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.
The BIG announcement of the “color of the year” by the Pantone Color Institute will be announced probably mid November.This is the color pick everyone waits to hear about with baited breath and will be splashed all over the media.
Over the past few years, some of the larger paint companies have also jumped on the band wagon and have their own pick for color of the year.
Benjamin Moore has announced that Guilford Green HC-116 is their pick for color of the year.
Being of half Scottish heritage, I think I have plaid in my DNA. My maiden name is MacFarlane and as a kid I remember my dad wearing a bright orange and green tie that was “The MacFarlane Plaid”. My mother joked she thought it was one of the ugliest plaids and that she should have married a Campbell because she much preferred that clan’s dark green and navy plaid.
Plaid, or Tartan actually goes back as far as 100 BC, created by ancient Celtic populations. As early as the Roman conquest of Britain in Julius Caesar’s day, the Celts of Scotland and Ireland wore primitive tartans. Each clan or tribe wore their own unique plaid which was associated with their specific region or district of the country. Your clan’s plaid colors and pattern would quickly identify you as friend or foe. Actually, not unlike the Bloods (red) and Crips (Blue) of today.
I’ve always associated plaid with European country homes, Ralph Lauren, rustic cabins and Christmas like in these images below.
Technically, plaid is really not a trend since it’s been around for centuries but what I have started to see is a new interpretation of plaid. A fresh spin so to speak with updated colors like on this chair I spotted last week at the Boston Design Center.
Fushia plaid chair at Boston Design center
I wonder if any of my clansmen ancestors would have worn fushia plaid even if the dyes were available at the time.
Plaid rugs are becoming very on trend. This is the latest window display at Stark carpet at the Boston Design center.
Plaids are also on full display at Kravet Fabric with at least a dozen panels displaying plaids in almost every color and size.
Kravet Plaid Fabrics
Plaid is one of those prints that has a lot of personality so if you really love it take a look at this room done by Anthony Baratta.
A more subtle way to bring in plaid is to use it on the floor like in this fresh and airy beach house designed by Victoria Hagan.
Using plaid on a piece of furniture is also a fun way to bring in plaid without too much of a commitment.
Also, don’t forget about pillows and accessories as a way to add a bit of plaid.
Since this post is about plaid I want to share with you one of my most coveted possessions. This tiny book entitled Scottish Clans and Their Tartans has been passed down the generations and has ended up with me. It is so old that there is no publish date on it. My great grandfather’s name is written on the inside in pencil but it might go back even farther.
The book gives a brief history of all the Scottish clans with their corresponding plaid. Here is my ancestral plaid on the left and my late mother’s favorite, the Campbell plaid on the right.
I agree that the MacFarlane plaid isn’t for everyone but at least it makes a statement!
How about you? What do you think of the return of plaid?
#1. There is not a single straight wall anywhere on the house. Wright wanted the house to appear as if it was part of the landscape so he took great pains to copy the exact angle of the surrounding mountains.
#2. While Wright was alive there was no glass in any of the windows. Again, he wanted the house to be organic and one with nature. After his passing his wife (who was probably sick and tired of daily sweeping out the desert sand and lizards) put in glass.
Frank Lloyd Wright House Taliesin West
If you get a chance to visit I highly recommend it. Wright was quite an interesting fellow and the guided tour was quite enlightening.
There are so many creative and out of the box ways to create a headboard. This custom painted wood screen is a great way to add color and visual interest to an otherwise neutral and very small bedroom.
The secret to creating a room that has life and interest is all in the mix. Furniture that doesn’t all match and wasn’t all purchased at the same store. A mixture of patterns and textures and art work that speaks to you. These are the elements that give a room soul.
The Hampton Show House library, designed by Greg McKenzie, is a perfect example of this. Greg used a masterful mix of different period furniture, textures and patterns. I love the classic knole sofa mixed with the mid century Lucite coffee table, and the two side chairs piped in thick fringe. The chevron fabric from Schumacher, the graphic wallpaper and the Zebra hide rug add some punch to keep the mostly neutral room from being anything but boring.