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 

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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

Merci. Have you been?

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Have you ever been to Merci in Paris? You know that lifestyle store that has a cult following from all over the world… which I guess Includes me!! Take a detour, you will be happy you did! For more info and more beautiful images… Check this out: Merci. Have you been?

As seen in… Garden Center Magazine – March 2016

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Turns out, what you don’t know can hurt you.

… HGTV HOME Plant Collection benefits from associations with major influencers, like Dr. Allan Armitage and Nancy Fire. Fire is creative director and founder of Design Works International. She specializes in trend presentations, print/color direction, color palettes, and graphics. Hunter says her input is vital in the creation of combination mixes.

For more, click the link below…

Source: Garden Center Magazine – March 2016 – Consumer reports

Creative Week!! Surex 2015

Stop by Design Works International  booth 622 and ICFF booth 3033 today!

Purchase tickets to the May 27th IFDA Take A Seat auction to bid on these creative seats designed by 26 talented designers…Lane Adeoye, Michael Arguello, Allison Bassen, Carly Bassen, Jonathan Bressler, Jerry Caldari, Cliff Young Intern Team, Gregory Cramer, Iris Dankner & Christopher Hyland, Banessa DeLeon, Nancy Fire, Patricia Fox, Stacey Garcia, Jan Girard, Barry Goralnick, Lorraine Gordon, Jason Oliver Nixon & John Loecke, Kennifer Mack & Lindsey Smith, Karim Rashid, Esther Sadowsky, Tamara Stephensos & Susan Young, Team Habitat for Humanity, Sara & Moncef Touijer, KathArine Wood, James Rixner & Catherine Wright, Sara Yengle.

Purchase tickets on the IFDA website!

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Happy Doodle Day!

Earlier in the week, we kicked of Design Works International Doodle Month because of today!

DOODLE |ˈdo͞odl|

verb [ no obj. ]; scribble absentmindedly: he was only doodling in the margin.

noun; a rough drawing made absentmindedly.

DERIVATIVES

doodler |-d(ə)lər| noun

ORIGIN early 17th cent. (originally as a noun denoting a fool, later as a verb in the sense ‘make a fool of, cheat’): from Low German dudeltopf, dudeldopp ‘simpleton.’ Current senses date from the 1930s.

Though the formal definition of doodle and doodles are lighthearted and fun, sometimes those absentminded scribbles end up as art. Next time you’re on the phone or in front of the television and you find you’ve left your mark on the take out menu or napkin… hold onto it, you never know what it might lead to.

At Design Works we think that doodles can lead to great things. These examples are some odds & ends by our staff of original print artists which end up being gorgeous original prints. We invite you to contact us to see our extensive line of original artwork from artists all over the world, maybe you’ll even recognize a few of these doodles!

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Homemade Soup Day!!

Creativity is not limited to just the visual arts. The designers here at Design Works have been known to dabble in everything from writing to cooking and more. Here is a wonderful Butternut Squash recipe from Christine to keep you warm in the dead of winter. Yummy!

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Prep time – 20 mins           Cook Time – 30 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onion
  • 5 cups cubed, peeled & seeded butternut squash
  • 1 large potato, peeled & cubed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 cups vegetable stock
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

Heat butter in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add in the green onion, garlic, & cayenne pepper; sauté about 3 minutes. Add the squash, potato, broth, bay leaf and bring to a boilSimmer for about 20 minutes or until the squash & potato are tender. Remove the bay leaf, puree with a hand blender. When finished, salt & pepper to taste if desired.

Enjoy!

Small Holdings

This past weekend I happened to stumble upon what I call “A Treasure Chest of Goodies” at the Small Holdings Farm in Aquebogue, NY. For all us designers out there, it is getting harder and harder to find great antiques and “barn finds” that are affordable and allow us the opportunity to be used for our DIY projects.

The Small Holdings Farm is home to a large barn filled with many trinkets, furniture and rustic finds outside on the perimeter of the property. If you like to repaint, reclaim or just repurpose, I would highly suggest paying the Small Holdings Farm a visit!

They specialize in farmhouse decor, painted furniture, country cottage, industrial, reclaimed and renamed items. It is truly one of North Fork’s best kept secrets on Long Island NY. They are located in Aquebogue at 965 Main Street and their number is 631-722-3342. Winter hours are Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm.    -Enjoy Treasure Hunting!

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photos by Nancy Fire

Amsterdam Custom Rides

 Amsterdam is an international hotspot for Creative Industries in advertising, fashion, design and culture.

One very hip difference noted immediately is how “Custom Cool” everyones bicycles are…showcasing their creative personalities.

From metallic gold, to neon yellow, spots and dots as well as print and pattern…..Amsterdam gives a new meaning to “your custom ride”!

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