Friday, October 30, 2009

Thursday, October 29, 2009

"Market Review" day 4

Trend Earthy was another way designers and furniture makers expressed their interest for more organic earthy look. With one difference, it's more sophisticated but still shows a symmetrical style.

The main colors in this grouping comes directly from the garden. Leaf Green, Browns, Cotton cream and pure wood tones are the main colors. A good example are the overtones of the Hydrangea flowers. The second look is the colors of the artisan style glazed ceramic vases. Third, is the simplicity of the Trapezoid table and it's natural wood tones.

Enjoy Nature and be Earthy!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

"Market Review", continuation...

Another point of view I wanted to blog this time is the simplicity of combinations of another Trend, Exotic.

This Trend compiles furnishings, textiles and accessories from far away lands. It's a mix of Asia and Africa with a modern twist. I saw lots of traditional design styles going very simple and modern.

I highlighted 3 items which can easily be applied if you wish to achieve this look. First, there is the oversize square Ottoman with a wonderful embroidery fabric accented by large tassels @ the corners. Second is a rectangular pillow with Lattice pattern scrolls across a pure white linen. Third, is a traditional Wing Back Chair with ample curves and very comfortable style.

It's like the old mixed with the new!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

"Furniture Show Review"

Second Trend is Vintage!

My personal favorite design style has always been Traditional and also French Country. At this market, I was so happy to see strong colors being utilized in such an exquisite way. This Vintage Trend is a combination of styles I mention earlier. The marriage of traditional Oriental or English wood furniture with vintage textiles and colorful accessories is just fabulous!

Lots of items were hand painted in a beautiful Paisley finished, as you can see the tray and ball on stand. There was also a beautiful Bombay Chest with same Paisley finished which will be available @ the shop in few weeks.

Just so elegant and simple!

Monday, October 26, 2009

"Furniture Show Review"

It's very nice to be back to sunny Florida!

The furniture market at High Point, North Carolina was very nice. It's important for me to visit in order to rebut my brain with new ideas. I was able to spot few Trends, which I will post and talk about.

The first Trend is Modernist. Based in the color grey, with tones of whites and creams and a splash of a very strong orange. Less but important accessories, such as monogram or embroidery pillows were used in all Trends designs. (interesting!) The comfortable Orange Chair is a Rocker, love it!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

"Logging Off"

I will be logging off for about one week!
Will be going to The Furniture Market in High Point, North Carolina. This year is very special because the market turns 100 years old. The market offers us a diversified and ample highlights of what's new in the complex furniture industry. One of the reasons I love traveling to this particular market is the old architecture and charm of the buildings. Of course, there are many cool modern structures. Its like a crash of the old and the new. Another reason to go in October is the weather in the Carolinas is the beautiful @ this time of the year.

Leaving you with a picture of the Jupiter Beach, in my sunny Florida!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


I adore this Living Room for its freshness and modernism!
Would call it a modern-shabby space because the items are from different periods but what makes the room flow is the color and style. The white sofa is a combination of traditional but arms are boxy. The side chair is very modern with its brush metal leg frame. The introduction of soft Floral-Romantic textiles for the window treatments and cushions add a sophisticated shabby look. And to top it all, the area rug seems to be the focal point to the space.
The design trick here is repetition. The same apple green fabric used to re-upholster the round ottoman or stool was used for a single cushion on sofa and to recover lampshade!
Good Day!
image by hg

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

"Fashion Trend Color"

"I love the color grey because it really never goes out of fashion. It's a neutral, which blends with just about any color".
Love to have the pretty ruffle blouse, with a nice pair of jeans & an animal print belt, may be...
Love to have the stunning and tall grey lace up boots, (will make me look much taller)...
Love the pretty patented leather bag with the straps...
Dress well and feel good!

Monday, October 12, 2009

"Be Bold"

Sometimes I love using very strong colors such as in this image. The turquoise tones of the wallpaper are accented by the shades of the small chandelier. Shades can be hand painted if they are very plain, such as in this example. A chandelier can also be carefully painted and from a outdated brass light fixture, it may turn out a stunning new piece.

Have a great new week!

Friday, October 9, 2009

"Harvest Arrangement"

I don't have to be an expert to do a flower arrangement anymore. Enclosed photo showed me how easy it is to make one. Just get a tray-look-alike plate, place some small squashes or pumpkins with branches or flowers from your garden or even pine cones.

You're done...

Have a terrific wk end!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

"Fabric Combination"

Just wanted to show the combination of textiles in this children's lampshade Humpty-Dumpty fabric collection. By doing this design I am able to introduce another color to the product. Gingham fabrics are available in Pink, Blue and Green. Also, solid fabrics such as soft blue, pink and green can replace gimgham. All fabrics are 100% cotton.

The idea behind the Veranda Lamp is to have a pretty chic lamp with interchangeable shades.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

"Chalkboards Stickers"

Just happen to find this product which I think is fantastic for children.
These are simple and usable decorative wall stickers that not only are fun but are removable. Perfect for children between the ages of 3-8 years old. There will be a time that your child will get a hold of a pencil or marker and write on the walls. By using this writable stickers they'll know where to go to draw their masterpiece!
Let them have fun...

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

"Welcome Baby"

"Welcome Baby"
No decorating blog today. I am happy to announce my first nephew. He arrived yesterday @ Mount Sinai Hospital in Miami Beach, Florida. He was over 8 pounds and he is so handsome. Glad my sister is doing well and wish her and her husband all the best! Soon I will post pictures of the baby's room for decorating ideas.

Monday, October 5, 2009

"Going Green"

"Going Green" is not only the term we use now days to save energy.

I like to go green in term of colors. Don't be afraid to be bold. Green is a color of freshness, as you can see through out this dining room. From sleek Parsons Chairs to the paint in the upper walls, the similar tones of green are splatter very gracefully. Yellow is used to add definition and break up the color a bit.

The introduction of natural woods such as on the floor, dining table and chairs is also an important element to the idea.

Have a great Monday...

image by hg, paint by Benjamin Moore-Bouture AF-450

Friday, October 2, 2009

"A Wedding Theme"

Love the idea of a different, Wedding Theme!
Get inspired by this paper Chinese Umbrellas in so many different colors. The orange, hot pink and soft pink tones look so refreshing against the soft teal color of the bridesmaids dresses. I just wish I could be the wedding planner!!!
Have a great wk end...
image by S.O.C

Thursday, October 1, 2009

"Guest Rooms"

Keeping a Guest Room nice and cozy is a challenge sometimes. We end up using the room to store seasonal items or our sewing machine. A guest room should be simple and elegant in order to welcome your friends and family. Above picture shows you a typical space here in Florida. A simple Mate Lase coverlet with Palm Trees. A coordinating very tailored pleated Bed Skirt and an upholstered Headboard with a cording same color of skirt (olive-n-white). A couple of accent pillows and a throw finish this look. Next to bed a round table about 29 inches high and 25 inch diameter is dressed with a white linen skirt, a modern lamp, some books and a glass vase with flowers. The drapery panels were made of the same stripe fabric as the skirt. This was repeated three times though out the space. Use simple art like photographs!
Enjoy the company!