You know your product is a hit when 20 designers from BlogTourVegas walk into your booth, ooh and aww and run around taking photos of everything in sight. That is what happened when we visited one of our BlogTourVegas sponsors Walker Zangerat KBIS.
I have been a huge fan of Walker Zanger tiles since I first saw them and their new introductions did not disappoint. Below is a composite I made of a few of my favorites.
Walker Zanger at KBIS
My next blog post will be a bit more in dept about Walker Zanger along with more photos of their newest tiles. Today is a little sneak peak of what’s to come.
Color friends take note…is this the end of the cool gray trend? More on that topic in my next post.
As a precursor to KBIS next week I attended an educational evening at Designer Bath in Salem. I got a sneak peak of some of the newest introductions for luxury baths. One of the highlights for me was meeting the artist Franz Viegner who designs faucets that are truly works of art. This was one of my favorites of the evening. It is from his contemporary line called the edge collection in rose gold. I have never seen anything quite like it.
Franz Viegener Edge Collection
Have a great weekend everyone and I hope you will follow me on social media starting Monday to see all the latest kitchen and bath products that I will be posting live from KBIS.
Boy, did the reddish brown color choice cause controversy! Social media just about blew up after the announcement and comments were about five to one against the color. Interior designers were especially harsh voicing comments like “the 80’s called and wants their color back” and “Pantone is way off the mark on this one”. I personally was simply surprised by the choice as this was not a color that was on my radar. Oxblood Red yes, but Marsala is much more muted than oxblood and is more purple.
Now that I’ve had a few days to adjust to Marsala, I don’t love it or hate it. It’s really all about context and what colors are being paired with it. It would look quite nice as an accent color with dark greens, blues, or gold. Is this a color that I will be suggesting my clients paint their walls? highly doubtful, but then again, I never suggested last years color Radiant Orchid either.
The thing to remember is that the Pantone color of the year is all about marketing and I would say they hit a home run in that respect. It got everyone talking and even made the national news that evening.
Now, back to Barry Dixon. The talk was so timely because his idea on color is just the opposite of Pantone. Whereas Pantone is all about what’s hot right now, Dixon is all about timeless, classic beauty. He opened his talk with a beautiful image of a room the we all assumed was completed recently. He surprised us all by saying the room was done fifteen years ago. So what is his secret for choosing a timeless interior color palette? He looks out the window.
Pretty simple right? If you bring the natural surrounding colors into your home it will never be out of style. According to Dixon, “steal color from the outside elements-the sea, the sky, evening blues, lavenders, purples and grays”.
With his new paint line for C2 paint, Dixon did exactly that. He studied the surrounding colors on his farm in Virginia. He looked not only at the obvious like the grassy fields and surrounding trees and flowers but at hay bails, fence posts and the winter sky just before a snow fall. He “stole” the color of the eggs his hens lay and the early morning fog rolling across his lawn. He looked at the many colors of the sunset and sunrise and even the fur on his dog.
So here are my two take-aways from both the color of the year and Barry Dixon.
#1. Color preference is really personal and if you are not a fan of Marsala we have a saying, “if you don’t like the weather in New England just wait a few minutes” Mark Twain….. if you don’t like Marsala just wait twelve months.
#2. Nature never gets it wrong…if you bring the surrounding outside colors into your home it will always feel fresh.
SOOOOO what side of the fence are you on? trending or timeless?
Another colorful find that stopped me in my tracks at the ICCF while on BlogTourNYC. This collection of gorgeous colored bottles makes me want to open a restaurant just so that I can put these over the bar area.
Linda Holt Photo
(as much as I tried I can not find the vendor info on these lights. Please email me if you know who it is)
One thing I have always wanted to do is visit NYC around the holidays. I want to see all the lights and window displays and get into the holiday spirit. I talked my husband into going down for a weekend and I’m thinking of booking a couple nights at the Hotel I stayed at while on BlogTourNYC, the CitizenM NYC. This might be the perfect choice because of the great location (right in Times Square) and mid range price. There are a few trade offs though…like room size and amenities (no room service here folks).
Here is my photographic overview…you can let me know what you think.
I knew instantly I was going to like this hotel when we pulled up and I saw a red horse’s head and a bunch of interesting collectibles styled in the outside bookcase.
The lobby is hip, fun, and full of art work. There are so many cool things to look at (besides the guests) and the staff who help with check in are some of the nicest I have ever encountered.
CitizenM NYC Lobby
Green plant like material sandwiched between glass is the Hotel’s interpretation of a living wall.
Everywhere you look there are fun collections and pieces of art to discover.
What’s not to love about a hula girl on top of vintage books in a glass case?
Even the outside courtyard is full of design.
CitizenM NYC outside Patio
Okay, now that I have won you over with the lobby, let me show you one of the rooms.
Okay, so the rooms are small..very small. In fact, I would call them pod-like. They DO however have all the essentials one really needs; a bed, a toilet/shower combo and a TV. Here is the room I stayed in last April. (I actually have my back pressed against the door while taking this picture).
That mini tablet on the round table is the master controller of the room and with it you can do everything from change the room temperature to choose the art work you want displayed or the the music you want to listen to.
Note, that’s not a photograph behind the bed..it’s the view out the window!
Lastly, I doubt in December we will have the opportunity to have drinks on the roof but that was certainly a high point of our May BlogTourNYC trip.
CitizenM roof top bar
Since my husband doesn’t read my blog he will have no idea what he’s in for. So what do you think? Can I get away with the tiny bedroom for a couple of nights?
Even though BlogTourNYC was last May, I feel like it was just last month. Somehow, the time has just flown by. Modenus and their sponsors have already taken another lucky group of bloggers to California (BlogTourCali) and as I write this post I’m sure another fabulous trip is already in the planning.
This photo, taken while touring the ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair) was from the Bespoke Global booth. I love everything about this little vignette. The textures, the shapes and the different hues of neutrals. Also, what’s not to love about a Koi fish table?
Getting back to BlogTourNYC, I still have hundreds of images to go through and edit. Over the next few weeks I plan to dedicate my weekly Friday’s Photo to more fabulous products and design discovered while on the trip.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone. I will be in Providence Rhode Island taking an architectural color class with Teresa Tullio. As always, I’ll be sure to pass on any info that I think would be helpful to you my readers.
One of the most talked about, Tweeted, Instagramed and photographed showrooms at Fall High Point Market was the C.R. Laine showroom. Not only was their furniture and new decor beautiful but the walls…oh my goodness… THE WALLS!
The custom designed wallpaper by Tracy Hiner of Black Crow Studios blew me away. Giant bright pink flowers on a rich black background made the walls the art and the art the walls.
photo courtesy of Tracy Hiner, Black Crow Studios
I am completely smitten…Gorgeous don’t you think??
Have a great weekend everyone and be sure to check out more awesome wallpaper from Tracy and Black Crow studios HERE.