Friday, April 18, 2014

Allow Me to Introduce….

One of the main reasons for going to market is to see the new introductions for the coming season of your favorite designers or the companies you do business with.  Much like fashion, we crave newness, trends or needs change, as do our buying habits.

Aerin Lauder is VERY busy building her lifestyle brand.  She and her talented team continue to churn out really beautiful objects.  Her lighting for Visual Comfort was simply the chicest I have seen in a long time.  I loved every piece. The materials, the design, the sculptural nature: she has all the bases covered.

EJ Victor debuted AERIN's new introductions to her furniture line that will sit beautifully side by side with her existing collection.   Each piece strong enough to stand sublimely on its own.  

The only problem with new introductions is they won't be on the showroom floor for 6 months to a year.  It's like you can see but you can't touch ~ it's such a tease!

Alexa Hampton for Hickory Chair ~ don't confuse her girl next store, I want to be your best friend persona for someone who is anything less than serious about classic, traditional design that is sophisticated, functional and timeless.

Mary McDonald for Chaddock ~ continues to make magic.  Her gift for mixing Neo- Greco Roman and classicism, layered with French Regency is a recipe for success.

David Easton's collection, also for Chaddock is refined, elegant and a little quirky (in a good way) just like the man himself.  I sat next to him at lunch.  He's a pip!  His interiors are inspired by global travel and change.  He believes a space should make you feel a sense of comfort.

Charlotte Moss for Century ~   The scope of her new collection was the most comprehensive that I saw at market.  Her Southern upbringing, attention to detail, travel and being continually inspired by the great lady decorators always informs Charlotte.


 Celerie Kimble for Henredon ~ 20th century styling; curvaceous and scaled down, tradition with  a twist infused with a modern warmth seem to create a WOW factor.

Two of my favorite pieces that stopped me in my tracks from Emporium Home ~
shagreen, leather + hip design = LOVE IT

I kept muttering under my breath,"why did it take me so long?" I was reminded of a valuable lesson; designers work hard and play harder. It took me days to recover. I can't wait to go back : )

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Hardware is where it's Happening

Lisa Jarvis

Another trend that was predominant at Market was the use of gorgeous hardware.  Every (almost) cabinet, breakfront, etagere, and chest was enhanced with the addition of sculptural metal pulls, dramatic mother of pearl handles, decorative horn, or a plethora of other options.

The choice of hardware speaks volumes about the theme or inspiration for which it is intended.  Does the hardware have an ethnic feel, is it Neoclassic, Regency, or Deco?  Are you looking to convey a masculine or feminine feel?  It can be subtle or over the top.  Keep that in mind when choosing the piece or changing the hardware.  If you are redecorating and you want a subtle but impactful change, it is as simple as switching out knobs to make a fairly big difference.

What have we learned ?  If you don't need a new piece of furniture but you want to update an existing piece in your home or just add a dash of drama,  replace the hardware!  Make sure its sculptural, don't be afraid to mix metals, shapes, or materials, and it will surely be marvelous!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Blue by You

Bungalow 5

I am still recuperating from my quick trip to High Point Market.  It is a whirlwind of sights and sounds,  new introductions, up coming trends, parties, reconnecting with friends and colleagues.  It is a blur of the fabulous and inspiring.  I kept thinking, "Why has it taken me so long to attend?"  

While the color of the year, radiant orchid is still a story, I saw an awful lot of blue continuing to be introduced in everything:  accessories, furnishings, beautiful lacquers on case goods.  These were mainly in inky or indigo blues, but there were some peacock and turquoise thrown in for good measure.

Dransfield and Ross

Visual Comfort


Mr. Brown

Worlds Away


B. Pila


Bliss Home

While I did see much blue, don't count out the power of purple.  It is still a popular choice, especially going into Spring 2014.  Both happen to be versatile colors, mixing easily with other bold warm or cool colors.

Julian Chichester

CR Laine

Julian Chichester


Would you consider mixing them together ??


Mr. Brown

Fresh, right?