Spring Outdoor Furniture & Color Trends

Written by our guest blogger Kayla

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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.

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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

 

Trip to Santa Fe Art Galleries

Written by our guest blogger Kayla

Cristie had a great visit with Selby at The Selby Fleetwood Gallery, Santa Fe. Works included paper origami style sculptures by Kevin Box.

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The entrance to the eclectic Selby Fleetwood Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Adjacent to the front door sits a bronze sculpture by artist Kevin Box. The sculpture is lovingly named “Family Tree.”

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“Birthday Cake” by artist Palo Klein Uber is in acrylic and French crayon on board.  Uber has recorded a detailed account of the origins of this piece.  Stumbling upon an ordinary object in the wee-hours of the morning resulted in this stunningly detailed work.

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On display in the Fleetwood Gallery of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Joe Ostraff presents a series of harmonic and understated pieces in oil and mixed media.  This piece titled, “Logo #1” almost glows in the gallery lighting.

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Two pieces by Joe Ostraff in mixed media on panel on display in the Fleetwood Gallery of Satna Fe, New Mexico.

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“A2Z” in oil and mixed media by Joe Ostraff.  On display in Fleetwood Gallery of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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“Sometimes I feel like I am Covered in a Fall Cactus Cocoon” by Aaron Bunshnell on display in Fleetwood Gallery of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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“Harlem Elevated” oil on linen by David Kapp on display at ZaneBennett Contemporary Art Gallery of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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“Tasadana” raku ceramic and bronze, by Kellogg Johnson on display at ZaneBennett Contemporary Art Gallery of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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“Dancing Pony” by Kevin Box is a delight to see in the courtyard of Fleetwood Gallery of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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In a quirky take on origami Kevin Box has created these wall sculptures that can be found in the Fleetwood Gallery of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Adorning the entrance to ZaneBennett Contemporary Art Gallery stands this eye-catching bronze sculpture titled “Boon” by Guy Dill.

 

Navy Blue Inspiration

Dark shades of blue are becoming a very popular trend this season. Solids & patterns alike, these sleek hues are both elegant & sophisticated. Shop these SDG picks for 2013 online!

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Introducing Our Newest Team Member, Kayla

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SDG is welcoming the newest member to the team.  Kayla Harvey is studying to achieve her Bachelors of Arts in Interior Design, and is working as an intern this spring.  Hailing from the Hoosier state of Indiana she has moved around the Midwest several times before settling here in Dallas.  In addition to previous work experience in the field of event management, Kayla has also worked in IT sales and as a design drawing tutor at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  She is ready to bring her enthusiasm and passion for design to SDG.

Kayla Recommends these Design Blogs…

designsponge.com
Designsponge.com is a great resource for everyday residential design inspiration.  Since it is updated frequently throughout the day it is worthwhile to check in periodically to see what is happening.
fab.com
If I am looking to find a special gift, or just seeking an item to fall in love with for my own home I always check out Fab.com.  Fun, quirky, and unique items can serve as inspiration for a room, or the perfect, albeit unexpected, accent to finish a space.
inhabitat.com
Eco-friendly, meets Architecture, meets Art, meets good Design. Inhabititat.com is the place to search for the latest green innovation.  The information here ranges all the way from the tiny house movement to massive scale green hotel designs, and everything in between.

Interior Design Show Toronto

Cristie spent last week in Toronto with some of the most innovative and creative interior designers & design professionals from the US, Canada and beyond. IDS Toronto is Canada’s design fair, featuring world-renowned designers and architects as key-note speakers and inspiring exhibits for the design community to experience. During the week, Cristie attended the Business of Design Conference with host Kimberley Seldon, a good friend and fellow interior design professional. Kimberley is a well known interior design personality in Canada and the US. She runs her design firm, Kimberley Seldon Design Group, created Dabble Magazine, and serves as host for a variety of  t.v. shows. Kimberley provided an insightful perspective into her successful business and her secrets to that success.

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SDG Student Internship Program

Schlosser Design Group is seeking a highly motivated and creative individual to fill our Interior Design & Marketing Student Internship opening.

Dallas based residential and commercial interior design firm seeking student intern with coursework in marketing, communications, interior design, graphic design, art history, architecture or visual arts.

Email Resume/letters to: Claire@schlosserdesign.net

Email only please

Due Date: ASAP

Open to: Undergraduate & Graduate students

  • Part-time, flexible with school schedule: Approximately 2x week
  • Unpaid
  • Intern must supply their own laptop for use throughout the duration of their internship

Tasks will include:

Intern to assist with various design projects, marketing and social media updates/projects, printing, maintain sample library, filing, preparing presentation materials, ordering and picking up samples. Assist designers with floor plans, updating vendor and client contacts, project research, telephone and email correspondence, create and update specifications for projects, assemble and distribute/mail design materials, marketing and communication to clients or potential clients.

Experience:

Experience with Microsoft Office, Auto Cad, Google Sketch Up, Adobe Photoshop, PowerPoint, and Excel are all a plus.

Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

Strong attention to detail, and multi-tasking

Excellent time management and organizational skills

Ability to take initiative, foster new ideas and work independently

Ability to work in a team environment

Ability to work with clients in a professional manner

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Color Trend: Cobalt Blue Decor

Bright, vivid blue – the color of Mediterranean waters, precious stones, and painted Grecian abodes. This bold and beautiful shade of blue can make such a tremendous statement in decor, furniture, and even lighting. SDG has made an inspirational color board to share this fabulous color trend with you.

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Emerald Isle Inspiration

Let’s celebrate the 2013 Pantone Color Emerald Green with these gorgeous statements! From mosaic tile to emerald washed antique rugs – there is always an amazing avenue to add this trendy shade to your own living space. Shop these selected items online.

 

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Sneak Peek: New Portfolio Images

This month, we’re adding some new projects to our design portfolio. Thanks to Michael Hunter Photography & Marie St. Hilaire at St. Hilaire Design for capturing & editing these exceptional spaces! We’re thrilled to share these new projects with you.  Stay tuned for the addition of these new projects to our online portfolio. 

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Space Age Design in 2013

Slide1Mid Century modernism has always had a strong following, especially among artistic types such as architects, graphic designers and interior designers – to name a few. In 2013, trendy items making the strongest comeback in this design era are lighting and décor accent pieces.

In the late 1950s, Sputnik sparked the Space Age of Design, a period of Mid century modern style. Technology development and innovations in science drove the design aesthetic not only in architecture, but also in industrial, commercial and interior design. These influences continue to impact design some 60 plus years later. We find interpretations reflected throughout our culture in the way modern architecture frames exterior vistas through the use of storefront windows or glass walls with flat roofs, and in crisp, clean modern tile designs.

Consider the work of Austrian American architect Richard Neutra, who was one of the most influential modernist architects of the period. He was described as creating an “innovative stylistic balance between domicile and environment.”

Here’s a wonderful interpretation of Mid century modern design today with dark floors and the use of a tiled accent wall above the fireplace. Take note of the window wall systems that open the rooms and bring the outside in.

 

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Today, we define the return in popularity to this design style, which originated in the ‘50s, as Retro-Futurism. We love the combination of linear and curved outlines in the furniture, the orb-like extensions of the lighting fixtures, and the mixing of traditional paired with Space Age-inspired furniture that lends to a delicate balance. Very low profile furniture and the juxtaposition of wide chaise frames with slender legs beside slender accent tables are characteristics of Retro-Futurism.

Italian lighting manufacturer, Stilnovo, produced one of the most iconic symbols of modern Space-Age design. The original “Sputnik” chandelier was produced in the 1950s. Consumers can find originals available at sources such as 1stdibs.com. Newer versions can be found at varying price points, all boasting space-themed names like the “Orbit” or “Satellite” chandelier.

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Isn’t this chandelier a stunning feature in this dining room? What a statement in modern style. The Space-Age style light fixture fills the room with its delicate orbs and sparkling imagery.

 

 

Metallic decor is making quite a comeback in today’s design. We’re seeing metallic in all design avenues, including interior design. Metallic in the small details, especially vintage brass, is a terrific way to add a touch of glamour to any space.

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