bring on the blues!

This year’s color to decorate with is indigo!  Everywhere I turn I see blue, from fashion to interior design.  Although the pantone color of the year is radiant orchid, we are still seeing blue as the number 1 decorating color.  

Blue clothing from Black House White Market website.

Blue evokes feelings of calm and freshness, and represents strength and dependability. Think of the sky and ocean. The beauty of blue is the elemental color’s amazing versatility.
A high-energy shade of blue, like sapphire, can add a bold punch of energy to a room, while a light sky blue on the walls can make a space feel tranquil. Darker shades like navy can offer drama, while paler shades can make small spaces feel larger. The effect depends on the tone of blue.
Since blue is associated with calmness, it works well in a bathroom, bedroom or kitchen, all rooms where one goes to relax. Different shades of light blue can be used for ceilings to mimic the sky, making a room feel larger.

Bring these beautiful colors into your home with a few accessories.  Using accessories to update your look is easy and affordable.

1. Modernist Vases
2. Mid-Century Inspired Soapstone Sculpture
3. Decorative Throw Pillow
4. Dinner Plates
5. Decorative Pillow
6. Original Artwork
7. Lamp Shade

our trip to kbis

(the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show)


We arrived in Las Vegas the day before KBIS officially kicked off so we took a little road trip to the Hoover Dam.  Did you know the Hoover Dam was completed 2 years ahead of schedule. If only all kitchen and bath jobs could be that way!  The dam was breathtaking–we were lucky enough to be able to walk across the Mike O’Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, which is where the real view was:

View of the Hoover Dam & Lake Mead from the Mike O’Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge.

Part of KBIS was attending “The Party” and “The Bash” both of which were held at the beautiful Wynn/Encore Hotel.  These hotels are fabulous, see for yourself:

XS Nightclub

 The show was simply amazing.  Upon entering you are greeted by the legendary red carpet…

The Red Carpet at KBIS 2014- Las Vegas

Inspiring!
All of the ideas and concepts of the show were so fascinating, these are the things that inspired me the most:

We’ve all heard of recycled glass terazzo, but this product particularly caught my eye because each individual product has its own Glass Source Story:

“The world’s largest art glass manufacturer patented a production process referred to as continuous ribbon, and what we know as stained glass. It connotes colorful ribbon candy and the rainbow of colors they produce is equally astounding. Rejects or over-runs of the glass give Millefiori its full bouquet.”

So each pattern comes from a different source, some are made of recycled goblets, skyy vodka bottles, and oyster shells.  We have already ordered a full set of samples and are thrilled to get them!  Click here to read more about this product.

There were a lot of sinks with built-in cutting boards and strainers.


This cabinet pull out is like a lot of other custom made pull outs except its made of glass and sleek metals which give it a modern feel.
 

 As expected, Lucite was a huge hit again–but this time transitioned into towel bars, bathroom stools and shelving.  We did see more tinted lucite than usual.  We love it!

I love this flowy light fixture!
Where normally you would have a false faced drawer this drawer has the center cut out to allow for piping under your bathroom sink.  No space wasted! 
Metal drawer panels juxtaposed with wood face framing was unexpected, but it works.
What an easy way to make a statement!  This is an interesting alternative to paint or wallpaper, put this over your wall and paint it any color you want.

When we got back from Vegas, our shop hand and blogger, Gus Broussard hung this shelf above my new drawing space.  I love it.  Thanks Gus!

Design Trends in 2014



CABINETS
Cabinets in 2014 will (and should) tend to be brought all the way up to the ceiling. This will discourage the buildup of dust and needless, cluttered accessories. Think of your grandma’s dusty old china, sitting alone, forgotten, and barely noticed 13 feet in the air, wedged between the top of the cabinets and the ceiling. Not in 2014! To keep an open feel for your kitchen, glass can be used on the cabinet fronts.




INTERCHANGEABLE ACCENTS
People remodeling in 2014 will be thinking about designing in a lasting way: instead of locking themselves into color patterns and getting stuck with one style, a lot of people will be making flexible, neutral (but still interesting!) bases. Then the style and accent can be determined and changed at will by changing lamps, rugs, centerpieces, etc.




DARK IS THE NEW LIGHT
In 2014, designers will move away from safe, boring, dull white walls and towards bold, dramatic blacks. The increasing use of metallic accessories will give a pleasing, and exciting, sharp contrast against the prevailing black walls. For the bold.




VINTAGE PIECES
In this the age of information acceleration, trend lifespans are shortening. To combat this, designing in 2014 will incorporate more vintage, unique items as accent pieces and centerpieces. An item with a history, or a one-of-a-kind item, will always have a place in a home, and will always be an interesting conversation starter.



GOODBYE, BEIGE
Could 2014 finally be the year we sound the death knell for boring, bland beige? Though beige will probably never completely disappear, we can (and should) all always be thinking of bold, vivid alternatives to standard old beige.




METALS
2014 will be the year designers mix and match metals, and metal colors, like gold and silver. Brass is taking off as an attractive option and will continue to rise in 2014. Brass can be used in architectural applications or as a finishing detail in furniture, lamps and hanging lights, or accessories.




RICH VELVETS

Velvet was traditionally associated with royalty, as it was extremely expensive due to the long times it took to make velvet. Designers in 2014 will use this class and style to its utmost, employing velvets unique light reflecting properties to bring a unique element to rooms.