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

It Ain’t Your Typical KBIS-IBS Show anymore….

It ain’t your typical Kitchen and Bath-International Builders Show anymore…it’s what I call adult eye candy in EVERY category for the home..from updated tiles, both flooring and wall…artisan appliances that bring a whole new meaning to creative cooking and endless booths of updated gadgets for the home….My time spent in Las Vegas at these shows was inspiring AND frustrating….because now I want to redesign my entire home…. so many intriguing products to look at…here are some of my top pics:

  Walker Zanger

  La Cotnue   La Cornue

  Monogram (GE) Electric Pizza Oven


Ann Sacks

 Wilson Art  Bedrosians (digital printed) tile

 Jeld-Wen (Moda Wood Doors)

Thanks for following Nancy at colorchaosandcreativity.com

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

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.

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!

Unique and Creative Places on the North Fork of LI

Junque Shop  Junque Shop Midcentury Lamps

  Small Holdings Farm

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Small Holdings Farm

Mazur & Co.-Lumber and Salt

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Material Objects

BRIERMERE Farm

There are so many unique and creative places to shop for antiques and magical finds on the North Fork of Long Island. From Riverhead to Greenport, each little village has its own charm and personality!

First up is  Junque in Riverhead LI  where you can find some great midcentury modern lamps…right next door is Timeless Treasures with fun selections of vintage clothing and some smaller tabletop items! Next up Small Holdings Farm where you can humt for antique furniture, fun outdoor accessories and 100 year old beach glass in vintage jars. Last up in Jamesport, Material Objets where you can find a variety of unique and interesting treasures and be sure to visit their newest location on Sound Ave called Lumber and Salt!

One cannot shop on an empty stomach so may I suggest stopping at BRIERMERE FARMS for the most delicious pies…..baking since 1959 located in Riverhead LI. Try the apple crisp…..it’s a family favorite!

An added plus is that the North Fork is beautiful every season. Spring when all the flowers are blooming, summer when the fruits and veggies are ripe for picking, fall when the grapes are harvested and the farms are roasting freshly picked LI corn and in winter when it turns into a winter wonderland!

Hanging at the High Point Furniture Market-Textiles and Texture

By Nancy Fire

Textiles and Texture…a mix of “Rustic Glam” was prevalent throughout many of the showrooms this market at High Point.

Textured wood, fur accent pillows, sculptural lamp bases, mixed substrates like metal and wood, painted textured tables, fabric and metal lighting, teak and concrete stools, pecky cypress wood, feminine prints paired with texture, lighting with natural elements as well as feathered and fringed pillows.

The diversity of texture both on hard surfaces like wood and metal, as well as soft surfaces like textiles and rugs was creative and updated offering designers many choices in style and substrate.

  Bungalow 5

  Dove Tail

  Dunes and Duchess

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Curry Lighting

  Splendid Outdoors

  SugarBone

  Ann Gish Bedding  Emporium Home

 Dransfield and Ross

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.