Update from Paris: Design Trends from 2013 Maison & Objet

By Rose Winston

January 24, 2013—For the past month, Paris has been awash in protests, both for and against the government’s gay-marriage law (which passed on February 12th). As I arrived in Paris to attend Maison & Objet, the renowned annual interior design show, I had the good fortune to witness history in the making as citizens took to the streets to voice their views.  It was fascinating to watch France’s “democracy in action.”

Likewise at Maison this year, many companies were doing their part to “democratize” home styles by bringing well-designed and innovative products to the masses.  Here are a few of the hot trends and fabulous finds I discovered at the show.

No.9 Thompson Grand Vizier

One of Jim Thompson’s Turkish-inspired prints in terracotta paired with turquoise blue.

In the Jim Thompson showroom, artist Richard Smith introduced his latest No. 9 collection, inspired by Turkish motifs. Smith’s Grand Paisley fabric pairs a wheat-colored linen foreground with forsythia, light pink, chartreuse and turquoise-blue accents. A perfect spring bouquet!

Color trends
Gray is still popular this season. In shades ranging from light dove to taupe to dark charcoal, it provides a neutral canvas upon which many vibrant colors can be paired.

A profusion of pink permeated the show this year, from light rose to warm coral and deep mauve.  The chromo-meter was also turned high with bright shades from forsythia yellow to Chartreuse green. Fabulous shades of blue were also omnipresent.  Below, Belgian company Charrell combined a serene blue linen sofa and chairs with lightly distressed wood furniture and a stunning crystal chandelier.

Maison-Chavrell-blue room

A vignette by Charrell combines a blue linen sofa and blue dining chairs.

London’s Designers Guild displayed an alcove of chairs upholstered in all shades of blue, from indigo to sky blue.

Miason blue chairs

Shades of blue: Designers Guild’s chair collection.

And a guest room by Pierre Frey was enveloped in a bold, modern graphic fabric that covered the walls in bold forsythia and ivory.

Maison-yellow room

Upholstered walls by Pierre Frey.

Tabletop Style
Theresienthal Crystal introduced a new collection this year called Amundo, with designs based on the Asian temples of Angkor Wat. Each piece can serve as a vase, a tea light, a candle holder or a centerpiece bowl.  The colors of amber, indigo and plum impart a sense of serenity.


Versatile new vases by Theresienthal were inspired by temples of Angkor Wat.

One of the most innovative lamps I found at the show is from a small French company called Verveine Menthe.  Drum-shaped lampshades in its nature-inspired collection come in a variety of vibrant colors and display a whimsical cut-out where a faux canary is perched.

Miason Neo DKO Concept-lamps

Vibrantly colored lamp shades by Verveine Menthe.

As Jules Renard once said, “add three letters to Paris and your have “Paradise. ” It is so true that Paris, the capital of decorative arts, has the ability to inspire great creativity in all of us.

Rose Winston is pursuing a second Masters in Interior Design at the Corcoran College
of Art, where she was awarded a Fellowship.

Expert Advice on Holiday Decor

In her own home, Camille Saum used ribbons in orange and mint-green with pink stripes to create a warm and welcoming Christmas tree.

In her own home, Camille Saum used ribbons in orange and mint-green with pink stripes to create a warm and welcoming Christmas tree. © Gordon Beall

Interior designer Camille Saum has always loved decorating Christmas trees. For years, she would lavishly adorn as many as three trees in her own house when holiday season rolled around—in addition to all the trees she’d be called on to decorate for clients. “I absolutely adore doing Christmas trees,” Saum says. “It’s like painting on a canvas. It’s art.”

Razzle Dazzle, for the Georgetown Jingle, is embellished with ornaments made by Saum's sister; "Avery's Star" at the top is named for the girl with whom Saum decorated the tree.

Razzle Dazzle, for the Georgetown Jingle, is embellished with ornaments made by Saum’s sister; “Avery’s Star” at the top is named for the girl with whom Saum decorated the tree.

Saum sprayed this sparkling, glitzy tree for the Georgetown Jingle silver and dusted it with glitter.

For another Georgetown Jingle, Saum sprayed this sparkling, glitzy tree with silver and dusted it with glitter.

In addition to decorating for clients, Saum usually plies her skills at the Georgetown Jingle, an annual fund-raiser for the Georgetown University Hospital’s pediatric oncology programs for which area designers decorate Christmas trees to raise money for cancer research. For these events, Saum partners with a young patient ambassador, allowing the child’s interests  and preferences to inspire the tree’s decoration. On her own, however, anything goes. “I never know what I’m going to do when I start,” she says. “It’s unpredictable, a wonderful emotional and creative outlet.”

Below, see Camille Saum’s tips for decorating during the holiday season—whether you are putting up a tree, throwing a party or hosting out-of-town guests.

• Tidy up—remove the clutter.

• Create a new look by rearranging the furniture.

• Brighten up with fresh colors: Repaint a room or two.

• Bring out seasonal accessories; unique pieces will become family treasures.

• Add new throw pillows—they will tie your look together and make the room pop.

• Enjoy your home, specially decorated for the holiday season!

The Georgetown Jingle heralds the holidays

A tree by designer Patrick Baglino. Photo © Kevin Allen.

A tree by designer Patrick Baglino. Photo © Kevin Allen.

On December 16th, you can celebrate the holiday season and support a great cause at the seventh annual Georgetown Jingle. This fundraiser at the Four Seasons Hotel offers an enjoyable afternoon and evening for the whole family, with proceeds benefitting Medstar Georgetown University Hospital’s pediatric oncology programs.

Seventeen holiday trees and vignettes created by top area designers have transformed the Four Season’s public spaces into a winter wonderland. On view now through the 16th, one is more dazzling and creative than the next, as we discovered at the recent press preview. (The trees and vignettes, each inspired by a young patient ambassador under treatment at the hospital, are for sale and available to take home before Christmas.)

From 1 to 4 p.m. on December 16th, children are invited to the Jingle where they can decorate holiday treats and do craft projects with local design teams that will include Barbara Franceski, LLC; Camille Saum Interior Design; Elizabeth Krial Design; Timothy Paul Bedding + Home; Niermann Weeks; and SCW Interiors. Kids will also get their photos taken with Santa, watch lively performances and enjoy holiday snacks.

"Season's First Snow" was designed by Christopher Patrick Interiors. Photo © Kevin Allen.

“Season’s First Snow” was designed by Christopher Patrick Interiors. Photo © Kevin Allen.

Later in the evening, adults will sample cuisine from some of the area’s hottest restaurants (including Bibiana, Graffiato, Proof and Bourbon Steak) and enjoy live entertainment by singer Pamala Stanley. The evening event also features a silent auction with fabulous offerings in the following categories: great escapes, signed memorabilia, must-have toys, luxury gifts and indulgences and dine & unwind. A raffle will land one lucky winner a new Toyota Prius courtesy of Washington Area Toyota Dealers.

Over the past six years, the Georgetown Jingle has raised $1.5 million for the pediatric programs at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital.

Many local designers work tirelessly year-round to support the cause. Says 2012 Georgetown Jingle design chair Michael Roberson, “It feels so good to give.”

The following design teams created trees and vignettes for the 2012 Georgetown Jingle:

1. Barry Dixon, Barry Dixon Interiors

2. Sandra Meyers, Sandra Meyers Interior Design

The "Suesstacular" tree b Allie Mann of Case Design. Photo © Kevin Allen.

The “Suesstacular” tree by Allie Mann of Case Design. Photo © Kevin Allen.

3. Diane Darling, Darlene Solutions

4. David Herchik & Richard Looman, JDS Designs

5. Samantha Friedman, Samantha Friedman Interior Design

6. Christopher Patrick and Kaitlyn Andrews-Rice, Christopher Patrick Interiors

7.  John Coplen, Alter Urban, LLC

8. Allie Mann, Case Design

9. Patrick J. Baglino, Jr., Patrick J. Baglino Jr. Interior Design

10. Debbie Henry, The Velvet Frog

11. Nick Beck & Anastasia Kessler, Dolci Gelati and JDS Designs, Inc.

Samantha Friedman's Lego Tree features ornaments made from Lego pieces.

Samantha Friedman’s Lego Tree features ornaments made from Lego pieces. Photo © Kevin Allen.

12. Kate Roberson & Whitney Osterhout, Corcoran College of Art & Design ASID

13. Miriam Dillon & Evelyn Smith, Barnes Vanze Architects

14. Darlene Molnar & Sara Knowles, Darlene Molnar LLC & ETSK Design

15. Allison Priebe Brooks & Paul Baldwin, The Queen Bee

16. Dee Thornton, Houseworks Interiors

17. Sandi Hoffman, Sandi R. Hoffman Special Events

For tickets and more information, visit georgetownjingle.com —Sharon Jaffe Dan

Guest Blog: New Shapes and Patterns in Tile

Christina Ginn, a vice president at Architectural Ceramics, discusses new trends in tile shapes and patterns

Recently I’ve noticed exciting patterns resurface in the tile industry.  The first to show up all over is plaid, or what I like to call the Tartan look.  This is one of my personal favorites because of the historical significance of Tartans. Historically, each clan or region in Scotland was represented by a specific color or pattern of Tartan; my husband is part Scottish and below is the McRae Tartan:

Today, tile makers are creating this look in stone. The image below shows a Tartan-inspired design in tile with Architectural Ceramics’ Driftwood, Botticino, and Bianco Antico Honed Stone:

Another motif in vogue at the moment is the Arabesque.  This pattern was popular back in the 1970s but was commonly done in deep earthy tones resembling a  Mediterranean style.  Today’s resurgent Arabesque has a clean, timeless look that can be executed in either stone or ceramic.  Architectural Ceramics now stocks Arabesques in  Bianco Venatino marble (left) and  Calacatta (right) , as shown below.

Hexagons are another pattern on the rise. They were popular during the Victorian period, when they were often used in small black and white mosaics. Now we’re seeing hexagons in porcelain, stone, and ceramic tiles—and they come in various colors and sizes.

Here is Architectural Ceramics’ Bianco Venatino Hexagon Mosaic:

Last but not least, is the Herringbone (zig-zag) pattern. Trends in Southwestern-style clothing and home décor have influenced this design.

Herringbone patterns are showing up in myriad types of tile, including wood and stained-glass mosaic. Here is an example of porcelain tile (that looks like wood), done in a herringbone pattern:

And here is a stained-glass mosaic look done in a zig-zag pattern.

For more information on these and other tile products, visit  www.architecturalceramics.com.



The GE Innovation Showcase at ADU

ADU’s owner Tom Oliff (right) poses with Joan Watkins, principal of Watkins Cabinet Company, Inc., in Barnesville, Maryland, and her husband, Gil House.

Guests mingle by the buffet.

November 16, 2012—Last night’s GE Innovation Showcase at Appliance Distributors Unlimited (ADU) in Baltimore shone a spotlight on a collection of GE products, old and new. Home & Design stopped by to see what was on offer and discovered a showroom chock full of GE appliances, along with a chef serving up hors d’oeuvres—all prepared using the appliances visitors were there to see. Below is a quick rundown of GE’s highlights:

The Advantium oven, which last night made a perfect filet mignon in record time, is a combination speed oven, convection oven and microwave.

The Advantium speed oven.

The GE Café line of appliances, modeled after their commercial-grade cousins, boasted a sleek, modern look and a more affordable price point, while the new, 30-inch Monogram refrigerator below offered a  space-saving profile.

The 30-inch built-in Monogram fridge.

The new French-door refrigerator with an integrated icemaker on the door was also on display, as was the Induction Cooktop, which offers an alternative to traditional cooking and heating methods.

The induction cooktop.

Curtain Call: Turning window treatments into works of art

A great room in a project by Alice Busch shows how the right window treatments provide the touch that completes a space.

From the exterior looking in, windows are the eyes that view our domestic soul — they allow an outsider to observe our light, movements, and personal objects that suggest who we are.

But from the inside looking out, a window is not only a functional necessity, but a statement of our personal tastes, as well.

Like the chosen artifacts we hang on our walls and set on our shelves and tables, a window is a vehicle that can literally transport us, like art itself.  Why not, then, treat it as such?

“In home design, drapery is hugely important,” states Alice Busch, a widely recognized leader in interior design and founder of the venerable Great Falls Distinctive Interiors, Inc.

“Window treatments are what I call the fourth level of design,” says Alice, who runs her upscale design company with her son, Lucas.  “The first level are the floor treatments, your rugs, your flooring.  The second level, your furniture; the third level your personal affects, art, paneling.”

Alice asserts that vertical design is as important as horizontal; drawing one’s eyes to the top of the room, enhances a space.  “There are essentially four key elements for proper drapery selection,” she enthuses.  “One, color: don’t shy away from color depth.  Two, positioning: drapes should sit at the bottom of the crown molding, with some exceptions.  Three, fabric quality: weight of the lining and interlining are crucial.  And four, proper measurement.” In fact, Alice, an expert in drapery treatments that are known for their quality and unique finishing touches, employs her own formula for measurement.

“Drapes can literally make or break a room.  Skimping on fabric quality and / or the interlining will always be regretted.”

The lines of an elegant room are softened by the right draperies.

As one who has worked on million dollar embassy projects, upscale residential work in DC, Maryland and Virginia suburbs, as well as lavish smaller projects, Alice offers these tips on fabrics:

  1. Opt for pure cottons; these are Alice’s favorite fabrics to work with.
  2. Always choose natural fabrics over synthetics.
  3. Silks are good to work with, too.  The heavier, the better.
  4. Texture (sheen, weave) is visually just as important as color.
  5. Establishing “fabric memory” (gravity-induced “hang” of the cloth) is a must.

Alice’s Designer Tip:  Draperies should not be touched for a full month after hanging.  “No dusting, no vacuuming around them, no opening or closing.  It will be difficult for some people,” she laughs, “but allowing the fabric to establish a memory is crucial.  If done correctly, they will hang right forever.”

What about hardware?  “Oh, with hardware, you definitely get what you pay for.  Don’t skimp.”  Alice opines that for simple rooms, iron rods are nice but can look like a piece of wire if they are too thin.  “The weight of the hardware will depend on room dimensions.  The relationship of ceiling height to floor will determine the diameter of the rod.”  She notes that customized finished wood hardware would be more appropriate for formal interiors.

Alice’s Designer Tip: There are numerous styles to choose from and most are within the same price range.  Her favorite style is a “waterfall” over the rod.  “I like the unstructured look.  ‘Waterfall’ makes the whole panel visually fill out.”

Whether sleek and clean or rich and elegant, there is a perfect window treatment for every room and every budget.

“Think of it this way,” says Alice, “I liken drapes in your room to luxurious fabrics on your skin; the right quality can make you feel so good.”

Going Green: An eco-friendly show house near Annapolis embraces sustainable style

The 2012 Maryland Green Designer Show House.

The 2012 Maryland Green Designer Show Home is living proof that good design and sustainability can go hand in hand. Designed by architect Cathy Purple Cherry and built by Baldwin Homes, the Craftsman-style residence employs a host of eco-friendly features, systems and materials and is expected to be LEED certified and certified by the National Green Building Standard. The home is open for tours through November 17, 2012.

The home was designed and constructed to be as energy efficient as possible, with structurally insulated sheathing, Pella Low E windows and doors, foam insulation and energy-efficient appliances. The design team went to extremes to conserve water and eliminate runoff with vegetated swales and buried cisterns to offset water used in irrigation.

Mike Baldwin, president of Baldwin Homes and the founder of the Maryland Green Designer Show Home, decided to create the home to illustrate the potential of green building. “We wanted to show that building a green house is just building a quality house—just a little bit better thought out,” he explains. The home is currently for sale. Proceeds from tours—as well as profits from the eventual sale of the home—will be divided between two charities: Hospice of the Chesapeake and the Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic Foundation.

Nine interior design teams were tasked with decorating the home in a sustainable way. “The designers were excited to embrace” the home’s strict green standards, says Baldwin. “The fabrics are green-certified. A lot of designers used reupholstered furniture and FSC-certified materials. The paints are no VOC by Sherwin Williams.” Every room in the house illustrates how homeowners can go green in style…a few photos below offer a sneak peek of the interiors.

The Maryland Green Designer Show Home is located at 1760 Holladay Park Road in Gambrills, Maryland. For tickets or more information, visit mdgreenshowhome.com. —Sharon Jaffe Dan

Designed by Gina Fitzsimmons, ASID, of Fitzsimmons Design Associates, the kitchen features an island made of recycled wood, ECO countertops by Cosentino made with 75 percent recycled contents and recycled ceramic tile.

Teresa Buchanan, ASID, of Designline created a sustainable retreat in the master bedroom. She fashioned the headboard from existing railing and selected LED lighting, an eco-friendly mattress and luxurious silk and cotton bedding.