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

A Glimmer of “Book Hope”

Book Culture, an independent bookstore in New York City, announced its plan to open a third location at 450 Columbus Ave. They hope to connect with the neighborhood and drum up excitement to meet its yearly sales goal. Chris Doeblin, the owner of Book Culture, has invited Upper West Siders to “Post It” graffiti so they can write their feelings about having a neighborhood bookstore. They’re trying to get the  community involved and committed to support this independent bookstore!

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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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Small Holdings

This past weekend I happened to stumble upon what I call “A Treasure Chest of Goodies” at the Small Holdings Farm in Aquebogue, NY. For all us designers out there, it is getting harder and harder to find great antiques and “barn finds” that are affordable and allow us the opportunity to be used for our DIY projects.

The Small Holdings Farm is home to a large barn filled with many trinkets, furniture and rustic finds outside on the perimeter of the property. If you like to repaint, reclaim or just repurpose, I would highly suggest paying the Small Holdings Farm a visit!

They specialize in farmhouse decor, painted furniture, country cottage, industrial, reclaimed and renamed items. It is truly one of North Fork’s best kept secrets on Long Island NY. They are located in Aquebogue at 965 Main Street and their number is 631-722-3342. Winter hours are Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm.    -Enjoy Treasure Hunting!

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photos by Nancy Fire

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

Fusion of Fashion and Home – Bill Evans

Often at Design Works International we talk about “The Fusion of Fashion and Home”. Recently, at The High Point Furniture Market, I had the pleasure of interviewing a colleague of mine, a gentleman who is somewhat of a Renaissance Man; Mr. Bill Evans of Charlotte, North Carolina. Currently Bill is designing fashion pieces from home furnishing fabrics. He admires these types of fabrics and loves the vintage sensibility he can bring to fashion. His many “One Of’s” fashion pieces, including vintage tweed jackets with button details can be acquired through him in Charlotte.

He began his career at The Bell Telephone Company after he studied at Wake Forest University on a Football Scholarship. After 4 years at Bell, he realized that his passion was design and started to design furniture case goods for Kewaunee in North Carolina. His passion for design grew and Bill turned to the automobile industry and he worked for Jaguar for many years before finally committing to fashion design full time. He too is a true believer in “The Fusion of Fashion and Home” philosophy.

Connect with Mr. Evans on FACEBOOK

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Photos by Nancy Fire

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