Category: Design Forward

Performance Fabrics Not Just for the Patio

Fabrics that are as durable as they are beautiful are a homemaker’s dream. Fabrics that can stand up to pets, spills and stains are bringing the outdoor in and the indoor out. The same features that make these fabrics great for the outdoors, easy cleanability, beachability and the UV resistance make them perfect for indoor furniture. Twice a year at Showtime in High Point, NC textile manufacturers present their latest and greatest fabric collections to buyers. In the past most buyers of outdoor fabrics also referred to as performance fabrics, were outdoor furniture manufacturers. But at this market retailers,...

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Organic Lighting

Organic is a word that has become part of our everyday vocabulary. From the food we buy to the clothing we wear. Today’s lighting manufacturers are capitalizing on this popular consumer attentiveness by pursuing materials that are more organic in nature and appearance. Crystal chandeliers have demanded our attention for centuries. The lure of sparkling bits of highly polished glass light up a dining room and send many hearts a flutter. Glass is one of the most basic of organic materials. But its highly polished surface is being replaced by glass in a more natural state. Organic materials are...

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Make It Pink

Bassett Furniture Each year designers wait with great anticipation for Pantone to announce their color of the year. Pantone is considered the most universal of all color systems. It allows graphic artist, fashion designers and interior decorators to specify a standardize color vs. just eyeballing it. This year Pantone expanded their predictions by naming two colors; Rose Quartz a shade of pink and Serenity a tranquil blue. Presumably they represent consumers yearning for reassurance and security. Reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace. A big responsibility for a couple of colors don’t...

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Furniture Designs Influenced by Fashion Runways

EJ Victor Furniture collections are mirroring the fashion runways of New York as more and more famous fashion creators are jumping into designing furniture. For years we have talked about how home décor follows fashion but if this year’s furniture collections are any indication of the future, home décor just might end up influencing the runways. The secret to a successful licensing collection is two fold. It must attract attention and it must sell. The best way to attract potential buyers to a new compendium is to connect it to a well-known brand that already stands for style, quality...

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Creativity Sparked by Environment

There are a lot of benefits about working from home. You have flexibility; in some cases you can set your own hours. You can show up in your PJs with no makeup. But the best benefit is your ability to control your environment. Most business offices leave a lot to be desired when it comes to décor. You have your standard gray, beige cubical or if you’ve moved up to the executive level you might have your own office with the traditional mahogany executive desk and matching credenza. All of which do little or nothing to spark the creativity...

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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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