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Gorgeous and Green

Planet-saving green furniture lines are popping up left and right, but let’s tell you about one of our favorites:

Selamat Designs is a wife and husband owned natural materials company based in San Francisco. The design EVERYTHING in house and manufacture where the materials and expertise are grown.  They truly care about the growth of the materials, harvesting, manufacturing, finishing, packaging, and product life. Look for the Selamat  you will see it in unexpected places, where practicality meets green and gorgeous!

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The team at Selamat offers a unique and flexible array of services. Draw from their in-stock, contract-quality furniture collection if your deadline is tight, or work directly with designers to develop a completely customized solution.

Now that we have covered the details, on to the pretty pictures… Here is the latest addition to the widely popular Tangiers Collection.  Made from Zinc and grey washed plantation grown Mindi, one of the three managed wood resources in Indonesia, this Moorish styled headboard makes a modern statement in a natural way.

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The Deco lighting, inspired by humid breezes, comes in natural and white and lights up a room in all the right ways.  Made of rattan core, all of Selamat’s light fixtures come with UL listing.

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Here is the ever popular Soren Ventura Lounge Chair, made of sustainable teak.  This piece is right at home with Scandanavian designs of the 1950s and 60s.

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Selamat works with architects, designers, and developers on interior design projects in the hospitality, corporate, institutional, retail, and residential sectors.  Building on the success of their stocked retail furniture collection, they also provide in-house design and manufacturing solutions for application at any scale.

 

 

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A Factory at Your Fingertips

When we design a room, we  want our clients to clearly spot our hand in the design.  If you’re a detail-oriented person (control freak) like us, then there are few things better than custom furniture lines that put their factory at your fingertips. You design it–someone else makes it. Done. Amazing. After experimenting with a handful of custom upholstery lines, we found our absolute favorite: Bassett

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Their custom design program offers a variety of sizes, colors, and finishes–all made to order right here in the USA, and ready in 30 days! The custom colors program offers palettes for bedroom, occasional, and youth–which make the process even more convenient. You can choose from over 650 fabrics and leather to build your own sofa, sectional, chair, ottoman, bed, and pillow.

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Here’s a peek at model home staged by designer Deanna Dickinson, Director of Design at Ultimate Builder Services (and fellow Design Camper!) using Bassett:

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The HGTV Home Furniture Collection is also made by Bassett and includes bedroom dining, occasional, accents and its own custom upholstery program that we’ve been dying to try out! We love the modernity, coziness, and bold colors of all their furniture that takes simple pieces and turns them into statement pieces.  We’re so excited to see what they have in store for us in Vegas! They’ve even been kind enough to GIVE AWAY one of these awesome “You Design It-We Make It” accent chairs at Design Camp 2014!

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Tiny Little Pretty Things

We are both perfectionists, OBSESSED with details. Obsessed–I’m sure many designers can relate. That’s why when we’re designing  a lifestyle that’s elegant and refined we seek out furnishing companies that understand just as well that it’s ALL about the small things. Caracole’ finishes and fabrics, surprisingly styled drawer interiors, and jewelry-inspired hardware is subtle glamour that belongs in everyone’s lives. Everything Caracole is so beautiful and whimsical! We cannot get enough.

Exquisitely styled, The Bees Knees begs to be floated in a room so you can appreciate it from all angles. It’s a glamorous breath of fresh air for your décor.

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High quality, unique side tables and accessories that add personality, like the Bubbles side table, are what set Caracole apart. This retro accent table is perfect for those who like to mix styles, finishes, and materials. We’ve seen this piece work in a boho-shabby-chic Venice beach house, and just as well in a Manhattan penthouse.

French Connection takes a chapter from the pages of fashion with its ombre Taupe Silver Leaf finish. The  custom-designed ginko-leaf hardware and linen-inspired damask pattern on the drawer interiors pull the look together seamlessly and unexpectedly.

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A favorite from this spring’s High Point Market, Hocus Pocus takes its inspiration from one of our best-selling pieces Smoke and Mirrors. The imported Italian smoked mirrored doors are an instant conversation starter, and that hardware … simply divine.

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Sociables is Caracole’s largest and most dramatic cocktail table. An unexpectedly warm Taupe Silver Leaf finish has been applied to the metal base, bringing elegance with it wherever it goes.

We love our Caracole glam,  but they surprised us with another, softer side:  Organic and artful, yet sleek and stylish, the neutrality of the Cat’s Meow sofa lets us have fun mixing and matching and changing up the pillows all the time!

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The texture and color exude calm, while the shape is more modern and edgy–You’ve got a lot of options with this one! They also have so many customizable options you can check out on their site: http://www.caracole.com/home

 

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Timeless, Elegant, Painted Tole-Glam

Since we’re getting ready for Design Camp in Las Vegas, we’re looking for glamour. The lacquer and gold leaf iron finishes from Worlds Away caught our eye. Gaining life as an import company that revitalized the “painted tole” look; Worlds Away pushes design boundaries by pampering every room. Worlds Away products have a variety is awesome finishes which make it easy mix and match with any style. Worlds away designers draw inspiration from every area specifically looking to Mid-century, Regency, Modern, and transitional styles.

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Recently inspired by all things brass, Worlds Away designers suggest some of their favorite pieces like the Foley and Charlotte lamps–We couldn’t agree more! Their unique flair is the perfect addition of light and color to any interior.

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Today, Worlds Away is constantly growing and expanding in various areas. They recently added a permanent showroom at High Point and a new sector specifically for hospitality design are both further proof of their longevity and innovation. Worlds Away continues to create furniture and accessories pieces that are timeless and elegant.

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TOTO USA has the Royal Flush

We all love shopping for pillows and picking out paint colors, but when it comes to the nuts and bolts of practical design, it can seem like the necessary evil of the design process–We’re talking about shopping for toilets and hardware. But we’ve found a way to make shopping for a new showerhead as fun as shopping for a new down comforter, and as an added bonus: we found a way to feel conscientious while doing it. TOTO (www.totousa.com) is a leading manufacturer of residential and commercial bathroom products including toilets, faucets, showers, lavatories, baths and accessories. They have been innovating products that help to make people’s lives cleaner, healthier, and more luxurious for over a century–it’s amazing it took us this long to discover them!

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We absolutely love their new Neorest line, which includes the ultra-high efficiency Neorest 700H.  Engineered to provide its user with unrivaled comfort, the intuitive Neorest 700H optimizes water use with either a 1.0 or 0.8 gallon flush.  The ewater+ technology uses electrolyzed water to mist the bowl after each flush to reduce the need for harsh chemicals during cleaning.  So not only does the Neorest 700H save water with each flush, it also helps to cut down on using harmful chemicals– great news for the environment and for our allergies!

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TOTO’s new Aero Showers do something incredibly innovative– they use air injection technology to increase water volume by adding air into each water droplet. The result is the feeling of a full, luxurious shower while using less water than a standard shower.

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TOTO plays a significant role in leading the sustainability charge in our industry. In fact, they go beyond just products to help ensure environmental responsibility across all their company activities. Employee recycling programs, optimized packaging size to reduce materials, and charging stations for electric cars are just a few of the ways they’re doing their  part to ensure the health of our environment–We love their products and we love their business philosophy!

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Light Topic: The Nouveau-Traditional Lamp

We’ve been noticing some new lamp trends recently, and we like what we are seeing!

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First: The over-sized lamp that can take any room to the next level. It’s a highly innovative way of changing your room’s focal point and a fairly inexpensive way of updating a room. Barbara Cosgrove, identified by her ability to put a modern twist on the traditional lighting fixture, has a number of super cool over-sized pieces that we’ve seen beautifully installed in bedrooms and common spaces.

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We’ve also noticed an increase in the client’s desire to customize their lamps, turning them into one of a kind works of art, or as Barbara Cosgrove might say, ” little sculptures everyone has in their home.” Barbara Cosgrove’s signature painted parchment shades can be painted any custom color.  That way, the scale of design is confident, the look is classic, and will fit perfectly into your home.

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Lastly but certainly not least, is the nouveau-traditional lamp–a fancy-schmansy, eclectic mix of old and new. These are Barbara Cosgrove’s specialty, something she has perfected over the years. Lamps may be the most common statue, but a Barbara Cosgrove Lamp is truly a work of art.

 

 

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Mirror Image Home: The Fairest of Them All!

We sought out to find the right collection of mirrors that could be the perfect eye-pulling center piece–not just above a bathroom sink, but in a bedroom or living space:

Mirror Image Home’s annual collaboration with industry leading designers offers fantastic collections, but this year have been some of our absolute favorites! Check out our highlights:

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Michael S. Smith sought out to create a collection of mirrors that was “accessible, yet sophisticated,” and indeed he did! We can definitely see ourselves using these in California costal residences AND in more commercial spaces. The versatility of these mirrors might be our favorite thing about them!

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Bunny William’s wanted to exemplify her eclectic, cultured taste in her mirror collection and we can definitely see her well-traveled influences in these inspired pieces. The Bunny Williams mirrors are perfect for intimate spaces like bedrooms so the detail on the mirrors can be fully appreciated.

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Barclay Butera describes mirrors as being “jewelry for the room,” framing their subjects best qualities. In designing his collection, he was greatly concerned with crafting designs that were both masculine and feminine. Because Mirror Image Home has a wide range of manufacturing capabilities Barclay was able to create a myriad of styles that go seamlessly with a variety of lifestyles. From slick city metals and rustic distressed wood to sophisticated lacquers, it’s one of our favorite and most overwhelming collaborations to shop!

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Additional wall décor from Mirror Image Home includes framed art, specimen shadow boxes, and custom sized square and rectangle mirrors. Custom finishes such as color lacquer and metallic leafing are also available.  For more information visit: www.mirrorimagehome.com

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Clean and Contemporary: A Facelift For the Modern Home

Everyone loves some contemporary, clean-lined furniture. It can really lighten up a room. From modern stainless and chrome to rustic, reclaimed wood blocks, we’re discovering new ways to maintain a clean, updated look without being too sterile. And I think we’ve found it!

One of our old favorites, Star International, recently developed a TRANSITIONAL side: Orient Express Furniture. We were blown away by its classic elegance! Orient’s line consists of a multitude of furniture options in dark and light woods, sophisticated fabrics, and small details like button-tufting and nail head trim. Together, Star and Orient create a unique compilation of two very different looks, servicing a variety of tastes. There really is something for everyone–they’ve even expanded across both American coasts!

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And as an added bonus for Designers: The company recently added a DESIGNER CARE PROGRAM that is fully dedicated to servicing Trade Customers. This team is willing and ready to take orders, answer questions and set up delivery so that you can complete your projects in a timely fashion.

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Orient Express and Star International also boast of SPECIAL ORDER PROGRAMS for their upholstered sofas, sectionals, and sofa chairs. Orient offersmultiple stylish sets of frames to cover in your choice of over twenty different fabrics and leathers. Plus, with mixing and matching nail head finishes, there are endless design possibilities. Who doesn’t love customizable options? We could kill hours browsing through all of the upholstery options on Star’s website.

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Charged: Accessory to Great Design

Of course, we know the power of great accessories but we don’t always know how to find them. As we travel from Market to Market, browse and wander through isles and buildings of vendors, we have compiled the names of the top sellers that we’re delighted to share with you.

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Leftbank Art has the most incredible line of hand painted art from the top artisans. But what will surprise you more are the price points and gorgeous framing choices. From contemporary to nature, you will find the perfect art accessory.

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Mirror Image Home offers such a wide range of mirrors. Classic styles to designs from famed designers like Bunny WIlliams and Michael Smith. Wall decor items to spruce up any space and even custom mirrors for the perfect fit.

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Interlude Home has those cool items to finish off any room. From table top boxes. trays and decor to funky accent tables. They are not ones to miss at Market!

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Selamat Designs cannot be beat when it comes to wovens, rattans, and outdoor. They are branching out to the accessory world and we are responding! We love the leather and table top storage.

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Go Home Ltd. has every style covered. For the look-perfecting pieces for every room, you have to register today, and browse their site. Vintage bottles, books, crates, and lighting make your shopping easy.

We cannot wait to see what market has in store for us this summer. Camp with us and join our showroom tour! We will play an #InstaHunt game to win prizes from some of these fantastic showrooms.

 

 

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Cambria Quartz: Durable, Green, and Beautiful!

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Cambria is a stain resistant, nonporous, natural stone surface that satisfies your desire for great design, without compromising day-to-day performance.

Cambria’s industry-leading design palette of vibrant tones and striking movement has captured the attention of the industry and the imagination of the consumer. Cambria continues to push the envelope of innovation by developing additional designs to meet the demands of the most discerning consumers and designers. With over 100 designs, Cambria is committed to providing the most trend-setting palette in the world. Each design is offered at one price allowing the flexibility to choose a surface based on personal style and preference.

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All Cambria surfaces meet international safety standards for food preparation. Cambria is non-porous and nonabsorbent. It won’t soak up moisture from raw or leftover food, which can harbor harmful bacteria. It’s NSF-51 certified for food preparation and splash zone surfaces. NSF International is The Public Health and Safety Company™. There is no safer stone surface for food preparation.

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Cambria is a green product. All Cambria surfaces are certified by GREENGUARDÒ as a low-emitting product for indoor air quality, making Cambria suitable even for school environments. Cambria has also been tested for radon, by Air Quality Sciences, Inc. These tests have independently confirmed that Cambria surfaces have no harmful emissions of any kind. The small amount of resin we use has no effect on the environment.

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Cambria offers an iPad app, so you can choose and compare on the go. The 8”x5” format is a great way for homeowners, architects, designers and home industry professionals to browse Cambria’s extensive design palette, compare designs side-by-side, save favorites, share by email, and order product samples. When you have the perfect design, it’s also easy to color-match it with everything else that goes into a renovation. Download the app and begin browsing your favorite designs http://j.mp/17ieQV9Galloway - Coastal CollectionGalloway - Coastal Collection

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Headquartered in Le Sueur, Minnesota, Cambria is the only privately held, family-owned, American made producer of natural stone surfaces in the United States. Cambria is sold through an exclusive North American network of premium, independent specialty retail showrooms which can be identified at www.CambriaUSA.com.