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💚

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.












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!