Wash The Winter Blues Away

Posted By Rebecca | Wednesday, February 11, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Every year Winter hits us (without much warning) like a ton of bricks.  The first snowfall is magical and we're quickly reminded of all the things Winter has to offer: skiing, sledding, snowball fights, hot chocolate, warm sweaters, fuzzy boots and fires.  It's certainly a time of year that, although cold --  very, very cold --  can bring a lot of fun through outdoor activities with family and friends.  However,  these long and cold days tend to drag on and on, and as soon as the groundhog sees his shadow (expressing 6 more weeks of winter) I think we're all ready for that first day of Spring.  With that being said, I was recently inspired by an artist, Kerri Rosenthal, who doesn't live too far from where I grew up in CT. Her warm, expressive paintings not only bring brightness and cheer to a space but they also have an incredible way of lifting your spirits when you enter the room.  Colors speak volumes and can transform your space and your mood on a cold Winter's day.  Take a look at some of Kerri's work below and if your Winter is dragging on like most of us in the NorthEast, it might be time to illuminate your days and remind yourself that Spring is just around the corner.  

KR 1

KR 2

KR 3

KR 6

KR 7

KR 8

KR 9

KR 10

KR 11

KR 12

KR 13

KR 15

If these paintings and colors don't brighten your mood and prepare you for warmer days ahead, I don't know what will.  Not only will a fresh new painting bring inspiration and happiness to your mind but it will breathe new light in your home - that just might be needing a boost of sunshine.  For more information on Kerri and her artwork you can visit her site here.

    Related Posts with Thumbnails

Cuckoo for Camo

Posted By Rebecca | Wednesday, February 19, 2014 | Leave a Comment

I'm recently obsessed with anything camouflage which may or may not be trending at the moment -- but I'm not sure it matters when it comes to Andy Warhol's camo prints.  If you like anything Andy Warhol, you're going to love these prints.  Full of color and movement these pieces can certainly pack a punch.  The versatility is endless too -- I can see these prints in a living room, a playroom, a kitchen, a kids room, a den..you get the point.  If you can't afford the real deal, there are plenty of reproduction prints for sale at places like art.com - just make sure you frame it so it looks like an original ;)  

bright green

The lime greens make me think of Spring which puts a smile on my face

flourescent

A whole lotta fluorescent

orange

A smaller scaled camo

hot pink

Anything fuschia is bound to brighten a space

series

A series of colorful camos - genius!

skateboards

These skateboards would be great in the kids space

warhol camo

Look what it does to a rather bland kitchen

I guess I've got a project ahead of me!  I'm thinking I'll give this Warhol thing a whirl

Related Posts with Thumbnails

Tile Trends for 2015, and Win a Free Trip to Coverings!

Posted By Jill Seidner | Tuesday, February 24, 2015 | Leave a Comment

IMG_4027.JPG

Coverings, the largest global tile & stone exhibition in North America, will bring its spectacular array of products, conference programming, and many show floor features — all for FREE — to Orlando, Florida this year. Taking place April 14 – 17, 2015 at the Orange County Convention Center, registrants can check out over 1,000 exhibitors from around the world, refine their skills and and learn more at over 75 free specialized training and education sessions.

To get excited for this year’s show, Coverings has shared their top tile trends of 2015 to be on the lookout for at the show. Want to see it in person? We’re giving a way a free trip* to Coverings, including round-trip transportation and accommodations at the show. To win, share a photo on Twitter or Instagram of your favorite stone or tile inspiration with the hashtag #Coverings2015, and be sure to follow @MaterialGirls, @Coverings, and @CoveringsShow (Instagram) to qualify as a winner. (Contest is open until March 6th!)

Here are some of the latest trends to expect at this year’s show:

  Once considered a more “retro” design, hexagons are now making a huge comeback, adding a unique element in designs modern to traditional. Hexagon tiles are available in sizes from small to large, with a 10-11” size among the most popular. You can find it in porcelain, ceramic, stone, and exteriors, as well as 3-dimensional and even paired with the other trends – including wood.  

A suitable choice for both interior and exterior, wood porcelain has become very popular over the past few years. Seen as an attractive and easy-to-clean alternative to real wood, digital printing techniques have allowed the wood tiles to look as close to the real thing as possible. Manufacturers are now adding additional style and design by printing patterns on top of the “wood,” such as damasks and other bold prints.

 

 

The emergence of pop art-themed tiles has been quite prominent across design trade shows, including Cersaie 2014. These tiles are designed with bold colors and often incorporate the use of 3-D, a technique Alena has seen across many emerging trends. Artist collections are also hot, as Alena highlights collaborations with Keith Haring and inspiration from Roy Lichtenstein.

  •  ELIGIBILITY: Open only to legal residents of any one of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia who are 21 years of age or older at time of entry. Current Coverings exhibitors are not eligible to enter.
• PRIZE: Giveaway includes round-trip transportation from anywhere in the continental U.S. to Orlando, Florida, as well as accommodations throughout the show (April 14-17, 2015, 3 nights, 4 days.) Transportation to not exceed $400.
• CONTEST PERIOD: You may enter the Contest between 12:00:00 pm (noon) Eastern Time (ET) on February 23, 2015 and 4:59:59 pm on March 6, 2015.
• TO ENTER: Share a photo of tile or stone that inspires you, and include the hashtag #Coverings2015, as well as follow the appropriate accounts: @MaterialGirls and @Coverings on Twitter, @CoveringsShow on Instagram.

Guidelines and Restrictions

• Submissions must be primarily in English
• All submissions must be received by 4:59:59 pm on March 6, 2015
• Each individual Entrant is allowed a total of one (1) submission
• Limit of one (1) Winner Prize per Entrant
Related Posts with Thumbnails

Design Source: fiber and water

Posted By Jill Seidner | Tuesday, February 24, 2015 | Leave a Comment

 

  I was recently introduced to the online source of Fiber and Water: a collection of accessories, including wall art and pillows, printed on burlap. Hand-crafted in Maine, with many patterns having a nautical theme, I was instantly attracted given my beach and boating upbringing on the Southern California coast. So much so, I encouraged Phoebe of Fiber and Water to reach out to our local boutiques, especially those of my hometown of Newport Beach and Balboa Island. Here are some of my favorite finds!

Love this coral pillow in teal.

The Reef Knot: Remiscent of my boating days.

 

A classic sailboat.

 

A collection of map prints are available in both pillows and wall art.

Of course, I had to find my home state. Vintage prints are also available.   Monograms and custom prints make for great gifts.   For the dog lovers: cute pug prints.     Last but not least: I'm loving all the pattern prints! A fun orange chevron.   For more, visit: www.fiberandwater.com Related Posts with Thumbnails

Mirasol by Matouk

Posted By Lauren Haskett | Monday, March 02, 2015 | Leave a Comment

 

mirasol lauren haskett fine design

  {my nightstand via instagram}

 I finally splurged and treated myself to "Mirasol" Euro Shams by Matouk and I could not love them more.  Scallops are just one of my favorite details and making my bed isn't as much of a chore anymore.  I just had to share my favorite bedding with you.

lindsey lane mirasol matouk

{Lindsey Lane Design}

Ashley Whittaker HB MIrasol

{Ashley Whittaker via House Beautiful}

KK matouk 2

Matouk + Hermes - the pefect combo by Kirsten Kelli!

Related Posts with Thumbnails

Never Met a Small Stripe I Didn’t Like

Posted By Lauren Haskett | Monday, February 09, 2015 | Leave a Comment

small stripe 3

One of my all time favorite homes (seen above and below)  - the Madrid apartment of Carolina Herrera Baez as seen in Elle Decor

carolina herrera spain I seriously never met a small stripe I didn't like!  So simple, so chic.  It could work in pretty much any room.  Carolina Herrera Baez proves you can even use in multiple rooms of your home.  Walls, furniture, bedding, pillows, the uses are endless! croppedSCN_00014 Another top favorite home - Ivanka Trump's old apartment as decorated by Emma Jane Pilkington.  Proof that a small stripe is the perfect compliment to a mix of color and patterns. Contrast Cording on a Pinstripe

Small pinstripe on this settee as seen in Kate & Andy Spade's NYC Home.

small stripe 1

Stripes make the perfect slipcover!  (source unknown)

small stripe 2

Simple and chic!  Via Martha Stewart

stripe 8

Who could resist a tented stripe room by Miles Redd??

little green notebook

Loveseat by Jenny Komenda  and proof you can do stripe on stripe

Related Posts with Thumbnails

Ms. Iisha Goes to Washington!

Posted By Emily Johnston | Wednesday, December 17, 2014 | Leave a Comment

We are so proud of our former intern, Iisha, who was chosen as a volunteer to help decorate the White House for the holidays!  What an amazing opportunity and challenge!  I don't know about you, but decorating my 1930s cottage for the holidays sometimes seems overwhelming, so can you imagine what goes into decorating a 55,000 square foot national landmark! Each year a theme is chosen for the White House's holiday decor.  I wish I could transform my holiday decor from year to year!   This year's theme is "A Children's Winter Wonderland" which celebrates the Christmas spirit as viewed through the eyes of a child.  Iisha flew to Washington D.C. on Thanksgiving Day and spent the next five days in a whirwind of holiday decorating, surrounded by tinsel and ornaments galore!  The White House provides the volunteers with decor, tools, and inspiration photos to help them complete this enormous task.  Iisha worked individually and as part of a team to decorate two rooms and a hallway in the East Wing of the White House.

Image 13

 Iisha with one of the many White House Christmas Trees!

Image 14

A Winter Wonderland!

Image 15

Iisha and the Obama's dogs- Bo and Sunny

This year's theme also honored the Armed Forces and their families.  The East Wing featured a Christmas Tree decorated with gold ornaments which represented our nation's fallen heroes.  Iisha also had the privilege of being chosen as one of a few volunteers to greet military families on a holiday tour of the White House.  This was particularly meaningful for Iisha because her dad served in the U.S. Army. On the final night of her stay, Iisha attended a volunteer reception where the first lady made a speaking appearance!  To top it off, Iisha met Genevieve Gorder, who is hosting an HGTV special on the 2014 White House Christmas decor.  The special will replay on December 24 at 7am/6 c on HGTV, so set your DVR and tune in! Image 12

Image 11

Be sure to check out #WHHolidays for some behind the scenes experiences of White House visitors. Congratulations Iisha on this honor and thank you for sharing your White House holiday experience with Material Girls! Related Posts with Thumbnails

Jan’s Special Sale- Going on Now!

Posted By Emily Johnston | Wednesday, February 05, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Attention Dallas! Jan Showers just kicked off a VERY special sale...is is her first one in five years!  The sale is going on now at her Dallas showroom and lasts until February 14th.  The prices are amazing yal! My client and I just purchased a gorgeous sunburst mirror from the sale for my client's living room and the price was out of this world for such a large mirror. The sale is a mix of her showroom items and antiques (you will see lamps that have never been on sale before!) This sale is not to be missed- happy shopping!   Screen Shot 2014-02-05 at 7.11.02 PM   Related Posts with Thumbnails

Copper Crush!

Posted By Julia Buckingham Edelmann | Wednesday, February 25, 2015 | Leave a Comment

IMG_3213

I'm feeling like a pretty lucky lady! 2015 has kicked off to a fabulous start.

It's been a good kind of crazy busy with lots of design projects of both new and previous fave clients and amazing opportunities for travel as well!

My first trip of the year to Las Vegas was a double dose of fun with KBIS--The Kitchen and Bath Industry Show--and a quick lil visit to Las Vegas Market!

IMG_3233

I was honored to attend KBIS with Cosentino, the global leader in natural stone and quartz, to reveal their first ever designer collaboration series- known as the "Influencer Series" with my talented cohorts-Kerrie Kelly, Courtney Cachet, Kim Lewis, and Mark Williams.

IMG_3235

 My color was inspired by the combination of the urban sophistication of the city and my interior design work in Chicago, along with the elements of the Southwest that speak to a natural and elemental mysticism. I have a second home in Phoenix, AZ and the colors of this desert paradise are incredibly inspiring. The mineral‐rich shades found in the Camelback Mountains highlighted when the sunrises over them really served as the catalyst for Copper Mist. Copper Mist offers mineral‐rich shades that highlight the resurging popularity of copper, offering a color that provides a sophisticated, yet earthy look with strong movement.

IMG_3183

My daughter's new Vizsla puppy Penelope fits right in with the copper trend!!

I was sooo excited to finally unveil ….Copper Mist!

IMG_3211

Power panel in progress below and check out more of our Trendspotter action at KBIS here in this video!

This year Cosentino celebrates the 25th Anniversary of Silestone. I'm so honored to be a part of this rich history.

IMG_3241

I was happy to have the chance to sneak over to Las Vegas Market and visit my dear friends at Global Views. My line of decorative accessories, lighting, accent furniture, pillows and rugs with Global Views launches this fall at High Point Market. I am excited beyond words for this extravaganza in October.

They sure know how to host a market party!

IMG_3197

The Global Views showroom looked beautiful as ever rocking this copper look paired with deep navy blues for a stunning combination.

IMG_3202

Copper is all the rage currently as it is a signature melding of shiny gold and silver. It is glam, regal, yet not snobby!

I loved seeing shimmering specks of copper in this gorgeous console and wall display within the Phillips Collection Showroom. Thank you for the tour Jason :)

IMG_3198

Between work, there was of course lots of laughs and it was so nice reconnecting with so many wonderful colleagues I am fortunate to call dear pals!

IMG_3186

IMG_3191

Rose, Kelly, Joann, Laurie, Jamie, Ron, Patty, Kerrie and Blog Tour...Cheers y'all!

IMG_3236

Even made some new friends…"Oh hey Vanilla Ice, fancy meeting you here…."

IMG_3209

A city after my very own heart….we share the shoe love.

IMG_3181

It was a ball Vegas….until next time!!

Xx, Julia

    Related Posts with Thumbnails

Off to Frankfurt We Go!

Posted By Julia Buckingham Edelmann | Tuesday, February 10, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Bags are (almost) packed and ready for take-off! I am truly honored and feeling giddy to be invited on the first ever Blog Tour for Modenus to Frankfurt, Germany.

  Ambiente 2015, here we come!!

Screen Shot 2015-02-09 at 2.09.42 PM

Ambiente is the biggest consumer goods trade fair in the world revealing the latest and greatest in gift and table top decor.  This year it features 4700 exhibitors from 89 different countries with USA being this year's official partner country. I am beyond excited to see all the latest innovations in consumer products and bring these latest design trends back to share (and shop) with my team and my clients. It is sure to be an inspiring trip!

Big thank you to Editor in Chief, CEO of Modenus, and the creative mind behind the Blog Tour-Veronika Miller and her amazing Modenus Team-

Celia, Sarah, Florence, Chasen, Leanne, Julia, Marion and Erdmann Kilian from Ambiente!

Screen Shot 2015-02-09 at 2.20.16 PM

Screen Shot 2015-02-09 at 2.24.22 PM

We've got an amazing group of designers and lifestyle bloggers on the Modenus Blog Tour, many of which I am lucky to call dear friends. It is always a joyous occasion to reconnect with other creative minds and no better place to do it than Ambiente in Frankfurt, Germany! I'm sure we will share a lot of giggles- as we always do- and make life-lasting memories. I promise to share all of the amazing new products which are laying await in Germany!

Screen Shot 2015-02-09 at 2.23.32 PM

Get ready ladies! Denise McGahan, Lisa Mende, and Courtney Price (Photo credit for this lovely photo)…see you soon!

 

Xx, Julia

        Related Posts with Thumbnails

Outstanding Olympic Outfits

Posted By MaterialGirls | Monday, August 06, 2012 | Leave a Comment

The opening ceremonies for the 2012 Summer Olympics, was indeed quite a show.  We certainly enjoyed watching all the festivities, especially the Queen's awesome entrance into the stadium! Another great highlight was watching the parade of champions.  This year's summer games ushered in some fantastic inspiration from fashion.  Fashion can be a marvelous muse for creating an unforgettable interior space.  Here are some of our favorite inspirations from this year's Summer Games: Cobalt, Orange & White: Holland This year, Holland totally rocked their bold color pallet of cobalt, orange, navy, and white.  Each athlete was exquisitely tailored in these designer outfits.  A wonderful touch and homage to their homeland's national flower, can be seen here with a tulip pinned to each athlete's lapel.  These colors are a fresh and trendy way to spice up any interior.  The contrast that these colors make next to each other creates a statement that is sure to impress. Mixing patterns with these exciting  colors works well, and adds even more look to this stimulating mix of hues. These deep navy walls with accents of orange is striking and at the same time, elegant and fun. This luxurious cashmere blanket by Hermes is a definite must have statement maker.  The unmistakable, classic Hermes orange and white will not go unnoticed!  Also, these orange and cobalt painted vases would be fabulous on any mantle. Aqua, Sunshine Yellow, & White: Sweden   Sweden's athletes were definitely noticed at this year's opening ceremonies.  Their bright yellow and aqua stripes with white pants were definitely "spot on" for summer fashion.  Even their sneakers made a statement, blue with yellow laces. Great attention to detail. This delicious dining room makes great use of yet another bold color pallet.  Beautiful, bright bamboo chairs in a cheery lemon yellow are definitely a focal point.  The black accents of the doors and the chevron pattern rug help add a touch of chic to this fun dining space. Add some colorful light and sparkle to your space with this amazing yellow chandelier from Cyan.  This piece brings fun antique whimsy with its classic shape that is sure to liven up any space. Check out this brightly colored room! The yellow sofas and bright blue pillows are festively summer, and help give this room its own signature look. Kelly Green & White: Nigeria Take a look at these fabulous white and green outfits worn by Nigerian Olympic competitors.  Kelly green makes a luscious color statement against bright white.   This gorgeous green upholstered head board transforms this bedroom into a tropical retreat.  The simple bedding with a classic green stripe is simple and refined, making a calm compliment to the statement making headboard.  The bedside lamps with a clear glass base add interest to the room, without taking away from the clean, crisp feel of the space. Another clean color pallet of green and white makes this living room feel swank.  The modern floor lamp and glass top cocktail table make this space feel expensive, without going over-the-top. The metallic accent pillows and chrome side table really adds some glamour and flash to this tropical living room.  The palm tree is also a great touch of natural color.  We also like the white cow-hide rug turned on an angle under the cocktail table.  Definitively chic and modern! Red, White & Blue: U.S.A Who better than to dress our American Athletes than Ralph Lauren? This classic American preppy look was a fantastic representation of fashion directly from the USA.  Navy blazers, white trousers and knee length skirts with berets and ties definitely has an Ivy League spin.  Feel like standing up straight and saluting the flag?  With and outfit like this, I sure do! Using red judiciously is key in this bedroom.  Red is a powerful color, and helps define the headboard, bedding and bench.  The gold pendant fixture definitely adds a designer touch to the room. Adding adventurous patterns makes these living rooms come alive. This patriotic painted chest with gold accents demands attention.  Finding unique furniture such as this, really adds a great deal of character to any room, and is sure to serve as a conversation piece!   Related Posts with Thumbnails

Veranda’s 25th!

Posted By Emily Johnston | Tuesday, June 19, 2012 | 1 Comment

How time flies! The celebration of Veranda Magazine's 25th Anniversary will begin this Thursday.  Editor-in-cheif Dara Caponigro will be in Dallas on June 21st to celebrate the big event with a brunch and "master class" panel discussion with some of the biggest names in design, including Windsor Smith, David Easton, and Michelle Nussbaumer.     This event is one you definitely don't want to miss! It's open to the public and being held at the Interior Resources Showroom (1620 Oak Lawn Ave.) on Thursday the 21st, at 10am.

We had a wonderful opportunity this past week to chat with Dara Caponigro, who has been the editor of Veranda for the past two years.  We picked her brain on just about everything- upcoming design trends, the magazine business, and the things she loves most about her job. Hope you enjoy getting a peek into her glamorous and exciting life as editor of one of our very favorite shelter mags!

  Did you always aspire to be the editor of a magazine? If so, how did you work toward this job? I suppose, in my 20s, I dreamed of being an editor in chief. But, then I had kids and my priorities shifted. Looking back, though, every job that came before prepared me for this one. I don't think I could have done it any sooner. What is your favorite part of being editor-in-chief of Veranda magazine? My favorite part of being an editor is working with my super talented team. They are rock stars:  creative, smart, funny, and hardworking. What has been your favorite Veranda magazine cover throughout the years? There have been so many great Veranda covers.   Personally, I would say it's a tie between March 2011 and March 2012. Each one captures a moment. They are magical and inspiring, but you can totally relate to them.     How do you discover the designers/rooms you feature in the magazine? Designers generally come to us with projects. Our Decoration Director and I know so many of them because we've committed our careers to covering their work. Of course, we love discovering new talent, too. We have submissions meetings every two weeks or so and review everything that comes across our desks. What do you typically look for in the homes you feature? I always say Veranda has a classical backbone (mind you, that's different from traditional), but that we veer 30 percent from it. We like houses that show an understanding of what came before in design but have some surprises without gimmicks. How do you determine upcoming design trends? Our editors are always out and about, at markets, at press events, doing shoots in different cities and countries. Sometimes, we notice common threads and decide to do a story on what we see. More often than not though, we report on things that our editors, personally, are excited about and those become trends. What patterns, colors, etc will be in style in 2013? I definitely see an increased interest in pattern. Classic patterns like florals and chinoiserie are making a comeback, but they are being used with a more restrained hand than they were used in the 80s:  a club chair here, a pillow there. Since we are the Material Girls, we like to ask- what is your favorite design material? It' hard to pick a favorite design material, but we just renovated a house and I am crazy about my bathroom. It's a mini version of the bathroom in the London townhouse of Veere Grenney and David Oliver that Veranda published in our Nov/Dec 2010 issue. It’s all white marble slab with a taupe and grey vein running through it. It is heavenly. Do you think the emergence of blogs and online magazines have influenced the shelter magazine world? The emergence of blogs has helped generate even more interest in the design world. That's good for everybody. What do you see in Veranda’s future? We have so many exciting things going on:  a website redesign, an ecommerce partnership and a very exciting special issue coming up. Thank you so much Dara for giving MG readers insight into Veranda's past, present and future! Happy Anniversary! Related Posts with Thumbnails