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    Diving Into The Latest And Greatest Interior Design Fashion Trends At The Fall Market!

Diving Into The Latest And Greatest Interior Design Fashion Trends At The Fall Market!

During Fall Fashion Week, the world’s top designers and fashion journalists flock to the runways of New York, London, Milan, and Paris to get a glimpse of the new trends that will be showing up in the most exclusive boutiques in the coming year. In the world of interior design, we have our own version of the runway where vendors show off their latest and greatest wares and we designers get to see what will be hot next year.

One of my favorite events to attend is the Fall Market at the Laguna Design Center in Laguna Niguel, California. The show just wrapped up, and I was glad to be a part of it. More than 100 vendors laid out over 2,000 product lines in huge showrooms. It was like letting children run free in a candy shop! I got to look at the newest furniture collections, tiles, cabinets, countertops, lighting, and so much more.

Just one of the attending vendors was the charming Thomas Lavin, a style maker with an eye for beautiful design which has resulted in more than 100+ lines of furniture, fabrics, lighting, rugs and accessories! Other great collections shown were from Baker, Ebanista, Hokanson Carpet, Panache Designs, Michael Taylor Designs, Maharam, and so many more. The event also included a rousing keynote presentation by Doug Meyer, on “The Appropriateness on Design”.

We were also treated to an exceptional demonstration by John Kiryanoff, director of corporate finishing for Baker. John performed a variety of techniques from grains of rice to simple cardboard to create stunning finishes which Baker is known for.

Going to an event like this always fires up my creative spirit. I am inspired by all the new designs, but also by [...]

Interior Design Advice: Choosing Furniture For Your Living Room

What Are Your Values?

The living room is one of the most important rooms in the house. It is where you collapse for some down time after a long day at work, or you snuggle up with your partner for a movie during the weekend. It’s where your children engage in epic imaginary fights or sprawl on the floor to do homework. The living room also plays a big role when you have guests over, especially if you host game night, poker night, or the book club.

When I work with a new client on redecorating her living room, my first question is always the same. “What are your values?”

This may seem like an odd question, but it is the foundation of how you use your home and how your home can work for you. For instance, if value your friends and love to entertain, that value will play a big role in how your living room looks. We’ll want to make sure there are many places to sit, and that the furniture allows people to relax and engage with one another.

Additionally, if you value sophistication but just don’t have a lot of time for upkeep, we can work on a minimal design that will look great without requiring a lot of cleaning or adjusting.

Working the Room

After I understand your values, I will also take the footprint of the room into consideration as well as the needs of your family. If you have young children, for instance, I might suggest dark carpeting, commercial fabric for the drapes, and a sofa made with stain resistant fabric. I might also suggest a coffee table with rounded corners and sturdy accessories that won’t break if they fall.

The room itself [...]