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March 8, 2017

Cork is Making a Comeback!

And no I am not just talking about the benefits of drinking a glass of red wine a night  :)

One of the most sustainable, eclectic and functional design trends of 2017 will be good old cork.

That’s right, no longer just a 1970’s element, cork circa 2017 represents a cultural shift towards the sustainable, textural and the beautiful.

Look at some of these incredible ways cork is sure to show up in 2017.

Cork walls in replacement of wall...

February 15, 2017

I first read about a phenomenon known as “parasitic” architecture in 2006 shortly after beginning my undergraduate architecture program. New, contemporary additions constructed on old, often traditional homes were popping up all over architecture magazines and online publications. Images came pouring in of brightly colored metal additions on old brick homes and all-glass additions constructed on traditional homes were all the rage. These kinds of radical ar...

February 8, 2017

Reminiscent of still life  art from Holland and Germany in the early 1600’s, there is a surge of new still life floral wallpaper taking center stage in 2017 echoing the moody baroque vibes of the old world.

These florals don’t hold back- they are modern and cool and edgy. They are romantic and rock n’ roll at the same time. Florals, typically a feminine pattern are transformed into more androgynous looks with the darker palette.

Large scale wallpaper

prints li...

January 8, 2017

HEXAGON OBSESSION

Large format HEXAGON tiles will be everywhere up and coming, these beauties are amazingly cost effective, Beehive, from Daltile

Multi colored glass hexagons playing on another 2017 trend, patterned tile

And hexagonal backsplash tiles for kitchen, bathroom or floors showcasing yet another 2017 trend seen everywhere in Italy this market…

OCEAN JEWEL TONES

At market this year it was shades of ocean blues everywhere. Mixed in were some emerald gree...

January 2, 2017

Happy New Year to our cherished friends and colleagues!

With each new year, we always see new design trends emerge.  This year I am thrilled to cast my personal predictions for 2017.  Exterior and interior, I anticipate two design philosophies that will see a sharp rise in popularity:

#1 Modest and minimal, yet well-appointed and comfortable.

Described by many as “understated, quiet luxury”, buildings and spaces of 2017 will be designed to feel authentic,...

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