Kitchen Trends for Easy Living

Smallbone kitchen features floating cabinets for a furnished look.  via House Beautiful

Smallbone kitchen features floating cabinets and clean  lines for easy access and cleaning.  via House Beautiful

The newest kitchen updates focus on clean lines and convenience.  The most successful spaces act as the heart of the home, with room for gathering, cooking and storage.  Innovative products and ideas were introduced at this months Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas.  A quick review will show you the best ideas for kitchen comfort and ease.

The heart of the home encourages convenience and togetherness.  via House Beautiful

My favorite ideas encourage togetherness as well as  convenience. via House Beautiful

Best In Show Viking French Door Oven for universal accessibility and easier reach.

Best In Show Viking French Door Oven for universal accessibility and easier reach.

Docking Drawer is made to install in new cabinetry or retrofit .  This will easily eliminate the tangle of cords on our countertops.
The Docking Drawer is made to install in new cabinetry or retrofit . This will easily eliminate the unsightly tangle of cords on our counter tops.
A fun fix for any dull kitchen, Artisanal Cabinet Pulls and Knobs made from recycled glass jars, bottles, and windows.

A fun fix for any dull kitchen, Artisanal Cabinet Pulls and Knobs made from recycled glass jars, bottles, and windows.

Yes I’m excited! Radiant Orchid is Color of the Year!

Radiant Orchid, Pantone Color of the Year 2014

Radiant Orchid, Pantone Color of the Year 2014

It’s that time of year!  Pantone, the color experts,  announce Radiant Orchid as the color that will have the greatest impact on our lives.  I’m energized, in fact the ability to energize us is one of the attributes of this color.  In home design that translates to livelier palettes than we have seen in quite a while.  This lovely color can add a point of interest to neutral interiors or play the leading role for a dramatic space.

Many complain that they do not want to be dictated to when it comes to the colors available in the market place.  Rest assured that is not the case.  Pantone researches color trends world-wide, analyzes what they see in order to give us a heads up on those colors receiving attention.  Keep in mind, that in order to feel the benefits of this trend, you can make other selections from the pink/magenta color families and enjoy the glow.

The Psychological bonus is the way this hue encourages balance and harmony.  In Feng Shui this color is used as a catalyst for meaningful positive change.  The color of the year is a sign of the times, and I’m encouraged by the emergence of a color that will add life and vitality to our day.  Get ready to enjoy the upcoming year!

Lively Radiant Orchid case piece by Lorts Manufacturing

Lively Radiant Orchid case piece by Lorts Manufacturing

Design Trends 2014

Part of my job as an interior designer is to keep an eye on emerging trends.  I use that knowledge when I am selecting colors and products for my clients homes. Most of the projections phase in over time so you may not notice the subtle differences until it is a full blown trend. My goal is to make sure you get the best value for your purchases by insuring that they are on the emerging side of design trends and not on their way out before you can wear them out. With that in mind, I want to share some to the newest ideas this fall. My favorites can be used to update and enhance the investment you have already made in your home’s design.

Small scale furnishings for downsizing space and easy mobility  Chair from Gilt by S.H.O.

Small scale furnishings for downsizing space and easy mobility Chair from Gilt by S.H.O.

Display cabinets return with beautiful details to enhance your rooms and increase storage. This stunning piece is from Habersham

 

Authentic handrafted textiles with cultural influence available on Etsy from Karen and Hmong Tribal

Authentic handrafted textiles with cultural influence available on Etsy from Karen and Hmong Tribal

Black and White combine to emphasize the importance of neutrals for longevity.  Century uses bold color to highlight this classic combination.

Black and White combine to emphasize the importance of neutrals for longevity. Century uses bold color to highlight this classic combination.

Lighting Check Up for Fall/Winter Days

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It’s that time of year when we realize that the house is getting dark earlier. This leaves us with shorter days and lower energy levels. Here are a few tips to help you avoid the Midwest winter blues.

  • Be sure to have multiple sources of light for each room.
  • Add dimmers for versatility and easy adjustment of light levels.
  • Make sure task lighting is available to eliminate shadows that will cause eye strain.
  • Check that your chandeliers are large enough and hung low enough to properly light table surfaces.
  • Accent lighting on art and shelving will contribute to the overall light levels of the room.
  • Switch out lampshades to white for the fall and winter months.

Design Trends from Las Vegas Market

This summers Las Vegas Furniture Market was a welcome mix of classic traditions along with colorful updates.  The new product introductions along with design trend indicators create a worthwhile mix that helps direct our attention to the freshest looks in design.

 

Contemporary jaipur rugs

Trend: Color that Captures: 

Japiur introduced so many beautiful area rugs that are so rich in saturated color that your neutral rooms will come alive.

 

Trend: Warm Metallics

Trend: Warm metallic tones

This light fixture by Aerin Lauder for Circa Lighting is a divine piece of jewelry for your home. 

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Trend: Sophisticated Lines with Casual Finish

French Heritage is a quality favorite for me, and this display piece featuring a casual two tone finish and slim lined drawers to hide a few items would add architectural interest to a room.    

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Trend: Comfort

This super comfortable piece is the Chatham recliner by Lane, comfort without the bulk.

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Trend: Color Working as a Neutral

I know emerald is Pantones color of the year, but I can’t get over the blue sightings and how they introduce an element of calm to a room.  This classic sofa by Massoud is the perfect cure for a boring room.

Top 5 Design Tips for Outdoor Living

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Extend your Living Space

Whether you are looking for a shady retreat or a discovery garden for you and the children, you will enhance your property and its value by creating attractive outdoor living spaces. 

 

Get Inspired

Collect pictures of outdoor spaces, visit your garden center and decide on the activities you would like to experience in the fresh air: dining, cooking, entertaining, playing or a quiet place to nap.

 

Frame Your View

Select an area with easy access then consider the view when you are indoors looking out as well as outdoors looking around.  Landscaping potted plants and garden structures all work together to create intimate and appealing space.

 

Color Your World

Select a color scheme that will compliment your homes exterior finishes as well as your interior color palette.

 

Add Character

Furnish your exterior spaces with outdoor furniture and accessories that compliment your interior style.   We now have area rugs, cushions, lighting and to enhance your outdoor experience.

Celebrate Summer

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It is such fun being invited to create a summer tabletop display for this weekends Celebrate Summer Event.  My thoughts immediately went to creating a relaxing evening with friends in my imaginary French Country Garden.   I love the idea of welcoming guests with the lush blooms and soothing colors of hydrangeas set against crisp white table linens.  I’m reminded of the 18th century le jardin paysager”, French gardens designed for socializing and invigorating the senses.  If you were unable to attend, please contact me directly for a personal tour of my favorite showrooms for designing beautiful rooms, indoors and out!

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