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What We Took Away from the ADAC Product Showcase 2021


As we move into 2021, there is a sense of optimism. In an effort to escape the stress and uncertainty of the pandemic, friends and clients have been telling us that they want their homes to be calming and serene environments. This extends to backyards and front porches, as we all try to enjoy the fresh air and beautiful scenery from the safety of our own homes. The outdoors offers opportunities to bask in the beauty and tranquility of plants and wildlife. There’s nothing more perfect than the bloom of a flower, the unfurling spiral of a fern shoot, or a pinecone that has fallen from a tree. All are part of nature’s perfect code known as ‘the Golden Ratio’ – Fibonacci’s sequence of numbers that are behind the pleasing spiral that we see nature as well as art, architecture, and design. The Greeks used this same golden ratio in their architecture. I anticipate seeing more designs that incorporate the Greek orders and classical architectural motifs this year.As we move into 2021, there is a sense of optimism. In an effort to escape the stress and uncertainty of 2020, many friends and clients say they want their homes to be a calming and serene environment. Which extends to the yards, as people want to enjoy the fresh air and beautiful scenery from their patio or balcony. The outdoors offers opportunities to bask in the beauty and tranquility of plants and wildlife. There’s nothing more perfect than the bloom of a flower, the unfurling spiral of a fern shoot, or a pinecone that has fallen from a tree. All are part of nature’s perfect code known as ‘the Golden Ratio’ – Fibonacci’s sequence of numbers that are behind the pleasing spiral that can be seen in nature as well as art, architecture, and design. The Greeks used this same golden ratio in their architecture, so I hope we will see more designs that incorporate the Greek orders and classical architectural motifs.

We’ve been looking ahead at what’s in store for us in 2021. I just love Baker’s Huxley Table and I’m excited to use it in our design work. It’s perfect for spaces in which you want to blend more modern, sleek furnishings with classically-inspired antiques. The table’s base is reminiscent of fluted columns – it reminds me of great Greek architecture like the Parthenon, and so many beautiful historic buildings in Atlanta and New Orleans.

We recently put together a mood board for ADAC’s 2021 Product Showcase. As we checked out all of the new products being released this season, the ones that really grabbed me were the new fabrics from Cowtan & Tout.  I especially like the Uppark pattern with nature scenes embroidered into it. Color is one of the calling cards of my design, and what excites me about this fabric is how it subtly introduces a variety of colors. The blues and greens are uplifting, and even fans of more neutral interiors will enjoy how well they work with a variety of neutrals, from lighter tans and taupes to medium grays and bronze finishes. The patterns themselves aren’t very modern but I think they make a brilliant pair with sleeker profiles, adding a layer of warmth and comfort atop the clean lines.

Photo – Cowan & Tout

As I looked at the new products being introduced by showrooms at ADAC this year, I was drawn to sculpted, curvilinear shapes that give a soft feel to interiors. These softer furnishings, like Janis et Cie’s Senja Low Arm Recamier and Minotti’s Mattia chair are great places to land after a challenging day. 

I’m also excited about the growing popularity of natural materials; cotton, ramie, stone, metal and wood.  Product designers are creating furnishings and accessories with natural materials that highlight the materials’ unique qualities, like the gorgeous marble Vespera Lamp from Currey & Company that UpCountry Home offers.

Julian Chichester used vellum on their Alfred Chest, creating natural undulating patterns that lead the eye to wander off to imaginary places. 

As I worked on the mood board for ADAC, I also felt that rectilinear shapes, like those of Baker’s Encore Etagere and Made Goods’ Rowen mirror, added nice contrast to these softer, more sculpted pieces. And, as always, we need texture! Texture is abundant in nature, and I think it’s a big part of what we will see in 2021 design trends.

And, as always, we need texture! Texture is abundant in nature, and I think it’s a big part of what we will see in 2021 design trends. Like these window treatments from Hartman & Forbes represented by Ernest Gaspard & Associates at ADAC.

Photo – Hartman & Horbes at Ernest Gaspard & Associates

Advice from Susan:

My advice to anyone looking to revamp their home is don’t let too much time pass without an update. Keeping your home décor fresh will not only increase your enjoyment of the space, but will also help maintain your home’s value.  Don’t wait until you are planning to sell your home to tackle home improvement projects or to renovate a kitchen or bath.

Simple changes like new paint, wallpaper, a sofa, or perhaps replacing an old faucet can make the world of difference in the feel of your home.  

For more info or to schedule a consultation, email us at susan@susancurriedesign.com or call 504-862-5800.

3 Things to Keep in Mind When Buying Vintage Lighting

As a New Orleans interior designer, I always like to remind homeowners who are in the midst of planning their home remodeling not to forget about their lighting set up. Planning out the lighting scheme is one of the most important aspects of a successful home design. Recently, I’ve been suggesting the use of vintage lighting. Vintage lighting can add a unique feel to the interior design that is at the same time very elegant as well. If you decide on using vintage lighting, then make sure that you keep these three things in mind:

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    Make sure to get the right Antique Lighting for You

    Hire an Appraiser – If you are purchasing valuable vintage lighting fixtures, make sure that you have a second opinion on its worth unless you trust your dealer completely. Either way, having written documentation proving its value is nice for insurance purposes.

  • Check the Wiring – Older lighting fixtures such as vintage chandeliers or sconces were most likely not produced with today’s compatibility or safety standards. Have them checked by a licensed electrician before using them.
  • Find a Parts Supplier – If you’re buying vintage pieces, there’s a good chance that you’ll find something you’re absolutely in love with, but that has a flaw or two. Having a supplier that can replace certain parts is invaluable.

These three New Orleans interior designer tips will help you out enormously if you are on the lookout for vintage lighting. For more information about your lighting scheme and other interior design elements, visit 64 in the Box.

Celebrate the Opening of My Inspiration House Design

Recently I’ve been sharing updates on the blog about my bathroom design for the 2012 Inspiration House in Atlanta, a part of the Cathedral Antiques Show. With the Inspiration House premiere party and tours coming up so soon, I want to invite you to celebrate the opening of my blue bird inspired bath design.

For more details, visit the Cathedral Antiques Show website or email info@susancurriedesign.com.

Bathroom Design: Making Old Grout Look Amazing

Grout might not be the most glamorous topic related to bathroom design, but it’s important nonetheless. I am amazed how I was able to transform the grout in my Inspiration House bathroom with the help of a simple product. I have to thank Josh Andrews and Bob Andrews with Gilcraft Construction for finding PolyBlend Grout Renew. It changed the dull, worn off-white grout into a wonderful warm grey. The contrast with the original ’80s tile that’s back in style transformed old and worn into fantastic! Check out the before and after…

BEFORE:AFTER:This is a simple solution for anyone who is renovating a room with grout that may be stained and won’t clean up well after using grout cleaner.

Don’t forget to visit the Inspiration House later this month or in early February to see my whole bathroom design put together!

A Mural Adds Spectacular Color and Interest to a Room

A mural is a creative way to add color and decorative interest to any room, and I’m happily including one in my Inspiration House room that’s set to open on Jan. 28.

Finding the right decorative painter can be a fun process, and many interior designers have a list of muralists they’ve worked with. As a designer I work with my clients to understand what they want to achieve conceptually. Then the process turns to working closely with the artist on sketches and boards that can give the client an idea of how the mural will take shape.

I selected Stephen Byrd, a talented muralist in Atlanta, to work with me on my Inspiration House design. He took my concept drawings and translated them wonderfully onto the walls. Most of the other finishes in the bath are neutral, so I added color with the spectacular mural, a colorful vanity refinished by Mark Davis, and a beautiful blue shower curtain.

But the mural is the element that ties all the finishes together. Here’s a little sneak peak, but you must come to the Inspiration House to see the final results!

I look forward to talking to you all when you tour the house. I can only give you little hints of what it will look like, but you’re going to be amazed!

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

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

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.