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    Late LSU interior design professor remembered as "inspiration," honored with scholarship in his name – The Reveille, LSU’s student newspaper - March 6, 2020 by admin

    The LSU community recently lost a mentor and inspiration within the interior design department who will be honored through an interior design scholarship in his name.

    University Professor John Campbell, 74, died Feb. 19. He began teaching at the University in 2009 in the College of Art and Design. Outside of the University, Campbell practiced interior design for over 40 years and recently was named Fellow of the American Society of Interior Designers.

    According to his obituary, Campbells design career began early in his life when he would paint with green car paint with other kids in his neighborhood.

    Campbell graduated from Louisiana Tech in 1969 with a BFA and post-graduate studies in interior design, his obituary read. Prior to his career at the University, he taught interior design and virtual design technology at the University of Idaho and interior design at Washington State University from 1999 to 2008.

    He was a devoted husband, friend, mentor, teacher, interior designer, author and artist who loved his family and the Catholic Church, his obituary read.

    Interior design sophomore Morgan Curtis first met Campbell when she took his Introduction to Interior Design class, and got to know him in his studio class last semester.

    Curtis described Campbell as happy-go-lucky. She said he really cared for his students and wanted to make class a welcoming environment for them. When he saw students upset, Curtis said he always tried to cheer them up.

    He was constantly just in a good mood and constantly looking for the silver lining, and not letting things frustrate him, Curtis said.

    Campbell left a strong impact on Curtis, and she described him as her go-to professor. She planned to have him be her mentor for her senior capstone. She said Campbell taught her the importance of learning throughout the entire process, and not worrying about perfection.

    I truly believe he was probably one of the best professors that Ive had so far and probably will have, Curtis said, He really loved what he did as an interior designer and brought that into a teaching setting.

    Curtis said he left the same impact on her classmates, even those in other studio class where he would sometimes drop by in.

    After class, Campbell often took Curtis to his office to show her what projects he was working on so she could improve on for her projects.

    He was very attentive to my work, and he cared, Curtis said. It was obvious that he cared.

    She said he was very focused on the aspect of hands-on interior design projects. He taught his studio class alongside Professor Phillip Tebbutt, who focused much of his teaching in computer programs.

    Tebbutt considered Campbell to be a good friend, colleague and drinking buddy. Tebbutt first met him at the University when Campbell was hired 10 years ago, and they got to know each other through teaching in the same department.

    He was just a very generous man of his time, Tebbutt said. He wasnt a man of big gestures, but he just kept plugging away at the little important things, all the time. Thats how Ill remember him.

    Tebbutt said Campbell was very inspirational for many students, and said he was the hook that pulled students into the program through his introductory class.

    He did make a connection with a lot of students and that continued on whilst they were in the program, Tebbutt said. I think that was fairly evident at his service when all the students from five, six, seven, eight, nine years ago-- some of them flew in from Denver, some of them from California-- came. It was pretty amazing that somebody could have that impact on someones career.

    Campbell was a founding member of the Louisiana chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers, and pushed LSU students to organize a chapter at the university. Recently he was inducted into the College of Fellows within the ASID.

    According to the ASID website, induction into the College of Fellows is awarded to less than 1% of those with an ASID membership and is the societys highest honor.

    Campbell was also the 8th registered interior designer in Louisiana.

    In lieu of flowers at his service, funeral attendees were asked instead to make a donation to a fund for the John Campbell Scholarship of Interior Design.

    Thats a way that I think he would be more than happy to be the benefactor of some great opportunity to some up and coming students, Tebbutt said.

    Campbells service was Feb. 27 at St. Aloysius Catholic Church and his internment was Feb. 28, where Tebbutt was a pallbearer.

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    Inside the home of… interior designer Sophie Paterson – harpersbazaar.com - March 6, 2020 by admin

    John Carey

    Interior designer and Instagram star Sophie Paterson bought her country home in 2012 when it was still a concrete shell. Although this meant that there was serious work to do, it also meant that Paterson was able to design the interior architecture from scratch.

    "When I first saw this house and walked round we didnt think we could stretch to it and I recall being so jealous of whoever would end up owning it," says Paterson. "The layout, space and feel was just what I had been dreaming of - it's big but has a great flow to the rooms and a very social layout. It doesnt feel too big, but equally you can always find peace and quiet if youre craving it."

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    1The kitchen

    "This is the room that sold the house to me when I first saw it, its the heart of the home. We live in here all day from breakfast to dinner parties at the weekend. I redid the lighting with John Cullen throughout the house, but its especially enhanced this room as it feels so moody but cosy at night now."

    2The kitchen

    "The round piece of art is by Fenella Elms and is my favourite piece in our home. Its so soothing to look at with the little discs of porcelain in undulating waves. It sits above my other favourite piece of furniture - an antique weathered oak bureau that I found in Holland. I keep all my writing cards, wrapping paper and ribbons in here."

    3The living room

    "We wanted a room without a TV where we could just socialise or listen to music or read a book. This room has the most beautiful silk blue wallpaper that changes colour throughout the day. My favourite thing to do in here is sit by the fire and read the papers."

    4The living room

    "My favourite piece of furniture in here is the coffee table that I sourced from Porta Romana. I had wanted it for years, before we even bought the house."

    5The utility room

    "This is the smallest and probably my favourite room in the house. I redid this room about three years ago and created my ultimate luxury utility room. Its a room that is so often overlooked but we are in here all the time - its where I change my baby's nappy and where we store post and deliveries. I also use the space to arrange flowers and do washing in here."

    6The nursery

    "As soon as I found out we were having a boy, I started designing his nursery - I wanted a preppy vibe and nothing too babyish so it would suit him long-term. The animal heads are from Fiona Walker and the monogrammed bed linen is from my linen collection with Coze."

    7The master bedroom

    "The starting point was this beautiful burgundy wallpaper with hand-painted and hand embroidered magnolia branches from my wallpaper collection with Fromental. I wanted something that felt masculine and feminine at the same time to reflect both of us. I was torn between this and the branches in the breeze design in a taupe colourway, but my husband (who has great taste, but also the good sense to leave most interior decisions to me) said he loved the burgundy colour so we went with it - and Im so so glad we did."

    8The master bedroom

    "The sideboard is one of my favourite pieces - its a beautiful Mother of Pearl finish on the doors. I bought it from Luxdeco."

    9The master bedroom

    "The TV is from LG - its one of the wallpaper TVs and, after years of trying to dissuade my clients from having giant TVs all over their house, Im afraid to say Im a convert to having one big one - its so much better for watching movies. These days we mostly use it for watching cartoons with the kids in bed, while we try and get just five more minutes sleep."

    10The child's bedroom

    "I designed this room whilst pregnant with our son last summer. I planned on making Avas old room his new nursery so, to make the transition a smooth and happy one, I had to design her something spectacular. Ava loves princesses and animals so a four poster princess bed was a must. When I couldnt find the perfect wallpaper ,I decided to design one with Fromental and make it available to the wider public as part of my wallpaper collection. It's a very personal design as Ava helped choose all of her favourite animals she wanted in it and insisted they had family groupings with baby animals too. What I love about it is that it has lots of fun details to spark a childs imagination, but it's also sophisticated so should still be relevant for her when shes a teen. The rocking horse was a first Christmas gift for Ava from her grandfather; she loves playing on it as she is horse-obsessed. Its also a future heirloom I hope one day will pass on to her children."

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    Brooklinen Raises $50 Million, Architects Make Plea to Congress, and More News This Week – Architectural Digest - March 6, 2020 by admin

    From significant business changes to noteworthy product launches, theres always something new happening in the world of design. In this weekly roundup, AD PRO has everything you need to know.

    Brooklinen Raises $50 Million

    Big news for the bedding industry: Brooklinen announced this week that it has raised $50 million from Summit Partners, according to the Wall Street Journal. Founded six years ago by husband-and-wife team Rich and Vicki Fulop, the brand has become synonymous with direct-to-consumer companies that are focused on reaching millennials. So whats on the horizon for Brooklinen now in terms of growth? Thirty new stores that are set to open in the next three yearsand, perhaps, more of those ubiquitous subway ads.

    Wayfair Lost Almost $1 Billion Last Year

    The news coming out of Wayfair still isnt good. This week, MarketWatch and others reported that Wayfair lost $330.2 in Q4 of 2019. That means that its total loss for the year was a whopping $985 million. Unsurprising, the news subsequently caused the furniture companys stock to plummet.

    More Than 200 Architects Urge Congress to Act

    Why did hundreds of architects take action this week? They want national legislators to add the AIM Act, which would help transition away from the use of harmful hydrofluorocarbon chemicals to the energy package thats currently making its way through the Senate. According to various signatories, the move could have a positive environmental impact while helping the economy. And whats more, numerous contractors and engineers are also on board.

    British Brands Unify Under Zoffany Name

    Six British brandsincluding Morris & Co, founded in 1861 by Arts and Crafts legend William Morris; Sanderson; Harlequin; Scion; Anthology; and hallmark brand Zoffanyare now all available under one proverbial digital roof. Earlier this week, Zoffany announced in an email that its website, StyleLibrary.com, will offer all of the brands, with products spanning fabric, wallpaper, paint, home goods, and more. The brands can also be found on Instagram at the new @zoffanyusa account.

    One of Minnas new rugs.

    Rebecca Atwood to Release a Collection for Pottery Barn

    Partnershipsespecially for a small brand like ourscreate such a great opportunity to reach a wider audience at a much more accessible price point, Rebecca Atwood tells AD PRO. Its fitting timing for her to reflect on the subject, as her debut Pottery Barn collection comes out later this year. At its core, my business is focused on trade and interior designers, so to be able to create a collection with Pottery Barn, a brand Ive long admired, is truly exciting, she adds. Atwood notes too that shes drawn to how Pottery Barn has historically created products that are both aspirational and approachable. As for the specific design inspiration behind the new line, expect Atwoods characteristic textiles that recall warm weather and happy days spent on vacation.

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    In the wake of a deadly tornado, this Nashville designer is stepping up – Business of Home - March 6, 2020 by admin

    Damage is still being assessed in the Nashville area after four tornadoes tore through the eastern part of the state early this week. Local designer Jonathan Savage is offering up his services to locals in need of a hand to get back on their feet following the devastation, and hopes other Nashville designers will do the same.

    Nashville-based designer Jonathan SavageCourtesy of Savage Interior Design

    This was the second-deadliest tornado event in the state, reported NBC News. More than 30 people have died, and dozens are still missing. Hundreds of volunteers have begun to lend assistance; more than 800 have donated blood.

    Savage will donate 100 hours of interior design services to a local business that has suffered damage or loss in the tornado. It will be first come, first serve, and a handful of businesses have been in touch already as of Wednesday morning. Nashville is my home, and this is devastating. Interior design is all I know; its where I should be of help, Savage tells Business of Home. This is a tight-knit community of the Souths best talent. Were Southernwhen things like this happen, we all pitch in and help in any way we can.

    At the time of the tornado, Savage's seven employees were in Palm Beach, Florida, at the firms cabana in the Kips Bay Show House. Savage rushed home to check on family, clients and others in the community. If I was in someones shoes that lost everything, I would be so grateful and thankful if someone would be willing to help build back my livelihood, he says. People are still trying to assess damage, power lines are down; its not a safe situation where the eye of the storm happened.

    Wednesday morning, after hours of phone calls, Savage took requested pet supplies to a neighbor. Everyone in his immediate circle is OK, and many clients are fine also. He encourages other local designers to get involved as best they can, to show up and help, using their inventory and other services.

    Its an opportunity to help in our own backyard, says Savage. We as designers can work together to help build back businesses or help people whove lost their homes.

    Homepage image: Courtesy of Savage Interior Design

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    With Inside Passage expansion, Capitol Hill rum bar Rumba to set sail for ‘the extravagance of the world of tiki’ – CHS Capitol Hill Seattle News - March 6, 2020 by admin

    (Image: Inside Passage)

    Capitol Hill rum bar Rumba is heading undersea where it is going to be a little more colorful and, maybe, just a little bit more fun. Travis Rosenthal, owner of the leading Seattle purveyor of rum, has announced the planned summer opening of Inside Passage, a neighboring bar accessed in a descent through Rumba into a grotto of idols and South Pacific stylings from one of the leading designers of tiki-celebrating culture on the planet.

    The tiki culture is about escapism and trying to achieve that narrative is crucial, so Rosenthal enlisted the help of Notch Gonzalez from Top Notch Kustoms based in San Jose, to create and curate an incredible tiki design that will honor the tiki culture and shine a light on tiki cocktails, the Inside Passage announcement reads. Gonzalez has helped create and fabricate some of the countrys best bars including Smugglers Cove, Whitechapel, False Idol and Hale Pele.

    The Rumba expansion and focus on tiki comes at an interesting moment for the genre.

    The bars have been around for decades and the trend has faded in and out of style. Today, there is greater awareness of cultural appropriation and colonial nostalgia but the bars continue to proliferate.

    On Capitol Hill, the current tiki king is a transplanted dive bar the Hula Hulamoved to E Olive Way in 2017.

    (Image: Inside Passage)

    With a world class designer at the helm, Inside Passage is focusing on the fun and style of the format. Inside Passage will have all the balance, fun and beauty youve come to expect from Rumba, with all the extravagance of the world of tiki, the announcement of the new venture reads. It will also have nearly a decade of Rumbas sincere dedication to rum with 650+ sugar cane spirits on its shelves to build on.

    Aiming for a summer opening, the new bar space will be built out of the longtime Stussy shop retail space next to Rumba. Yes, there has been a Stussy shop at the base of Capitol Hill for more than ten years.

    Rosenthal opened Rumba in September 2012 on Pike just around the corner from the growing Melrose food and drink scene and on the same block as his much-loved Tango:

    Rumba is made to look likeErnest Hemingwayhired a Pike/Pine interior designer, threw a wad of cash and said go to town: rosewood walls and floors, bookshelves lined with curated knick knacks. Palm frond fans circle overhead, and a giant taxidermy marlin rests on the wall. Island music, dim lighting, and nautical vibes, complete the atmospheric pitch. Servers scurry around carrying large daiquiris and bartenders climb up ladders like sailors on the main sail, grabbing all sorts of rum you didnt even know existed.

    Last year, Rosenthal shuttered Tango after 19 years of tapas and date nights. Zaika does its Indian thing there today.

    Jen Akin, currently the general manager at Rumba, is heading up Inside Passages bar program with help from long-time Seattle tiki expert and bartender Sean Dumke. His incredible collection of rare and collectible tiki mugs is only overshadowed by his love and knowledge of all things tiki, Inside Passage promises. Rumba chef Alan Bochi owns adding a healthy dose of tropical flair to the food menu.

    If the COVID-19 stuff and Seattle weather has you down, you dont have to wait until summer to get a taste of the new project. Rumba rumtenders will feature a new Inside Passage drink on Wednesdays during Rumbas weekly tiki night.

    Inside Passage is slated to open inside the expanded Rumba this summer. You can learn more at insidepassageseattle.com.

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    How Friendship Made the Renovation of This Notting Hill Flat More Fun – Architectural Digest - March 6, 2020 by admin

    I sourced the bathtub from a dealer and found the totem statues and the star light from Universal Providers. The little bum on the wall was a present I bought for Gaby from Columbia Road Market, Hollie says. She used a dresser for the vanity and topped it off with a white marble slab.

    They agreed on an all-white kitchen and a brass bathtub for classic features that could then be accented with animal print, architectural furniture, and of course, figurines. I collect miniature animal sculptures. I find them all over the place, all over the world really, at flea markets and such, Hollie says. They were something Gaby was drawn to and so she started her ownand we joke that it got a little competitive. They add a touch of humor and some character.

    We both have a pretty large collection of figurines now and occasionally do swaps and make each other jealous with new additions, Gaby says.

    The figurines are an easy connection to the lush outdoor space Hollie updated with potted ferns and palms that sweep up against a bamboo privacy wall. Its home to my pissing frog water feature, which was the first thing Hollie bought me for this flat, Gaby says.

    The travertine nightstands in the bedroom were found on 1stdibs and the bedside light is from Twenty Twenty One. The Fallopia Vase is by Charlotte Colbert.

    The ceiling light is from my friend Orlando, who I buy a lot of weird, wonderful pieces from. He had a pop-up where I found this, and its one of my favorite pieces, Hollie says.

    It took a couple of years for this project to come together, although Hollie doesnt want to say that the job is completely finished. Gaby doesnt mind, eitheras long as theyre hanging out together anyway, they might as well chat about improvements. Well probably keep adding to it, given the nature of our friendship and the way it has unfolded, Hollie says.

    Gaby lounges in a rattan chair at home.

    Do It Yourself

    Shop for souvenirs. Collecting items from your travels is one thing that I think creates the most character in an apartment, Hollie says.

    Take risks in a bathroom. The options are endless, and you can get away with more here than perhaps in a kitchen, Hollie says.

    Design a room around your favorite feature. If you are obsessed with one feature, like leopard print, it's always good to focus on that and dress the rest of the room around it, Hollie says.

    Hollie completely renovated the outdoor space to have a tropical and lush appearance, and sourced the table and chairs from Barney Lee.

    Shop It Out

    Nessa table lamp by Archivio Storico and Vetreria Vistosi for Vistosi, 502 ($649 as of this writing), twentytwentyone.com

    Fallopia vase by Charlotte Colbert, 120 ($132), charlottecolbert.com

    Runes mirror by Porta Romana, price upon request, portaromana.com

    Vintage wrought iron chair from Jermaine Gallacher, 590 ($763), jermainegallacher.com

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    Condo Sales Begin at the Revamped Waldorf Astoria – The New York Times - March 6, 2020 by admin

    As a result, apartment interiors dont offer the floor-to-ceiling vistas that buyers have come to expect from modern condos. Instead, the rooms have an understated, Old World vibe. Custom tile with Waldorf Astoria motifs adorns the master baths, while marble counters and gray-toned cabinets are found in kitchens, with brass-inlay details on floors.

    Its not about standing out just for the hell of standing out, Mr. Deniot said.

    If the interiors are restrained, the 25th-floor amenity offering, open to residents only, may seem over the top, with pool, bars, game rooms, a library, a theater, a spa and a gym, plus a plant-filled greenhouse-like garden room part of 50,000 square feet of amenities, inside and out. Residents can also avail themselves of hotel offerings like room service, and the public lobby will have restaurants and bars.

    Sales, which are being handled by Douglas Elliman Development Marketing, will begin slowly, Mr. Miller said, with 75 units offered initially. Studios start $1.7 million, a project spokesman said, while one-bedrooms begin at $2.6 million and up.

    Some analysts say the Waldorfs reasonable pricing, coupled with classic architecture and a convenient location, should greatly benefit the project.

    I think this building has a very, very good chance of being extremely successful, said Nancy Packes, the president of Nancy Packes Data Services, who is not involved with the project. Even in difficult market conditions.

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    Times Local Newspapers & Magazines | Meet the material girl – Times of Tunbridge Wells - March 6, 2020 by admin

    6th March 2020

    Jules Haines runs the high-end eco fabric business Haines Collection, which offers customers the chance to buy surplus and often unique designer materials that would have otherwise gone to landfill. Here she tells Eileen Leahy why she is on a mission to ensure that reusing and recycling become the norm in the interiors industry

    Tell us how you got into interior design . . .

    I lived in Singapore for a few years and met a fellow British ex-pat who was a textile designer. Ive always wanted to work in interiors so when I heard that she was starting a new textile brand, called Korla, I just had to be involved. I helped to set up the London office and worked there for five years before moving to Tunbridge Wells in 2017.

    And how did you come to set up your own fabric brand Haines Collection?

    It was thanks to a chance meeting in a pop-up shop on Camden Road! The owner of a soft furnishings business there was selling leftovers of high-end fabric off very cheaply. I heard him say what a hassle it was but that he couldnt see it going to waste. It made me think that there should be someone who could offer to resell it for him, at a decent price. I knew others who had the same issue with waste off-cuts too, so I emailed the Camden Road supplier, arranged a meeting and he became my first supplier and still does!

    So how does the business work?

    It acts as a broker between makers who want to sell small volumes of fabric but dont have the time, and buyers who are looking for something unique but dont have a big budget. This model enables Haines Collection to pass on big discounts to consumers through fabrics which are left-over from large scale building projects, off-cuts, end-of-rolls, or slightly misprinted. Often this fabric would be thrown away, adding to the growing amount of landfill caused by the interiors industry. Now we can offer beautiful fabrics to everyone and help people to buy more ethically.

    Which major brands do you work with and how have you developed these relationships?

    Im talking with Sofa.com at the moment to see how we can possibly work together with their leftover fabrics. I love working directly with designers too and I currently sell on behalf of Swaffer, Madeaux, Inchyra and Korla. The plan is to build more relationships so ask me again in a year and I hope to have a long list of household names!

    What do the majority of your customers use the limited edition fabrics for?

    Mostly for curtains and blinds, both of which are a big expense in your home. So working with my lower-priced fabrics can be a very attractive proposition for them.

    What do you enjoy most about running your own business?

    So much! Its the most amazing feeling to be in control of your own destiny. You dont have to wait to be recognised for your talents, you know that you can do it and you believe in you! Ive never worked this hard before but the job satisfaction is off the scale I absolutely love it. This is my dream job and where Im meant to be. It doesnt feel like work, in fact it makes me feel deeply fulfilled.

    What are the challenges involved in working for yourself?

    I work from home although one day I hope to get a studio so juggling being a mum to Edward (five) and Jemima (three) and working is tricky, as is knowing that I have to work flat out to really get Haines Collection off the ground. I dont feel guilty about this, though, as I know this is the right thing for all of us, but I do hate the feeling that my kids and husband will see less of me this year than they might have if I had a usual nine-to-five job.

    And how about the key benefits?

    Feeling complete, like I have found what Ive been looking for, is a key one. And that Im helping make a difference by reducing waste, fulfilling a need in the industry and educating people about how much waste is in the world of interiors. Flexibility is also an important benefit, too, because I can work on it when the kids are asleep in the evening which means I can spend afternoons playing with them!

    You also make cushions, run lampshade-making courses etc. Tell us about why you decided to make as well as market

    It all feeds into what Im trying to achieve, which is to use leftovers and ultimately reduce what ends up in landfill. I want people to start thinking about the fabrics they throw away so only needing 40cm for a lampshade is such a brilliant way to use your scraps. Cushions came naturally as Im given a lot of random shaped pieces so they were the obvious next step. Im just about to move into creating wallpaper this month, which is exciting!

    Sustainability is a big part of your business. do you think more people are thinking about this when investing in products?

    Definitely, its an exciting time for conscience businesses and I really believe this is the future. Sustainability and looking at the way we live is finally at the forefront of our minds. Its now being taught in schools and universities so for the generation coming up it will be second nature to them. Its not always easy to go for the eco-friendly option as some are more expensive, whereas Im the opposite Im actually the cheaper and earth-friendly option! But as the industry grows, more people will join the arena, and competition and innovation will help drive prices down, allowing us all to live in a more sustainable way.

    How do you plan to encourage more people make strong, conscious decisions when buying?

    I like to inform people without them feeling like Im bombarding them, so its striking the balance and not feeling like Im alienating anyone. Luckily its something that people are becoming more aware of so it will grow organically. Im all about the small changes to make a difference. Start with changing all your lightbulbs to LED or Sellotape to brown paper tape. If you think too big it can be overwhelming.

    http://www.hainescollection.co.uk

    What key elements make a stylish home?

    Have a few key statement items that reflect you and your personality. They may be an investment but something that you treasure for a long time and so sets the mood in the home. Im all about mixing in charity shop finds with a stylish statement sofa or a big piece of art that will bring everything in that room to that level of style.

    What current trends are you loving and why?

    The use of bold colours as Im a big fan of colour. Hopefully the white and grey home trends are behind us!

    How important has social media been for you in driving footfall to your business?

    Its everything, I have grown my business 100 per cent via Instagram. At the moment 93 per cent of my sales are directly from Instagram and certainly nearly all of my relationship-building starts from it. I just love it as a social media platform thanks to the community and the support. It almost worries me that I have all my eggs in that basket, but you always put the most into what you love, right?

    Do you collaborate with any local influencers/stylists/bloggers?

    I love a collaboration, mostly because I love building relationships and the way we can help each other out. Ive worked with Influencer Laura at The Indigo House (Instagram the_indigo_house) and Blogger Flik (from sass_spice_andallthingsnice). I met both of them at monthly interiors meetings run by Caroline from the networking group Twelve Local (@twelve_local). These are for anyone and everyone who likes interiors. We support each other, chat and drink lots of coffee!

    Wheres your favourite place to shop?

    In charity shops! I have the YMCA and British Heart Foundation furniture shops at the end of my road so thats always my first stop when looking for larger items. I go to Hospice in the Weald on Camden Road for clothes for myself and the family.

    And to eat out?

    I love the new Central Market in Royal Victoria Place; it has a great buzz and fantastic food.

    And for coffee or cocktails?

    Its always definitely coffee, and I always head to The Black Dog as their coffee is amazing.

    Finally, wheres the best place to go locally in order to get away from it all?

    Kingdom in Penshurst its my happy place. It feels so peaceful, earthy and has a great vibe. And they have great food and coffee!

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    Colors are heating up again in the kitchen – The Columbus Dispatch - January 26, 2020 by admin

    Remember your grandmothers avocado-green kitchen? It could soon be yours. Or maybe it will be pink, mauve, emerald green or buttercup. Anything but white, because the revolt against the white kitchen has begun.

    Last November, the cover of Elle Decor featured a Steven Gambrel-designed kitchen awash in a shiny turquoise even the ceiling gleamed like an iridescent underwater wonderland.

    On Pinterest between November 2018 and November 2019, searches for dark-green cabinets jumped 367%, plum kitchens went up 107% and pink kitchen walls spiked 121%.

    For decades now, cabinets have been relegated to white, brown or maybe black, and it has been even longer since appliances were allowed to be anything but stainless steel.

    But the Instagram kitchen invariably a clean backdrop of basic Shaker cabinets, simple subway backsplashes and marble countertops finally has some competition.

    Jenny Dina Kirschner, an interior designer in New York, recently painted the cabinets pink for a client in Long Island, giving the room a decidedly 80s vibe somewhere between mauve and millennial pink. The color picked up the pinkish tones in the Calacatta Vagli marble countertop.

    Were starting to see more daring use of color, Kirschner said. Its a rebellion against the white kitchen.

    Breaking the mold is risky when 43% of homeowners choose white cabinets and a third choose white countertops, according to a 2019 Houzz report. Try something bolder than wood cabinets or black soapstone countertops and you might fail.

    Unlike an unfortunate coat of paint on the living room walls, the wrong choice of cabinetry could cost a homeowner tens of thousands of dollars. And money aside, its not easy to rip out that chartreuse backsplash if you later regret it.

    Yet cracks in the color-free facade are emerging. Between 2018 and 2019, BHG.com consumer insights found a 115% spike in interest in cabinet paint trends, and a 10% increase in interest in colorful kitchen cabinetry.

    And from March 2018 to March 2019, interest in blue and green for paint and home decor rose 50%. Navy cabinets have become increasingly popular, as have two-toned varieties, with choices such as blue for the lower cabinets and blond wood for the uppers.

    Greens of all shades have been nudging their way onto the stage, too, appearing as emerald cabinetry, avocado backsplashes and sage pendants.

    In a throwback to the 1970s, the age of wacky-colored appliances also is back. Want a retro fridge? Big Chill carries them in colors such as beach blue, cherry red and pink lemonade. The appliance company BlueStar offers hundreds of color options as well as custom colors for its products, letting customers personalize down to the color of the doors, trim and dials.

    Have a specific shade of purple in mind for your oven? Dacor can match a swatch you provide to the color of its appliances.

    Anything goes these days, said Gideon Mendelson, an interior designer in Manhattan. He is currently designing a yellow kitchen for a couple on the North Fork of Long Island, which he described as a sophisticated buttercup. Its not going to be sweet and cutesy. Its not quite mustard. Its happier than that.

    Who doesnt want a happy kitchen? With the world so dreary, a little yellow can go a long way. In these uncertain times, we are drawn to colors that dont need to be impeccable, that can hide the messiness of life.

    Theres a sense of energy and nourishment in bright colors, said Ingrid Fetell Lee, the author of Joyful: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness.

    Alessandra Wood, the vice president of style for Modsy, an online interior-design service, told me that homeowners are looking for comfort and coziness in design choices, so why not our kitchens, too?

    In this really unstable world, we are looking for anything that makes us feel comfortable, and we are definitely turning to our homes to do that, she said.

    Just look at the color Pantone chose for its color of the year: classic blue, because it highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation. (See a related story on Page D4.)

    Paint companies Sherwin-Williams and PPG also ushered in the new decade with blue as their picks of the year in a collective nod to what might soon be our new neutral call it bluetral.

    We also are living in our homes differently. After decades of relentless moving, Americans are moving at the lowest rates since the U.S. census began tracking our mobility, with fewer than 10% of Americans moving between 2018 and 2019. Baby boomers are aging in place and millennials, facing rising housing costs and stagnating wages, are less likely to house hop. With no plans to stake a for sale sign in the front yard, why commit to the safe and listless colors of a staged house?

    Greige, that dreary hue that is neither gray nor beige but took over our homes for more than a decade, is decidedly out. The relentlessly white kitchen might be next.

    It made a lot of sense in the era of house flipping. White looks clean and is unlikely to offend a potential buyer. Who hates white? And if your home is perpetually one renovation away from its next open house, white is a natural go-to color. Its a kitchen designed for future buyers, not the specific tastes of the current inhabitants.

    But lets face it: White looks clean only when it is clean. The rest of the time, it is not the most practical color for a room that regularly gets splashed with marinara sauce. There is something to be said for a little color to hide the imperfections.

    Were living in our spaces longer, so theres an extra level of consideration that people are giving to them, Wood said. Were thinking, How do I make this space into a space that I really feel comfortable in?

    So if there is no buyer on the horizon, if the kitchen remodel is just for you, the view widens.

    Why not wash the whole room in turquoise? It doesnt really matter what some fictional buyer might think. You can be you and paint the cabinets pink.

    The rest is here:
    Colors are heating up again in the kitchen - The Columbus Dispatch

    The Wing Designer on Diptyque Candles and Nikes – Vanity Fair - January 26, 2020 by admin

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    Listening to: Liz Goldwyns The Sex Ed.Desert island books: John Steinbecks East of Eden and James Salters Light Years (2).Vacation spot: My family home in Piemonte, Italy (9). We donated half of it to the Italian National Trust and live in the other half.Plane must-haves: Cashmere blanket and eye set, Tata Harpers Resurfacing Mask, and Shiva Roses Glow Face Balm.

    Architectural styles: I know this is a contradiction, but I am drawn to both beaux arts and 1930s. And I cannot imagine a world without modern architects such as Le Corbusier, Philip Johnson, Mies van der Rohe, and Oscar Niemeyer (13).Furniture: Cristina Celestinos furniture, tiles, carpet, wallpaper, lightingshes a renaissance woman.Career idol: Madeleine Castaing (6).Recent addition: Maison C fabrics, adapted from the wallpaper line I cofounded with the artist Costanza Theodoli-Braschi (5).In bed: I love Olatz pajamas (3) and D. Porthault bedding (1).Flora: Bodega flowers arranged in vessels from antique stores upstate (7).Candle: Diptyque Feu de Bois (11).Dish set: Wes Gordons Carolina Herrera tabletop line with Cabana (12).Four-legged friend: My 17-year-old Chihuahua, Klaus. He is a grumpy old man but my first baby and love of my life.

    Perpetually worn accessory: My nonnas wedding band (10) and FoundRae charms.Go-to shoe: Sneakers from my baby daddy (currently Off-White Nikes), Gucci loafers, or Le Monde Beryl slippers (4).Supplements: Wooden Spoon Super Green Protein and anything Dr. Gabrielle Francis at the Herban Alchemist tells me to take!Workout: Walking through Central Park and Ballet Beautiful with Mary Helen Bowers.

    Morning beverage: Bulletproof espresso before I take my daughter to school.Indulgence: Daily croissant (8).Restaurant: Sushi of Gari on the Upper East or Upper West Side.

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