One of the world’s largest designers of fine fabrics, Robert Allen is celebrating 75 years of color with the debut of their newest Color Library: Pigment. Marking the brand’s 30th year of Color Library collections, Robert Allen Design Group is renowned for the Robert Allen Color Library, recognized as the first fine fabric collection to be designed by color.
Pigment is a collection of four vibrant, fashion-forward colors that seamlessly complement each other. Easily blended, this playful pallette encourages pattern-on-pattern mixing, accommodating a wide range of styles, from fresh and bold to classic and soothing. Their newest vibrant color palette for Spring 2013 was inspired by the pure, saturated tones found in an artist’s pure pigments. Filled with a bright mix of statement patterns, unique coordinates and practical solids and textures, these four colors make a statement with bright, bold colors. All four shades were dyed to the Robert Allen design team’s exact specifications, making them exclusive, one-of-a-kind colors.
The Spring 2013 Pigment Collection includes:
Viridian : a luscious and vibrant green
Cobalt : a rich & edgy mid-tone blue
Fuchsia : a stylish, fashionable pink
Turquoise : a bright, green-cast blue
‘Color in its purest form can be found in the pigment used for centuries in the creation of artists’ paint. We were particularly drawn to the vivid green and brilliant blue in the paintings of modern artists and designed a palette of bright colors to complement them.’
- Robert Allen Design Group
Million Dollar Decorators on Bravo TV just recently wrapped up it’s second season. For those of you who are interior design aficionados, this show is a true guilty pleasure – a must see.
DESIGNERS (from left to right):
Mary McDonald’s ability to combine bold patterns and cultural influences with contemporary lines and an impeccable sense of color has established her signature style that is classic with a glamorous and sophisticated feel. Her successful lighting collaboration with Robert Abbey lends a sophisticated, yet trendy style to the line.
Mary’s Publication: Mary McDonald: Interiors: The Allure of Style
Mary McDonald designs NYC Boutique, Monika Chiang (below):
JEFFREY ALAN MARKS
Jeffrey Alan Marks’ colorful, comfortable design has earned him a place on House Beautiful’s list of most influential decorators in American History and on Elle Décor magazine’s A-List. What started sixteen years ago as his own design firm, JAM, Inc., has now expanded to include JAM Studio, which offers a collection of pieces for the home from his favorite designers as well as some of his own.
His first book The Meaning of Home will be on shelves in the late summer of 2013.
Jeffrey and Ross’ La Jolla Beach House (below):
Known as one of the most influential interior and textile designers in the world, Kathryn is also the author of four design books, including the recently released Timeless Interiors. She has been designing signature fabrics since 1997.
Kathryn’s Publication: Kathryn Ireland: Timeless Interiors
Kathryn makes over an Ojai residence (below):
Martyn Lawrence-Bullard is a multi award-winning Los Angeles-based interior designer known for his broad range of styles and eclectic, yet sophisticated and inviting interior design and is also named one of the world’s top 100 interior designers by Architectural Digest.
His exclusive fabric collection with Schumacher that was inspired by his passion for exotic travel, luxurious materials as well as unexpected color and scale was showcased throughout this season in several of the homes he decorated.
Martyn’s Publication – Martyn Lawrence-Bullard: Live, Love, and Decorate
Martyn Lawrence-Bullard transforms Tamara Mellon, Jimmy Choo co-founder’s home (below):
(all images courtesy of bravotv.com)
Inspirational quotes, especially beautifully designed and printed on letterpress make for wonderful wall art. Two Paperdolls, a design & letterpress studio based just outside Philadelphia created these inspiring prints below:
‘Breathe…and Count to Ten’
‘Bloom Where You Are Planted’
‘Say Please…and Thank You’
‘Appreciate…the Little Things in Life’
Displayed on your walls, they serve as a great reminder of the little things in life, and what matters most.
We had them custom framed by Carspecken-Scott Gallery with colorful striped bone inlay framing that perfectly complemented the colors in each print.
Two Paperdolls specializes in custom designs for stationery/invitations and corporate branding. In addition, they sell a great selection of their handcrafted products – from paper goods, to apparel, to letterpressed home goods. Check out all of their gorgeous merchandise here.
Pippa Middleton’s book, Celebrate : A Year of Festivities for Families and Friends offers a detailed guide to party planning. Divided by seasons & holidays, Celebrate breaks down the formula for hosting a memorable party complete with recipes, decorations, crafts, games (for adults & children), all relative to the occasion.
Well-known for her party-planning ideas, Pippa Middleton’s book is loaded with tons of beautiful images of parties, recipes and tasteful decor. Celebrate is a great reference book for party inspiration, for those needing a little creative boost when planning their next event. Although Pippa’s first publication has caught quite a bit of flack according to recent reviews, we think she has some great tips for tasteful entertaining as well as some delicious looking recipes.
Covering entertainment for all ages, her book is especially suited for the home and family, as it keeps both adults and children in consideration for party games, festive beverages and decor.
Her thorough, yet simplistic approach to planning a festive event, covers everything from a simple backyard campfire to Mother’s Day brunch, and doesn’t miss a single detail.
Starting over – with a new year, it’s always refreshing to update your home’s look with the addition of ‘non-neutral’ colors that make a statement and ultimately have a great affect on your mood. What better way to start the new year?
There are many ways easily transform your home’s look without having to rework the whole room. Here are just a few ways to add some character to your existing look:
Lighting can serve as a great statement piece anywhere in your home. These table lamps from Arteriors Home would complement a variety of color schemes to match your style.
Try solids in varying colors or a mix of coordinating patterns, such as the graphic throw pillows below from Dwell Studio.
If you prefer neutral walls, throw some color into the mix with some bold wall decor, such as any of the mirrors below from Serena & Lily.
Colors affect our mood more than we know. Change things up by painting a room or even a single accent wall with a punchy, bold color. Wall paint is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to add some personality and color to your home.
(image courtesy of houzz.com)
Shinn’s Paint is a wonderful local paint store here in Wilmington, Delaware that offers the full spectrum of Benjamin Moore Paints and much more. There’s also the UK-based company, Farrow & Ball who offers a large array of exclusive paint colors and Serena & Lily, who has a smaller but fun collection of paint colors.