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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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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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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.

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Fab Furniture at your Fingertips

Spring has sprung – We clean, we organize and we update our spaces.  It’s the perfect time to have a look at some of our favorite sources for fantastic furnishings to spruce up your home.

Either a small change by adding a new side table, or a big change clearing out the old and bringing in a whole new look.

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HGTV Home by Bassett has taken custom furniture to a whole new level by streamlining the customization process in to easy to follow steps for upholstery and case goods. With the lightning fast turn around times, your custom pieces will transform your spaces in time for the summer festivities.

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Caracole has a fantastic designer program, allowing you to create gorgeous portfolios to share with your clients.  We know and love Caracole for the stunning designs and craftsmanship.

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Brownstone Furniture is known for it’s classic lines and solid craftsmanship. Look no further for quality case goods to spruce up any room.  A showstopper like this would set a whole new tone in any home.

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Star International Furniture is know for it’s sleek contemporary style. We just adore their original tables. Cool leather with modern lines are their specialty.

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Lexington Home Brands include Lexington, Sligh, Aquarious, Henry LInk and Tommy Bahama. WIth huge range in any style, you can capture the essence of your clients desire.

We are so excited to see what new and exciting designs swing up at Market this year, but for now let’s take in all that Spring has to offer. Check out these amazing lines and get inspired!

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5 Favorites in Outdoor Furniture

Things are really heating up around here and we are ridiculously ready for summer!  We’ve got our favorite shades on, a glass of cucumber lemonade and music playing – it’s time to kick back and relax, my friends.

As you know, we are BIG on indoor / outdoor living, and we are seeing some great designs that are exciting this season.

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Tommy Bahama Outdoor Furniture has taken woven wicker to a whole new level by bringing these typically indoor styles to the outdoors.  This collection feels so fresh – the light and beachy feel, the fluid movement of the table base and these chair styles that I’ve loved so much for living rooms but have never seen for the patio.  Nice job, Tommy!

 

Lamps Plus (Yes Lamps Plus has furniture!) has a great selection of outdoor pieces in various styles, including this play off the traditional outdoor wicker settee, giving it a more relaxed and modern feel with it’s shape, open weave and grey tones.  We’ll take 2!

 

Jaipur offers up plenty of bright and colorful graphic indoor/outdoor rugs, pillows and poufs that we love to use in our projects.  You can keep a neutral backdrop and change these out for a fresh look each season!   It’s a great way to create a new look without breaking the bank.

 

Much to our delight, last fall we discovered that Made Goods now has outdoor furniture!  Thank you!  Thank you!  Their pieces are so much fun and really make a space feel special.

 

If you want something straight out of a resort, Zuo Mod has the hot stuff you’re looking for.  This Martinique daybed is regal, relaxing and a little exotic.  Just our summer style!

we are constantly impressed by how many new and exciting things come to market each season and we are really looking forward to the next few months.  Whether you come home inspired by your summer vacation or you want to create your own oasis at home, there are so many options out there.  Let loose, have fun and let the summer fiestas begin!

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We Went Camping on La Cienega

As expected, Legends of La Cienega 2014 was a well organized, heavily attended, designer dream event in the heart of Los Angeles’ designer playground – La Cienega.  We gathered to celebrate designer legend, Gina Berschneider’s 40 years in business.

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 With the branding expertise of Aaron Danzig of William Sonoma and the legal acumen of Henry Lien, we entertained our Campers in true Kelli and Lori fashion!

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Lori and Kelli either singing a duet and adding pearls of wisdom

Wine, cheese, information, inspiration and laughter is how we do it – and a huge THANK YOU to all our attendees.

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Henry Lien entertaining Campers with fun legal facts

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Typhanie Pearson , Allan Dallatorre (LA MAGAZINE EDITOR IN CHIEF) and Jeanne Chung (Cozy Stylish Chic Blog)

We are expecting standing room only – we can’t wait to see you in Las Vegas in July! Be sure to get a seat early and register for our BEST camp yet.

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