There are always new designers that have a few tricks up their sleeve and Christen Maxwell is one of them.  She and her team have been busy creating fun new fabric designs that are sold by the yard as well as used to make laminated linen trays, throw pillows, lampshades, ottomans and more.  Christen was a first timer at the NYIGF this winter where her product was flying off her booth!  I had the priviledge of speaking to Christen herself and when asked what we have to look forward to she said this: ” As far as right now, we’re focusing on expanding our availability to customers nationwide, working on developing some new prints,  plus have a possible letterpress stationary collaboration line in the works.  We’re also continuing to grow our laminated linen accessories line (it’s been SUCH a hit) and work on new product development – holiday oriented (perhaps stockings and gift-y items).  Sounds like we have a lot to look forward to!  Keep your eye on the rising designer and her products by visiting her website.  You won’t be disappointed.

luxurious patterns and colors that will brighten up any room

 laminated accessories for your bath, desk or bedroom

 have a designated spot for keys?  you do now..

 this laminated bowl is great for jewelry or even nuts at your next cocktail party!

 I’ll be sure to keep you posted as Christen develops more fabrics and product in general.  Until then, shop away at her online store and take home something snazzy!





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Fashion meets Home

Posted By Rebecca-NY | Feb 10, 2011 | 6 Comments | Category: Color

It’s Fashion week in NYC and you know what that means…It’s time for everyone to be inspired by the new looks and more importantly the new colors!  Pantone has surveyed the designers from New York fashion week to identify the most directional colors for FALL 2011 and I have to say, I like what I’m seeing.  The designers are taking a painterly approach by combining bright colors with staple neutrals.  Sounds like a decorators dream.  Take a look at what the designers are saying about the new colors for Fall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





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House Beautiful dedicated their entire March issue to “the Power of Pink” and have shown us some very enticing ways to use the color without going overboard.  If you don’t subscribe to the magazine pick up a copy at your local magazine stand so you can see how to bring pink back into your life.. without having it look too feminine.  The men in your house have probably been steering you clear from pink because of its girly reputation.  Don’t let them stand in your way!  It’s warm, flattering, sexy and can help just about any mood ;-)  

This den has just the right amount of pink in the lacquered walls to make it warm and cozy without screaming barbie pink.  Plus the blue carpet cools down the room quite a bit as does the white sofa and ivory coffee table.

This MBR has a very soft hue of pink which keeps it warm and inviting

This LR ramps it up a bit with some florals mixed in with greens and citrines

It’s always nice to play earth tones (grey, brown, beige) against pink so that it doesn’t become the focus of the room and has interesting contrast throughout

You can never go wrong with making your daughters room the center of pink.  Afterall, the color was created for girls!

The greys play nicely in this tradtional room where you would never expect pink on the walls

So soft and serene.  I wouldn’t mind climbing into this bed at night!

All photos are from House Beautiful Magazine and can be seen online or in their March issue which will be on stands shortly.  Take a look at the entire issue to see how pink can inspire you even if it’s just a small chair in the corner of your room or a throw pillow that can easily be replaced.

 





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I just returned from a fantastic event at the NYDC where I was fortunate enough to be a part of a panel along with Heather Clawson of Habitually Chic and Nicole Gibbons of So Haute that discussed the benefits of social media for your business and the design world.  Beth Greene (Marketing VP for Kravet) gave a very thourough and educational presentation on social media and how facebook, twitter, linked-in and blogging can help build and brand your business.  A lot of people are using these tools and they don’t even realize how effective they can be.  The take aways from today were as follows:

*If you have a business and you don’t have an account with Facebook, Twitter or Linked-in, sign up today

*Continue to blog, tweet, facebook and share your product and your business as much as possible to strengthen your brand and create buzz that will bring in more business

*Talk to your customers and create a personal relationship so that they feel comfortable with you and not only trust your design concepts but you as a person

*All of these tools are FREE and if they can help market your brand and build your relationships why wouldn’t you use them?

*Your “googlability” will become much stronger if you have an account with all of these platforms and therefore your name (business name) will spread much further, much faster

*Don’t get overwhelmed by social media — it’s a lot easier to tweet and message from your computer or your smart phone than it is to actually meet with hundreds of people in person so think of it as an efficient way to reach tons of people at once!

*You can begin to build stronger PR and marketing strategies using these tools and network with people you may never have connected with otherwise

*Put yourself out there and don’t be afraid to connect, follow, like, comment, inspire, be inspired, chat and update!  before you know it, your business will have a brand and you’ll be doing something you’re passionate about

A big thank you to Kravet (Beth Greene, Jennifer Powell) for hosting this event and educating the design world on social media.  The more people who are out there, the more we can all connect and network with ;-)

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