Recently Fabricut, a designer fabric line that I use quite often, reached out to ask me if I would be attending this year’s Design Bloggers Conference in Atlanta February 25 – 27. If so, would I like to be included in a private dinner with Vern Yip , HGTV superstar and judge of the hugely popular HGTV Design Star tv show?
Design Bloggers Conference or DBC is billed by the event creator, Adam Japko, as the event of the year for interior design bloggers, I wasn’t sure if the expense was in the budget this year. But suddenly, the possibility of dining with Vern Yip turned my on-the-fence position of attending the event into a quick “of course I’m going!”
As one of the DBC sponsors, Fabricut provided transportation to and from the host hotel to the venue off site for the dinner. Imagine the collective squeals of 22, already excited, designers (men and women) when we were told en route that the dinner location was Vern’s Atlanta Residence (yeah, I call him Vern).
Master Bedroom Suite
Why his private residence? Fabricut features the Vern Yip Collection under Trend Fabrics specifically aimed at providing “exceptional value without compromising style.” And every single drapery, upholstered furniture piece, and even the linens, were fabricated with fabrics from the collection that features an array of prints, solids, and geometrics. The contemporary and traditional mix fits perfectly with the Asian antique furniture and sculptures in vignettes scattered throughout the 1925 original home and it’s 1940’s and more recent additions.
Touring of the traditional southern home started immediately in the foyer and showed off a design style that is not only spot on, but flows beautifully from the living, breakfast and dining rooms downstairs throughout the bedrooms on the 2nd floor.
Elephants play a large part in the residence, antique, sculptural or for fun.
After appetizers and wine, we enjoyed a chef-prepared delicious meal with Vern, his partner, Craig Koch and company reps. The couple live in their beautiful home in Georgia with a mix of the couple’s expansive art collection, antiques and traditional furnishings. The antique furniture and sculpture carry through his design tips to add the things you love in your home. There was a fascinating family heirloom on the dining room table that I asked Vern to share with us it’s history. See it here.
Son Gavin’s Room
Pattern on pattern play works beautifully in a collection that features geometrics, Ikat, solids layered with multiple textures. Most impressive, is the extensive photography and contemporary art collection that is highlighted and only enhanced by the traditional and contemporary fabric collection.
Daughter Vera’s Room
There was so much to see that I had to break this blog into a series. Stay tuned.
METALS, MONOCHROMATIC & MARSALA
LAS VEGAS MARKET 2015
Las Vegas Market 2015 has been over for nearly two weeks. I am still buzzing from what furnitures’s “fashion week” predicts will be the looks to have in your home furnishings. Las Vegas Market 2015 had three themes that played throughout the show: Livable Luxury, Pantone Color of the Year – Marsala and the Modern Boutique.
What could be more luxurious than brassy metals? Metals play a big part to warm up vibrant monochromatic color schemes. There is a mix of brass and silver metals. I love these almost child like sculptures of elephants and the octopus orb shown here from Dwell Studios.
Think Traditional + Modern (even primitive) furnishings. This is definitely keeping with our current obsession with anything vintage. Pillows and accessories at this winter’s Las Vega Market also balanced luxury with a softer range of pastels. Soft, livable and touchable vignettes were featured in some rooms inviting you to come on in and relax. The theme was not exactly Mid Century Modern as we have seen so much of lately, but more homespun.
And trending everywhere were nail heads on chairs, headboards, pillows, you name it. A nod to the great outdoors showed up with not only the equestrian theme like Eastern Accent’s Aiden Collection, but also a fusion of modern and primitive designs.
This tasteful, but controversial hue, was sprinkled throughout furniture displays. As Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year, the color works with warmer metals, the soft pastels of the decade, and neutrals. Marsala is a perfect backdrop and accent color to give a room some vibrancy.
Vibrant monochromatic color schemes will incorporate items like this purple Murano style glass chandelier from DRG Lighting. This pop of color is just what’s need with our current beige & gray neutral color palettes.
I am tickled to announce that Mary Etta Designs has been awarded “Best of Houzz” for Customer Satisfaction in 2015. Houzz is a go-to site for home remodeling and design.
My design company was chosen by Houzz after receiving a number of great testimonials by our customers. more than 25 million monthly unique users that comprise community the Houzz community among more than 500,000 active home building, remodeling and design professionals.
Mary Etta Designs – Best of Houzz 2015
Customers Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2014. Winners receive a “Best of Houzz 2015” badge on their profiles. The badges help Houzz users, known as “Houzzers,” discover and love a professional’s work.
“Homeowners know that professionals in the Houzz community have been vetted by their own customers as design professionals with innovative ideas as well as excellent customer satisfaction,” says Mary Etta McCurdy, of Mary Etta Designs.
With the largest residential database in the world, and a vibrant community powered by social tools, house is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality.
Like you, I have seen countless “Trends of 2015” articles. But one video blog by House & Home Magazine hit all the right notes. The Canadian publication’s digital mag also shows us how to work with The Hottest Interiors Trends for 2015. They are the 2015 Home Interior Trends you’ll love!
I love the formal silhouette mixed with the whimsy of the Blue Teal Green and Greek key striped floorboards. photo Courtesy of the Hunted Interior
Think comfy, classic silhouettes with a touch of whimsy. Yes, there are florals and stripes but it’s not a stuffy British library look. Try muddy pink walls for romance, with deep wood accents and – surprise – a Berber-Style rug. Remember that Wedgwood china? Botanicals? This is a style that definitely plays up the look.
One of the trends for 2015 according to House & Home Magazine is the Modern Farmhouse look. Photo courtesy of House Beautiful.
Modern Farmhouse employs traditional rustic furnishings, like this antique secretary. The “modern” element is in the basically black and white palette, metals and newer finishes. Photo Courtesy of House Beautiful
Modern meets country with unfussy decorating. Rustic Woods, a few architectural details, black & white pretty much tells the storyKeep your palette organic with rustic colors, pottery accents and rustic woods.
Think comfy, classic but with a touch of whimsy. Yes, there are florals and stripes but it’s not a stuffy British library look. Try muddy pink walls for romance, with deep wood accents and – surprise – a Berber-Style rug. Remember that Wedgwood china? Botanicals? This is a style that plays up the look.
In this example of the Artful Refinement Design Trend, not only is the sculpture featured prominently, but the elk horn chair and the lamps function as artistic pieces as well. photo credits HomeDsgn
Pared down luxury is the best way to describe this style. “A pared-back, modern look that feels polished, tailored and ever so slightly posh.” Colors are quite but not soft. Deep browns and velvety blues look great against a beige or soft gray neutral walls. This style shows off the sculptured furniture and uses luxe fabrics. And we see the return of sculpture. Smaller statement pieces fit perfectly.
South American Fusion
Olympic 2016 influences are already seeping into all aspects of design. Photo courtesy of Hunter Douglas.
Bright pops of color, Latin textiles and arts find give the global panache to this style. If you are a traveler, collector or are a bohemian, this is for you. South America is front and center with the upcoming Olympics All eyes will focus on this color palette. Hot oranges, marine blues, rose tones are quite appropriate paint colors that hold up to these textiles and mixed with primitive, but sturdy, furniture pieces.
Marsala is the 2015 Pantone Color of the Year .
Every year about this time, designers are waiting to hear from the Pantone Color Institute on what they see as the color to watch for in home and fashion. Pantone’s color Marsala is their choice for 2015. Universally appealing, this red-brown hue is earthy, yet sophisticated.
Marsala Will be an easy color to use with accessories.
“Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®.” After the recession that we have had, and continues to nibble at our confidence, such a grounding color as Marsala is what we need to regain confidence.
Look for the color Marsala in fabrics, fashions and graphic design.
“Marsala will be a perfect color for accessories, rugs, and paint. It’s universal appeal will be seen in striped and floral fabrics for bedding, linens and table top” says Wiseman.
Let the celebration commence!
Hey, It’s my birthday! And you get a gift! You get a gift! Everybody gets a gift!
It’s time to celebrate! Full disclosure, I don’t know any of these women. But don’t they look happy?
Those who know me personally, know that I consider my birthday, December 1, to be a kickoff to the holiday season. I mean, it’s a pretty festive time of year for most of us. Beautiful packages, parties, shopping! But this year, I’m the one giving birthday gifts!
I could use a few more of these cupcakes—–and candles!
My birthday gift to you? I am rolling out shiny new services that many of you have asked me about throughout the year. Mary Etta Designs now will be offering design consultations, color consultations, floorpans, furniture and accessories, wall decor, shopping, and of course, custom window treatments. Check out all of my services under the Design Services on the site www.maryettadesigns.com . And……
This Client had beautiful Cultural Pieces. Traditional Fabrics with Global Acccessories. Lots of fun!
One lucky winner will receive my services for a one-hour consultation for free! Just enter a comment in the comment section wishing me a Happy Birthday and you will be entered into the contest which ends December 15, 2014.
Mary Etta of Mary Etta Designs
Okay! That’s me, and one of my many hairstyles. Good luck and have a wonderful holiday season. Peace and Joy.