Wednesday, January 26, 2011

A trend toward Orange.....Equestrian and Hermes

this is Hermes ad campaign for India
I guess inspiration comes from many children inspire me daily, my store gives me inspiration - even my husband gives me inspiration.....lately it has really been all about Hermes....I know it sounds odd...but I received a shipment of Vintage Hermes boxes from Germany - they are currently sitting in my store window stacked like the ones I saw in a french magazine...they are awesome - I look at them daily...who would have guessed I would be inspired by orange boxes...

I now have developed an infatuation with the Hermes Orange....everything I see all around me is linked somewhat to the Hermes Orange - new blogs, tv, magazines, everything - it seems that the trend has led itself to orange, horse themed decor and well you guessed it Hermes...

People have been trying to colour match the Hermes of the blogs posted a Benjamin Moore swatch that is pretty close. Electric Orange 2015-10 - a client of ours just did there kitchen in Benjamin Moores Tangy orange and I know Nancy loves the colour - her cabinets are all white and her walls are the wonderful tone of tangy orange.
I have been leaning towards painting furniture in a high gloss orange for an instant pop of colour - found the right person to spray the pieces now just need to take the plunge.

Mario, the kids and I are moving in March - the new house has a ceiling height of 20 ft or so in the living space - we will have the loft space upstairs and now are looking for a different inspiration. For those of you who saw our house in the Sept Issue of Chatelaine - some of it will change, whose kidding who...,most of it will change.  I have been inspired by the high ceilings and the odd shapes in the house to lean towards a clean mid century look with over the top french - something like you would see in Elle Decoration magazine. - The room above has a beautiful painted headboard in Hermes orange that is the great pop of colour. - Kind of great.

this is also great - an Hermes orange upholstered headboard
 Flipping through Living Etc - they featured stairs and runners, the space below is so cool - to be daring enough to add the Hermes orange runner and take the step would be ....well...awesome

When I think of how many years I loved Robins egg blue and how successful the colour was for me - I would never have guessed I could give up on it so easily. The orange has been like home - it is a friend - it is cheery and vibrant but also zesty and warm - it is a colour I would never have guessed I would have liked - but it has brightened my outlook on what is out in the design world and left me with a sweet citrus taste.

I need to end with the rest of the Hermes Campaign for India - the photos are stunning and quite comical.....

Oh and one last thing.....delivered the other day via courier was the absolutely wonderful messenger might have remembered that I wrote about it the other postings.....the Hermes Steve Messenger is so freaking awesome you cannot even imagine...I was in the Loblaws yesterday and a lady came up to me to say how beautiful it another compliment.....let them keep coming - because it is worth it....

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The New Year brings in a touch of Orange

While off for the Christmas Holidays - I took some time to check out other blogs, and companies that we currently deal with to see what was new and exciting out in the industry.

Not suprisingly I found that the colour Orange has made a strong comeback.....sorry to the robins egg blue that was my friend for 7 years...but my orange - specifically my Hermes Orange has brought me more inspiration and given me a whole new direction with my store. Hermes released a new Mens Collection which included the Steve Messenger bag - named after the actor Steve McQueen - it of course comes in neutral colours like black and grey...but who could resist the messenger is Orange...

Hermes Steve Messenger Bag

Looking at what was coming New into the furniture market - I checked out the Furniture Mart in Las Vegas - similair to the furniture show in Toronto but on a huge scale. A couple of our suppliers have come out with some awesome new orange pieces. This one was a stunner - I think Mario and I both looked and thought...OMG where could it go?

Talk about amazing, the details on this bed even if it was not in Orange is still spectacular.

This same company calls their furniture Art - not furniture - obvious to see why - they are very careful to pay attention to details. There is a full line of acrylic chairs that put the ghost chair to shame. In this line is a collection of tables, side tables, ottomans and more - there is choice of fabrics that you can put - the orange velvet is the same orange as Hermes and really is quite beautiful

This is 100% New Zealand Wool rug from the same company which can also custom design anything you want

For those of you who are interested in the Mid Century era - which I actually feel like I am liking more and more - not all of it but the classic pieces - these are now available and I will probably carry some in the store.

the classic Eiffel chair in orange with wooden legs

One of my favorite pieces comes from Global Views - they are also know for quality pieces and are on the trend list in many of the top magazines - this wonderful desk is another of Mario and my OMG's and graced the cover of Neiman Marcus this past winter. The pale coloured wood - almost weathered looking is beautiful against the orange leather - again another keeper and something that would add such impact in a bedroom....Maybe Carrie from Sex and the City 2 would not have minded if Mr Big put the TV in this desk instead...

Last but not least ...I cannot leave without saying something about Fossil I know it is not furnishings - but i bought myself an Orange Fossil watch just before the holidays and it is complimented all the time - they have others which I just found on line and have been designed for Fossil from Philippe Starck....and again can I say.....OMG

Inspiration comes in many forms....I am always inspired by my children and my husband and had never really thought I was inspired by colour until I actually focused for a little bit....and my little touch of orange is and really has become my inspiration....This is the week my collection of Vintage Hermes boxes are arriving in my store and I cannot begin to say how excited I am to get them....I have had many things delivered - but who would have guessed that I would be inspired and excited for a bunch of empty orange boxes....