Category Archives: Concepts

Teak + Tile = LOVE


A current obsession of mine is something I newly discovered and that is TEAK TILES. I have always loved the idea of tile covering an entire wall but it can be both expensive and risky. If not selected carefully it could look busy and/or  it could be following a trend that won’t last. It’s always hard to know if what you currently like is something that will stand the test of time or not. With that being said I hope and think teak tiles will.

Jakarta Teak Mosaic Tiles

Jakarta Teak Mosaic Tiles are the newest and hottest tiles going. These wall tiles are an incredibly unique and fresh approach to eco friendly products. Made from reclaimed Teak wood, low VOC resins and sustainably harvested wood backer, they are perfect for kitchen design and bathroom design. Teak tiles can be used in commercial design, as kitchen tiles or bathroom tiles. Modern, tropical, rustic and gorgeous. Go eco, go tropical, go stunning!

http://thedeckingoutlet.com/jakarta-teak-mosaic-tile

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Chalkboard Paint!!!


Create a fun, functional chalkboard in any room of your home with paint that is erasable, washable, and fun!

Fun all year long. Turn your kids room, play room, office, or just about any area you can think of into your own personal blackboard. You can get Benjamin Moore’s  Studio Finishes® Chalkboard Paint from their Online Store or at your local Benjamin Moore retailer. You apply it just like any other paint, add chalk, get an eraser and voila…a place to create artwork, leave eco-friendly messages, a reminder calendar and whatever else you wish to do with it.

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Benjamin Moore chalkboard paint for an Eco-Friendly Message Board
Eco-Friendly Message Board 

Wouldn’t it be convenient to scribble down your shopping list, phone messages, reminders, etc. right on your pantry door or fridge? Just use chalkboard paint to create a handy and reusable space for any kind of list.

Benjamin Moore chalkboard paint for the menu of the day
Menu for the Day 

In the kitchen, frame a chalkboard square on the wall with decorative molding or a colorful paint to display the day’s menu. This can be a great touch for special family meals and when entertaining guests.

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Let Your Kids Draw on the Walls 

Create a cool canvas for kids’ artwork by painting a chalkboard square in their bedroom or playroom wall and drawing a frame around it with a fun paint color. They’ll love to see their artwork in a frame—and be less likely to paint on the other walls!

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Cool Family Planner 

A home office is the ideal spot for a family planner. Coat part of a wall with chalkboard paint and create four weeks’ worth of squares in a variety of chalk colors. Use it just like a regular planner for events, reminders, school schedules, and lots more.

Benjamin Moore chalkboard paint for naming your flower pots
What’s in the Flowerpot? 

If you enjoy growing herbs indoors, paint terracotta planters with chalkboard paint and label them with chalk to keep track of exactly what’s growing where—from basil to mint.

Benjamin Moore chalkboard paint for a tabletop canvas
A Tabletop Canvas 

Kids love to draw on “forbidden” surfaces like tabletops or closet doors. Turn these surfaces into wondrous canvases with chalkboard paint and multicolored chalk—they’ll love it, and it’s easy to clean up.

Benjamin Moore chalkboard paint for storage compartments
Organize Your Bins 

Do you have to rummage through your storage bins every time you need to find something you put away? Problem solved: Just paint chalkboard squares on your bins and label them. It’s a great way to keep things organized.

Benjamin Moore chalkboard paint for personalized coasters
Personalized Coasters 

Personalize your coasters with chalkboard paint for just about any occasion. Use them as name cards at your dinner parties, draw storks on them for your best friend’s baby shower, or use magnetic tape to put them on your fridge as mini-blackboards.

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Why Not Go Green This Fall?


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(ARA) – When you think of the colors associated with fall, green doesn’t necessarily come to mind. Environmentally speaking, however, it should. There’s no better time than now to lessen your home’s impact on the environment and change the way you decorate and live. So, why not go green this fall? It’s not nearly as difficult to become earth-friendly as you might think.

“From products that contribute to good indoor air quality to ones that truly reflect the ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ mantra, the number of affordable green interior decorating products has literally exploded within the past five years,” says Donna Schroeder, Dutch Boy color marketing and design manager.

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These days, you can find stylish, eco-friendly design elements for every room in the house. And, contrary to popular belief, going green doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style for sustainability. The two can coexist quite effortlessly.

You can start simple by dressing your bed in luxurious sheets, throws and comforters made from fabrics such as rich, renewable bamboo or soft, organic cotton. Cover your floors with formaldehyde-free carpets constructed of recycled fibers or select a natural material, like stone, slate or even concrete. Then, hang energy-efficient window treatments with high insulation and shading properties.

Don’t stop there. Spice up your tired sofa with a design-forward slipcover and throw pillows crafted from 100 percent recycled materials. Add bright recycled glass plates and serving pieces to your china cabinet. Buy furniture made from sustainably harvested wood or, better yet, visit local secondhand shops and repurpose. Or, look around your own home and see what you already have that can be adapted for a new use. You’d be surprised what a little creativity and some good old-fashioned elbow grease can do.

If you’re looking to add bold, fun color, paint fits perfectly into this overall green scheme. It’s an inexpensive, effective and, most importantly, environmentally-minded way to change the look and feel of an entire room. Many paint manufacturers now offer coatings that contain few, if any, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), or vapors that are released from paint as it dries.

Using paints formulated without VOCs, such as Dutch Boy’s new Refresh interior paint with exclusive odor-eliminating Arm & Hammer technology, takes your home one step closer to reducing your environmental impact while leaving your interior looking fresh, modern and filled with personality.

Many home improvement products, including Refresh, are also Indoor Air Quality certified by The GREENGUARD Environmental Institute, a nonprofit, industry-independent organization that certifies indoor products that meet satisfactory indoor air emissions standards.

Keep in mind that greening your home, inside or out, doesn’t happen in a matter of minutes or even overnight. It’s an ongoing process. The limit to how green your home can be is up to how willing you are to adjust your lifestyle. The choice is yours. “It doesn’t take any grand gestures to start going green,” Schroeder says. “Tiny changes add up to make a big overall impact on the environment.”

Courtesy of ARAcontent.com

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Design Trends for 2011


With our economy in the dumps what we are all wanting is to remember happier times. With that what you will most likely see as a leading design trend for 2011 are throw backs. Look for newer versions of 1940’s design, Tudor to Elizabethan and some Tribal & Native American influences. Also animal and whimsical prints will be hanging around but beware of going overboard.

There will be a lot more mixing of old with new as people try to bring life back to their older. Also a lot more focus and use out of “grandma’s antique chair”, thus reminding us of the past and of happy family moments.

Watch out for colors that will aim to inspire and will be bolder and brighter while still using those subtle hues and classic neutrals.

Sincerely,

Christine Craig

Owner & Principal Designer of Designology Santa Barbara

http://www.DesignSB.com

COLOR TRENDS 2011 BY DUNN EDWARDS

Look for a lot of softer pastels as people seek to bring a sense of calm to their homes and offices. Bold colors such a jewel tones will still be featured but will be shown in a more subtle display than before.

FABRIC PRINTS BY GREENHOUSE DESIGNS

A bit of whimsy, traditional, modern and good old basics look well placed together if done  correctly.

RECYCLED BARN SIDING FLOORING

This weathered barn siding has been reused to become a rustic hardwood flooring. The flooring is made up primarily of white oak but with some red oak pieces mixed in and being outside and exposed to the elements has aided in creating a grayed patina look that translates beautifully into hardwood flooring. This is a perfect way to reuse something that would normally be thrown away and to bring a sense of warmth to your surroundings.

REUPHOLSTERY

Not many people have the money to spend on furnishings like they use to. Instead make something old new again. If you already have some old furniture you can reupholster you are already ahead of the game if not hit those yard sales and thrift stores for hidden gems. Jazz up an antique chair by adding a bold and fun print. A little sanding and refinishing never hurts either.

1940’s INSPIRED KITCHEN

Bringing the past into the future is not a new concept but this oldie but goody is definitely making it’s way back into our homes and hearts.

RETRO CHIC BEDROOM

A sense of calm mixed with drama creates a fun flair that does not go overboard and looks clean and fresh.

TRIBAL WHIMSY

Definitely more dramatic and it shouldn’t be used everywhere unless you love chaos. Use items seen in this room sparingly. Remember you can always add, it’s much more difficult to take away.

ENGLISH TUDOR GROTTO REPRODUCTION

Warm, elegant and comfortable. There is something so comforting about being surrounded by well tailored and aged elements. Mix dark with light and keep those family memories alive by surrounding your living room, study or game room with nostalgia games and well read books. Also don’t forget good lighting is key!

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When Furniture & Art Collide…


I have been wanting to comb the web for a while now to try to find unique and innovative furniture designs from all around the world. I spent the day looking for elements that would intrigue and inspire me and this is but a small sampling of what I have found. Five items to feast your eyes upon in no particular order.

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1. Armchair Design SK (France)

Fauteuil design SK

DESIGNER: Nicholas Marzouanlian

This incredible french made chair is created by hand and each piece is numbered, dated and signed. It’s design is simplistic in nature but is full of imagination and ingenuity. The thing I found most impressive is that it is assembled without adhesives of any kind, nails, or screws. It is 100% made of wood, so it can be used inside and outside. As such it is described as being able to “follow the life of its owner”.

This is so reminiscent of my 3-D art class I took many years ago in which we made furniture out of cardboard and glue. If only I had this to inspire me then.

http://www.amateurdedesign.com/boutique/fauteuil-sk.html?id=1822&category=3&___store=en&___from_store=fr

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2. Quadra (Singapore)

QUADRA

DESIGNER: Lui Hon Fay

This beautiful bookcase/room divider/art installation can really be whatever you want it to be. The optical illusion of it is so methodically planned and such a joy to look at. This piece won Hon Fay, (an architecture and furniture designer in Singapore) the grand prize in the ASID Asia Furniture Design Award in 2008.

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3. Kenchikukagu (Japan)

DESIGNER: Atelier OPA

This is far and away the most innovative & practical furniture I have seen to date. Leave it to the Japanese to create something beautiful, modern, compact and USEFUL. There are 3 items that they created; a mobile kitchen, mobile office and mobile bed. Everything was created with the intent that when it is not in use it can be folded up and stored away…AMAZING!!!

http://www.atelier-opa.com/category/kenchikukagu

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4. Flower Bloom (Turkey)

DESIGNER: Fatih Can Sarioz

The Flower Bloom is a conceptual design that is nothing short of fantastic. It’s furniture meets eye candy. This is another space saving innovation that would serve as a functioning piece of furniture when it’s “petals” are folded down and a conversation/art piece when folded up. I can’t wait to see this actually created and sold.

http://www.coroflot.com/public/individual_file.asp?individual_id=215853&portfolio_id=1719561&specialty=4&sort_by=1&c=1&

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5. Celeste (Belgium)

DESIGNER: Kris Van den Berghe of Creme Fresh Design

This sky bed is a concept that leaves me speechless. I have seen many amazing bedrooms over the years but none yet that have that created a room over the bed itself. The design of it is so simplistic and clean that you can only imagine how peacefully you would sleep within it. It not only can be used with your existing bed but it also provides a room divider. What more can you ask for?!

http://www.cremefresh.be/

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— So there you have it folks. 5 INCREDIBLE furniture designs & concepts from around the globe. Hope you enjoyed it!

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