Design Trends: All About Agate!

When it comes to design trends, I’m not one to rearrange my life to accommodate the newest look. However, when it’s a style that I already like, I’m ecstatic. Reasons being, there is more of it available and I’ll automatically become much more hip. Right now, there is a rock and mineral theme that’s making it’s way on to store shelves and yes, I’m overjoyed.

Decorative Tie Backs – get the DIY here
For those who like to bring bright hues into a room via textiles and objects, agate adds that bit of color, naturally.
Marble Print Pillow • West Elm
Luce Agate Lamp • Rablabs
Get ready for the holiday entertaining with some of these lovely objects below.
Clockwise from top:
Agate Ornaments • West Elm
Brazilian Agate Bookends • The Evolution Store
Agate Cheese Sets • Uncommon Goods
Garra Bottle Stoppers • Rablabs

Set Design for Ink Master Season 3

As I may have mentioned before, I work in reality TV. Below are a few living areas on the show Ink Master, where several people live, work, compete and (occasionally) argue with one another. Ok, they argue quite a bit, but that’s what makes it good! And why not do it in a really cool, well furnished loft?
Ink Master is a tattoo competition on Spike TV; so the style is industrial, a bit rock n roll, and the opposite of precious. However, too much of that can leave us (and the cameras) craving some color. After adding a Sandra side chair in red and some framed prints, the space became more stylish and accessorized.
The Ernest console from Arteriors looks very vintage (and weighs as much as an anvil), and the print is an enlarged antique lithograph. We reupholstered a Gordon Tufted Sofa in a gray cotton to make it look a little more casual than it did originally.
The wall, done in Benjamin Moore’s Evening Sky, added a bit of (my favorite) color while keeping the manly vibe. We also had a budget to keep in mind, so we used the following affordable pieces: a vintage light fixture from Rejuvenation, the Gordon armchair from Home Decorators Collection, and the 118″ drapes are from IKEA. The Luster Area Rug, also from Home Decorators Collection, adds that much needed bit of texture (and it looks really expensive in person!)

The worn cigar leather of the Kensington 2 Seater from Timothy Oulton, complemented the existing brick. Adding the modern, velvety (& on sale) Everett Armchairs prevents it from being too traditional or monochromatic. The faux-distressed and budget-friendly Twilight Area Rug from Home Decorators Collection gave more texture. The added bonus: on television, it looks like a one-of-a-kind, antique rug. Watch the season finale next week and see if you agree!

RL ’67 Swing Arm Wall Lamp • Circa Lighting
Everett Armchair • West Elm
Element Industrial End Table • Zin Home
‘Sahara’ Midnight • Kirkby Design
Edison Caged Sconce • Restoration Hardware
Ernest Console • Arteriors
Twilight Area Rug • Home Decorators Collection

Feizy Rugs DIY Contest

Feizy Rugs recently held their 2nd Annual Design It Yourself Rug Contest. I’ve been creating and designing patterns for quite some time now, so I decided to enter. Well…drumroll. I won!! I’m so very excited and overwhelmed by the positive feedback. Thanks to everyone who voted for my design on Feizy’s Facebook and Pinterest page.

I’m not sure what’s going to happen next or if the rug will actually go into production. I can say, this was an awesome opportunity and I enjoyed participating. Thanks Feizy!

Oh yeah…I won 1000 dollars too! Not bad for a day’s work. Not bad at all. =)

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