|The keynote panel with Thom Filicia and Campion Platt
(sorry for the fuzzy photo)
They also talked about the "democratization" of design, meaning with so many resources in all price points, an interior today can be sourced in so many ways that was not available before. Bringing together a mix of high end and lower end, retail and custom, humble and refined, gives a modern approachable and liveable design.
|Thom with my business partner, Ellie and me in the Kravet showroom.
|We all purchased his new book. He was charming and delighted to chat with us.
|His book looks fabulous. I can't wait to read it.
|Here is a glimpse inside the cover. He wrote this fun autograph to me inside, too.
|Doesn't he look like he is just so comfortable and about to invite you in for coffee?
The house he wrote about in his book is located near where he spent his childhood.
The Fall Market at DCOTA is an annual event where designers can attend seminars and listen to panels of celebrities discuss current trends in design. They have terrific speakers, luncheons and receptions all day long. I always come home exhausted with my mind on design overload.
|Isn't this one of the most creative floral arrangements you have seen?
It greeted us at the reception desk when we arrived.
Our first presentation was at the Jeffrey Michaels showroom. The topic was wallpaper and here
are two I just loved.
|This looks like a ceramic tile mosaic but, no it is actually wallpaper!
They had a the whole wall behind the reception desk papered in it. What a dramatic statement!
|This wallpaper is made out of grass but is certainly "not your grandmother's grasscloth".
|Here is a twist on a sunburst mirror...oval.
I love the bold red wall and draperies with black and white striped lining.
|Does this look like your typical outdoor fabric?
They also showed us a product they called outdoor leather! The great thing about these outdoor fabrics is that they are just as wonderful inside, too. They are practical for high use and families. So much has been done to improve the "hand" as we call the feeling of the fabrics. It was inspiring.
As I stolled through the hallways I always like to check out the little display windows. I noticed these unusual fabrics. They all have a textured pattern, like they have been stitched on to the top of the background fabric. The edges are loose giving the design even more interest.
|The pattern on this fabric had a felted look. So different and interesting.
It had an artisan handcrafted design.
|At the Kravet showroom they showed this hounds tooth gray and white sectional with brightly colored orange pillows.
|I like the mix of geometric, solid and floral (shown above). You can see the grays do not match exactly.
Not matching perfectly is one way to make your room look like it was put together over a long period of time.
How do you feel about not matching every color? Do you like the more relaxed feeling that creates? When the colors do not match I think an interior looks less decorated...meaning that it was not orchestrated. The end result is more natural and less forced. What is your style, to match or not to match, that is the question.
|The last keynote presentation was done by the design team of Hellman and Chang.
|Hellman Chang are designers and manufacturers of incredible modern furniture such as this cocktail table.
Often done in a darker wood like walnut, this stunning table is in white lacquer.
|This dining table is one of their signature designs and is available in console tables and accent tables too.
I managed to squeeze in one more seminar presented by Sherwin Williams on the color red, which happens to be one of my most favorite colors. I am making a note to write about that in a post all on it's own.
|This spectacular Italian chest is one of many shown at the Decorative Crafts showroom.
They also carry incredible lighting, mirrors and more.
I wound down the day at the Decorative Crafts showroom with a glass of champagne and a book signing by Claudia Strasser. Claudia offers tours of The Paris Flea Markets! They are the most fantastic places to find all kinds of antiques and treasures. Stay tuned for more on Paris Flea Markets too.
|These are two of Claudia's books. I know I will be wanting to do some
Flea Marketing in Paris after I read them!
Whew, this post covered a lot of topics. As always I invite you to express your ideas and experiences on any of these subjects in the comment box below. I look forward to hearing from you.
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