Our Favorite Photographer

Rachel Kabukala, our favorite photographer, stopped in a couple of weeks ago to get a few shots of the store. Here is a small sampling of all the wonderful pictures she sent us!

Bookshelf Inspiration

To carry over the bookshelf theme from Friday, here are some inspring pictures to guide you in designing your own bookshelves!  These beautiful photos are from LonnyMag (our favorite!)   Take a look...

Scared to do your own bookshelves?  Not quite sure how to make your collectibles look right?  Call us! We have six designers who all happen to be bookshelf PRO'S!!

November 15, 2010 by SummerHouse

Color Trends for 2011

We recently came across a post on the Merida Meridian blog that really caught our eye.  After some intense research, they have predicted the ready-to-wear and interiors colors for the coming year.  We like what they've put together.  Take a look.  What do you think?  They were dead on for 2010, so let's see how they do for 2011!

[caption id="attachment_1087" align="aligncenter" width="564" caption=""Midsummer Night’s Dream is a theatrical expression of color and emotion. It has a dramatic combination of Boudreaux reds mixed with rich plum and olive greens. It’s as if the colors were pulled from a winery. The textures consist of luxurious surfaces such as velvets, brocades and taffeta and are used together in the same composition to create an over the top display." "][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1090" align="aligncenter" width="564" caption=""Here we are starting to see mid range neutral tones warm up rooms of harsh black and white. It’s a softening of the usual heavy contrast by using ivory as a base color and white as an accent. Oak, tan and ivory are paired with deep black giving depth to the space they encompass.""][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1089" align="aligncenter" width="564" caption=""Making a fierce, evocative statement, Roaring Red stands bold and confidently with a nod to an Asian influence. Glossy lipstick tones of red paired with heavy contrasts of black and white allow for the vibrant color to pop. You’ll also start seeing these reds paired with quieter tones of navy and camel to soften the palette and highlight silhouettes.""][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1088" align="aligncenter" width="564" caption=""Mysterious and intriguing, the unusual combination of indigos, icy grays and camel tones define our Mystic Blue category. The cool blues are warmed up by the use of the rich browns and camels to create a deep, sophisticated palette.""][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1086" align="aligncenter" width="563" caption=""Forrest is rugged and rustic with it’s down to earth color combination. Olive oil and army greens ranging from light lime to deep avocado are paired with each other in the same palette. Each green is typically combined with a deep chocolate, cream or camel. Rich textures of fleece, fur and leathers lend themselves well to the theme.""][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1085" align="aligncenter" width="563" caption=""One of our favorite combinations revealing a new twist on a retro feel! For us, this palette reflects the colors that glow at the first ray of light when the sun hits the earth each morning. The washed out acidic tones of celery greens, chartreuse, corals, blush and camels are refreshing and new. The hazy atmosphere tries to wash out the saturated colors, but they still are illuminated.""][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1084" align="aligncenter" width="563" caption=""Black Ice is unexpected and refreshing, going against traditional fashion taboos of combining deep blue with black. Deep, dark, rich tones of cobalt, navy and midnight black reveal themselves with highlights of icy white and silver.""][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1083" align="aligncenter" width="564" caption=""Fresh, clean and without any color at all, this trend uses all shades of white to define it’s palette. This trend reminds us of priming a canvas with gesso before painting however, once it’s been primed you decide the picture is complete! No need for frills or explosions of color, just a calm, simple serene atmosphere is the goal to express a very strong, controlled environment.""][/caption]

 Thank you, Merida!  Visit www.meridameridian.com/blog to see what else they are up to!

October 21, 2010 by SummerHouse

Inspiring Living Rooms

Our favorite online design magazine, Lonny, just posted their new issue!  When you have a few minutes, go to www.lonnymag.com and browse... We promise you'll be inspired! They have a somewhat new feature on their site where readers can look through albums of photos, organized by room.  Here are a few inspiring photos from their "Living Rooms" section...