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What’s Trending In the World of Design?

#TrendTracking at High Point Market

This High Point Market we were honored to be a part of Esteem Media’s prestigious Design Bloggers Tour! We got an exclusive behind the scenes preview of what’s to come in the home furnishings market and now we're sharing our findings with you! These are the design trends you’re about to see everywhere this Holiday season: Bend Goods - LA Made showcased in the Salon at HPMKT (www.imchighpointmarket.com/salon) Color is Back in a BIG Way! The last few years, we’ve seen lots of grey and white, lots of ship lap. Gone are those days! It’s all about jewel tones now, baby, and we couldn’t be more excited. Keep an eye out for rich, colorful fabrics: velvets and suades, reminiscent of the 90’s. You’re likely already seeing a lot of this in the fast-fashion industry. They’ll be trending soon in home furnishings as well. https://www.instagram.com/p/BaWtOvLg5uE/?taken-by=loridennisinc https://twitter.com/loridennisinc/status/920021431492251649   https://twitter.com/loridennisinc/status/919958122801844225 Relaxation & Glamour Galore in the Bedroom! Think: chaises, daybeds, ottomans, loveseats: functional and comfortable pieces that create cozy seating areas in oddly-shaped small spaces or, conversely, form vignettes to make a large room feel more intimate. All of these pieces made with plush textiles with attention paid to every detail for a luxe, but handmade feel. https://twitter.com/loridennisinc/status/920036052366131200 https://twitter.com/loridennisinc/status/919952479357464576 https://twitter.com/loridennisinc/status/919926014691639296 Boho-Urban Chic in Public Spaces & Kitchens Coastal-influences are making their way to land-locked locals: That doesn’t mean everything is going to be blue and white and nautical (although, we wouldn't be complaining if it were!), we’re talking about that bohemian urban aesthetic that used to be exclusively associated with artists’ lofts or midcentury modern homes. Now you’ll be seeing more of that look infused into otherwise traditional or suburban homes. Maybe we have the millennials to thank for that? Look for this trend in kitchen decor and dinning sets. https://www.instagram.com/p/BaUvW9pAn41/?taken-by=loridennisinc https://twitter.com/loridennisinc/status/920018075285622784   Family-Friendly, But Still Luxe! Designers have so many clients who want a child-proof home, but one that doesn’t compromise on design. That can often seem like a daunting, if not contradictory task, but now our favorite furniture vendors are helping us out with improved technology to create stain-resistant materials or chic ways to display children’s art (rather than with tacky magnets on the refrigerator). These fabulous modern frames from Wexel Art, for example, make for excellent presents! https://twitter.com/loridennisinc/status/919566517901111296   https://twitter.com/loridennisinc/status/919700846065127424 https://twitter.com/loridennisinc/status/920003141097148417 Product Lines Featured: Century Furniture, www.centuryfurniture.com Crypton Home Fabric, www.cryptonhome.com Duralee, www.duralee.com Green Apple Home Style, www.greenapple.pt Theodore Alexander, www.theodorealexander.com Tomlinson, www.tomlinsoncompanies.com Wexel Art Displays, www.wexelart.com Younger Furniture, www.youngerfurniture.com  


How to Design an Eco-Friendly Kitchen

  How to Design an Eco-Friendly Kitchen There are many benefits of including eco-luxury products, building materials, and technology in the design of your home ranging from environmental to convenience and sanitization. These qualities are especially important in the kitchen where you’re preparing and eating food. Pin this Image to Pinterest to Read Later Take a tour of a Hollywood Hills home kitchen with Lori Dennis that prioritizes sustainability that is seamlessly integrated into the design of the space. Watch here: 10 Quick Tips for Making Your Kitchen Eco-Friendly in a Flash 1. Swap wood and plastic with sustainable bamboo 2. Utilize natural light as much as possible, and include fluorescent lights which use less energy 3. Use natural-fiber textiles on dining chairs and barstools 4. Buy Energy-Star Appliances to save energy 5. Opt for Top-Bottom style refrigerators over side by side models so that less air escapes 6. Repurpose Takeout Containers as Tupperware 7. Include Plants as Decor to refresh the air and add a living element to the space 8. Use solid wood or other non-hazardous materials for cabinets 9. Choose faucets with aerators to save you hundreds of gallons a year 10. Include tile wherever possible or if you must paint, op’t for water-based paints


Rugs Shopping 101

How to Shop for Rugs Like a Designer

How to Shop for Rugs Rugs are responsible for the overall sense style in a space. They ground and define the space; add color are work wonderfully as a jumping off point to create a color palette in the room. From how to shop ethically to what materials are most durable: we’re answering the top 10 Questions we get about rugs: How Do I Choose a Rug? Color is often a good place to start, then consider style (traditional, modern, global), price point, and how much foot traffic a room gets (which often cen help you determine price point): Using a rug as a room’s anchor point, you might want to op’t for a monochromatic /neutral colored rug. Or perhaps you want something splashy! You’ll also want to look for ethical labels that prevent child labor in other countries, like Good Weave: https://goodweave.org/ What Size Rug Should I Buy? A few rules of thumb: In larger rooms, you want to be sure all the furniture can fit comfortably on the rug, without feeling cramped. In a mid-sized or smaller space, you want at least the front legs of your couches and chairs to fit on the rug. What is the Most Durable Type of Rug for High-Traffic Areas? Jute, Sisal, Woven rugs made of recycled material are known for their durability! Outdoor rugs made to withstand weather and spills are great for indoors too, since they’re easy to clean up messes from kids and pets. How Do I Care for My Rugs? When you vacuum, turn off the spindle to prevent the rug fibers from breaking down faster.  Vacuum on bare floor setting, rather than the carpet setting, and be sure to include rug pads beneath your rugs! Be mindful of the pile height as well-- shorter piles are going to be easier to maintain and clean. Why is Pile Height Important? Important to look at pile height and be sure to always include a rug pad underneath, especially when pile height is thicker. Flat weaves are durable and thin, making them excellent choices for high-traffic areas.  General pile sizes include: less than 1/4″ (short); 1/4″ to 1/2″ (mid-sized); 1/2″ to 3/4″ (luxe and shaggy). Some shags, including wool, can be up to ½” thick. Though longer, shaggy rugs can feel very luxe, they’re susceptible to crashing. Shorter piles will last a lot longer. Do I Really Need a Rug Pad? Rug Pads are important. They give cushion to the rug, making it easier on your knees. They also add traction so the rug doesn’t pull off the floor, and you don’t slip. You definitely need them in hallways and in kitchens. They’ll also help maintain your rug: They allow for more air circulation, which prevents mold and mildew in the inevitable case of spills. What Materials Are the Healthiest? When rug shopping, look for natural fibers, rather than those made of synthetic materials: Wool, Cotton, Jute, Hemp, Silk Blends, Sisal. That said, for some purposes, synthetic rugs may be the way to go: Viscose, for example, is synthetic but looks like silk, and is much more affordable. Which Materials to Are the Most Toxic? Health Concerns: Polypropylene Rugs can be very affordable but are also toxic, made of gasoline and can offgas (that’s how you get that ‘new carpet’ smell!). We wouldn’t recommend synthetic rugs for children’s rooms, where they are sleeping, or could be crawling on the rug with their faces near the rug. (The same goes for pets that lick their paws and the carpet at the same time). How Come Rugs Are So Expensive? How Come Some are So Cheap? Rug prices are generally determined by a few different factors: the materials they’re made of, the process by with they are made, and their country of origin and how ethically produced they are. Rug-making processes are fascinating! Rugs can be stamped, hand woven, hand loom, machine woven, or flat weaves-- which can account for disparities in price. amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_search_bar = "true"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "loridennisi0b-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_title = "Rugs 101"; amzn_assoc_linkid = "269d4a4e9fc68ca010298907d1c83760"; amzn_assoc_asins = "B00OHYQ47I,B01GS0CV2U,B0044MRFO4,B01HDWIOUK"; What are Common Types of Global Rugs and What’s the Difference Between Them? When shopping globally, we source a lot of rugs from South America, Africa, especially Morocco, the Middle East, and India. Dhurries are a type of flat-woven rug, and they're generally very affordable, Kilims are a popular type of flat-woven wool rug similar to dhurries, except they're more tightly woven. What’s Trending in Rug Design Right Now? Themed, novelty rugs are adding a youthful vibe to every space, not just children’s rooms! They’re also great for game rooms, man caves, and outdoor spaces. Coastal, tropical rugs are still trending as Palm Springs Desert Glam style continues to be popular. Modern, graphic, abstract rugs are trending as modern statement pieces! Natural Fiber, over dyed, ikat print rugs are richly textured and durable and are perfect for achieving that ‘California Cool’ aesthetic.