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May, 2015: Current Design Trends

The experience of attending the High Point Furniture Market is fascinating, rewarding and intense. This international market is the largest and most important home furnishings market in the world. Manufacturers, Interior designers, retailers and the media come from 50 states and more than 100 foreign countries to introduce or view new trends and see "what's hot." I would like to share with you the trends introduced at the spring 2015 "Market."

Color
The presence of neutrals, gray, ivory and beige were complemented with splashes of strong colors such as emerald green, orange and sunflower yellow. White or cream combined with navy blue was a key theme. Blues were frequently used in sofas, chairs, pillows and benches -- including indoor and outdoor furniture. Blues, because of their familiarity and ability to combine well with different materials and metals, are easy to incorporate in any décor.

 Color Trend: Blue
Century Furniture Showroom

Surprisingly, pink also made an appearance at this Market -- from soft to stronger pinks. Pink was visible on chairs and even a sofa or two.

  Color Trend: Pink
Century Furniture Showroom

Texture
Repurposed metals and woods were frequently viewed on beds, tables and cabinets -- appealing to lovers of industrial design. Vintage finishes in different soft shades clearly broadened the audience for these items. Metals such as copper, zinc, chrome, brass and stainless steel were seen everywhere; some metals were shiny while others were brushed to deliver a lower luster.

  Texture Trend
Century Furniture Showroom

Space Solutions
This spring many of the casegoods had very clean architectural lines appealing to the consumer who likes Mid-Century Modern, Art Deco or a more Contemporary appearance. These items provide exceptional organization and storage beyond traditional tables, night stands, chests and dressers.

Style
Interestingly, upholstered and tufted beds (with or without wood frames) with nail head trim were included in most collections regardless of their degree of formality. Tufting was displayed in leather and fabric on sofas, chairs and other pieces such as benches.

  Style Trend
Century Furniture Showroom

Even though there were plenty of new and innovative designs, classic and traditional styles were also present as they transcend time.

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If you would like to explore how any of these exciting trends can be incorporated into your home, please contact me and we can discuss a complimentary design consultation. Together we can blend individual items to refresh a room or explore larger changes for selected rooms or your entire home.

February, 2015: Refreshing Your Home in Time for Spring

Spring is almost here and it's a great time to refresh your home's interior.

Like all successful initiatives, updating your home begins with an idea or objective. As a professional interior designer I can help you realize your vision by developing a plan that meets your schedule and budget.

Getting started is often the most challenging aspect of any project. But an easy way to brighten your home is to transform walls by selecting a new color scheme -- and what's more fun than selecting new paint colors? Starting with colors, I can help you create a room that is a true reflection of yourself.

Another great starting point is to select a single item to replace. In the living room maybe it's an old sofa or a huge armoire that no longer holds the television. In the bedroom, perhaps it's swapping out the old headboard with an upholstered replacement to produce a high-impact change. With an unbiased eye toward your objective, I can help you determine the items that can stay and which need to go -- in terms of furniture, window treatments, color, etc.

Updating window treatments is another great way to add interest and transform a room. Based upon my experience, I can help you coordinate patterns and colors that bring your room "to life."

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After
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New sofa, ottoman, chair and lamps with the addition
of foliage, area rug and unifying pillows and window treatments.


If you own a rental property or are thinking about selling, don't forget properties with a fresh look always capture the highest rates and resale prices.

Spring is almost here and I would welcome the opportunity to help you transform your home so it reflects your personality and supports your lifestyle. Call me to discuss a complimentary consultation.

Together we can tackle projects of any size to make sure you and your budget are infinitely happy. And as a professional interior designer, I can make your spring cleaning experience easy and fun.

Cheryl Wilson
Interior Designer
843-785-5261

January, 2015: Space Planning

2015 is here and with it the feeling that it might be time for some changes – to do what we have been thinking of doing for a while. This great concept, of course, can be applied to different areas of our lives including change in the home.

A project can be as simple as selecting new paint colors, new pillows for a sofa, or as involved and extensive as re-decorating your entire home.

We may know what we like, but when it comes to selecting, purchasing and placing furniture in our home it often gets more complicated. It is easy to become overwhelmed with choices resulting in mistakes – in terms of time and money.

Space planning is the key to successful interior design whether it is a single room or an entire house. A professional interior designer can guide you in the process making it enjoyable and delivering stellar results. When executed by an experienced interior designer, space planning helps by:
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Plantation Interiors has an extensive furniture gallery and fabric library to ensure you find the perfect items for your home. We are dedicated to making your home look welcoming, comfortable and harmonious with your lifestyle.

Please stop by, browse our large furniture and accessory showroom, and ask for Anita. I would be delighted to answer any questions and to help ensure your project is executed using today's space planning techniques.

Visit Plantation Interiors and I will get your 2015 projects started and completed with fun, energy and outstanding results. I promise making a change to your home will be one of your most enjoyable and rewarding New Year's resolutions.

December, 2014: Interior Design for the Holidays

In anticipation of the holiday season, Interior Designer Hope Hunter of Plantation Interiors was asked to combine her passion for Interior and Floral Design to create a "Holiday Fireplace Display" for the December issue of Hilton Head Monthly magazine.

Holiday Fireplace

To act as a festive focal point, Hope created and placed a driftwood wreath above the fireplace mantle -- conveying a sense of warmth and comfort. The wreath contains vibrant greens including Hydrangeas, Viburnum and Green Grass complemented with a champagne-colored ribbon with black and silver accents.

Adding holiday spirit, a cascade of silk magnolias and spruce clippings were draped upon the mantle. White candles and local cut greenery were added for fragrance and to create volume.
    
Using live Amaryllis, a handsome boxwood tree with accents of red Hypericum berries was prominently positioned upon the coffee table to add color to the room -- like the festive pillows. The silver, multi-level containers add a hint of elegance and remind us the New Year is rapidly approaching.

In time for the holidays, Hope selected arrangements, accessories and furniture that were in stock and available on Plantation Interiors' showroom.

Please visit Plantation Interiors for all of your holiday and year-round interior design needs.

November, 2014: Keeping Up with the World of Interior Design

With 11.5 million square feet of show space in 160 separate buildings, the International Home Furnishings Market is like Fashion Week for the furniture industry. Top manufacturers, designers and the like come to one small city, two times a year, to predict, show off and find the top trends in home furnishings. There was without a doubt, more than one could see in a single week but Plantation Interiors discovered some of the finest, most desirable fashions and trends to bring home to our clients.

Some of the current trends are follow-ups from years past and some are making their way into Market for the first time. Styles reaching into art, history and nature are all popular with decade revival in mind and mid-century modern pieces standing out. Classical and traditional silhouettes with updated looks and colors aid in the mixing and matching of different periods and furniture styles. Organic shapes and unexpected materials are bringing furnishings a fresher face from the geometric and static pieces of the past few seasons. History is repeating itself with re-imagined fretwork on case goods and flame stitch and iKat fabrics taking stage in most show rooms. In addition to these historical trends, large and exaggerated prints are making their way into the design world thanks to updated technology and processes.

Market 2014
Century High Point Market Showroom

It seems like just yesterday that the accent metals used were silver and bronze. Five years ago, many manufacturers, designers and clients disregarded bronze as a usable or fashionable feature. But in today’s designs, good brass has richness and patina that brings warmth and a timeless feel to the furniture world. It was seen everywhere from lighting, to accent tables, to even whole beds. Other accents spotted at market were the use of Lucite and acrylics on chair legs and case goods, small copper pieces, and artistically placed nail heads.

The most notable trend seen at the Fall 2014 Market was color, and lots of it! Pretty much any bright, bold color you can imagine was used throughout all of the showrooms. Manufacturers like Century have red and peacock blue as their “it” colors currently and many others aren’t falling far behind. Red was seen in every showroom we visited. From plum, burgundy, and deep jewel red to terracotta and a washed hue, manufacturers are using it everywhere and in every way. In addition, anyone who has been around for the last couple of Markets has an idea that blue has been rampant every year, and that’s not changing anytime soon. From cobalt, lapis, robin’s egg, and Century’s trendy peacock, blue will remain strong and classic. Beige is continuing to be phased out as the neutral of choice and gray and taupe are still paving their way into the number one neutral spot. As Mitzi Beach, ASID,CAPS, of Kansas wisely stated, “the colors and styles we use are a reflection of politics and the economy. The use of more color is a sign that things are looking up”.

Market 2014
Lorts High Point Market Showroom

Interior design trends rarely ever stay the same but at Plantation Interiors, we strive to find a timeless and tasteful design centered on the needs and wants of every client, while staying up to date in the world today. We make every effort to create classic, enduring spaces suited to every lifestyle and individual according to their tastes.

I invite you to visit Plantation Interiors, and if you ask for me, Alanna, we can discuss a complimentary design consultation.

January, 2014: Creating Comfortable and Enjoyable Homes via Interior Design

Home Discovery: Where Fun is Paramount

At 78 Cumberland Drive in Belfair, fun is paramount. The Bluffton home of Bob Willis and Nancy Winslow was built with an eye on entertaining and enjoying the panoramic views of nature.

Enjoyable Design: Kitchen

The interior and furnishings of the year-and-a-half-old residence were designed by Dean Huntley of Plantation Interiors, who, early in the construction process, became part of an intimate team that worked closely with the owners and contractors.

“I assisted with the view lines, interior design, cabinets, floorings, plumbing and electrical, and then I furnished it. I was fired several times, but always with love,” Huntley joked.

Willis and Winslow, who split their time between Maine and Belfair, make it clear to visitors entering the house that entertainment is in the cards. The front door opens into an awesome atrium and lanai that features stone set in sand, a waterfall, a 72-inch TV and a swimming pool.

Enjoyable Design: Bedroom

If a dip in the pool isn’t in the day’s plans, the atrium offers a clear point of view to a large great room, which comes complete with game table, cocktail bar, oversized sofas, cushy chairs and digital player baby grand piano. (The piano makes it easy for you: If you can’t tickle the ivories yourself, just plug in your iPod and let it take over your favorite tunes.)

The 5,500-square-foot, three-bedroom, 4.5-bath home is on Belfair’s golf course, but it offers unspoiled nature views that are simply spectacular, Huntley said.

Enjoyable Design: Office

The home also features two additional bedrooms in a connected above-garage suite, a library, study, reading nook, air-conditioned garage (where Willis keeps his workshop) and plenty of artwork that’s designed to accent the home’s calm vibe.

Enjoyable Design: Exterior

“I love the neutral interior; it allows for an appreciation of the nature outside, but there are lots of spicy colors and bittersweet reds,” Huntley said.

Sea Pines founder Charles Fraser launched Plantation Interiors as Sea Pines Interiors in 1972. Current owner Dudley King purchased the firm in 1983.

Plantation Interiors is located at 10 Target Rd. on Hilton Head Island. For more information or help with your design project, call (843) 785-5261 or visit www.plantationinteriors.com