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A Fresh New Look!

A Fresh New Look!

After several weeks of high anticipation for our new Urban Loft inventory, and several long days of intense preparation and delivery, styling and detailing, it is ready to unveil!

Susan’s Urban Loft has been quite a success and our first three room settings unveiled last fall sold through with great demand. So….here is another curated collection for you to be inspired by and love just as much as the first! Stop by and take in every detail, imagine it in your home. It’s #purestyle.

You will find two flanking sofas with a contrasting one seated cushion in a delicious graphite gray velvet. Two small chrome-based ottomans flank the chrome trimmed coffee table. Oh. My.

This collection is paired with multiple pieces of striking rustic gray wood, detailed with chrome bands. Wow! Below is a closeup of the coffee table. Take a look at the great accessories on the table…I’m in love with them! Simple finishes, broad leaves and succulent detail complete the look.

All in all, it’s a lovely and inviting look, appealing and comfortable. My staff and I all agree we could just move in up here…a cozy reading nook with seating for a good crowd.

The room is complimented by a coordinating console table, affordably priced and chock full of style and a bit of glam.

For those of you who were familiar with the last room settings of The Urban Loft, you may recall these fabulous pendants, seemingly hanging from mid air…connected to the suspended and beautiful sycamore logs overhead…I was thrilled these still worked into the new plan! I am in love with the new collection of accessories as well! The combination of the circular motion, moss, and succulent detail is engaging and really perfect! It’s amazing how versatile white can be and it has become a staple on my purchasing list for “must haves.”

On the other side of the room you will find these fabulous new stag horn fern bushes. The glossy leaves and motion will fool any botanical expert and you will love them! The color…the shine…the impact is all there.

These new etageres have fabric backs, touch lighting and the boon of closed storage as well. Available in several finishes, these pair with the finish on the other case-goods in the collection and provide the perfect venue for the look of today’s accessory placement…a bit more simple in nature. The use of multiple pieces repeated on various shelves is about intention and #purestyle!

I’ll detail other rooms and collections of The Urban Loft in nights to come…come in and get inspired, take a tour of our newly designed space and talk to Susan in person. Bring and book and get cozy!

It’s all about #purestyle.

14 Home Design Trends to Know, Part 2

14 Home Design Trends to Know, Part 2

I couldn’t fit all of my favorite trends right now in one blog post! Let’s pick up with the rest after Part 1 of this series on interior design trends you can use this spring.

Trend #8: Lose The Mantel

Mantels are losing in favor of entire accent walls…shiplap, tile, stacked stone, brick, plaster…any and all of these are climbing the style trend fast. Above, a photo of a new construction home that I am removing the mantel from, in order to create an entire wall of stacked stone. Quite extreme for someone who has made a living at detailing mantels! Yep. It’s all about style. NO mantel takes the cake!

Here is  closeup of the white stacked stone being used. A bit of quartz puts a glisten in the finish and I’m loving it! I’ll create an entire post on the process and end result when completed. #ohsosusan

Trend #9:  Oversized Art

Oversized art is on point. We often work one extra large, striking piece of art into our designs. Statement pieces take first place in the field of art placement. As always, don’t be afraid of color! In this case, a statement piece with a bit if whimsy found a home in my laundry room. That wall covering is a strong contender to complete the vibe!

Another trend in custom art is a bit of glamorous glitter! No kidding. We started to notice this unique trend almost 18 months ago, being shown at the finest of our art vendors in major markets. We mused over the demand for such a thing in custom home design. To our surprise, we were told the category was growing every market and they were in the top sellers for each trade show, continually growing! Well, they are beautiful. Glitter…what’s not to love?! It’s a trend!

Consider bold color in modern abstracts…oversized, yes! I love this one.

Trend #10: Make a Statement With a Colorful Rug

You may have a calming, neutral palette, or a strong and bold one with deep hues, but most rooms can come to life with a colorful rug. The one above and below are examples of making an art statement not just with your walls, but with your rug. More and more of our vendors are using synthetic yarns which makes these bold statement rugs very affordable, so it’s a smaller style investment for you! These price ranges help you indulge in current style without breaking your budget. So fun.

Trend #11:  Add Something Organic

We’ve been using and selling basketfuls sycamore wood cuts for the past few years! It’s honestly a part of every day’s sales mix. We can’t get enough of these organic charmers. Slices, log cuts; small and large. There are so many uses for these. You’ll find multiple ideas for them in my visuals throughout Black-eyed Susan and they work themselves into almost every installation — all styles, all budgets! Love.

Succulents are another trend in the organic movement. There’s no reason to struggle with growing your own when these fakes can fool the finest green thumb. There isn’t a room in the house that can’t make room for succulents.

I love doing a fresh flower design installation. Several times a year, I will take a wedding or grand party project with fresh flower design involved. It’s all about style and trend here as well. This simple, yet striking design using fresh, colorful kale is simplicity at its finest. Organic style, and sooooooo easy! Try it.

Trend #12: Mixed Patterns Rock

Mixing patterns is all about color and scale. It’s easy to see when you have a winner if you place fabrics side by side. The color palette marries them together and the scale of your patterns makes them work…or not! Above, three fabrics I recently used in a stylish young family’s great room for pillows on a mid century navy velvet sectional. Navy + teal = #purestyle! Great trending color palette.

Trend #13: Collage a Wall

If you want to create an interesting statement, tell a story with a wall collage in like or the same objects, using perfectly placed, random (but planned!) dimensional art.

A good tip for your design that I use: lay your design out on the floor within a measured and marked space . When you know how much width and height you have to work with, start laying out your objects. Try multiple options. Keep moving things an inch at a time until you love your design and placement. You’ll know when it’s just right! Take a photo of it with your phone and record your measurement spacing. Refer to your photo as you transfer your design from the floor to the wall. You won’t believe how quickly your frame of reference is lost as you take away each piece of the puzzle. Some unexpected placement is always a good plan for interest!

A few months ago, I helped a friend design this collaged collection in her master bedroom. The wall was quite a large expanse, and I suggested the use of mirrors along with about 8 different sizes of the ceramic flowers. This is a great example of perfect scale, color theme, and unexpected placement for a personal and unique wall grouping.

Trend #14: Add A Midcentury Touch

The midcentury trend is deeply entrenched in much of today’s design. Your mother’s dining room set, coffee table, or “his and her” chairs are in great demand. Hopefully, you put your name in for a few of these beauties to restore and use in your home! If not, there are plenty of reproductions to make a great modern statement in either a corner of your room or an entire home! This style plays well with most modern mixes and today’s timeless classics. Most rooms can benefit from a touch of midcentury glam.

I placed this new kitchen set in my daughter’s home this Christmas and it was a big hit with every member of the family as well as visitors!

These are my picks for home design trends to know! We are always trying to design timeless rooms, using trends that won’t be dated before the paint dries. I hope you’ll find my tips useful. Select several to add into your own personal design and enjoy the delightful ride of personal style!

Centerpiece Inspirations!

Centerpiece Inspirations!

I seem to be on a roll this week about change in Interior Design trends. It happens in all areas of design…trends change! I guess this keeps the design trade in business, and those of us who love making our homes pretty, happy to oblige!

Tonight, I’m talking about centerpieces. No longer are we putting together large Dutch Masters-like oversized florals, but something more like these…simple statements for the most part. Let’s take a look at some recently spotted or installed favorites.

This 52″ narrow metal tray is a favorite for myself and many Black-eyed Susan fans. Here it is loaded with Bucks County wood cuts, fabulous succulents, floral heads and mossy spheres artfully arranged in the dramatic length of this container. This particular design landed in a stylish dining room  recently installed in Highlands, NC. I won’t kid you, though…you might need a helper to take it off the table! The good news, it’s plenty low enough to allow perfect conversation across the table during a dinner party. It is an often requested custom design for a dining room centerpiece. I have several in stock currently.

Another current look is to use multiples of the same vase or vessel. Simple. Striking. Stylish. Use them with or without delicate cuttings. This narrow console is the perfect surface for this look. Try it in a foyer, hallway or stair landing. Love!

This is the stylish way to arrange fresh flowers. Exotic dendrobium orchids, miniature calla lilies, grasses and waxy leaves. Bunch like flowers together instead of spreading or fanning. Cut stems, exposed in a clear vase is chic.

I do unique fresh floral designs for events (and an occasional wedding!) with enough notice for ordering and designing.

Coffee table decor has followed in line…note this collection bound together by color and similar contrast, white and gold…you know it’s a favorite for me! Assorted sizes and heights…similar finishes. Unfilled vessels stand on their own as sculptures. Left empty, they are a fine example of understated, tailored style. Filled with fresh cuttings, gilded stones, or Luminara candles, they lend beauty and style to your favorite surface.

Who knew a bowl of smooth, assorted organic stones would ever be in demand?! Yep. We use this look often to complete Bucks County (or Florida, NC, or Chesapeake Bay homes) tablescapes. Subtle colors, and assorted sizes and shapes make for an interested centerpiece.

This unusual low bowl makes a home for various preserved mosses. That’s it! Organic, simplified #purestyle . The vessel has a beautifully designed edge and being filled with mood moss lets the vessel shine and take center stage.

Do you have a favorite centerpiece that speaks of today’s look? Send me your designs for more inspiration!

Now, go forth and create. And, if you want a little inspiration, stop by my retail store, Black-eyed Susan, for some personal attention and designing! *Sigh*

 

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