{window treatment wednesday: powerview earns interior design’s technolology award}

We’ve been raving about the PowerView Motorization System ever since Hunter Douglas unveiled the system last July. And a major design magazine agrees. PowerView recently earned Interior Design’s Best of Year Award for Technology.

Interior Design’s Best of Year ceremony was held at legendary architect Frank Gehry’s IAC Building in New York, where 975 designers, architects, and manufacturers gathered to learn the winners across 43 project categories, 61 product categories, and 11 materials.

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{friday finds: a new twist on damask in thibaut’s new book}

The latest collection from Thibaut Design has a familiar name, but Damask Resource Vol. 4 features a unique style that starts with the traditional Damask pattern and then introduces new colorways and innovative print treatments. The dramatic designs range from classic interpretations to modern shapes in sizable proportions and include printed corks, embossed vinyl, luxurious metallics, and flocked patterns.

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Rowan Damask | Metallic Gold on Peacock

The symmetrical layout of Passaro Damask features birds and other grand scrolls with luxurious colorways, like Metallic Pewter on Seafoam and Metallic Gold on Red.

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Passaro Damask | Metallic Pewter on Seafoam

In the red, a truly happy color, the detail of the birds and foliage really stands out. Kathy Basil of our Hirshfield’s Design Studio recommended a pattern very similar to Passaro Damask in a small powder room recently, and she said it looks beautiful, with a very “luxe” feel. Read the rest of this entry »

{friday finds: 2016 interior design trends}

It’s January — time to bring on the bone-chilling cold here in Minnesota, and time to make predictions for the new year in the design world.  It seems like everybody wants to predict what colors, materials, and styles will be hot this year, so we sifted through some of the best to bring you a look at the top interior design trends for 2016.

Matte Metal Tile by Miami Kitchen & Bath Fixtures Eden Mosaic Tile

The Wall Street Journal interviewed 26 top interior designers and picked black metals as the top trend for this year. Los Angeles designer Barclay Butera noted that “there is nothing fussy about iron and blackened steel,” which is showing up in simple hardware, bathroom fixtures and even flatware. Contemporary designers, such as Jasper Morrison blend it with wood and glass, or sometimes create entire pieces of matte black metal. “Welders are the new rock stars,” enthused New York designer Julia Haney-Montanez.

Kitchen by Tampa Appliances Famous Tate Appliance & Bedding Centers

Houzz.com agrees. A compilation of discussions on the design site identified colored stainless steel appliances as one of the top trends.  “Black stainless steel is making a buzz on Houzz,” the article says. “In a poll, nearly two-thirds of Houzzers say they would consider the dark alternative to shiny silver metal.” Examples include LG’s new Black Stainless collection (above), and Whirlpool’s Sunset Bronze finish.

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{color club’s top blog posts of 2015}

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As the year draws to a close, it’s always fun to review the highlights of the past year. We’ve gathered all of your favorite Color Club posts from 2015 – reread your personal favorites, and be sure to check out any that you may have missed:

  1. {50 shades of gray – the paint edition}
    There is quite the buzz in the air about the movie, 50 Shades of Grey, you can’t help but read about it, hear about it, and see it everywhere. People can’t seem to get enough of it. So welcome to 50 Shades of Gray – The Paint Edition.
  2. {bold and beautiful wallpaper trends for 2015}
    Wallpaper continues to gain popularity with homeowners and designers. Here is our look at wallpaper trends for 2015 – the hot colors, prints and textures – from some of the top manufacturers.
  3. {wallcovering wednesday – easy up and easy down with sure strip}
    If you’ve shied away from wallpaper in the past because you were worried about the paste and the mess, York has a paper for you. And if you avoid wallpaper because you hate trying to take it down later – you’ll like it even better.
  4. {backyard bungalows: designer sheds and outbuilding}
    Well, I have come upon a new trend – backyard sheds. Nope, not those ugly sheds designed to house your tools and your mower; but rather a separate building designed for relaxation, entertainment and a refuge from the real world.
  5. {fabulous front door paint ideas}
    A simple, inexpensive exterior makeover will add plenty of curb appeal (and home value) and welcome you home each day. And new paints make it even easier to brighten your front door.
  6. {choosing colors – going from beige to greige}
    I spent hours looking at paint samples, and I learned that gray can be a tricky color to choose as it can skew either blue or brown – and, depending on what accessories and furniture you have, it’s important to lean one way or another.
  7. {bits & pieces: dog washing stations}
    But we should add that if you’re painting the walls in your pampered pooch parlour, Hirshfield’s recommends our Heavy Duty Latex Enamel — doggone indestructible and highly resistant to the splishing and splashing and inevitable after-bath shaking.
  8. {what the color of your front door says about you}
    What’s so fascinating about the portal to a house? Perhaps it’s because an interesting front door communicates something about the personality you’ll find inside. What does your front door color say about your mood and your home?
  9. {how to pick the right paint color for your home}
    Painting the exterior of your home doesn’t happen often, so when you’re deciding on a color, you have to be 100% confident that this color will be timeless, elegant, and beautiful.
  10. {bachman’s spring revival ideas house 2015}
    The Bachman’s Spring Revival idea house is filled with attractive and affordable ways you can put your personal stamp on room design. This year, many inventive solutions utilizing found art and objects were featured.

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{design ideas to help with seasonal affective disorder}

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is an extremely common disorder that affects almost half of a million Americans. The winter months are dark, gray, and gloomy, which often makes our moods mimic the dark days.

However, here are six tips to help you beat the winter blues.

Rustic Exterior by Aspen Architects & Building Designers Architecture

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{friday finds: 8 unique ways to hang christmas stockings}

Hanging your stockings on the mantel above the fireplace is the traditional way, but what can you do if you don’t have a mantel? Or maybe you’ve decided it’s time to switch things up this year. Whatever your reason, we’ve created a list of some unique ideas to shake the stocking décor up a bit this year:

Wall Art

If you don’t have a fireplace for stockings, this is an easy, creative way to use a wall instead – with a rustic DIY framework to hang and support your stockings. Read the rest of this entry »

{how to warm up your home without using heat}

January is fast approaching, yet the winter weather has been pretty easy on us, so far.  Still, we’re bound to have plenty of cold weather ahead. Warm up your room and make it cozier without turning up the thermostat with these easy tips and tricks.

Credit: Most Beautiful Things

Credit: Most Beautiful Things

  • Paint your room a warm color.
    Although painting a room won’t make you physically warmer, the hue will make the room cozy and inviting — and the perfect place to warm up to a cup of hot cocoa on a chilly, snow day. Reds, deep oranges, and even neutral browns are great shades to start your warm getaway.
  • Change your sheets.
    A simple change to stay physically warmer is to change your sheets from cotton to flannel. Flannel sheets are cozy and inviting on a cold winter’s day. Adding a down blanket can help to conceal the heat as well.
  • Using warm light can make a once cold, drab room look inviting.
    Simply adding a colored shade to a lamp can make even the brightest bulbs emit warm light throughout a room.
  • Remember your feet.
    Wearing cozy socks around the house is helpful, but buying a fuzzy rug for an otherwise chilly room is a great and stylish way to spruce up a space and make it feel warmer this winter.

    Credit: Etxeko Deco

    Credit: Etxeko Deco

 

  • There’s nothing like wrapping up in a warm throw while lounging as a family.
    Buy an assortment of nice knit throws that incorporate the colors of the room they will be stored in. Just make sure there are enough to keep the whole family — and maybe some friends — warm and bundled!
  • Incorporate candles everywhere and anywhere!
    Candlelight is warm and if you don’t have a fireplace, lots of candles can bring that warm, fiery feel into any room.
  • Fire up the fireplace.
    Fireplaces are a wonderful gathering spot to play board games, enjoy a drink, or warm your toes — and your child’s — after a long day in the snow.

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