Inspiration in the Studio

A Fun and Eclectic Installation in Raleigh!

We have all been looking forward to today’s installation!  It’s a eclectic mix of color and pattern in a great home in downtown Raleigh. Martha worked hard to develop a design that truly reflects the personality of the clients. It all started with beautiful fabrics…

…and then combined with the perfect furnishings.

This is just a glimpse of the finished space (taken with our amateur camera). Martha nailed this one!  It’s a room that just makes you happy!

Highlights from High Point (Part 1): Color Trends

We’re just getting back after a long market week! We spent hours touring showrooms and finding inspiration in the new trends. For the next couple of days, we’ll try to capture a bit of what we found and how it helps the creative process.

Everyone always asks, “What are the new colors?”  It’s a tough question, because we try our best not to design for trends. We try to provide timeless designs that our clients will love for years. But, of course, we are always paying attention to the splashes of color and how they impact a design. In High Point, we found lots of color this spring and we definitely saw some trends:


Navy and yellow at Pearson.

Rich navy at Hickory Chair.

Navy and red at Century Furniture.


Always bright colors at Company C.

Orange used sparingly (but effectively) by Lorts.

Bold orange accessories from Global Views.


Raspberry pink accents at Pearson.

Preppy pink and green at Company C.

Sophisticated Pink at Hickory Chair.
The good news is that we saw lots of color at market! Over the past couple of years, the colors reflected the dismal economy with lots of grays and neutrals. It was thrilling to see the vibrant energy of rich colors and we can’t wait to incorporate them into our projects!

Happy Spring! Happy Color!

Spring fever has arrived in the studio and the projects are exciting! Last weekend, I spent some time clothes shopping at my favorite Raleigh shops. The colors in fashion this spring are absolutely fabulous….bold, fresh, and exciting! The good news is that many believe that the bold colors are a sign of optimism for a new economy. I like their thinking!

A new trend is the combination of bold color without a lot of pattern, called Color Blocking. We’re seeing it in fashion (a lot) and in our interiors. The combinations are endless and the impact is huge.

We recently designed beautiful silk color blocked window treatments for a client and had to explain the concept. Well, it was validated when she picked up a magazine and sent a text with this picture. It made me laugh.

If you live in Raleigh, check out today’s News and Observer. The front of the Life section has spring fashion trends and there it is again…Color Blocking!  So, as we being the spring season….enjoy the color, the economic optimism, and add a block of color to your home! Happy Spring!

Photo Sources: (1) Ann Taylor, (2) Pinterest, (3) Client

Inspiration in the Studio....Gorgeous New Fabrics from Duralee!

We’re always looking for inspiration in the studio, so it’s like Christmas when we get new “toys” to play with! Last week, we received boxes of new fabric books and the new collection by Eileen Kathryn Boyd for Duralee is gorgeous. The books are well organized and beautifully presented and very colorful!  I had to share the rainbow of sunny yellows….

and fresh blues…

and a subtle shade of purple aka lavender….

Wishing you a week filled with rainbows and maybe even a lucky pot of gold at the end!

Looking Forward to 2011? Pantone Announces the 2011 Color of the Year!

On this cold, icy morning in North Carolina, I thought I’d send along something to look forward to in 2011! Pantone has announced it’s Color of the Year for 2011….Honeysuckle!

Here’s what Pantone has to say…

Courageous. Confident. Vital. A brave new color, for a brave new world. Let the bold spirit of Honeysuckle infuse you, life you and carry you through the year. It’s a color for every day — with nothing “everyday” about it.


Pantone is a leader in color forecasting and is the go-to source for many industries, including fashion and home interiors. 2010’s color was turquoise (see blog post here) and did you notice how this beautiful color somehow made its way into your wardrobe?


Think of how you can creatively add a splash of this “dynamic reddish pink” to your life in 2011! Pantone says, “It elevates our psyche beyond escape, instilling the confidence, courage and spirit to meet the exhaustive challenges that have become part of everyday life.”

Be happy…Vicky