Decorex Delights – Part 1

Decorex Delights – Part 1

Although it has been several weeks since my BlogTour trip to London, there just hasn’t been enough time to cover all that we saw. I will be moving on here, but would feel totally remiss if I didn’t share with you at least some of the fabulous finds from the grande dame of the shows, Decorex. I’m afraid this will have to be a bit of a whirlwind tour without the normal back stories but I hope you will enjoy the view nonetheless.

With the theme of “Cherished Places”, the show included a show stopping entrance by Nicky Haslam and creative director Colette van den Thillart of NH Design.…

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Thank You Elle Decor

Thank You Elle Decor

Photo: Courtesy of the MCNY

Thank you Elle Decor for asking me to contribute to your Design Insiders’ Weekly Finds! I was thrilled to be included!…

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Gilting the Home

Gilting the Home

I would imagine most of you readers are already familiar with Gilt and probably Gilt Home. But as of this past Tuesday, Gilt Home is a whole new place. Although it still features its famous flash sales, it now has so much more. As I mentioned yesterday, on Monday I attended a press preview for the new Gilt Home where General Manager Jason Goldberger and Editorial Director Tom Delavan walked us through the site. Shane Reilly, in the position of Lead Design Advisor, was also on hand. As the founder of Decorati, acquired earlier this year by Gilt, she is well versed with interior design portfolios as well as products.…

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In the Works

In the Works

The last few days I’ve been out and about – so much so that it has left me little time to write about these interesting events. So let me just leave you a little teaser for now until I get caught up!

Have you seen the new Gilt Home site? Do stop by – it’s live. I’ll tell you more the terrific new relaunch and what you can expect to see soon!

I was honored to be invited to see the spectacular refurbishing of the Governor’s Residence here in Connecticut. Dubbed The People’s Project, this beautiful renovationwas led by a special design team hand picked by Connecticut Cottages and Gardens, and completed through a partnership with the Governor’s Residence Conservancy, a private, non-profit corporation responsible for the preservation, restoration and renovation of the home. …

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Chic Chelsea Harbour

Chic Chelsea Harbour

It would be impossible to discuss interior design in London without mentioning the beautiful Design Centre Chelsea Harbour. Our trip there coordinated with the opening day of FOCUS, their annual design show. This is when we visited the beautiful showrooms of sponsors Samuel Heath and Victoria + Baths, covered here. In addition, most of the showrooms offered something special – discussions, book signings or at least champagne!!

The showrooms are centered around the dramatic lobby/cafe where this beautiful mobile hangs, culminating in the dramatic glass dome atop the building

Beautiful floral arrangements adorned the showrooms

After visiting several, we attended a private talk with Decor 8′s Holly Becker, who offered insights on the genesis of her blog, tips for success and a peek inside the creation of her book.…

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Color Mix at 100% Design

Color Mix at 100% Design

Have you ever wondered how it is that different designers and manufacturers all seem to be on the same color page for a season? Many of you already know about color forecasting but at 100% Design in London, we had a fascinating presentation by Mark Woodman of Global Color Research who took it a step further. He explained how twice a year their global panel meets in London with external experts to establish the palettes two years ahead of time. Then 3 additional meetings are held in Europe, North America and China to tweak the trends for those particular markets. Below, for example, is an example of the “Chinese nuances” for one color way.…

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Welcome to BlogTour

Welcome to BlogTour

Dedicated to Modenus, our sponsors and all my fabulous fellow BlogTour attendees – I miss you all! And to you arm chair travelers, come join us on our wonderful adventure!

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Taking it to the Streets on BlogTour

Taking it to the Streets on BlogTour

Taking a little editorial break today, here are just a few visuals of how some of the design themes translated out and about in London on my recent trip with BlogTour.

The Apple Store in Covent Garden is a fabulous architectural design fusion of old and new. Whose creativity wouldn’t be inspired in this beautiful space.

The Kate Spade store nearby perfectly illustrates the current penchant for bright color and graphic pattern.

More pattern mixing at Liberty

Repurposing of everyday objects is seen in this plumbing pipe coatrack at Liberty

And Karl Lagerfeld’s ubiquitous design is a bright graphic new interpretation of an old favorite.…

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Trending at Tramshed

Trending at Tramshed

Another smaller show celebrating innovative design and authenticity was Tramshed. Located on Rivington Street in the heart of the artsy Shoreditch Design Triangle, this was the second year for the event during the London Design Festival. Although Tramshed offered many seminars and interactive lifestyle discussions, we just managed a quick whirlwind tour through the loft-like space to become familiar with some of the exhibitors. 

Leading the show was De La Espada, a design management firm and manufacturer, representing seven designer-led brands, all focused on high quality contemporary products. The Turkish-based architecture, interior design and product design studio of Autoban was one of my favorites.…

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Originality at Origin: Made not Manufactured

Originality at Origin: Made not Manufactured

One of the most interesting aspects of the London Design Festival was the variety of shows included in the 9 day celebration. From the larger “bigger brand” shows like Decorex and 100% Design to the smaller venues like Origin that showcased the work of artists and artisans, there was inspiration everywhere.

Origin fell more into the latter category. Organized by the Crafts Council, this contemporary crafts fair in Spitalfields represented a wide range of designs from ceramics, furniture, metalwork and glass to fashion accessories, jewelry and knitwear. I love their slogan “Made not manufactured”

One recurring theme was the use of paper. …

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