Thursday, June 15, 2017

NeoCon 2017

The 2017 NeoCon show was incredible. This was the best time I've ever had there. I don't know where I should start so I suppose I will begin with something great that happened my last day at NeoCon, winning a cash prize in the Integra Seating showroom! My first time winning a drawing in many, many years. 

On my first day there, I met a celebrity! Terry Crews, the multi-talented star of two shows I love, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Everybody Hates Chris, has designed a line of furniture for Bernhardt. He was in their showroom Monday and I got a chance to meet him!

The pieces in his collection have a uniquely organic feel. They're modern but not in a predictable way. I like them.

My Favorite Showrooms

This year my favorite showroom was Dauphin. The color palette suits my style. I love what they did with orange and pink, and even coral and salmon.

Here are some others that I liked.

Showroom Decor and Display

These are a few displays I really liked. Whether artfully arranged samples or works of art, they really added something to the showrooms they were in.

New Products

I love these ceiling fixtures from BuzziSpace.

Color Trends

If you've been keeping up with my blog for a while, you probably have a sense of what colors I like. To be honest I was never a fan of the Pantone colors of 2015 (marsala) and 2016 (rose quartz and serenity). But I know the pendulum must swing between bright and muted colors. Still, rose quartz and serenity can be difficult to work with. I saw many failed efforts to incorporate them, but these really worked:

Groupe Lacasse

This design made marsala look enticing. 

3Form used the colors in a vignette with sunset colored walls. Copper is still a popular metallic shade, used well in the other display.

My Favorite Showroom Activity

I love it when there are fun, interactive things to do in showrooms. KI has always been good at that. This year I got to make a little business card wallet out of a small piece of their faux leather. It was fun and easy and is a good idea if you have a lot of extra memo samples around.

I took a lot more photos that you can see in my Flickr album here:

After spending three days immersed in such an inspiring environment, I can't wait to finish the interior design projects I have started on and look forward to getting new clients soon. And maybe someday I will get to design a furniture showroom. I would love that.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

The 2017 Spring One of a Kind Show

This is the second year that the One of a Kind Show has graced the Merchandise Mart with its presence in the spring. Many of my favorite local artists and artisans were there, including Case Island Glass, Mary Johnston, Steve Connell, and Chrstopher Royal.

Here are some new artists whose work really impressed me this year

Flaca Jewelry
Alexander Charles Listello

Green Beetle Shop
Steam 33
Elizabeth Benotti
Armando Pedroso
Elko Hardwoods

Kind Apparel
Blue Tarpon Studio
Silver Injun
Baigelman Glass

Woodland Heights Studio

Moon Bound Girl
James McArthur Cole
Beth Clark Jewelry
Jerry Strub
Reformed School
Tyler Voorhees
McLean Bronze
Amy Zwikel
Anne Leuck
Margie Criner

Also, since I have a baby shower coming up, I visited these great vendors.

Sam and Coop
Aunt Meg Creations

The show continues through Sunday, April 30th so see it if you can.
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