Monday, January 31, 2011

Monday Color

I think this Monday needs a little color...

Will that do?

Have any of your own color story images that you'd like to share? Send a link to k8hood at gmail dot com!

Images via: Absolutely Beautiful Things, Beach Bungalow 8, House of Turquoise, I Suwanee and Martha Stewart Living

Friday, January 28, 2011

Blogging, Business & Bites

While at AmericasMart, I decided to give my tired feet a rest and attended "Blogging, Business & Bites" panel discussion featuring four prominent design bloggers and moderated by University of West Georgia professor Barry Leach. So I'd like to introduce you to them and to their blogs, if you don't already follow them.

Jennifer Boles was born and raised in Atlanta. After 10 spent in the business sector, Jennifer decided to pursue her passion for interior design and the decorative arts. Her website focuses on design trends, historical homes, history of design, and all things design related. Recently named "blogosphere darling" by Departures magazine, Jennifer has been featured in numerous publications including The New York Times, Town & Country, Elle Decor, and Array. In 2007 Jennifer became a contributing editor to House Beautiful, and she recently completed her first book, House Beautiful Fabrics for Your Home.

Brian Patrick Flynn
is a television producer turned self-taught decorator/designer. The moniker "Decor Demon" comes from Brian's fast-paced weekend routine of furiously raiding garage sales and flea markets for one-of-a-kind pieces with which he creates edgy-meets-elegant spaces. In addition to being as an associate producer, Brian is also the set decorator and on-air design talent for the TBS series, Movie & A Makeover.

Barry Leach followed his true passion--interior design--following a successful career as an advertising creative director. Some may know him better as "Blue," the scholarly voice of the sometimes contrarian but always considered design history blog The Blue Remembered Hills.

Niki Papadopoulos is an interior designer based in Atlanta with a degree in fine arts. She works on a variety of projects from residential and commercial spaces to educational buildings. Niki and her work with Mark Williams Design Associates has been featured in Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Top 10 Under 40 for 2010 (along with Mr. Flynn).

Claire Watkins is an Atlanta based interior designer. After interning with Lee Brian Interior Design and Ivan Allen Workspace, both in Atlanta, Claire began her design career at a high-end textile company, Ulster Textile Mills. Following her stint there, she spent 3 years working on commercial photoshoots as a food, prop, and fashion stylist. Since beginning Claire Watkins Interior Design in may 2009, Claire's interiors have been shown n and she has been quoted in Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles magazine.

Enjoy! We'd like to hear what you think of their blogs...

Monday, January 24, 2011

Atlanta Market Report

Last week I was in Atlanta to visit AmericasMart. It had been a few years since I've been to market, but once I entered the building, it all came back to me: SHOP TIL YOU DROP! Woo hoo!

I had spent quite a bit of time setting up appointments and listing all the showrooms that I wanted to visit so I didn't end up wandering aimlessly for three days. My first stop was the Christian Mosso Showroom which features our two lines of bedding, Pine Cone Hill and Peacock Alley, and our Dash & Albert rugs. After two years of Pine Cone Hill and Dash & Albert discontinuing some of our most popular items, I was pleased to report to Jo that the new introductions are perfect for Style Key West.

I also found a showroom in the temporaries called Natural Habitat. Their super-soft quilt and pillows in bright prints will coordinate perfectly with our other bedding.

THE major trend I noticed is that vintage is hot. Practically every showroom featured vintage accessories, pillows and ottomans, lighting and more. I loved it, and although vintage lacks the color that Style Key West is known for, I think the comfort that vintage expresses does fit in with our style.

Practically every showroom featured some version of this:

...or this...

Those colorful jackets hide not literary classics, romantic poetry, or vintage children's books. Nope...just random Readers Digest condensed books and more of that ilk. I don't know about you, but I have enough real books that I treasure to bother with filling my shelves with faux books. And the postcards tied with twine? Seriously? It's all I can do to keep important papers from swallowing my dining table without tossing around little packets of paper for effect.

I did wander up to the 20th floor where the holiday decor is. You can take the girl out of Key West, but...

What fun!

And my favorite the "things that make you go hmmm" category is this chair.

I think it speaks for itself.

It was a great time, I found lots of inspiration at every turn, and I'm so grateful to Jo and Terry for giving me the opportunity.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Color in Work Spaces

One nice thing thing about owning a home decor shop is that we are surrounded by beautiful things. Home offices on the other hand, require a little more planning.

More often than not, people use color to personalize their spaces. It can be done easily on any budget - even if it's just a stack of brightly jacketed books or a hasty floral arrangement. A work space makeover can be done quickly and cheaply - and greatly improve the quality of your day.

And if you do have a little money to invest... How fun are these inexpensive desk accessories from iomoi?

It's amazing what a huge difference a cup full of colorful pencils or a pretty notepad can make. Opulently ornate or classically simple, bohemian or preppy - any work space would benefit from a splash of color and pattern.

What's your current work space style? What should it be?

*All images pulled from Brabourne Farm, The Decorista and iomoi.
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