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Ideas From 10 Trending Living Rooms on Houzz

A big THANK YOU to Houzz for including us in their Ideas From 10 Trending Living Rooms   This decorating post talks about all the latest trends from top interior designers on Houzz - like wallpapering the ceiling for a dynamic pop, creating a calm color palette through the use of tone on tone, or making a statement with an eye catching chandelier.  Check out more ideas and see what works best in your home!


On Trend for 2015

We've been seeing a lot of exciting styles happening in interior design this year.  It's almost as if there are no rules - just go for what you love and whatever makes you happy.  Many of these individual styles are often mixed together to make a fun and richly layered home.  Check out the big trends of Blue and White, Trellis, Botanical, Coastal and Boho Chic.  We LOVE them!   BLUE and WHITE The most popular by far is blue and white.  It's classic, pretty and always in style. TRELLIS Trellis adds texture and dimension to a room and can be used as wallpaper, fabrics or architectural detail. ORGANIC BOTANICAL Feel romantic and get back to nature with flowers, plants and birds. COASTAL We're always drawn to the ocean for it's calming comfortable vibe. BOHO CHIC The tip to creating the boho chic look is to layer, layer, layer - fabrics, materials, textures, lighting and color. Whatever style, whatever your personality and whatever you feel drawn to most, just go for it!


Oscar Inspiration

I wait all year for the Oscars.  Not so much for the actual awards and speeches, but to see, "what she's wearing."  Inevitably the looks will inspire my clients dream rooms for the coming year.  It's always great fun to reinterpret the fashion into furniture and accessory pieces.  Read on and learn just how fashion influences my interior design selections.   Lupita Nyongo dripping in pearls, by Calvin Klein Can't get enough pearls? Add them to any room with the Helene Mirror by Made Goods. Jennifer Anniston in Versace Oprah Winfrey in Vera Wang Collection There's nothing quite as soft and romantic as flowing peach sheer drapery. Classic and chic Reese Witherspoon in Tom Ford Create an elegant and streamlined black and white kitchen. Cate Blanchett in John Galliano wearing a beautiful necklace made of turquoise Bring in a gorgeous accent with your own turquoise lamp by Times Two Design. Rosamund Pike in Givenchy Any room will exude passion with this red Glamour Shag rug by Loloi. Naomi Watts in Armani Prive Graphic blocks with touches of gold shine in this Arteriors' Monty Chandelier. Scarlett Johansson in Versace Emerald in still going strong as seen in this malachite rug by Tony Duquette, available at Roubini. Eddie Redmayne in Alexander McQueen House your drinks in style in this regal blue and gold in the Anna Bar Cabinet by Worlds Away. Margot Robbie in Saint Laurent Don't be afraid of black walls.  They actually make rooms look bigger. Van Cleef & Arpels antique Colombine necklace, originally made in 1938 for the Duchess of Windsor. Tassels are back!  Add them as a drapery tie-back, trim accent or tie to the end of a cabinet pull. There were so many touches of inspiration represented this Oscar season, not only on the red carpet but in costume and set design.  It's all so beautiful and fascinating.  Cheers to a new year filled with art, expression and beauty!


Design Camp Orange County was a hit!

I'm still buzzing from Design Camp Orange County at the Laguna Design Center!  Each and every camp I learn something new and am filled with a fresh spark of enthusiasm.  This was our biggest and best camp yet (164!) and we're so grateful to everyone who attended - Counselors, Campers and Sponsors.  You are all so amazing and YOU are what makes this event great! This camp brought a theme of Passion and Positioning to our world of design.  Passion for what gets you out of bed in the morning, excites and drives you.  And Positioning your business, brand and marketing and how this all feeds back into your ultimate success. Like everyone else, my brain was overflowing with so many ideas and inspiration, and my cheeks were sore from all the smiling and laughing.  I watched as connections were made, ah-ha sparks were lit and as camper Monica Nordquist said, had "a bonfire lit under me". Our line-up of incredible speakers this camp included the Design Elite Kathryn M Ireland, Timothy Corrigan, Nathan Turner, Adam Japko (Digital Sherpa), Cliff Fong, Barbara Deckmeyer, Katy Garrett (Connexion Software), Phil Pallen, Bill Indursky (Design Life Network), Julie Thigpen (Belle Maison), Paloma Contreras (La Dolce Vita), Builder John Finton, Pamela Jaccarino (Editor-in-Chief of Luxe Interiors+Design), Jason Clark of Hansgrohe, Christopher Kennedy, Christian May (Maison21), Tracy Burge and Julie Arcelay (Sub-Zero Wolf), Jeff Andrews, Brian Van Gorder (BVG PR), Rich Pedine (RP PR), Aaron Danzig (Williams-Sonoma), Jennifer Convy, and Penelope Francis.  Amazing! The Opening Night Party, hosted by Sub-Wolf Zero was incredible and we had a wonderful time (despite the Southern California rain - what?)  We can't wait to visit their huge new showroom in Orange County soon! Kelli and I Gettin' Glam With my team Hawlie Ohe, Krytal Hudson, Elena Matara and Sara Plaisted - plus the amazingly talented Daniel Maltzman, who helped cover the Design Camp walls with his beautiful paintings. Adam Japko talking about our Design Tribe Two of the most uplifting and inspiring speakers, Christopher Kennedy and Timothy Corrigan You could hear a pin drop while Master Builder John Finton and PR Guru Penelope Francis were on stage With Kathryn M. Ireland signing her gorgeous book, Timeless Interiors Sharing their wealth of knowledge on High-End Design and PR, Bryan Van Goder, Cliff Fong, Jeff Andrews and Rich Pedine Aaron Danzig talked about the strength in branding for Williams Sonoma Two Passionate People building relationships at Kravet, Pam Jaccarino and Christopher Kennedy With one of the most down-to-earth Designers, Nathan Turner Bill Indursky is always enthusiastic to talk about what's happening in design Blogger Typhanie Peterson and Gail Rysavy of Bassman Blaine Our Sponsors from Sub-Zero Wolf, Cambria Quartz and Witford enjoying the party Bummed you missed Camp this time?  Read some of our reviews here, get pumped up and book your trip to Vegas, baby for our next camp July 25-27 2014! Thank you again to our sponsors Axor Hansgrohe, Sub-Zero Wolf, Luxe Interiors+Design, Designer Marketplace, Williams Sonoma, Pottery Barn, West Elm, Rejuvenation, Mark & Graham, Design Sherpa, ConnexionSoft, Cost Plus World Market, Cambria Quartz, Jaipur Rugs, The Design Life Network, La Dolce Vita, Currey & Co, Belle Maison, Lisa Mende Design, SoCal Contractor, Daniel Maltzman, Kravet, Witford and Bassman Blaine


Design Campus is Here!

Design Campus has been up and running for just over 24 hours and we're already flooded with positive feedback an hundreds sign ups!  We're so excited for everyone because we know how valuable this information is and we've heard how it's transformed careers. If you haven't had the opportunity to make it to one of our Design Camps, this is a perfect way for you to take an online workshop in whatever topic interests you.  Our leading design speakers give you the latest tips and resources on Business, Social Media, Getting Published, Trends, Lighting, Kitchen and Bath and more!   If you've already attended one of our design camps and just want more or would like a refresher, here's your chance.  As promised, Design Campus is a place to connect or reconnect with other passionate designers and business owners.  This is an honest, open and relaxed forum for everyone to share, ask questions, get answers - all in a supportive environment. Your membership includes unlimited access to our entire library filled with instructional presentations, interviews with top expert interior designers, strategies to bring your business to the next level and more. This could be you, but in front of your computer wearing PJs! As a taster in these next few days, we're offering membership for just $1!  WHAT?!  You'll have instant access to exclusive videos from interior design experts from around the world!  After that,  it's just $27 per month and feel free to cancel any time. Don't forget, our next Design Camp is October 9-11 in Orange County, CA - and I promise you, it's gonna be GOOOOOOD!!!  Early Bird registration opens July 8 ($500 off baby!) and we'd love to see you there! We're so happy to be a part of this with you and can't wait to hear how Design Camp and Design Campus have changed your life!  


Interior Design Market Report Summer 2012

Just got back from Las Vegas Market, super hot described the 104 degree weather and the new showroom layouts. Old favorites like Four Hands, Noir and Arteriors moved to bigger and better locations allowing them to share even more of their spectacular pieces.  I especially loved the crafty art adorning the walls of the Four Hands space. Mason Jars and Old Crates Paper Bags over the Four Hands Bar Craft Paper Table Runner   Global Views and A-Studio served up the  glam, demonstrating that yellows, grays, oranges and precious metal finishes still rule the day. Global Views Entry A Studio Candleabra   I loved the upholstered pieces at Brownstone and Mobital, from modern to transitional, the lines were clean and the prices were affordable.   For outdoor, the children's lounger at Kidcraft was a hit and Zuo Mod's outdoor collection never disappoints. New to market (or maybe just new to me) were Wendover Art Group and Chandra (rugs).   One thing was more beautiful than the next at Wendover which had a "Natural Curiosites" feel to it, the peacocks and aquatics blew me away.  At Chandra, I was delighted by brilliant,  wool carpet and colorful, natural fiber wovens  at synthetic prices. Another favorite was the Mary McDonald collection at Robert Allen.  I'm a sucker for a fancy, brass lamp and she nailed it with her latest! Last but not least was the How to Get on TV, The Ultimate Marketing for Your Brand. I was a bit reluctant about presenting on Friday morning, thinking I'd have a max of 2 people in the audience.   It was standing room only and the crowd loved celebrity interior designers and Design Camp Counselors Lisa Adams, Lori Dennis and Lonni Paul.


Dwell on Design- the Hottest Interior Design Products for 2012

The Design Camp Girls were busy bees at the Dwell on Design Show.  I spoke on two panels: Kitchen Trends and What's Happening in Green Interior Design.  Kelli and I had meetings with Toto, Sub-Zero Wolf and Kalamazoo Gourmet Outdoor to discuss Design Camp and their appearances.  Then we hit the ASID and Dwell on Design VIP parties- margaritaville!! Dwell on Design really looked like an interior designer managed the visual content this year.  The aisles were larger, the room was well lit, they acquired more space and the vendor booths were exquisite.   After the Sustainable Furnishings Council: What's Happening in Green Interior Design Panel, with Dwell Editor Micheal O'Conner Abrams, Angelo Surmelis and Susan Inglis,  we caught up with Angelo.  Kelli and Angelo go back to their days at TLC's Clean Sweep,  one of television designs first top interior design shows.   Another fun moment was when the folks from the Toto panel on Bathroom Trends, Melissa Hill and Allan Dalatorre, jumped in the Toto shower with Kelli and me to  demonstrate  our point about how larger showers were being designed these days. Some of my other favorite exhibits were the modular house by Eco-Fabulous' Zem Joaquin.  I especially loved the master bedroom wall cover and the adorable, vintage  ruler chalk board in the girl's room.  The chalk board paint by Sydney Harbour comes in a handful of colors, not just the routine chalkboard black. Equally impressive was the Kishani Perera and West Elm designed modular home.  Short on square feet, the home was full of style, with a place for everything you needed to live well- even a wall of closets in the bedroom. The garden space at the Dwell show never disappoints.  High style trellis sculpture dazzled the crowd. Landscape design in Southern California is so much about using common materials, here simple cinder blocks filled with succulents, create an extraordinary planter. Also fun was the white board sticker wall for Whitey Board.  I don't know what it is about being able to write on a wall, but it sure attracts a crowd. If you missed Dwell on Design, you'll be able to catch me August 3 at as Vegas Market.  I'll be speaking with other celebrity designers, Lonni Paul of Design Star and Lisa Adams of HGTV Million Dollar Closets.  The show has thousands of square feet of the latest styles, traditional to modern, panels with top interior designers,  Pintrest contests, lots of fabulous swag and great cocktail parties!


Top Interior Designers Explore the Latest Bathroom Trends

Last night the Design Camp  Girls headed over to  Snyder Diamond ( Santa Monica) for the Dwell Magazine and Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet panel on the best in outdoor kitchens and interior design trends.  As we walked through the  showroom on the way to the Wolfgang Puck catered cocktail party, we couldn't help but notice the gorgeous bathroom displays.  Although the main goal of our field trip was to  meet with Kalamazoo's Russ Faulk to discuss online content for Design Camp,  we left with a firm understanding of the latest and greatest trends in bathroom interior design.   Here's what we saw: It was all about wood veneers in cabinetry. The shape of this number reminds me of the vanity in my grandparents bathroom, last remodeled in 1950. Go retro.   Clean lines and American Walnut topped with Caesarstone, a winning combination.   More wood,  in contemporary configurations, but this time softened with a French White Oak veneer. As one who travels the country on a regular basis, something about this high tech set up  reminds me of the WC s on Virgin Airlines. Sleek and funky, you can't go wrong, unless you place it in a Tuscan home. (Don't do that.) But this stone combination will work in Tuscan, transitional and contemporary.  Design Camp Counselor Kelli took a break on the coordinating stone lounger. The vanity is gorgeous too! Contemporary lines+traditional materials = fabulous transitional! An entire backs plash wall covered in sexy, black, faux crocodile Caesarstone is stunning, the tv in the mirror isn't too bad either. Partnered with the double spa tub, this combo  is pure luxury.   Glam is still giving rustic a run for the money,  the crystal knobs on lipstick red lacquered cabinets were quite spectacular, as were the legs on this pedestal from Devon and Devon.   $4,000 toilets from Kohler do everything except the windows. You'll continue to see white bronze in fixtures;  love this "old time telephone" faucet. Kohler has  memorized us with their Jonathon Adler designed, colorful porcelain sinks,  now Rubinet takes the lead with a show stopping red "pump" faucet. Have to give a shout out to Wolfgang, these were the cutest sliders I've ever seen. At 1" diameter the "how much can I fit in my mouth, how do I eat this?" dilemma was solved with one neat, little bite. After two glasses of wine, we thought it would be fun to take a picture on the can.  Obviously two glasses too many. We'll be at Dwell on Design tomorrow with leading interior designers, architects and vendors talking about the latest trends in bathroom design. Come visit us!