Thursday, November 27, 2014

Deisgner Predictions: Colour and Trends for 2015

2012 was Tangerine tango, 2013 was Emerald Green and 2014 was Radiant Orchid....What did 11 designers predict the 2015 Colour of the Year will be?   Which trends can we expect to see in the new year? Pattern? High gloss? Bold? Bright? Deep? Dark? Which is your favourite?

Greek Blue

"The blue of the Mediterranean, and the tops of the churches in Santorini—or Papers and Paints' TC32. It's so rich and fabulous, perfect when paired with a grey or pink"
-Sara Story
As seen here in the dining area of designer Robert Passal's Miami Beach apartment.







60s Shades
"I saw palette of 60s colors on the 2015 runways that was exciting—shades like olive and orange are being given new life."
-Alexandra Kaehler
As seen here in a Manhattan apartment designed by Miles Redd.






Sour Green With Blue
"We thought a lot about color trends as we were designing our Duralee fabric line and we love a little sour green mixed in with anything—here, vibrant versions of classic blue and green have a fresh, bold look."
-Anne Maxwell Foster and Suysel dePedro Cunningham of Tilton Fenwick
As seen here in Tilton Fenwick Prints for Duralee fabric.






Pastel Palettes
“I’ll be looking back to the pastel palette of LA in the 80s—optimistic color combinations of orange and purple sunsets, green palm trees, aqua pools, and pink flamingos. It’s a muted palette with shocks of neon—Monet meets Molly Ringwald."
-Christos Prevezanos
As seen here in a New York living room by designer Fawn Galli.








Neutral Gray
Gray is definitely the hottest neutral these days—it sets the perfect backdrop. I love combining soft gray walls with dark charcoal doors and a pale, grayish-white ceiling. One of my favorite paint colors is “Repose Gray” by Sherwin Williams."
-Jeff Andrews
As seen here in a family room by designer Betsy Burnham.






Renaissance-Inspired
“The combinations of greens, plums, cerulean blue, beiges and whites- and the mixing of patterns and textures, as seen in many Renaissance paintings.
-Alessandra Branca
As seen here in The Arnolfini Portrait by Jan van Eyck.






Olive Green
"Olive greens will be popular in 2015—I just did a kitchen with olive cabinets and it looks wonderful. The shade is warm, organic, and neutral for almost any other color you pair with it."
-Capella Kincheloe
As seen here in Kristin Hein and Philip Cozzi's Provincetown, Massachusetts kitchen.






Bold Color Mixing
"I love mixing colors, like pinks, purples, and vivid green with aqua and turquoise. Here, I'm using purple Ikat from Madelihttps://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=8406936427421090250#editor/target=post;postID=1557887669000487863ne Weinrib, Aqua wallpaper from China Seas, Matouk's vivid pinks for bedding, and a citrusy green to keep things fresh."
-Grant K. Gibson
As seen here in a palette by Gibson.








Warm Tones
“I'm seeing warmer, muddy colors start to come back into vogue. I can't get enough of rust, olive, dusty mint, and aubergine—and I still like a splash of bright color thrown on top though, just to keep things exciting!”
-Jenny Komenda
As seen here in a Greenwich Village apartment by designer Fawn Galli.





Dynamic Parings
"For 2015, pair the classics with unexpected accents to make the scheme dynamic and vibrant—I love black, grey and white with splashes of red, and brown, blue, and green with orange citrus tones."
-Malcolm James Kutner
As seen here in the master bedroom of a California house by designer Stephen Shubel.






Glossy Blue
“I'm seeing a lot of deep rich blues with a glossy finish—often paired with white for a surprisingly modern twist on a classic.”
-Susanna Salk
As seen here in a Los Angeles dining room by designer Mary McDonald.

 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

We Answer Wednesday - All About the Holiday Centerpieces



“I am always looking at magazines for ideas for my centerpieces, but they all look so expensive and hard to put together. How can I get that look for my home?”


So many people are entertaining from home these days. This is a fad that many thought wouldn’t stick around but entertaining at home is typically more budget friendly and a great way to show off your beautiful home! There are a lot of different ways to throw a dinner party from a formal party to a backyard BBQ, but regardless of your type of party, 9 times out of 10, there will be a centerpiece on the dinner table. 

Here are some suggestions on what to use as a centerpiece for your dinner parties.




Floral centerpieces are a classic and traditional option. There are so many different types of floral arrangements that can be present on your table. So how does one decide?

 A Kate Spade-Inspired Styled Shoot |  photographer: anneli marinovich photography // shoot concept, coordination, styling, crockery, and glassware: b.loved wedding design and styling // florist: brian kirkby flowers // d├ęcor & details: eagle eyed bride // footed bowls and votives: wedding day hire // stationery: golden apple designs


Incorporate a colour scheme
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Part of hosting is making things look nice for your guests. Plan your floral arrangement based on a predetermined colour scheme. For example, if you have all white dishes and serve ware, incorporating another colour will enhance the table setting. Maybe you love purple and don’t own any purple dinner accessories. A centerpiece is a fabulous place to incorporate it. A white and purple floral arrangement would be a beautiful way to spice up your traditional white dishes.
There are so many sizes and shapes and styles of centerpieces to create. Depending on the size of your table, you may have the space to have multiple arrangements on the table. A series of small vases instead of one large arrangement gives your table a fresh look. It doesn’t have to be flowers either! As you can see in this photo, beautiful and bold lilacs in these oversized teal vases with glass bottles mixing in for fun make a big impact but the arrangement is so simple, paired with robin's egg blue dinner plates and glasses set on the rough textured, reclaimed wood harvest table looks absolutely incredible for a spring dinner or wedding

Beautiful!!


Candles
Candles are another classic option for a center piece. These can be arranged in many different ways using various colours, sizes and textures. Candle centerpieces have so much DIY potential, and with sites like Pinterest and Houzz, the options are truly endless for what you can do! There’s no reason to go crazy expensive either.. simple is beautiful too. If you’re looking for a wow-factor, be creative with your arrangement, it will look great!! 





Holiday Themed Centerpieces are so much fun. For Christmas, try adding ornaments into a large dish. Throw in a little sparkle if you can! A little glitter by candle light will make your table shine. 

 vases full of metallic ornaments - such a simple centerpiece idea!  #holidayentertaining

When it comes to 'dressing up' your table think about these important points...

1.  Time of year, seasonal decor is easy to find so it won't be a stressful endeavour to under take

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2. Type of gathering.  Is it formal? Casual? Family-friendly? Inside or Outside?  This will be vital when decide what to put on that table

Simple and lovely - would mix the white dishes with my Spode red & white polka dot ones.


3.  How crafty are you? there are tons of great ideas with glue guns, glitter and so much more but if you aren't a crafty soul you could get stressed out, keep it simple, Sometimes the simplest decor makes the most impact
Mason jars and gourds pair perfectly together to create a beautiful autumn centerpiece

4. Waste.  If you worry about waste think about edible centerpieces like fruit, candy, nuts or even beautiful artisan bread laid and displayed in a chic way.  If you opt for florals, think about how you could re-purpose the arrangements in your own home or give them away as a 'prize' like you often see at Weddings.
Entertaining: Fun and Flirty Canny Creations - love this idea for an Italian theme party table

  
You can do so much with basics like ribbon, mason jars, flowers, paint, glitter, flowers, twigs, burlap, leaves, pumpkins, nuts, fruit, coffee beans, candles and other basics from around the home, the possibilities are really endless.....


mason jar centerpiece....