Posts Tagged ‘Traditional Home’

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

blogfest2011 — access to inspired design

As if Brim­field this Fri­day were not enough to look for­ward to, next week is the long-awaited Blogfest2011! This 3-day event is strictly for design blog­gers or design­ers with blogs (not the same thing) and spon­sored by the won­der­ful peo­ple at Kravet and Lee Jofa. Kravet and Lee Jofa rec­og­nized early on the impor­tance and reach of "new media". They embrace social media in its many forms and clearly under­stand that 100+ blog­gers cham­pi­oning your brand and prod­ucts offers a major return on investment.


The agenda is sim­ply amaz­ing. Mon­day focuses on tra­di­tional design mag­a­zines and their evo­lu­tion in the "new media" world. (Not sure why I still put "new media" in quotes; it's not that new any more.) Atten­dees will hear from the edi­tors of House Beau­ti­ful, Veranda and Town & Coun­try. We will hear from those who cre­ate and pub­lish the gor­geous mags that you and I fill our inspi­ra­tion fold­ers from! I look for­ward to hear­ing how these tal­ented folks are nav­i­gat­ing the chang­ing media landscape.

Mon­day evening frankly sounds like a non-stop party! First a sneak peak and tour with (Elle Décor editor-in-chief Michael Boodro) of the Elle Décor Mod­ern Life Con­cept House. Fol­lowed by the #DesignTV cock­tail party and TweetUp hosted by Amy Dra­goo, Jonathan Legate and Joss & Main.

If we all sur­vive Mon­day, Tues­day is another action-packed day. Blogfest2011 coin­cides with both the Inter­na­tional Con­tem­po­rary Fur­ni­ture Fair and the Kips Bay Dec­o­ra­tor Show­house. (Note to self: charge cam­era bat­tery and bring [styl­ish] sen­si­ble shoes. 2nd note to self: go buy styl­ish sen­si­ble shoes.) We will be attend­ing both if we can walk really, really fast. Fol­lowed by lunch and the unveil­ing of the Lilly Pulitzer col­lec­tion from Lee Jofa. That already sounds like a full day, right? But wait: let's add Bar­bara Barry her­self pre­view­ing her new Indo­chine col­lec­tion with Kravet, and then hav­ing tea with all the atten­dees! OMG! At this point, I could pass out a happy, happy girl (prob­a­bly wear­ing slip­pers). No, let's hop on a bus to Long Island City for a cock­tail party where Tra­di­tional Home and Lee Jofa will present the Her­itage Col­lec­tion via sets designed by design lumi­nar­ies like Eric Cohler, Thomas O'Brien and Dia­mond and Baratta. And did I men­tion, they will be there??!! Full-scale swoon! Folks — it's not even din­ner time yet! Back to the city to the Sub-Zero and Wolf Man­hat­tan show­room in the A&D Build­ing for a culi­nary adven­ture. I. can. not. com­pre­hend. this. day.

And so Wednes­day dawns. Are you think­ing "how can they fol­low Tues­day with­out a let down?" Oh, I know — let's have break­fast with the amaz­ing Mar­garet Rus­sell, editor-in-chief of Archi­tec­tural Digest! Fol­low this with a stu­dio tour of Kravet, Lee Jofa and Brun­schwig & Fils for a glimpse into the world of fab­ric devel­op­ment. And a guided tour of the New York Design Cen­ter. Finally, the sweet end­ing will be in 1stdibs newly-opened NYDC space.

This post is just the agenda! Stay tuned over the fol­low­ing weeks as I share all the excite­ment that actu­ally takes place. And my pro­found thanks in advance to Kravet and Lee Jofa for offer­ing so many of us this won­der­ful opportunity!

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

tuesday musings: here a trend, there a trend

Inte­rior design­ers, like fash­ion design­ers, are always think­ing about trends. What are the trends in color and style? What’s new and dif­fer­ent this year? How long will this trend last?  A recent post by styl­ist Amy Dra­goo, wherein she ques­tioned whether she made her own kitchen too “trendy”, started me think­ing: is look­ing at trends a pit­fall in inte­rior design? Is it a nec­es­sary evil?  As design­ers and home­own­ers, do we embrace or avoid?

Inter­est­ingly, Merriam-Webster tells us a trend is (1) to extend in a gen­eral direc­tion OR (2) to veer in a new direc­tion. So which is it?

Every year, the color experts at Pan­tone announce a "color of the year", which they believe is on trend. Last year it was turquoise, this year honeysuckle.

pantone honeysuckle color of the year 2011

pan­tone hon­ey­suckle color of the year 2011

pantone turquoise color of the year 2010

pan­tone turquoise color of the year 2010

Did you (or any­one you know) rush out and buy all new every­thing in pink because it's the 2011 trend? I'm guess­ing not. If you already love pink, do you feel a fris­son of excite­ment to know you are now trendy? Maybe just a bit, right? If you never liked pink, did you per­haps stop and think about pink a lit­tle, re-examine your feel­ings and pre­con­cep­tions because it's trendy this year? Might see­ing a “trend” encour­ages some­one to embrace some­thing they never knew they liked? I would argue yes.

The newest Tra­di­tional Home mag­a­zine declares that navy, indigo and the dark­est of blues are now the trend. What?  Tra­di­tion­al­ists every­where are feel­ing vin­di­cated that the col­ors they have embraced for the past 20, 30 or 40 years are now con­sid­ered trendy! When does a trend become a clas­sic? I think when one moves from Merriam-Webster's def­i­n­i­tion 2 to def­i­n­i­tion 1. Deep blues are main­stays in many a tra­di­tional inte­rior. The trendy aspect may just be using them in newer ways, such as lac­quered walls, as seen on the cover.

traditional home april 2011

tra­di­tional home april 2011

As a designer, I think it's impor­tant to see what's new in home fur­nish­ings, tex­tiles and col­ors. There are so many cre­ative peo­ple work­ing to develop new and inter­est­ing prod­ucts for our indus­try, it's a joy to see and even mar­vel at them dur­ing Mar­kets and shows. I believe it is our job as inter­preters for our clients to exam­ine the new, and con­sider the stay­ing power of every item.  With Amer­i­cans redec­o­rat­ing (on aver­age) every 8 years, longevity is a must for major fur­nish­ing items. When a new trend strikes your fancy, incor­po­rate it in easy-to-change ways, just as you would with fashion.

In the case of a major ren­o­va­tion, chances are you've been think­ing about that dream kitchen for a long time. You've looked at pic­tures and torn out mag­a­zine pages, gath­er­ing ideas. If you've torn out 20 pages and they all have com­mon ele­ments, is it because you love that look, or because the pic­tures are all on trend right now? Over the years, white cab­i­netry was in, then oh-so-out. Wood cab­i­nets were pop­u­lar, then vil­i­fied. Dark fin­ishes were the rage, then light was the only way to go. As both a designer and a home­owner, I give con­sid­er­a­tion to the newest trends, but am not a slave to them. Ulti­mately, it's your space — trust your instincts and adopt the look you love whether it's con­sid­ered trendy right now or not.

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