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Posted: Thursday, July 10, 2014 12:00 pm

Sherwin-Williams Predicts Bright Outlook

The Sherwin-Williams residential Colormix 2015 forecast is filled with optimistic stories that reflect a brightened outlook and provide fresh color combinations to inspire creativity. “We’re seeing a more cheerful approach to design and have forecasted colors that will provide a range of inspiration for designers to create fresh, joyful interiors,” says Jackie Jordan, Sherwin-Williams’ director of color marketing.

Jordan, along with Sherwin-Williams color experts, researched trends in art, fashion, science and pop culture to determine the 40 colors that make up the forecast. They are grouped into four palettes: Chrysalis, Voyage, Buoyant and Unrestrained.

Buoyant

The colors of the Buoyant palette are reminiscent of vintage floral patterns – including both light and deep greens, violets and a pop of coral. The palette is inspired by naturally healing of botanicals, as well as the incorporation of green spaces into even the most densely urban environments. Backyards, once a landscaping afterthought, are now as important as front yards, with builders investing in rear curb appeal and outdoor rooms, Jordan says.

Unrestrained

Embracing bold, ethnic-inspired colors and design hallmarks of the Bohemian lifestyle, the Unrestrained palette celebrates a carefree spirit, wanderlust and pulsing color. It features saturated primary hues, including sunny yellow, lively turquoise and bright blue, as well as black and white, Jordan says. Each can be used on its own for a pop of color, or combined to create a vibrant, energetic space. “South Africa’s colorful art scene and focus on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro have strongly influenced a Carnival-like spirit...and the vibrant colors of Unrestrained are a reflection of that design aesthetic.”

Chrysalis

As technology rushes relentlessly ahead, the colors of Chrysalis evoke a calm oasis — a place to pause and find balance. With colors ranging from off-black to chalky neutrals and dusty blues, this palette is designed to create a calm, comfortable interior. “An important influence for Chrysalis is the earth’s natural striations,” Jordan observes. “The patterns created by land and sky are driving design inspiration; therefore the palette’s colors are found in nature, from rocks found on the beach to a stormy sky.”

Voyage

From space tourism to undersea resorts, the once far-fetched sci-fi dreams of the past are closer to viability than ever before. The Voyage palette looks to these outer limits, featuring hues that represent the color spectrum imagined while emerging from the water into the atmosphere: undersea teal, bright green kelp, light watery blue, and deep space purple. “The colors of Voyage are supernatural and magical,” according to Jordan. “The palette is largely driven by unusual atmospheric events, including a decade-best aurora borealis. The lighter colors of the palette create a space that is uplifting, while the deeper tones can be combined for a more dramatic design.”


St. Louisan Lands a Role on HGTV Competition

St. Louis mother and interior-design student Peggy Tart nailed a coveted spot on HGTV’s Brother vs. Brother. The six-episode series features twins Jonathan and Drew Scott, who each mentor a team of five home-improvement experts as they renovate, remodel and decorate outdated properties. Tart is a member of Team Jonathan, a daring group of home renovators facing the most fierce design challenges to date. Their goal is to raise the market value of their property and avoid elimination by a panel of expert judges. Each week, the losing coach must send home the weakest link, until only one designer remains.

Tart, who works as a retail visual-display manager for Ashley Furniture in St. Louis, brings a number of strengths to the design table, including space planning, fabric selection and coordination, painting, accessorizing, repurposing and selecting finishes. Although she has no renovation experience, she runs a small freelance interior design business and is determined to achieve her career goals. Possessing a unique design vision from a young age, Tart says she lets her personality shine through her “eclectic and bold” style.

HGTV’s Brother vs. Brother airs Sunday, July 13th, at 8 p.m.


Leslie Hindman Auctioneers Expands to St. Louis

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers now has a presence in St. Louis with the opening of a new facility at 32 N. Brentwood Blvd. in Clayton. The company auctions everything from contemporary paintings and fine jewelry to French furniture and rare books and manuscripts and has more than 50 auctions scheduled in 2014. Three to four auctions are likely to take place at the new Clayton location within the first year, in addition to sending major works of art and jewelry to Chicago for sale.

“We have received so many wonderful consignments of fine art, jewelry and decorative arts from the St. Louis area; it only makes sense that it be our next market for expansion,” says CEO Leslie Hindman, who notes that the St. Louis expansion plan has been in the works for more than two years. “St. Louis is a sophisticated market filled with important collectors, museums and other institutions, and has long been in need of a reputable, established auction house.”

Founded in 1982, sold to Sotheby's in 1997, and reopened in 2003, Leslie Hindman’s maintains its primary office in Chicago. It has 12 regional offices and auction facilities around the country in places like Naples and Palm Beach, Florida and in Denver and Milwaukee.


End of an Era: Incandescent Bulbs Replaced by Energy-Efficient Alternatives

You may have noticed the dwindling supply of 40- and 60-watt incandescent light bulbs at local stores, following the January 2014 government-mandated phase-out of these bulbs. Unless you are one of the hoarders who can’t fathom life without incandescent bulbs and have been stockpiling them, you will probably need to rethink the way you light your home. As if decorating weren’t already complicated enough…

So what are your options? According to Pam Price, consumer lighting expert at Osram Sylvania, choices in the post-incandescent era include halogen, compact fluorescent (CFL) and LED. Below, Price provides a description of each type and the quality of light it emits, as well as an explanation of lighting-related terms, which you can use on your next shopping trip to the hardware store.

Light-emitting Diode (LED): Price says the most efficient lighting technology, an LED, is a semiconductor chip that emits light when an electric current passes through it. “LEDs provide white light in various shades. The most incandescent-like light would be soft white. If you look at the Lighting Facts Labels on the product packages, you will see a Light Appearance scale. To get the look of traditional incandescent, look for values that are nearer to the left side of the scale. Bright White would be towards the center of the scale. Daylight (a bluish-white) will be closer to the right side of the scale. Despite having a higher upfront cost, LED bulbs can last 20 to 25 times longer than traditional incandescents and are up to 85 percent more energy-efficient than incandescent bulbs.”

Compact Fluorescent (CFL): Often spiral in shape, Price says these high-efficiency bulbs use a fluorescent phosphor coating to transform energy into visible light,” Price explains. “Improvements in CFL technology have reduced the harsh light often associated with them and they are now available in soft white, bright white and daylight colors Though you will also pay more up front, a CFL bulb can last up to 12 times longer than traditional incandescent and consume up to 75 percent less energy than an incandescent bulb. Some, but not all, CFLs are dimmable – make sure to check the packaging.”

Halogen: These energy-efficient bulbs use halogen gas and generally emit a clearer and slightly whiter light than incandescent light bulbs,” according to Price. “Halogen bulbs are shaped like the incandescent bulbs they replace, are fully dimmable and they don’t contain mercury. While halogen bulbs cost more than the outdated incandescent bulbs, they use one-third less energy and therefore have a lower operating cost.”

Watts: While many consumers link watts with brightness, wattage is actually a measure of power consumption, Price explains. “As halogen, CFL and LED bulbs consume less power, they will have a much lower wattage than an incandescent bulb that produces the same amount of light. In other words, a lower wattage number indicates greater energy savings, not necessarily a lower light output.”

Lumens: Price says a higher lumen number indicates a brighter bulb, while a lower lumen number indicates a dimmer bulb. “Lumens will guide you to the bulb that has the amount of light you want – so when shopping for your new bulbs think lumens, not watts.”

Lumens per Watt (LPW): Price says LPW is a measure of a light bulb’s efficiency, similar to miles per gallon for cars. “A higher LPW rating indicates greater energy efficiency and increased savings for your home.”

Like we said, as if home decorating weren’t already hard enough…


LuLu Belles Makes It Easy to Spruce Up Homes this Summer

Many St. Louisans know that locally-owned LuLu Belles Fabrics on Manchester Road in Des Peres has been offering high-end fabrics since 2005. What many don’t realize is that the company also offers other products and services perfect for the do-it-yourself home decorator. "We not only sell fabrics, we also sell wallpaper and furniture," says GM Mary Beth Leritz. "We have work rooms that do all of our work, such as draperies, upholsteries and pillows. Everything is done here in St. Louis."

We caught up with Leritz recently to find out what’s new at Lulu Belle’s, as well as what St. Louisans can do to easily and economically update their homes this summer.

What advice do you have for St. Louisans who want to spruce up their homes for summer without spending a fortune?

Adding a pop of color through pillows or simple drapery panels can always freshen a space without investing major dollars. Replacing outdated drapery rods with newer and trendier ones can update any room without having to replace the draperies. We also have seen an increase in people recovering their old patio cushions with more vibrant colors and patterns.

Do indoor/outdoor fabrics now rival traditional indoor-only fabrics in terms of style and popularity?

All the major vendors have entered the indoor/outdoor market. The solids, stripes and simple textures offered by Sunbrella are just as popular as the wovens, florals, animal prints and geometric patterns now entering the marketplace. Their popularity is due to the advances in functionality, texture and style. Indoor/outdoor fabrics offer UV protection, durability for all types of weather, and stain resistance. They can be easily cleaned up easily with mild soap and water. With their versatility and wide range of colors and patterns, we have seen an increase in their use as an indoor fabric.

What are some other important trends that you're seeing right now?

Washable fabrics are just entering the market. It’s a question we get on a daily basis from our customers. Ikat has been around for a long time, but its popularity is not waning and it pairs perfectly with animal prints to complete most looks. Solid linen panels, with or without trim, are big sellers for us. Grasscloth wallpaper is never a wrong choice and the options are endless from silk to washable.

What new brands or collections are you showing this summer?

Diane Von Furstenberg is bringing her iconic style and use of pattern and color to an exclusive collection of fabric and trims being offered through Kravet. Tilton Fenwick, a NYC boutique interior design firm, has launched a line of fabrics through Duralee. Its traditional designs are infused with a fresh perspective and an unexpected approach to color. Phillip Jeffries has delivered new trends to his wallpaper collections inspired by global looks that are designed to transport us. His new collection, Walls of the World, is filled with an innovative play on classic motifs. Greek key, plaids and tweeds have been re-imagined in fresh colors, bold scales and hand-crafted and hand-painted natural textures. Finally, the new Cole & Sons Foile Collection takes its inspiration from statues, follies, menageries and architecture found within grand French landscaped gardens.

Leritz says the showroom offers in-stock fabric, but special orders are available and normally arrive within seven business days. If you’re looking for a specific fabric—such as something seen in a magazine—she encourages you to bring in a photo. If LuLu Belle’s doesn’t recognize the fabric, the store will send a photo to the vendors to see if it can be located. Leritz says the store prides itself on customer service. "We never want anyone to walk into our store and not feel welcome; we want everyone to feel like they're part of the LuLu Belles family."

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