Architectural Digest’s Design Home Show Highlights


I took some time two weekends ago to attend one of my favorite NYC home shows, the Architectural Digest Home Show.  If you are familiar with the magazine itself you will know that it’s an international design magazine that focuses alot on celebrity homes and famous houses around the world. I actually participated as a vendor for a short time thanks to my membership with the NKBA. I think it is vitally important for all interior designers and decorators to attend home shows such as this in order to stay current with the trends, new products and technological advancements. I’d like to first mention what stuck out the most for me on color. Yes, Pantone’s color of the year is honeysuckle, but I saw alot of three different  areas. Firstly, there were alot of bejeweled fabrics. Saturated and rich, almost Morroccan like greens and pinks and purples and lime.Then there was also white in all its glory. Crisp and clean in its display. All white interiors imply a high fashion interior. Another popular color theme which we have seen even in fashion design is the classic navy. Navy blue in a  stripe seems to bring the nostalgia of classicism back.Looking at furniture we see alot of wood, which is essentially what furniture is made from. However there are so many technological advances made with wood that I would address this in an upcoming article. Bentwood, burlewood,exotic woods, lacquered wood and pierced wood were some of the more popular trends.

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Fresh New Look…….Featured in Traditional Home


FRESH NEW FIND – I LOVE THIS SOFA!

In the February 2011 issue of Traditional Home (AD SEEN ABOVE) this gorgeous transitional sofa was featured by our company, DECORATING DEN INTERIORS. Featuring  silk textured pillows and exotic prints the lines of this sofa are feminine and elegant. With its tight back and waterfall skirt this sofa screams “look at me!  I’m chic!”

OPTIONS: Pewter nails, contrasting fabric/trim on pillows and bullion.

BANQUETTE seating without built-ins!


This tufted style, chocolate brown leather banquette, offers a parlor like, diner style look and a versatility to move anywhere in the room with furniture style castors.

This banquette can either offer a traditional or transitional look depending on the fabrics and trim accents used. Pair with a  gorgeous circular pedastal table and a wrought iron chandelier to create casual elegance.

With the kitchen being the new heart of the home, entertaining friends and family at home has become alot more popular today. Having large groups of people over can be challenging especially when seating is limited. A great way to seat a group of people together in small spaces is with freestanding stylish banquette style seating shown above. This option offers alot more versatility and customization than traditional style built-in seating and creates a great intimate  conversation area/nook. Pay special attention to the height and the shape of the table you choose. Choose your own fabrics, accent trims and even pillows and you’ve designed a great custom piece of furniture that coordinates with the rest of your kitchen, dining area  or sitting room. The possibilities are endless!

Both pieces shown above can be purchased  with a variety of upholstery options for custom orders OR get design advice from me to build your own with one of my preferred suppliers!

Pantone Color of the year…


From Turquoise to HONEYSUCKLE it is!

PANTONE, the global authority on color and provider of color standards for the design industry, announces the fresh new color of the year!

Use this fun stimulating color as accents around a room in the form of pillows ,vases or even flowers! Bring life to a boring dining room and use as an unexpected accent wall color with coordinating place mats  and table linens. Imagine a precious honeysuckle colored crystal chandelier adding  great color to a chic black and white grown up bedroom scheme or use  even in a transitional  teenage bedroom. This fun vibrant color is also apparent in the fashion world as well!

 

 

Pair with neutrals and crisp white and you’ve brought sexy back!