from our site that will help you get the look:


Monday, January 16th, 2012

2012 Design Trends: Tufted Furniture Goes Modern


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Tufted furniture is having a moment right now. While this design trend is typically a traditional design element, some mid-century modern designers embraced tufting, giving it a more streamlined and modern look (think the Eames Lounge Chair or Edward Wormley for Dunbar). Others would reduce the number of buttons; some sofas had just one button centered on each back cushion.

Much in the same way, today’s designers are taking the trend and embracing it in contemporary ways. Here’s a look at how some of our designers are playing with tufted furniture in 2012.

TrueModern has several fresh takes on tufting. The Luna Sofa has just one simple row of buttons that create a subtle tufting across the back cushions. These buttons also emphasize a horizontal line:

On all versions of TrueModern’s Dane Sofa, the back pillows just a hint at tufting. It hints at a less-rounded grid pattern and there are no upholstery buttons required.

The One-Night Stand Sleeper Sofa from Blu Dot only has four buttons but they all stand out and are a wonderful graphic touch:

Blu Dot also applied some tufting fun to an armchair. The Animal Lounge Chair has four simple dots on the seat that play off its blocky shape.

The OFFI Perch Lounge Leather Chair pays homage to Mies van de Rohe’s Barcelona chair, complete with sleek tufted leather (and a handy shelf on the bottom):

Fatboy’s Avenue First Blocks have a grid like pattern of stitching that’s a modern take on tufting.
Wondering exactly what these pieces are? They come in different shapes and colors and can be used singly as ottomans or seats, or put together into all sorts of  configurations, from a big square to the letter “f”. Here it’s kind of like a snake:

Has tufted furniture caught your eye or do you like your upholstery strictly streamlined? Please weigh in in the comments section!


Monday, December 19th, 2011

Pantone’s Color of the Year: Tangerine Tango


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She uses tah-ah-ah-an-ger-ines…I’m never going to get that stupid song out of my head now. Thanks a lot Pantone. I have no idea what exactly inspired their pick for 2012, but as someone whose high school and college colors involved orange, I’ll take it. Wish I still had my tangerine Guess? jeans from the ’80s, in fact. Yeah right, as if those would still fit.

Anyhoo, wondering how to get in on some tangerine action around the house? Check out these colorful products.

Love this fun Tiki Stool by Offi. The best thing about it? You can move it from room to room and out to the deck or patio.

Add this fashionable hue to your tablescape with Chilewich’s Rectangle Spun Placemats.

Get coastal with tangerine with this grahpically stunning coral rug from Thomas Paul.

Nothing’s more fun that pops of tangerine in a a pop floral print. Check out Three Sheets 2 the Wind’s Ani Wildflower pillow.

You can touches of tangerine via these eye-popping shower rings from Kontextur. They’re like the earrings of the bathroom.

Kiddos like tangerine too. We love this colorful bus frame from DwellStudio.

Bend seating is a new classic modern line of chairs that I love, and no color can top this happy orange.

A clockwork orange? Sorry, you know I can never let a dumb pun or reference pass by me. This ingeniuous little alarm clock by ANYTHING will brighten up your nightstand or desktop. Speaking of desktops, ANYTHING also makes a bright stapler, tape dispenser and scissors to help perk up your workspace – check them all out here.

Fido needs to be fashionable too! Why not pick him up a fresh Fatboy Doggielounge to start the new year off right?

How will you be incorporating tangerine, or better yet, how do you incorporate it now? Do you wear it proudly on your nails everyday, or do you rather hate it in general? Let us know in the comments section!

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Monday, October 25th, 2010

Trend Alert! Putting the Zoo in Your Apartment?


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Well, I was thumbing through Harper’s Bazaar today and thought, now this woman is not one to just settle for a plain old zebra carpet. No sir, she needs the whole zebra:

It reminds me of Kelly Killoren Bensimon, who has this horse from the Met  in the middle of her Manhattan living room:

  • image one by Todd Selby for Harper’s Bazaar
  • image two from here.