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Pantone View Home + Interiors 2013 Trend Forecast
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Pantone has released the Pantone View Home + Interiors 2013 Trend Forecast, a guide containing the nine most directional color palettes for home furnishings and interior design in 2013. "To create the 'magic' that ultimately leads to sales in the marketplace, colors for 2013 will need to coax and cajole, soothe or astonish, renew and replenish," said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. "At the same time, there will be the consumer's expectation of practicality — what colors will have staying power and can be relied upon as a steadying influence in unsteady times." More

Concrete furniture on a diet: Cool looks, lighter weight
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Pantone declared a kicky orange called Tangerine Tango as color of the year, but one of the most interesting shades hitting stores and websites this season is the cool, calm, collected gray of concrete. The material’s sheer weight made it too difficult for furniture makers to manipulate and too expensive for retailers to ship in years past, but lately designers have been experimenting with lightweight composites that allow a shopper to carry a concrete side table without getting a hernia. More

Eames house: A nature lover home
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Many people today look for an interior design that complement well with the nature. Thus, this style of house, which is known as Eames House and can be seen in Pacific Palisades, has a very natural ambiance due to its designs and furniture used inside. This was preserved in an approach Ray Eames left it upon her loss way back in 1988. Moreover, even though Ray and Charles may no longer in this world, but their plants are still breathing and giving life to the house. The plants and its color is what made the house stay alive, filled with fresh air and moisture. More

Venus Williams: Star power drives her interior design firm V*Starr
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Creating interest is something Venus Williams has not had to worry about. Tennis fans have been hooked for years. She turned pro in 1994, has held the world No. 1 ranking and won 21 grand slam titles in her career. So, when Williams launched Jupiter, Fla.-based V*Starr Interiors in 2002, her on-court celebrity drove instant name brand recognition to the company. More

Authentic Kitchen & Bathroom Surfaces
Cosentino Spring 11 Series features the addition of three new choices to its extensive collection of quartz countertop materials. Design inspired, the latest offerings include Rosso Monza, a vibrant red; White Platinum, a stark hue with flecks of silver, and Cemento, a tarmac gray. The quartz countertops are naturally non-porous and scratch, stain and heat –resistant.

Grand gestures
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Notting Hill is famous for being one of London's swankiest residential neighborhoods — thanks in part to the Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts movie of the same name. Nevertheless, it is home to a handful of spectacular buildings that have yet to be renovated. Australian-born designer Peter Mikic fell for one of these diamonds in the rough just over four years ago. The object of Mikic's affection was the larger of two mid-19th-century Italianate stucco houses, which had been, he says, "knocked together to make a rather scruffy hotel" in the 1970s. More

The great debate: Animal head decor
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Likely, there is nothing more contentious in interior design than a discussion about the use of mounted animal heads as decoration. Recently, there has been a resurgence in the use of taxidermy animals as decoration. Of course, hunters have always shown off their prowess by mounting their conquests’ heads on plaques and hanging them around the house or lodge. Opinions on the morals of hunting aside, why would someone who wasn't a hunter hang animal heads? More

9 easy ways you can use social media to inspire innovation
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There's a lot of discussion in the innovation community these days about social innovation — the process of harnessing social media to "crowdsource" innovation by drawing in ideas from a wide range of people. But while social media has great power as a crowdsourcing tool, managing, motivating and getting focused input from strangers in the crowd can be time-consuming and difficult for the average small business owner. More

dare to dream in color
Add a splash of color, create some drama, dare to step out from the norm. Access Lighting presents-Lacey; Laser cut metal pendants, sconces and flush mounts that you can custom color. Lacey - so you too can dream in color! more

Open loft for your children's space
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Designing your children's room may be somewhat difficult especially if you do not have any ideas on how to put things in their proper places. If this is the case on your part, you can try an open-loft design in which you can give your children a place for their homework as well as a place for their leisure activities. Open loft can be used for reading, doing their homework and playing. It will be their small area to flee to what will still keep everybody near. More

Gen Y shops with their senses, Gen Z with their cents
Home Textiles Today via Casual Living    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A new study by Brodeur Partners finds what it calls "a practicality divide" between boomers and 18- to 34-year-old shoppers. "For boomers, the ideal shopping experience is about getting a good deal on a decent product. For Gen Y, it's more about a stimulating, sensual, 'sharable' experience," according to the strategic communications company. "Think sensible shoes vs. smartphones." More

Jonathan Adler plans to open DC store in May
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Jonathan Adler has always had a big Washington, D.C., following for his mod-meets-traditional home-furnishings line. So on May 22, when the New York designer plans to open a signature shop in Georgetown, he's going to stock plenty of hot-pink wool throws, stoneware horses and acid-yellow needlepoint pillows. More

Designer's little helper
Chicago Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Just one thing could change your living room's outlook on life. Find out what designers reach for when their rooms need help. More

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