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Design by Nancy Robinson

Design by Nancy Robinson

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And the 2015 Color of the Year Is...

It may not be your cup of tea—err, wine—but global color authority Pantone has announced that Marsala is its pick for the 2015 Color of the Year. In vivid contrast to previous colors of the year, such as vibrant Tangerine Tango, Honeysuckle and 2014's Radiant Orchid, Marsala strikes a rather somber note and has stirred up controversy in the blogosphere.

Pantone executive director Leatrice Eiseman explains the color choice this way: “While Radiant Orchid, the captivating 2014 color of the year, encouraged creativity and innovation, Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability.” Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, Eiseman says the tasteful hue “embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal,” and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, and home furnishings.

In interiors, Marsala can provide a unifying element when incorporated in accessories and paint schemes. It also pairs exquisitely with neutrals, monochromatic mixes of peachy pinks, and positively sparkles against antiqued gold metallics. Pantone suggests that Marsala is a natural fit for the kitchen and dining room, especially when incorporated in tabletop items, small appliances and linens. Eiseman predicts the hue will be especially prominent in striping and floral patterns found in printed placemats, dinnerware, bedding and throws.

Fashion designers were early adopters of Marsala with brands like Fendi, Michael Kors, Daniel Silverstain, Hervé Léger by Max Azria, and Dennis Basso incorporating it in their new resort collections. It’s also appearing in stores as a popular choice for jewelry and fashion accessories, including handbags, hats, footwear and the burgeoning market of wearable technology.

Expressions Is Ready for Spring with a Fresh New Palette

Are you the type (that would be Type A, of course) who’s ready for new spring décor before the Christmas decorations are even put away? If you find yourself dreaming about a fresh new palette for your home, you’ll want to check out the new yellow and navy upholstery options from Expressions Furniture in Clayton. We liken the combination to a great classic navy blazer and a favorite pair of jeans, paired with a jaunty yellow scarf and some great gold jewelry.

“We love the Pimlico chair,” says Expressions' Anne Tipton. “It’s a new transitional piece that works with everything. It can serve as an accent chair or a host chair in a dining room. The Wellesley sofa is a classic tight back, English-arm style—ageless. The crisp white with the blue and yellow accents gives it a fresh, updated look. “


Important St. Louis Art Nouveau Collection to Sell at Auction

The Louis Daniel Brodsky Collection of Art Nouveau will be auctioned during a single-owner sale on February 22nd at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago. The collection hails from St. Louis, where Hindman opened a regional office last year, and includes furniture and decorative arts by Louis Majorelle, Emile Galle, Tiffany Studios and Henri de Toulouise-Lautrec.

To gain insight into how the collection was amassed, it’s useful to know something about the late Mr. Brodsky, a businessman, scholar, collector and prolific poet who, by the age of 73, had written some 12,000 poems. Brodsky was a serial collector, who delved deeply into a single area before moving on to the next. He began by collecting Americana antiques before turning his interest to William Faulkner, amassing one of the largest collections of Faulkner materials in the world (which was later acquired by Southeast Missouri State). Brodsky then began collecting the work Ernest Trova, the surrealist artist from St. Louis, and later, Art Nouveau. More than 350 lots will be available at auction.

Louis Daniel Brodsky was born in St. Louis in 1941, where he attended St. Louis Country Day School. After earning a bachelor of arts degree from Yale University in 1963, he received a master of arts in English from Washington University in 1967, and a master of arts in creative writing from San Francisco State University the following year.


Kate Spade Saturday and West Elm Team Up

Fashion and lifestyle brand Kate Spade Saturday and home furnishings retailer West Elm have teamed up to create a new collection of home decor. The collaboration brings many of Kate Spade Saturday’s popular prints into the home on brightly patterned upholstered furniture, bedding, graphic rugs, wall art and pop accessories.

“West Elm is the perfect brand partner for translating the Kate Spade Saturday spirit into modern home design,” says Kyle Andrew, senior VP of Kate Spade Saturday. “Fans of both brands will recognize the iconic prints and playful color palettes of Kate Spade Saturday executed on West Elm’s modern, Mid-Century-inspired furniture pieces and hand-woven textiles.”

West Elm creative director Vanessa Holden says the retailer worked closely with the Kate Spade Saturday team to design a collection that embodies the signature aesthetics of both brands. “We had a lot of fun working together and playing with many of Kate Spade Saturday’s most popular patterns, then translating them to inspired products for the home,” she says.

The sister brand from Kate Spade New York, Kate Spade Saturday aims to channel the carefree spirit of the weekend with products that are equal parts style and function, from versatile travel bags to go-anywhere dresses to smart lifestyle items. The brand launched exclusively online at Saturday.com in Spring 2013, and has opened stores in New York City, Los Angeles, Houston, Honolulu, Boston, Washington DC., Japan and Singapore. The Kate Spade Saturday + West Elm collection is Kate Spade Saturday’s first home collaboration and will be available in West Elm stores, including the St. Louis Galleria, beginning this month.

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