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Category: Design Trends

Kitchen Design Basics

Where does one begin to plan a new kitchen? Clearly a space plan is needed and we recommend starting with appliances. Where are they? How far apart are they? How many are there? Which ones? And what sizes? These are all key questions that will need to be answered. Designers used to think in terms of work triangles to layout the three basic functions of a kitchen: cooking, washing and refrigeration. However with today’s kitchens getting larger the work triangle
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Wallpaper is back and in a Big, Big Way!

It seems like wallpaper went out with the last millennium and it has been shunned ever since. Seen as old and dated, tired and old school, wallpaper sales plummeted in past decades. However, all that is about to change. Wallpaper has been making a comeback in recent years and it’s getting hotter now than ever. Paint is great and we love using paint for color or pattern, but you can rarely achieve the same style, depth and interest with paint
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Interior Designers and their Obsession with Details

Last week we talked about custom versus off-the-rack. As a continuation of that discussion, one thing to consider when doing custom work is the many number of details one can incorporate into your design. They say “God is in the Details” or “the Devil is in the Details”. In the interior design profession it’s definitely godly when the details are right and the devil’s work when the details go wrong. So what do we mean by details? Well any object
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Movies and Television as Design Inspiration

Right in the middle of awards season between the Golden Globes and the Oscars it comes to mind that as fans of great interiors frequently we are inspired by Hollywood. Have you ever watched a television show or movie and been more interested in the interior design of the space than the actual plot and actors? It happens to us constantly. Creative people are more likely to have some attention deficit issues but when the interiors are so beautiful or
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Big Bold Brass & Gold

(Read this like the little girl in Poltergeist)… They’re back! That’s right! After many years of being out of fashion the “yellow” metals like gold, brass, and light bronze are back with a vengeance. For most of the millennium to date the whiter metals like nickel, chrome and stainless steel have reigned supreme but move over white metals because now the yellow metals are back and they are making a huge assault on interior furnishings. They are literally showing up
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Beige is Boring

While often thought of as such, beige rooms do not have to be boring. Stark white gets recognition for its dramatic clean bright beauty, but a light tan, a warmer softer light color does not get the credit it deserves. When an architectural white is too cold, beige is frequently a more soothing and comforting hue. Last week we wrote about collecting and displaying art. There are few colors that compliment art as much as beige. It recedes and acts as a
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The Banquette is Back

The banquette is one of those pieces of furniture that is very under-rated but highly functional. Defined as “an upholstered bench along a wall, especially in a restaurant or bar” the French word describes a variety of shapes and styled upholstered seating usually used for dining seating. If space is limited this wall hugging piece of furniture eliminates the need for circulation around a dining table and pushes the seating group against a wall, allowing for more seating in a
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150 Shades of Gray

We are just back from “Market” and the one trend that kept popping up in almost every showroom at this season was gray. “Market”, as designers refer to it, is the High Point Market that takes place in High Point, North Carolina twice a year, spring and fall, April and October to be exact. The High Point Market is the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world, bringing more than 75,000 people to High Point every six months. This year was
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Kitchen Design Basics

Where does one begin to plan a new kitchen? Clearly a space plan is needed and we recommend starting with appliances. Where are they? How

Read More »

Big Bold Brass & Gold

(Read this like the little girl in Poltergeist)… They’re back! That’s right! After many years of being out of fashion the “yellow” metals like gold,

Read More »

Beige is Boring

While often thought of as such, beige rooms do not have to be boring. Stark white gets recognition for its dramatic clean bright beauty, but a

Read More »

The Banquette is Back

The banquette is one of those pieces of furniture that is very under-rated but highly functional. Defined as “an upholstered bench along a wall, especially

Read More »

150 Shades of Gray

We are just back from “Market” and the one trend that kept popping up in almost every showroom at this season was gray. “Market”, as

Read More »

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