Sadly, that glorious week between Christmas and New Year’s has come to an end. Gone are the days filled with family and friends, quiet mornings luxuriating by the fire with a yummy cup of coffee and a good book. Late night movies, dates, board games, and outdoor fun. Basically doing whatever pleases you. That much needed time away from the… Read More
I was recently asked to offer some design insights for the year to come. Now, typical forecasting projects years into the future. Tricky stuff, at best. Instead I sort of like the ground troops approach, meaning what are my clients doing right now and what are they asking for? What makes sense for them now and years into the future. So, here are a few things we are working on for the coming year and hope to see continue into 2016…
~ We are seeing a trend in unplugging and going back to a Comfort- Style
A good friend who is a designer recently showed me her design boards for her brand new home. I couldn’t hide the look on my face that said, “On purpose? Isn’t this what we are trying to move away from?”
Before I could say anything, thankfully, she chimed in with enthusiasm, “It’s just like my grandmother’s house!”
“You say that like it’s a good thing”, I thought.
And then she did that magic thing that designers do, when they weave a tale that brings it all together.
She was hearkening back to a simpler time. White washed kitchens and warm brass knobs. Bold peonies and lattice on the walls, creamy bowls of white light and not a hand held device in sight
It really was a brilliant plan. You would always walk in with a sense of belonging. Instant comfort.
Big bold patterns in wallpaper and gentle colors are gracing walls. Hand worn hues of gold are returning to lighting and hardware. Even Formica is in on the movement, but back with a whole new array of colors and styles.
~We are seeing continued strength with white kitchens that are not truly white upon closer examination. Ben Moore’s color of the year, Simply White, is a great example of a white hint of something else.
Right now we are installing a new kitchen, with PK Surroundings, in California Paint Crisp Muslin. It’s white with a purpose.
It still reads fresh and comforting, but with it’s own personality.
~ Quartz countertops continue to be strong for their ease of use and unending array of mesmerizing palettes. We are using Cambria’s, Brittanicca, on that same white kitchen.
The dramatic ribbons of gray, black and bone allow great range of movement without overwhelming the space. Other great companies include Pental, Caesarstone and Silestone, just to name a few. Alternative materials like IceStone and Richlite, made out of paper are also durable and stylish choices with a great environmental backbone.
~Mixed metals are thankfully on the rise. I love the permission to mix up your metals in a space.
Gone is the idea that every knob in your house has to be brushed nickel. There are so many fabulous metal finishes out there (the finishes from Brizo are warm and delicious),
starting with the long awaited rearrival of brass. With so many finishes to choose from, there is bound to be something that delights everyone of us.
Right now we are using a beautiful collection of lighting from Hubbardton Forge that speaks to this concept perfectly. We are combining the soft gold finish (give us more in 2016, please!) with bronze for the Cosmo and then reinforcing the bronze with the Exos Collection.
~Follow that up with another design trend, textured wallpaper, and you have an elegant, grounded and earthy vibe that works in both casual and sophisticated settings.
We are using Maya Romanoff’s Weathered Metals II collection as well as Philip Jeffries Rivet collection. The trend is toward textural and tactile. The kind that begs you to reach out and touch.
And if that’s not enough how about some jewelry for the walls. Maya also offers a stunning collection of beaded wallpaper called Beadazzled.
And even if you are renting, no worries, there are great new repositionable wallpapers that let everyone get in on the fun.
~Color palettes are continuing to mimic nature and also provide hits of high contrast.
Like mixing metals, do be afraid to mix your sheen as well. We are just about to install a grasscloth wallpaper combined with a high gloss chocolate ceiling to help reflect light as well as act as a conversation piece. Nature constantly combines shiny and matte. Why let it have all the fun!
It’s winter. It gets dark early. There are fewer hours of daylight. All of these things effect us. Even those who love this time of year (ahem, my Marketing Director!), can suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD is a type of depression that occurs at the same time every year, most commonly in the fall and winter. It saps… Read More
By now you may have already heard, but they are the Pantone color(s) of the year 2016. It’s unprecedented for Pantone to choose not one, but two colors of the year. And these color choices come to us as a bit of a surprise, especially after the bold colors of years past (think: Marsala and Radiant Orchid). … Read More
It’s highly likely that your fireplace is a focal point in a room somewhere in your home. This time of year we tend to focus our attention in that direction a tad more often. Whether you are cozying up to a roaring fire, snuggled on the couch watching a movie or you’ve hung the stockings in hopes for Saint… Read More
December is such a wonderful month filled with friends, family and festivities. As the countdown to the holidays begins, we hope that you can carve out a little time to join us for two special events happening this week.
Holiday Open House at Mandeville Canyon Designs
28 Front Street
Exeter, NH 03833
Friday, December 4th, 5-8:00 pm
Stop by… Read More
One of the mantra’s that we live by at Mandeville Canyon Designs is that we aim to provide you with the best in design service and equally important, we always strive to offer the highest level of client service. We listen to what you tell us. We want you to be happy and to feel like your… Read More
Why is it that the master bedroom is often overlooked when it comes to design and décor? Perhaps it’s because the door can be closed and because it’s often thought of as your private sanctuary. The funny thing is, that’s the exact reason why your master bedroom should not be neglected! It should be your very own private, beautiful space.… Read More
It may seem odd to some that Benjamin Moore has selected a “non-color” as it’s 2016 color of the year: Simply White. To others, it may seem that the color white is finally getting it’s day in the spotlight! I think the following quote sums it up perfectly!
“White is transcendent, powerful and polarizing — it is either taken for… Read More
Well, we made it through Halloween and time is moving on quickly, right into the holiday season. If you have been out in the stores in the past week or so, you may have already heard Christmas music and have seen the shelves stocked with holiday décor. While that may make some of you cringe, it makes those of us… Read More
If your designer suggested you add some jewel tones to your décor, would you run and hide? Or, would you embrace the idea? Not sure what to think about designing with such rich colors? We can ease your worry.
Jewel tones invoke a feeling of nobility and opulence. Perhaps even a touch of glam. Most of us associate them with,… Read More
As an interior designer, I find that while a project may begin in a family room, or some other room in the house, my clients always end up saying,… Read More
Have you ever walked into a room and were blown away by the mix of colors and/or patterns? When done correctly, a mix of patterns makes your room look like it’s been designed by a professional. So how do designers mix patterns so well? There are a few tried and true tricks that will help you pull of a well… Read More
I love when I have the opportunity to work on a clients’ landscape design. Partly because I love nature and incorporating as much of the surroundings as I can, but also because it’s amazing to see how it all transforms month after month, year after year.
Seasons are a beautiful thing. There’s nothing like seeing the outdoors come to life… Read More
It dawned on me recently that fall is a long season of décor. While I love to warm up my home with layers of snuggly blankets, pops of orange, pumpkins and hay bales; after a while I grow tired of it all. After all, I think the stores had the Halloween decorations and candy out some time in August!
So… Read More
With each season there comes an opportunity to clean and organize. Just as in the days of long ago, it’s still necessary to prepare our homes for the upcoming change in weather. We’re all familiar with spring cleaning, especially those of us who endure long winters and can’t wait to open the windows and get outside. But what about the… Read More
I’m at it once again…downsizing! And it feels so good! We once had a house full of kids, toys, animals, friends…to name a few! But as time has gone on, my babies have spread their wings and left the nest, taking all things associated with them. I’m left with the animals…! Well, that’s not exactly true. I still have my… Read More
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times…”A great design doesn’t overlook the details!”. The details are what makes a space unique. Gives it personality! I often find that’s where I can really draw upon my clients’ life experiences and characteristics to make a newly designed room feel like it was meant to be theirs from… Read More
Picture this: You’ve spent countless hours researching and designing your beautiful new kitchen with a stunning tile backsplash. You’re ready for the final touches. And your electrician installs the typical white, plastic outlet and switch plates.
It’s like the music stopped and you’re thinking to yourself, “What’s wrong with this picture? Something doesn’t look right.”
I’ll tell you what… Read More
There’s no denying it…back to school is right around the corner. In these last few weeks of summer you simply can’t avoid it! My mailbox is filled with back to school catalogs from every store in the nation! Walk into a retail store…bam! Back to school promotions everywhere!
While I refuse to accept that school is fast approaching, I do… Read More