I love to make mood boards, both for for my clients and myself, as it helps to visualize what the room will ultimately look like. While on BlogTourNYC, we had the pleasure of meeting the talent (Mark Cutler) and faces (Dorothee Fisher) behind a brand new company called nousDecor. More than just another mood board website, nousDECOR was born out of a notion that great design should be accessible to all budgets and all interiors.
The site is filled with links to plenty of products as you would expect, but also features design advice, a blog and some very unique resources to help you build your dream room. Looking for advice on what style of chairs will look best with your mid century sofa? Simply click on “Seeking Advice”. You can upload a photo of your room, ask a question and get advice from the other users as well as an expert.
Another unique feature of the site is called Real/Deal/Steal. Let’s say you see a designer inspiration room on the site like this one from Jonathon Adler that you would like to recreate in your own home.
The REAL price tag for this room? $11,190.00. A bit pricey for you? Simply click on DEAL and the site automatically readjusts to give you furniture and accessory options at a lower price point (while still maintaining the look the inspiration room). On an even tighter budget? Just click Steal and this room can be recreated for as low as $1,500.00.
Now to the $14,000 “style it to win it” give away. To welcome you to the nousDECOR community, nousDECOR is giving one lucky winner this $14,000 sofa from Bespoke Furniture.
One-of-a-kind sofa from Bespoke Furniture Inc.
- Mid-century inspired custom-made sofa
- Custom linen burlap fabric
- Cast oil-rubbed bronze legs
- Walnut burlwood detailing
- Valued at $14,000
- Dimensions: 84″W x 25″D x 32.5″H
To enter the contest you simply log on to nousDECOR. Attach an image of an inspiration room and create your mood board using this Bespoke sofa in your room. Publish your board on the site, ask your network of friends and family to “like” your board and the board with the most “likes” wins the sofa. Even easier, simply Click on this link to go directly to the contest. Better hurry though, this contest ends soon!
Here is the contest board my BlogtourNYC friend Ann Porter of KitchANN Style made. I love her Africa inspired mood board and would love to see her win the sofa. If you get a chance please show her some love and vote for her board.
nousDecor looks like it will be a great success and makes styling and decorating a room that much more fun.
What do you think? Are you going to try it out?
Last week was the home industry event referred to in the designer world simply as High Point. It is a HUGE home interiors market that takes place in High Point, North Carolina. All the top manufactures and dealers of anything related to the home gather to showcase their newest products to members of the trade. Although I did not attend, I lived vicariously through several of my designer friends and acquaintances who did.
For the past few seasons, High Point has designated 9 “Style Spotters” to search out the hottest trends from all the different showrooms and “Pin” them onto a Pinterest board. I have loved following their pins and getting a sneak peak of what we will soon be seeing in our local home furnishing stores. You can check out all 9 style spotter boards here but here are some of my favorites.
Bold bright color, especially when applied as a high gloss or lacquer, is still trending. Look at this gorgeous lacquered teal chest spotted by Tobi Fairley
Lisa Mende spotted the color orange still going strong and pinned this fabulous orange lacquered lamp from Dunes and Duchess.
Stacy Naquin chose this mint lacquered console from Hickory Chair with trending gold accents and gold table lamps.
Graphics continue to have a strong presence and Traci Zeller spotted this collection of graphic removable and reusable wallpaper from Casart Coverings. Removable wallpaper is so great if you want the punch of wallpaper but don’t want to make a permanent commitment. When you tire of the look, simply peal it off.
Our natural world has been trending for awhile now and agate seems to be especially popular. I love these Shagreen boxes with agate slices on top from Regina Andrew that was spotted by Shay Geyer.
This agate sconce from RoshamBeaux seems like it was a market favorite and was spotted by Lisa Mende.
Nail heads are still trending as is the color pink. Gretchen Aubuchon spotted this hot pink and silver chair outlined with silver nail heads.
Shay Geyer also spotted the color pink as trending and pinned this white lacquered chair covered with hot pink velvet from Caracole.
Lastly, I want to share this bold blue and orange show room by CR Laine. I love everything about this room and look at all the trends it incorporates: bold color, lacquered furniture, the color orange and a graphic rug.
I invite you to check out my Pinterest board of all my favorites from the 2013 Fall High Point Style Spotters here and discover a few other other trends this room also incorporates.
What is your favorite trend from High Point?
Last week as I shared in my previous post, I was lucky enough to attend Design Camp in Atlanta; an information packed design seminar hosted by celebrity interior designers Lori Dennis and Kelli Ellis. It turned out to be one of the most inspirational seminars I have attended. A full back to back line up of speakers who comprise some of the industries most respected designers, bloggers, photographers, social media experts and business specialists. It seems like we covered everything design related and the speakers were all so open with sharing advice that lead them to the success they enjoy today. Representatives from Houzz, HGTV, Duralee, Hansgrohe, Sub Zero Wolf, Ronda Rice Carmen, author of All The Best Blog, photographer Gerardo Jaconelli and many more shared so much information that I hardly got any sleep my entire time there. Not to mention being a little celebrity awestruck ( Barry Dixon, Kimberley Seldon, and Susanna Salk to name a few).
Many of the attendees wrote wonderful blog recaps of all the events including my friend Lisa Mende and also Paloma of La Dolce Vita, and you should definitely check them out. If you are like me though, you want to know specific details…what did they say? What did you learn?
So here are some of my biggest takeaways from Design Camp.
The first day began with Trends…who doesn’t love that topic? Our speaker was the quite colorful Bill Indursky of V and M (Vintage and Modern). V and M is an online source for unique vintage finds of furniture, jewelry, fashion and design.
Bill spoke about 4 trends going forward into 2013-2014
Raw Trend: weathered wood, rusting metal, oiled and pickled woods, patina, home made. Hotel look is out, stripped down Americana is in. The one surprise for me was (hang on to your fan decks color lovers) Beige is coming back! Yup, no sooner did I get home and see that the new House Beautiful and Architectural Digest both have Beige rooms on this months cover. Humm…this I have to think about.
Pattern Play: Ikats, tribal prints, lettering is everywhere, esp. popular are Roman Numerals, large rusted numerals and vintage signs.
Dramatic License: taking normal proportions and playing with it. Furniture with blocky and cartoonesk shapes…Bill called it “Flintstones furniture”. Shag carpeting is making a come back and we will see more rock patterns on fabric and over blown proportions…”the Gaga of furniture design”according to Bill.
The Ancients: classicism that is full of angelic themes, neoclassic, traditional murals. We have seen so much Moroccan influence but the newest trend is Egyptian Revival. It was quite a coincidence but Design Camp was held in the Fox Theater and the building is Egyptian Revival. Check out the carpet in the room we were in.
and look at this gorgeous wall sconce.
Barry Dixon was AMAZING! So down to earth and just the exact opposite of trendy. He creates timeless interiors that are as current today as they were 20 years ago. He was so generous in sharing his design philosophy and tips.
Barry gets most of his design inspiration from nature and the landscape that surrounds his farm (Estate) in Virginia. My biggest takeaways from Barry were:
The best ideas are the ones that come most quickly to us. Don’t belabor your design plans, your first gut instinct is almost always the best.
Quality always sells…and my absolute favorite:
“No matter what the client’s budget, spend only at the very top and the very bottom“. Never spend in the middle or you will have mediocre design. If needed Barry has no problem with layering high end Antiques, designer furniture and fabrics with low end accessories from Target.
Kimberley Seldon is a design guru who had the whole room captivated. She was one of the most entertaining speakers, and for me, one of the highlights of the event.
The woman is really amazing. Besides a hugely successful design business, she is an author, a TV personality, a well respected business coach with a huge following, and the publisher of Dabble magazine. She also has a family yet has figured out a way to make it all work on her terms…without being stressed out.
My biggest takeaways from Kimberley were:
most of us are not charging enough. Clearly evident by having all the attendees first stand up and then sit down as she quoted hourly rates.
Branding is hugely important!!! It’s no longer just about pretty interiors.
The best way to pre-qualify a client is by telling them your fee (I love that one).
Susanna Salk is an author who writes about design. Her latest book is Be Your Own Decorator and I must say, one of my favorite new design books. Unfortunately I didn’t get a good photo of Susanna but she is as gracious as she is beautiful.
My biggest takeaway from Susanna was:
Don’t Over Style your room photos. Editors are over the highly “staged” and “show house” styled rooms. They want to see a more authentic side of life. I have noticed these less than perfect rooms quite a bit lately; dogs, kids, hastily made beds and nowhere near perfect rooms are much more prevalent in many decor magazines. She had us all laughing when she said if an editor sees one more photo of an ottoman with a tray on it set for breakfast they will immediately throw it out.
Lastly, what would Camp be without a bunch of giveaways? The sponsors were unbelievably generous with free gifts but I must say the highlight was when Jason McNeely of Hansgrohe said he was giving away two high end shower heads only to change his mind and tell everyone in attendance they would be getting one. The entire crowd started to scream…you would have thought we were in Oprah’s audience and had just been gifted a new car…it was such fun! thank you Jason.
If you want to get inspired and get your business back on track this year I highly recommend you check out Design Camp. There are new sessions already posted including an upcoming one in Seattle May 1-3rd.
I hope you enjoyed my takeaways…did you learn anything? which one was your favorite?