Power of art in the home.

Through the ages of time people have always understood the importance of having art in their life. From statues standing in town square to more personal works hanging in their home, art is a key factor in society. Not only is art a great way to record the past but, it also can add that personal human touch to any room of the house.  Easily turning the empty spots above fireplaces and walls into a focus point of conversation, while sharing your home with friends and family.  Whether it’s a painting of old or a new masterpiece, the styles and choices of what fits you and your desired environment are endless. Already have that piece your just absolutely in love with or has been in the family for years? Why not design a room around the art and incorporate everything you like about it into a actual living space. Now the next time you feel like something is missing you will know what, art.

Scarves and drapes.

Standing there clothed from head to toe in the latest fall collection, you find yourself wondering what is missing. A slight chill passes over your neck and the answer is clear, you forgot a scarf.  Placing your cashmere scarf around your neck, there’s this sense of warmth and completion added to your mood. Not only is your outfit well accented, but you’re more comfortable.  Now ask yourself, shouldn’t your home feel the same way?  A sanctuary in which you can enjoy all the beauty and elegance in the world surrounded by the hue of the drapes just like the scarf warmly, hugging your neck.  Portraying that luxurious and custom feel that you enjoy from your favorite shawl and giving it back into your home. Transforming the almost perfect room into an extension of oneself that lets everyone know your home represents you.  So no matter, the gorgeous frame, the finest fabrics find themselves around windows and self. There’s no reason both can’t be exquisite!

A passion for purple…

Does purple scare you?  Most people would say “YES”!  Just recently, we had the privilege to make this vision of violet come to life for one of our clients.  She could not get enough of this bold yet sophisticated color.  If you think “sophisticated” and “purple” don’t belong together, think again.  To accomplish this look, we paired
masculine touches that contrasted the  often- stereotyped “feminine” color. Metallic silvers and dark finishes were our accents of choice.  Bold shapes also added texture and a bit of masculinity.  Although the room is not dripping in these finishes, we used them in small areas of high importance.  Finally, we finished off the room by contrasting the vintage plum paint used on only one of the walls, combined with a pewter grey tone on all the others. Our client couldn’t be more satisfied with the results quoting, “It’s beautiful…I love it!” It’s safe to say this purple room was a pleaser!

 

               

Have a taste of the tantalizing twenties.

What with The Great Gatsby coming out in December and the allure of the more glamorous times of the past, it’s no wonder that 1920’s-inspired fashion, jewelry, and interior design is on the upswing.  I know I have an ardent longing for the fabulous parties and unapologetic wealth of the roaring twenties. The 1920’s and subsequent Art Deco movement “look” consisted of elongated shapes (like the feminine silhouette), geometric patterns, metallic embellishments, and an overall subtle extravagance. For inspiration, take a peek at the trailer for the upcoming Gatsby movie, or even the latest runway fashions (as seen above).

    

If you really like the 20’s look, it’s fairly easy to create a whole space that looks like it’s straight out of the twenties. What’s not to love? It’s traditional, with its rich materials like leather, but yet contemporary at the same time, with its clean lines and geometric shapes, both featured in the above dresser and folding accent screen.

Or if you’re a fan of moderation, Art Deco accents and fabrics are varied and easy-to-incorporate. I love the colors on the middle fabric and the uniqueness of the lamp; both would look perfect in a hallway or bathroom.  All these furnishings give your space an exciting and lavish look; it’s no wonder they were called the roaring twenties!

 

Take a tango with tangerine!

Is a neutral palette too tame for your taste? Then you will love the new 2012 Pantone Color of the Year, 17-143 TCX. And although you may think “Hey! 2012 is almost over; I don’t want an outdated color in my home!”,we at DOTI encourage you to think again – this cheery orange hue isn’t going anywhere. In fact, the Color Association of theUnited States has a few shades of orange listed on their Color Forecast for 2013, many of them are very close to this tangy hue. Tangerine is popular in both interiors as well as fashion because its brings together the vivaciousness and energy of red with the friendliness of yellow. Of course, being a bright color, it cannot be overdone, so doing an entire room in tangerine would probably be a little overwhleming. But as an accesorry, accent, or major focal point, this color is perfect. Make sure to look for he right balance of orange and pink – too pink you get into the corals, and too orange you get into the burnt, fake-tan color territory. If you want to brighten up your kitchen, energize your office or perk up your living room, take a look at these tangerine colored products we found from our vendors for inspiration. Tangerine pairs great with neutrals as well as other bright colors.  Try it in something small first to see how you like it…beware, this color will be your new favorite in no time!

  

Get a little wild!

Another hot fashion trend this year (which is as classic as it is popular) is animal print. Although at first you may be a little wary of its relevance – you’re not a teenage girl wanting a hot pink and zebra-print room, after all – the multitudes of styles, colors, and sizes for animal prints make it an easy trend to fit into your lifestyle. This zebra-print ottoman in the interior to the left adds a delightful pop of interest and pattern in a space that would otherwise be pretty tame. Or, just imagine this sea foam green zebra pattern on chairs like the one next to the aforementioned ottoman; it’s funky but subtle, and a great way to mix up an otherwise-traditional seating arrangement.

The same eye-popping effect can easily be pulled off with cheetah print; adding a warmer, more luxurious tone to anything it touches.. The visual texture of cheetah print gives sleek leather or pressed wood (seen in both pictures to the right) a partner fit for duty – fabulous home décor duty, that is.

Pretty and pink…

     

If you want to know what’s going to be popular in interiors, look no further than fashion trends. Coral + blue, either navy blue or its lighter counterpart teal are beautiful color complements that keep any interior (or outfit!) fresh and young. There are several ways you can splash some coral into your home. In the interior above, neutrals on the floor and ceiling with light blue on the walls and draperies make the coral on the chairs pop – without going overboard on color. Wood tone chair frames with coral upholstery are simple, elegant, and easy to do.

In the same vein, I simply adore this chair and its coral fabric. Although the interior is fairly minimal, the traditional-style chair with the bold coral fabric makes the space POP. In a similar fashion, you can use this upholstery fabric to dress up an arm chair or cushion, making a little reading nook a joy to look at. If you like orange and pink, coral has the best of both worlds – and is giving home décor a fresh new face.