Holly..Jolly..January 

Bucket List Worthy-I know I am such a geek cause for years I wanted to attend ChristmasWorld in Frankfurt Germany but the timing of the show never seemed to jive with my travel schedule…well I made it jive this year and I have to say I am no longer curious!

Who knew, not me that is for sure, that I would hit the jackpot of shows which included ChristmasWorld-Floradecora-Creativeworld-PaperWorld.

As designers, inspiration is always important as it feeds our soul with fresh color, style and knowledge. It’s nice to see what the world is doing especially if it confirms the direction that you are heading in. 

It’s shows like this that make me super proud of our design studio in NYC, Design Works International…after 29 years we still got it going on because our team is pretty awesome. We love what we do, who we do it for and never get tired of creating new…and it’s not always easy to reinvent designs each season, but somehow we keep it fresh and fun!

Posting a few trends from the show but check back with our studio in a few weeks to see our newest holiday collection…after all we have inspiration from around the globe!

Traditional Inspiration
Modern Inspiration
Retro Inspiration
Festive Inspiration
Natural Inspiration

Mix Match

Obsessed this season with tabletop…I know right? Who knew that dinnerware would become a fashion statement of mix and match! 

Let’s face it, as of late we are all foodies, loving to cook, taste and create in the kitchen (or make reservations) regardless, the top of the table has never looked more creative due to pattern mixing. 

We are seeing this at all levels of the market from high end like Hermes to more mass appeal at stores like Habitat, noted today in the U.K.!

Metallic rims and color application are continuing at the high end especially when paired with tones of blues. In many cases, patterns seem to be a bit imperfect and irregular giving the designs a more artisan vibe.

When your dinnerware patterns become the main focus of your table we tend to see more solid table linens trending due to the mix and match pattern approach.

Since texture (yes that T word) has been an area of focus in home products for many seasons, we are seeing linens with textured slubs or even printed textures trending.

Below are a few of my favorite finds from Hermes, Harrods, and Habitat…hoping to scope out a few more in London tomorrow before I head to Amsterdam on Thursday!

Continuing my crazy 4 city trip in 8 days. 

Holiday Favorites..

Sharing some of our holiday favorites from Design Works International created for Dollar Tree Stores…we love collaborating with our creative clients…Happy Holidays.ūü饠

Santiago Chile-Color…Culture…Creativity

Yes it’s true, I found my blog namesake but with just a little chaos which would be the traffic..but hey it’s a big city with lots of small cars….but I added culture cause this city does NOT lack any!

Colorful…oh yeah cause the amount of artistic graffiti found throughout the city is incredible! 

Creativity…we are talking about some of the most creative artisans producing beautiful hand-crafted product!

Culture…warm and inviting, Santiago is home of many museums, cultural centers and places of interest.

Alleys of Valparaiso Chile

Vina Del Mar Coastline 

Cultural Center Santiago Chile 

Santiago Chile Museum

Valparaiso Chile

Pet Lamp Exhibit Santiago Chile

Row-Houses Valparaiso Chile

The Poet Pablo Neruda’s House Valparaiso Chile

Emiliama Vinyard

Emiliama Organic Vinyard Chile


Valparaiso Chile

We may or may not have had some amazing Chilean Wine with lunchūüć∑

Variety of Style at Maison&Objet in Miami

I was probably the biggest skeptic when I heard two years ago that my favorite overseas show was heading to Miami for its debut in America. It’s been two years now, I have attended both shows, walked all aisles, met new designers, found innovative products and love chillin’ in Miami…so I guess I am no longer a skeptic and more of a fan!

Happy to share some global greats with you from this past Maison&Objet show which took place in Miami May 10-13.

Neutral Nuances (top left) Porada, Roberta Schilling, Morada, Porada

Playful Products (top left) Studio Poli, Fermob, Martone, Dransfield and Ross

Artisan Accents (top left) FOS, Ritz Marwitz, Ritz Marwitz, FOS

Weaves & Watercolor (top left) Dransfield & Ross, Bretz, Forza Home, Drainsfield & Ross

Take A Seat (top left) Fenabel, Fenabel, Serge De Troyer, Fenbel

Pillow Power Personality

For many of us a great way to have your personality pop in your home is to update  your style through decorative accessories, perhaps a more affordable option than replacing a sofa, chair or ottoman…and a quick fix to any room in your home!

Choices today can vary through color, material, texture, weave and pattern. Trim detail is another way of adding dimension such as cross stitch accents, metallic trim detailing, fringe, pom-poms and piping.

Most of us have a color scheme defined already by the larger items in our home like a sofa or chair so work with updating these items with colors that will compliment these pieces. Sometimes  that means bringing a bit of contrast into the room…it’s not always good to match your pillows to the exact tone of your furniture. Try experimenting with patterns and colors out of your comfort zone to update your style. Many stores today have a 48 hour return policy so you can take home your choices to see you made the right design choice!

Some fun finds both local as well as overseas…

 
   
    
     

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

Global Inspiration Comes Home in NYC!

Please join me tomorrow night from 5:30-8:30 for this fun and informative event at 200 Lexington Ave at the Cliff Young Showroom suite 505.  

Go Bold OR Go Home

Looks like textiles this season both print and woven are bold and beautiful…with personality and style! 

From repetitive patterns to block print beauties these patterns are not for the meek and shy. 

Want to make a statement through color, pattern and fabric…then this textile season is one to celebrate from Sferra, Society, Robshaw and more…pick your personality through your textile style.