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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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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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!

Spring in NYC

The calendar says spring, and it looks like old man winter has finally packed his bags (fingers crossed). Luckily the annual Macy’s Flower Show is on and we can walk the two blocks to be inspired by the color and the beauty.

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Keith Haring

We lost a wonderful artist 25 years ago today. His style and approach to art has inspired artists and designers in all different genres. Here we see how he used his style to create allover prints for interiors as well as textiles. Though his style looks playful and fun, he often included strong messages as evidenced in the mural “Crack is Wack” which he did in 1986. that mural is still there and NYC has renamed the park “Crack is Wack Playground.”

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Cut Out Art

Back in December we mentioned a few fun things you could do in NYC over the holidays, one of which was the Matisse cut out show at the Museum of Modern Art.

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Matisse called his cut outs “painting with scissors”. He began using this technique after he was diagnosed with cancer. He felt that what in this period of his life constituted his real self; free & liberated. The experimentation with cut-outs offered Matisse innumerable opportunities to fashion a new, aesthetically pleasing environment. As he was bedridden with his illness much of the time he was able to fashion a new, aesthetically pleasing environment: “I have made a little garden all around me where I can walk… There are leaves, fruits, a bird.”

Matisse would cut pieces of paper that he had painted with gouache using a small pair of scissors. He would keep the piece he cut and the scraps for use later. His assistant, Lydia Delectorskaya, would then pin the pieces to the walls with is guidance.

His cutouts, vast in scale (though not always in size), lush and rigorous in color, are among the most admired and influential works of his entire career. They belong with the grandest affirmations of the vital creative force in Western art.

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Not only did one of our designers, Selina, go see this wonderful show, she was so inspired she used the same technique to with her own artwork. She spent an entire day making these wonderful examples, “you should see the mess I made on my work table,” she said with a smile.