Creative Color Lisbon Style

So this happened…a few days ago I was in a city that inspired me on so many levels…Lisbon.

First let’s start with the obvious..it’s natural color, Terra-cotta from the intricate tiled rooftops to its original azulejo tiles…

Lisbon sunny skies are an inspiration to all, known for its amazing weather, azulejo tiles favoring blue color combinations as well as vibrant painted blue doors…Lisbon is feeling the blues.

Next up, golden yellow…like Lisbon’s weather..this sunny shade of yellow ripples throughout this beautiful city, emulating its sunny and energizing weather.

Green paired with coral and yellow create a light citrus palette perfect for Lisbon’s creative charm. From interior design stores to green inspired subway tiles…it’s a sea of green!

Red, being a color of passion and adventure, was spotted in some of the most famous areas of Lisbon and entrances to many historic sites.

And of course Millennial Pink…this shade of pink was here long before millennials were born…truly makes the city have an antique color quality among its long history!

Inspired yet….Portugal’s capital truly inspires on so many levels, especially if you are a creative soul…it’s creative color, terrific textures and wonderful weather are the perfect blend for an inspirational adventure.

Obrigado!!!!

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Artisan Aesthetic Lisbon Style

Bucket List Worthy!

Inspiration is everywhere in Lisbon, especially if you love Azulejos Tiles. Today these tiles are dominant in every Portuguese city and embedded in its history and culture.

The word “azulejo” means “small polished stone” and although they are not a Portuguese invention, by the 18th century no other European country was producing as many tiles as Portugal. Over the years, azulejo tiles have become an art form used for a variety of design applications both in exterior and interior home design.

Spending time in Bairro Atlo and Principe Real, two older areas of Lisbon, I spotted various azulejo tiles on homes in different color combinations and patterns. Below are a few of my favorites.

Heading back to our art/design studio in New York City, Design Works International, feeling inspired and excited to create our newest textile collections….and we just might have the perfect name….Artisan Aesthetic!

Graphic Greats…Black and White Prints and Patterns in Paris

Bold bedding geometric inspired prints in black and white in BVH department store in the Marais section of Paris.

Gift set mug collections in black, white and gold featuring text graphics in various type fonts.

This teal color [on the blue side] is the second largest influential color behind black at retail in Paris.

Over scaled geometric prints lend a graphic vibe to any sofa, bed or chair.

At the Merci Concept Store in the Marais section of Paris, tabletop was truly a trend to be reckoned with adding mini dishes and plates to the mix.

This bed set at Conran’s on the left bank of Paris was just one of many graphic inspired beds throughout the city.

At Galleries Lafayette Maison, these graphic towels in black and ecru have a tribal vibe that coordinate well with the graphics aesthetic of the season.

At Le Compagnie Francaise, graphic one color ikat patterns compliment this mixed substrate chair of leather and vinyl cording.

This woven bench detail at BVH is not only trend right, it’s a practical solution for expanding seating in your home.

At Merci Concept Store, it’s all about the graphic and global mix, showcasing authentic woven baskets in black and white, mixed with rustic matte and glossy black ceramic vessels.

Perfect Pink in Paris [yes millennial]

So it’s true..all this talk about pink…in fashion and home decor…it’s allover Paris in some creative and updated ways!

Mixing well with most colors, millennial pink is not only for the young at heart..dinnerware at Printemps in Paris💕

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nne de Solene mixed millennial pink solid pillowcases with pink/coral and gray watercolor flowers creating simple sophistication in bedding available at Printemps, Bon Marche and Maison Galleries Lafayette in Paris💕

Millennial Pink staircase at the Conran’s Shop in Paris. Talk about making a statement💕

Tom Ford 2018 Summer Runway Show cleverly mixes millennial pink with hot tonalities of hot pink adding that summer accent color pop💕

Cutest coffee and tea cups at Printemps in Paris..love the round shape product style as well💕

Here’s to pink 💕power! I will be posting from Paris this weekend before heading to Madrid and Lisbon..follow for updates daily!

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Collaborating with Nature 

For inspiration regarding color I often take my cue from nature. This weekend I noticed that our hydrangeas were starting to bloom at our country house and I was inspired by these awesome cool tones of lilac and purple…having just painted our front door lilac last weekend I decided to use the same inspirational color on our outdoor shower…I am never one to match when designing the interior or exterior of our home but I love the connection of color here…and it’s always nice to collaborate with nature💜 [even better when your husband agrees to paint your front door and outdoor shower lilac]

Surtex NYC Trend Updated From Color, Chaos and Creativity…Part 3

Last month in NYC I spoke about print, pattern and color trends at Surtex NYC, representing our design studio, Design Works International, a lifestyle/product design firm specializing in the home, fashion and accessory industries.

Out Of This World…literally..we are talking Galaxy inspired prints, patterns, embroideries with an iridescent sensibility and style. Nocturnal tones of deep purple, indigo and magenta are part of the color plan to heighten the vibe of this celestial superstar.


Even after a year of playful pineapples…we are still craving for more…NEW this season…the use of millennial pink mixed with metallic and textural accents.


Somewhere Over….yes it’s all about iridescent finishes and rainbow colorways in fashion, home and decorative accessories. The more color…the better and these saturated shades are cross generational…NOT only for the millennial crowd.


Boho Style continues to increase as a lifestyle look and we are seeing the resurgence of Folk Florals..[did they ever go away] as wallpaper, clothing, home accessories and garden tools in Americana color combinations that coordinate beautifully with denim…another trend that has cross generational appeal.

This is the last of a 3 part series …so if you missed part 1 and 2 please take a peek either at Color, Chaos and Creativity or at Design Works International’s blog.

All prints and patterns designed by Design Works International are property of our studio until a purchase agreement is signed. If interested in purchasing prints, our website is Designworksintl.com or call our studio at 212-594-0777 ext 112.

Stay tuned for our next series on new color combinations…2018

Surtex NYC Trend Update Part Two

Surtex NYC Trend Updates From Color, Chaos and Creativity….Part Two


Colorful Contrasts highlight this season by adding fresh and fun color to an assortment of products from paper goods, tabletop, fashion as well as home decor accessories. Do not be afraid of positioning primary colors together especially in full coverage patterns. Royal blue, teal, red and fuschia are leading the pack with a powerful punch of color!


Jewel Toned Textures keep our textured trend alive in 2017-18 with a shift in color to a warmer color palette. Fuschia, tangerine, golden yellow with accents of blue are updated color combinations for the season.


Mostly in home decor we are still seeing soft pastel shades mixed with deep accents trending in fabric prints and patterns. Millennial Pink continues to take the lead with lilac, grey and yellow creating this Soft Edge update!


It’s back, looks like Seaform of the 80’s is back with a vengeance looking new and updated mixed with black and white.


Transitioning from Millennial Pink to Mauve/Lavender will be a trend we will be watching as pinks transition over the next few months.

All Design Works International Prints and Patterns are owned by our studio until time of purchase. To purchase designs log into designworksinternational.com and click on shop prints…you will need to sign into your account or create a new account. Any questions e-mail nfire@designworksintl.com

Surtex NYC Trend Update Part One

Last month at Surtex NYC, I gave a seminar on Color, Chaos and Creativity..trends relating to the fashion, home and accessory markets. Posting my first update today and will continue to post the rest this week on color, chaos and creativity.

Jungle Florals and Tropical Treasures…redefining our lifestyle by bringing “the outdoors indoors” with oversized jungle inspired leaves and flowers. Greenery with bright pops of pink, violet and turquoise.


Our Rock Star trend is a millennial “must have” with spiritually topping the charts with crystals as the next craz! Soft pastels are accented with rich purple and magenta shades.


Colorful Catci take succulents to a whole new level by embracing products in fashion, home and accessories. This season we are seeing pastel colored succulents against deep toned grounds creating a new vibe in contrast color work.


Farm Fresh is truly a lifestyle today centered around organic style painted veggies, fruits and flowers. Colors are vibrant, fresh and saturated. Don’t be afraid to mix and match techniques within prints…it’s an updated and sophisticated way to make these prints new this season.


Cannot forget our Greenery this season with a shout-out to Pantone’s color of the year..we love pairing this special shade of green with contracting green shades creating depth and dimension..also adding black into the mix for a more sophisticated take on color!


Posting more updated trends for 2018 tomorrow…thanks for following💚

What Happens In Vegas… | colorchaosandcreativity

Stays In Vegas…The IRE Show (International Roofing Expo) was held March 1-3 2017 at the Mandalay Convention Center focusing on the latest trends, advances in technology and the best practices for business growth in the roofing industry.

Honored to give a Trend Session on Global Greats and meet some of GAF’s residential and commercial contractors while talking about the GAF On-Line Style Guide @gaf.com/styleguide We talked about the relationship between the roof as an exterior element that reflects the sensibility of interior elements in the home…take Terra, our global lifestyle that emulates a more curated and collected lifestyle gathering interior items from your travels while mixing and matching them in your home. Glenwood Golden Prairie and Timberline HD Barkwood are both excellent examples that are part of our Terra Trend!

Awesome having Guy Fieri join us from the Food Network and cook his signature burger at the GAF evening party…by the pool at Mandalay Bay!

It’s not your grandfather’s roof any more as GAF has so many updated colors, textures and shapes that can redefine your roofing style!

Remember your roof really sets the trend for the rest of your home so why not enjoy the many roofing possibilities that GAF has to offer…visit us @gaf.com/styleguide

GAF At IRE Las Vegas 2017
GAF Style Guide Featuring Nancy Fire
GAF Designer Shingles At IRE Las Vegas
GAF Education Area At IRE
GAF Layering The Roof

Organic Influence Overseas

We continue to see organic icons in many product categories influencing home decor through color, material and pattern.

Bringing “The Outdoors, Indoors” is not just a trend these days, it’s a lifestyle. The connection to nature has never been stronger for most people, especially in times of such uncertainty throughout the world.

Traveling through Paris, London, Amsterdam and Frankfurt last week confirmed that in the coming year we will continue to see more products relating to and influenced by nature.

Zeil, Frankfurt
Munkh Cashmere, Maison Objet, Paris
Edelman, Christmas World, Frankfurt
Zeil, Frankfurt
Keratin, Christmas World, Frankfurt
Zeil, Frankfurt
Werner Vob, Frankfurt, Christmas World
Zeil, Frankfurt

Merci. Have you been?

Have you ever been to Merci in Paris? You know that lifestyle store that has a cult following from all over the world… which I guess Includes me!!

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Take a detour, you will be happy you did! Located at 111 Boulevard Beaumarchais in Le Marias.

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Merci never disappoints because they are on the cutting edge of style with fashion as well as Home Decor.

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The vibe; bustling with trendy people from all over the world coming to see the newest textures, substrates, colors and style updates.

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Today they were making custom chair tops from a powdery substance that allows you, the consumer, to design your chairs on the spot! Right in the store! Pretty awesome! Pretty millennial! And Pretty Fast!!

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The beauty of these custom chairs is that no two are alike since each one is individually made. With the various color combinations and ombré effects that you can create using these powder substrates…it’s an instant DIY! Each one is an original work of art and a true one of a kind… I am ready to create mine!

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Artisan Blues at KRH

Meet Weston, our newest addition to the Kelly Ripa Home Bedding Collection at Macy’s. We love celebrating artisan blues with tones of indigo, navy, gray and rose! It’s all about pattern play with our mix of shibori and watercolor making our paisley medallion updated and fresh with added accents of embroidery and appliqué.

Hey Atlanta…HGTV is in the house…

Thanks Atlanta for coming out for our HGTV night of interior trends at the beautiful Ferguson Showroom in Buckhead Thursday night…followed by a fashion update on personal style trends with Robanne Schuman and the stylish ladies from Cucinelli.

This season, like many prior, I had the pleasure of developing lifestyle trends for HGTV HOME, the product based branded division for HGTV. Working with companies like Bassett Furniture (custom upholstered furniture and accent case goods) Sherwin-Williams (Paint and Wallpaper) and Agricola (Plants and Flowers) I help curate a line of products that are affordable and stylish for today’s consumer!

Last night at the Ferguson Showroom we had a chance to talk trends, discuss lifestyle and enjoy great conversation regarding “all things home”. Thanks to the HGTV Atlanta based Ad Sales Team for inviting me to this spectacular event!
So nice meeting and greeting so many talented designers and patrons in the industry…while viewing the most current products for bath, kitchen and lighting!

The Ferguson Showroom is a 14,000 square foot loft filled with beautiful products for bath, kitchen and lighting. This luxurious home improvement gallery is located at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta at 3035 Peachtree Road.












Harvest Hot Colors

Sharing some seasonal favorite finds with Harvest hot color highlights! Truly some global greats from 2016….

Organic Harvest
Galeries Lafayette Home Spice Market, Paris
Medellin Colombia, South America
Artisan Ceramics Santiago Chile, South America
Inspirational Fall Bedding
Rustic and Refined
Rustic Glam
Roberta Schilling Miami
Roberta Schilling Miami
Organic Color
Twins, Fall in NYC Central Park
East Quogue Long Island
Farm Fresh East Quogue Long Island
Southampton Long Island

Wynwood Miami-An Inspirational Artists Paradise

Finally had a moment to explore the streets of Wynwood in Miami and they did not disappoint…if you are a fan of graffiti, updated eateries, craft beer and interesting boutiques, this is your inspirational paradise!

Best to park (download pay by phone) parking app and walk the streets to view as much graffiti as possible. The artwork is truly amazing and is varied in style, scale and medium. Some pieces are 3-D, others are etched techniques, airbrushed and mixed media. Colors run the gamet from neon, primary, earth tones and black&white.

As a designer, the vibe I felt was a celebration of the Arts, a restoration of an industrial area that is now surrounded by colorful love through design! Reminded me of the streets of Soho back in the 1980’s….probably because the same family that helped inspire Soho NYC back in the day had a similar vision for Wynwood in Miami.

In 2009, The Goldman Family had a vision for this area and the Wynwood Walls were born consisting of 6 separate warehouses where the exterior walls serve as giant canvases for the greatest street art collection ever assembled in one place. (@wynwoodwallsofficial http://www.wynwoodwalls.com)

Posting some of my favorites and apologizing in advance if I could not find the artist to give the proper “shout out”to! Best to view on your own and fall in love with this creative town paying homage to culture, design, style and artistic freedom!

@kobrastreetart
WYN Wood Block

Cryptik
Earnest Zacharevic Lithuania


Wynwood Gallery Suggestions:

Art Fusion

Bake house Art Complex

Wynwood Warehouse Project

Wynwood 28

Wynwood Blank Canvas Project

If all this art viewing and innovative shopping motivates your appetite try some of the following innovative restaurant choices in Wynwood:

SuViche Wynwood

Wynwood Kitchen

R House Wynwood

KUSH

Morgan’s Restaurant

Joey’s Italian Cafe

Alter Bar and Restaurant

GK Bistronomie

SUGARCANE raw bar and grill

Made in Italy Gourmet

Baccano

MIAM Cafe

The Lunchbox

Concrete Beach Brewery

The Butcher Shop Beer Garden and Grill

Juicy Lu (Vegetarian)

Bunbury Miami

Wynwood Brewing Company

Pride and Joy BB

Wynwood Shop Suggestions

Nomad Tribe

Special thanks to the Goldman Family for allowing a space like this to exist…but I have been a fan for years as I was married 28 years ago at The Green Street Cafe in Soho NY owned by this trendsetting family!

TRENDING In Paris..Global Greats In Fashion and in Home Decor

We have been talking about global influences in fashion and in home decor for the past decade but this season global is more than an influence, it’s a lifestyle that is melding the borders of countries.

No longer are we singling out a certain cultures style or influence, we are celebrating all cultures as a lifestyle.
In prints we are combining color palettes that are unexpected and celebrating the craftsmanship of many countries by embellishing  with embroidered and appliquéd accents.

In fashion we are seeing a melange of fabrics working together on one garment with updated global color palettes.

In home decor, texture is important either printed or embellished with 3-D fabrics.

It’s time we celebrate these global greats as a new way of mixing craft, style and art both in fashion and in the home.

Kelly Green Updated Ikat Bedding At Compagnie Francaise
Woven Wicker Inspised Stools/Tables at Sentou
Block Printed Textiles By Lisa Corti At Bon Marche Home Store
African Woven Wicker Baskets At Conrads
Woven Lighting At Conrads
Antique Global Vintage Vibe
New Spice Market At Galeries Lafayette Home Store
Applique and Embellished Decorative Pillows At Galeries Lafayette Home Store
Pierre Frey Global Textile Collections
Pierre Frey Global Textile Collections
Anthropologie Global Candels At Galeries Lafayette
Fall Fashion Collections At Galeries Lafayette
Global Kids At Sergent Major
My Favorite Find Global Tribe Vibe Doors

Neutral Nuance in Paris 

So inspired by the colors of Paris through architecture and natural lighting. It truly is a painters paradise where organic color takes center stage.

Even with overcast skies the neutal tones of Paris are inspiring
The perfect palette with a touch of terra-cotta to compliment this neutral sensibility
Love how shades of blue compliment nuetral tones
The perfect paint palette for the season..Paris!

Passion For Products-A Designer’s Life

Thankful for this rainy Saturday so I can catch up on life….seems like the past 28 years of growing Design Works International, our NYC based design studio, has been a non-stop labor of love…and on Monday August 1st we are officially in our new location at 494 8th Ave. (entrance on 35th street on the 12th floor)…phone number remains the 212-594-0777.
This labor of love is proud to acknowledge our amazing team of sales consultants, textile and graphic designers, interior specialists as well as trend, color and fabric liaisons.




Our new location is a state of the art “play house” for us and we could not be happier in our new home…even though it will take us a few weeks to finish the design details within the studio!

When we started out 28 years ago our focus was mostly in the fashion arena and today we are truly a lifestyle studio working with top brands, retailers and celebrities in both the fashion and home sectors.

Kelly Ripa Home Fabric Collection at JoAnn Stores

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Most recently I have collaborated with CAA and Beanstalk on the Kelly Ripa Home Collection Exclusively at Macy’s in bedding, area rugs and furniture (upholstery and wood) with a collection of over the counter fabrics at JoAnn Stores.

Kelly Ripa Home Upholstered Furniture at Macy’s
Working along side Kelly on the KRH Collections Season 1

 

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HGTV Knoxville TN

Collaborating with the talented HGTV HOME team in Knoxville TN we created a licensed line of home decor products which we are thankful for winning the LIMA award for best corporate licensed program in 2015 and best paint program in 2016.

Trend Spotting at High Point Furniture Market for HGTV HOME
“Fire and Ice” at KBIS for HGTV
Filming at Design Works International for HGTV digital.
Filming at ABC Carpet and Home for HGTV Digital
John Gidding for HGTV HOME Outdoor Living at HSN
HGTV HOME Fabrics
LIMA Award 2015 and 2016
HGTV HOME Plant Collection
GAF Style Guide Refresh

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Everyday Design Works International has the design pleasure of working with companies like Kimberly Clark, GAF, HGTV, Kids 11 and Dollar Tree/Family Dollar on new design strategies and trend lifestyle updates!

Creating Shingle Color Palettes For GAF
Color Palettes for Roofing Shingles
KBIS 2016
Style Guide Trends GAF
Style Guide Trends GAF
Style Guide Trends GAF

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Our digital printing facility has allowed us to move forward on product based samples while working with some of the top talent from runway to retail! More to come on this in the coming months….introducing Studio NYC!

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Our textile collections are seen at Designer Show Houses as well as retail chains across the country…from tissue boxes, baby bouncers, fashion accessories, back to school supplies, wallpaper and the product list continues….

Our “passion for products” is never ending and we look forward to another “decade of design”.
We appreciate your support and design ❤️ over the years and look forward to seeing you at 494!

Creative Color, Medellin Colombia

A Designer’s Paradise….vibrant colors fill the streets and artisan shops of Medellin Columbia-also known as the City of Eternal Spring because of its moderate temperatures all year round. Situated in the Aubbrua Valley and surrounded by green mountains, this progressive Latin American city is quickly becoming an international cultural destination.

The food scene is fantastic with both local and international flavor. Carmen, one of my foodie favorites offers elaborate meals created by husband and wife team Carmen Angel and Rob Pevitts who trained at Le Cordon Bleu in San Francisco.

A must see on the art scene is the Museo de Arte Moderno, this industrial chic space houses exhibitions that change every quarter. On the premises you should visit their two museum stores that showcase local artisan products that are affordable and curated beautifully!

The Art Hotel, a boutique hotel situated in the El Poblado area, is a perfect place to rest and relax while enjoying your stay in Medellin, Colombia!

New meaning to “wearing many hats”!

Ode to Artisans with these indigenous Colombian hats found at Museo de Arte Moderno.

Music is part of everyday culture.

Ode to Atisians with traditional Colombian patterns on ceramic found at Museo de Arte Moderno.

Vibrant stripe handwoven hammocks.

Ombre Artisan Baskets

When your transportation matches your graffitied wall.

Streets of Medellin

Celebrating Street Art

Design Works International…Moving On Up In NYC!

As always…appreciate our clients support when it comes to our design collections! Fun sharing and collaborating with our Design Works Internstional Team both in our NYC based studio and allover the planet!

Speaking of studios…we are building a new design space in NYC with details to follow soon…so excited for newness and growth in 2016!  Love our DW family and look forward to many more years of design collaboration!

❤️ Design Works International

Product Personality at Maison Objet Miami

I was probably the biggest skeptic when I heard two years ago that my favorite overseas show was heading to Miami for its debut in America. It’s been two years now, I have attended both shows, walked all aisles, met new designers, found innovative products and love chillin’ in Maimi…so I guess I am no longer a skeptic and more of a fan!

Happy to share some global greats from this past Maison Objet show which took place in Miami May 10-13.

Neutral Nuances (top left) Porada, Roberta Schiling, Morada, Porada

Artisan Accessories (top left) FOS, Ritz and Marwitz, Ritz and Marwitz, FOS

Playful Products (top left) Studio Poli, Fermob, Matrone, Dransfield and Ross

Take A Seat (top left) Fenabel, Fenable, Serge De Troyer, Fenabel

Weaves and Watercolor (top left) Dransfield and Ross, Bertz, Forza Home, Dransfield and Ross

ART IS LOVE at the High Point Market..North Carolina  


How true…happy to see this statement holding true at The High Point Furniture Market last week in North Carolina. Art was everywhere and acted as the “connector” in each showroom. Substrates were varied from metal work, wallpaper, canvas, sculpture and fabric.

Here are a few of my top pics….  EJ Victor Showroom Kelly Wearstler  Roberta Schiling   Julian Chichester 

EJ Victor Showroom Kelly Wearstler  Classic Home

 Aidan Gray  Modern

 Julian Chichester

 Roberta Schiling

 

Organized Chaos-Studio Life NYC


Design Works International Studio NYC

As designers, this is how we roll…organized chaos! Prepping for design meetings is like shopping for gourmet ingredients for your recipe..you only want perfection..but it might take a few trys to get there….As I always say…”It’s the Journey” so enjoy the ride!

We are always looking for talented designers to join our team..if you are passionate about textile design, love to paint and are a pro in illustrator and photoshop..please e-mail us careers@designworksintl.com

The Bolder The Better? 

SHOW STOPPERS-BOLD BEAUTIES-ART PIECES

Are you a fan?  Each year at the Architectural Digest Show there are always a few designers that choose to stand out among the rest showcasing new materials, patterns, colors and techniques. This year I could not help noticing these “bold beauties”…in various product categories: textiles, appliances and tile. You decide…are you a fan of these bold beauties or do you prefer a more subtle surrounding?

  Fort Makers

 Other Criteria

  Kravet

  SMEG

  Artistic Tile

 Robert Allen-Madcap Cottage

“Savvy Style” at Architectural Digest Design Show NYC

Attending the Architectural Digest Design Show in NYC is always aspirational because you “meet the makers” of the industry that are creating and designing new products for the interior and exterior of your home!

Included in the assortment of creative products this year are: textiles, furniture, hardware, glassware, lighting, flooring, rugs, paint, wallpaper, accessories and floral design.

Loved seeing the elegant  mix of organic color, shape and texture this year by Pieper Glass and Vietro Vero. Similar organic style was prevelent by floral designers Ovando and Emilio Robba, showcasing simple style and organic elegance!

Creative surface techniques like “concrete wood” by JM Lifestyles and patterned metal by Studio Hira are just a few outstanding examples of artistic style showcased throughout the show.

My pick on furniture….A Tambour Console hand crafted by Poritz & Studio where the wood grain and detailing are both spectacular…

See below for just a few of my favorite finds this year at the Architectural Digest Design Show in NYC at Piers 92 & 94.
  Concrete Wood by JM Lifestyles

  Ercole, Pieper Glass, KGBL, Flavor Papers

Elyse Graham   Pernt Studio

  Coral and Tusk

  Ovando

Tilebar

Ovando , Ventro Vero, Plantaria, Pieper Glassware
 Emilio Robba  Studio Enzo 

Pieper Glassware
 Ventro Vero

 Ovando

Go Bold OR Go Home

Looks like textiles this season both print and woven are bold and beautiful…with personality and style!

From repetitive patterns to block print beauties…these designs are not for the meek and shy!

Want to make a statement through color, pattern and fabric…then this textile season is one to celebrate from Sferra, Society, Robshaw and more…pick your personality through your textile style!


  
  

The Millennial Way…

“The Millennial Way”…. products that are relatable to a more relaxed and efficient lifestyle..after traveling the globe these past few months looking at updated trends…I wanted to share a few of my favorite finds…. Masterbrand Cabinets displayed this bar with custom tap handles at the KBIS/IBS Show in Las Vegas last month. Love the duality of this bar-storage cabinet for some down home entertaining….

 Small Spaces….the duality of a work space that twins as an eating area with benches that store underneath for a more practical space solution shown by Masterbrand at KBIS/IBS in Las Vegas last month.  (a great way to bring a pop of color into a space with these fun benches)
 Talk about duality with this amazing work space….. garden shed or multi-purpose space…fun sink to bath your family pet!!!! A stylish way to be efficient and organized from Wilsonart.
For more on “The Millennial Way” follow colorchaosandcreativity.com

Global Greats-Textile Treasures 

It’s been non-stop trend travel the past six months both overseas as well as locally…Berlin, Paris, Cologne, New York City, Los Angeles, Frankfurt and London…Visiting design shows like Maison, Heimtextil, High Point Market,  Las Vegas Market and KBIS……one gets to feel the pulse of products for the season.

As Creative Director and co-founder of Design Works International in NYC, a lifestyle studio for the home and fashion markets…this season my global greats are textile treasures…

The diversity in textile patterns with technique updates this season are fresh and fun because we are seeing a great mix of printing techniques, embroidery and appliqué work! Each textile collection has a personality of its own making this seasons “global greats” true treasures!
  Classic Home in LA showing off their”Artisan Blue” ensemble with the perfect mix of techniques giving this collection a well balanced selection of diversified looks for top of bed! Las Vegas Market January.

  From Esta Home  in Spain….this millennial mix of textiles is on-trend with its succulent pattern and homage to 1950 flamingos! Heimtextil Frankfurt January.

  Karma Living from Livington NJ is all about global mixing from various countries that support the artisan culture. Spotted these at the Las Vegas Market in January.

  Bliss Studio captures classic in a fresh and trend right fashion at The Las Vegas Market in January.

  Brewster Home stepped outside the box when designing this fashion forward wallcovering spotted at Heimtextil in January.

  Muller Textiles also stepped out of the box at Heimtextil with this “hip” and updated bedding ensemble geared toward the melennial market.

  Graphic Greats from the Trend Hall at Heimtextil…love the creative pillow trim in contrast orange!
    My tried and true textile haven, ABC Home in NYC with this beaded ikat inspired masterpiece!

  Still a classic, Paisley Power in Pantone Rose Quartz at Heintextile Germany from Almeida.

  Global Grests from the Los Angeles Design Center.

  Studio V from Miami with their beautiful mix of appliqué and embroidery in neutral tones…..Trend Spotted at the High Point Furniure Market!

  Ombré and Ikat…the perfect pair  at Old English Antigues in Southampton NY.

  One of my favorite places to shop and be inspired Bon Marchesa, Paris! Simplicity at its best in bedding!

Let’s Collabrate on more Textile Treasures…send me your pics so we can add to these favorite finds. E-mail me at nfire@designworksintl.com

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Monotone Magic

Looking back through my travel photos over the past two weeks it’s interesting to see how non-color is still an important part of interior design from home decor accessories, furniture and tile….many people prefer a more subdued color experience, one that relates to our Nature’s Bounty Trend where natural color and materials blur the lines between outdoor and indoor living. The main focus is on texture…through glass, fiber, digitally printed tiles and wood grain.  Europe2you from The Las Vegas Market Vintage Wood and Glass Dome Serving Set.

  Classic Home LA at the Las Vegas Furniture Market Absract Fabric Dec Pillow.
Classic Home LA at the Las Vegas Furniture Market Wood Grain Detailed Side Board.

    Bedrosians Tile at the KBIS Show in Las Vegas. Digitally printed tile with detailed texture.
  Shopping Bedding at the Zeil in Frankfurt Germany   Neutex at Heimtextil Updated textured herringbone fabric.

  JV Designs at Heimtextil Architectural Scenic Wall Covering.  Bliss Studio at Las Vegas Market-Organic inspired textiles

Appliance Art-Artisan Style by La Cornue

Most of us might not have an “Artisan” La Cornue Kitchen Range in our home…but let’s just imagine for a minute we did….how does one decide on the color and finish they would want…let alone the style of range?

Just returning from the KBIS {Kitchen and Bath Show} show in Las Vegas this month I saw these “Artisan Appliances” up close and they are beyond beautiful.

The image of our kitchens has really changed over the years because today appliances have become the focal point of the kitchen. Even your basic stainless steel appliance now is accented with knobs in various color choices from primary red and blue to pastel pink.

The mixing of substrates like stainless steel mixed with wood crafted storage options gives these applicances a “nature’s  bounty” feel by mixing man made materials with natural materials, giving these artisan appliances more dimension in style and contour.

Let’s just say….I will continue to dream about what color and style my La Cornue Artisan Range will be when it’s the focal point of my kitchen!!

  La Cornue

  La Cornue  La Cornue

 La Cornue   La Cornue

La Cornue  La Cornue

  BlueStar

   Wolf

Neon in the Night-VEGAS STYLE

Well..I will never look at neon lights the same way after my night time tour at The Neon Museum located at 770 Las Vegas Blvd N in Las Vegas.

This 501c (3) organization was established in 1996 to help preserve the history of these tell tale lights. The hour tour is filled with Vegas history including tidbits from the Rat Pack days, Bugsy Siegel and downtown Vegas trivia.

Spend a visual hour learning about the history of neon, the designers that created them, font type specifics and leave with a different understanding about Vegas….lots of color, a little bit of chaos (past history) but mostly the creativity that these lights stood for!

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Las Vegas Market-A Cross Section of Style

Just returned from the Las Vegas Market where manufacturers open up their showrooms to the trade. It was my first time at this market and the diversity of product available in hard as well as soft product  was amazing! What I found most appealing was how easy it is to shop the  three main buildings, as well as the annex tents, filled with gobal greats and antique treasures.

I know as a designer and curator of product, getting an overview of what’s available in the industry is not always easy, so attending this market allowed me to see first hand what the industry is offering in textiles, wall art, wallpaper, tabletop, lighting, furniture and accessories.

Allow me to share some of my “global greats” from The Las Vegas Market.

  Classic Home-The perfect mix in texture showing textiles, accent frames and furniture.

  Europe2You-Showcasing vintage and reclaimed home products from Europe with this serving board and these vintage dome accessory covers….the perfect example of  what I call “rustic glam” style.  Always fun to see more inspirational outdoor product from Seasonal Living in an array out updated color and style.

  From Classic Home in Los Angeles “artisan blue” bedding featuring embroidery and printed pattern in shibori and tie dye techniques.  Spotted this “textile treasure” chair at the Jamie Young showroom.

 Updated style at Palecek with this interesting arm detail.   Surya’s colorful loop rug.

  Leather and wood sofa at Oly.

 Roberta Schilling’s custom metal wall art. Digital Printed wallpaper by  Mitchell Black.

  Beautiful shell detailing on this sideboard by Oly.  Artisan accessories at Gold Leaf Design Group.

   Natural wall decor by Pheromone by Christopher Marley.

  The “softer side” of color by Bungalow Five.

 Vintage  Vinyl floorclothes by Spicher and Company.

  Roberta Schilling’s classic chair.

    Roberta Schilling’s “Bag” Chair

Purple Power in Products at Heimtex in Frankfurt Germany.

We often talk about trend and what is happening in the future, but today I like to review what is happening on the product end of design regarding print, pattern and color at Heimtex.

Heimtex is the largest international textile show with manufacturers, designers and mills from 68 countries. The fair is a 4 day event located in Frankfurt Germany and takes place at the Messe Exhibition Hall.

Products ranges are tabletop, wallpaper, upholstery, bedding and fabric for both the residential as well as contract industries.

This show I found purple and tones of purple to be the universal color connector through many product ranges. Purple, plum, wine and eggplant were prevalent as main colors or accent tones alongside neutral grounds.

  Casamance-Abstract geometric patterns in large scale repeats with imperfect edges.  Lokser Textiles-Hand painted naive styled damasks.

 Brewster-Organic floral patterns with geometric accents.
  Pichler-Purple as a solid color statement.

Design Works International-Fun hand painted florals and medallions with textural accents.

 Trend Hall Fabric-Artisan techniques like ombré, shibori and tie dye.

Pantone Rose Quartz Trending at Heimtex in Germany

Posting from Heimtex, the largest international textile show, in Frankfurt Germany this week. Great to get an overview of art and product from around the globe in one location that focuses on all interior soft-home trends in textiles, wallpaper, upholstery and tabletop..just to name a few categories.

Happy to confirm that Pantone Rose Quartz 13-1520, paired with gray or taupe for a more unisersal look is trending at Heimtex. Shown here from Almeida and Pichler with updated faux fur and fun textures!

Design A Day

“DESIGN A DAY”

We launched our “Design A Day” campaign on Instagram for the month of January sharing techniques and color combinations from our design studio in New York City. {We work with talented designers in our studio in NYC…throughout the US and internationally!}

We have three main studio collections: Chelsea which is our most graphic collection {shown above}

Soho which is our seasonal collection with a focus on holiday artwork for Christmas, Harvest and holidays like Halloween and Valentines Day.

Our newest HOME collection focuses on interior design for bedding, wallpaper, upholstery and textiles.

We are always looking for new talent to join our select group of freelance designers. If interested please go on-line designworksstyle.com and submit your work…we will get back to you once we had the chance to review your designs.

Instagram: designworksinternational

Twitter: @designworksintl

Blog: designworksstyle.com

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Creativity Everywhere

 PS 163 Alfred E Smith Public School NYC

First post of 2016 for colorchaosandcreativity and we decided to change it up a bit…still talking about creativity…but through our local community in NYC.

While passing our neighborhood public school we noticed that they were awarded a Neighborhood Grant by the Citizens Committee for NYC.

Over the past few years we have watched teachers, parents and family members of PS 163 work together to create a better learning experience for the students. Nice to see a community working together for positive change, both inside and outside the school!

The Citizens Committee offers micro-grants for your community building projects. The funds come from a combination of corporate sponsors, private foundations and individual donations. They take care of raising the money so you can carry out your project.

Please visit their website to see all grant options and spread the word about The Citizens Committee!

For more info go to citizensnyc.org

Street Surfing-The LA Way

 Santa Monica-Street Surfing @nancy_fire

Quick trip to LA to remind this New Yorker that street life in Santa Monica is a bit more chill than in NYC!

Always great to get my LA fix and reality check while visiting the west coast…my type A personality is quickly downgraded to type B.

High Point Happiness

Posting all week from the High Point Furniture Market in North Carolina! So happy to have spoken on outdoor trends in the marketplace, taken over the #designonhpmkt Instagram and lead a suite spot tour through the suites at market square!

So much to see..so many designers and manufactures to talk to and lots of great product to discover.

Sharing my global greats from Instagram and to view more details on these pics please check out the followingbinstagrams that I have been posting from all week: @nancy_fire @hgtvhome @hgtv

Enjoy!


  
  
  
  
  
  

Collaborating Style with GAF 

Design Works Intl

Honored to be working along side GAF on the re-launch of their GAF Style Guide on GAF.com Our focus is the lifestyle shift of “bringing the indoors, outdoors”, a trend in home design today!

Founded in 1886, GAF is the largest roofing manufacturer in North America. The company’s products include a comprehensive portfolio of steep-slope and commercial roofing systems, which are supported by an extensive national network of factory-certified contractors.

The new GAF Style Guide is a resource that helps homeowners select shingles that best match their personal style with their exterior home portfolio.

The style guide can be found at http://www.gaf.com/style.

In today’s world, we have seen a major lifestyle shift in “bringing the indoors, outdoors” so a paramount design decision like choosing the color and substrate of your roof is now being influenced by your lifestyle. Color as well as texture are factors to consider while making this…

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Print..Pattern & Product -Design Works International NYC celebrating its 27th year! 

Design Works Intl

Hard to believe that this month our NYC based design studio, Design Works International will be 27 years old! I can still remember our first day in business and our original 1000 sq ft studio on west 35th street between 7th and 8th ave.

We started as a textile-art studio creating hand painted original pieces of artwork for mainly the fashion industry. Our clients were based in NYC and many were a few blocks away from our small studio space. At that time we employed 4 full time designers and had about 10 clients.

FAST FOWARD to 2015 where we are now located on 36th street between 5th and 6th ave in our 10,000 sq ft studio employing many more designers and working with hundreds of clients.

Besides feeling thankful and blessed for having “survived” in NYC for the past 27 years I truly feel proud of what my husband…

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A Kid For A Day at “Kind + Jugend” in Cologne Germany!

Hard to recall the last time I felt like a kid for a day…so thank you Kind + Jugend for showcasing some of the best international kids products in Cologne Germany this week!

Great to see such innovative and creative products taking center stage for 2016! The color story was varied from “the softer side” creating a more vintage sensibility to a more “bold and bright” geometric style for a more outgoing sensibility.

Serba displayed knitted 3-D character dolls on an updated scenic printed bed set.

Keoka’s take was more of a mid century modern changing table that had us all at hello…dreaming of how we could use this piece even if our kids were full grown!

Tede from Berlin had the most amazing wooden toy animated bikes in beautiful dye based finishes creating some of the nicest color palettes that we viewed at the show.

Dip Dap from Lativa had a more modern take on a toddler bike made of digitally printed wood with a repeated bear motif.

3 Sprouts from Canada represented by Duux went for a more graphic oversized character approach on home decor fabric storage containers.

Kids 11, a client of mine located in Atlanta debuted many new innovative toy and gear offerings along with their new packaging and logo update.

Tuc Tuc from Spain was truly a trend setter with there newest black and white geometric strollers!

ChildHome had one of the most curated and fresh looking booths at the show for color, style and substrates! Look at this cute fabric tent!

Neo NATO had a fun graffiti wall display outside their booth.

Green Tom had the coolest all organic and green strollers made from post consumer recycled products….so innovative and refreshing!

Camarelo had the most graphic splatter print stroller in black, orange, green with accents of blue.

TwistShake is extremely innovative with there colorful and multi-functional bottles and containers!

More pics and info on the Kind + Jugend Show tomorrow on my Designworksstyle.com blog

@childwoodchildwheels

@greentomworld

@koeka_official

@duux

@twistshakebaby
  Serba

  Keoka   Tede

 Dip Dap   3 Sprouts

 Kids 11

  Tuc Tuc

  ChildHome  Neo NATO

 Green Tom

  Camarelo

 TwistShake

HGTV HOME “Celebrating”


Excited to share that HGTV HOME was awarded “Best Corporate Brand Program” at LIMA this year and yesterday on Instagram we hit 50K in followers! Proud to be affiliated with such a creative and dedicated team at Scripps Networks Interactive and of course all our HGTV HOME Partners! As Design Director of HGTV HOME, as well as Creative Director and Founder of Design Works International NYC, I am blessed to be working with such creative, talented and dedicated individuals!❤️

Cultivate 2015 “A Labor of Love”

Honored to be a Key Note speaker at Cultivate 2015 held in Columbus Ohio July 12-14. This is NOT a typical trade show it’s a labor of love❤️ and let me tell you why! After spending the past 2 days at Cultivate 2015, the largest horticulture show in North America, I got a “behind the scenes” peek into one of the most passionate industries in the world….breeders, growers, nursery owners, writers, media outposts and people affiliated with the beautification of this planet! I will never look at a flower or plant in the same way…so many talented minds and hands are responsible for creating these specimens…it’s actually mind blowing…honored to have met so many intelligent and dedicated people at Cultivate and look forward to learning more about this amazing industry through my new friends!

So proud of our HGTV HOME Plant Partners for creating a beautiful plant collection filled with succulents, flowering plants and the best custom mixed “one step style” assortments in the industry!
   HGTV HOME SUCCULENT COLLECTION

 J BERRY FARMS

  HGTV HOME PLANT COLLECTION

  ME WITH THE HGTV HOME PLANT PARTNER TEAM  
CULTUVATE DISPLAY CREATED BY VOLUNTEERS!

 COLORFUL WATERING CAN AT BRAUN IN TREND RIGHT COLORS FOR 2015

  HGTV HOME DISPLAY OF CROSS PARTNER PRODUCTS

 I AM SPEAKING TO A FULL HOUSE AT CULTIVATE ON CONSUMER TRENDS AND LIFESTYLE

 CHANGING THE GAME at CULTIVATE 2015

Potting Shed turned “She Shed”

   
    

 
Trend Alert “She Shed”….call me ol’ fashion but I have been “in vogue” for a while …..my “She Shed” has existed for the past 14 years… Just in the form of my “Potting Shed”!

Who knew that the space we built many years ago to hold my garden tools, miscellaneous containers, books and various garden gadgets would soon be called “She Shed”! Perfect name for a perfect place because that is where I love spending my “free” time…repotting, planting and planning for more pretty and colorful flowers and shrubs…after all, it’s a labor of love so why not give it a “Trend Right” name!

Global Greats…North Devon U.K. 

  

Wanted to share a few “Global Greats” from our trip this past week to the English Countryside! These pics are from Dunster, Barnstaple, Braunton and Wiltshire. I will be posting images over the next week on this blog as well as Instagram @nancy_fire

Our amazing week in Devon was reflective of the people, places and experiences that we had! An adventure that was truly aspirational and eye opening….

Tomorrow’s post will include lodging and favorite food picks.

Jet lag is setting in….good nite all! 

Nancy

“Photo Bombed” by Stonehenge

Never easy ending a vacation….especially one that was super inspiring as Neil and I made our way through the English Countryside in the North Devon Region of the U.K.

Driving a car in these parts is what any American would say…”an adventure unto itself”. Not only are you driving on the opposite side of the road and your steering wheel is flush right, the roads of Devon are the size of a bike path for two way traffic!

English Country Gardens are rustic and refined…colors are saturated and flowers this time of the year have an aroma worth the drive! So much inspiration and natural beauty……on our way back to London we made a special detour to a place that has been on my bucket list for some time now…Stonehenge….speaking of Natural Beauty from 4500 years ago…we had to check out these fine rocks…and we are glad we did!

An ancient temple aligned from the movement of the sun, Stonehenge will not dissapoint! It’s massive scale, textured surface and history are all part of the experience!Hard enough to end a vacation but we found a great segue to get us back….being “Photo Bombed” by Stonehenge!   

  

  

  

  

Naturally Inspiring

 

The perfect view…while hiking in Bratten Fleming, a small village in North Devon U.K. I stumbled upon the “perfect view”! Perfect you might ask, how can something actually be this perfect….I will tell you….it’s a moment in time that was not staged for a photo shoot, it’s a moment in time that does not appear on a catalog cover (not yet) but a moment in time that one can appreciate if they just stop and enjoy. It has all the right ingredients: perspective, texture, saturated color and natural charm. 
I bet if we started to look at our surroundings a bit more we would learn to appreciate more of these “perfect views”. Take that walk that you have been putting off, enjoy that city block that we were meaning to explore, find that beach during a sunset…because there are so many “perfect views” in our life that do not always come in the form of this photograph…sometimes we just need to create them within ourselves!

Global Greats…North Devon U.K. 

Wanted to share a few “Global Greats” from our trip this past week to the English Countryside! These pics are from Dunster, Barnstaple, Braunton and Wiltshire. I will be posting images over the next week on this blog as well as Instagram @nancy_fire

Our amazing week in Devon was reflective of the people, places and experiences that we had! An adventure that was truly aspirational and eye opening….

Tomorrow’s post will include lodging and favorite food picks.

Jet lag is setting in….good nite all!

Nancy

My Lisbon Laundry List…

Loved spending time in Lisbon Portugal this past week and look forward to returning to this charming and historic city. Since it was my first time in Lisbon, I did what everyone says you should do while visiting…wander the narrow streets and enjoy discovering all the different areas of this wonderful city!

While wandering I kept noticing all the colorful laundry hanging in front of, above or behind the homes in Lisbon Portugal that were colorful and creative…most of the time complimenting the tile or paint color of the exterior….I know this sounds a bit odd, but it’s true as I spent 3 days hiking the steep streets of Alfama, Bairro Atlo, Principe Real and Alcantara only to be in awe of their laundry!

Loved seeing all the colorful and fun loads of Lisbon Laundry drying naturally outdoors. Such a beautiful and charming city…and I feel that their laundry lines are truly part of this charm. I guess it’s the designer in me…but I started to see color palettes, not laundry!

Check out my laundry list below…

Looks like this load of laundry truly matches the azulejo tiles on the house! “Denim Delight”

You gotta love tonal 💙 laundry, talk about color coordinating your style! “Feeling the Blues”.

Love these brilliant brights framed by the terra-cotta tiles and deep blue sky. “Primary Power”.

Nice to see Millennial Pink as the backdrop to this load of Lisbon laundry! Tonal reds and pinks play nicely with gray and black BUT love that pop of neon yellow! “Millennial”

Inspiration is everywhere!!!

Now I am heading back home to do my laundry and I can promise you it will NOT be as interesting or inspiring!