Life is Beautiful | Freebie April 2018 Tech Wallpaper

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Spring has sprung! Well, almost… there are still a few more chilly days in the forecast, but hopefully, within the next few weeks, we will start to feel the warmth of Spring and everything that comes along with it. Blooming flowers, bright sunshine, and cool breezes. Yes, Life is Beautiful!

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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!

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If April showers bring May flowers, what do weekly nor’easters bring? Dreams, for one thing – of sunshine, warmth, and signs of springtime (disappointment and exasperation are close contenders too). Today’s four’easter on the second official day of Spring has us focusing on the bright side of the season with fresh new ways to create floral arrangements to brighten our increasingly longer days.

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an unconventional vase and a mix of flowers, berries, and air plants

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

repurpose an old can for a vintage vibe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inspired by the Japanese art of flower arranging, known as ikebana, these flower arrangements are fresh, modern, and unique. The centuries-old Japanese art form  focuses on spare, off-center compositions of local and seasonal flowers chosen for their clean lines and, perhaps more importantly, their symbolism.

Less structured, these modern arrangements are full, imperfect, and fun. So forget whatever you think the rules are and have some fun with your stems (and whatever else you want to pop in there). Check out the latest trend, freakebana, below, where florists are turning ikebana on its head and literally anything goes.

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Below find a few of our favorite vases to inspire your next floral arrangement.

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one. NYC top pot two. melting ceramics three. ikebana vase four. Weck jars (one of our picks for just about everything) five. blown glass roll top jar six. vintage frog

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As seen in… Garden Center Magazine – March 2016

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

Floral Focused

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At Design Works International, our NYC based design studio, we are seeing a resurgence of floral designs in home decor… our print collections reflect this by introducing many different techniques in creating our latest floral designs. See my “Industry Trends” in the latest issue of GardenCenter Magazine to keep current on our “floral-focused” decor trend and how products today reflect this upbeat style. Interested in seeing more designs, contact us at info@designworksintl.com.

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Print..Pattern..Product..our NEW HOME Collection at Design Works International NYC!

Excited to announce our newest HOME Collection for bedding, wallpaper, upholstery and fabric for Design Works International! It’s our newest design collaboration showcasing traditional, global, floral and geometric offerings. Beautiful techniques with a focus on watercolor, ikat, shibori and block prints in updated and fresh color combinations.

Call us at 212-594-0777 to set up an appointment to view our latest HOME Collections.

Garden Greats

Tis the season to plant and play….if you love the outdoors, fab color and yummy veggies…your my kind of garden guru! Let’s face it, when you live in the northeast your planting days are limited so why not take advantage of some great DIY projects!

Attached are a few of mine and some from our HGTV HOME Plant Collections..love the hand painted flower pot fence project and the beautiful HGTV HOME amazing floral blends….and those succulents are fantastic!

See you outdoors!  

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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!

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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.

 

Art in the Park

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Design Works International is inspired by this collaboration between Target & Lily Pulitzer in Bryant Park. These Tropical Florals mirror the florals that we’re adding to our collections for our upcoming shows.