Pantone Color Fashion Report for 2014

Pantone is already thinking ahead with the introduction of their Fashion Color Report for Spring 2014 and these colors are spectacular! Released during New York Fashion Week, it made quite the splash; and included ten separate colors for both women and men along with wonderful designer sketches.   The ten top colors of women for Spring 2014 are: Placid Blue Violet Blue Paloma Hemlock Sand Dazzling

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High Point Market 2013!

For over a century, the High Point Market has been drawing the best and the brightest in the home furnishings industry. Along the way, it has grown into the largest furnishings shows in the world. Last year, a record 80,000 industry professionals – and quite a few dedicated amateurs – from almost every country in the world visited the show. This year promises even more. The

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Decorating with Stripes: Fun Fresh and Bold

Stripes are a fun way to add visual interest and are gaining momentum in home decor trends. If you are brave enough to paint a wall with stripes, kudos to you! Otherwise, there are all kinds of ways to add stripes to a room, and you can go as bold or as muted as your tastes require. Paint a wall. If you’ve never done this before,

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Unexpected Places to Display Art

Who says art has to hang on the walls? I certainly don’t. It’s always nice to infuse your home decor with a few unexpected twists. I love these ideas for surprising guests with unique artistic displays. Patio art. If you have an enclosed patio space, or an outdoor location that’s protected from the elements, why not hang some art outdoors? At the very least, a summertime

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Blues and Purples Make a Big Splash This Year

While Pantone may have chosen Emerald Green for the 2013 Color of the Year, High Point Market’s Style Report claims, “Blue is the new emerald.” I’m noticing blues and purples everywhere this season and the effects are brilliant. Here are ideas for bringing the new blue and purple color trends into your interior design. Furniture. Different shades of blues work nicely together such as this living room

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Add Greenery to Your Decor

In an era where “green design” is all the rage, why not decorate with one of the most green materials on the planet – live plants? Decorating with plants is a refreshing way to bring living energy into your space. Here are ideas, courtesy of Houzz.com and decoist.com: Hanging plants. Porches aren’t the only spaces that benefit from hanging plants. Plants can provide a  boundary between

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Perk up Your Spaces with Chevron

The perky zigzags of Chevron patterns are making an interior design comeback. Chevrons have been used in indigenous art and textiles for thousands of years. You can perk up your living space using modern twists on this ancient artistic pattern with these ideas. Artistic backgrounds. Use a boldly colored chevron pattern as a background for a recognizable silhouette, such as this one, where a yellow chevron

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Cheer Up Your Home with Polka Dots!

Polka dots never go out of style. They enjoy eras of widespread popularity, such as the 1950s, and eras where they’re less prevalent, but they never fade away entirely. These days I’ve noticed polka dots incorporated into all areas of home design. Walls. You can add colorful or muted dots to wall surfaces. Orderly rows of dots add a more organized pattern, while different sizes and

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Trend Alert: Cameos and Silhouettes Make an Appearance in the Home

Silhouettes are making a back-to-the-future comeback when it comes to interior design trends. Traditionally, silhouettes are made by tracing the outline of a scene, or a person’s profile, and then cutting it out on black card stock. When framed, the detailed outlines create touching, and remarkably identifiable portraits of sorts. Whether you choose to use them as a cameo, or frame them independently, cameo and silhouette home

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Spring Break: Beach Style 101

Winter days are nearly gone and spring is in the air.  This time of year is a great time to head somewhere warm, grab some shorts and a sleeveless shirt and relax by the beach.  A great time to take a break, and start looking forward to what Summer can bring. The beach with its casual colors and feel makes us feel relaxed and inspired.  A

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