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

Holand Outstanding Olympic Outfits

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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.

Cobalt Orange White Living Area Outstanding Olympic Outfits

Mixing patterns with these exciting  colors works well, and adds even more look to this stimulating mix of hues.

Navy Walls with Orange Accents Outstanding Olympic Outfits

These deep navy walls with accents of orange is striking and at the same time, elegant and fun.

Hermes Blanket Outstanding Olympic Outfits

Painted Vases Outstanding Olympic Outfits

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

Swedish Athletes Outstanding Olympic Outfits

  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.

Delicious Dining Room Outstanding Olympic Outfits

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.

Yellow Chandelier Outstanding Olympic Outfits

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.

Blue and Yellow Living Room Outstanding Olympic Outfits

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

Nigeria Outstanding Olympic Outfits

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.  Green and White Bedroom Outstanding Olympic Outfits

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.

Green and White Living Room Outstanding Olympic Outfits

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.

Inlaid Mirror Outstanding Olympic OutfitsTropical Glam Living Room1 Outstanding Olympic Outfits

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

USA Fashion Sketches Outstanding Olympic Outfits

Ralph Lauren Outstanding Olympic Outfits

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!

Bedroom with Gold Pendant and Red White and Blue Accents Outstanding Olympic Outfits

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.

Red White and Blue Living Room Outstanding Olympic Outfits

Mix Prints and Color Outstanding Olympic Outfits

Adding adventurous patterns makes these living rooms come alive.

Painted Side Chest Outstanding Olympic Outfits

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!

 





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Veranda’s 25th!

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Jun 19, 2012 | 1 Comment | Category: Uncategorized

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.

 

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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!

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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.

 

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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!





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After ten long months (and I mean long) of painstakingly planning, designing, and creating our new blog site…we are so happy to say that it’s finally up! (and I’m sure my family members and friends are happy too- they don’t have to listen to me talk about it anymore!)

However, the site wouldn’t be what it is today, if it weren’t for these creative, hardworking and wonderful people:

Kathy of Moxie Design Studios

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and Brooke of Fabulous Doodles by Brooke Hagel

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They helped our vision become a reality. Thanks so much girls- you are both truly talented and such a pleasure to work with!

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