Design Trends 2015 :: Blue

It’s a flurry of activity over here at Casa B. the bathroom remodel has begun. It’s been two years in the works, and quite frankly I wish that we had negotiated a two-week stay at the Ritz Carlton in Buckhead, or better yet Lake Oconee. Let’s face it there is nothing more painful than a bathroom or kitchen remodel, except maybe a root canal. Or finding out that my favorite pair of Tory Burch boots were sold out in my size. (That was painful). But, seriously nothing comes close to living under a shroud of drywall dust for three weeks. The final result will be fabulous, complete with some up-to-date fixtures. Not trendy, but timeless. Which brings up the point of trends, and more specifically what design trends we can expect moving forward into 2015. A few I already predicted like Olive Green paired with Orange, which is featured in this post- www.thecomebackkid.com. Muddy colors are making a resurgence in palettes reminiscent of the muted tones in a Renaissance painting. Then there are metals, but don’t mix them because in 2015 mixing gold and silver is going to be a “no-no.” Which is fine with me, because I think metals in the same tone seem like they belong together (like wine and chocolate) rather than mixing that seems just a tad contrived. Colours, like blue, greens and grey’s are going to be diluted and understated in nuanced neutrals. What about white kitchens? They’re out like factory carts as coffee tables (who didn’t see that coming?). Someday, I’ll devote an entire post to those products that should never have happened, why? Because once the trend is over you may find yourself with a 3-4K investment that you sell for pennies on the dollar…(sadly) at a garage sale. I usually tap dance around a trend, unless it has serious “legs.”

What about color? I used to think I was the only one in the northern hemisphere that had a blue sofa, until I saw that blue was going to be hot next year. Now I feel like I’m going to be a part of the “it crowd.” This makes me feel very happy, and also I feel like somewhat of a trend-setter. I have always loved blue. So knowing it’s going to be the year of “blue” in 2015 makes me want to sit back and enjoy the ride from the comfort of my beloved sky-blue sofa. What are some sure bets for 2015? Well..over the next five posts, I’ll be covering the trends that I think having staying power. Hopefully, they won’t end up a sad reminder of mis-spent dollars…but for now I’m sharing the “muy caliente” color for 2015.

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 Photos/ Via Eclectic Trends

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Image credit/ Kirsten Kelli Interior Designs

This interior leaves me breathless from the walls panels painted in azure tones to the gold accents, and what room wouldn’t be complete without a little leopard?

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Image credit/ Cynthia Mason Interiors

Yes, this is an office. Classic, timeless & blue. Stunning…

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Image credit/ Mecox Gardens-Dallas

Totally turquoise.  Let’s simply enjoy the view…

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Image credit/ Kelly Werstler

Red, white & oh-so-stunning blue.

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Image Credit/ Betsy Burnham Design

Layers, upon layers of beautiful blues…I don’t think that Ms. Burnham has ever designed anything that I wasn’t positively infatuated with…

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Image Credit/ Vicki Gladle Bolick

Finally, my sofa colour is going to be hot, hot, hot in 2015. This is where I curl up at the end of a long day…

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Photo Credit/ Michele James

This room wrapped in blue is in the home of Lighting Designer, Michele James and it’s one of the most creative spaces ever designed for a seven year old..

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Photo Credit/ Port 68

The wall colour reminds me of the Aegean sea….and I’m happy to say we’ll be seeing alot of it in 2015.

Over the next week, I’ll be covering the rest of my “Trend Picks” for 2015. For more inspiration and design happenings follow us on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.

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A Christmas Wish List :: UnCommonGoods

It’s almost time for “caroling in the snow” (or sand if you live at the beach), decking out the Christmas tree, holiday parties, sitting by the yuletide logs and general holiday merriment. Followed (or proceeded) by a feeling of panic, because the majority of the population is involved in a conversation with a friend or loved one that is all too familiar “What do you want for Christmas?” With a dreaded response. “I don’t know get me anything.” Sometimes it’s an even more complex answer of “Just surprise me.” We all know what happens when we “surprise”someone, it ends up as a “Secret Santa” gift next Christmas. Then an all too familiar feeling of panic sets in, what do you get the person who doesn’t want or need anything for Christmas? Well, a few weeks ago I was contacted by UnCommonGoods asking if I would do a product review for the holidays. They could very well be the answer to the all too common holiday syndrome of “Christmas Present Angst”, because UnCommonGoods has holiday “home-runs” for everyone. As most of you are aware, I love to shop so pair that with an opportunity to partner with a retailer that features unique designs and handcrafted gifts and consider me “sold.”UnCommonGoods was founded in Brooklyn, NY (I love NY!) and they run their operations out of the historic Brooklyn Army Terminal. In fact, if you are ever in NY they offer Studio Tours, which gives you a look inside the work-spaces and minds of their artists and designers. They even allow you inside their creative studio. So the next time I’m in NY, I’ll be hailing a cab straight to their front door.

This unique company believes in using their business to “impact the world in a positive way.” In a world where so many goods are mass produced it’s refreshing to see an organization that empowers local artists and designers to develop their businesses through events such as “How to Make it Happen.” UnCommonGoods has also formed Non-Profits that support critical initiatives such as “American Forests and “Reach Out and Read,” to name just a few. With offerings that range from jewelry to home goods, I was faced with the daunting task of coming up with some “picks” in time for the holiday season, so I wanted to share with you some of the “unique designs and handcrafted gifts” that you will find at UnCommonGoods (http://www.uncommongoods.com/occasions/christmas-gifts/christmas-gifts). They made my job very easy, and making a decision on what to highlight very hard. Yes, so many choices and so little time until Christmas… uncommongoods

Just a few of my many favorites for the man in your life, or even woman. For more gift ideas visit http://www.uncommongoods.com/holiday/christmas/christmas-gifts-for-men 1) Camera Bookends-made from Vintage Cameras, each one of a kind. 2) Hybrid Wall Clock-made from using mirror like discs from recycled or discarded computers. 3) Ballpark Prints-prints on archival paper from some of the most famous ball-parks in the U.S. 4) Driftwood iPhone Docking Station. 5) Gold Leaf up-cycled beer bottle tumbler set. (I’m obsessed with these)…

UnCommonGoodsforher1Some perfect ideas for the woman in your life- wife, friend or girlfriend…for more fabulous ideas visit http://www.uncommongoods.com/holiday/christmas/christmas-gifts-for-women. These are just a few that I thought would make that “special someone” very, very happy…1) A European inspired street scene becomes a desk accessory. 2) Agate Desk Clock. 3) Gold Leaf Wine Glass Set. 4) Vintage Camera Pillows-Original photos by Ronda J. Smith printed on sateen. 5) My Life Story-Thought provoking prompts to spark a colorful memory.

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Need a hostess gift? I love the thought of bringing some really unique gifts to the party. Visit http://www.uncommongoods.com/occasions/christmas/christmas-gifts 1) Gold Leaf Stemless Gold Leaf Wine Glass Set. 2) Ombre Stemless Wine Glasses-each is hand-blown from recycled glass. 3) Agate Coasters. 4) Double Tiered Serving Tray (made from teak root). 5) Stainless Steel Bread Box-the beechwood lid flips over to do double duty as a wooden cutting board.

Although, we received compensation for this post (as always) every opinion is uniquely and entirely our own.

Until next time,

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Design Crushin’ With Brian Patrick Flynn

Welcome to our new series. It’s all about crushes, well at least design crushes. Which is perfectly fine and cleared with Mr. B. So I had this (self-professed) brilliant idea awhile back, to feature my design crush, who then reveals his/or hers which starts a six degrees of separation of sorts. Indefinitely. Hmm…so who to feature? Because I have stalked, slightly pursued, and downright made a fool of myself in front of a few of those in the interiors world who have been on my radar. Should it be Thom Filicia (my homie from Upstate NY?) Martyn Lawrence Bullard who promised to record the incoming message on my voice-mail, only to have my phone die at the precise moment of {sic} recording? (Imagine that silky cultured British accented voice informing my callers that I am unavailable?). That’s something that I may never get over. Enter Brian Patrick Flynn, not only is he talented, but he has a very, very wicked sense of humour. For those of you who know me, I love to laugh a lot, and I happen to think that funny goes far in a world that often takes itself a little too seriously. He and I have met a few times, and unbeknownst to him we are “kindred spirits of comedy,” in fact his Instagram feed is one of my guilty pleasures. He provides my daily dose of hilarity. So meld it all with the fact that he is an American TV personality, known for such shows as TBS’s Movie and a Makeover, a multitude of collaborations with HGTV and you have an approachable, charming, well-respected interior designer who also created Flynnside Out Productions, a full-service production company (www.flynnsideout.com). A man of many, many hats, and a man whose rapier wit is truly unrivaled in my book. So a week or so ago I approached him via e-mail and his trusty assistant sent an e-mail back asking if I could get the questions to them ASAP before Brian Patrick Flynn went out on the road. There was a little scrambling on my end, but luckily the hot lava of genius flowed straight to my fast tying fingertips, and the rest is history. This interview wrote itself…or at least Brian Patrick Flynn did. P.S. I want to thank him from the bottom of my heart for being game at the last minute, and kicking off our series that is going to be great fun! So without further ado here is the man of the hour… brianpatrickcollage2 What inspired you to choose design as a career? The set design and decoration of Wes Anderson and Stanley Kubrick movies. I studied film and TV in college, and after falling in love with the art direction of A Clockwork Orange, Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums, I realized my favorite part of the industry was production design. I’m into spaces that have tons of personality, like pretty much every single room in a Wes Anderson film; however, I also like spaces that are streamlined with only a few sculptural and bold-colored elements, like 2001: A Space Odyssey. I consistently try to blend the two each time I approach a decorating or design project.

What was your “Oh my god I made it, AHA moment? Are you implying that I’ve actually made it? If so, well then, hot damn! I don’t know that I’ve made it just yet, but things are trucking along nicely nonetheless. I think my pseudo Aha! moment, thus far, was being asked to design a store window front for “Legends of LaCienega” in 2013. It’s a big who’s who of the West Coast design world, and being asked to join the likes of iconic designers like Thom Filicia, Mary McDonald, Molly Luetkemeyer and Jeff Andrews was pretty damn cool.

Favorite Project (television or private client? My favorite project I’ve designed for camera is HGTV Spring House, a show house-like digital series that’s both video and editorial based (http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv-spring-house-2014/videos/index.html). I stepped outside my usual masculine, dark aesthetic and instead tried my hand at muted color and feminine style to ensure the homeowner/client was happy, and I’m proud of how it turned out. As far as private clients are concerned, I’d say I’m most proud of the traditional Santa Barbara-inspired house on Mulholland Drive in the Hollywood Hills I designed for a much-celebrated Emmy-winning TV producer. She was a dream to work with, and we both have personal styles that gelled beautifully together.

Okay, the funniest moment when you were in front of the camera? I was hosting an event for HGTV in Orlando, and this father of two came up to me with his kids as I was still addressing the audience, and he told me how excited his daughters were to meet a famous chef and asked if I’d take a picture with them and offer them some culinary advice. I told him that, unfortunately, the Food Network hosts were in a different building and that I was an interior designer and that he had come to the wrong event.

Favorite Colour? Navy blue is my favorite color, but I think I tend to use black and violet more than any other colors in the spectrum.

Favorite place to hangout (city, restaurant of chillin’ at home?). My mountain house in north Georgia, about an hour and a half from Atlanta, is my favorite place to hang out solo or with friends and family. It’s my happy place and the moment I pull up to it, all of the stress of my remodeling projects, show house designs, TV shooting schedules and budget management just goes away. But, unfortunately, there are bears and gigantic spiders in the mountains, so there’s that.

What is one design trend that you hate? I really, really despise when people shove sticks into vases and stick them into corners. This seems to be a trend that most major retailers just won’t ever let die, and I have no idea where the hell it came from in the first place. It makes me hate everyone.

Biggest design mistake that anyone could make? Buying matching sets…of ANYTHING. I know it makes life easier for people who aren’t professional decorators or designers, but matching sets are just impersonal, they’re like the “Kool-Aid” of the furniture world; just bust open the package, add water and you’re done. The only time I’m okay with sets of furniture is when they’re antiques. But even then, I will try to un-match them by changing up fabrics or even refinishing chairs differently than tables or headboards differently than nightstands or dressers.

AND most importantly who are you “Design Crushin’” on? Benjamin Vandiver who’s based in Nashville. He’ll be a household name pretty soon, and I’m sure he’s gonna make a huge mark on the design world. His work is absolutely stunning and tailored and edgy and unsafe and classic and timeless and just all around top notch. And I love how he pushes the envelope with his styling. There’s this one insanely gorgeous dining room he did, and he styled the center of dining table with sheep, or maybe it was goats. Anyway, it was some type of farm animal that makes a fun noise and has cool fur. Oh, and his use of art. And his use of black. And the fact that he looks like a 1950s movie star.

Thank you, Brian for continuing to inspire so many with your incredible talent! For more information about HGTV’s Spring House visit http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv-spring-house-2014 or for more on Brian’s Production Company and portfolio visit (flynnsideout.com).

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Photo courtesy/ Brian Patrick Flynn
How lucky is one of his favorite clients?
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Photo courtesy/ Brian Patrick Flynn
And a little more from his favorite client interior…
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The living room of HGTV’s Spring House visit (hgtv.com/hgtv-spring-house-2014) to see this fabulous transformation...
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Photo courtesy/ Brian Patrick Flynn
The dining room of HGTV’s Spring House designed by Brian Patrick Flynn...
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Photo courtesy/ Brian Patrick Flynn
and where does this uber talent relax? Right here….
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Photo courtesy/ Brian Patrick Flynn
and here…
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Photo courtesy/ Brian Patrick Flynn
This interior is one of my personal favorites, and it’s obvious why…
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Photo courtesy/ Brian Patrick Flynn
and then…
I hope you enjoyed the first in our ongoing series “Design Crushin’”. We were so honored to have Brian Patrick Flynn be our first…and if you want to see even more of his incredible portfolio visit flynnsideout.com
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As always….
BE INSPIRED. BE AMAZING.
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