Archive | January 2014

Design Trends Now

Trends in design are unique and creative for 2014! They mingle new and old, modern, and classic, all in the same room. Layering textures and patterns while using a neutral background in wall color or large upholstery pieces sets the backdrop for adding pops of color in accessories, lamps, pillows and rugs.

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The influence of metals, especially brass is currently trending. Simple furnishings and the mixing of antique pieces with some modern accents (think Lucite tables or metal and glass) is very much in style.

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The use of natural elements like cork, driftwood, reclaimed wood, leather, and metal is the ongoing trend in decorating.

Wallpaper is making a comeback, but with more creative uses, like wallpapering behind shelves or in small niches and built-ins. Grass cloth makes a great background in small, as well as large areas. Smooth metallic and tone-on-tone geometric grass cloth brings a touch of the high end look to any room.

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New accent colors include yellow, found in hues ranging from citron to brassy gold; as seen on accent pillows or lamps.  Contrast your yellows with turquoise, navy blue, or gray tones. The aqua and turquoise palette are still strong and brings a calming effect to the room.

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There are many fabric trends, starting with geometrics. Although widely used, we like a softer side in a smaller scale and in much smaller doses. Florals have returned and are mixed in with geometrics and textures.

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Sheers are also new this year, achieving a modern look with metallic sheers. A soft and relaxed look by using sheer linen or cotton voile will bring an ethereal look to the room. The men’s influence in fabrics is also a nice welcome. Tartans and plaids, menswear, and leather will create a relaxed and comfortable setting. Ikats are still current, but as accents, and used to dominate the room.

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Overall, there are many new trends going on, and many that are being revived. With this new whirlwind of choices, you have to make sure that what you choose to beautify your home makes you happy! Your design should be your own personal choice and reflect you, no matter what trend is going on. Embrace your inner designer and have fun.

Visit the shop today or call for an appointment. It is always helpful to bring pictures of your windows, furnishings to be upholstered or area rugs  as a basis for beginning your design project. Simple measurements of windows or furnishings can be helpful as well.

If you’re not quite ready for that appointment, come by the shop at 1410 Market St. and look for your inspiration in colors, textures and styles. Our selection of in-stock decorator fabrics in the largest in the area, and our designer sample room offers the designer in you a wide array of choices.

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Home Renovation & Redesign Therapy

Today we feature a guest post from our friend and customer, Amanda Karioth Thompson. We are humbled at her expression of thankfulness; we’re inspired by her benevolent spirit.

 

It all started in September of 2012 when Judy asked me what paint color might be best to update her dining room. As a friend with an artistic eye, she thought I might be able to offer advice. After 14 months of renovation, dozens of  gallons of paint, hundreds of yards of fabric, countless light fixtures, furnishings, rugs, art, accessories and some major construction, we officially concluded the project that began, innocently enough, as a spiffing up of the dining room. 

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Home renovations, even minor ones, are like that. Once you get going, they tend to snowball. That was certainly not Judy’s initial intent (nor mine) but after five years immersed in grief over the death of her teenage son Christopher, Judy made up her mind to return to the land of the living. This wasn’t just a home renovation, it became design therapy. It was hard work emotionally, mentally and physically.

There wasn’t an inch of the nearly 3,000 square foot house that we didn’t address. It took many people to bring this project to   fruition, and the team at Chrysalis was instrumental in the successful outcome.  Almost all of the fabrics we used throughout the house came from Chrysalis and the entire staff was so supportive. They cheered us on, offered insight, gave us referrals and eagerly inquired about the progress. The fabrics from Chrysalis were used to reupholster furniture and create custom draperies, bedding and accent pillows.

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In   addition to the structural and cosmetic changes, there was a significant change in Judy. With each layer we peeled away, each photograph we framed, each family heirloom we highlighted, she began to slowly emerge from her grief.

Over time, Judy gave herself permission to feel good again and to enjoy her surroundings. She has come to believe that she has a right to joy and beauty. With support from friends and a lot of exhausting work, she clawed her way out of the deep crevasse of sadness. Judy has opened her eyes to a world where doing something good for herself doesn’t mean she has forgotten her son or that she misses him any less.  In fact, his presence is palpable in the house and Judy is now surrounded by beauty, comfort, light and love. 

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Thank you Chrysalis for helping to make that  possible!
Amanda Karioth  Thompson