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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




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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





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I like black. While I love color too, there is something about black being basic, classic, elegant, and perhaps a basis for a neutral. Plus when used in a specific way, can become high contrast. It stands out. It is, of course, all the colors mixed together.

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Come on in. Nothing like high gloss black doors.

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Black kitchen cabinets: Classic, timeless.

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Yet contemporary too.

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Black exterior siding on a house.

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Some black with white contrast and pops of color.

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Black + White = Simplistic + Minimalistic.

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Black furniture: vintage chic.

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This black bathtub is the epitome of luxe.

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I am sure this black matte refrigerator would be a conversation piece in any kitchen.

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Graphic tiles with black.

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Natural wood “almost black” cabinetry.

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Black becomes very masculine in this bathroom.

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Black framed glass shower doors: chic.

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Coveting these black sconces.

{All images via my Pinterest boards}





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Lauren Conrad’s chic and colorful Beverly Hills penthouse was recently featured in InStyle magazine. Pictured above Lauren sits in her home office on a punchy orange tufted sofa and an area rug seen on the floor made from recycled silk saris.

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Continuing with puncy colors is a custom rounded banquette in her breakfast nook complemented by an Eero Saarinen table.

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Her high ceiling living room with graphics and a black and white theme is remiscent of an airy New York loft, which she wanted the room to have a feel for.

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To add visual interest to the living room, she added moulding and brick veneer, then had it white washed to look more aged!

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Her dark mirrored bar includes a black laquered ceiling.

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The dining room table and chairs are vintage complemented by a contemporary light fixture.

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A classic looking kitchen in all white with open shelves for stacking white dishes.

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And the grand finale! Her dressing room closet: A full walk-in wardrobe.

All images via InStyle





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I recently toured a home in Bel Air while on an architectual tour with Architectural Digest and Cadillac. The house tour is also featured on Houzz and profiles Geberit fixtures. Check it out here!





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The Christopher Guy showroom on Beverly Boulevard, in the heart of the West Hollywood Design District, is in full festive holiday mode. The front windows are decorated with gifts and an elegant white tree among sophisticated Christopher Guy furniture pieces. I happen to pass by the other evening en route to an event and catpured a few pictures of the glam window display.

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A view from the sidewalk of the Christopher Guy showroom on Beverly Boulevard.

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Christopher Guy’s iconic display of a tree, reminiscent of one I saw at Decorex while on Blog Tour London with Modenus.

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One of the most elegant and glamourous holiday window displays on Beverly Blvd.

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A glimpse into the showroom.

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And on the other side is another window display – a complete living room vignette turned facing the street!

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Would love your vote for a chance to win a spot on the Ambiente Frankfurt Blog Tour with Modenus, please click “Like” here and check out all the other great holiday window display pictures!

Happy Holidays!

Photos by Jill Seidner Interior Design





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Supermodel Karlie Kloss shares her first NYC apartment, located in the West Village, on a quiet street just a few blocks from the Hudson River. She enlisted interior designer Nate Berkus to help her create the chic look go her very first home.

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The goal was to create a look that reflects her style, in relating to fashion, to mix and match the same way she does with clothes.

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One of her favorite spots, she says, is the kitchen – where she has a passion for baking cookies. I love the multi-level / stairs to kitchen with the paned glass and tiny dining banquette.

All images via Vogue.com





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Spring is just around the corner and with that comes the crisp whites, the pretty yet vibrant colors, and the trends: florals are showing up in both fashion and interiors. Here are some great finds in you’re thinking of incorporating a little flower power into your home or wardrobe.

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Floral Pillow via Etsy

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Monogrammed Plate via Layla Grayce

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Regina Andrews Mod Floral Accent Table

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Rose Knob from Anthropologie

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Floral skirt from JCrew

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Coveted Louboutins

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Poppy Day wallhanging by Alexander McQueen for The Rug Co





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This past week I attended a special event at Kelly Wearstler’s flagship boutique on Melrose for the celebration of the book, “In The Spirit Of Beverly Hills” published by Assouline. In attendance was both Kelly Wearstler and Nancie Clare, author of the book. The amazing photos in this post were taken by my friend and photographer, Marcia Prentice.

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The book “In The Spirit Of Beverly Hills” by Nancie Clare and published by Assouline.

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Kelly Wearstler and guests.

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Guests enjoying the ambiance of the boutique which displays accessories, furnishings, & clothing.

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I love how Marcia captured this lighting fixture in detail!

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And the essence of these accessories.

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Author Nancie Clare signing book copies.

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A street side table & chair, with the Kelly Wearstler signage in the background.

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Another great capture of signature Kelly Wearstler accessories.

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Many thanks to Assouline, Kelly Wearstler, & HL Group for hosting the event.

Special thanks to Marcia Prentice for sharing your fabulous photos!





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As I was browsing Pinterest, I came across this picture of a charming powder room. When I clicked on the source it took me to a blog who’s writer is a Newport Beach based blog. Newport Beach is my hometown and the above image is quintessential beachy, evoking the homes of where I grew up. While it may be winter across the rest of the nation, here in Southern California it currently remains sunny and 70′s. The blue hues like in the above seem to fit in well here, year round.

To view more, check out the blog here and for some local highlights, visit the “So Cal Field Trips” tab too.

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