Tuesday, February 11, 2014

We'll Never Be Royals....Pantone Color of the Year

Hey....I'm hip.  Did you get the lyrics from "Royals by Lorde"?  Well it's not exactly a royal purple, it's Radiant Orchid to be exact. The PANTONE of the the year. And I have to say.....it's about time.  Even as a wee little "birdie" in my momma's nest, I have been in love with purple!  I know it's hard to believe since all I ever talk about is.....aqua, AQUA, aQuA!  I still do my best to sneak it in whenever I can.

Wanted to share this amazing news with you. Especially now when we are all freezing, snowed/iced in.  There's nothing like a bright cheerful color to liven up your day.  So take a minute...look/then close your eyes, hehehehe, an dream of lovely blooms and warmer days.

You may not want to jump into the pool head first, but there are a number of ways that you can bring this fabulous color into your home.  Think accessories!!!! Pillows, ottomans, throws, votives/candles, art....just to think of a few ideas.  Don't be afraid! Dip your toes into the color pool and enjoy!

I'd love to know what you think!!  

Have a good one,

Saturday, February 8, 2014

January 2014 Trip to Atlanta....Better Late than Never

Well, as usual this post is long over due.  I have had a jam packed schedule this year and am behind in all things, once again!  The last I blabbed/you read  I was headed to Atlanta for the Gift Show.  The Robin's Nest was in search of hand-crafted products to add to the shop. Another goal of heading down to "Market", as it's known in the biz is see what's trending in the decor world.  I think myself a trend spotter, you see. (hehehehe) Seriously though, even though I focus on vintage in my shop, I want to make sure that my displays and products align with current trends. (Bustin' out some of my marketing garble for you!) So I'll share some of what I saw down in Atlanta.
P.S. Gotta give a shout out to one of my besties, Kelly, from Madison & Mabel. Drop by her site and take a look at her custom furniture...amazing!

Color is still king.....

Lots of color to be seen all throughout the showrooms in Atlanta.  The bold hues that we saw last year are still going strong.  Of course, I am drawn to the aqua and robin's egg blues that I saw.  uh duh!

Taxidermy lives on........

One of my favorite trends!  Let's just say.....if it has a head it was mounted on a wall.  Whimsical, realistic, colorful everywhere I looked in Atlanta I saw a mounted head.  Long gown are the days of just deer and moose.  Hedgehogs, rams, raccoons, gerbils......check in the box.

Unconventional Materials and Style.....

Creative use of materials and style continues to dominate the market.  Either a "knock-off" found in a department store or the real vintage "deal" out of the box design is strong.  Since this arena is my first love, it was a lot of fun seeing what small companies were showing.  I'm not a huge fan of the knock-offs.

Ethnic Style and Texture....

Again....loving this trend.  Although you might not want to build a room around this trend. It's fun to pick a few elements to add to your existing style.  I believe style is simply surrounding yourself with things that make you happy.  Don't be afraid to color outside the lines.

A few pics that made me smile.....

I hope you enjoyed this little snippet from my time in Atlanta, GA during the Jan. 2014 Home and Gift Show.  Make sure to keep your eyes peeled this year as you shop to see if you spot the trends that I found.

Have a good one,