reclaimed wood

ICFF Furniture

You would think that with the fair being named "International Contemporary Furniture Fair" I would have been posting contemporary furniture this entire time, instead of design for kids, bath fixtures (here and here), lighting (here and here), outdoor furniture, flooring, hardware, and materials. But the vast amount of design worthy of sharing is massive. I hope you've enjoyed seeing what's new so far and can find some inspiration for your future product selections. In this post I will highlight a few of my favorite furniture pieces from the show.

Bend

The metal furniture from LA based design studio has been making headlines in design magazines - it fits well into the current geometric trend and offers a nice colorful alternative to the iconic Bertoia side chair.

The Lucy Chair

Coffee Table

Long horn trophy head

New Colony Furniture

I was so excited to find these at the fair not only because I think they look great, but I love the concept! I had a similar idea in college where I made a stool out of wooden dowels attached to a rubber sheet, but I will say Annie Evelyn's execution is so much much better. I'll have to find an old picture of mine to share. Looking back at college projects can be a bit like looking at pictures of yourself with bangs, braces, and humongous coke-bottle glasses during the 80's. It's a tough phase and you eventually get through it, meanwhile the potential (idea in this case) is there all along. ha!

Anyway, she has expanded the idea past "squishy sticks" as she calls it and has also used wood, cement, and even Swarovski crystals in interesting ways.

 
Squishy Sticks

LEFT  | Scotty
RIGHT |  Reclaimed & Cracked

Decorating Tips Mother Earth Would Love

Happy Earth Day! Things have been so busy lately that I didn't realize it was Earth Day already! As a product designer and decorator I am confronted with many decisions that impact how we use and buy "stuff" in our lives. The "stuff" can be furniture, accessories, or any kind of product that we use. I have always felt it is important to reduce. reuse. recycle. but going green doesn't mean committing to hemp and granola design for the rest of your life! There are many companies that offer eco friendly solutions to help lighten our environmental footprints. There are also many small actions you can take that make big impact in reducing energy use. To narrow down some options I posted a few of my favorites tips that are easy to incorporate into your life!Firstly, since this is a decorating blog let's talk about how to "reduce" the need to buy new things by "Using What  You Have !" My decorating training emphasizes how to repurpose people's existing furniture and create a fresh look. Sometimes you already have the right pieces but just need a fresh set of eyes to see new decorating solutions!


Contemporary Living Room
by Montreal Interior Designer Lux Decor


Somewhat related to the above, if you have a room in your home redesigned and decide to upgrade your furnishings please (PRETTY PLEASE!) donate your gently used items. I can't believe how much good furniture goes into the garbage just because the fabric has gone out of style, the wood is worn, or the legs are loose. There are many people out there who could work magic on your unwanted items, so let's keep them out of the landfill. Remember - one person's trash is another person's treasure! If you are able to donate furniture or household items take a look around for local charities that could use your donation. Some of them even offer free pick up, here are my favorites: Habitat ReStore, Salvation Army, United War Veterans, Big Brother Big Sister.

Traditional Bedroom by Chicago Interior Designer Tom Stringer Design Partners

 

Another suggestion is to harness the natural warming powers of the sun, and know the best ways to block it. If you have any windows that are south/ southeast facing you are in luck! You can use passive energy from the sun to your advantage. In the winter months use window treatments that you can pull back to let the sun in. If you can put any stone or concrete in the room it will help absorb the warmth during the day and release it into the evening.