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Spring 2016 Highpoint Market Trends & Highlights - Part #2

Posted on May 16, 2016 | 0 comments

Spring 2016 Highpoint Market Trends & Highlights - Part #2

(Annnd we're back!  In continuation of the blog detailing our recent trip to Spring 2016 Highpoint Market, we present you with the second half, including more highlights, insights and pretty pictures... hope you enjoy!)

We see a continuance of oriental inspiration from The Far East and Middle East (think India and Persia); characteristic combinations of angles and curves that convey a spirituality and mindfulness of the different earthly elements (land, water, wind & fire) and how – rather than clashing -- they instead work together, in harmonious dance and balance. We even caught glimpses of freshly refined Eastern-Industrial fusions that engaged our curiosity. After bearing witness to these new trends we must say that we’re revved-up and ready to create some of our own pairings and vignettes utilizing similar themes.

 

 And then there are always occasions where it’s good & wise to KISS. Keep it simple stupid, right?? An array of “primitive” goods & décor were available and on display, reminding us that one shouldn’t always strive to reinvent the wheel. Simple, large and useful glass bottles, great for filling a specific space or need (garlic and chili pepper-infused EVOO, anyone?) though visually not imposing due to actual clarity of the object. So the glass is full and empty, get it?? (Sorry, but we enjoy pointing out the irony in things sometimes.)

So, on second-thought, how ‘bout we spare all of the over-elaboration (K.I.S.S., remember!), while we take a couple deep breaths, and give you a list of the cool “primitive” items we noticed at market (…breathe…):

  • Alternative-colored natural woods resembling lumber from ancient, reclaimed bog oaks
  • Thick wood-slab cutting boards and butcher blocks
  • Solid, simply-shaped stone seating (think Flintstones) for both indoor & outdoor applications
  • Heavy, imperfect metal hardware

We think these items pair VERY well with gray paint-palettes, other metals (such as appliances), and industrial-themed environments. That is all. Moving on…

 

 

Art

We enjoy abstract art quite a bit and found a nice showing of lively large-scale pieces at market this year. Triptychs are still in the fold, adding interest and versatility in choosing how the works can be displayed. Additionally, they produce a shadow-box type of effect that gives a much more contemporary look and presence, as opposed to your standard gold-framed artwork.

Art-deco made its’ requisite appearance with forever-classy themes of black & white, geometric patterns and architectural details. Oh, and we can’t forget something else we found most humorous (and we might as well end on this note) – ANIMAL PORTRAITS!!!

 

We hope you enjoyed reading some of the observations from our trip. We truly had a blast exploring the market and getting new ideas & inspiration. If you find yourself irresistibly excited about any of these things, or daydreaming about new ways to update or transform the style of your home, we would love to help make your visions come true!

For more pictures from our trip, check out our Pinterest page, here.

 

Cheers,

D&D

 

P.S. Please enjoy more random photos below:

Don!

Mindie, Rick Brownlee and Fiona.

Rainbow scooters.

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Spring 2016 Highpoint Market Trends & Highlights - Part #1

Posted on May 04, 2016 | 0 comments

Spring 2016 Highpoint Market Trends & Highlights - Part #1

So Don, Fiona & Mindie made it back safe & sound from their trip to North Carolina and the Spring 2016 High Point Market. They gleaned quite a bit of inspiration from this year’s offerings and selected an abundance of new items to feature in-store as well as incorporate in upcoming design projects.  We have so much we want to show & tell you about, that we're breaking the blog into two parts!  One this week, and the next in a couple days.  Without further ado, here are our observations and what got us most excited at market.

 

Textiles

Much spontaneity and fluidity in the new patterns & motifs, including themes of “watercolor” (as-in the painting method)-- whether it be expressed if the form of abstractions, or as specific earthly elements like coral and garden greenery. As usual, nature continues to be a strong, if not the strongest, influence when it comes to new designs. In addition, we picked-up on a complimentary “bleeding ink” expressive style that translated very well to home décor items such as draperies, pillows and place settings.

We insist on having a great variety of flavors to choose from in the realm of fabrics, so we also fell in love with simple, colorful symmetrical designs and anything with "pop-art" influence, because fun is a critical ingredient in our endeavors, and life in general!

 

Lighting

Attention! Florals have made their way to the lighting department in a big way this year. Instead of your typical bulbs above the bathroom sink, how about plugging-in something a little out-of-the-ordinary with these beautifully-designed elements, providing some artistic whimsy to an otherwise predictable situation? You are sure to receive plenty of “I want those!” compliments from your guests when they step aside to freshen themselves up and take a gander at these fantastic bathroom components.

Also, think outside-of-the-box, or perhaps hasten back to Old World times with very attractive passageway lighting for either indoor or outdoor scenarios. See picture below.

 

Furniture

Skirts… sexy patterns and contrasting-colored skirts! What a fun way to dress-up your upholstered furniture. This can actually be bold or subtle, providing a delicate compliment of color or a unique pop of personality to the pieces themselves, which then carries over and assists with the color scheme for the rest of the room. We like denim blue paired with navy patterns and also think it’s pretty smart to take neutral in a different direction, like khaki w/ hot pink or lime green!

 

Some interesting Rustic-contemporary designs were unveiled, often coalescing in an “industrial middle ground”, and other times bypassing it completely. With these latter pieces, it appears the designers are consciously utilizing older, rough-hewn materials in applications that have typically been regarded as clashing or faux-pas in more modern or contemporary installations. Perhaps it’s this generation’s way of recognizing and paying respects to artisans of the pre-electric past and reimagining or repurposing these elements as they see fit. Depending on the success of this brave and unusual collaboration, they could certainly prove that old dogs can learn new tricks.

Check out more pictures of the Spring Show on our Pinterest page:

http://www.pinterest.com/dwellingeaston

And look for Part #2 of our blog in the coming days!  Thanks for "following us around"... we hope you are enjoying our designers' inside glimpse thus far!

Cheers,

D&D

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DIFFA / Architectural Digest Show @ NY Pier

Posted on April 12, 2016 | 0 comments

Owner/Designer Don Wooters is an insightful, design-intuitive guy who will make you think and laugh at the same time, with his intellectually-stimulating comments. No question, he immensely enjoys working with his clientele, and has that requisite combination of professionalism, talent and experience to pull-off any job he decides to tackle. Part of the arsenal he brings to the table is being well-versed and traveled in the design and art world. In addition to completing projects up and down the East Coast, he makes a point of attending an array of interesting events, including art shows, opera performances, and trending designer showcases.

He recently was in New York to take in Dining By Design, an annual spring show sponsored by Architectural Digest and hosted by DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS). “I always do my best not to miss this event each year,” says Don, adding emphasis to the fact that “some of the leaders in the design industry are on display here”. Since being founded in 1984, DIFFA has become one of the country’s largest supporters of direct care for people living with HIV/AIDS and preventive education for those at risk. This year’s event raised nearly $800,000 to go towards DIFFA’s grant making efforts.

In addition to this being a great cause, it is a spectacular presentation of dining room design, from the minds and wildest imaginations of current interior designers, design schools, as well as popular decorator brands.   These settings -- each completely unique -- capture and transport you somewhere else fantastic for an out-of-the-box (and in some cases, out of this world!) dining experience.

Below, peruse a few glimpses from the show, along with inspiration statements by the creative folks behind the luxuriously-decorated interior spaces.

(All photos taken by Don Wooters.)

Benjamin Moore & Consentino, designed by Julia Buckingham

“The great Paris fashion houses have been Julia Buckingham’s muse. Our space is reminiscent of a long, flowing silk-charmeuse white gown with sparkling chandelier earrings; chunky lacquered bracelets; and a strikingly modern sculptural necklace hidden under a snow-white fur wrap.”

 

 

Luxe Interiors + Design with LIAGRE, designed by Sasha Bikoff

“Christian Liagre is known for amazingly chic and sleek woodwork, so this space translates that into something more vibrant that displays the furniture in a new light with de Gournay’s ‘Le Eden’ wallpaper transforming the room into a rainforest.

 

Don’s description: “A floating banquet topped with greenery and umbrellas creates a nice centerpiece and division between either side and the intimate, yet friendly tables for two. The multi-colored flower arrangements, along with variety of different chair fabrics add elements of fun to this setting that would work nicely outdoors as well. I see lots of lively conversations going on at these tables.”

 

 

Arteriors

“Descend into an underwater wonderland inspired by the lost city of Atlantis. Organic shapes, gilded finishes and seeded glass are a few design elements that will pay tribute to this revered utopia that has captivated dreamers for centuries.”

 

 

Parsons The New School For Design

“string. a singular element. an individual. vulnerable in isolated form. woven together a network evolves. density in strength. support. a community.”

For more information about DIFFA and their mission in fighting HIV/AIDS, visit: www.diffa.org.

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Brand Focus: Designers Guild

Posted on March 29, 2016 | 0 comments

Designers Guild | Fall 2016

Image courtesy of Designers Guild

For this latest blog entry, we decided to focus on one company in particular, whose amazing fashion-forward goods we carry in-store, as well as utilize in our various creative projects -- Designers Guild.


For years, having the taste and good fortune of being an exclusive regional "stockist" (as they call retailers in the UK), we have been enamored with not only their wonderfully-imaginative and extensive line of textiles and accessories, but also the way they go about crafting their products.  What is their inspiration and process?  To find these answers, it might be a good idea to start with creative genius/founder of the company, Tricia Guild.  
Designers Guild | Tricia Guild
Image courtesy of Designers Guild

Ever since Designers Guild began in 1970, Tricia Guild has intuitively put her own spin on things, often acquiring commodities from other cultures & countries, and then changing them or embellishing to get "just the right look".  She is an open collaborator, working with artists (including famous textile artist Kaffe Fassett in the 1970's) to produce fabrics, and complimenting their styles with her own.  It is often this "best of both worlds" approach and product achievement that interior designers and their clients gravitate towards.

For 2016, Designers Guild has unveiled 'Couture Rose', a spring & summer collection.  Many of the ideas generated for this line came from trips Tricia would take to The Victoria and Albert Museum, which is known as "the world's leading museum of art and design".  In the preview video (which you can watch here), she can be seen carrying a sketchbook, presumably for capturing those "lightbulb" moments or doodling a new design.  She mentions "Post-War" fashion -- also called "the golden age of couture" -- which began in 1947 with design legend Christian Dior, as an historic source of inspiration.  (And, if you are seeking that New-Vintage look, you are in luck, as many of the 2016 designs are printed on classic, natural linen.)
Image courtesy of Designers Guild

We love the materials Designers Guild has to offer because they really speak to us.  Tricia Guild has a fearlessness of color (much like our own designers Fiona & Don) and affirms that they're "good for the soul".  She is not solely committed to them, however, and rather tries to please everyone by dedicating 1/3 of the DG product line to neutrals.  This, she explains, maintains a sense of balance and prevents an over-use of color and combinations that can be "garrish".
Designers Guild | Fall 2016
Image courtesy of Designers Guild

Well, "to each their own", we like to say, but certainly we don't mind taking a page out of Tricia Guild's book (sketchbook?) from time to time.  We showcase Designers Guild in a unique bedroom-setting of our newly-expanded showroom so you can see just how gorgeous they are and would look in your own home-setting.  Come experience these fabulous fabrics and textiles yourselves!

Cheers,
D&D
P.S. Designers Guild has just released their Spring/Summer 2017 collection, entitled "Majolica".  We will be pinning the best offerings from this new line--so be sure to follow us on Pinterest.
Shop Designers Guild in our online store, and receive FREE SHIPPING on these items.

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