So, as you all know, I'm obsessed with color - especially as it relates to interior design and textiles...and no one knows color better than Pantone.
Anyway, I just got off of an online seminar that they offered titled Color Trends: the Catalyst that Create Change - PANTONEVIEW home + interiors 2011. It was so inspirational to see the gorgeous color combinations that are being predicted for interiors next year! In total, there were nine palettes, which you can read more about here. However, my all time favorite palette is one called FRAGMENTS and here's the description of it:
A compilation of varying cultures from all over the globe, Fragments picks up pieces of diverse places and weaves them into an integrated whole. Kilims and carpets, found fabrics, ornamental beads and even discarded bottle caps destined for landfills are cleverly joined to form an eclectically colored patchwork of amber, grenadine red, hot pink, baked clay, citron, grape, cadmium green and bright gold.
I'm supposed to get an email from Pantone within the next week that includes the specific colors which comprise each of the nine palettes. Let me know if you'd like to receive a copy of it.
Literally any day now, Parlor Textiles will be officially launching and I simply can't wait to see what they have done.
Parlor Textiles is a line that's being launched by fabric designer Angela Clinton and is inspired by traditional Eastern design motifs and vintage fabric. Does this sound like it's right up my alley, or what?! I found a few picts online from one of my favorite blogs, Style Court. You can sign up on Parlor Textiles' website to be notified when you can officially buy online.
This new line of indoor/outdoor fabrics from Trina Turk for Schumacher are so vibrant they make me feel like summer is already here (wishful thinking). My super creative girlfriend Tatum is using this line to reupholster her kitchen chairs to make them kid-proof - love it!
More about the collection ... Trina’s dramatic collection of indoor/outdoor prints, many of which were originally designed for her resort collections, are inspired by the poolside lifestyle of Los Angeles and Palm Springs, and also the variety of cultural influences and landscapes that are found in California. Bold geometric patterns are mixed with prints derived from natural motifs, and also designs discovered in Trina’s extensive collection of vintage apparel. The color palette of this collection is fashion-influenced; bright and breezy shades of turquoise, citron, watermelon and marine are combined with smart neutrals such as sand dune and charcoal, giving these outdoor suitable prints a thoroughly modern appeal.
A few of my sunny colored faves...
If you haven't already seen it, check out the article about Trina's new line in the May 2010 issue of Martha Stewart Living.
All this talk of summer is inspiring me to get my butt outside to do some gardening while the kiddos are napping.
A fabulous way to integrate a textile that you love into a room is by using it on a simple drum lamp shade. People who are craftier than me may want to attempt this project themselves, but I chose to outsource it for fear that I'd ruin the beautiful fabric. Here's how I did it...
step i: Select the fabric. I'd actually been eyeing this pillow sham from John Robshawfor some time and knew that I had to integrate it into my daughter's room somehow. This particular hand painted textile is from the Pichhwai collection, which is a traditional Indian art form that serves to narrate tales of Krishna. Isn't it stunning?!
step ii: Find someone to work with to adhere the fabric onto the lampshade. For this project, I worked with Annie at DotandLine on Etsyand highly recommend her. She was incredibly talented, helpful and kind. The end result is this rich and colorful shade which I had converted to a ceiling mount by taking it to my local lighting shop. It could have just as easily been used on a floor lamp.
This piece served as the design inspiration for my baby girl's entire room, which turned out damn cute if I do say so myself!
I couldn't resist this gorgeous felted panels throw from Anthropologie. It's in my guest bedroom. I should have waited a bit because now it's on sale and, of course, I paid full price for it. I'm such a sucker for beautiful things. Oh well, it's worth it! It makes me happy every time I walk by and get a glance of it.
John Derian has added more than 100 new patterns to his collection of decoupage glassware. The newest items were inspired by classic blue and white china and traditional French glazed earthenware. Here's couple of images from his presence at the 2010 International Gift Fair in NY.
Makes me inspired to continue growing my collection, piece by piece.