It’s official! Pantone has chosen their color of the year for 2014.

“A human being isn’t an orchid, she must draw something from the soil she grows in.”

-Sara Jeannette Duncan

 A home is not only your personal sanctuary but the stage on which you live out some of your most important moments.  It’s where the family grows into their future and your time is spent in joy and reflection. A home is the soil that will feed and support life’s journey that will ultimately end in a flowering bloom you can be proud of.  Bringing us to Pantones color of 2014, that not only promises to bring new growth into your life but also inspiration for the New Year.  Radiant Orchid is everything you love about being bold while upholding the beauty of bringing an Orchid into your living space.  A color well represented by this flower because of its rich, true, color and endless uses and opportunities throughout every room of a house.  From pillows to paint and all the drapes in between Radiant Orchid has unlimited applications, as I have even seen it blossom into jewelry and dresses.   Proudly making this color’s popularity a growing one across all fields of fashion and the perfect tone for freshening up your home this spring!

Sherwin-William’s Color Forecast: Part Two

Curiosity

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the attempt to make the modern smaller and sleeker it was only a matter of time we started exploring the undiscovered hues of the molecular level.  Out of “Curiosity” for the pure, wondrous and bizarre fashion has discovered a fantasy world of color that’s in complete balance with nature and the pressure to be new and unseen. Being referred to as Bio-design this intriguing new outlook demands to leave its fossilized mark in the, what’s what of 2014.

Intrinsic

Hugging the photos of your loved ones and ancestors around your home, “Intrinsic” truly belongs naturally in your living space. Derived from the past to stand as a “forget me not” as we proudly step forward never forgetting our roots.  Earning its colors from traditional dyeing techniques and textures from hand woven memories this collection is all about standing the test of time. All in effort to freshen up the old through preservation of what made us who we are.

Now let us step into the New Year with a Reasoning mind and a Diaphanous Curiosity for the Intrinsic.

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!

Up, up, and away.

Charged with the task of creating a modern airplane-themed child’s bedroom, Designs Of The Interior (DOTI) had to hunt down sleek, silver, high-gloss accessories – preferably airplane themed – to complete the fun tangerine and aqua space that we helped design to the client’s wishes. This was no easy feat, considering that most airplane-themed furnishings are vintage, not modern. However, much to the delight of our client, we found this perfect silver jet lamp for the nightstand of her son’s bedroom. She exclaimed:

 “Oh my goodness…it is awesome!!!! … You certainly have a way with finding just the right stuff.”

The lamp fits the theme, the modern look, and, of course, the client’s budget, making everyone happy and excited to see the bedroom when it’s complete and ready to take off.

A window (treatment) to a whole different world.

 
BEFORE                                                              AFTER

If you ever wonder about the power of window treatments, look no further than this Jax Beach condo installation. DOTI assisted in the selection of lighting fixtures, rug, tables, chairs, accessories, and – you guessed it – window treatments. This bachelor pad was bleak and unwelcoming before, with the large windows doing nothing for the room but making it hard to see the television through the glare. However, once we added the panels of sheer fabric on either side of the windows, held up by chic silver medallions, the whole contemporary, modern feel of the room came together and finished off the room quite nicely. Our client didn’t even have to leave his condo for all this – and it was easily within budget, too!

We really love the croc-top nesting side tables (seen in the foreground of the second picture) and the arrangement of the contemporary metallic light fixtures; both are unique and add character to the room. The steely blue color of the walls, echoed in the sheers’ pattern, is modern but soothing and perfect for a relaxing, livable living space. Who would have thought that some hardware and sheer fabric could make such a difference, and that it would be so easy and enjoyable for you?