Saturday, April 12, 2014

Hardware is where it's Happening

Lisa Jarvis

Another trend that was predominant at Market was the use of gorgeous hardware.  Every (almost) cabinet, breakfront, etagere, and chest was enhanced with the addition of sculptural metal pulls, dramatic mother of pearl handles, decorative horn, or a plethora of other options.

The choice of hardware speaks volumes about the theme or inspiration for which it is intended.  Does the hardware have an ethnic feel, is it Neoclassic, Regency, or Deco?  Are you looking to convey a masculine or feminine feel?  It can be subtle or over the top.  Keep that in mind when choosing the piece or changing the hardware.  If you are redecorating and you want a subtle but impactful change, it is as simple as switching out knobs to make a fairly big difference.

What have we learned ?  If you don't need a new piece of furniture but you want to update an existing piece in your home or just add a dash of drama,  replace the hardware!  Make sure its sculptural, don't be afraid to mix metals, shapes, or materials, and it will surely be marvelous!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Blue by You

Bungalow 5

I am still recuperating from my quick trip to High Point Market.  It is a whirlwind of sights and sounds,  new introductions, up coming trends, parties, reconnecting with friends and colleagues.  It is a blur of the fabulous and inspiring.  I kept thinking, "Why has it taken me so long to attend?"  

While the color of the year, radiant orchid is still a story, I saw an awful lot of blue continuing to be introduced in everything:  accessories, furnishings, beautiful lacquers on case goods.  These were mainly in inky or indigo blues, but there were some peacock and turquoise thrown in for good measure.

Dransfield and Ross

Visual Comfort


Mr. Brown

Worlds Away


B. Pila


Bliss Home

While I did see much blue, don't count out the power of purple.  It is still a popular choice, especially going into Spring 2014.  Both happen to be versatile colors, mixing easily with other bold warm or cool colors.

Julian Chichester

CR Laine

Julian Chichester


Would you consider mixing them together ??


Mr. Brown

Fresh, right?

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Headed to Market

I am so excited to be heading to High Point Market.   Twice a year more than 75,000 people head to the biggest furnishing trade show.  With more than 11.5 million square feet of show space and 180 buildings, I am more than a little overwhelmed!

I am looking forward to new discoveries, meeting up with colleges and blogger friends.  Follow along as I tweet some favorite finds or check back as I will most certainly share what's new, what's next, great finds in design and maybe a party shot or two.  Insider secret ~ Designers work hard and play hard.   Follow friends as they share their market inspiration or check in with me  @cleskowitz on twitter or carrieleskowitz on instagram.

See with you on the other side.