It seems that winter has finally left us for good this year in Minnesota! With warmer weather and the official start to summer fast approaching, it is the perfect time to start thinking about ways to freshen up your outdoor living spaces. Below are a few things that have caught my eye and make me even more excited for spending time outdoors this summer.
Lee Industries- Uncovered outdoor living collection:
As if we needed another reason to love this company. Their new introduction is an outdoor line featuring fully upholstered pieces in outdoor slipcovered fabric that feature cushions with open cell foam designed to drain easily and resist mildew and bacteria. The look is definitely ‘shabby-chic’ and slipcovers may not be for everyone, but it is a great alternative for the standard wood or metal patio set. Their standard outdoor line has some great pieces as well, including an awesome sofa with canopy, outdoor drum ottoman, and the most comfortable looking outdoor lounge chair of all time.
Indoor/Outdoor Fabric: Random finds at HomeGoods, Pier1 Imports, and Target are great, but I still love to sew on my own at home. There are so many fabrics, trims, and patterns, and I love creating one of a kind things for my home! Here are a selection of my favorite indoor/outdoor fabrics from Kravet. These would be perfect for pillows, cushion covers, outdoor draperies, or table cloths/placemats.
We were asked by one of our previous clients if we would be interested in providing a package for the silent auction at this year’s Wish Ball. The Wish Ball is the annual fundraiser for the Minnesota chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The event is held at the St. Paul River Centre, and includes dinner, music, and auctions with all proceeds going to fund the wishes of the foundation’s children in Minnesota. We were honored to donate our design services for a space plan and design package for a basement/lower level remodel for the auction and to be part of helping raise money for such a great cause. Check out the Make-A-Wish Foundation website for more information on this year’s Wish Ball 2013 and the Make-A-Wish Foundation and their vision.
In the spirit of Earth Day, we are sharing three of our favorite ways to design in an earth friendly way!
Furniture: One of our ‘go-to’ furniture manufacturers to specify is Lee Industries. Located in North Carolina, not only do they make some of the best quality furnishings available, but they have been making environmentally friendly practices standard since before the green movement became mainstream. They offer a wide range of residential furniture options that we and our clients love, and supporting an American company that cares about the environment is a win for everyone. Check out their complete Green Story and commitment to the environment at their website, Lee Industries.
Paint: The paint industry has come leaps and bounds when it comes to options for those who either have allergies/sensitivities or want to make more earth-friendly decisions. Two of our most specified paint manufacturers, Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore offer a good selection of low to zero VOC paints.
Pollack Fabrics: Serving the commercial and residential interior design community with amazing fabrics for the past 25 years, Pollack operates with a strong environmental commitment and various Green options for those who want to choose something above and beyond just being ‘earth friendly’. Check out their website to see examples of their amazing sustainable fabrics.
Brentano Fabrics: In their 23 years in the textile industry, Brentano fabrics has focused on a pairing of beauty and performance. Their large line of ‘eco-fabrics’ include bamboo, eco-wool, recycled fiber, green faux leather, and organic cotton. With beautiful pattern and designs, Brentano offers no compromise when it comes to selecting an environmentally conscious fabric. Check out their website to see examples of their ‘eco-fabric’ lines.
In our busy schedules as designers, we are constantly coming into contact with new furnishings, fabrics, materials, you name it! Here are a few items that particularly sparked our interest lately. Some are coming to fruition in current projects while some we would love to use in the future!
Pollack: Dottie-Cobblestone- This super soft fabric has a luxurious hand, modern dot pattern, and sophisticated texture. Don’t even get me started about the hot pink… love it!!
Pollack: Mineral-Mercury- The images on the web don’t do this fabric justice. What we especially love about this fabric is the sheen on the weft yarn that gives the fabric a metallic quality. It is a durable fabric with just the right amount of updated flair.
Brentano: Coloratura-Giovanna- This stunning fabric is a beautiful way to add bold color and a modern pattern. We especially love that it incorporates multiple hues so there are many directions the rest of the accent colors could take.
Check back to see how we use these ideas in our projects!
We are currently working on a little girl’s nursery in an updated palette of pink and grey. In addition to custom window treatments and a picture frame collage, we are choosing fabrics for a quilt that will be made by the baby’s great-grandmother. Check back to see how this beautiful nursery becomes the perfect new space for soon to be here baby Kennedy!
Interested in other nursery ideas? Check out another nursery project of ours that got us a “Best of Houzz 2013″ award!