The Return of Pastels

When global color expert Pantone chose two hues for its 2016 Color of the Year – Rose Quartz and Serenity – it cemented the return of pastels in home décor. These light shades, create an ethereal feeling and soothing atmosphere – the perfect mood for a living room or bedroom.

   

Using pastels, however, takes a deliberate approach; you want your room to look grown up and not like a nursery. Here are five tips for decorating with soft colors:

Tivoli Collection

 

1.  Accessorize in pastels. One of the easiest ways to introduce pastels into your room is through accessories. Use pastel toss pillows on your sofa to update its look. Use a pink lamp shades to give your room a soft glow. Or simply add a bouquet of flowers in a robin’s egg blue ceramic vase.

 

2.  Choose sophisticated lines. Take away the youthfulness of the color by choosing furnishings that have sleek contemporary lines or traditional shapes. The piece will exude style with an understated feel.

 

Illusions

 

3.  Stick with one. Instead of an explosion of pastels, pick your favorite and use it in a bold way. Choose a light blue or rose-colored sofa, a pistachio nightstand, or a buttery yellow rug. Then ground the rest of your room by using neutrals or dark colors, like chocolate or black. Your single pastel piece will assume a starring role.

 

4.  Use it on the walls. Forego basic beige and choose a soft pastel for your walls. Pick a spa-inspired green or soft lavender, which will look stunning next to crisp white trim. Or paint your ceiling in sky blue.

 

Adore Youth

5.  Create a mature palette. Instead of bubble gum pastels, choose chalky soft shades and then add a subtle grey. Sky blue, soft aqua and dovetail grey create a refined, sophisticated palette for your room.

Five Trends In Outdoor Furniture for 2016

Who’s ready for spring? It’s pretty safe to say we all are. The temperatures are climbing, and it’s time to start planning your outdoor gathering spaces. Furniture|Today magazine has identified five key trends for 2016, and we’ve got the look.

Metropolis Clean Lines

Contemporary style with clean lines and sleek design is growing in popularity for 2016. The pieces have metallic finishes, and are designed to look like extensions of your interior spaces.

Heritage 5PC

Fired Up

Firepits continue to be a popular feature in outdoor living. They are an instant focal point, and extend your enjoyment by creating an inviting atmosphere and taking the chill out of a spring evening.

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Conversation Seating Areas

Modular seating is also popular for 2016. It provides a comfortable place to sit and chat with friends and family, and can be assembled to create the best configuration for you. Designed to look like their indoor counterparts, these pieces come in curves and angles, as well as in large and small sizes.

Pratt Seating Collection

Pops of Color

Neutral tones are always in style, but the trend for 2016 includes bold colors and designer patterns. Orange, blue, fuchsia and yellow are popular choices, and they allow homeowners to make a statement and a splash outside.

Mixed Materials

Mixed Materials

Mixing materials, such as wood, wicker and metal, helps create a custom look outdoors, and this trend is growing for 2016. The contrast gives the space an urban, organic feel.

We’ve Got The Look: Daniel Radcliffe’s Living Room

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Daniel Radcliffe’s Melbourne, Australia penthouse apartment is a big step up from the room under the stairs he called home as Harry Potter. Designed in soothing colors of gray with bright pops of blue and green, the living room is contemporary and comfortable – the perfect place to hang out after a magical day.

If you like Radcliffe’s style, we’ve got the look.

Radcliffe Austin Sofa

Start with a pair of oversized sofas, or a sofa and loveseat combination. Radcliffe’s choice has straight lines and deep seats. Our Austin Sofa is a great match. It’s generous scale looks casual and comfortable, and welting provides interest and tailoring to the track arms and cushions. It’s upholstered in platinum microfiber, which means its soft and durable.

Radcliffe Austin Ottoman

Radcliffe’s room feels relaxing due to the matching oversized ottoman that invites you to put up your feet. Our Austin Ottoman will be a great addition, helping you unwind. It’s upholstered in platinum microfiber that matches the sofa.

Radcliffe Table

While an ottoman serves double duty as a cocktail table, Radcliffe also uses a glass cocktail table. If you want to do the same, our Newman Rectangular Cocktail Table offers similar contemporary lines with black cherry legs that provide nice contrast to the gray seating. Silver details beautifully complement the palette of the room.

Radcliffe Art

Radcliffe has an abstract painting in beautiful shades of blue and green as a pop of color in this otherwise monochromatic room. Our Blue & Green Painted Canvas is a great option, adding drama to your walls and a bold statement to your aesthetic.

Radcliffe Lamp

A contemporary metal floor lamp adds lighting and a dramatic curve to Radcliffe’s room. Our Craftsman Floor Lamp would make a great addition with its domed metal shade and arc shape. The base and the shade are in a rich bronze finish, adding a complementary metal to the room.

Radcliffe Rug

Tying everything together in Radcliffe’s apartment is an oversized gray rug with a textured tone-on-tone finish. Our Mugal (did somebody say muggle?) Collection by Surya is a great match. Its hand-knotted construction is 100% Semi Worsted New Zealand wool, and adds a subtle but chic pattern to the floor.

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Radcliffe ChairsFinally, in a space behind the sofa, Radcliffe has a sitting area with leather sling chairs. If you have space for a grouping of chairs our Justin Sling Chair is a great choice, with 100% leather upholstered seat and back and “sling” styled arms. Its bronze metal frame would complement the lamp finish, creating a polished and dare we say “spellbinding” look.

 

 

How To Create a Dramatic Entrance

We all know about first impressions: they’re lasting, they’re important and they can reveal a lot about a person. But perhaps the most important thing about first impressions is that you don’t get a second chance to make a good one … so what’s your foyer saying about you?

A foyer is your home’s first impression, and how you’ve designed yours will give guests a lot of information about your décor and your personal style. Here are five items that will transform a basic foyer into a dramatic entryway.

Crescent Key Table

 

An Element From Nature

The foyer serves as a “bridge” from your front yard to your home, so why not incorporate an element from nature that marries the two? You can use a plant, freestanding waterfall or slate flooring. Or bring home a piece of furniture with organic elements that will also do the trick, such as this beautiful wood console table with natural rope trim.

Anna Hall Tree   Kalleen Hall Tree

A Place To Hang Coats

If your foyer doesn’t have a large coat closet, a piece of furniture like a Hall Tree will go a long way in making guests feel welcome. It clearly provides a place to hang coats or hold bags. And it lets guests easily claim their items on the way out, so they don’t have to go searching throughout the house.

Shades of Blue and Green

Dramatic Artwork

If your foyer has wall space, use it to set the tone for your home. Display favorite family photos in matching frames that provide a polished look. Or pick a bold piece of art that best represents your personal style. It will get the attention of anyone who comes to the door.

Foyer Sideboard

A Decorative Chest

A place to drop your keys, collect the mail, and tuck away hats and gloves is a great addition to a foyer, and a decorative chest or sideboard allows you to do all those things and make a design statement, too. Pick something that sets the tone for the design aesthetic of your home. Or dare to be bold and choose a brightly painted piece, like our indigo Fillion Accent Cabinet.

Foyer Chair

An Inviting Chair

Guests will know they’re welcome when you position a chair near your front door. This will invite them to sit and wait or remove boots. A chair also provides a convenient place to rest a package or coat. A slipper chair is a great choice because its sleek style won’t overpower your space.

Three Fashion Must-Haves for Spring 2016

Spring is on its way, and according to the Weather Channel we’ll be getting a taste of warm temps this week. That means it’s time to start thinking beyond the turtleneck and fleece-lined boots. Here are three on-trend items from New York fashion week you’ll want to add to your Spring wardrobe:

White Blouse  Pleats  Paperbag Waist

Not Your Mother’s White Blouse

Trade in a basic button-down for something with a little more flare. Look for an intricate wraparound or off-the-shoulder construction, like this one from Tome.

 

Micro Pleats

Vertical pleats give clothing lots of movement, and micro pleats were found on dresses up and down the runway. This stunning pink and white dress from Stella McCartney puts color in motion as you walk.

 

Paperbag Waists

Here’s a fresh silhouette for pants or skirts: the paperbag waist that cinches at the top. This striking pant is from Phillip Lim, and looks perfect paired with a fitted top.