What’s up with all this GREEN[ery]?!

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What you will learn: What makes Soft Sage the new “Greenery” for Fall 2017

How long it will take you to read this post: 2 minutes

Why you should read it: We give you 3 ideas on how to work this trend into your own style

3…2…1….GO!

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Gucci // Summer 2017

Everyone is talking green, green, Greenery! We all know it is the 2017 Pantone color of the year and it has been seen in everything from Gucci’s green pants during their Summer 2017 shows to Tesla’s contest for a homemade eco-commercial this past May. 

As September rolls in, maybe you’re not feeling as electric green as “Greenery” and want to go for a more muted look with Fall fast approaching. That’s where Soft Sage is coming to the rescue.

Here are 3 ways to work this trend into your life, TODAY. 

1. We all need a break. Amen! You know it. I know it. We all know it. We all love to get back to nature and disconnect from technology. As all the leaves change and the kids go back to school, we will start seeing a lot more sage tones emerge in nature. Feel more connected to the surrounding landscape by adding some of that sage color to your outfit, a throw pillow on your bed, or even bringing some Sage colored succulents into your kitchen like @studionycdesign did HERE.

Studio NYC Succulents

Studio NYC Design added these adorable sage succulents to accent their “Phases” print.

2. Clean it out! Spring cleaning doesn’t have to wait for 2018 – clean out that linen closet or organize your pots & pans. One of the best ways cleanse the accumulated clutter & negativity in your space is to burn a stick of bundled sage in your home. This is called “smudging,” a traditional Native American practice used by many healers to offer blessings, uplift, purify, and bring positivity into the space. Look into the practice HERE, you might be surprised how calm you feel in your home after you do it. 

3. Ooo girl, you look pretty! Lets get a little beauty conscious, naturally, with Clary Sage essential oils. Combine a few drops with Chamomile for a stress-relieving bath, or add to shampoo & conditioner to promote healthy hair and scalp. You can find the small but mighty bottle HERE

FINISHED! We hope you enjoyed our little shout about how amazing Sage can be. For more Sage inspiration, visit our Instagram @designworksinternational 

In the name of print & pattern, 

DW

Surtex NYC Trend Update Part One – Color, Chaos & Creativity

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Last month at Surtex NYC, I gave a seminar on Color, Chaos and Creativity..trends relating to the fashion, home and accessory markets. Posting my first update today and will continue to post the re…

For more wonderful imagery: Surtex NYC Trend Update Part One – Color, Chaos & Creativity

What those who are in the know are saying…

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“On the Surface; COLOR HER FAR-SIGHTED: Nancy Fire Foresees Coming Trends | Surtex”

So what if the human eye can detect some 10 million different colors? The ones that interest the design industry are the colors trending this year and beyond.

And who knows what they are? Meet design pro Nancy Fire. Co-founder of New York-based Design Works International/First2Print (designworksintl.com), and design director for HGTV Home, the go-to interior design source for millions of American, Nancy has logged 30+ years consulting, designing, and launching successful product lines. Also a SURTEX Advisory Council member and judge for designext 2016, the world-wide student design competition, it’s no wonder she’s been called a juggernaut of the interior design industry.

See more here: COLOR HER FAR-SIGHTED: Nancy Fire Foresees Coming Trends | Surtex

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!

Design Works International at PrintSource NYC and Heimtex Germany!

  
Looks like Design Works International is “truly international” with two design shows  3,864 miles apart this week!

We are premiering  all our design collections in one week in two major cities, New York and Frankfurt.

Our HOME collection at Heimtex focuses on soft good products like upholstery, wallpaper, fabric and tabletop…while at PrintSource NY, our collections focus on paper goods, fashion, accessories and fabric with a special seasonal collection for most holidays!

If you missed us at either shows this week…stop by our NYC loft at 45 West 36th next week to preview our line of updated prints and patterns…looking for digital printed fabric, we have that as well from our sister company First2print!

 Design Works at PrintSource NY

 Design Works International at Heimtex Germany

Happy New Year!

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Look for updates soon from:

Heimtex-Frankfurt Germany | PrintSource NY-NYC | Maison & Objet-Paris

KBIS (Kitchen & Bath Show) & Las Vegas Furniture Market-Las Vegas

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Let’s Take it OutSide

Talk about a great week away on business reporting from the High Point Furniture Market in North Carolina on outdoor lifestyle and why we are seeing the growth  in a trend segment called “Let’s Take it Outside”.

It actually all starts with the housing market with requests both in new builds as well as remodeling where outdoor spaces are becoming the focal point for both living and entertaining! Architects as well as interior designers are blurring the lines on where the indoors ends and the outdoors begin!

Lifestyle rooms with glass retrackable accordion doors are opening up the house inviting the indoors…outdoors!  Product offerings are more creative than ever allowing consumers trend right choices for their newly expanded living space! We are seeing more consumer requests for updated outdoor furniture, rugs, kitchens, textiles and accent accessories.

Outdoor living spaces today also vary in scale and square footage because the demand for the great outdoors is at an all time high, especially among millennials. Creative outdoor spaces today include rooftop gardening, vertical gardening and all yard gardening, not just a focus on “backyard” gardening. Today we are seeing the collaboration between edible gardening and flowers mixed together in gardens scapes providing the beauty of flowers and the practicality of food!

There are 5 top trends that I see as product growth for the outdoors and I have some great images to share with you in the hopes that I can make your outdoor extension of the indoors an easy transition!

More images can be found at

@nancy _fire

@hgtvhome

@designworksinternational

colorchaosandcreativity.com

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Power of Collabration…

Blessed to be working along side the talented group at GAF, North Americas largest roofing manufacturer, collaborating on trend, lifestyle and color…as I head into their color lab next week to work on shingle color and texture updates, I am excited to share my trend knowledge and 27 years of experience with GAF on our newest collaboration-Nancy

PARSIPPANY, NJ (9/9/15) – Furthering its focus on connecting style and design elements with quality roofing materials, GAF, North America’s largest roofing manufacturer, has partnered with Nancy Fire, HGTV HOME design director, and creative director and founder of Design Works International.
As HGTV HOME Design Director, Nancy provides industry insight into design, style, and emerging trends. Her ability to apply “high fashion” to products for the home is second to none, having worked with giants including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Crate & Barrel®, as well as serving on the Advisory Board for the Fashion Institute of Technology.
The partnership with Nancy will allow the GAF internal innovation team to leverage her extensive background in design and emerging trends, ensuring that GAF continues to create products that excite homeowners and help them express their genuine style. GAF customers will also have the opportunity to garner insight from Nancy on design and color trends on the GAF Style Guide at gaf.com starting in the fall of 2015.
“Nancy’s keen sense of style and extensive experience working with international brands and products, paired with her experience leading the helm for design at HGTV HOME, make her a perfect partner for GAF,” stated Emily Videtto, vice president of residential products at GAF. “The roof makes up a significant portion of a home’s curb appeal and our customers are looking for “on-trend” colors and styles to personalize their homes’ exteriors. Our partnership with Nancy Fire ensures that our customers are getting the most stylish roof on the market.”
Nancy Fire herself stated, “In today’s world we have seen a major lifestyle shift in “bringing the indoors, outdoors” so a paramount design decision like choosing the color and substrate of your roof is now being influenced by your lifestyle. Color as well as texture are two factors to consider while making this important decision and I am thrilled to be working with such an innovative company as GAF.”
Design Works International is a lifestyle design studio, leading the industry for over two decades in trend and color forecasting, design, and product development.
About GAF
Founded in 1886, GAF is the largest roofing manufacturer in North America. The company’s products include a comprehensive portfolio of steep-slope and commercial roofing systems, which are supported by an extensive national network of factory-certified contractors. Its success is driven by its commitment to Advanced Quality, Industry Expertise, and Solutions Made Simple. GAF was the first roofing manufacturer to offer a Lifetime limited warranty on all of its laminated shingles, which then evolved with the introduction of the GAF Lifetime Roofing System by extending the Lifetime coverage beyond just the roofing shingles.
With a focus on social responsibility, GAF has developed Advanced Protection® Shingle Technology, which provides excellent durability and wind resistance while reducing the use of scarce natural resources. The company has also developed single-ply and asphaltic membranes with excellent durability and high reflectivity to meet the most rigorous industry standards while helping commercial property owners and designers reduce energy consumption.
GAF also supports the roofing industry through CARE, the Center for the Advancement of Roofing Excellence, which has provided education to over 125,000 professionals. CARE’s mission is to help professional contractors and distributors build their businesses through sales and management education, and to provide product and installation training to contractors, distributors, architects, property owners, and related industry personnel. For more information about GAF, visit gaf.com.