DAZZLING SPRING TABLE TOPS… SPRING 2014

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Screen shot 2014-04-15 at 1.05.23 PMFinally, spring has arrived after what has been a very long winter. As Passover is underway and Easter right around the corner, I thought I would share some of my favorite dinnerware and table top accessories that are out in stores this spring. I love all of the bold and cheerful colors, from floral plates and bird linens go all out and impress your spring dinner guests. Don’t forget fresh spring flowers for your table; some of my FAVORITES are: Hydrangeas, Tulips, Irises, Orchids, and Peonies. Screen shot 2014-04-15 at 1.45.52 PMI love Waterford’s Mixology Collection. It is perfect for a spring cocktail or champagne over brunch.

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FALL TREND REPORT 2013 ~ WILD FOR ANIMAL PRINT

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Screen shot 2013-10-12 at 2.36.08 PMFrom runway shows to new furniture introductions, animal print is hotter then ever this fall. Many manufactures have gone bold and have introduced large case good pieces in animal print. One piece that I love is Ferguson Copeland’s “Sanibel Chest”. It is available in any choice of Hair on Hides, featured below in Zebra Brown Beige. You will also find a large variety of designer fabric in animal print from different furniture and fabric manufactures. If a large piece of animal print is to much for your space, you can always introduce throw pillows to accent your room. As a designer, I like to think that animal prints can compliment any environment. This season let your wild side out and consider introducing a print you normally would not. Don’t we all need a little GRRR… now and then?
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MATT’S 2013 SPRING STYLE GUIDE/ BOLD COLORS, TEXTURES AND PRINTS THE WAY TO GO THIS SPRING!

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Screen shot 2013-03-11 at 1.01.27 PMScreen shot 2013-03-11 at 11.06.36 AMThis spring look for bold colors in retail stores. Yes you will still see beige and brown which have been used for so many years but I am finally getting tired of them and craving bold colors. I am lusting over some of the hot new colors that are out this spring. Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams for instance is one of many retailers introducing bold patterns, yellow hues, and crisp modern colors that I have not seen for a while in stores. You will also see gorgeous teals, turquoise, oranges, and wonderful magentas. These bold colors will be seen in many fashion retail stores as well. Gucci for instance has killer sapphire blue patten leather pumps out this spring.

Also, look for tailored upholstered frames in stores that are functional and that work with many design styles. I have put together some of my favorite fabrics and paint samples that are out this spring and three killer transitional sofa frames from Ralph Lauren and Thayer Cogan. If you are uncertain about sprucing up your home with color this spring pick a gorgeous print, like I did with the fabric swatches I put together, and use it on a chair or throw pillows. Also, try fresh flowers, bright accessories, or even a hand painted piece of furniture. Remember design should be fun so let loose and be bold this spring! I’m off to order some “Charmeuse Magenta” fabric by Tomlinson, as featured on my first row of swatches, for my own place.

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Heavenly Dreams! Matt’s Top 5 Favorite Beds For Spring 2013

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TOP 5 favorite beds from left to right starting at the top:

  1. Ferguson Copeland  “Gramercy”   
  2. Ralph Lauren “Rue Royale”
  3. Century Furniture
  4. Sherrill Furniture “Shelter Island”
  5. Ferguson Copeland “Venetian”
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