Log-in
Search
 

Design Board: Ultra Violet COTY Inspiration

Posted on January 09, 2018 | 0 comments

Dwelling & Design | Design Board | Ultra Violet

With Pantone's 2018 Color of the Year 'Ultra Violet' in mind, our newest design board features shades seeking both the fun and dramatic across the purple spectrum. Smatterings of green, gold and blue compliment, while neutrals provide perfect backdrops for letting the bolder, more energetic colors grab the attention.

Click the board for a larger view or scroll the list below to discover each component individually:

 

  1. Nina Campbell | Las Reves | Pampelonne | View

Experience Las Reves, the newest collection from celebrated designer Nina Campbell. This features an elegant, elongated wood grain pattern with the perfect subtle repeat.

 

  1. Designers Guild | Berwick | Marshall | View

A ribbed, velvet pattern with various candy colors that exhibits both fun and structured qualities.

 

    1. Stark | Petra | Purple Haze | View

This one lures us in with sexy, seductive swirls and the influence of old marbled book covers.

 

    1. Nina Campbell | Las Reves | Marguerite | View

"A floral cartouche trellis". (Nina Campbell) History Lesson: 'Cartouche' originates in Egypt and identifies an oval ring often surrounding royal hieroglyphs, protecting whatever is within. 

Explore the rest of the Las Reves collection by Nina Campbell.

 

    1. Stark | Santorini | Blue Sky | View

A delicate, open-weave textile perfect for window curtains and letting just the right amount of light thru.

 

    1. Designers Guild | Riveau Essentials | Ultramarine | View

 From Designers Guild--a deep, lush, colorful fabric with comfort and style in mind.

 

7. Julie Vos | LaFayette Necklace | Chalcedony and Pearl | Purchase

Lustrous bell cabochon with pearl accent on lightly hammered links, front toggle closure.  Semiprecious stone, pearl and imported glass. 24K gold plate. (Julie Vos)
 
    1. Designers Guild | Alexandria | Amethyst | View

"A gorgeous illustrated botanical, digitally printed on beautiful tumbled linen. The ombre ground shades delicately behind the crisp cow parsley and poppies." (Designers Guild)

 

    1. Designers Guild | Arona | Grass | View

A beautiful, bright green reminiscent of last year's Color of the Year, Greenery.  Used as a transitional reference; you can see how well it pairs with this year's Ultra Violet for evolving the palette of your space.

 

    1. Groundworks | Hutch Lavender | View

 We love this whimsical pattern designed by neo-expressionist American artist Hunt Slonem.

 

    1. Stray Dog Designs | Flower Bracelet | View

 We love Stray Dogs' eclectic nature...plus every item is uniquely made by hand.

 

    1. Osborne & Little | Matthew Williamson | Shimmer | View

"A semi-plain ottoman curtaining fabric in Matthew Williamson's highly individualized colour palette." (Osborne & Little)

 

    1. Farrow & Ball | Bumblebee | View

One of the finest patterns we've come across recently. Instant classic. 

"This was originally found in Josephine Bonaparte’s bed chamber as a silk fabric. Featuring an enchanting myriad of bumble bees and sprinkled with cheeky polka dots, this is a hypnotic design that inspires a beguiling sense of childish innocence and playfulness." (Farrow & Ball)

 

    1. Schumacher | Iconic Leopard | View

Stylish and iconic, animal prints portray a confidence in your fun-loving nature.

 

    1. Bellridge | Metropolitan | Pewter  | View

Introduce a geometric pattern to provide symmetry within a space and compliment some of the design elements, such as furniture, window dressings, mouldings, etc.

 

Additional points of interest: 

  • Explore our NEW Ultra Violet Pinterest board for some exciting ideas and inspiration we've come across.
  • Our January Anniversary Sale, featuring storewide savings* of 15-50% runs until Wednesday, January 31st. (*Some exclusions apply.) 

 

Do you dig something you see on the board? Leave a comment below or stop by the store and design center to explore all the options for turning your daydreams and design crushes into reality.

 

Dwelling & Design | Design Board | Up Close

Continue reading →

3 Ways to Use "Ultra Violet", the 2018 Pantone Color of the Year

Posted on December 11, 2017 | 0 comments

Last week Pantone announced their Color of the Year for 2018--Ultra Violet--a stunningly deep, regal shade of purple. We must say, after playing it safe the past several years (including last year’s “Greenery” and 2016’s duo of “Rose Quartz and Serenity”), we’re excited Pantone has chosen such a fun, fearless color!

That being said, this vivacious violet is less about #trending and more about #timelessness. Purple has long been one of the most coveted colors, so when it comes to interior design, you can be confident it won't be losing its popularity anytime soon. Depending on your comfort level and décor situation, here are 3 suggestions for integrating this color into your life.

Hydrangeas | Pantone Ultra Violet

PLAY IT SAFE: FLOWER POWER 

Want the easiest, most successful (or at least risk-free) way of introducing new colors into your spaces? You already guessed it. Play it safe with temporary elements such as flowers (orchids in the winter; hydrangeas in warmer temps) and venture out from there. Also, throws, pillows, and areas rugs are nominal investments that can easily be added or subtracted later.

Powder Room | Pantone Ultra Violet

TAKE IT FOR A SPIN: POWDER ROOM

Love the color but hesitant to bite off too much? Choose a smaller space, such as a powder or laundry room to paint the walls. This particular purple would look fabulous as a compliment to white wainscoting. Also, the lavender body products you most likely have on hand are sure to make perfect (and practical) décor accents.

Designers Guild | Palasini Plum Wallpaper

BOLD & BEAUTIFUL: WALLPAPER

Palasini Plum wallpaper by Designers Guild

Renowned textiles company Designers Guild has made its reputation in the design world by using colors similar to this year’s Ultra Violet for a long time. Makes sense, as they are based in the UK, where residents are known for using bright palettes to cheer up their gray, dreary days. Choose one of any number of available fabrics and wallpapers from our design center and get ready to live like the Queen (or King, man). 

And be sure to check out a few more of our favorite ideas and ways to utilize this color on our brand new Pantone COTY 2018 Pinterest Board.  

Continue reading →

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.

Continue reading →

 
Scroll to top