Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Does Art Inspire Us?

Many of you know my passion for art.  The access to art in Richmond is incredible.  The newly renovated Virginia Museum of Fine Arts was the state's gift to me...I think.

I often read about color trends for the home and love knowing where they come from.  I also wonder where my own attraction to certain looks and colors come from.  I was recently fascinated by a particular Mark Rothko painting in the 20th Century Art Galleries at the VMFA.

Mark Rothko
 (American, born in Russia, 1903–1970)
 Untitled, 1960 
 Oil on canvas 
 79 1⁄2 x 69 1⁄4 inches
 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Gift of Sydney and Frances Lewis
 Photo Katherine Wetzel, VMFA. 
 © 1998 Kate Rothko Prizel & Christopher Rothko/Artists Rights Society, New York

I noticed the next day I had my own little fabric version of it on my desk!

This, to me, is denim, worn out sweatshirts and everything comfortable.  Yes it is somber and dark but I do have a few ideas on how to brighten it up.

The fabrics are from Castel--"Doren" and "Andre"--available through Donghia.  One is from Robert Allen--"cabin weave".


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Color Trend: Red

High Point Market had one obvious color trend: Purple.
It also had one that was a surprise: Red! 

I say a surprise because it never really showed up in any of the forecasts I follow--not that it matters.  The colors you live with should be the ones you always love, not some trend.

Red is a common color amongst many of my clients:

This red chaise picks up on the art; a great pop of color in a room.

A red sofa to warm up the room.

And a whole store in the UK devoted to this color!  RED CANDY (my personal favorite would be Twizzlers)

A story board I did for the Hero Chair at LaDiff.

What does this red color trend mean? gives us the hidden meaning of red:
  1. Increases enthusiasm
  2. Stimulates energy and can increase the blood pressure, respiration, heartbeat, and pulse rate
  3. Encourages action and confidence
  4. Provides a sense of protection from fears and anxiety
I can do that...

Now some of the home accents from High Point:

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Kitchen Pantry or Scullery


Wouldn’t you love to clear all of that stuff off your counters?  Wouldn’t you love to un-clutter the cabinets and drawers?  The walk-in pantry has come back into favor to help us accomplish this goal.  
It allows for the storage of bulk items, small appliances and cookware that is used infrequently.  This opens up counter space and keeps the cabinetry in the kitchen more useful for the everyday items you need easy access to.

Do you need pantry space?  I recently worked on a West End kitchen remodel that included adding  pantry space.  Richard Hendrick of Custom Kitchens “stole” some under-used space in the adjacent garage to make room for it--the yellow hi lighted area shows where it is..

Designer’s are space planning experts.  We steal space all of the time.  There is always a good story that goes with it, Richard shares his story with us: 
“Taking a little space out of the garage did not alter the garage use or function. [We took] the area that the stairs came down into. The construction costs were minimal because we were not adding or changing any bearing walls. The old entrance from the garage was congested and closed in. With the new plan there is a much more open feeling and she has a walk in pantry!”

Just look at all that pantry space!

I was in charge of those tedious details that make most people crazy:  hardware, tile, paint colors, lighting.  I designed the window treatments too.  Ready to remodel? We have  fixed rate packages that will make remodel project easier and fun.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Shockoe Design District

The Mix
The Shockoe Design District is Located in historic downtown Richmond, Virginia,
the Shockoe Design District celebrates the creativity and innovation of our city. 

Inspired by events of 2011, retailers, architects, advertising agencies, restaurants, and residents have come together to make this part of Richmond our city's true center for design.

Join us on November 5th from noon until 8pm for our first DESIGN DAY. 
Merchants on 14th & Virginia Street will offer music, food, shopping, activities, designer chats & FUN.

Kathy Corbet of Kathy Corbet Interiors has selected a variety of furnishings from LaDifference to incorporate into traditionally decorated rooms.  
She will demonstrate how to make these items work for you by choosing the right color, the right finish and a few accent pieces  to tie it all together.  
Have fun shopping at LaDiff for your traditional home.

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