Design Forward

The Casual Market At-A-Glance

Each September, the manufacturers of outdoor lifestyle furnishings meet in Chicago to share new outdoor collections with retailers from across the country. Presented are the styles, colors and elements that will continue to support the escalating expansion of the...

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Chic Sheep

There are certain things you see in magazines or in museums that you just can’t forget. For me, it’s life size whimsical sheep. Not living sheep, although they’re adorable too, I’m referring to Lalannes’ sheep. “They are not furniture, they are not sculpture – call...

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Horns and Hides

Having grown up in Texas I’m thrilled with the major influence horns and hides are having on home décor. Whether the horns are real or resin, there is a natural, organic look and feel to this trend. I hesitate to make it sound like a fad because designers and artisans...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Modular System Designed for Kitchen and Bath

European homes don’t typically come with built-ins. Instead their furniture is of the “take with you” variety. Kitchens cabinets are pieces of furniture and open shelving. In the States, we expect our homes to come with a complete kitchen and baths. Meaning storage is...

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Gold is Back

By now I’m sure you’ve heard that gold is back. How can you get in style without doing a total remodel and breaking the bank? The same way you update your wardrobe by just adding pieces of gold jewelry. Gold accessories are the jewelry for your décor. A strategically...

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What’s at the Foot of Your Bed?

What’s at the Foot of Your Bed? If you are like most of us it’s probably a pile of clothes, bedding or shoes. There is a better solution than dumping everything on the floor. A bench, settee or pair of stools is a functional and attractive way to keep you organized....

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Stylish and Affordable Laminates

Once the darling of kitchen renovations in the 70’s, laminate countertops were all the rage. Ten years later, laminate was being replaced with natural stone, which in turn was replaced by quartz composite. What’s next? Look for surface trends to come full circle with...

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