Category: Design Forward

High Point Market Report

Sunny skies and warmer temperatures were the perfect companion for this season’s High Point Furniture Market. The key word was “optimistic”. The colors, styles and everyone’s attitude were buoyant and enthusiastic. Let’s start with color. That’s always the first question everyone asks me when I return from Market. This season there were several, each one just as well represented in furniture as well as accessories and textiles. Shades of blue and green adorned every showroom. In the blues the two most prevalent shades were aqua and navy. The aqua is a little greener than the ever-popular spa blue. It...

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Fresh New Design Styles for Outdoors

Designers deliver exciting, clean, tailored looks for outdoor living spaces. Styles have changed dramatically this season. The biggest change is “less is more”. Spaces have been decluttered, texture replaces color and even container plantings are low and compact. Furniture features crisp lines and broad beveled planes that create a pure, geometric composition. The modern, minimalist aesthetic are rendered in solid teak as well as aluminum. Sofas, chairs and coffee tables are lower and close to the ground delivering a dynamic sense of balance and movement. Top designers like Mario Ruiz (Barcelona), Nicholas and Harrison Condos (Sydney), Toan Nguyen (Milan)...

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Tear Down Those Wall Cabinets

A major kitchen renovation can be very expensive and disruptive to everyone in the household. But you can still make some minor changes that have major impact on the way your kitchen looks and funtions. Today’s new kitchens have fewer upper cabinets and islands. Both of these updated features are attainable without calling in the demolition squad. Starting with your upper cabinets. What do you really need that you store in these cabinets? If it’s dishes and glassware consider replacing your upper cabinets with attractive shelving. Storing these items on open shelving makes them easy to access when setting...

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Ultra Violet is the Purple Rain We Need

Okay before you say it, I’ll say it for you, “What a new color of the year?” Seems like every few months I’m telling you about the latest color trends. That’s because trends are very subjective. They are based on many factors and opinions. The mood of the country or more recently the global temperament. They reflect our world today. Trend watchers are textile designers, furniture merchandizers, architects, interior designers, just about everyone involved with products of color. They travel, research, listen and observe the way people live or want to live. What is seen on fashion runways and...

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Wall-Mounted Fixtures

Before you finalize your bathroom remolding project consider getting your fixtures up off the floor. Most bathrooms are small. The more fixtures you can suspend off the wall instead of mount to the floor the more spacious your bathroom will become. Wall-mounted fixtures are standard in European bathrooms. Perhaps it’s due to the limited amount of space they have always had to work with. As Americans continue to downsize their homes it time to consider incorporating this design technique into our bathrooms. Besides saving space wall-mounted fixtures are just stunning. When a vanity is lifted off the floor and...

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Meet Vicki Payne

Vicki Payne is a nationally recognized designer, home improvement, gardening and decorating expert. Each week, for over 15 years, millions of viewers both nationally and internationally have tuned in to watch her popular television show, For Your Home. read more

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