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.

 

Colors 2014

Source: Pantone’s Official Website

The ten top colors of women for Spring 2014 are:

  • Placid Blue
  • Violet Blue
  • Paloma
  • Hemlock
  • Sand
  • Dazzling Blue
  • Radiant Orchard
  • Cayenne
  • Freesia
  • Celosia Orange

And for men several of the colors overlap from the women’s list while three where solely selected for their masculine shading. The three are:

  • Magenta Purple
  • Purple Haze
  • Comfrey

The beauty is each shading has a complementing pairing, one bold and one pastel and several neutrals that work as the perfect backdrop for the remaining selections. In fact, Pantone Color Institute executive director, Leatrice Eisman noted, “This season consumers are looking for a state of thoughtful, emotional and artistic equilibrium.”  And these color trends definitely give fashionistas plenty to work with when it comes to experimenting with new color combinations.

Would you like assistance in incorporating some of these new exciting shades into your life? Contact us online or give us a call at Susan Currie Design today at 888-624-1272.

High Point Market 2013!

High Point Market

Source: High Point Market

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.

High Point Market

Source: High Point Market

The Market is spread out over 10 million square feet in 180 buildings. Over 2,000 exhibitors will be there showcasing tens of thousands of new product designs. The event takes place October 19 – 24, Doors open at 9 a.m. sharp. Despite the fun, this really is a business opportunity for anyone in the industry. First-timers should checkout check out one of the free orientation seminars. It’s well worth the time.

With all this excitement, you know we’ll be there. We hope to see you too.

For more information about this exciting interior design event, please contact us at Susan Currie Design. Susan and her team can be found online at SusanCurrieDesign.com or reached directly at 504-237-6112.

“Evolve” KBIS 2013

KBIS 2013

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We love getting out to see new ideas for kitchen and bath design.  We’re taking advantage of the KBIS “Evolve” event this weekend, April 19th through the 21st, in New Orleans. KBIS stands for the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show and it’s something no interior designer should miss.

We’re experiencing interactive showcases of everything innovative and exciting in the kitchen and bath design world including:

  • First time exhibitions for the hottest kitchen and bath trends/products.
  • Expert presentations and speeches from kitchen/bath design and industry professionals.
  • The latest information on energy- and water efficient features for green building and design.
  • The Best of KBIS – Can’t make up your mind between specific products and/or manufacturers? The Kitchen and Bath Industry Show has selected the best of the best for you, and they will all be located under one roof.

It’s exciting to have the best of the industry in New Orleans and we can’t wait to share new trends and design ideas with our clients? If you’re planning to renovate your kitchen or bathroom, please think about calling us at  Susan Currie to help with planning your project!

Home Design Tip: Inject an Accent Color with Tile

Do you look around the rooms in your home, whether it be a bathroom, kitchen or outdoor living area and realize you need a pop of color?

Tile is a great way to integrate an accent color into your home design. Here are some ideas of how to add some color to your rooms.

Susan Currie

Image: Niche Interiors via Houzz.com

  • An accent color such as red goes well with a neutral bathroom.  Consider adding a band of different colored tile around your bathrooms walls. Red is a great color as it really catches the eye.
  • Create a focal point in your bathroom by creating a tiled wall in a bright color.  Try a blue like Azure to draw the eye as soon as you enter the room.
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Image: Debbie Basnett, Vintage Scout Interiors via Houzz.com

  • Give a contemporary look to any  kitchen by tiling a complete backsplash.  Consider the colors already in your kitchen and choose a color that will complement your style.
  • If you are looking for something a little edgier, take the backsplash all the way up and around one side of the kitchen.  Adding light and shine with a reflective glaze.
  • Tiles also work well outside.  Create a tile art wall somewhere in your yard for visual interest.  Your guests will love gazing at it while sitting outside.

Adding color to your home design can make your home feel like a new space.  If you are looking for custom window treatments then contact Susan Currie Designs today. 504-237-6112.

Color Inspiration: Frida & Diego in Atlanta

Susan Currie

Image: High Museum of Art Atlanta

 

Designing with bold colors is one of the benefits of living in the South, as all of the sunlight we get flatters bright colors. In this piece, we’ll talk about the current museum exhibit on Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, who have both embraced vibrant colors.

Susan Currie

Image: High Museum of Art Atlanta

The Frida & Diego exhibit is currently running at the High Museum in Atlanta, and it features over 120 paintings by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, one of 20th century Mexico’s most famous couples.  Frieda painted hundreds of vivid portraits, of herself and people she knew.  They have a decidedly Surrealist edge, with beautiful marriages of colors and faces, and strong contrasts of light and dark.  Diego, a muralist, was also fond of bold colors. He was a decade older than Frida when they married in 1929. Together, the pair lived in a now famous house in Mexico City. Frida’s half is sky blue, while Diego’s is red and white.

If you’re interested in trying out some striking, strong color schemes in your own home, give Susan Currie Design a call at 888-624-1272.

Fashion Meets Interiors: Trends from Fashion Week NOLA

Fashion Week NOLA was a festival of wonderful colors, patterns, and ideas. Home fashion often follows fashion, and I believe many of the looks we saw on runways will make their ways into fine homes this spring. Here are some trends from Fashion Week NOLA to be on the lookout for:

  • Bold color combinations. Fun, creative color combinations ruled the day. Many of the outfits were quite dynamic and a pleasure to take in.
color combos

Image via www.fashionweeknola.com

 

  • Incorporating patterns. Bold patterns were creatively mixed with solids. This trend is quite current in interior design as well!
Image via www.fashionweeknola.com

Image via www.fashionweeknola.com

 

  • Pastels. Many people think that pastels are wimpy–but that is not always the case! The right pastel can accentuate your skin tone. It can also be quite soft and feminine.
Image via www.fashionweeknola.com

Image via www.fashionweeknola.com

 

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Inspiration: Christmas Tree in London’s Design Museum

There’s a tree for every occasion. At London’s Design Museum, fashion designer Mary Katrantzou created a fun, modern 2D tree.

Christmas tree

Image via Editor at Large

The crisp, graphic creation has garnered rave reviews from magazines and websites such as The Editor at Large, which stated:

“The 2D design is visible on the museum’s outer wall, measuring over 9 feet tall. The tree combines Katrantzou’s trademark bold patterns with Christmas sparkle from design partner Swarovski.”

modern Christmas tree

Image via Editor at Large.

Mary Katrantzou’s fashion designs have the same artfulness and grasp of color as her 2D tree. This dress, for example, is at once simple and richly complex. Like the tree, it explores dimensions and visual perception. It also has beautiful greens and blues!

 

dress

Image via The Editor at Large.

For more of the things that inspire Susan Currie Design, visit our Pinterest page!

The True Meaning of Thanksgiving

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As many of us sat around the dinner table just a week ago to celebrate Thanksgiving, we counted the many blessings that we have in our lives. Our family, our friends, the roof over our heads, the food on our plates, our health; the list seemed endless. Then we think about those who are less fortunate than we are. The people affected by Hurricane Sandy, who might not have a roof over their head; those families who had to visit a shelter to enjoy a Thanksgiving Day meal; and the military families who aren’t together this year because of deployment.

This Thanksgiving, one family was a little more grateful for the time their shared together, and I had the privilege to help make this possible through my work at the American Red Cross. New Orleans Saints Owner and Vice-Chairman, Rita Benson LeBlanc teamed up with us at the Red Cross to reunite Louisiana National Guardsman SPC Brandon Davis with his family minutes before the Saints vs Falcons game at the Superdome for a special Veteran’s Day surprise. “This is exciting this is like a dream. Especially to come back and see my family an for the Saints game against the Atlanta Falcons. It’s a dream,” says SPC Davis.

It’s moments like these that I am so extremely proud to be part of such an amazing organization as the American Red Cross and at this Sunday Saints game against the 49ers, our volunteers will be collecting cards for Holiday Mail for Heroes.  This event is made possible through our partnership with the Saints. Stop by so you can help make a difference in the lives of the Armed Forces by sending a holiday note of appreciation to a service member.

American Red Cross

Tabletop Décor: Setting the Perfect Thanksgiving Day Table

The countdown to Thanksgiving Day is on. In less than 24 hours you’ll be hosting friends and family as you sit around the table to enjoy a special holiday meal. The menu has been planned, now you just need to focus on the decor.

Here are some of my favorite place settings for Thanksgiving that I found on Pinterest. As you can see pumpkins are still in season, so if you still have a few left over from Halloween, use they as part of the decor.  Keep it simple so you don’t have to spend too much time decorating the table.  The process should be fun and creative!

 

 

 

Now that the table is set it is time to freshen up on holiday etiquette. Patricia Napier-Fitzpatrick, the Founder and Director of The Etiquette School of New York, has shared tips on setting the “perfect table and being the perfect guest at one” on The Vivant.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xlc-2vgBhLA&feature=player_embedded

A Look Inside the World of Bond, James, Bond

Today the latest Bond film, Skyfall, opens in theaters across the country. For 50 years, 007 agent James Bond has shown his allegiance to the Queen of England all while looking dashing and breaking hearts. While the gadgets and the actors playing the role of the James Bond captivated me throughout the years, it was the settings that really stopped by heart.

I want to look back on the 50 years of Bond and showcase my favorite scene-stealer, the decor.

I love this wallpaper almost as much as I love Sean Connery, the original Bond, from movie From Russia With Love (1963).

Photo via Apartment Therapy

The famous “Elrod House” in Palm Springs, designed by John Lautner, played a key role in the 1971 film, Diamonds Are Forever.

Photo via Design You Trust

This 1974 Bond film, The Man With The Golden GunThis is a featured page, starred Roger Moore, who played the agent in seven films, more than any other actor.

Photo via Man With The Man With The Golden Gun

Another favorite is from the more recent film starring the latest Bond, Daniel Craig, Quantum of Solace (2008).

Photo via CKY Design

Which film is your favorite?