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Design Works Style is the industry blog of Design Works International, a lifestyle design studio in the heart of Manhattan.

Colorful Buildings Around the World

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Color is everywhere and there are numerous buildings around the world that are Instagram worthy! Just pack a suitcase and delve into your adventurous side to see these unique buildings.

Here are our top 10 favorites

So, what are you waiting for? Go explore and tag #designworksinternational to be featured in our next post!

In the name of print & pattern,

DW

Redoing Your Room on a Budget

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Everyone needs change. Changing your surroundings can give you a fresh perspective and it can be fun! Revamping your room can be easy and super affordable. Learn how to redo your room on a budget by following these tips.

Change out your pillowsPillows come in so many textures and colors! You can make your own in less than 15 minutes. All you need is fabric, no-sew fabric glue, and poly-fil!

  1. Choose the fabric you want and cut two squares a little bit bigger than your desired size. Fold each side down for a clean edge before gluing them together.
  2. Glue three sides of the fabric together, leaving one side unglued so that you can stuff it.
  3. Finally, stuff the pillow with poly-fil and glue together the final side (for extra durability, sew the sides of the pillow).
  4. (Optional) For texture, simply glue on pom-poms or tassels to even make your pillow one-of-a-kind!

Here are some pillows for inspiration!

Add wall decorIf you are renting a place and not allowed to paint your walls, this is a great solution! Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie always have wall decor that is to die for. Check out their sale for affordable decor. Here are some of our favorites (all under $50). Also, links are under each picture!

 

Paint your furniture. Paint can give an object new life! All you need is sandpaper and paint. Paint + primer paint gets the job done in fewer coats! First, sand down your furniture so that the paint will have something to grip on. Then, just paint away! (Optional: switching out the knobs)

Here are some color inspo:

 

We hope that you feel inspired to make a change!

In the name of print & pattern,

DW

How to Add a POP of Color to Any Outfit

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If you struggle with boring outfits, this is the article for you! It’s easy to add a POP of color to your wardrobe so that you can show the world your ~fun~ side. All you need is a few simple accessories, creativity, and your beautiful self!

Colors and textures can catch the attention of anyone and there are endless possibilities to take your outfit to the next level!  Take these tips to look colorful at your next outing. 

EARRINGS: Earrings can be a statement, so why not make them FUN! Pom-pom and tassel earrings are my favorite because they come in so many colors. Here are some for inspiration.

 

 

ESPADRILLES: Espadrilles are a huge trend this summer because they are cute and comfortable. They can easily change a bland outfit! Here are some of my favorites.

 

 

BANDANAS: Bandanas are inexpensive, colorful and can complete any outfit. They can be used as a headband for a bad hair day or even function as a unique belt!

 

 

Hope these tips inspired you to live life colorfully!

In the name of print & pattern,

DW

Trend Spotting at ICFF: Materials

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ICFF is always a great place to meet new makers and see what shapes and materials they’re experimenting with. Check out a few of our favorite trends, both new and evolving, below.ICFF Trends.001.jpeg

Raw finishes are trending in a big way. Light wood, leather, and cork are some of the natural materials being used in home goods and left in a raw, unfinished look for an organic and casual vibe.

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Mixed metals have been showing up for some time in cabinetry hardware (and later in fixtures) but we haven’t seen this variety in vessel sinks ever before. Brass, copper, or gunmetal: which is your pick?

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An oldie but a goodie is bouclé fabric. Soft, nubby, and so very Coco Chanel, it pairs beautifully with rounder upholstery shapes.

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Outdoor and indoor furniture alike is being shown in woven forms. Colorful, playful, global, and slightly nostalgic, these pieces take their cues from both vintage outdoor furnishings and woven textiles pieces. Made of string, wicker, plastic, metal, and rubber, they’re fun, unique, and compelling structures that play with positive and negative space.

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Trend Spotting at ICFF: Color

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We eat, breathe, and live color here in the studio and peeping color trends coming to market is a really exciting thing for us. But even if you’re not as into the ins and outs of color as we are, we have some cool new products to share with you that just happen to be in some pretty happening hues for 2019. Keep an eye out in the coming year for some of the shades seen below.ICFF Trends 2.001.jpeg

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Trend Spotting at ICFF: Fresh Ideas

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Last week our trend scouting team attended the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (or ICFF, since that is quite a mouthful) here in the city and we spotted some great color, beautiful materials, and unique ideas for everything from furniture and lighting to outdoor sets and floor coverings. We’ll be highlighting some of our favorite trends this week in a series of posts and we want to kick off with a recap of our favorite fresh ideas.

ICFF Trends.003.jpeg Rounded ends, overstuffed shapes, and soft curves are making their mark on everything from sofas and ottomans to bookshelves and mirrors. Unexpected and organically shaped, these pieces make a sculptural statement while also looking oh-so-comfy.

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Reminiscent of building blocks or totems, stacked effects are showing up on furniture and accessories. We love this technique for an opportunity to add dimension or showcase mixed materials.

ICFF Trends.002.jpegA new company we met for the first time is Coquo, who specializes in freestanding, modular kitchen pieces that can accommodate appliances and be unified by whatever countertop you please. Check out the incredible space they created in a New York apartment below. We’ll take one in each finish, please!

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ICFF Trends.001.jpegOne last favorite for now, since summertime is upon us, is this great freestanding outdoor kitchen unit in a concrete-look finish. That planter on the end (and those baguettes) had us dreaming of fresh ingredients, icy drinks, and a summer cookout.

Stay tuned for our post on color later this week.

 

Seas The Day! | Freebie June 2018 Tech Wallpaper

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Happy June from the DW team! Ah, it’s finally summer. Make sure you take advantage of this beautiful time of year. Download our coral reef themed June wallpaper, and get out there and Seas The Day!

Download one, download all.

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Apple Watch Wallpaper

 

In the name of print & pattern,

DW

Design Works International is a lifestyle studio located in the heart of Manhattan that’s been helping to define and capitalize on trends for over 30 years. Originally (and still) a print studio, the in-house artists at Design Works International are busy every day exploring, inspiring, and creating to bring you original prints that are on-trend and sure to sell!