Decorating trends and products

Rev Up! Biker Chic Races Home

William Abranowicz,

William Abranowicz,

Motorcycles have been too cool for school since the first Harley hit the road over a century ago.  More than mere transport, they make the imagination soar with dreams of the wide open road and the wind to our leather-jacketed backs. Now interior designers are feeling the rush, too, as they kick the tires on three biker basics (leather, metal studs and chain-link) and bring them home with horsepower haute.  (more…)

Trend Alert: Ikats Are Back & Better Than Ever

Mark Seelen,

Mark Seelen,

Ikats are patterns with purpose.  These exotic motifs with ancient roots (think 10th century) infuse interiors with worldy charm and lots of graphic wow. Ikats are also remarkable at reinvention. That’s why designers are turning to these chameleons of style again and serving them up in unexpected and rather cool ways.  (more…)

Check This! Gingham Thinks Outside the Box

William Waldron,

William Waldron,

Gingham’s been an American favorite for as long as we can remember.  This cozy little checked print has been made into everything from Dorothy’s Wizard of Oz dress to grandma’s kitchen tablecloth. And now, this classic look is back in vogue as designers give it a stylish spin like never before. (more…)

Radiant Orchid Blooms as This Year’s “It” Color

We’ve danced the Tangerine Tango, had a gem-dandy time with Emerald and now are rediscovering flower power with Radiant Orchid, Pantone’s pick as 2014 Color of the year.  (more…)

Mannington Wows, Then Takes a Bow at Surfaces 2014

Mannington's team accepts Surfaces 2014 Best Booth award,

Mannington’s team accepts Surfaces 2014 Best Booth award,

When it comes Surfaces 2014 (the flooring industry’s largest annual showcase of new product), we know this–what recently happened in Vegas has absolutely no chance of staying just in Vegas.  The buzz is too big about the new products we unveiled, all distinguished by their innovative design and styling, durability and performance, and quality manufacturing. (more…)

Well Read! Faux Book Style

Library rooms have always been popular design elements in European homes and it’s easy to see why. They’re an orderly, yet dramatic way to display a collection of books and infuse interiors with an intellectual sensibility, as seen the library room shown in Althorp House (the family estate of the late Diana, Princess of Wales).

Library rooms also conjure up irresistible images of intrigue.   (more…)

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