Thursday, April 23, 2015

Spring Market 2015: Color is Back

Sunny yellow and spring green greet buyers at High Point Market
Our little goose went to market this week...the High Point Spring 2015 Furniture Market and what did she find?  Color, color everywhere.  While we love the creams, greys and tans of the last few years, it's time to add a little color back into our homes.

Fuchsia banding on watercolor blues and greens

Every shade of pink from fuchsia to blush made its way into almost every showroom this season.  Paired with bright oranges and clear blues, this year's pink is anything but feminine.

Pink and orange and zebra, oh my!

Sweet birds line up against bold orange

Leather in orangeade, turquoise and lime green, some stamped with reptile patterns weren't in short supply.  Just when we think the bird motif might be waning, a new bold version pops up its head.

Fun new frames in bold colors

Why settle for one emerald green sofa when you can have two? Note the simple rug in a neutral color grounds the primary colors in this room.

Channel back detail cozy up these box chairs
Even brown leather gets a shot of red and a little distressed detail.  The creamy ottoman shows off a little contrast welt to define its edges.  And again, two is better than one!

A bit of yellow keeps the blues at bay when paired with eggplant and red. Throw in a little black and this room is dramatic without being too chaotic.

A bit of pink adds just the right touch.

A tone on tone geometric pattern gets a bit of color
A little bold color goes a long way in a neutral room.  A chair in a primary color, several bold throw pillows or a shot of citrus on a beige field of linen is all the color needed to brighten up a space.

Cobalt blue grounds this beautiful space

Cobalt and navy blues have taken over the design scene this past year.  This almost navy color pairs beautifully with orange and reds as in times past.

A washed rug in jewel tones gives this ottoman a vintage vibe.
Mixed with pink and violet for a more exotic East India look, this cobalt blue wall makes a bold statement.

Scrap wood lines the wall of this showroom space

Cream and aqua get a punch of color with just a few pillows and accessories in a muted orange. 

Many thanks to one of our favorites Wesley Hall for inspiring us on Instagram all week.  It was almost as fun as being there.  A few sneak peeks of  Lee Industries, as well.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

One Bed: Three Ways

Nothing is more versatile than a bed upholstered in a lovely neutral linen.  By swapping out euro shams and adding a throw, you can change the look of your bedroom as often as the seasons (or your mood) change.  From simple to multiple layers, bedding is the easiest way to express your style.

Classic Feminine

Our ruched Dutch euro shams are super sized and really make a statement without adding too many layers. Charcoal king shams with a wide crocheted edge are just a bit feminine without being fussy.  With all this detail, one statement throw pillow is enough to finish this light and airy summer bedding.

Masculine Menswear

Three euros shams with a flat flange help this bed switch gears to a more masculine look.  Each of these throw pillows has a texture all it's own, from nubby wool rugs to woven suiting.

Layered and Moody

When you're in the mood to cozy up with a good book, this bedding provides plenty of soft texture.  Layering soft washed quilted euro shams with burnout velvet throw pillows adds warmth and contrast to the oatmeal linen upholstery on the bed.  A grape hued fur pillow is another indulgence and our elephant looks right at home.

Using these looks as a base, layering on one of today's popular colors is easily done.  Navy, apple green and sunny yellow and gold are a few of the trends set to roll out in next week's Spring Market. 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

A Love Affair with Chairs

Humans have had a long and enduring love for chairs dating back to the dawn of civilization.  The earliest chairs were made of stone but man (or women) kind soon began to design for comfort as well as style.
A favorite book for anyone who adores chairs
Kings and queens sat on a throne as everyone else in their presence either stood or lounged around on the floor. These days, our homes are welcoming places where everyone is invited to sink down into a comfortable chair. 

A classic linen wing chair gets an update with a modern print throw pillow.
Consider using several different sizes of chairs in the same room to accommodate as many different people as possible.  Two chairs of average seat depth and height could be paired with a deep comfy chair that is used for reading and relaxing.

Diamond leather and hair on hide give this clean lined chair a masculine look.
Henry David Thoreau wrote "I had three chairs in my house. One for solitude, two for friendship and three for society." 

This pair of charcoal chairs gets a bit of bling with metallic pillows.
Two is almost always better than one when it comes to completing a seating area.  Consider smaller armed chairs to fit a tighter space.

Neutral grey is anything but boring when varied scale and pattern are used.
 A pair of chairs always lends symmetry to a room.  These two wing chairs, custom ordered in a timeless Greek key fabric are at once modern and traditional. 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Add a Layer with a Tray

Rustic wooden trays await a chance to collect treasures

We all love to collect new accessories but how we style them once we get them home can be a challenge.  To corral treasures and other beauties, we recommend a tray to avoid a cluttered look.

A leather tray studded with nail heads.
Sometimes less is more when creating a simply elegant vignette.  A few candle holders under glass create a few layers without looking cluttered.

Enamel stacked boxes on a studded leather tray

Change your accessories as the seasons change but use the same tray for a completely different look. These kelly green boxes are like the breath of spring.

Bramble trays come in several colors.
A large tray is handy atop a dining table.  It's easy to remove when dinner time comes and can even be used for serving food...there's a novel idea!

A sweet bedside tray holds books and other necessities.

Identical trays add a double punch to this cozy setting.

Why have one when two will do so nicely on this over-sized cocktail table, leaving plenty of room for guests to prop up their feet and relax.  One or both trays are easily whisked away to make room for inpromtu board games or bowls of popcorn.

A beach themed vignette.

When a tray isn't a tray... as in this beautiful gold trimmed glass box that holds a few rustic treasures. 

Faux reptile covered trays with a little metallic glam.

Too many trays? We love keeping multiple trays in a variety of sizes handy for whatever occasion may arise.