Traditional Methods

Yesterday and today are two fun & “important” days as it relates to what we do. Yesterday was National Pencil Day and today is Crayola Crayon Day!

The pencil and crayon are two beloved traditional methods we love along with colored pencils, watercolors, gouache and the other methods of painting. We still use these methods when we design for our original collection.


An Italian couple made the first wood encased pencil around 1560. Crayons have been around, in many different forms, dating back to the Egyptians. Crayola began making their famous crayons on June 10th 1903 and it would be hard to find someone who is not transported back to their childhood by their familiar smell.

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Nancy’s Traveling Trends

We’re very excited about Nancy’s expanding relationship with HGTV. Along with being the HGTV HOME Design Director she now has a feature at She is always traveling the world in search on the latest in trend and color and now she has a gallery of her images to go along with her Instagram feeds. We recommend you bookmark this page as well as follow her on Instagram.

Here is a taste of what you can see in her travels… follow the link to see much more.


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NYC…..Color, Choas and Creativity!

Photo by Nancy Fire

I love how “Surreal” NYC looks in this photograph that I took on the first day of spring. Not sure what I love more, the pastel sky, the snow covered reservior or the contrast of color between the east and west side of the city.

People often ask how I can live in such a fast paced city for so long (celebrating 30 years) and raise a family and maintain a design business….the answer is easy…”Passion”!

To live in NYC you have to love this city for all it has to offer….I choose to see its beauty through color, architecture, art and its people that love to live here…to me it’s all about “the color chaos and creativity” of my life in NYC.

Snow. Do. Not. Enter.

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Photo by @nancy_fire

I know the two words that we all want to say today “Happy Spring” might have to be on hold for at least tomorrow due to a pending snow storm on the east coast today!

Guess we have to remember that it’s only March 20th and we have had our fair share of snow on the east coast through April in past years.

The chaos for NYC will be the crazy commute home tonight as the storm should hit its stride by rush hour, BUT the creativity will come from yet another amazing photo op that NYC has to offer when it’s color is a blanket of fresh white snow!

Trying to stay positive….”TGIF”!

St. Patty’s Day NYC – Parades, Plaids & Prints

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City is the oldest of it’s kind in the country and the oldest civilian parade in the entire world. Over 150,000 marchers make their way up 5th Avenue, receiving a benediction from the Cardinal at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The parade is always lead by the 69th Infantry Regiment, and the parade starts when the commanding officer asks if the regiment is ready, to which they exclaim, “The 69th is always ready!”

NYC was a sea of green and plaid as people flocked to Midtown Manhattan to drink green beer, don fun accessories and claim to be Irish for a day. Needless to say, it was a fun day in the city.


Check out our “Green with Envy” prints from our Design Works International Collections!

"Green with Envy" All prints ©2015 Design Works International

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Color, Chaos & Creativity

Someone has to do it….so why not me?

Often I am asked why I love what I do everyday for a living and as the old saying goes…”Find a job you love and you”ll never work a day in your life”….25 years in my design studio in NYC with some of the most talented and dedicated designers, amazing clients and friends, my husband Neil as my business and life partner and two kids that are well on their way to creating their own path in life…sounds easy right…nope lots of hard work, dedication, long days and nights in the studio, PTA meetings and more!

My point…it takes time to build ones career and good things are worth the wait. This is my mantra during the many interviews I conduct in my studio because I feel it so important today to be realistic about ones professional path. It took years of…

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Making Memories

Color, Chaos & Creativity

Looking back at my lifetime of memories I cherish those times that we actually took the time to capture life in the making.

Back in the day of film, sepia prints, and art filled family photos, images were heartfelt and meaningful……I am happy to see a resurgence of this sensibility and style!

Everytime I see this image it brings me back to that day on the beach with the people I love most in this world!

Keep making those memories as creative as you can and they will last a lifetime.

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