The folks at Sherwin Williams say that Affluence Has a New Face. That sounds provocative to me. They say that the new hues of 2010 have a feel of “conscious luxury” about them – they take on earth-friendly inspiration with an exotic twist like mineral hues and warm metallic shades. I keep looking around to see this in real life and yup, it’s all out there – and it’s beautiful!
Four years ago, a client hired us to design the first floor of her home. She told us that her favorite colors were purple and silver. Now, we are used to designing for clients in colors and tastes that might not suit our own but this was a tough one for us. Both Joann and I just did NOT like the color purple. At the time, purple was not on the main stage so selecting current fabrics and furnishings for our client was difficult at times. Regardless, the project turned out fantastic and Joann and I had adopted a soft spot in our heart for the color purple.
Fast forward to 2009, and we must admit that our disdain for the color purple has all but vanished only to be replaced by a new passion for this spectacular hue! Our love for this color has only just begun as the trend forecasters tell us that the color purple will be strutting it’s glorious tones all over the fashion and merchandising world in the next 2 years.
Sherwin Williams has a colormix group for 2010 called “Refreshed”. Their color marketing group says, “Happy spaces are here again, bringing fresh florals, bright juicy colors, and exuberant combinations. It’s the kaleidoscopic spirit of the 60’s married to the jewel tones of the 80’s, with a global twist.” One of the colors in this mix is “Verve Violet” SW6979. (Stay tuned – I’m painting a chair this color).
Our recent October trip to the International Furniture Market in Highpoint, NC only solidified all that we have read and heard about the explosion of purple. We’ve come a long way in our relationship with the color purple and it seems it’s just the beginning…..
Before we leave the month of October, we had to share a) some more party pics from the DIFFA event and b) some of the other tables that were our favorites. It was a spectacular three day event that we will always remember!
We are SO excited that our very first post on our much anticipated blog is to tell you all about one of the most amazing opportunities afforded us – To be a contributing designer for the DIFFA (Design Industries Fighting Aids), Dining by Design event held at ADAC (Atlanta Decorative Arts Center) this past October 10-12, 2009. We were asked by our sponsor, Insidesign, to design one of just (18) 11’x11′ tabletop spaces. We were thrilled to work beside designers such at Marc Blackwell, Jamie Drake, Jason Wu, Shane Meder, Stan Topol, Scott Reed, Michael Habachy, Corey McIntosh and others.
The inspiration for our invent started with a recent piece of art, named “Life is Ruff”, by Arizona artist Ron Burns. With the economy in a state of flux, the recent historic floods in Atlanta, and the challenge of the AIDS virus worldwide, we felt this theme was appropriate. Our interpretation however, was a positive one – filled with glitz, glamour and whimsy as we combined Ron’s art with artistic finishes, silk, velvet and bedazzled Milkbone dog bones!
The doors enclosing our space were masterfully faux finished by Kass Wilson of Wallstreat Artistic Finishes.
“Life is Ruff” slept thru the entire 3-day event!
Joann, Donaldo of Shane Meder & Associates and Kelly celebrating on Saturday night.
Yes, we bedazzled lots and lots of dog bones with silver paint and crystals!
Kelly, just a weee bit thrilled to be celebrating the success of A LOT of hard work!