Birch works. That’s what designers are discovering as they put their spin on one of the most interesting woods in the pile. More than 50 species of birch trees grow in North America, producing an intriguing wood that varies in color, texture and grain. Yet birch is more than a pretty face. (more…)
When it comes to perfect pairs, there’s nothing quite like blue and white. Calm and crisp, serene and sophisticated–blue and white has teamed up for centuries on everything from Chinese porcelain and English wing chairs to French toile wallpaper and Greek Key bedding. Now, this classic combo is reinventing itself as the perfect pick for contemporary design, too. Here’s how. (more…)
If threads of time exist, they’re likely made of rope. Cavemen used it for hunting, carrying and climbing. With rope, Egyptian designers moved heavy stones needed for building, then used it to hoist their towering monuments to the sky. In the sixties, designers rode the wave of nautical and beach-inspired style to the absurd, all but wrapped in rope.
Now, this simple, sturdy spin on string is back and delivering rustic texture in contemporary ways. (more…)
Remember when many of us thought the coolest animal house was more Belushi-inspired than decorator-induced? (more…)
Tangy, zesty orange–we’ve got such a crush on you. And why not? This cheery hue energizes and uplifts while infusing interiors with warmth. Orange is one of the few colors strong enough to stand on its own. Yet, orange also plays well with others and in settings of any style from traditional to contemporary, rustic to cottage. (more…)
We can’t wait to try the latest twist on tie dye, one of the most memorable trends of the mid-1960′s. More hip than hippie, today’s tie dye decor spins the color wheel with abandon in everything from happy brights to moody blues and cool blacks, grays and green. The look? Modern and very of the moment. (more…)