It’s getting cold outside. In fact, it snowed in Boston…
After visiting the International Furniture Fair at the Jacob K. Javits Center a few weeks ago, I have come to some conclusions regarding the latest, greatest themes in Home Furnishings.
Faux Wood Lamp Shade
Wood, wood and more wood. Unfinished wood of every dimension was a hit at the show. Utilized in innovative ways to make this old standard look updated and interesting.
Wood Cutting Board by Canoe
Utilizing color in design can be a challenge, but Corita Rose, a young home furnishings company from England has got it down to a tee. I found this company at the ICFF, which was a real smash this time around. What caught my eye in the last row of the fair, was this brightest-of-bright couch that you see above.
Photo by Bizrate
What’s not to like about a color that hides dirt, dust and almost every unattractive substance that could come your home’s way? Gray is the color of your dreams when it comes to hiding unsightly business around the house. I recently installed a gray rubber floor in my basement and it is an outstanding choice. Between the “Kitty Vomit” and the outdoor track that comes in through the garage, I am one happy camper!
I am a paint advocate, but sometimes stain is a nice alternative. Stain achieves a natural finish that seals the surface and highlights texture, especially when it is used on certain woods that have pronounced grain patterns. I recently stained my deck in a color called “Cedar”, a popular color on the Cabots stain chart.
Stain not only replenishes a surfaces natural beauty, it protects the wood and prolongs its life. My deck had not been treated for over ten years and after re-finishing, it looks like a new build.
Lilacs are my all time favorite Spring flower and there are so many inspiring shades of this color to choose from. This palette ranges from the violet featured above to tones and shades that vary from the softest pink to the brightest purply white. Imagine painting a room based on these hues.
Colors de Mexico Collection by Sina Pearson
I deem a fabric collection successful when one look takes me to another region of the world, Sina Pearsons textiles do just that. The “Colors de Mexico” series shown above was inspired by all things Mexican. This designer is the perfect example of designing from inspiration. Her entire collection of fabrics are conducive of life experience and this is what makes them so successful, not to mention her expert color credentials.
Creeping Phlox also known as Mountain Pink, provide a bright display of the flowers shown above. Placing one of these in a rock garden or among a stone wall will deliver a show of color for the Spring spectacular mentioned last week. This plant comes in blue and white if you want to mix. Decorating in these colors is a favorite for girls rooms and can be integrated in a number of fun ways.