Furniture and Design Sunday, Jul 23 2017 

The most recent segment that we did with ABC’s Morning Blend is about design and furniture. Using an interior designer should not be a scary or intimidating it should be all about you. So we decided to talk about some of the myths and help our viewers to learn a little more about how the process works.

 

I love our design boards and how they allow me to give our clients a view into what their space will look like. I always include the floor plan as to how everything will layout, and I love to add a rendering to complete the vision. I still do all of my renderings by hand as I feel that they add a more personal touch as opposed to the computer generated version. I also include as many of the fabric and rug samples as possible while also using pictures of the items they will be on. And to complete the look a few of the accessories that I will be bringing into the space on install day. I love seeing my clients faces when they realize that hiring a designer was the best idea because not only are we saving them time and money but we get them!

Let us help you to design your space so that you can “love the space you’re in!”

Let’s Talk Fabric Thursday, Jul 20 2017 

I have been very lucky to have been able to do recent segments on ABC’s Morning Blend. We have been talking about all different elements that go into the design process so I thought I would share with everyone the video from when we were talking about fabric and the different kinds that are available.

Don’t know what works best for you and your space? Give us a call, text or email, we would love to help you to “love the space you’re in!”

Color of the year 2015 Wednesday, Dec 24 2014 

It’s that time of year when Pantone announces the color of the up coming year. And this year the color is marsala. This is a rich deep tone between red and brown. Think of the wine itself for a good idea on the color. Marsala takes the purple hue from last year in radiant orchid and turns up the maturity and elegance. This is a color that speaks of affluence and grandeur.

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So what does this mean for the interior design and furnishings industry? It means lots of great fabrics will be coming out with real depth. This is a move away from the light and airy looks we have been seeing over the past few years. You will start to see darker colors on walls, craftsman styling will see a bit of a resurgence along with deep jewel tones. And all those gold accents you have been seeing recently will go perfectly with these deeper hues. This doesn’t mean you have to change your whole look little changes can make a huge impact, especially when working with this color.

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Light blue walls become ultra rich when marsala is added.

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Updating with marsala walls gives real depth.

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Change out some of your dining chairs to update your look.

Are you feeling it? See how this color makes a space feel warmer and richer? Not your look? That’s ok you can add this color in accents and artwork. Or for something less permanent go for the floral arrangement. 

So as you go into 2015 take a hint from pantone and make this year deep and rich for you and your family.

What Style is that? Thursday, Oct 23 2014 

I am asked on a regular basis to define a certain interior design style. I believe that this happens so much because many styles of design blend together and of course because us designers love to combine styles. So when I think about interior design styles there is of course the main ones that most people think of which are modern, contemporary, traditional, and country. But inside each of those styles there are many other styles that take bits of each style and blend it together to create a new look. For instance if you are into a beach look you may take bits from country, traditional and modern to achieve that comfy, airy and relaxing beach look. If you love a West Indies look you are mostly using traditional pieces mixed with some modern and lots of texture. How about the ever present Tuscan look that people are still talking about? Well that is traditional pieces with warm color choices and lots of stone and wood accents and touches of country. Creating the right feeling and design in a room, home or office is about knowing the client but also knowing how to mix and match to achieve a great look. So how about some pictures of different styles and you tell me whether you can if you can see where the items cross over and how simple changes take a piece from one style into the other.

English garden country with the traditional table and chairs mixed with floral designs and plaid wallpaper.

English garden country with the traditional table and chairs mixed with floral designs and plaid wallpaper.

Farmhouse, traditional and country combined.

Farmhouse, traditional and country combined.

French garden country.

French garden country.

Mid century modern and contemporary mixed.

Mid century modern and contemporary mixed.

Traditional farmhouse kitchen in a refreshing white finish.

Traditional farmhouse kitchen in a refreshing white finish.

Tuscan design from French styled furniture in traditional fabrics.

Tuscan design from French styled furniture in traditional fabrics.

French country with all of the contemporary colors and traditional styles.

French country with all of the contemporary colors and traditional styles.

Contemporary and modern combined.

Contemporary and modern combined.

Tuscan design created from provincial and traditional elements.

Tuscan design created from provincial and traditional elements.

Contemporary design mixed with European elegance.

Contemporary design mixed with European elegance.

Modern made from the unexpected high style elements.

Modern made from the unexpected high style elements.

A country design with ultra traditional and provincial elements.

A country design with ultra traditional and provincial elements.

Country design using traditional and beach style elements.

Country design using traditional and beach style elements.

Tuscan and some west Indies combine for a warm design made with all traditional and farm style pieces.

Tuscan and some west Indies combine for a warm design made with all traditional and farm style pieces.

Some Bauhaus elements mixed with traditional that creates a modern feeling.

Some Bauhaus elements mixed with traditional that creates a modern feeling.

Modern and contemporary created with rustic and traditional elements.

Modern and contemporary created with rustic and traditional elements.

A contemporary look using a mix of traditional and mid century elements.

A contemporary look using a mix of traditional and mid century elements.

A clear modern look that has contemporary pieces along with art deco and mid century design.

A clear modern look that has contemporary pieces along with art deco and mid century design.

Modern elements mixed this traditional items to create a beachy feel.

Modern elements mixed this traditional items to create a beachy feel.

A Tuscan design that uses traditional, modern, and provincial elements.

A Tuscan design that uses traditional, modern, and provincial elements.

A beach design with modern and textural elements.

A beach design with modern and textural elements.

So have you found the elements that have repeated throughout the different styles? Do you know which ones draw your eye? Can you see how the same piece can look traditional in one setting, contemporary in another and country in even another? So before you decide that a certain style in completely set but certain specific pieces see how you can adjust them to work within many different styles.

Beach Living Friday, Jul 11 2014 

It is full on summer and that means beach living. Maybe you live in a beach community or you vacation to a beach community either way it is all about sun and fun. The biggest request that comes out of everyone hanging out at the beach is the want for a beach living styled look at home. Here at Artful Conceptions we happen to be in a beach/boating community so everyday our clients love the beach look. And as of recently we have added some new lines that really show of that beach living. I am personally in love with these lines and the newest ones are Four Seasons, Gabby Home, Ibolili, Kenian, and Trade Winds. These lines take driftwood and create tables, bamboo and make chairs, slipcovered upholstery, and reclaimed wood into shelves and so much more. Since I have been infatuated with this style recently I thought I would post some pictures of room designs that show off that oh so popular beach look.

Elegant Coastal

Elegant Coastal

Casual and Beachy

Casual and Beachy

Traditional Coastal

Traditional Coastal

Accessories make the space

Accessories make the space

A splash of color really updates a kitchen.

A splash of color really updates a kitchen.

Nantucket Chic

Nantucket Chic

Casual and fun

Casual and fun

By the sea bedroom

By the sea bedroom

Colorful guest bedroom

Colorful guest bedroom

White slipcovers never go out of style on the beach.

White slipcovers never go out of style on the beach.

Woven textures add to the relaxed design.

Woven textures add to the relaxed design.

Dining beach style

Dining beach style

So as summer continues think, fun and sun by adding the beach into your everyday living.

Outdoor Living Wednesday, Apr 30 2014 

It is coming to that time of year where the kids will be out of school and that means it is time to start living outdoors. So if the party is going to be outside that means that there needs to be an outdoor living room. When designing your outdoor living space there are a few important things to think about.

First, how are you going to be using the space? How many people to you need seating for? Is it your retreat away from the hectic day or is the party scene? Once you know what the use is going to be then we can create the space of your dreams.

Second, lighting is super important. You need enough light for the evenings but not so much that you are attracting every bug in the state along with giving your neighbors a show. So remember it is about mood lighting not creating daylight in the evening.

Third, stay true to who you are. If you just want to sit and swing on a great porch swing while enjoying the evening and a glass of wine then that’s what you need. Don’t overdo a space because it looked great in a picture. You will rarely use it and will not enjoy it as much as it you had stuck with how you live.

And lastly, don’t get yourself overwhelmed by the project. Call a designer even if you just have a plan put together for you it will make your life so much easier.

Here are some great ideas for outdoor living:

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Enjoy, have fun and live life to the fullest!

High Point Spring Market 2014 Friday, Apr 11 2014 

First off I have to say that is was an insanely successful market. I found new brands that I love and was reminded way I love the lines that we carry. This market was definitely all about color. It was everywhere from traditional to contemporary, the neutral look is long gone! It was not only color but bright color. It was a feeling of rejoicing going on at market. A time of celebration not just because it was spring but because the industry seems to have gotten it’s feet back under itself. Gone was the elitist attitude that only large furniture stores were going to receive great deals and service. It was about highlighting what was going well in the industry and an acknowledgement that the designer was helping to change the image. There were concerts in the evening and an all around comradely with a focus on social media and how it was changing the independent showroom into a driving force. In fact I was even interviewed by the Winston-Salem Journal to talk about the how designers are influencing the furniture market. So with all of this in mind I thought I would share some of my favorites from the spring market.

Zuo Modern does a Moroccan outdoor wonderland.

Zuo Modern does a Moroccan outdoor wonderland.

A modern look from Younger.

A modern look from Younger.

Classic doesn't have to be boring.

Classic doesn’t have to be boring.

Beach meets fun in this colorful look from Wesley Hall.

Beach meets fun in this colorful look from Wesley Hall.

Great transitional look from Wesley Hall.

Great transitional look from Wesley Hall.

Wesley Hall reinventing traditional.

Wesley Hall reinventing traditional.

Bright yellow takes this traditional look up another step.

Bright yellow takes this traditional look up another step.

A classic Thibaut tearoom.

A classic Thibaut tearoom.

Glam, glam glam.

Glam, glam glam.

Who knew Magnussen could do entertainment.

Who knew Magnussen could do entertainment.

A great design oriented dining look from magnussen.

A great design oriented dining look from magnussen.

Magnussen stepping out with a more design oriented line.

Magnussen stepping out with a more design oriented line.

Lexington updated and adding color to the outdoor line.

Lexington updated and adding color to the outdoor line.

Traditional Lexington.

Traditional Lexington.

A touch of the old Tommy Bahama mixed with the new.

A touch of the old Tommy Bahama mixed with the new.

Lexington updated the beach look.

Lexington updated the beach look.

A great glam look.

A great glam look.

Feizy changed the outdoor rug arena with these great finds.

Feizy changed the outdoor rug arena with these great finds.

A bold new step in the machine made carpets.

A bold new step in the machine made carpets.

Feizy broke free of it's past and brought colors to the fore front.

Feizy broke free of it’s past and brought colors to the fore front.

Cyan design made a huge impact on the accessory market with it's bold showroom front window.

Cyan design made a huge impact on the accessory market with it’s bold showroom front window.

So what is your favorite? I love it all and can’t wait to show pictures of all the items that were purchased for the showroom!

Market Preview Take 2 Friday, Mar 21 2014 

How about a little more of a sneak peek of the upcoming market? One of the great things about market is that there is so much diversity. If it is made for the home furnishing industry it can be found at High Point. So here are a few more sneak peeks into the upcoming market.

An update to a canopy bed

An update to a canopy bed

Elegant with added fun in the lighting.

Elegant with added fun in the lighting.

Country dining with a colorful flair

Country dining with a colorful flair

Grown up color

Grown up color

A great beachy look

A great beachy look

Grey all over

Grey all over

Color the truly pops

Color the truly pops

It's all about finding the right piece.

It’s all about finding the right piece.

Is it making you want to redo your home? More to come……wait until you see the pictures from the market showrooms!

Spring Market Preview Wednesday, Mar 19 2014 

So it is getting to that time of year where all we think about in the design industry is the upcoming market. The one and only, the original furniture fashion week, High Point Market! So I thought I would give my readers a bit of a preview as to where my mind is and what I am thinking about for my showroom and my clients. This year with the expansion of the showroom I am working to highlight a bunch of different home goods areas and to have lots of product that people can purchase and take home with them. So that means the focus for the showroom is going to be on furniture, accessories, artwork, and lamps. When I shop for clients at market I shop based on their style. So this can mean finding the absolute right rug or the perfect chandelier. Or sometimes it is finding the right items that create the perfect feeling for the client. So here are the inspirations and the design trends that are starting to leak out of the upcoming market.

Fantastic accent chest

Fantastic accent chest

Light bright and classic office

Light bright and classic office

Fun and colorful

Fun and colorful

Elegant traditional

Elegant traditional

Classic traditional

Classic traditional

Cyan Design a must stop for every market trip!

Cyan Design a must stop for every market trip!

Color mixed with traditional styles

Color mixed with traditional styles

Feizy - to die for rugs!

Feizy – to die for rugs!

Global Views - great accents and accessories

Global Views – great accents and accessories

Gloster a must for outdoor furniture in Florida

Gloster a must for outdoor furniture in Florida

Rustic modern - perfect for downtown lofts and beach homes

Rustic modern – perfect for downtown lofts and beach homes

Woven outdoor furniture - a Florida must have

Woven outdoor furniture – a Florida must have

Surya an absolute must stop and fill up on accessories and rugs

Surya an absolute must stop and fill up on accessories and rugs

Great new modern glam look

Great new modern glam look

Bedroom bliss

Bedroom bliss

This is just a small window into what one day at market will be like. It will be going from one world to another multiple times a day. It is fantastic, exciting, energizing and exhausting all at the same time. I can’t wait!

Designing for Your Lifestyle Monday, Mar 10 2014 

Over the years as a designer I have worked to create designs that make my clients lives easier. Part of being able to do this is to get to know my client and how they live. One of the most important thing is to be completely honest with your designer. For instance if your lifestyle is in need of organization make that perfectly clear to your designer. If you live a life that requires washable fabrics don’t be afraid to tell your designer. The last thing that I want to do as a designer is to create a design that will not work for your lifestyle.

The most common places that good design really comes in handy and is asked for on a regular basis are the kitchen, office, playroom and entry. So I thought I would post a few images of those areas and items for those areas that can function well in your home or office. I am also including some looks for rooms designed with slipcovers. These are great for families and those that thought they couldn’t have function and design when it comes to kids and pets.

Office designed for two.

Office designed for two.

Storage selves that can hold baskets or books for great function.

Storage selves that can hold baskets or books for great function.

Don't forget the walls when organizing your office.

Don’t forget the walls when organizing your office.

Your most used kitchen items right at your finger tips.

Your most used kitchen items right at your finger tips.

Library walls for offices.

Library walls for offices.

Multi-use drawers for kitchen items.

Multi-use drawers for kitchen items.

Great storage options for entries.

Great storage options for entries.

Have a place for the mail, bags and seating right at your entry.

Have a place for the mail, bags and seating right at your entry.

Pan drawers

Pan drawers

Playroom organization and comfort

Playroom organization and comfort

baskets and seating all in one.

baskets and seating all in one.

Classic and cleanable

Classic and cleanable

Elegant and functional with great cleanable fibers.

Elegant and functional with great cleanable fibers.

So the next time that you look around your home or office and realize that it isn’t functioning properly call a designer. Be honest. And see how functional and beautiful your home can be!

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