Apr. 10

 

5 Top Trends at Spring 2014 High Point Market

by Lynn Byrne

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1. Chinoiserie was HUGE!

Chinoiserie at CR Laine

Surya expressed chinoiserie in pillows

Chinoiserie at Global Views

 

Chinoiserie at Hooker Furniture Company

2. The COLOR STORY was predominately TOMATO RED and NAVY.

Alexa Hampton combined the hues in her space at Hickory Chair.

Navy and tomato red color story in Alexa Hampton’s space at Hickory Chair

Navy blue at CR Laine

Red at Global Views

Pantone’s color of the year, radiant orchid, was not a centerpiece.  One of the few places I saw it featured was at the CR Laine Showroom, where it packed a wallop due to the fantastic wallpaper by Traci Hiner.

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Nov. 12

 

Painterly Palette

by Lynn Byrne

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The Child’s Bath
Mary Cassatt

Mary Cassatt lived in an era where women’s lives were home-based, with simple daily activities like taking tea, caring for their children, reading and sewing.  She chose to abandon that lifestyle, against her family’s wishes,  and become a painter.  Interestingly, however, her best know works celebrate the typical daily life of woman and children.  An American born painter (she was born in my hometown of Pittsburgh PA), she spent most of her life in Paris.

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Jul. 04

 

Perfect Palette for Independence Day

by Lynn Byrne

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I am loving the current, washed-out, faded trend for fabrics (so summery), and I think it works great for the old red, white and blue!

Every color of the flag can be washed out, or choose just one. Think pink, as opposed to a bold red.  Or light blue or pale turquoise  instead of navy.  Anne has nailed the look when it comes to fashion.

Want to stick your toe in? Target’s new collection from FEED offers some charming and well-priced home goods in perfectly soft, patriotic hues.  Even better, with every purchase you help provide meals to children and families in America.  So shop and feel great about it.  Happy Independence Day indeed.

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Mar. 18

 

OBSESSION SESSION: Emerald Green

by Lynn Byrne

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I simply could not help myself.  I just had to do it.  

I have been collecting images featuring emerald green for weeks on my tumblr.  (I buck the trend and spend little time on that other pin site.  Although I initially pinned like crazy, the only thing I have pinned in about a year are images from my Design Dictionary column!  I honestly can’t figure out how to keep up with all of these social media things.)

Then St. Patrick’s Day rolled around and images featuring Pantone’s color of the year seemed to upload to my blog all by themselves.  I do hope you will forgive this “obsession session” and tolerate a rare,  long run of images.  I am done with words now. 

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Jul. 16

 

INTERNET EXPLORER: Favorite Finds Online Lately

by Lynn Byrne

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1. This has got to be the best hostess gift ever!  (Hint my future guests in Montauk)  How about a  goody box  filled with items that evoke one of your hostess’ favorite movies, cities or books.  Paris works for me!  Via the always sparkly Glitter Guide.

2. Hurry up and make homemade Limoncello, so you can enjoy it late this summer.  It needs to cure for 3 weeks. Recipe here. Found via The Daily Basics.

3. Click on Anne’s credits in this look’s  shopping guide to discover some  new sources for Swedish goodness.

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