Defy Convention This Spring

Written by Amy Tran

At SDG, we are ecstatic over the refreshing yet rebellious color palette for this spring. In 2014, there is a powerful balance between vivid and fearless hues paired with subdued and calming pastels. Normally these colors are not paired together. They are defying convention, and we are in love.

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This palette includes vibrant yellows and blues, along with the color of the year Radiant Orchid. These are balanced with soft mints, sandy taupes, lazy blues and a hint of pepper with subdued reds and oranges.

Objects of Our Affection:

The Dacey Stool
This fun seat adds sunshine and conversation into any room.
Designed by Arteriors Home

  From our pals at Sherwin Williams, we used to Color Visualizer to make these Fun Scenes:

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SW 6212 Quietude, SW 6886 Invigorate, SW 6509 Georgian Bay

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SW 7620 Seaworthy, SW 6237 Dark Night, SW 7695 Mesa Tan, SW 6615 Peppery

Here is a sample of these new color palettes at play featuring recently designed rooms we just completed for one of our clients.  The girls loved their “new looks”!

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Not Your Grandmother’s Chantilly

August 2013


written by Amy Tran

This is not your grandmother’s Chantilly; this season lace is a staple. Bedding, wall covering, and rug patterns to dresses, shoes and nail design, retailers are a huge fan in both home décor and women’s apparel. Lace in black or dark colors creates a demure and sultry vibe; white or beige gives lace a crisp innocence that everyone can appreciate.

 

 

 

Hot Design for Keeping Cool

Written by Guest Blogger Kayla Harvey

Its summer, its hot, and its not showing signs of stopping.  Wouldn’t it be nice to enjoy some cool breezes rather than bake in the sun?  If you are trying to beat the heat here are some helpful tips to keep your outdoor spaces cool as the dog days drag on.
1. Green is Cool
Energy efficiency is always a good idea, but in this case literal greenery will help to keep you cool.  We all know that shade trees reduce heat, but did you know that grass and other plants can help to keep temperatures regulated in your yard as well?
Take a look at the driveway and patio shown in these images.  Concrete and pavement absorb heat and radiate it back long after the sun sets.  The use of grass and concrete pavers together helps to limit the amount of water needed as well as reduce heat retention.  This creates a more comfortable outdoor space, and happens to be a sharp looking design.
2. Catch the Breeze, Block the Rays
If your outdoor space receives frequent afternoon sun a shaded area is a must. A patio with an overhang provides an excellent opportunity to utilize outdoor curtains. Your best bet for keeping cool is to open up cross ventilation so that you can enjoy the breeze.  Be sure to hang the curtains with a bar or wire that allows you to move them as needed.  This way you can make the most of the wind while blocking any direct sunlight.
If outdoor curtains are not for you, try this novel planter wall.  The wall and plants provide shade, and the slats through the middle will allow air to circulate.
3.  Light Up the Night
When the sun goes down so do temperatures, so make the most of your yard with illumination.  There are a variety of ways to create outdoor rooms through the use of solar powered light fixtures, outdoor lighting, and even illuminated furniture.
If you are unsure you want to commit to new furniture or lighting try this simple trick to light up your yard.  Take oversized balloons filled with air, and just before you tie them off add a small neon glow stick to the inside.  These are great tossed into a pool for parties, or if anchored, to line a driveway.

Now that you know these tips, get on out there and enjoy your summer!

The Art of Ikat

Contributing Author: Amy Tran

Ranging from hippie chic, to tribal safari to elegant embellishment, Ikat is a highly sought after material due to the time, effort and precision that goes into making it.  There are many variations of Ikat, as it has origins in India, Japan and many South East Asian countries.  The meaning of the word “Ikat” is “to bind”.  The tying and dyeing process is similar to “tie dying”, however the fabric is dyed as it’s woven, creating intricate geometric shapes and patterns.  The result is both interesting and exotic.  This trend has hit the market hard in the past few years.  In both woven and graphic depictions, the “Ikat” continues to populate fashion as well as interiors; trending in dresses, pillows, and accessories – even iphone cases!

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“Dayak Ikat Weaving” is a traditional weaving process from the heart of Indonesian Borneo

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“Bayadere” By Brunschwig & Fils

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An Indigo Chair

 

 

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Ikat iphone case by Society6

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Iman Red & Blue Ikat Decorative Pillow on Etsy

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Ikat iphone case by Tory Burch

Flower Power: Layers of Floral Prints

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Keeping with last weeks post, and an homage to the 1960’s flower power motif, we bring you a popular design trend: Layering Bold Floral Patterns.  From wallpapers covered in lively, upbeat floral glory to upholstery in loud eccentric buds, these statement floras mix wonderfully with vivid-colored solid counterparts.  As we look ahead to Summer 2013, we’re captivated by these magnificent beauties..

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1  Jonathan Adler Malmo Wallpaper in Pink & Purple / via Layla Grayce

2  Dory Wall Mirror / via Plantation Design

3  Girly Orange Vintage Chair / via Modern House Insight

4  10-Light Modern Chandelier / Opal / via ABC Carpet & Home

5  Fera Pink Pillow Pair / via Layla Grayce

6  Bright Pink Chair / via Granger Hertzog

7  Curvey Chrysanthemum Vase / via Anthropologie

8  Ogee Pillow / via Trina Turk

 

 

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Candy colored layers of pattern and flower power punch

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ABC Carpet & Home / Aquasilk 9’5″x16’3″ Rug

A more subdued, Psychedelic take on the bold Flower Power look

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Wallpaper by Amy Butler / Passion Lily / via Layla Grayce

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Wallpaper by Amy Butler / Field Poppies / via Layla Grayce

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Amy Butler Memento Wallpaper / Image via Layla Grayce

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Amy Butler Temple Tulip Wallpaper / Image via Layla Grayce

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Jennifer Paganelli Back Bay Orange Blue Embroidered Pillow / via Layla Grayce

 

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Folklore Red Embroidered Pillow / via Layla Grayce

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Trina Turk / Multi Floral Pillow

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Jonathan Adler Wallpaper Malmo Green & Brown / Image via Layla Grayce

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Anchor your pattern mixing with vivid solids.

 

A Nod To Mod

Contributing author: Amy Tran

Glamorous pearls, florals and feminine lines meet funky patterns and bold accents.  Inspired by fashion design and ranging from large floral prints to bold stripes and bright eccentric patterns mixed with pastel hues, this new wave of design aesthetic suggests its roots are from Sixties Mod.  In 2013, this is a fresh take on the sixties using lavenders, baby blues, mints, and peaches that are anchored by black or white.  This design style easily incorporates mid-century pieces with a feminine and youthful twist.

 

For more inspiration visit our Pinterest Board: A Nod To Mod

Is Faux Fur For You?

Written by guest blogger Kayla

Lets face it, it isn’t for everyone, but for those who do enjoy it faux fur can make quite a statement piece.  Not to mention the warmth and just plain ol’ cozy factor it brings.  If you are on the fence about bringing faux fur into your home here are a few things to consider.

 1. Sustainability – The debate over real vs faux is for another time and place.  For the purposes of this article we are only looking into faux.  With that in mind it is important to note that the manufacturing process to create this fluffy material is not usually the most eco-friendly.  The best bet when considering the environment is to buy recycled or vintage.
2. Durability – Faux fur is a long way away from being a durable material.  For this reason take time to think through its application in your home.  Do you have young children or pets?  It is best to keep this loveably impractical fabric in a place that would be less likely to be chewed, slobbered or spilled upon.  Also, consider smaller applications like pillows or throws, because unless you have the magical ability to levitate across rooms a faux fur area rug would undoubtably be a headache to maintain.
3. Aesthetics – When it gets right down to it, do you like it?  Your personal style should have just as much say in the debate as the durability factor.  So, if you’ve found that faux fur is for you then we hope you find your perfect piece and snuggle right up to it!

Springtime Floral Design

It’s no doubt that adding a dash of floral to any space can make all the impact!  We’ve chosen tulips as our favorite floral this spring.  In countless color varieties, these blooms create a natural elegance and ambiance that so beautifully brightens up the room.

 

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1 Bright orange varieties in bunches, lined up for an outdoor garden party.  A simple, yet elegant presentation.

2 Aqua blue glass adds a touch of bold color against a white backdrop.  We just love the aqua-red color combo!

3 White pottery is the perfect accessory to any casual-chic floral arrangement.

4 Stems wrapped in greens in an ombre of purple tones create a lovely linear pattern.

5 The Estella Rijnveld species is a type of tulip identified by it’s fringed edges.

6 Long, thin branches accent this rustic composition.

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Earthy Orange Dining Room: Interior Design & Decor by Schlosser Design Group

 

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Orange pops off a dark, contrasting backdrop.

 

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Countless color varieties are available at almost every floral shop during the spring months.

 

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Have a large surface to fill?  Want to create the maximum effect?  Fill a large mouth vase with many hand fulls of blooms to really captivate your audience.

 

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Don’t be afraid to show off your roots!

Images via Pinterest

Spring Outdoor Furniture & Color Trends

Written by our guest blogger Kayla

Our Design Guide Article on Spring 2013 Outdoor Design – See the article on the

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Dip Die Bench / Photo Credit: Decorativity

Spring is in the air and it’s time to start thinking about your outdoor living spaces.  This year’s trends lend themselves to nature, nurture and cocooning. There’s texture and color, the warmth of woods, and sleek lines of metal. Comfort and style come in one package with outdoor furniture designs found in the 2013 lines of Brown Jordan, Sutherland and DeDon to name a few.

Photo Credit: Swingrest

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Sutherland Table Chair / Emerald Textiles from Perennials / Photo Credits: Kayla Harvey

Selecting the right furniture to sit and enjoy the sunshine is only the beginning. Exploring the colorful world of outdoor fabrics like the new lines of Robert Allen, Perennials, and Sunbrella will give you the opportunity to add some personality and vibrance to your outdoor space. Schlosser Design Group especially loves the new Schumacher fabric by Trina Turk.

Photo Credit: Robert Allen Upholstery Fabric

Photo Credit: Perennials Outdoor Fabrics

Emerald green is the Pantone color of the year. So why not work the trend and add a splash of colored fabric with this tranquil hue? Or even incorporate emerald with the raging trend of dip dye for your outdoor accessories. Check out this simple image of dip dyed blocks that can be used as outdoor embellishments, and require a lot less watering than flowers.

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Dip Die Outdoor Accents / Photo Credit: Charlottes Fancy