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

MERCI…in Paris 

Have you been? To Merci in Paris! You know the lifestyle store that has a cult following from all over the world…which I guess includes me!

Take a detour…you will be happy you did…111 Boulevard Beaumarchais in Le Marais..but really outside the main area of Le Marais…

Merci never disappoints because they are on the cutting edge of style and fashion in both clothing and home decor…the way Barney’s NYC was years ago.

The vibe…very busy with trendy people from all over the world coming to see the newest textures, substrates, colors and style updates. Today they were making chair tops from a powder substance that allows you, the consumer to design your chairs on the spot in the store…pretty awesome, pretty millennial and pretty fast!

So take that detour when in Paris and checkout what’s happening in the world of design…Merci!

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.🎄 

Passion for Product-A designer’s life… 

Thankful for this rainy Saturday so I can catch up on life….seems like the past 28 years of growing Design Works International, our NYC based design studio, has been a non-stop labor of love…and on Monday August 1st we are officially in our new location at 494 8th Ave. (entrance on 35th street on the 12th floor)…phone number remains the 212-594-0777.

This labor of love is proud to acknowledge our amazing team of sales consultants, textile and graphic designers, interior specialists as well as trend, color and fabric liaisons. 



Our new location is a state of the art “play house” for us and we could not be happier in our new home…even though it will take us a few weeks to finish the design details within the studio! 

When we started out 28 years ago our focus was mostly in the fashion arena and today we are truly a lifestyle studio working with top brands, retailers and celebrities in both the fashion and home sectors. 

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Most recently I have collaborated with  CAA and Beanstalk on the Kelly Ripa Home Collection Exclusively at Macy’s in bedding, area rugs and furniture (upholstry and wood) with a collection of over the counter fabrics at JoAnn Stores. 

Kelly Ripa Home Fabric Collection at JoAnn Stores
Kelly Ripa Home Upholstered Furniture at Macy’s

Working along side Kelly on the KRH Collections Season 1

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Collaborating with the talented HGTV HOME team in Knoxville TN we created a licensed line of home decor products which we are thankful for winning the LIMA award for best corporate licensed program in 2015 and best paint program in 2016.

HGTV Knoxville TN

Trend Spotting at High Point Furniture Market for HGTV HOME

“Fire and Ice” at KBIS for HGTV 

Filming at Design Works International for HGTV digital.

Filming at ABC Carpet and Home for HGTV Digial

John Gidding for HGTV HOME Ourdoor Living at HSN

HGTV HOME Fabrics

LIMA Award 2015 and 2016

HGTV HOME Plant Collection

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Everyday Design Works International has the design pleasure of working with companies like Kimberly Clark, GAF, HGTV, Kids 11 and Dollar Tree/Family Dollar on new design strategies and trend lifestyle updates!

GAF Style Guide Refresh

Creating Shingle Color Palettes For GAF

Color Palettes for Roofing Shingles

KBIS 2016

Style Guide Trends

Style Guide Trends

Style Guide Trends

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Our digital printing facility has allowed us to move forward on product based samples while working with some of the top talent from runway to retail! More to come on this in the coming months….introducing Studio NYC!

Our textile collections are seen at Designer Show Houses as well as retail chains across the country…from tissue boxes, baby bouncers, fashion accessories, back to school supplies, wallpaper and the product list continues….

Our “passion for products” is never ending and we look forward to another “decade of design”.

We appreciate your support and design ❤️ over the years and look forward to seeing you at 494!

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 lunch🍷

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.