Drexel Heritage’s Upholstered Desk made the “Top 10 Dressing Tables” list, compiled by designers Charlotte Moss and Nestor Santa-Cruz. “This is for the decorista who just has to put luxe fabric in yet another place,” said Moss.
Way back in January of 2009, Coco Kelley featured a guest post about new trends in wedding colors. I'm thinking back to those special color combinations, and two still seem pretty fresh and gorgeous to me. So, here are some new ideas for incorporating those gorgeous colors into a room in 2010.
Coco & Cream
Because both brown and cream are neutrals, I don't imagine anybody needs me to find a brown and a cream piece to combine, but I will suggest a velvet from Pearson textiles that combines the two in a fabulous animalistic way. The brown stripes are on an ombre background that goes from gold to cream to ivory.
A saturated red with a deeply colored peach looks rich without falling into boudoir cliches. How a delicious pair of chairs from Henredon's upholstery collection (the shane chair in peach and the charisma chair in red)?
And if that isn't enough, here's a room by Pearson that shows a Pearson sofa in peach/orange against a rich orange wall.
There's no reason small spaces can't have the same level of elegance and design as larger homes. But it can be hard to find high-end and formal pieces scaled for small spaces.
Small spaces need plenty of storage.
Nothing makes a small space looked cramped faster than mess. So, storage to help keep tidy is a must.
The most important tip to keep in mind is to use the height of your room. Don't waste the space you've got by keeping all your storage too low to the ground. Go tall.
You might choose something with a small footprint, like the Park Avenue Tall Cabinets from Hickory Chair. A pair of these can bring some wonderful harmony into a small space. (Thanks for J. Covington Designs for pointing out these cabinets.)
Or skip the small footprint and give one entire wall over to shelves.
You can think I'm crazy. Nailhead trim seems like such a masculine detail and "romantic" interiors are usually pretty girly.
Maybe it's that connection of manly and womanly that seems romantic.
Seriously, try doing a search for "nailhead trim" in Google books. Usually when I'm looking for Google books information about a decorative style or detail, the results are all nerdy design books. Nailhead trim shows up in romance novels.
Blogger/Designer Tobi Fairley recently wrote two posts about the fabulous Suzanne Kasler.
Tobi's first post about Suzanne Kasler has a bunch of great details and photos from Suzanne's new book, Inspired Interiors. I especially liked Tobi's point that Suzanne "has an inimitable way of creating 'collected' interiors
by melding client’s special collections, art, antiques and custom
designed pieces." Lots of ideas for combining new and old into a really polished but also comfortable space.
Although there are many wonderful books about furniture design, including many overviews, I don't think any have been as important and influential as Alexander's book has been to architecture. Alexander's books is useful for furniture designers and interior designers. His thoughts about sunlight, in particular, are crucial to creating a great room.
I'd love to see suggestions of books that might be the "Pattern Language" of furniture design.
So, how do you make sure you're not heading into Holly Hobbie territory? With a handy checklist!
Is there something tying all the patterns together? (Yes? One point for chic!)
In the room from Hickory Chair in the picture to the right, it's color. The saturated blue with white repeats from pattern to pattern. You could repeat the same shape (maybe a ginkgo leaf motif?) Or you could go with a color theme like jewel tones or earth tones. But there has to be something that ties the patterns together.
Have you thought about texture as well as pattern? (Yes? That's another point towards chic.)
Don't go too crazy with both pattern and texture. It's okay, in fact it's recommended, to mix in a few different textures, but try to treat each new texture the same as you would an additional pattern. For example, choose several patterns in fabrics with similar sheen and then one velvet or chenille for some variety instead of having every pattern in a different texture.
Does the scale of your patterns vary enough? (Yes, three chic points.)
Here's what Furniture Today had to say about High Point Premarket:
"Held about a month before each High Point Market, premarket aims to
give retailers a chance to preview major product collections, secure
distribution, and strengthen relationships with key vendors and company
principals, according to market officials."