Almost Time! Friday, Oct 12 2018 

To say that I am excited for this High Point Market is and understatement. I can’t wait to be there, see the new trends and pieces, host a tour and participate in the design blogger’s tour! So let’s first talk about what has been going on at Artful Conceptions and what trends I am looking to see. As many of you know I have always called market Furniture Fashion Week. This is the time to see what will be new and innovative. This is the time to influence what the manufactures will be bringing to production. How items are received at market is what will be put into lines. Doesn’t do well at market, you’re not going to see it available for purchase. Does really well you will see sell out items that will change what everyone from builders, homeowners and designers are specifying.

For us at Artful Conceptions we have been working on lots of new construction projects. So many new beautiful homes that are being built and designed out of Artful Conceptions. For this aspect of our business the trends are so important so that when we are designing we are helping our builders to know what their future clients are going to want. We want to help them to make the right decisions on where to spend money and where they can save money. Knowing the direction that the market is going is vital for this. We also need to make sure that we are selecting the right trends to work with verse the ones that will be out of style faster than when they arrived. And we need to make sure that we know when a style is going away so that we can transition out clients into the newer styles and not ones that they will want to replace before we even finish the job. Taking inspiration from existing architecture, fashions and styles allows us to design for a long-lasting look.

It is these moments that lead to these designs.

This year will be a first for me in which I will be giving a tour at High Point Market! The Insider’s Tour is for first time attendees or for those that have not been in a while. I am so looking forward to showing everyone how I see market! We will have the opportunity to stop at my favorite places, see some new releases and of course have fun!

And for two of the days at market I will be participating in the Design Blogger’s Tour! This is a great opportunity to see new designs, new showrooms and meet some amazing people. I love the idea that I will be with other designers and bloggers spending time collaborating and being inspired.

Not to be forgotten there will be the time to find great pieces for my clients and my showroom. I can’t wait to be inspired, to find some new direction and to continue on the amazing path that design has taken me.

High Point Market Design Bloggers Tour! Saturday, Sep 15 2018 

I am so excited to announce that I have been selected for the Design Bloggers Tour!

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There are some amazing companies that we will see on this tour. It will be a great time to see the newest designs that will be released and a great insight into the what the hottest trends will be.

We will be seeing so great showrooms. Here is some background on the companies that we will be seeing.

Aidan Gray Home, this is a company I have used for great accessories and farmhouse style pieces. I believe they will be releasing the Diane Keaton line at Market.

Check out more from them at http://www.aidangrayhome.com

Bernhardt, this is a furniture company that has a very large range. I have used them for commercial projects as they have a great commercial line. I will be excited to see their residential line.

To see more of their current line check them out at http://www.bernhardt.com

Cisco Brothers, this company will be a new one for me. They are a handmade furniture company out of Los Angeles.

 

Check them out at http://www.ciscobrothers.com

Crypton, these are great fabrics made for durability. These fabrics have been one of my go to lines for commercial spaces for the past 15 years.

Check out more about these amazing fabrics at http://www.crypton.com

Dorel Home, this is another new company for me. They seems to have lines for all stages, including kids and college dorms.

You can find out more about them at http://www.dhpfurniture.com

E J Victor, this is a company that I am super excited to see. They have connections with great designers and produce line for Ralph Lauren, Kelly Wearstler and Kate Spade to name a few.

Four Hands, this showroom is always amazing and the curated looks that are created are the latest trends and designs. They have furniture for every room.

Find out more about them at http://www.fourhands.com

Hudson Valley Lighting, I love this company for great lighting in new construction and remodel projects. They have a contemporary feel that works beautifully in a traditional home adding an updated feel.

Check out their website at http://www.hudsonvalleylighting.com

Lloyd Flanders, this has been a go to line for wicker and rattan pieces for years for me. They have added so many new additions to their product line I can’t wait to see what they will do next.

Check them out at http://www.lloydflanders.com

Modern History, this is another new company for me to check out. They have a great line of casegoods that range in design styles.

Have a look at more of their pieces at http://www.modernhistoryhome.com

Stickley, this company is one that I would consider as the grandfather of all current furniture companies. They were one of the innovators of the mission oak style. That style still flows through modern designs to this day.

Check out all of the history at http://www.stickley.com

Surya, has been on of my vendors for years. They have great rugs, indoor and outdoor, accessories and lighting.

Every market they release so many new things, see what has already been released at http://www.surya.com

Thibaut, this is what I think of as classic New England look. Thibaut makes fabrics, wallpaper, and furniture. Think quality and design.

Check out the whole collection at http://www.thibautdesign.com

Universal, although I have only used them for a few projects they have a wide variety of pieces. Everything from casegoods to upholstery. I am excited to see their showroom.

Check out there pieces at http://www.universalfurniture.com

The last company on the tour is Norwalk furniture. I have a long history to this company as I started my design career with them. They make upholstery in Norwalk Ohio, hundreds of styles with thousands of fabric and leather options.

You can see all of their pieces at http://www.norwalkfuniture.com

As you can see there are some amazing companies that we will be visiting at High Point Market. I am excited and ready to show you the newest pieces that they are working on creating the newest trends in home furnishings and design.

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.

Getting Ready for High Point Market Thursday, Jul 19 2018 

I know it may seem a little early but I am getting ready for High Point Market that is happening in the middle of October (10/13-10/17) As I get ready I look back at last fall market and see what was released at my favorite showrooms. There was the big release from Barclay Butera at Lexington. We saw lots of beautiful clean coastal and contemporary pieces. This was a great addition to Lexington giving the company a whole new look.

We saw some great updates at Stanley Furniture including additions to the Havana Collection. We learned about their plans for future pieces and learned that they are planning their biggest release ever this coming fall market.

We worked on clients projects. This is probably one of the best places to be able to find great new pieces for our clients. And sometimes new means antique or vintage. This can be like a treasure hunt and when we find just the right piece everything comes together for the perfect design.

High Point Market is one of the biggest keys to our success as a design firm. It allows me to know what is coming, where the market is going and to touch and feel the pieces that I will be putting in my client’s homes. If you want to join me at market and see how I make it work for my business please check out the Insider’s Tour that I will be giving this fall market. Here is where you can apply to attend the tour:

http://highpointmarket.org/insiders-tour

The tour is free to buyers, it will be on Saturday the 13th (8:30am – 6:30pm) and you must register by September 10th. Not sure how to make arrangements High Point Market will provide a concierge to help you make those arrangements. I look forward to seeing you o the tour!

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!

Insider’s Tour!!! Tuesday, Jul 10 2018 

I first have to say how excited and humbled I am to have been selected to give an insider’s tour of High Point Market. It is so awe inspiring to have been recognized in the design field as a design influencer. So with that being said I want to tell you all about this amazing opportunity and what I am going to be doing at High Point Market.

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As many have heard me speak about High Point Market before you know that it is big and everything you could ever want for design and furnishings is there. It is has amazing educational events to help designers, retailers, builders and manufacturers grow their businesses. All of this can be a little intimidating. So for all of our first time market goers (or if you haven’t been in 4 markets)  you will have the opportunity to join me on a tour of the market. We will be going to my favorite showrooms to see the newest and hottest trends that you need to be incorporating into your designs, stores and businesses. We will be experiencing all that market has to offer but as insider’s. I have some amazing showrooms lined up and some of them even have gifts for our tour attendees!

So how do you get on this tour? It’s super easy! You are going to check out this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8376HLB where you can be walked through the whole process of how to sign up. You want to start early. As registration opens today! You will want to reserve your place on the tour but you also want to get working on your travel arrangements! And even better a concierge will contact you to help you make those travel arrangements once you have registered for the insider’s tour.

You can check out some more information about High Point Market and the Insider’s Tour at http://highpointmarket.org/insiders-tour

To give you and idea of some of the amazing things that you will see at High Point Market, here are some pictures from past trips that I have done.

So whether you have specific projects you are working on or if you are looking to stock your showroom with the best pieces I look forward to showing you my version of High Point Market! Don’t forget those model homes! Make sure your models have the newest trends and designs before they are released to the public!

Register today to get on the tour, the Insider’s Tour!

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!

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!

Design Undefined – Farmhouse/Country Style Saturday, Jan 6 2018 

Have you ever wondered where style trends come from? There has been this huge push for farmhouse, country, and shabby chic interiors, but do we really know which style is which and where they come from? This was a topic we tackled at ABC’s Morning Blend in the recent Design Undefined segment.

For me I understand the craze to follow trends however the issue with following trends is that they will be out of style just as fast as they are in style. In fact we are now seeing that Joanna Gaines is now all about the coastal look. Those of us in Florida an in coastal communities have been about coastal for a long time because this is not a trend it is a way of life. So does this mean everyone who did their homes in a farmhouse style are going to be changing things out for a coastal look? Unfortunately that is probably a yes for some. But let’s talk about how to do these looks and make them timeless, classic, always in style.

First, the most important thing to work with are high quality products that use traditional designs. These can be updated designs but they have to have their start in history. These pieces will add iron when appropriate. And it will be solid iron not another metal stained to look like iron. They will have a feel to the finish that can only be achieved in a multi step process. Think like when you buy a real handbag verse the knockoff at half the price. It looks good on the outside but it doesn’t hang the same way or last the same way. So here are some of my favorite choices for dining rooms to create a classic look, whether you are going for farmhouse, shabby chic, coastal or country.

Because these pieces are classic in design they can go to any of the styles mentioned. They are not trendy where they will go out of style and depending on what accessories you put around them you will give them the right feeling. From this starting point you can create so many great looks. If we just start with the area rug we can create tons of looks. You can go for the updated traditional area rug such as the bold colors, or over-dyed antique, or the monochromatic patchwork. All of these create an updated country or shabby chic look. Or you can go for the more farmhouse/coastal style and work with textural pieces like jute rugs. Or really go for the traditional style with a truly classic design of a traditional area rug.

Can you see how each of these pieces would completely change the look? When you know where the styles come from you have the ability to create a look that has a real depth. When you just follow trends you run the risk of it all looking like you shopped at the discount rack at Home Goods.

To truly pull off these looks you have to incorporate true vintage and antique pieces. We search for our clients for the perfect ones to work in their homes. These are not pieces that you find at flea markets (as much as the network tv shows want you to think they are) these are ones that we get from companies and collectors all over the world. Here are just a few that we have worked with over the years.

Don’t forget that the lighting in the space has a huge impact as well. The right lighting can completely change the feel to the space.

So when you are looking to design your home, walk away from the big box stores, turn off the tv and look to history to see where the designs come from originally. Or hire a designer who will be able to draw upon their knowledge of design to create a classic, timeless look for you.

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