The wealth of online resources has changed the face of our design community. It was not that long ago that our daily exposure to design trends was based on our regional resources, so our design community was just that… regional. Exposure to national and international design trends was limited to a select group of uber successful designers, while the rest of the community anxiously waited each month to turn the pages of national publications such as Architectural Digest. Now that so much valuable information is readily available online, our design community has no borders. Now in combination with print, homeowners and design professionals alike can get up to the minute ideas, inspiration and sources through leading daily design blogs. For example, The Design Guide receives emails and requests from as far away as Dubai and Greece in search of resources, and we communicate via Facebook and twitter with Designers everywhere. We love to share the latest ideas, inspiration images and sources available in Texas, and in turn we have a list of blogs we are following that keep us informed from around the globe. Here are just a few of the blogs and online resources that our team loves to follow. Let us know your favorites.
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Charlotte Comer, ASID - Charlotte Comer Interiors & Collectibles
Dallas ASID design professionals and industry partners flocked to the Pettigrew Associates showroom in the Decorative Design Center on May 20, 2011 to annouce and celebrate the ASID 2011 Dallas Design Ovation award winners. Winners project's were voted on by a designer panel in multiple categories and presented with a prestigious Dallas Design Ovation Award. The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is a community of designers, industry specialists, educators and students who are committed to the world of interior design.
"The first of all single colors is white ... We shall set down white for the representative of light, without which no color can be seen..." - Leonardo Da Vinci
Before a trend will permeate interior design publications, showhomes, blogs and luncheon gossip, it will usually begin as a well-kept secret in a specialized niche of the industry. For those of us who are keen to keep tabs on these emerging obscurities turned magazine covers, this article offers a glimpse of insider info. We don't want to ruin any surprises for you, so if you prefer to wait for these trends to appear on your coffee table in a few months, please do not keep reading. However, if you enjoy a trailer of what's to come in interior design, then read on. Consider this your spoiler guide for 2012.
Today's homeowners are actively researching to find Interior Designers and showrooms that can provide them with design expertise as well as efficient and professional service. To find those resources, homeowners are searching the web and flipping through the pages of design publications. The myriad of images all begin to look the same until that one image pops out and strikes a cord. At the Design Guide we like to call this image the “money shot.” It is that single image that stops the buyer from continuing to flip pages and causes them to rethink the possibilities for their own space. As a publisher we see thousands of images a year, and the common thread among all the “money shots” is that they have been professionally photographed.
Give yourself a haven of sublime comfort, relaxation and a great night’s sleep for life in one of Hästens newest beds. The long awaited Proferia and Auroria beds are finally available! The two new designs incorporate years of expertise and knowledge as Hästens moves forward to enhance its already extensive line of beds.
Enter the World of Hästens and discover what a truly unique experience it is to relax in a bed that feels like nothing you’ve ever experienced. We spend at least 1/3 of our life sleeping, and sleeping well affects every aspect of our life. Therefore, it stands to reason that the bed is the most important piece of furniture bought for a home.
Imagine a fabulous interior… a home, restaurant or hotel you’ve experienced recently that was so profound, it caused you to stop abruptly and soak in the ambiance, leaving you speechless from the energy and detail of its design. Amazing interiors are like that, in the way that they can evoke emotion, render you to pause in the moment and take sharp notice of your surroundings. Beautiful design does not, however, just magically appear. Walls don’t paint themselves, art doesn’t hang itself and furnishings don’t materialize on their own. The creation of a breathtaking space that’s both visually stimulating and functional takes just the right amount discerning taste, expert guidance and a knack for translating the mind’s vision of the perfect interior into a reality. Enter: The Interior Designer.
Elaine Williamson & Richard Forsyth, Wendover Art Group, President
Spring 2011 Furniture Market in High Point, North Carolina did not disappoint, as suspected! The week began at Wendover Art Group with Richard Forsyth, President and Elaine Williamson of Elaine Williamson Designs hosting The “Art of Design” Soiree. Elaine’s focus was to speak to fellow designers and retailers about the importance of art placement and how even the small details of art make a big difference in the overall finished project or retail display.
Jeanette Glidewell and Sandy Deveau at McGannon Showrooms
This year’s Spring Thing, held at Decorative Center Dallas on April 13 & 14th, was a lively and successful event for the interior design professional. The days included showroom hospitality, raffle prizes, a progressive cocktail party and much more. There were some great pictures taken during the event and we have them available for you to see the fun that was had by all.
J. Douglas has a distinguished reputation for designing elegant homes that are both sophisticated and comfortable. One visit to his retail shop on Oak Lawn and it is easy to see why he has been one of Dallas’ top designers and retailers for 22 years. His shop is a mosaic of fine furnishings and luxurious textiles. One of the reasons for the great success of J. Douglas Design is that he has never compromised in the furnishings he carries in his store, or those that he selects for his clients. Consequently, Marge Carson has selected J. Douglas Design as the sole Dallas retailer to carry Marge Carson’s fine furnishings.