Showrooms We Can't Wait To See: High Point Preview

We're High on High Point and we don't wanna come down! High Point Market …the place to be! The Market where anyone who knows anything about design will be there and nobody who doesn't, won't! Market features over 200 product lines of home furnishings, accessories and so much more. I like to call it the EJ Victor of the furnishing world! You get the gist and it’s going down! Our team plans to be seated or standing with expecting ears listening to Robin Wilson as she shares revenue opportunities in wellness and sustainability at the Keynote Series. The Series will be located at High Point Theatre at the Transportation Terminal, April 22nd from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

I view High Point as the NY and the Paris of the Fashion weeks! It's principal essence is that of the Fashion World! I'll be on the edge of my seat the entire time, on the Highway to High Point with Badgley Mischka Home in mind as one of my first stops! Be sure to visit their Showroom this weekend and Save the Date to hear Corey Damen Jenkins speak about the influences of fashion in the home furnishings industry with lines like that of Badgley Mischka Home, Saturday April 22nd from 3:00 to 4:00. 

You should already know that the fastest growing network for Designers of Color will be at High Point in full effect and they'd like you to join! This Sunday the Black Interior Designers Network will be hosting their first- ever High Point event at Mitchell Black with Owner Lynai Jones. "Mitchell Black has been one of our most gracious supporters and we're elated to be hosting the "Sunday Soiree", says Ward. Kimberly Ward BIDN Founder ecstatic about seeing Jones and other BIDN members this weekend! Come out and meet the network this weekend at The Sunday Soiree at IHFC Floor 2 G263 in Mitchell Black Showroom Sunday April 23rd from 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Don’t forget, The African American Authority Interior Designer's Magazine will be in the building, blogging and soaking up every aspect of how High Point Market is done! You don’t want to miss market this weekend! Its gonna be what the millennials are calling “Lit”!

 

 

Written By: Keia McSwain

Could Wallpaper Be The Instant Pick Me Up You've Been Looking For?

Oh, the many woes of wanting to upgrade and the many uncertainties that go with it!

Have you ever taken a look around your living room, dining area, or bedroom, and desperately wished you could do something to spice it up or revamp the overall feel in a quick and effortless way? Do you ever consider trying something bold and dramatic but you’re afraid that you might not love it?  You may have even thought to yourself, it might look too outrageous and the other people that live in the house wouldn’t find it appealing.

Well, if any of those fears apply to you I have great news! Mitchell Black, a Chicago based company, specializes in high-end home decor, wall art, wallcoverings and home fragrances. They also have the perfect brave and bold solutions for your vision, there is something for everyone in their wallpaper choices.

 Mitchell Black opened its doors in 2012 revealing an American made lifestyle brand of modern art, inspired by fashion and vintage images. Mitchell Black has been known for its gallery of pop-art and modern framing, but has recently migrated into the realm of manufacturing residential and commercial wallcoverings. Removable wallcovering at that! Not to mention bold and vivid patterns that can revive any room.

Mitchell Black currently has 100 plus designer patterns in their company. The patterns include geometric and sleek variations of black and white textures combined with both neutral and valiant colors. Your options range from temporary, repositionable, peel and stick, luxuriously thick matte wallpaper, or a commercial grade vinyl with an iridescent shine in either a smooth or linen texture. One thing that is so valuable to the product is that they are wipe able!

So, if you're ready for the upgrade and a change of atmosphere, without the fear - go removable. If you're ready for a new bold vibe, style and life you should definitely go Mitchell Black! 

Photos: @mitchell_black

Written By: Simone A. Roberts

Editors' Picks: Brilliant Home Decor from Atlanta Market.

I love starting my year going to furniture markets.  It’s like the holidays after the holidays for me. I love looking for new trends and finding unique furniture options for my design clients.  One of my favorite markets is the Atlanta Market at America’s Mart. It’s easy to navigate and chopped full of interior design goodness.  I had the opportunity to shop the winter market as both an Interior Designer and as an editor here at Iconic Home.  

It was fun balancing the practical with the magical. In my business, I am always challenging myself to think bigger and to do more to customize my design projects.  As a nation, we've had several years of playing it safe and following trends. Now we are all ready to push the boundaries and bring in more items that are unique and offer a fresh perspective on design. 

Today I'm sharing the things that got my attention at the winter design market at AmericasMart and why I think you should incorporate as many of them into your home as possible.  

Fur chair.jpg

1.Mongolian Wool Chair. We usually see Mongolian wool used for pillows or draped over the back of a chair to add texture, but never as the star of the show like the desk chair application below.  Aren't you just obsessed with the outcome? Couldn't you see one of our new age Boss Babes sitting in this chair with her Jimmy Choos on, legs crossed at the ankle, handling business? Me too!

2. Wall sculptures These wall sculptures from the Phillips Collection are perfect for the areas of your home where you want to take your guests on 3-D, visually impactful journal of style.  I love the flexibility of the pieces and how they can be hung to suit your personal. They are Ideal for larger homes with plenty of wall space, but just as impactful in small installations in condos or apartments.  If you are working on a design project, the complete collection is worth check out.  

3. Black and White in a living space is everything! In fact, I've never seen a black and white room that I haven't loved. I was drawn to these black and white leather chairs from the Kelly Hoppen collection from the hall way.  They are slick and sophisticated and everything you need to start your very own black and white infused space. Available at Veronica Flam Atlanta, they are a perfect illustration of good design that will stand the test of time.  Combined the two to create this fabulous dining chair is brilliant. Paired with a shiny bronze dining table, they are super stylish.

4. Oversized Art. When looking for art two things are important relating to your space, size and style. It's important to not just pick art because the color matches the room you are using it in. Make sure you consider the style of the painting, things like whether the piece is abstract or literal are important. Some spaces require a realistic piece while others need the abstract piece to pull the room together. Art should fit on your wall but not be so small that it still in reality doesn't "fit" on the wall. Much like clothes art can be both too small and too big depending on what wall is wearing it. 

5. Custom Upholstery. Let's face it; customization is the name of the game.  Our clients often come to use in design overload. They are exposed to furniture options at a level never before seen.  A trend that use to take years to get to the point of oversaturation will now find their expiration date comes a lot sooner.  And if you think you are having a hard time keeping up, your poor design professional is frantic to find unique that will impress you. So, what to do? I say, customize. The only way to keep from getting paralyzed by all the options and changing information is to fall in love with a piece and then tailor it to fit your project.  We saw a lot of this at market where traditional club chairs or sofas were turned on their head and presented in very unusual ways.

Hinkley Is Lighting Up Faces, Starting with Every Room in Your House

First, God said, "Let there be light!" and then the brilliant minds at Hinkley Lighting thought it would be even better to strive every day to live "life aglow" by offering a wide range of lighting fixtures for inside and outside the home.

I think lighting is where 90% of home owners get it wrong. Lighting placement is extremely important! That's why I can appreciate Hinkley; Not only do they offer gorgeous fixtures but they consider the funtioanlity of their products. When I think of the process of designing a home I always think adding an extra layer of lighting in the design plans is a must! Let's face it, every light is not going to be a chandelier. 

From outdoor lanterns to elegant indoor sconces, Hinkley has thought of every way possible to lighten up your day. With a "Lighting 101" informational, Hinkley offers a complete guide to planning and placing the perfect lighting fixtures to accent your home from top to bottom. We love that they provide such detailed insight on how to determine which lighting works best above your vanity mirror and practical design tips on ways to use installations leading up a stairway to add layers.

Did we menition Hinkley offers Eco-friendly options as well? See the full catalog, here.

FABLife Host and Top Model Tyra Banks Puts Her Fabulous Beverly Hills Estate Up For Sale

One of our favorite daytime TV personalities is giving us a glimpse of just how fabulous her life really is. Tyra Banks has listed her 1920s Spanish Villa in the 90210 area with an asking price of $7.7 million. 

Courtesy of TV Insider / Jim Wright

Courtesy of TV Insider / Jim Wright

The 6,040-square-foot renovated home boasts beautiful chandeliers, high ceilings, tiled fountains and french doors. The master bedroom offers amazing city views and includes a sitting room, walk-in closet and safe room. Amenities that come with this awe-mazing property promise the winning bidder a seat in the lap of luxury. Perks of living in the fabulous super model's former humble abode include a home theater, sun room, chef's kitchen, outdoor shower, four fireplaces and a heated pool. This proves the FABLife isn't just a daytime TV segment but a lifestyle.

Courtesy of Sotheby's International Realty 

Courtesy of Sotheby's International Realty 

Lenny Kravitz Amplifies Rockstar Glam, Elle Decor Previews CB2 x Kravitz Design Collection

Courtesy of Elle Decor 

Courtesy of Elle Decor 

The October issue of ELLE Decor features musician and designer Lenny Kravitz, wherein he talks  about his transcendent collaboration with CB2 and translating his edgy yet boho chic style into both inspired accent and stand alone pieces. The collection is an evocative interpretation of the 1970s era of rock-and-roll that incorporates the fashion trends and spirit of the time.

"Our goal was to create a collection of pieces based on my personal style and the things that have inspired me throughout my travels," Kravitz said in a press release. 

 "CB2 x Kravitz Design by Lenny Kravitz" is set to launch Thursday, Oct. 1. The collection is said to feature 20 pieces, including lighting, wall décor, rugs, pillows and furniture. To shop the stellar capsule collection head to CB2 online and your local CB2 store.

Sustainable Living Is Easier Than Ever, Design with Care

la-hm-robin-wilson-ecobungalow-20140419.jpeg

Your health is priceless. Whether your dream home is under construction, you’re renovating, or simply updating the design of your current home, sustainable furniture and decor are on the market and readily available.  

Not too long ago, Pinkeggshell was following Robin Wilson alongside her book tour for Clean Design: Wellness for Your Lifestlye and we learned a few things about creating allergen-reduced spaces for a home that’s both comforting and eco-friendly.

Using Wilson’s four principles of design—sustainable, reusable, recyclable, and nontoxic—we’ve picked out a few items to implement throughout your home from eco-friendly brands like The Future Perfect and Design Within Reach. Using these alternative design practices may seem like subtle changes but the perks that come with them will truly refine your home for the better. These products will have long-lasting health benefits for you and your family while providing a fresh and laundered design.

Here are a few things to know:

  •  Sustainable design is furniture or home decor that has been designed and manufactured with consideration for the environment. That means using recycled materials or those that can be easily renewed. 
  • What is VOC? VOC stands for volatime organic compund. These fumes are carbon-based chemicals that easily evaporate at room temperature and pose great health benefits if ingested over time. Zero-VOC paint has low VOC emissions. It's ordorless,  durable, washable, and fade-resistant finish that will look freshly painted year after year.
  •  Enviormentally sound enviorments allow for great sustainable products. Refurbished and recylced materials are an investment. They last longer and because it helps prevent the growth of landfills and encourages forest growth, also helps keep the air and water clean, preventing future problems caused by pollution.
  • Organic wool pillows are a key to better sleep. Organic wool pillows are naturally hypoallergenic and has a lower moisture level in the pillow which safegaurds you against the growth of mold and mildew. Also, organic wool pillows do not emit toxic emissions but create a chemical-free sleeping environment.