Gretchen Bellinger’s Festive Net Fortune Fabric: Perfect for 2012!

As we ring in 2012, we look to beginning a new and prosperous year—one that will bring us good fortune!

Many of us follow traditions to bring good luck and fortune, including eating black-eyed peas. Believe it or not, in New Orleans, cabbage is thought to give financial prosperity.

Speaking of good fortune, I recently found out about Gretchen Bellinger‘s new textile introduction, Net Fortune. It’s a wonderfully colorful and festive fabric that shimmers with sequins.

Gretchen Bellinger Net Fortune

This creative textile is definitely going on my list to use in 2012, and I think it’s the perfect inspiration to begin the new year!  Doesn’t it remind you of the colorful confetti that streams down from Times Square in New York City at the stroke of midnight?

Think of the creative ways to use it in design. It could add sparkle, color and sophistication to any room as accent pillows.  Or it could be paired as a sheer window treatment with gorgeous draperies—giving a new colorful twist to sheers!

I wish you all a wonderful 2012 filled with good fortune!  Happy New Year!

Satin Nickel for the Inspiration House Bath

If you’re thinking of updating the plumbing fixtures and hardware in your bathroom, I suggest you consider a satin nickel finish. Satin nickel has a warmer look than chrome since it’s nickel plated on brass, which gives it a golden undertone.

For the Inspiration House, I selected satin nickel for the bath I designed. My fabulous vendors include the Matthew Quinn Collection for the beautiful cabinet hardware, hansgrohe for the Tango C Faucet and European Sink Atlanta for its Ginger Chelsea Collection bath accessories.

Knobs for the cabinets from the Matthew Quinn Collection

hansgrohe's Tango C Faucet

Ginger Chelsea Collection from European Sink Atlanta

Stay tuned to the blog for more updates on my Inspiration House design, and be sure to visit the house to see the finished look when it opens for touring in January. There will be an Inspiration House premier on Jan. 28, and then tours on Jan. 29, Feb. 2-5 and Feb. 9-12.

Images: 1 Matthew Quinn Collection; 2 hansgrohe’s Tango C Faucet photo by Susan Currie Design; 3 Ginger Chelsea Collection

A Chic Holiday Table Created By Susan Currie Design

Entertaining is a major part of the holiday season. To give you decorating inspiration, I created a unique holiday table setting in a blue and white with silver shimmers.  It’s a color combination that perfect for Hanukkah and the entire winter season. Take a look…

My inspiration for the design began with the blue tablecloth made from a Duralee fabric from the Eileen Kathryn Boyd Collection. I love how the floral pattern sparkles!

Mercury glass finials, tea lights with tiny circles, and the textured silver container for the hydrangea came from Lush Life Home and Garden in Buckhead, while the linen napkins came from Atlanta’s Gramercy Fine Linens & Furnishings. The heirloom sterling silver napkin rings and dessert plates are from my personal collection.

The table setting reflects a number of recent interior design trends spotted at the Fall/Winter High Point Market, including a bit of shimmer with the fabric, silver finials and vase; circular motifs with the hydrangeas and tablecloth; and the folded look of the tea lights.

Here’s to setting the table stylishly this holiday season!

Images: 1 Susan Currie Design; 2 via Duralee

How to Select the Perfect Stone for Your Color Palette

Marmi Calacatta Gold Marble

When I began working on my concept for my Inspiration House bathroom design, selecting the stone for the vanity was a key element. I wanted a stone with colors that complemented the room’s other finishes. Marmi Natural Stone is my source for stone, and I love the variety in their inventory because they find unique quartz, marble and granite from quarries around the world.

Personal preference is a major contributor when selecting the color of the stone. People should choose a pattern and color they love so they can enjoy it for a long time.

I’m always fascinated by how our clients choose their stone color. For those who love stone and want the stone to be a focal point, they choose their stone early in the process and allow the color palette suggested by the stone to drive the completion of their design process.

“When clients come into the showroom and they have already chosen paint, fabric and tile selections, they are looking for stone that complements and completes their design. This usually takes a bit longer, but stone offers such a wide range of color and movement that it proves to be an enjoyable process.”     Judy Talley, Marmi Natural Stone

One of the most important elements in choosing stone is selecting it in person since there will be interesting variations in every slab.

Happy stone hunting, and don’t forget to come see the fabulous Calacatta Gold honed marble I selected for my design at the Inspiration House in Atlanta next year! The premier is on Jan. 29, followed by tours on Jan. 29, Feb. 2-5 and Feb. 9-12.

Image via marmistone.com

Holiday Gift Guide: Susan Currie’s Top Etsy Picks

You may have your holiday shopping underway, but are you still trying to think of the perfect gift for stylish friends? Etsy is one of my favorite places for finding unique holiday gifts. Here are a few I love!

Aren’t these little cow bells fun for the holidays? But don’t put them away after the holidays. They’ll add interest to your home year round. I love vintage pieces like this!

Vintage Christmas Ornament, Cow Bells from EstherandHarper

Why not give someone you love some new decorative pillows to change the look of a room and add color? One year my sister gave me a fabulous pillow that I still adore.

Designer Decorative Pillow – Cherry Blossoms from Willa SkyeHome

I make potholders for my friends like we did when we were in elementary school. They’re easy to make while watching TV, or just order one from Etsy. I love this red and white pinwheel design.

Red and White Pinwheel Woven Cotton Loop Loom Potholder from taramade

Where’s your go-to spot for unique gifts? We’d love for you to share!

Is ’80s Style Coming Back?

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles recently explained some of the trends that took over in the ‘80s are in style again, including bright colors and preppy looks. The good news is, now ‘80s style has an updated, modern spin that looks downright chic in current interior design.

Bright colors have been spotted all over the decorating world, in textiles, furniture and even place settings.

Lilly Pulitzer’s fabrics for Lee Jofa

The preppy look has moved back in vogue as well, in the form of Lilly Pulitzer’s new home line along with other preppy patterns. Visit AH&L for a look at fresh design products reminiscent of ‘80s style.

And speaking of reminiscing, this has all brought me back to my days in the ‘80s—permed hair, shoulder pads and all.

My high school friends and I dressed in our preppy best for Homecoming!

This was mid-‘80s, when we were moving out of preppy mode but still sporting big hair. There were even shoulder pads in my shirt!

How do you feel about these ‘80s trends—bright colors and preppy looks—coming back in home design?

Image: 1 via Elle Decor; 2-3 Susan Currie

Susan Currie Selected to Design Room in Upcoming Inspiration House

I have to start telling you about the 2012 Inspiration House that’s part of the fabulous Cathedral Antiques Show. The showhouse gods shined down on me, and I was selected to design a room. If you love blue—a soothing hue in color theory—you’ll have to come see my creative twist to one of the bathrooms. As a color associated with cleansing and relaxation, blue is perfect for the palette of a spa-like space.

Many of my vendors are supporting my efforts and helping bring my design concept to life at the Inspiration House, so I am going to start telling you about these great showrooms and manufacturers—but I’m only going to tickle your fancy with a few per post, so check back to the blog for more!

This is the Dedar fabric I selected.

First on my list is Jerry Pair, who represents Dedar, founded in 1976 in Italy. Italy produces some of the finest fabrics, and if you’re familiar with the area near Como, you know about the many fabric manufacturers there. I love this area of Italy and am thrilled to have Dedar’s support. I’d like to give special thanks to these three deserving contributors: Jamey Laughery from Jerry Pair; Roger Cahoon, President of Dedar’s North American Division; and Barter and Galambos, the workroom that’s set to make a stylish shower curtain with the Dedar fabric.

The Inspiration House is on the grounds of Atlanta’s Cathedral of St. Philip. There will be a premier for the Inspiration House on Jan. 28, and then tours Sundays and Thursdays through Feb. 12. Follow the blog for more updates on the Inspiration House and my design.

Add Cheerful Yellow to Wintry White Designs

Wintry white spaces have been trending lately in the interior design world, not only in big-name magazines, but also in the decorating blogosphere. But white on its own is a little too cold for my taste, so I suggest adding yellow to a white space to lift your spirits this winter. According to color theory, yellow invokes joy and happiness, so take a look at these cheerful rooms that feature creamy white and yellow, and start getting inspired!

I love the buttery yellow walls and accents in this living room, where the furniture is predominantly white and light gray.

Gray is the new beige, after all, and I love how it looks in this room with cream and yellow.

 If you’re starting with a white base, add yellow through accessories like drapes and pillows.

What do you think of white and yellow in interior design? I think they make a wonderful decorating duo for uplifting spaces!

Photos: 1 via housetohome.co.uk; 2 via Houzz; 3 via caitlincreer.com