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3 Ways to Use Pantone’s Color of the Year in Your Home

Pantone’s color of the year famously inspires interior designers and decorators alike to mix up their palette each year and try something new. For 2019, Living Coral is the new hue du jour. Equally bright and bold, coral automatically refreshes any room and provides a lively touch. Because it’s such a powerful shade, we’re providing you with three ways to make the 2019 color of the year work for you, no matter your comfort level.

1. Big Statement – Paint

Give a mudroom door or a forgotten wall a chance to pop by painting it coral. This is perfect for those who want to embrace this color in a big way. Here, an entryway is given new life by a coral door that immediately attracts attention.

2. Playful Pops – Art, Rugs & Decor

Use coral-hued artwork, rugs, or a lamp to brighten up a room. Coral seamlessly blends with neutrals and other colors for an easy interior update. In this room, bold, minimalist artwork and a fun rug both incorporate coral and work together to liven up a living room.

3. Everchanging Accessories – Textiles & Florals

For those inspired by coral but hesitant to make the first move, accessories easily bring this color to a room without the commitment. Pillow covers, throws, and stunning floral centerpieces effortlessly instill the energy of coral into a space while being easy to change up when the mood strikes. Here, vivid color is added via beachy coral sculptures and coordinating throws and pillow covers.

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Q&A with Jennifer Boles

Jennifer Boles's latest book, Inspired Design: The 100 Most Important Designers of the Past 100 Years, is all about the relationship between design inspiration and legacy. We spoke with the leading blogger and author about her latest publication, evergreen interior design trends, and where she finds inspiration every day.

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You were first inspired by photographer Victor Skrebneski's home and how it blended minimalism with traditional design. Are you still inspired by spaces with distinct dualities?

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It’s the tension between two seemingly opposite styles that can create such striking, and memorable, interiors. I think that certain antiques, such as a gilded French chair or an American highboy, look terrific when displayed against contemporary, minimal interior architecture. The restrained background makes the antiques seem sculptural, almost like pieces of art.

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Your book, Inspired Design – The 100 Most Important Interior Designers of the Past 100 Years, covers so many different types of people and styles. Was there a common thread among them?

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The common thread is that all of the featured designers have contributed significantly to the art and business of design over the past century. They may have created a new style of decorating or a new way of thinking. Some helped to make design a bona fide profession. Others might be responsible for singular rooms of such beauty and importance that we’re still talking about them today.

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You were one of the very first design enthusiasts to enter the world of blogging back in 2006. How has the online culture changed in the last 13 years for interior designers?

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When I started blogging, very few people were familiar with blogs and social media. Today, everyone has an online presence of some kind. Social media has, in a sense, leveled the playing field, meaning that designers who live far away from the design hubs of New York or Los Angeles now have the opportunity to reach a global audience and bring attention to their work.

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What are some of your favorite, enduring interior design trends that are always in style?

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I have loved Chinoiserie for years and years, and I think my love of it will never wane. Some say wallpaper is making a comeback. I adore patterned wallpaper and have quite a bit of it in my home, so I never realized it ever went out of style!

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Where do you find creative inspiration?

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I find inspiration everywhere: books, vintage magazines, classic movies, travel, museum exhibitions, shopping, catalogues, and perusing the latest furnishings at my local design center. I have a very curious mind, so when something strikes my interest, I try to learn everything I can about the subject.

Images // @thepeakofchicthepeakofchic.blogspot.com

Join us Wednesday, April 3, 2019 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at our Wisteria Dallas store for a panel discussion and book signing featuring Jennifer Boles with her latest book Inspired Design: The 100 Most Important Designers of the Past 100 Years, alongside special guests Jeffrey Dungan and Patrick Sutton.

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Q&A with Carolyne Roehm

In celebration of Carolyne Roehm's latest publication, Design & Style: A Constant Thread, we chatted with her about how she fell in love with fashion and design, where she finds inspriation, and her favorite advice from over the years.

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In your new book, Design & Style: A Constant Thread, you share details from your life story for the first time in print. What inspired you to do that?

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I had never written about my age-long desire to be a fashion designer. I loved designing, and after a certain success, I encountered a period of tragedy and great sadness. Because of this, I made the decision to shut down my business, and that broke my heart. I completely walked away from anything to do with fashion. Time helps cure and finally I decided some 25 years later to revisit that time, and thus this new book that encompasses all aspects of my creative life, weaving them into my constant thread of design.

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When did you first know you wanted to enter the world of design and fashion?

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When I was in elementary school, I saw a movie where a character actually played dress-up and created clothes and accessories as a job. That taught me about the idea of being a designer.

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Where do you find inspiration in your everyday life?

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Nature is the grand teacher. We learn about line, proportion, texture, pattern and, above all else, magnificent color. I love working with color because it is fun and fascinating. The only thing I love more is playing with my dogs and growing flowers. A walk in the garden with my pups is without a doubt a joy.

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What interior design look or theme do you see trending in 2019?

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I have been saying this and hoping for the last 10 years that we do not lose the great artisans who have created so much beauty in the past. I am a classicist, and the rich design vocabulary of other times should not be discarded because it is not modern. I hope to see a stronger and better integration of the past with the present. No design is created in a vacuum. It is built upon the shoulders of previous creation. Thank God, I am so bored with plain white walls, with little character, and splashes of modern paint as wall decor with huge TV screens. I could do a dissertation on this subject!

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What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?

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I believe with all of my soul and my mind that the most important gift we have beyond our health is enthusiasm and curiosity and, of course, the ability to love.

Images // @carolyneroehm

Join us on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for a book signing and exclusive design presentation by Carolyne Roehm at our Wisteria Dallas store.

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Color Trend: Warm Tones

As summer turns to fall, it’s only fitting that your home should reflect the changing seasons. The colors we decorate with influence our mood and affect how we interact with our space. Warm tones, such as reds, oranges, yellows and gold, evoke a sense of liveliness and intimacy. They give spaces more energy and make them more inviting, which is perfect as we enter the holiday season.

To prepare for the dropping temperatures, here are 4 easy ways to add touches of warmth throughout your home.

1. Switch Out Pillows & Throws

Add soft touches of warmth, in both color and texture. Pillows are an unexpected addition to your dining room, and every living room needs a cozy throw blanket for when temperatures drop. It’s the simplest way to change up a room.

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2. Lay Down a New Rug

Start from the ground up and incorporate warm tones underfoot. Rugs are an easy way to change the color palette and tone of a room. Choose something durable for high-traffic areas and something a little plusher for relaxing spaces.

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3. Place Purposeful Decor

Golden-hued accents brighten a room and echo the hues of leaves outside. A gold lamp warmly reflects light, while a brass serving tray is the ideal piece for displaying pinecones or seasonal trinkets.

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4. Create a New Personal Gallery

Choose a collection of wall art that brings in warm tones and holiday colors. Think golden brown, pumpkin orange or cranberry red. And remember – framing is important, too. Choose brass or gold for the ultimate autumnal aesthetic.

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