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5 Simple Steps to Get the Modern Farmhouse Look

The ‘Modern Farmhouse’ is the new design trend taking social media and Southern California by storm!

Marked by its tactful combination of rustic pieces and sleek accents, the modern farmhouse look is an incredibly warm, welcoming aesthetic. It is an indicator of tailored, designer taste, but it is also lived-in. It’s not stuffy or off-putting, as overly-embellished or overly-edited rooms can sometimes be. You know it when you see it: The modern farmhouse has increased in popularity due to the demand for the ‘Restoration Hardware’ look. But actually achieving the modern farmhouse style is as much about the architectural details of the home as it is about the furnishings, accessories, and textiles.


How 3-D Printing is the Wave of the Future for Interior Design and Architecture

Let's Demystify 3-D Print Technology & How it Impacts the Design Build Community There is exciting news for all you design lovers out there. 3-D Printing is becoming more accessible, more affordable and faster than ever. Still not sure how the process works and can't seem to wrap your head around it? Check out this video above to give you a visual understand of the process. Let's start with the basics. 3-D Printing is a 35 year old additive (key word!) manufacturing process that builds material layer upon layer, and is controlled by a computer. Currently we can print material using wood, plastic, metal, glass and organic material (food and organs!  Yes you heard that right!). This is technology that's going to impact our industry as much as the industrial revolution. A Rococo table, is being 3-D printed using contemporary materials and colors.  A great way to make the old new again. 3-D Design and Printing is here and only getting bigger. In 1995, it was a $295 Million Dollar Industry. In 2014, it grew to a 4.1 Billion Dollar Industry. By 2020, it's projected to be a 21.3 Billion Dollar Industry. According to Ben Uglow of Morgan Standley These are number you can't ignore. There are some titans in the industry who are creating innovative pieces of furniture in a way that is forward thinking and environmentally conscious. Dirk van der Kooij is printing furniture that is Cradle to Cradle using 100% recycled plastic, printing locally and with less environmental impact.  Check out more of his work here. Bram Geenen has streamlined the process to be more efficient using a thin expensive carbon fiber skin that is printed on top of 3-D material without waste. Check his work out here. Lilian van Daal is inspired by nature and Biomimicry.  With her designs, she is changing the shape and feel of furniture being built with 3-D printing so that it's hard where it needs to be (legs for support) and soft in other areas (like the seat and back). There are Still Challenges This isn't a magic box.  You need tools or you need help. Inexperienced designers will need education or an engineer to build the CAD models to then manipulate and customize designs in scale, proportion, material, etc. They haven't perfected the process of the conception to finished product. This is still expensive technology at this phase in the game.  Printers run anywhere between $50,000 to $100,000. How Can You Design Your Own Line?   What's exciting to me about all this is that there is NO barrier to entry.  Currently, if a designer wants to develop their own collection of furniture, they have to work with existing powerful brands who hold the magic key.  As 3-D printers become more accessible, designers can soon create their own line whenever they want, or print one-offs.  It will be like a Kinko's for the design build industry.  This is nearly impossible with expensive traditional manufacturing.  When you design your own piece, it's highly customizable where you can easily change the color, dimension and entire concept. Now Watch This! If you printing furniture blew your mind, check out an entire HOUSE (above). This home was built in 24 hours and only cost $10,000! So Where Are We Going? To the moon, Alice! You heard me.  Norman Foster + Partners has completed a project with robotic arms that will be sent to the moon to 3-D print homes made of moon dust! And now, the sexiest scientist I've ever seen, Neri Oxman.  Neri is a material scientist at MIT and is printing wearable skin embedded with organisms to help humans survive in interplanetary travel. It's crazy! Check out her TED Talk here. Story of Provenance If you've read this far in my blog, that tells me you're interested.  Great!  So now you can participate in the conversation and join the community which is your opportunity to be a part of a new story. In printing your own designs, you can create an emotional connection and customization in your work to share with your clients about being at the forefront of the industry.  That's quite impressive! Because of all this, I've joined the Board at Print the Future which will be the next wave of printing ideas on demand.  We've set up a Pop-Up shop in NYC during the month of March 2017 so you can see the printer with your own eyes. I am incredibly inspired and can't wait to see what the future holds!


Pantone is Feeling Fresh with the 2017 Color of the Year

PANTONE Color of the Year 2017   GREENERY This shade of lemongrass green is a perfect color choice for the new year. It brings a feeling of balance, harmony and renewal, promoting peace, reassurance and restorative energy. Let's all say aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah. Our philosophy in interior design has always been to bring the outdoors in, to add touches of nature to our immediate surroundings and to create an environment rich with wellness. Here are a few examples of how we've incorporated green into our designs over the years: Delicate and Sophisticated Wallcovering makes this Powder Room feel luxurious. Simply adding lush plants and flowers to any room immediately adds texture, dimension and beauty. A bold stripe of green runs down these facing sofas and pillows. Fresh pops of green in a kitchen backsplash and stools. A soothing built-in banquette sofa in the Master Suite. A pop of green on the glass counter in this His and Hers bathroom and closet. A simple tape trim on this crisp white bedding adds a touch of elegance. No better way to relax and unwind that in a warm bath surrounded by nature. And now, a little something for your Flashback Friday: My tiny baby girl, Elle Yerushalmi, when she was only 3 months old, learning the art of relaxation in her nursery. For ideas on how to mix and match Greenery, here are a few Color Schemes from Pantone: We hope this inspires you to bring in your own touches of green into your life and into your home!