A Most Fetching Friday: Design Details

fetch·ing

/ˈfeCHiNG/

adjective

adjective: fetching

attractive.

synonyms: attractive, appealing, sweet, pretty, good-looking, lovely, delightful, charming, prepossessing, captivating, enchanting, irresistible

Today’s fetching Friday focuses on design details and the it’s all in the details beauty that enthralls, captivates, and delights the eye.

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Stunning images such as this classic example of French Louisiana architecture from architect Ken Tate with interiors designed by Ann Holden of Holden and Dupuy Interiors affirm my love of traditional design and decor features steeped in southern charm.

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Jenny Wolf Interiors

Monogram_2Monograms and Antique Linens ~ Victoria Magazine

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Beauty on point captured by dancer Kyle Froman as featured in Harper’s BAZAAR.

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Have a lovely weekend.

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Interior design, Decorating and Home Decor Trends 2015

Fresh on the heels of ringing in the new year comes the new year’s trend buzz. Design forecasters, decorating prognosticators and discerning decoristas are weighing in on what they believe will be the interior design, decorating and home decor trends 2015.  There is plenty to talk about in regards to the new colors of the year announcements, forecasted trends and carry over favorites from 2014. Let’s take a look-see at what’s in store, shelf and source for trend 2015, shall we?

 

Interior Design, Decorating and Home Decor Trends 2015

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Colors of the Year 2015

Color is back.  Did the folks at Benjamin Moore, Pantone and Sherwin-Williams get it right?

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Metallics and Mixing Metals

This is one forecasted trend I continue to lean towards and admit to having quite the decorating crush on. Bring on the metallics and art of mixing metals in the name of all things home furnishings and home decor accents beauty.

 

Let there be lacquer

A strong look for a strong statement, lacquered walls and ceilings shine the statement spotlight on high gloss glamour.  Don’t buy into the notion that lacquered walls and ceilings are only meant to carry a small space.  Lacquered lies, I tell you!  Drama deserves to play the big room, and a lacquered finish will deliver on the promise of performing as the shining star of statement making style .

Three trends for the price of one gorgeous look- Chinoiserie, a mix of style, and the color infusion rule of thumb follow-through and belief that every space needs that touch of black.

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Pattern on pattern at play

If one is good, and two is better, then three, four or five…

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Open Shelving

Open shelving doesn’t seem to be losing its wide range appeal, and, in fact, is moving away from strictly a form and function design and decor option for kitchen and breakfast areas.

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Things are tuft(ed) all over in classic leopard-print for 2015

When a classic print such as leopard is paired with a timeless textile form process as classically chic as tufting is, the result is trend setting elegance worth decorative consideration.

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The following statement appeared in my Decorating Trends for 2014 post:

“I said this last year and why change it if the words hold true?  Good trends possess not only the quality, but the look and decorative chops to become even better the second, third or hundredth time around when done very well.  I do believe there’s another word for it, classic.”

The success of a trend is often measured by the acceptance of the designing and decorating public, ease of implementation into established decors, and the decorative ability to show staying power.  A blip on the trend radar, a pass or fail fad, or timeless classic must try- what say you about the these interior design, decorating and home decor trends 2015?

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A Most Fetching Friday

fetch·ing

 

/ˈfeCHiNG/

adjective

adjective: fetching

attractive.

synonyms: attractive, appealing, sweet, pretty, good-looking, lovely, delightful, charming, prepossessing, captivating, enchanting, irresistible

 

This week’s A Most Fetching Friday features the best of the best in interior design and all that that implies.

ff-Mary-McDonald-Mary McDonald via Architectural Digest

ff-Ralph-Lauren-paintRalph Lauren via Home Depot

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traditional-living-room-darryl-carterDarryl Carter Inc. via Architectural Digest

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 I hope you have a most fetching Friday.

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The Heart And Soul Of Decorating

In an ever-changing world it’s difficult to stay on top of what’s on trend.  Think electronic gadgets.  About the time you program, master and become proficient with the latest and greatest electronic gadget of choice here comes the newest version down the pike.  Does this principle apply to decorating?  Nah!  Accents and accessories with timeless and classic appeal make sure of that.

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The heart and soul of decorating is evident through individual decor style choices.  We put a lot of ourselves into the selections and styles we go with. Perusing the blogsophere last year I scrolled through images of a blogger’s kitchen remodel reveal.  In the comment section I was taken aback by a comment from another reader.  “The  _________________ look is so over!” I felt so bad for the blogger. There is no expiration date on what style you, the lead decorator of your domain, deem stylish, relevant and a necessary gorgeous to surround yourself with. The pride the blogger took in sharing the finished project was obvious, and to then have decorative doubt placed upon the heart and soul of decorating choices made- so uncalled for.  Comments, like great interior decorating, should be balanced with good taste and careful consideration.

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It is my personal and professional opinion that a look, style or decor choice will at sometime in its life be in need of at the very least a  freshening up.  That’s the heart and soul of decorating.  Tastes and decor likes, loves and gotta have it choices change over time.  A tweak here and a trend there guarantees it, but it’s the individual tastes and decor choices at the core of it all that makes it a statement of quality and personal style.

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And that look, my fellow decoristas, is never over! Embrace, be proud of, and by all means…

Lamps Plus 2013 Best Home Blog Sweepstakes

I am thrilled to be nominated for the Lamps Plus 2013 Best Home Blog Awards in the category of Interior Design.  Lamps Plus is my automatic go-to resource for lighting.  I first discovered Lamps Plus in 1999, and the design and decor relationship continues to light the way to stylish and affordable lighting and home decor choices.  Stylish looks pair well with an exciting opportunity to win the Lamps Plus 2013 Best Home Blog Sweepstakes.

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It is certainly an honor to be in the talented and stylish company of my fellow nominees!  I am continually amazed on a daily basis by the talent of so many in the blogosphere.  Cast your vote for your top picks for Interior Design, DIY, Family, and Lifestyle blogs on the Lamps Plus Facebook page and you’ll be entered to win a $500 Lamps Plus online shopping spree!  Click on the image below to be taken to Lamps Plus Facebook page to cast your vote.

Remember, you can vote once every 24 hours to earn extra entries!  Did I mention that for each vote you cast you will be entered for a chance to win a $500 shopping spree!   Let’s Lamps Plus!

Lamps Plus 2013 Best Home Blog Awards

I would like to humbly ask you for your vote.  Your vote and time is truly appreciated, I thank you from the bottom of my heart, and wish you all good luck!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wiser Words In The Key Of Style

I like how one word can be associated with many different areas. Life, fashion, interior design, business, music, and writing all assign a sense of style however, I like to focus on the style of home. I’m not simply referring to decorating and dinner party ideas, the construction, or architecture of a house. The decor, personality, hospitality within, graciousness, and how we as hosts handle a less than comfortable situation measures the style of home.

Designers, actors, shop owners, one blogger, one musician and two chefs reveal their sense of style through meaningful words.

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“The oldest form of theater is the dinner table.”

– Michael J. Fox,  actor & author

 

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“I learned that passion about objects and furnishings makes for fearless decorators—and that if you are comfortable in your home, everyone else will be too. That sense of authenticity is what gives a home its soul.”

Courtnay Daniels Haden, interior designer

 

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“Turn off cell phones!”

Joan Michaels, interior designer

 

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“A room should start a conversation before people actually start exchanging words.”

– Barry Dixon, interior designer

 

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“Make a home-cooked meal, even if it’s just a bowl of chili and a salad with garlic bread. There’s nothing better than simple and delicious.”

Lisa Fine, textile designer

 

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“In case of an entertaining crisis, take a deep breath and ask, ‘What would Auntie Mame do?’ If a guest accidentally breaks something, regardless of value, simply say, ‘Thank you. I’ve been looking for a reason to replace that old thing.'”

Bryan Batt, actor/shop owner

 

 

“When I was in Italy one summer, our hosts served cashews and potato chips in crystal bowls while we sipped Prosecco. It was a revelation: right-out-of-the-bag snacks become sophisticated when they’re served in a gorgeous dish.”

Stephanie Ballardcovetliving.com

 

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“Handwritten thank-you notes after being entertained are a must.”

Grant K. Gibson, interior designer

 

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“You can never have too many white plates, platters, and bowls.”

Cheryl Katz, interior designer

 

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“I try to greet my friends with a drink in my hand, a warm smile on my face, and great music in the background, because that’s what gets a dinner party off to a fun start.”

Ina Garten, celebrity chef and author

 

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“In life as in design, it is not perfection you should be after. There’s beauty in the faded and worn, the well loved, and the sentimental…After all, life has seams. Your home should be like a loosely woven fabric of desires, memories, practical, notions, and even compromises.”

Celerie Kemble, interior designer

 

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Architectural Digest

“When you’re building a room, you’re building character, and character is the strength and wisdom of a home.”

Rose Tarlow, interior designer

 

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“You should have a picture of yourself as a kid in your home so that you remember where you came from.”

John Mayer, musician

 

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Digital Food Network

“Kitchens should be designed around what’s truly important—fun, food, and life.”

 Daniel Boulud, chef/restaurateur

 

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“There are two things that make a room timeless: a sense of history and a piece of the future.”

Charlotte Moss, interior designer

 

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“Real comfort, visual and physical, is vital to every room.”

Mark Hampton, interior designer

 

Wise words, a good sense of taste and humor, and impeccable manners are strong anchors in the game of style.

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New Year, New Trends: Projected Design and Home Decor Trends of 2013

My decorative and design energy is fired up for the New Year.  I’ve spent the last few days checking things out fresh and new for 2013 aka the design and home decor trends of 2013.  As we all know, fresh and new is not always fresh and new. You may spot more than one renewed, refreshed, repurposed, and/or reinvented idea from decor trends pasts. That’s the great thing about good trends- they possess the quality, look, and decorative chops  to become even better the second, third or hundredth time around when done very well.  Like, love or hate them- the decor trends and forecasts for 2013 are in.  Color is color once again, a romantic renaissance is coming back around and look what blast from the past is set to lead the way- the big brass band of beauty.

Layering for warmth also applies to inside warmth, comfort, and coziness. Layers of color on color, texture on texture, pattern on pattern- pile it on! What could be easier than spot updates?

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Adding lux linens and throws in seasonal fabrics, patterns and colors will infuse the look, the feel of comfort, and softened impressions to the space. 

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You’ll hit a trending trifecta with this wood, metallic, and gold gilded drift wood sconce from Clayton Gray Home.

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Wood accents, meticulous metals including going for the bold and gold, texture, pattern, and shades of green will make an impact on the interior design and decor radar for 2013.

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Antiques as pieces of art will serve as focal points and conversation pieces.

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I’m thrilled to see the encouraged use of antiques as art coming around.  Last week as I was viewing Million Dollar Decorators I was cheering on Jeffrey Alan Marks. His comments regarding the use of antiques as the final touch of personality in decor made me an instant follower of his train of thought. Unique, one-of-a-kind, unusual, whimsy, conversation pieces- yes, yes and YES! If only one piece brings this to the space then I say bring it! Can you tell I’m a huge fan of antiques as art?

It’s a new year full of new trends. I’m definitely inspired!  Are you?

When You See An Image Of An Iconic Figure From The World Of Fashion, Cinema Or Music, Do You Think Interior Design?

Do you dream in color?  This is a popular question asked on the subject. Color is such an influential and integral part of our decorated lives, and yes, I most definitely dream in color.  No big surprise as I write, source and see enough of it in my daily spin around the interior design world.  I happily refer to Chicago’s “Colour My World” as the theme song of my life.  It’s a colorful world we exist in, and thank goodness it is!

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I often wonder if when others dream or see something of particular interest or beauty if they see it in terms of decor.  When you see an image of an iconic figure from the world of fashion, film or music, do you think interior design?

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Gabrielle Bonheur “Coco” Chanel

The house of style accessorizes the ultimate house of style, 31 rue Cambon, Mademoiselle Chanel’s famous Paris flat.

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The iconic mirrored staircase of 31 rue Cambon.

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Details are the cornerstone of style.

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sarah-jessica-parker-Chanel-coutureSarah Jessica Parker in Chanel Couture

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Sarah Jessica Parker in Chanel

Pale pink paired with two color basics, the classic color combination of black and white and/or the color brown, brings to mind the chocolate, vanilla and strawberry color block of Neapolitan ice cream.

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47 Park Avenue

Pink never misses the opportunity to be the dazzling choice of color in both fashion and decor.

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Ruard Veltman Architecture

A stunning statement is automatically made when a space reflects the personality of the homeowner(s) through collections and personal mementos.

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Diane Bergeron Interiors

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 Anna Mouglalis in Chanel

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The strength of brown as the lead color of a space influences new traditional through rich lines, patinas and textures.

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The essential Johnny Cash

The man in black pairs well with the bath in essential black accents.

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Farrah Fawcett 1976 swimsuit poster.  The best-selling pinup poster of all time.

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The voice – Smokey Robinson

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Smoky hues cast both the image and the feel of warmth, a sexy vibe some would say.  The design floor is wide open for interpretation and color implementation.

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Brian J. McCarthy, Inc.

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Fashion and decor stand together in front of the mirror of good taste, classic color choices and timeless trends.

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James Dean

James Dean

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Dramatic, dark, and defiant to convention.  The common threads of the decor and design beautifully parallel the figure.

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Inspirational and iconic!  Remarkable figures capture our attention in the same way that classic design and decors influence our homes.

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Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor’s violet eye color was actually a stunning dark blue.  The eyes have it for sure.

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Eclectic Home

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Dreaming in Color,  Frank Sinatra

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I thought it appropriate to include the gorgeous design of interior designer Roger Thomas, the genius behind the fabulous interior design of Wynn Las Vegas and Encore Las Vegas.

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Frank Sinatra ruled the Vegas strip as one of the most iconic entertainers in the town’s entertainment history.  The swank, swagger and style influence of Ol’ Blue Eyes is woven into the history, character, landscape and design of Las Vegas.

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When you see an image of an iconic figure from the world of fashion, film or music, do you think interior design?

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I’m Board: Pinterest & Olioboard Boards

I’m “board” on this Monday afternoon. Pinterest and Olioboard boards that is. As I was clocking valuable twitter time Monday afternoon, I came across an interesting tweet inviting interested parties to participate in a design and decorating contest.

 

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Participants are asked to create a Pinterest board featuring products they would use to create a dream foyer in their home.  My interest is piqued to the point of participation and inspiration to create a second Pinterest board of the Foyer Thinking persuasion.  Below is pictorial proof of how I spent my Monday afternoon.

My Dream Foyer PinterestAnother great site is Olioboard.  Olioboard is an easy application for creating digital mood boards. Interior designers, decor enthusiast and creative minds come together to share inspiration and offer feedback.  I use Olioboard to mockup decorating presentations, and once I mastered the tips, tricks and tools I have never looked back.

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Over the holidays I was approached about taking on a living room renovation project.  Both potential client and designer are thinking the project over.  I thought I would get something down on paper, or in this case, on a digital mood board.

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Decorating With Fall Colors Is In Season

The colors of the season are proudly on parade, signaling it is time to begin decorating with fall colors. ‘Tis the season of rich browns, vibrant oranges, dark greens, deep reds, and metallic golds.  Twenty-seven designers share with Traditional Home some of their favorite fall colors.  I have selected eight of my favorites to share with you.

Matthew Patrick Smyth of Matthew Patrick Smyth Interior Design showcases rich browns and mossy greens in a traditional manner.  His color choices easily transition from season to season.

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Deep brown wood furnishings and neutral colors beautifully frame this bedroom by Chris Barrett Design.   The pink in the rug and the lantern light fixture add the wow factor.

Kristen Panitch of Kristen Panitch Interiors  selects fall colors in deep greens and persimmon for this outdoor space.  The deeper tones bring a welcoming warmth and inviting scheme perfect for crisp days and nights.

I call this space three B’s with a kicker – black, brown, beige, beautiful!  Natural woods and reds round out the flawless vision for this space designed by Scott Laslie of Scott Laslie & Associates.

Benjamin Bradley of Bradley Thiergartner Interiors chooses Paprika as the primary color of the space.  He “seasons” with accent colors of olive green (bay leaves), brown (cinnamon), and golden tones (curry).

Kevin Corn of Kevin Corn Design uses neutrals and warm tones to produce a soothing and calm effect. Vintage and modern furnishings co-exist in decor harmony.  Accent lighting enhances the tones and shades of the space allowing the palette to take center stage without overpowering the overall intent of the decor.

Bill Murphy of Essary & Murphy Inc. must know how well the combination brown ticking fabric, brown toile draperies, and English transferware captures the feel of fall.  I stumbled across this example when pulling the other photos and information.  The design and decor accessories of the space result in the ideal traditional fall color scheme.

The owner of this country home is also designer Darryl Carter of Darryl Carter, Inc.  Crisp white walls and barn wall floors reflect soft light from the fire and evening sunsets, and best define the feel of fall for the owner/designer.  I love the patina of the antique work table and the stare of the stately gentleman in the portrait above the fireplace.   Man’s best friend looks too cozy for words!