MM trends, created in 1998 by textile designer Marie-Louise Rosholm, is an international, dynamic and ever evolving collective of creative people possessing different skills: fashion and textile designers, interior architects, art craft persons, illustrators, photographers, trend consultants, and colour experts. They predict color and textile trends for both fashion and home industries, and create luscious visuals to inspire designers. Here’s their quite heady interior color trend forecast, “Dissolving Boundaries” for the year 2014.
In the mood for a flower show? Check out these new textile prints by Liberty of London from their new spring summer 2013 collection! “This season’s series, The Flower Show, is a collection of botanical print stories influenced by inspirational visits, artistic collaborations and archival documents. It is a celebration of wonderful and inspiring research, collaborations and a studio passionate about print, and capturing and drawing nature at its simplest and most beautiful.” These gorgeous fabrics run between £22.00 - £45.00 per metre and a simple click of the mouse will take you right to the website to order. (Interested in how these fine fabrics are produced? I’ve included a video of their printing process at the end of this post.)
“I want sugar in my tea”. A simple and fitting self-description from a brilliantly unique artist. Austin-based Leah Duncan was a designer in the agency world as well as for silkscreening companies before deciding she wanted to make a living doing what she loved: surface design. Today, she sells her quirky, folk-meets-modern textiles in both her Etsy shop and retail boutiques, while also picking up coveted commissions from the likes of Target, Land of Nod and Urban Outfitters. (As always, click to shop!)
As promised, here’s the second one of the Maison & Object trend videos from the January fair. This one’s well over 7 minutes, so it’s a committment and the music gets a tad tedious. Still, well worth it to get visuals representing the key trends they identified, which are:
- Primal Nature
- Revisiting Naturalism
- Lightness & Freshness
- Luxury’s New Natures
- Tweaked Takes on the Classics
- Nature and Minimalism
- Quaint, Relaxed Spirit
- Graphics and Colors
- Fifties Spirit
- True Colors & Playful Spirit
- A New Scandinavian Spirit
- Curiosities & Quirkiness
- Artistic and Geometric
- Nature & Science
Missed part 1? You can check it out HERE!
Visited a very cute shop in Montreal a couple weeks ago that I thought was share-worthy. Zone is a Québec-based chain of 5 stores that has been selling decorative home accessories since opening their doors in 1980. The vibe is modern-lite (think: Canada’s answer to the UK’s Habitat), with a variety of housewares, furnishings and home accents at quite reasonable prices.
This weekend’s holiday has me in the mood to get my green on – but not in the form of a plastic hat or silly t-shirt. No, I’d prefer to mark the occasion by indulging in a some emerald accents; here are a few I have my eye on… Happy St. Patrick’s Day! (As always, click to shop!)
I think I’ve made it clear in the course of writing this blog that in my mind, Maison & Objet – the famed bi-annual exhibition in Paris – is without rival. Simply put, it’s the best, most inspiring trade fair in the world. Maison plays host to a bounty of amazing work by some of today’s most extraordinary designers, curated in a magnificent fashion. It’s a bounty of eye candy for creative thinkers, not to be missed. But alas, sometimes you just can’t attend. Fear not, today’s video (part one of two) provides an edited taste of the invigorating sights at the most recent show.
Interested in watching part 2? Click HERE
I’m crazy for the chunky baskets I’m seeing around – especially the handmade versions. They’re an easy way to add a pop of color and texture, while keeping clutter at bay. Their unfussy, organic silhouettes are a great modern accent that feels comfy and relaxed. (As always, click to shop!)
I started noticing these little triangle patterns and faceted surfaces well over a year ago at the gift shows. I’m afraid I must admit, I didn’t pay them much attention; as I couldn’t imagine that they’d actually resonate with folks outside the realm of high design. Now, while snacking on my humble pie, I must admit they’ve crossed over. A person can’t spend 5 minutes on Pinterest without tripping over any number of related images. What once seemed madcap and edgy, has thoroughly mainstreamed. (As always, click to shop!)
Miss Maison & Objet in Paris earlier this month? That’s a shame, really. Maison is – IMHO – the premier home and gift trade show; providing spectacular inspiration and showcasing some of the best designers of our day. (And a visit to Paris every now and then isn’t so shabby either, quite frankly…) So if you’re hungering for a taste of the umbrella trends and overarching themes permeating the January 2013 show; all you need do is watch the following video (in French with English subtitles), aptly named “Vivant” (“Living”).
Peek-a-boo color is a trend that’s taken hold in a big way in the home accessories realm. It’s not like it’s something radically new, but somehow, it looks fresh; especially when paired with a milky matte exterior finish and a hint of texture. (As always, click to shop!)
Hi all! It’s Mari from Arcadian Home blog, a wonderful place to find beautiful home decor inspirations. I’m so excited to be visiting here at Blue Bergitt today. Sonjia, thanks for having me.
Today, my guest post is about the beauty of color on the floor. With seemingly endless possibilities, it was difficult to choose just a few, but here are eight clever ways to give interior spaces a boost with color underfoot. Please enjoy!
This first room seems to fit right into our topic with three large area rugs laid down in an open living space. Though totally different in pattern, this trio looks quit charming together.
The rusty hues of a speckled cowhide on the floor coordinate beautifully with those of the wall art and carved wood sculptures. A feather pendant light adds an appealing contrast to the design.
For a lovely cottage look, a hand-painted or stenciled wood floor can be perfect underfoot. This one goes decidedly feminine with a soft pink background.
A single solid paint color can be used to add a more formal look. A minty hue on both floor and ceiling brings unity to this living room.
Here, a glossy jewel tone blue adds a happy vibe to a tiny under-the-stairs dining space. I’m intrigued by the clever way the light fixture is hung.
Color doesn’t always have to be bright or high contrast to be beautiful on the floor. This area rug is lovely with a pale calligraphy pattern that mimics the graffiti†wall art.
Black and white squares are exceptionally versatile on the floor. The pattern and color is gorgeous in marble for an elegant entry or in rugged tiles or paint for a hard-working laundry room as seen here.
In the image above, black and white stripped rugs bring color interest and texture to dark wood floors. A splash of orange paint on one wall adds a cheerful touch.†Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4†|†5 |†6†| 7 | 8
What do you think of these colorful floors? Leave us comments below, and visit our website for more on home decor, lighting fixtures, and interior inspirations!
If I was a big spender – which I’m not… but aspire to be – I’d re-design my entire dining room around a suite from The Cherner Chair Company. When I saw their crisply svelt (meaning: really quite small, but purposely so) collection of furniture at the International Contemporary Furniture Show, I was irretrievably smitten. As the story goes, “after listening to countless requests from fellow Architects to see his father’s designs reissued, Benjamin decided to join with his brother Thomas to form the Cherner Chair Company in 1999. Since then the Cherner Chair Company has brought back into production many of Norman Cherner’s most popular designs. Utilizing his original drawings and specifications, the reissued designs are manufactured with the same attention to detail found in the original hand made classics.” (As always, click to shop.)
Ever stayed at an Ace Hotel? If not, fix that. I mean, I’ve relished the times I’ve booked a room there, despite lacking the proper hipster quotient and being among the “olds” (those who are far too “mature” to pull it off properly. Conveniently, one of the perks of being middle-aged is that you no longer can be bothered care about that.). The brand’s irreverent attitude, uncommon aesthetic and overwhelming sense that no one’s taking things too seriously is entirely refreshing. Another perk? It’s a haven for us type nuts who adore the cheeky use of words…