Pantone Spring Color Trend 2011

How about that- very little gray! Happy to see cheerful colors emerging again. Honeysuckle is predicted to be the color of the year. Last year it was turquoise. Sorry folks, hard to see the titles. Enlarge on your screen if you can.


Follow the Brown Bus…and shop like a decorator

Follow the Brown Bus – an exciting ride that will show you how to shop like a decorator. In my neck of the woods I caravan to local design sample sales, new stores, and warehouses. Local here is the tri-state area so my coverage includes NJ, NY, CT and even PA. The next trip is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 24th to the Jonathan Adler Warehouse Sale. If you would like to shop with me email If you know of a sale or event please post a comment.

Industry Spotlight…Guildmaster

I am starting this new category – “Industry Spotlight”.  An inside look at hot products from hip wholesalers. If you are not in the trade, this will be a great resource for you to see boutique lines with interesting product. As a practicing designer what you will find in the weeks and months to come are the products that I love and can hopefully find a home for whether it is for my client or your house. I hope you enjoy.

Guildmaster – a very innovative manufacturer with a wide array of Country Casual, French Reproduction and imported designs. Last year they were renowned for their well priced burlap upholstery. This year their new rattan seating collection is fun and fresh. Take a look at a few of my faves:



From the Birds to Butterflies – A New Sign of Life in the Design Industry?

As a former trends forecaster I am always looking for the next hot motif or symbol. In the past two years the home decor industry has seen every bird species emblazoned on pillows, prints, and porcelain. Plucked from our skies, the owl, peacock, dove, eagle have made their way into our homes whether you like it or not. I have never been a huge bird lover but this insidious trend has even made a nest in my heart.

Just as I was learning to accept the flock of birds that hit the home scene, I started to notice a small flutter emerge in hotels, showrooms and some design lines. Quietly, the butterfly seems to have emerged from its cocoon and is sitting on our sills waiting to replace the stale bird motif.  The master of change and adaptability, mystery, exotic beauty and understated elegance – a sign of renewal in the design industry after years of a long and lifeless journey to escape the cold  economic climate. 

Thank you butterfly, we are ready for you.           

Encore/Wynn Hotel Lobby                                    Showroom in Atlanta Mart

Randy Barker Art                                                            Bloom Wallpaper