{friday finds: bachman’s holiday ideas house 2016}

Bachman's Holiday Ideas House 2016

Guest Bedroom – I’d love to see this at night with the overhead light turned off and the headboard lights on.

Visiting the Bachman’s Holiday Ideas House is a perfect zen way to ease into the holiday season. A mixture of old, new, and repurposed, the Bachman’s design team brilliantly transforms the family home with the change of seasons. The Ideas House offers all kinds of inspiration from gift ideas, table settings, and decorating ideas for inside and outside of your home. An added bonus for me was a room painted in my new favorite color – pink.

The Holiday Ideas House 2016 theme  is “Winter’s Frost  & Glow” with the following key trends:

  • Glowing Lights – Illuminate the season with a magical glow of string lights, candles, and lanterns.
  • Birch – Embrace the beauty of nature with birch details found throughout the house.
  • Mixed Metals – A mix of galvanized metals, gold, and silver find a perfect match to add elevated sophistication.
  • Plaid Patterns – Cozy layers of buffalo plaid pillows and accents transform the home into a welcoming space.
Bachman's Holiday Ideas House 2016

Ceramic deer off to the left add a bit of whimsy to the table.

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{benjamin moore 2017 color of the year: shadow 2117-30}

Benjamin Moore Color of the Year 2017 Shadow 2117-30

Shadow 2117-30 | Benjamin Moore

The reaction to Benjamin Moore’s 2017 Color of the Year has been a bit of surprise and delight. Shadow 2117-30 is a deep, dark, subtle mixture of charcoal and purple.

House Beautiful called it “anything but neutral,” and Architectural Digest discussed the versatility of the “moody, amethyst hue.”

“I love it. It’s sophisticated, warm, and fresh. I can see it in a library or a small office. It would make a room feel cozy,” says designer Ally Banks of Ally Banks Interiors in the District, who is using the color on chairs, accent pillows and stools in a current project. – Washington Post

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{product spotlight: hirshfield’s platinum ceramic paint}

When you think of ceramic tile — or anything else for that matter — you probably think of high quality, easy cleanup, and a long-lasting finish. And “ceramic” paint is no different.

Hirshfield’s PLATINUM CERAMIC™ with Ceramic Stain-Release Technology is a premium acrylic latex interior paint that helps walls maintain that just-painted look in homes, schools, health care facilities, offices and more — thanks to the power of tiny ceramic microspheres.

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What are ceramic microspheres?

Hirshfield’s PLATINUM CERAMIC™ paints contain ceramic microspheres which are manufactured exclusively by 3M. The ceramic microspheres are tiny, microscopic beads that look like a fine white powder.  The ceramic beads combine with a high quality, 100% acrylic resin to create a hard, smooth surface that is extremely resistant to stains, burnishing, and abrasion. Plus, because of their smooth shape, the paint applies with improved brushing and rolling qualities.
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{interior trim 101: five fool-proof whites for all your rooms}

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Picking a trim color can be tricky. You want one color to tie all of your rooms together, but you also need to complement the colors in each of those rooms.

The answer is off-white, right? Not so fast.

If you’ve ever tried a white with a green undertone in a pink-toned room (or maybe cream with red undertones in a blue room),  you realize that all whites are not created equal. Some are much more neutral than others.

So, we turned to experts from our Hirshfield’s stores —Sherry from Baxter and Faye from Woodbury — for some of their favorite fool-proof whites that will work in any room.

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{friday finds: new looks from eijffinger}

The newest book from the wonderful Dutch wallpaper company Eijffinger has a Danish influence. This fun, funky, colorful new collection in collaboration with RICE, the Danish homewares and accessories company, known for colorful melamine, handmade baskets, storage, and hand glazed tablewares.

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Metallic gold dots on a white background – best looking pattern in the book!

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From the glittery, gold polka dots to its vibrant, playful, mural-like prints, this collection stays true to RICE’s motto —”make  your everyday more colorful.”

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{friday finds: tips for decorating with organic materials}

One of this year’s big trends is decorating with organic materials. Our design team highlighted the combination of gold and glam with organic materials when they came back from High Point Market Week this spring, but what if you want to bring organic materials into your own home?

Here are 8 tips to help you add warm textures and earthy beauty to your decor — organically.

1. Use wood in unexpected places, like the bathroom:

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Credit: Lee & Co Contractors

If the full wood wall feels a bit like a Scandinavian sauna, we understand. You could just go with the wood shelves that complement it:
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2. Become a dream-weaver:

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{friday finds: paint colors with a cult following}

What are your “go to” colors?  Remodelista asked designers and architects for their favorites — 10 Paint Colors with Cult Followings — and it’s no surprise that some of our favorite colors from Benjamin Moore and Farrow & Ball dominated the list.

Simply White | Benjamin Moore

Simply White | Benjamin Moore

1. Simply White from Benjamin Moore

Simply White | Benjamin Moore

Simply White | Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore’s 2016 Color of the Year was called “the perfect wall color” by New York designer Lauren Rubin, and San Francisco designer Kriste Michelini added, “it is my go-to white — fresh, versatile, and warm — and it works in any home, whether traditional or modern, with a warm or cool palette.”

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