You want a FREE & Insta-worthy experience in NYC this weekend?

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Wait, what? It’s free?! Good afternoon, from Design Works International!

We sure had a good (actually GREAT!) afternoon exploring the Brit + Co pop-up-shop in SOHO today. Want to make pom-pom earrings? Play arcade games and eat cupcakes? How about pet with a giant sequin wall or have some Italian gelato? All of this is FREE (yes, free) this weekend.

Now, you might ask, Design Works, why is all this amazing stuff free? Well, Brit + Co wants women to feel empowered and be able to express their best self. Everything lends itself to a digital, social and experiential conversation about the GOOD that women can achieve in all areas of their life, from good food to good style to good work and good minds, and everything good in between. We think this is pretty cool!

So #CreateGood, and go check it out this weekend! Here are some of our fav things from today’s opening.

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Our #Shoefie’s from today.

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Write what you live for and add it to the sticky wall! And treat your self to some bubblegum out of mini vintage gum-ball dispensers. 

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Play with some sequins! Don’t forget to make the pom-pom earrings you see on the right.

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A “Yum” of ping pong balls & a little reminder 🙂

Have some fun and #CreateGood!

In the name of print & pattern,

DW

 

 

Design Works (Goes) International

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Happy Friday everyone! Before we head off into the weekend we want to share a little inspiration from our creative director, Nancy Fire, who spent the last week traveling through Paris, Lisbon, and Madrid. Nancy discovered and captured some gorgeous colors and patterns on her adventures and we thought we would share a little bit of her finds with you today! (Aren’t you lucky?) So sit back, relax, and lets go on a little trip to Europe (visually, at least).

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From the world traveler herself:

“Inspiration is everywhere in Lisbon, especially if you love Azulejos Tiles. Today these tiles are dominant in every Portuguese city and are embedded in its history and culture. The word “azulejo” means “small polished stone” and although they are not a Portuguese invention, by the 18th century no other European country was producing as many tiles as Portugal. Over the years, azulejo tiles have become an art form used for a variety of design applications both in exterior and interior home design. Spending time in Bairro Atlo and Principe Real, two older areas of Lisbon, I spotted various azulejo tiles on homes in different color combinations and patterns.”

In the name of print & pattern,

DW

Yellow, is it me you’re looking for?

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What you will learn: 3 Fall 2017 trends you should know about!

How long it will take you to read this post: 1 minute & 37 seconds 

Why you should read it: So you can be in the know… duh 

3…2…1….GO!

Good morning. As Hurricane Irma is subsiding into a tropical storm and the people of Houston are beginning to recover from Harvey, we can all take a deep breath and continue in our efforts to help the people affected. With the US being hit by two record breaking hurricanes within a two week span, it is hard to talk about color, print, pattern, trend, and everything else we do everyday in the studio. Hopefully these bright, beautiful trends will make us all feel a little bit better as we let ourselves get wrapped up in something pretty, at least for a minute. That “something pretty” today will be yellow ochre! 

Now that September is fully upon us and New York Fashion will week soon behind us, we can look towards the 2017 Fall trends with ease. Let us take the guess work out of what you will be seeing:

Stripes & Plaids

We are seeing stripes and plaids more and more on the streets & on the runway this fall.

Check out this take on vertical stripes from the Dior Fall 2017 collection along with a few others…

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Hello Clueless! From the 90’s grunge inspired plaid blazers of NYFW to the Italian runway of Ferretti, we are seeing it more and more. Do you have any vintage left that you can pull out the the depths of your closet?

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Mohair Yarn & DIY 

Tactile, chunky, fuzzy, oh my!  We know people love their DIY and we keep seeing mohair yarn used to make beautiful pieces. We have never tried knitting but this makes us want to test it out! Would you?

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Also, we saw this mohair-blend coat by Michael Kors and our heart skipped a beat.

Turmeric

So, food. When thinking of yellow foods, we want to shine a light on something different than bananas and lemons. Turmeric is popping up more and more as an ingredient and these turmeric date balls are anti-inflammatory, lower your risk of heart disease, help treat depression, and help to improve your brain function. Honestly, what is not to love about them?! Plus, they are beautiful, tasty, and easy to make.

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@spinachforbreakfast Turmeric Date Balls

It looks like others are seeing the yellow ochre trend too! For more yellow ochre and trend inspiration, check out our Instagram @designworksinternational.

In the name of Print & Pattern,

DW

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

Las Vegas-Hardware Happiness

Hard to believe that I am in Las Vegas covering the National Hardware Show… who knew, right?

Well… actually, wrong because half the show consists of lawn and garden products and new innovations for the outdoors!

Since I curate the HGTV HOME OUTDOOR LIVING COLLECTIONS on HSN it’s important to attend these shows to see what is new both in product style and trend.

For me, I am always a fan of “Rustic Glam” maybe because I love Chip and JoAnna Gains, from Fixer Upper on HGTV!

But I also love bold color and contemporary styling for some backyard boldness…

I guess my point is… When you hear National Hardware Show…think again because half the shows focus is on lawn and garden and it ain’t just hardware!

Now you know!

See you next year in Vegas!

Hanging at High Point Furniture Market in NC

Fast and furious times at the High Point Furniture Market…short trip this market but never a shortage of talent!

Being partial to the “softer side of home” the textiles this market are so creative and inspiring from beautiful printed florals to amazing textured woven collections!

Metals are truly mixed this season as we notice warm and cool metallics in many of the showrooms either as accents or main substrates. I especially love how Ann Gish uses a metallic yarn in her “Le Chic” bed ensemble this season.

Color was everywhere from outdoor products to indoor digitally printed dec pillows….the brighter, the better!

Always inspired at the High Point Furniture Market!

Photos by Nancy Fire

Peony Bed Ensemble by Ann Gish

Ceramic and Light Concrete outdoor furniture from Seasonal Living and an Upholstered and Wood bench from Janus et Cie.

A fun floral bedding story from Legancy Home-Ryan Studio.

“Le Chic” bedding with metallic lurex thread in the weave by Ann Gish.

Digitally printed colorful pillows by Ann Gish.

 

Trend Board Tuesday… The Softer Side of Color

At Design Works International we love creating trend boards that inspire us in the studio. Since the “softer side of color” is so pretty we love mixing these updated pastels with tones of grays and taupe. Our prints are a bit spontaneous mixing dots, stripes and simple graphics.

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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