Charlotte interior designer Amy Vermillion creates beautiful and balanced spaces that reflect her client's point of view. The Charlotte interior design firm provides inspired design solutions to residential and corporate clients in a broad range of styles and sensibilities. Amy Vermillion also specializes in private jet interior design and exteriors.
What are the trends from Spring 2014 Furniture Market? Whatever you want! Truly there was a lot of contrast to what we saw and I started thinking about how really interior design is and always has been about what makes us all feel good.
To some that means bold color:
To others it might be a hint of color mixed with neutrals:
And for the rest it means really subtle color or almost the absence of it totally:
I think there is room for all three versions- it’s really about what makes you happy.
The main thing to remember is this- everyone has their own taste and their own style. Trying to copy something in a magazine or on Pinterest can be exhausting and frustrating. Some of us beat to our own drummer naturally and some of us are a little more between the lines.
If you are having trouble deciding what it is that you want, try working with an interior designer who can help you pull it all together.
Lately I have been thinking about this- Whether you are making design decisions, life decisions or whatever decisions, I think we could all use a little less “judginess.”
High Point Furniture Market has not disappointed though the weather today certainly was a bummer! It was a Spring deluge at times with designers running for shelter as the April skies poured down.
But our visit to Chaddock was well worth the run down the wet street! We went to see Mary McDonald’s new furniture line and were completely blown away by the overall beauty of the Chaddock showroom. Known for the classic designs with rich hand rubbed finishes, Chaddock has expanded its offerings with collections from Larry Laslo, David Easton and now Mary McDonald.
Mary’s collection is bold and fresh–a dollop of Hollywood glamour mixed with classic influences. She knows how to combine color and scale in an elegant but still inviting way and the result is really beautiful. Mary is known to most people outside the design world for her honest and funny personality on Bravo’s Million Decorators and to our industry she is known as a tastemaker extraordinaire.
She is gorgeous and funny and had on some killer jewelry! Nicely enough I managed not to pet her back this time and there were very little shenanigans since she was filming a segment on her new line and Martyn Lawrence Bullard wasn’t here egging us on like last Spring at Design ADAC.
Mary told me she has a new wallcovering line coming out too! Can’t wait to see it as I love her current fabric line with Schumacher.
Here are a couple of peeks of her new collection-
The other collection I love is from Larry Laslo who is an Architectural Digest A-Lister as well as an internationally known voice in luxury interior design.
Overall the showroom is beautifully done and a must see for anyone attending this Spring Market!
Hope the warm, sunny days are upon us soon–until then stay dry and enjoy your week!
I love chandeliers. To me they are the jewelry of a room. Modern, traditional, crystal or simple—you name it, I have a thing for them.
However, I am not a fan of certain kinds of overhead lighting. Nipple fixtures? No thanks.
Many years ago I had to have a lighting intervention on myself when I finally removed one from my back hallway ceiling. I whined to myself…”but no one ever sees it, it’s a back hallway and I don’t have time to get it removed, install recessed cans and get my painter over to sheetrock etc.” My other self shot back, “how can you possibly tell your clients to rid themselves of those if YOU have one?” I relented and put in cans (ON A DIMMER SWITCH) and what a difference it makes!
I was a nervous wreck the whole time they were installing it but it turned out fabulous and my client adores it to this day. An interesting tip about Baccarat chandeliers–you can tell they are authentic by the single red crystal.
Here are some more chandeliers we installed in client’s homes.
Baker fabulousness–mahogany and antique brass.
Ralph Lauren Leather number with an equestrian flair.
Niermann Weeks Italian Chandy being installed in our client’s dining room.
Niermann Weeks gorgeous with solid rock crystal ball.
Love this Vaughan bell that I installed in one of my Charleston client’s historical homes.
Now-let’s talk bulbs…
Have you ever purchased a new lamp or any other light fixture and realized you didn’t know what the heck kind of bulbs to put in it? Even after reading the little sticker that tells you what kind you need– are you still baffled? What’s a Tbulb for example? What does it look like? How many watts? Who cares if it’s an A or a B or God forbid a PAR? Is it halogen or incandescent?
We like to use these helpful sheets from Deeter Lighting. When we order light fixtures for clients, I like to have the correct bulbs on site when we install and many times we don’t even have the sticker since the fixture is on order. Using these sheets, I can look at the literature (or call the manufacturer) to find out what type of bulb is required and then I can cross reference that with these pictures at the hardware store. Lindsay or I will often bring these sheets when buying light bulbs just so we don’t have to look too hard.
Quartz and Halogen Bulbs:
Here are some other tips:
Ask your electrician to wear gloves while putting crystals on your chandelier. Trust me! You will have finger prints for years to come if they don’t wear them.
Have your bulbs on hand when the chandelier is installed. This sounds pretty obvious but you don’t want to be one bulb shy when the chandelier goes up and you have to run to the store.
DIMMERS, DIMMERS, DIMMERS! I can’t say it enough. I request them on every chandelier, sconce, recessed can and pendant.
If you have leftover chain from your chandelier installation—SAVE IT! We actually needed it when I moved a client from one house to another with different ceiling heights.
Consider putting a lift on a heavy piece hung in a two story area. These are electric driven lifts that lower your chandelier for cleaning and bulb changing.
Don’t use CFLs. Ever. I know, I know–energy savings blah blah blah. They contain mercury (albeit a small amount) and need to be disposed at a toxic waste dump rather than thrown in your regular garbage. You can be sure that most people aren’t following this regulation so I’d say the energy we are saving by using CFLs is totally minimized by the risk of these things ending up in landfills. If you break one in the house, it is recommended that you remove pets and people for at least fifteen minutes and open a window—(doesn’t that make you the slightest bit nervous?) A standard dimmer will NOT work with a CFL. They are ugly. They are ugly. They are ugly.
There are certain heights recommended to hang chandeliers above dining tables. Most say 30″-36″ above the dining table or 60″-66″ above the floor. While this is a good standard, I always sight my fixtures on the job.
Pendants should be hung roughly 48″ above kitchen islands.
When selecting a chandelier for your dining table keep in mind that the diameter should be 12″ less than the table width. For example if your table width is 48″, purchase a piece around 36″ in diameter.
If there is no table below the chandelier, make sure you have adequate clearance to walk underneath. I try to shoot for seven feet from the bottom of the fixture to the floor (perhaps living with the 6′-5″ Mr. V has instilled that in me!). If you can’t manage that, the standard door height of 6’8″ will be just fine.
I’m taking a few days off (GASP!) to spend with my sweet ones–if you need any evidence of my level of exhaustion, I’ll share a picture from an installation last week.
Hope that helps and as always… I wish you a wonderful rest of the week!