Designs to Inspire

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Fall Design Event Highlights… September 29, 2009

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The Fall Design Event at International Market Square last Thrusday was a great treat–some of today’s hottest fashions for your home were showcased! The day was full of new and innovative products to inspire great design. Presentations ranged from fabrics, to furnishings, to flooring and everything in between.

A few of my days highlights included:

Barclay Butera, an Interior Designer and product stylists for Kravet fabrics and rugs. He talked to us about his designs and about doing what you love! Check out this link to get a taste of who he is and the fabrics he has designed for Kravet:

Leather floorsdistributed by Torlys flooring.  Yes, leather is not just for shoes anymore! Torlys have developed a system for installing leather floor tiles and planks similar to the way laminate floors are being installed. They are beautiful and offer a range of design options as you can mix your materials. The flexibility to design with all leather, leather and cork, or a mixture of leathers to create your own unique texture and look. The leather and cork are very green products as they are made entirely from what would normally go to the landfill! To view samples of this exciting new product check out the link below:

Century Furniture Industriesvery own, Eric Schenk Senior VP and COO, ripped apart a chair for us!  Yes, Upholstery from the Inside Out: This presentation, which included the deconstruction of a fully upholstered chair to highlight the amount of care and quality of materials that go into each piece of Century Upholstery. I was able to take photos during this presentation and have included them below. I hope that this will give you a good understanding of quality upholstery and the costs associated with it.

I’ve been using Century upholstery for years knowing it’s quality and great fashion sense, but it’s nice to be reminded. Check out their website: they offer more than upholstery. It’s apparent this family owned company takes care and pride in all the furnishings they construct in North Carolina, and it was fun to see them showcase it during this demonstration.

Hair-On-Hide Area Rugs was one of the last presentations that stands out for me and was showcased at the Holly Hunt showroom. These hair-on-hide area rugs, designed and constructed by Kyle Bunting in Texas! Yeah, USA! I know what you are thinking, the typical cow hide rugs that have come into fashion and are shaped like the beast–No, these are glamorous and beautiful art for the floor or wall. Custom designed just for you–any shape, any size, any pattern, and fully repairable! Check out Kyle’s website: for a view of this unique product.


The Jon Arlen Group September 28, 2009

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A few more highlights from The Jon Arlen Group showroom at International Market Square. Design is definitely in the details!


Showroom highlights! September 20, 2009

While at International Market Square (IMS) this week, our Minneapolis Design Center, I took the time to check out one of the NEW showrooms that is celebrating it’s opening on September 24! I was in complete awe as I walked into this showroom. The selections of home furnishings The Jon Arlene Group have chosen to showcase are filled with details you don’t see often in Minnesota. I call it a very Sophisticated California Modern look, that’s glamorous and sexy. Walking into the showroom I was completely transformed and soon slowed my pace to appreciate the finer things–Silk fabrics, and trimmings, that would make a princess feel right at home. Their blending of traditional elements with modern colors and textures was exquisite.

Here’s a small taste of the eye-candy available through The Jon Arlene Group. Of course with most of my Interior Design sources, the possiblities of making these pieces your own are endless. Here’s hoping for great success to the future of The Jon Arlene Group as they finish their showroom here in Minnesota.


October 2009 Events September 13, 2009

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-ASID Kitchen & Bath Tour: Please join me at this years American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Kitchen and Bath Tour the weekend of October 10th & 11th. I am one of sixteen Interior Designers that have been chosen to showcase my Bathroom Design on the tour and will be at my clients home in Savage from 10am – 4pm both days. The tour allows you the opportunity to tour 16 homes throughout the Twin Cities, where a mixture of Kitchens and Baths are being highlighted. Experience inspiring designs at real homes and meet the designer behind each project. Tickets are on sale now:’llbe/153288.asp

Also, be part of the kick-off Party taking place at International Market Square the evening of October 1st!

On October 1, 5-7 p.m., you are invited to the Kitchen & Bath Tour Kick-Off Party located at International Market Square! Meet the tour designers, tour IMS Kitchen and Bath Showrooms, enjoy complimentary Oktoberfest themed food and beer sampling. Plus, a chance to win fabulous prizes! Please RSVP to 612-373-9617.


September 2009 Events September 9, 2009

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FALL DESIGN EVENT: International Market Square (IMS) is hosting a Fall Design Event on Thursday September 24. This all day event is open to Design Professionals as well as the general public. A great opportunity for you to explore IMS, the center of design for the Upper Midwest. Seminars will be held by several showrooms throughout the building as well as hosted luncheons, and keynote presentations. See the latest design trends and gain new ideas for your home! I have provided the following links so you can view details about the Keynote Speakers and each showroom hosted design seminar.  (Click on the link below then scroll down to September 24 – Fall Design Show)  I have provided this YouTube video of Barclay Butera highlighting his collections for Kravet. As one of the Fabric and Rug Designers for Kravet, he will be one of the Keynote Speakers at this event.

The Kenny Home Tour: First Ever! Mark your calendars for Sunday, September 27, 2009 from 1pm-5pm. Enjoy a fall walking tour featuring 8 homes throughout the Kenny Neighborhood in Southwest Minneapolis. Homeowners will share hospitality, home improvements, and their stories along the way. Tickets are on sale at the award-winning Kenny Gardens for $10/person. Proceeds will support a neighborhood beautification project. *Please note: As a courtesy to homeowners, young children and pets are discouraged from attending this tour. Location: 58th and Emerson, Mpls. 5 blocks West of Lyndale Ave.


On windows…. September 1, 2009

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Window treatments offer more then just privacy and light control; They finish a room by adding comfort color and design to the space; They can help to humanize the scale of over-sized windows; Prevent sun damage to your fine furnishings, artwork, and area rugs; Add warmth at night by closing off a black pane of glass. (Some can even keep drafty windows at bay.)

 What’s on your windows can really tell the story of who you are and how you live.

Below are a variety of snapshots I’ve taken of treatments that I designed and were installed for my own clients. The fabrics we selected played a very important role in the overall design of the treatment and completion of each room:

Master Bath Custom Roman valance and roller shade.

Master Bath Roman valance and roller shade.

Master Bedroom Custom layered treatment

Master Bedroom layered treatment

MBR showing Roman shade down

MBR treatment showing Roman shade down

Master Bedroom Custom Roman valance

Master Bedroom silk stripe roman valance with pleated trimmings

Kitchen valance on curved rods

Kitchen valance on curved rods

Stairwell valance and shade

Stairwell valance and shade

Patio doors

Patio doors mirrored treatment in wool plaid


Ceiling Fans

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Ceiling fans aren’t the most desired way for Interior Designers to finish off a room, but they do help with air flow and energy savings so how can we say no to clients who stress their need? It’s not often that I am asked to take on the ceiling fan research for my clients, a fans a fan, right? Not so! In my resent discovery to seek a “more unique” ceiling fan for one of my clients, I discovered a great source. They offer unique and inspiring designs that you don’t find often in today’s market. Taking their influence from countries around the world. Technology of the past updated for today’s homes. Check out for an incredible offering of artistic styling in ceiling fans. This website even showcases some of their products in motion so you can have a greater understanding of how each piece would function in your home. Making an eyesore an art-form, now that’s my kind of vendor.