Takeaway from Fall Seminars

October, 8 2021

I was fortunate to attend events hosted in Philadephia and Devon hosted by Kravet, Stark and Thibaut Designs & Anna French. After a couple of years only attending virtual events, it was so great to get out to see and touch fabric, wall covering, and carpet again.

Embroidered linens, unique trims, and crushed velvets are back with more modern colors & revived ethnic motifs. Industry leader Kravet and others are introducing deconstructed linens with sheer, large scale ethnic sheers, and velvets topped with metal. Kravet, Lee Jofa, Brunschwig & Fils, GP&J Baker, Scalamandre, Clarence House, Thibaut & Anna French are offering lighter coastal colors in order to make traditional patterns more transitional. These printed linens with fresh colors are fabulous. Flame stitch fm 1970s is back (bargello). Blues are always big and green is picking up. And of course modern patterns continue to reign.

My take: balancing the old with the new still creates an interesting interior. I’ve never been attracted to the matched set as I find it boring. Catalogue and internet shopping has opened people’s eyes to a variety of goods, however, an expert can help you achieve a unique, practical and beautiful living space.

Majolica Collecting

September, 28 2021

Majolica is a kind of earthenware made in imitation of Italian maiolica, especially in England during the 19th century. The lead glazes are bright and cheerful, lending themselves to the perfect accessory for residential interiors. Herbert Minton’s creative 3-dimensional designs contrasted the drab houseware widely used in middle-class homes at the time. The fact that it was also affordable made this earthenware all the more appealing. Other countries followed suit, however, the English majolica remains the most collectable.

Chintzware Displayed

September, 24 2021

Chintzware, or chintz pottery, describes chinaware and pottery covered with a dense, all-over pattern of flowers or, less often, other objects. It is a form of transferware where the pattern is applied by transfer printing as opposed to the more traditional method of painting by hand. The color and patterns are fabulous and add character to interior decor. Since these patterns are transferred rather than hand painted they were more affordable than other fine china. As you can see, the colors and patterns are vibrant and add a lot of interest to a display.

The Barcelona Chair

September, 23 2018

Barcelona® Chair by Knoll

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe 1929

One of the most recognized objects of the last century, and an icon of the modern movement, the Barcelona Chair exudes a simple elegance that epitomizes Mies van der Rohe’s most famous maxim–“less is more.” Each Barcelona piece is a tribute to the marriage of modern design and exceptional craftsmanship.

This chair was designed to furnish the German Pavilion at the International Exhibition in Barcelona, where it would serve as seating worthy of the King and Queen of Spain.  Not only is comfortable, but it is also good looking.  It is available from Knoll in several colors.  Other furniture manufacturers are offering a modified version of this chair.  Lee Industries offers a chair and a chaise in Sicily Camel leather with polished stainless steel frame.  

Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams show their interpretation called the Major chair with grid-tufted Teal upholstery and a satin-brass base.  

Jonathan Adler offers the Goldfinger lounge chair with a rectangular polished brass base in Rialto Navy velvet or Lucerne Oyster fabric.

LED Lighting 101

September, 13 2018

LED stands for Light Emitting Diode.

LEDs began as exciting but expensive electronic components in the sixties, used in handheld calculators and other similar devices. Through research and development, LED technology advanced, became more energy-efficient and less expensive, until it reached its current form. As a homeowner, it is important to keep on top of your utility costs as they will impact your monthly budget. You may visit the EmeryAllen homepage to see more lighting options. If you need an electrical service to help you on this, services like MZ Electric or Quality Electric Service have the right professionals to help you. And if you need other residential electrical services like power restoration, then you may consider getting help from a licensed electrician like Paul The Plumber For Power restoration in Montclair.

The light must be reflected to the desired direction and more than half of the light may never leave the fixture. LEDs emit very little heat.  According to a professional electrician in Dublin, in comparison, incandescent bulbs release 90% of their energy as heat and CFLs release about 80% of their energy as heat.  Residential lighting – especially ENERGY STAR rated products — use at least 75% less energy, and last 25 times longer, than incandescent lighting. To change your electrical fixtures, you can hire experts in residential electrical installation. You may also consider installing chandeliers with the help of an expert in chandelier installation in Prescott.

LED standard base light bulbs (A Shape) are available in several colors. We like Batteries + Bulbs Duracell dimmable soft white bulb in the purple box because it most resembles incandescent. Daylight is actually whiter than soft white and cool white is not recommended. PECO is promoting these bulbs with a subsidized discount now.  We recommend you retrofit your existing lamps and recessed lighting (with the appropriate replacement size). Please note that if you have dimmer switches on incandescent switched you will need to upgrade the dimmer switches to work with LED recessed lighting.

We also recommend purchasing LED outdoor lights that are practical, functional and attractive and fixtures, such as those featured here. For outdoor lighting installation, you can call W3 Electric for Landscape Lighting in Rowlett. The chandelier featured above is Hudson Valley Lighting’s Ashleigh Chandelier by Mitzi.   The Floor Lamp featured is Koncept Lighting’s  Lady 7 LED Dimmable Telescopic Floor Lamp.

Trend Alert – What is Modern Maximalism?

July, 11 2018

So if you just caught up with the interior design changes of the milenium to simple design with little color, get ready for a switch to Modern Maximalism!  International Designers are re-interpreting patterns such as florals, plaids, abstracts, etc.  Pierre Frey, Wesley Hall, Jim Thompson, Tony Duquette and Regency are all hot again.  Details such as trimmings, cording, embroidery, netting, and buttons are making there way back to interiors.  Warm toned metals such as gold, brass and rose gold are here to stay.  With bold walls and furnishings the accent pieces will be the neutral accessories and to make sure it lasts.  Accent walls are now for wall covering and murals, not a change in paint color.  Detail matters again! So if you like what’s coming in Interior Design, you need a professional more than ever!

Photo credits to Pierre Frey for the above room.

Duralee fabric below:

Inspiration from Brunschwig & Fils

January, 27 2018

From grand rooms in the White House and the Palace of Versailles to romantic country retreats in cottages, Brunschwig & Fils fabrics, wallcoverings and furnishings have appeared for more than a century in the world’s most beautiful and iconic interiors. Brunschwig & Fils is the canon of high quality decorative textiles in the home furnishings industry, and today its many other products include wallcoverings, trimmings, upholstered furniture, tables and lighting.

The history of the company dates back to 1891, when it was founded by Achille Brunschwig. In 1925 Roger Brunschwig, son of Achille, opened a New York office at 383 Madison Avenue. Good design has been at the firm’s heart and soul from the beginning, and each generation acknowledges that French style – in décor, fashion, design, color and the art of living – has been paramount for centuries. To translate this spirit for today’s taste, in America and around the world, is the ongoing mission of Brunschwig & Fils.

A legacy of design, a history of service, exceptional quality, attention to detail and superb craftsmanship are the hallmarks of products from Brunschwig & Fils, designer and manufacturer of contemporary and historically-inspired decorative fabrics, wallcoverings, trimmings and upholstered furniture and furnishings. Brunschwig products are available through Interior Designers.  Contact us if you are interested in a consultation.  The items used in this advertisement are listed below:

Drapery Samarkand Cotton and Linen Print, color Dusty Rose/Rust BR-71110-119 Furniture Bedford Sofa in Firle Herringbone Chenille, color Driftwood BR-89774-828 James Chair in Gulchihra Printed Velvet, color Espresso/Berry BR-700017-M81 Pillows Tavistock Stripe, color Madder/Terra Cotta BR-89771-161 Zenobia Linen Print, color Orange Spice/Mocha BR-700018-642& Tavistock Stripe Madder/Terracotta BR-89771-161

Artist Johannes Itten and Color Theory

September, 17 2017

Johannes Itten was a Swiss born artist known for Painting, Drawing, Color Theory and Architecture.  His most notable work is entitled Farbkreis.  Notice the color wheel ring and the geometric center with color schemes.  MONOCHROMATIC color schemes use lighter and darker shades of just one color.  COMPLEMENTARY colors are opposite each other on the color wheel.  ANALOGOUS colors are next to one another on the color wheel.  TRIADIC is a combination of any three colors which are equally spaced on the color wheel.


The Art of Color: The Subjective Experience and Objective Rationale of Color

The Elements of Color: A Treatise on the Color System of Johannes Itten Based on His Book the Art of Color

Design and Form: The Basic Course at the Bauhaus and Later, Revised Edition

New Fabric From Scalamandre

September, 8 2017

Here is a glimpse of what’s to come this fall from one of our favorite vendors. We love this fabric because it is colorful and works well with transitional decor. Notice the needlework detail which  makes this fabric unique. Ikat patterns are historic, however, this play on color gives it a fresh look. Please click on the image to get a better look!

Stay tuned to see the full Scalamandre collection which will be released the week of September 18th, 2017. We will post some more fabric images.

Hinson Hansen Double-Swing Arm Wall Lamp and Wallpaper

August, 25 2016

An army sergeant who needed a reading light during World War II invented this double swing arm lamp which is now a classic item in American bedrooms.   Hinson, now owned by Donghia, has revived this line of lighting.   The finish options include Polished Brass, Brushed Brass, Matte Nickel, Polished Chrome, and White Lacquer.   This product, along with Donghia-Hinson’s fabulous wallpapers are only available through the trade.  Please contact us for a consultation! (more…)