California Influence on High Point Market Monday, Nov 12 2018 

One of the influences that I saw throughout High Point Market this year was the California Boho influence. We have been seeing this feeling and design style seep into so many lines over the past years but a few companies really pulled it off fantastically.

First is Norwalk having partners with Kim Salmela with the soft colors, the Crypton fabrics and the layering of natural fibers.

There is a softness with this style that brings to mind the style call hygge by the Danish. It is about comfort and texture.

Surya brought the style to mind with their Urban Traditionalist look. They mixed textures, materials and warm wood tones.

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Some of my favorite pieces that Surya came out with for this look are their tapestries, newly updated rugs and pillows.

Four Hands has been bringing this curated look to market for awhile and continued to impress this market with additional pieces that updated the California influenced style. They mixed materials, leather, stone, sheepskin, wool and wood to create a deep and inviting feeling.

The look at Four Hands is a bit more on the modern side and flows with an urban styling. I want to place every piece in either a loft or contemporary beach house.

Cisco Brothers was a huge influence on this style as well. It was my first time seeing their pieces and I could not get enough! The amazing fabrics many of which were Crypton were textural and natural. The down cushions and sink into style said comfort and design all at the same time. Even better they are a green company so I know when using their beautiful pieces they are thinking about the environment and future generations.

So if you aren’t into the over the top look that was popular this market this might be a more appealing look. Think hygge, texture, materials, layering and the California breeze.

Wow, Wow, Wow – Maximalism and High Point Market! Friday, Oct 19 2018 

It was amazing whirlwind of fantastic showrooms, great people and designs to inspire! Maximalist style was all over market this fall. This style included deep rich colors, inlays of metal, bone, shell, and marble along with big over-sized hardware. This is a response to the many seasons of minimalism that we have been seeing.

Here are some of my favorite pieces from Bernhardt, who did an amazing job of details and balance in each of their pieces.

The opulence that they were able to achieve is amazing. The Helios bed is radiating circles of Capiz that make it feel like a sunshine. The night stand is carved and wrapped in German silver! It truly is a “more is more” feeling and the detail says it all. Although the Orchid Chair that is pictured here is in their organic collection I find it also belongs in the maximalist style. It is cast metal with such detail and organic shape it just lends itself to the style. The Xandra entertainment credenza is just a true over the top delight. It is ribbons of German silver mixed with bone inlay, a true WOW!

EJ Victor brought the maximalism with the Bethan Gray line. These amazing pieces showcase such detail in the marquetry and metal overlays.

These pieces were inspired by travel and are made up of the highest craftsmanship. To create the marquetry Italian maple veneers are cut and dyed then inlaid while wet to create the pattern and design. They they overlay the metal, knock it back and brush finish it before applying the final protective coats on top.  Check out this video to see how these pieces are created.

The maximalist style was not only in furniture. Hudson Valley Lighting got into the game with the Martyn Lawrence Bullard collection which featured detailed glass work and high contrast.

So if you are tired of the minimalist style and want something more there are some really great pieces that will soon be available. And these are just three of the fantastic companies that we saw at High Point Market. Check back and subscribe to see more from Furniture Fashion Week!

Let’s Talk Color! Thursday, Sep 6 2018 

So often recently we hear all about neutrals. And yes I love neutrals but they have a place, a whole home should not be neutrals from top to bottom. You can go with pops of color or go bold with some large pieces in color.

The right amount of color mixed with neutrals gives the space a huge impact. It’s not something to be afraid of. Go for color in a large piece then bring some of that color into pillows and rugs.

Add flowers for pops of color. Flowers remind us of the outdoors and make people smile. They also are a great place for you to change the feel of the space. Flowers can follows the seasons to change your home’s style as the seasons change.

Add color to rugs for a base for your design.

Give your fireplace some love. Pillows are great for additions of color.

Don’t forget artwork for you pops of color. Forget the traditional and go for a wow!

Go out there and add some color to your home!

New Introductions I love Thursday, Aug 16 2018 

As many of you know I shop High Point Market but that does not mean that there aren’t other markets that happen in other cities and states. What that also means is that there are new releases to product lines at times of the year other than October and April. While High Point is still the major release time for most furniture and accessory lines we love to see these in between introductions. So here are some of my favorite things that have recently been added to some of my vendors.

I am in love with these pieces as they can work in so many different styles. I love adding a touch of contemporary to a traditional home or adding just the right traditional piece into a contemporary home. Adding some contemporary touches to the traditional home keeps the design from feeling stale and out of touch. And when a touch of traditional is added to the contemporary style it adds a warmth that can be easily missing when everything is too modern.

Don’t forget to mix materials, textures and colors to create a beautiful living design. These pieces can flow and be your accent pieces or they can be the starting point for a great design. Each design should always be about the end user and it is our job to guide our clients with great design that is functional and current.

Seaside Crafts Wednesday, Jul 18 2018 

We have been on vacation this week which for us during the summer means fishing, shelling and water fun. And with that it means lots of shells that are beautiful but what do you do with them? Easy answer get a great bowl or container and display your finds.

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This can be great and pretty. And if you are all about coastal design this is perfect. But what if you want to do something a little more? How about a shadow box?

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I love these as they don’t have to be perfect and you can french mount them, put them on a console or hang them on the wall. They are perfect for all of the small shells you pick up, or in our case the ones the youngest kids pick up.

This time on vacation we got a bunch of conch shells so these are not good options for them. So here are some thoughts of what we will be doing with our conch shells.

I don’t get to do a lot of crafting because I am always working on clients projects, but I am so excited to take some time and create so pretty pieces. And the best part is that they will remind us of our fantastic vacation!

All About the Hex Friday, Jul 6 2018 

I have been working on designing custom homes like crazy recently and I have found that I am in love with one specific shape, the hexagon. There are so many ways to incorporate the shape into design that it would amaze you. You can find it in everything from tile to lighting, fabrics, furniture and wallpaper. It can be traditional or contemporary all depends on how you use it. So I thought I would show you all some of the amazing hex shaped pieces that you may see in some of our upcoming designs.

Are you falling in love with the hexagon as well? Don’t be afraid of it, use the unique shape to bring a special touch to your space.

One Day Redesign Wednesday, Jun 13 2018 

So you have all the right main pieces in your home but yet you want some updating. So here are my thoughts on items that will give you that quick update and get done in one day.

First, how organized is your home? If your closets are not organized or you don’t have places to put your mail and other paper items you may be feeling stressed. So get those closets organized. Make sure you have places for your shoes. Add places for your belts and ties. Make sure you have a system for bags. Remember when organizing a closet you want to be able to see and easily grab items.

Map it out and plan your closets before you start. Don’t know where to start, consult a designer or organizer. Start making notes of how much hanging you need, how many pairs of shoes you have, what you want to spend on the project. These will direct you as to what is the best solution for your lifestyle.

The right entry or mud room storage can help you feel so much more organized. I personally hate paper. So if it were up to me I would through all mail away. But reality is we can’t do that but we can make sure that things are organized properly. Here are some of my favorite entry or mud room pieces that will make you feel so much more pulled together. No more hot mess express!

Don’t forget to refresh your bookshelves, family rooms and living rooms. To give a quick refresh regroup items on your bookshelves using great bookends. Remember to add decorative items in between the books to give some optical differences. Pick up some great boxes and magazine holders. Group items on pretty trays for decorative and functional looks. These are simple items but they add organization and a refresh to your home quickly. Here are some of my favorites.

 

So are you ready to give your home a one day refresh? Or if you just want the update without the work give us a call we would be so happy to help you to love the space you are in!

Design Tips – Realtor.com Wednesday, Feb 28 2018 

I am very excited to be working with Realtor.com to give tips for all of your design questions from big to small. Everything from what is going on with the white kitchen, quick updates you can do to your home for sell, how to select the right gray paint and many more. Here are some of the recent articles that have come out.

https://www.realtor.com/advice/home-improvement/kitchen-items-designers-wish-you-wouldnt-buy/

https://www.realtor.com/advice/home-improvement/bathroom-decor-ideas-designers-hate/

These are some tips from myself and other designers around the country on remodeling especially kitchens and bathrooms.

How about how to pick the right gray paint for your home?

https://www.realtor.com/advice/home-improvement/choosing-gray-paint/

I love being able to help people all over by working with Realtor.com to give these tips and thoughts. I am in no way moving away from my point of view that at the end of the day the home needs to be all about the end user. You still need to design your home on your personal style but these can be great starting points when looking into redesigning or starting a new home.

Keep checking out Realtor.com for more articles with our tips. We will be posting more of the links. And we are always available to help you directly and love to travel to where you are to create intriguing designs with the highest integrity so you can love the space you’re in!

Staging – Designing for Buyers Monday, Feb 12 2018 

Over the years I have had to explain the difference between staging and interior design many times. And although I think it is really simple and the differences are clear I know that the average person does not find it clear and simple. Here is the easiest way for me to describe the difference:

Interior Design is creating a plan and design that is in the best interest of the end user of the space. It must incorporate function and beauty to be successful.

Staging is designing a space in a way to appeal to the widest group of people so that they can see themselves in the space and are moved to purchase the building.

Do you see the differences? Design is all about the client, staging is all about selling.  Things are set up very differently for someone who is using the space daily verse the home that is only set to show the buyer what could be. Function of the end user is not taken into consideration in staging. Function of the end user is huge when designing for a client.

Interior Designers make great stagers. Stagers are not designers. This is huge. This is also where a lot of confusion comes in because there is the line of thought that if you can stage a space you can be a designer. This is not the case most of the time. Because what usually gets involved is the stagers personal style and what they like to see. There really is no place for that in great interior design. Although designers who are used to being able to separate their personal style from their client’s do make a great stagers because they are keeping up on what the newest trends are and know how to incorporate them into a plan that everyone can get behind.

So I thought I would share some pictures of a home that I staged recently to show how we keep things very “vanilla” and appealing to as many people as possible.

When staging a home we look to show how big it is, what life the buyer could have, and how amazing the features are in the property.

Are you looking to sell your home? Are you needing to redo an existing home? Or maybe you need some help with a home you just purchased. Find an interior designer that can help you with all of that. We would love to be the firm that you select but if not make sure that the firm you go with has the right mindset and can truly help you with all of your needs.

Modern Traditional Saturday, Feb 3 2018 

I can’t believe that it is February already! We have been super busy at Artful Conceptions getting homes ready for the new year. As many of you know the normal turnaround for a full home design is about 12 weeks if everything goes as planned. Well part of our super busy beginning of the year was to complete that task in 4 weeks. In fact this week we took a home from nothing Wednesday morning to completely furnished with all artwork and accessories by Friday afternoon. So here are some pictures of the project. (Some pictures are prior to finishing to keep the client identity confidential)

 

The home is a very traditional style and the client is not super traditional. So we created a modern traditional look with of course an amazing man cave. By combining antiques and modern pieces we were able to create a comfortable yet elegant design. The mixing of wood tones and textures adds depth to the space. Distressed and refined finishes can be great combinations. I love to mix shell inlays with painted distressed pieces. And yes go for the mixing of gold, silver, and bronze finishes. Life is not all in one color your home shouldn’t be either! Mix leather and fabric and don’t forget the pops of color. I know there has been so many images of the monochromatic farmhouse look but life is in color. Your home needs color as well! Don’t let the trend sway you as to what your personal style is. Keep your soul in your home!

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