Collaborating with Nature  – Color, Chaos & Creativity

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For inspiration regarding color I often take my cue from nature. This weekend I noticed that our hydrangeas were starting to bloom at our country house and I was inspired by these awesome cool tone…

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Creative Color, Medellin Colombia |

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A Designer’s Paradise….vibrant colors fill the streets and artisan shops of Medellin Columbia-also known as the City of Eternal Spring because of its moderate temperatures all year roun…

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ART IS LOVE at the High Point Market..North Carolina |

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How true…happy to see this statement holding true at The High Point Furniture Market last week in North Carolina. Art was everywhere and acted as the “connector” in each showroom.…

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The Bolder The Better? |

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SHOW STOPPERS-BOLD BEAUTIES-ART PIECES Are you a fan?  Each year at the Architectural Digest Show there are always a few designers that choose to stand out among the rest showcasing new materials, …

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“Savvy Style” at Architectural Digest Design Show NYC |

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Attending the Architectural Digest Design Show in NYC is always aspirational because you “meet the makers” of the industry that are creating and designing new products for the interior …

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Heimtex Happenings…Diversity among print..pattern & product!

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I have been attending Hemtex (Heimtexil) the largest international textile show in Frankfurt Germany for the past 20 years. Each year the show seems to get smaller in comparison to the last both in exhibitors as well as attendees.

Most people would assume less exhibitors as well as less attendees would be a negative thing, but its actually the opposite because the people who are attending are serious buyers looking for newness in an industry that has become very homogenous over the years….but not this year!

Posting some Heimtex images for those who did not attend to get an overview of what I did see over the 4 days at the show…

  Global Greats from Design Works International NYC, a full service design studio with many home textile collections. [designworksintl.com]

  Feeling the blues at Zara Home at the Zeil shopping area in Frankfurt. These patterns are from there newest home collections just in stores this week!  Organic wallpaper patterns from Casamance, Nobility, Casamance and Verbatex.

 Daffodil yellow at Soffee, Jab, Pichler and Casamance.

  Pantone’s Rose Quartz [13-1520] trending paired with gray and taupe.

 Marbelized patched wallpaper from Brewster Home Fashions.

  Graphic black and white jacquards from the trend hall at Heimtex.

  Fun tween bedding at Muller Textiles.

 Updated conversational prints and patterns at Esta Home NL
  Jacquards from Imatex from Milan Italy

Border detailing on towels at Zara Home in the Zeil.

 Purple Power in Products at Heimtex from Pichler, Brewster Home Fashions, Trend Hall fabrics and sofa fabric by Floksar Textiles.

I enjoyed seeing the diversity in print, pattern and product this year at Heimtex and look forward to seeing the textile industry move forward in a more innovative way experimenting in both design as well as in the construction of fabric!

Paris..products and lots of “purdy stuff” at Maison Objet!

How many years can one person attend a show and still get inspired…the answer is 20! Yep I have been coming to Maison Objet for the past 20 years and I still get excited spotting fresh and fun products. Sometimes it’s just an updated color or a new texture or technique that inspires me but you guested it…key word is INSPIRED!

So many people today say that retail is flat and that products are not interesting, but I beg to differ because products today “have to be exciting in order to survive because the competition is so vast” so let’s start looking in the right place….shows like Maison that inspire us to be “our best self” in the product world of course…

It’s true that the show is large and getting larger each year…why because this is where you come to be in inspired…sorry had to throw that in…but it’s true…that is why we schlep through millions…or it seems like millions of aisles to find those inspiring products and ideas that make us smile…

Here are a few of mine…..

 Lalie Design  Trend Hall

 Flamant

  Mero Wing

 Vent de Boheme

  Twoolies

  SebraRina Menardi

 Toulemonde Bochart  Vitra

Check out my other blog colorchaosandcreativity.com tomorrow for an overview of Kind + Jugend, an International trade show for kids products in Cologne Germany.

Thanks for following….

Nancy Fire

North Devon…A Designers Delight

Just returning from a magical adventure from the English Countryside of North Devon in the U.K. for the past week. After spending a full day in London prior to our 4 hour drive to Devon, the slower pace of the countryside was a perfect welcome for two New Yorkers that are constantly on the go!

Neil, my husband and business partner for our company Design Works International and I rarely travel together because I travel solo on my most of my business trips while he stays at Design Works International managing our day to day business…so this trip was extra special on so many levels….after starting our design business 26 years ago, raising two kids in NYC who are currently in college, one just graduated and the other will be in his junior year… We are now able to travel as the team we were prior to starting a family!

This adventure was enjoyable because we rented a car and drove through the countryside stopping in towns like Dunster, Lynton, Parracombe and Braunton just naming a few… Each small town has their own charming personality….for example Dunster is a medieval town with an incredible castle and gardens that dates back over 1000 years. The town of Dunster is filled with charming resturants serving the traditional “pasty” prepared either Cornish Style with meat and potatoes or a vegetarian option of onion and potatoe…Most shops are geared toward tourists except for a unique shop called “Horse and Crook” where store owner and curator Abigail finds local treasures and reclaims them in various ways. See below image of her succulent pots in a textured ceramic pot….


The town of Lynton was our next stop perched on the top of a hill reachable by cable car with a view that is spectacular! Here is where I finally had my scone with clotted cream and jam with a pot of perfectly brewed earl grey teal! Next stop was Arbon Textiles where we purchased traditionsl British-made socks from local wool…..Lynmouth is the town directly below Lynton which is known for its seaside village as well as famous fish and chips restaurants!


Thanks to our Art Director Selina at Design Works International for inviting us to her wedding in Braunton because without her invite I am not sure we would of ventured to this magical part of the U.K.! Selina and Pete planned the most fairytale wedding at the Ash Barton Estate which sits on top of the highest hill in Braunton, a well seasoned surfer town…think Montauk LI but with the “best” fish and chips….The Ash Barton Estate is best illustrated by my photographs because it’s hard to find words to describe its visual magic! Selina and Pete’s wedding was an amazing mix of family and friends with a DIY sensibility! From paper flower bouquets, a sign in vintage globe, hand printed invites, seating cards and DIY mason jar beer mugs….no DIY project was left undone!  See pics below of the beautiful bride and groom!


Last but NOT least….”The Cottage Gardens”……being an avid gardener I have to confess my skills are now sharpened and all my gardens will be having a “makeover” in the next few weeks…. So many new plans for new garden beds and the restructuring of old ones….see below my newest Devon inspiration and please head to my blog colorchoasandcreativity.com and my Instagram nancy_fire to view more photos of this amazing adventure!


     Kudos to my husband Neil who drove over 500 miles on the wrong side of the road so his designer wife could photograph rooftops for an upcoming project, gardens for our HGTV HOME Plant partners and for my personal reference….

Planning a trip to this part of the U.K.? Feel free to reach out regarding tips on where to go….I will be posting tips this week on some local restaurants, lodging and general info.

For more pics from North Devon check out my blog at : colorchaosandcreativity.com                           On Instagram @nancy_fire and hgtvhome

Cheers,
Nancy

PS our trip to Stonehenge was incredible….to see this ancient temple aligned on the movement of the sun….over 4500 plus years of history!


Neil and Nancy “photo bombed” by Stonehenge!