Thank you to our social media friend Lisa Ferguson of Decor Mentor for putting together a fabulous Highpoint Product Preview via a global Twitter chat this week! Lead by Lisa and a panel of design talents, a sneak peek of some of the incredible products we will see next month at the Highpoint Furniture Market was previewed on Twitter under hashtag #hpmkt.
Trends we are already seeing? Multi-functional pieces, blues in many shades, unusual art and sculptural influences, a touch of glamour, lots of texture, and more monochromatic collections.
Thanks to Lisa Ferguson, Lisa Kahn, Kati Curtis Design, James Saavedra, Pulp Design Studios, Erica Islas, Jennifer Brouwer for your curation! You can see all the hot picks on the Decor Mentor Pinterest Board HERE but the following are some of my faves:
The Jagger Chair from C.R. Laine. That is just simply COOL.
The Madrid Hutch by Noir
This antique double vanity with marble top by GJ Styles will be a hit I’m sure.
We love everything our friend Stacy Kunstel creates for her company Dunes and Duchess. This Oval Captains Compass Console is one of my favorite picks.
Lisa Ferguson chose the Shangai Loft Money Chest Bar from Red Egg as one her Top Picks.
Yes, the quatrefoil shape is still a hot trend. Chosen by Erica Islas as another Top Pick, this is the Dakota table by Decca Home.
Did I say NAVY was HOT? This is the Mercer Sofa by Canvas Home. LOVE IT.
What’s not to love about this unique wing chair from Caracole called What’s Up Pussycat?
This last one is for our client Janet because I know she will love this console table from Chelsea Home designed by Lisa Kahn.
Joann and I will be heading out to Highpoint on Friday, October 17th to see these and many more new products in person.
Stay tuned for our next report!
September 19, 2014 No Comments
At last October’s Highpoint Furniture Market Joann and I took a trip to the impressive Lexington Home Brands headquarters in High Point. Before we took the tour, the Lexington team surprised me by announcing that I was the winner of a trip to Bermuda courtesy of Lexington! (Hey it pays off to but your business card in the gold fish bowl!) Four days, three nights for myself and a guest at the beautiful Elbow Beach Resort in Bermuda. This was an incredible gift considering almost 50 years earlier, my parents spent their honeymoon at the exact same resort!
My husband Mike and I went to Bermuda over Labor Day Weekend. Bermuda is a tiny island that is easily navigable – just 22 miles long and 1.5 miles wide. We rented scooters and explored the island and several beautiful parks on Sunday. The views took my breath away.
The hibiscus flowers in white, pink and yellow were everywhere.
Our favorite restaurant hands down in Hamilton was the award winning La Trattoria. BEST.PIZZA.EVER.
Of course our last day was the most beautiful.
So what kind of company caters to the design trade to such a degree that they would give away a trip like this?
Lexington Home Brands
Founded in 1903, Lexington Home Brands is one of the most respected companies in the industry, having built a reputation for design leadership and exceptional value.
We put the Twilight Bay Cocktail Table in a clients home three years ago. We STILL get calls off the web asking where this table came from.
Last year in Highpoint, I saw the Sea Mist Writing Desk through the window of the satellite Lexington showroom and it stopped me in my tracks. The shagreen finish is stunning.
Lexington is well known for creating some of the most sophisticated and gorgeous outdoor furniture on the market. I LOVE the Aviano Sofa.
I am on a perpetual hunt for nesting tables. They are the perfect answer to every family room. These Aquarius Quadrant nesting tables are some of the prettiest I’ve seen.
September 6, 2014 No Comments
A client recently challenged us to find a kitty litter box that could be placed in a very public place in her house and still be presentable. Once a client has a quirky request like this, I am forever on the hunt for a solution even after I’ve found one to please the client!
While on our last trip to Guatemala, Joann was reading thru the Delta Skymall magazine and actually found the perfect thing!
But like I said, I still can’t help keeping an eye out! There’s actually some really cool options out there when you start looking!
This snazzy one, made in France (but shipped for free to the U.S.!) is called the PooPooPeedo Cat Toilet. OMG I had to laugh.
This is my favorite one. It comes in different sizes and colors.
I have two cats and am admittedly way too OCD to have a kitty litter box anywhere in the main part of the house. I have two boxes in the basement that the cats go in from the top. It keeps the litter very contained. Not very decorative, but nobody sees them (except Mike – scooping the litter is HIS job thank God).
So thank you Mrs. Client for challenging us with this request. It definitely makes our job interesting to say the least!
September 2, 2014 No Comments
When selecting upholstery for our design projects, we always keep in mind what fabric will be the best choice for our clients. Everyone is concerned about spills, stains and cleanability. Did you know there were special “codes” for fabrics and those codes represent how the fabric can be cleaned?
These codes are very important because cleaning your sofa or chair with the wrong product can cause serious damage. Most furniture fabrics now carry cleanability codes to determine the best and safest way to clean your fabrics.
Windsor Smith Fabrics for Kravet.
This is used on fabrics that should be cleaned with water bases products only. The best method is to spot clean using foam from water based cleaners or non-solvent cleaners. Apply foam with a soft brush in a circular motion and vacuum when dry.
West Elm Sofa
Fabrics with this code require using a water-free cleaning solvent or dry cleaning product. Make sure your room is well ventilated. A product I love is called Spot Shot.
It can be found at grocery stores, Walmart and Target.
Emerald Fabric – Fabricut
These fabrics can be cleaned with either water or solvent based products.
Cleaning Code “X”
Clean only by vacuuming or light brushing with a non-metallic stiff bristle brush. Do NOT use water or solvent based cleaners.
One of our favorite fabrics to use for busy families with kids and pets is Sunbrella. It is no longer just used outdoors. They have come a long way, with soft weaves and “not so bright” colors. Here is a Sunbrella fabric used in a desk chair by Joe Ruggerio of joeruggerioathome.com
Sunbrella and other “outdoor” fabrics work well if you so happen to have that cat who loves to claw. Click HERE for tips on how to stop a cat from clawing furniture!
Here is Sunbrella’s guide to care and cleaning of their fabrics.
And one last tip to help your fabrics last longer is to use a beautiful throw to cover up those areas you want to protect. Here is a favorite from Doctors Foster and Smith.
Now, for red wine and some other common stains, click HERE for tips on removing them.
Have a great “stain free” week!!
September 1, 2014 No Comments
Despite the twenty (literally) design projects we have going on right now, working with Dwell With Dignity to design a new home for a once homeless mom is currently our greatest thrill. As with all of our charitable outreach, the kindness and generosity of our family, friends and colleagues is amazing!
Since our last blog post on this project (read HERE), we’ve secured even more donations:
Duvet Covers, Shams and Sheets from Serena and Lilly.
A “Bubble” chandelier from Lamps Plus
Dress up clothes and books from our client and friend Jeanne Harper
Mattress and pillow covers and art supplies from Lori Creed Raney from Hedgecock Creed
A financial donation from our client Rebecca Phalen.
I had quite a bit of fun at Homegoods on Friday and found a clear glass lamp with a light pink shade that I am going to fill with crayons. Adorable! Hot pink throws for the end of the bed, more colorful throw pillows and a little white barrel bedside table are also in my car! Woohoooo!
These little girls are going to have a new beginning that will change their lives. It gives me goosebumps!
We still have lots of finishing touches to purchase (a dress up trunk, shelves for books, dress up hooks, a crib blanket) and no funding to do so. If you’d like to donate to the Dwell with Dignity Atlanta Chapter, please click HERE and be sure to dedicate your donation to Kandrac & Kole little girls room.
Stay tuned – we are installing on September 17!!! YIPPEEE!
Kelly and Joann
August 23, 2014 No Comments