25 Years In… And We Still Hand Paint

We are getting in the spirit a little early this year with our HAND PAINTED Holiday Collections. Twenty-five years ago, Design Works International started as a hand paint design studio. The brush and pencil were the tools of the day. Now, technology has affected every aspect of our lives, including what we do here and we are PROUD to say that we are still hand painting many of our designs.

Whether you are influenced by classical or modern artists, being able to create traditionally is essential. From the Cubist portraits by Picasso and Salvador Dali’s Surrealist creations  at The Museum of Modern Art, we look to the brush for inspiration.

The Metropolitan Museum of art just opened their exhibit “Madame Cezanne” to showcase the artist’s most painted model. While at the Met we can also find John Singer Sargent’s most important works as well, which include an extensive collection of gorgeous watercolors.

copyright© 2014 Design Works International

copyright© 2014 Design Works International

Trend Board Tuesday – Vibrations

At Design Works International we love creating Trends Boards that inspire our work in the studio…Vibrations is all about bright, fun colors mixed with substrates like wood and lucite. Our print focus is large scale geometric patterns in one or two colors that can be mixed and matched together creating a bold, yet clean, print and pattern story.TBT11-18

Design Works International’s Sneak Peek into our Heimtex 2015 Collection

We are so excited for the launch of our Home Collection which is a collaboration of prints and patterns exclusively for the Home Markets,  with a focus on bedding, wallpaper and upholstery. This collection is truly a “Worldwide Collaboration” as we are working with designers from our NYC studio as well as international designers in both CAD and hand painted styles.

For the past 20 years, Design Works International has attended Heimtex reporting on trend and products, but this year in addition to trend reporting, we will showcase our newest Home Collection. We are excited and honored to be a part of this International Textile Show in Frankfurt Germany from January 14th-17th 2015

Come visit Design Works International at Booth G81 Hall 4-2.

photo by Nancy Fire. All designs copyright©2014 Design Works International

photo by Nancy Fire. All designs copyright©2014 Design Works International

Throwback Thursday – The HGTV Conference Room

As seen at I Heart HGTV on January 7th, 2014 

The HGTV Magazine staff started out the New Year with a refreshed, refurnished, and revamped conference room! All thanks to our friends at HGTV HOME!

The redo experts took our boring office space, and transformed it into a stylish, colorful, and cozy spot for meetings, brainstorming, and okay, a little partying! Check out our before and after pictures below. Plus find details on specific paint colors, fabric patterns, and more HGTV HOME furniture and products used in the makeover.

Left to Right. Nancy Fire, HGTV HOME Design Director, Sara Peterson, Editor in Chief HGTV Magazine, Carol Crawford, Director of Marketing, Consumer products at HGTV HOME

Left to Right. Nancy Fire, HGTV HOME Design Director, Sara Peterson, Editor in Chief HGTV Magazine, Carol Crawford, Director of Marketing, Consumer products at HGTV HOME

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  • Chairs: HGTV HOME Furniture Collection Dining Chair (2572 and 2572-02A) in Smoke (HG73, fabric and 9, color) with nailhead trim Dining Table:
  • HGTV HOME Caravan Rectangular Dining Table in Two-Tone (4386) Credenza:
  • HGTV HOME Caravan Entertainment Credenza in Midnight (9486) Rug: HGTV HOME Flooring by Shaw Nirvana in Gray (00500) Tray Tables:
  • HGTV HOME Design Studio at Bassett Style Boost Tray Table (6HG7-K604) in Green Pillow Fabrics:
  • All HGTV HOME fabrics are available at Jo-Ann fabric stores or joann.com. Like a Diamond in Fog (window seat), Round Trip in Lagoon, Souvenir Scroll in Lagoon and Fog, and Chevron Chic in Harvest Paint Colors:
  • HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams in Cooled Blue (SW 6759) on the walls, and Sealskin (SW 7675) underneath the window seat.

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Trend Board Tuesday – Urban Collective

At Design Works International we love creating trend boards that inspire us in our everyday designing in the studio. Urban Collective showcases a unique and sustainable lifestyle with detail in woven and textured fabrics. Colors are earth-toned with pops of mid-tone accents.

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Open your eyes… Design All Around Us.

Sometimes we find design in unexpected places. Often we are so distracted by the environment that we don’t see what is right in front of us.

People don’t go to Las Vegas to see beautiful design, but if you look around… it’s there… often right under our feet!

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photos by Christine Johansen

High Point Furniture Market – Bits and Pieces

So much to see…so little time to blog….so we decided to show “bits and pieces” from our favorites in this post

Beautiful Wooden Headboard and detailed bedding with texture from Studio A, quilting as well as braiding detail.

Updated Outdoor furniture by Janus et Gie gone right with substrate mixing and woven fabric detail.

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Talk about “Going Green” this collection of lighting by Wish Designs LLC, is all organic even down to the felt fabric wrapping each lighting base.
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Arterios, known mostly for their amazing and creative lighting also has “pretty amazing” decorative accessories and occasional furniture.
Look at the detail on this beautiful mixed substrate chest…those hingers and nail heads are perfect!
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 Surya seems to be the “Go To” showroom where buyers and designers love to hang out and shop their many updated and trend right products…

did I mention their mash potato bar that happens during market as well?!

The image below showcases Surya’s handy work featuring appliqué, embroidery as well as printed surfaces

Their showroom is a fantastic loft filled with the latest greats in color, fabric and style…

showcasing, rugs, pillows, throws, wall decor, accent furniture lighting and their newest addition bedding!

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all photos by Nancy Fire

High Point Market – Global Views

Global Views is a home decor wholesale company with collections that blend various styles to make pieces that are elegant, exotic and refined.

I am never disappointed with their style and sensibility. They are the task masters in reinventing beautiful styles by updating their collections constantly! From textiles to furniture and decorative accessories, Global Views is on trend in print, pattern and product style… at Design Works International these are known as the “3 Perfect P’s”!!

photos by Nancy Fire

photos by Nancy Fire