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We’re Feelin’ Twenty Six!

theTwentySIX+Logo+jpegWe’ve recently discovered a new gem, we are dying to share with you: From the luxury lifestyle mastermind behind weekly twitter chat #DesignLux and gorgeous editorial content featured in Traditional Home, Dwell On Design, Riviera, comes The Twenty Six, DCoop Media’s new journal for luxury design

 

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The Twenty Six, holds true to its inspiring positioning statement. Their goal is: to ‘give readers more than just a pretty picture with a vanilla blub, and expand their thinking beyond the normal realm of luxury.’

With just two issues out, they’ve already accomplished that goal and more by engaging readers, by making us feel connected to the interior design community in a way that’s seldom experienced reading editorial magazines.

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Their next issue comes out this December and we cannot wait! We’re feeling inspired: We’re feeling twenty six.

You can check out the first two issues here and keep up with #DesignLux on Twitter Here @DesignLuxChat, the Twitter Chat happens every Thursday at 1PM/4pm (EST)

 

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Design Camp at High Point…and Beyond!

We had time to tour ourselves around at this year’s Fall High Point Market, discovering new lines we love and revisiting some of our old favorites. But while we were not running around market, shopping our favorite lines, we were actually working (we promise!).
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Our first order of business was a fabulous breakfast hosted by Lexington Home Brands, held in their amazing showroom, which is always a treat in and of it’s self. The turn out was phenomenal! We packed the house with 120 interior designers and had the humbling pleasure of sharing some personal anecdotes, discussing how the community Design Camp creates has been pivotal in helping designers grow their businesses.

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We also had some fabulous giveaways! It was a highlight of our day to be able to award designer Genevive Roberts from Interiors by Genevive, an expenses-paid trip to the next Design Camp, Las Vegas, compliments of Lexington Home Brands. And check out these custom made notebooks Lexington made for our Campers using the same fabric as their Carrera line.

At Design Camp High Point, there were over 200 Interior Designers in attendance, packed tightly adjacent to the Jaipur Rugs showroom. We discussed the advantages and transparency of charging a flat fee, learned what it takes to earn the title “Best of Houzz,” and had an inspiring discussion with Mary McDonald of Bravo TV’s Million Dollar Decorators. Her new fabric and furniture lines take design to the next level. Her bold, modern-classical aesthetic will surely become an iconic look. We anticipate the day we hear our own clients ask for the “Mary McDonald look” in their homes.
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Jaipur has been incredible to us and to our campers. All of our Design Campers walked away from camp, not only with hand-scribbled notes and tips from the trade, and an overflow of knowledge to process, but also a bunch of swag – Physical Mementos from Parlore, Noir, Caracole, Leftbank, and Tile Bar: reminders of the fabulous community we create and products we discover together at camp.

We’re still in awe about how much our Design Camp community has grown over the past couple years and can’t wait to spoil our Design Campers with more business and design advice from design icons at Design Camp Atlanta during the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market this January! Suzanne Kasler will be headlining Design Camp Atlanta, and you can bet we’ll be sitting there, pens in hand, ready to take notes along side all of our campers.

Register for Atlanta Camp here!

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High Point Market Here We Come!

We are happy to announce Interior Design Camp will hold a micro Design Camp at High Point Market, October 18th!  Join Interior Design Camp rock stars, Lori Dennis and Kelli Ellis, at the fantastic Jaipur showroom as they host a complimentary, micro Design Camp produced to inform, inspire and entertain.  Following the highly successful Design Camp series that has made rounds throughout the U.S., our micro Design Camp High Point will feature an insightful presentation from the renown Mary McDonald and Elyse Jordan of Houzz.  The presentation will be followed by a fabulous cocktail reception where you can mingle and network with your fellow interior designers and meet Lori and Kelli!  Join our exclusive design community and don’t get left behind!

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Space is limited to the top 100 designers so be sure to reserve your spot today!

REGISTER NOW!

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Builder Speak 101 – Helene Hollub Work Sheet

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As promised Campers, we have attached the Builder Spread Sheet Helene has so painstakingly put together for you! We are delighted you love Helene as much as we do. She is a talented, award-winning builder and the kindest person, to boot.  Thank you for your participation in Camp Las Vegas – we enjoyed having you! Please find your download available via Dropbox here.

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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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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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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.