Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Spotting trends at The BDC

Classic zebra patterns in the Scalamandre showroom on display
during the Boston Design Center luxury open house: The Look.

Last week I took a field trip to the Boston Design Center to catch up on the latest interior design trends as presented by BDC Vice President and General Manager, Julie Rogowski, as well as via the well dressed showrooms throughout the building. At the entryway of the first seminar “Trends 2013 we were handed complimentary Mimosa cocktails served on silver platters. I could tell that this was going to be a good day at work!

We took our seats in the crowded fifth floor seminar room, eager to hear from Julie what colors and design directions are predicted for 2013. Her lively narration entertained us while a storyboard of designer eye-candy played in the background. See the Trends 2013 report here. But first, let me show you who and what I saw at the Boston Design Center that embodied the forecasted trends.

Above is a photo from the Scalamandre showroom. Classic patterns, like their zebra wallpaper circa 1930 have been reinterpreted in new colorways and treatments – as shown it is in a silver metallic grasscloth. The spindle chair is another design classic. Upholstered in a bold zebra print graced with a pop of color accent pillow in Mellow Yellow (another predicted design trend) this vignette is a great example of what we will be seeing in upcoming issues of our favorite shelter magazines. 

With Barbara Baratz of Venegas and CompanyLucy Dearborn of
Lucia Lighting, and designer Sarah Lalone of Sarah Lalone Design  

As we know, interior design and fashion design go hand in hand. Above, we see the same sunny Mellow Yellow paired with white and black worn on Barbara Baratz of Venegas and Company. I had to capture this photo with my Passport to Design partner, Lucy Dearborn (who is wearing True Blue – also on the color chart for next year), as the Venegas showroom sparkles with fixtures from her North Shore based design destination Lucia Lighting. The twin large scale orbs hanging above the island in the picture are the cousins of the chandi she lent me for my Modern Family Mudroom vignette featured at the North Shore Design Show last spring.

that included this dazzling light fixture seen at The Bright Group.

Dramatic lighting is one of those design tricks that truly makes a room beyond ordinary. In the showroom above, we see how a pair of lamps in bold orange (still an on-trend color choice, especially rosy-hued versions) are the perfect counterpoint to a neutral palette. Mushrooms, creams, and caramels – or “Tea Party colors – will maintain a strong presence in 2013.  

From the North Shore: Lisa Kawski of LMK Interiors,
Juli MacDonald of Green Bridge Architects,
Linda Hentschel of iDesign Interior Design Solutions,
 and Nancy Faye Glass of Glass House Designs

Standing in front of The Martin Group showroom, these North Shore designers are wearing colors straight from the trends report: a bit of mushroom, coral, blue and teal, along with forecasted Neo Geo patterns. Lisa, on the far left, will be presenting one of her kitchen design projects in this Saturday’s Wenham Museum Heart of the Home Kitchen Tour.

Floral patterns are also trending, as is glass tile. These shots were taken in the new 342 Designers Club. This much needed addition to the BDC will provide designers with a stylish and relaxing area to sit with their clients to discuss their projects over a cup of coffee or a bite to eat. We popped in to connect with some of the design bloggers that we knew who were tweeting, meeting and greeting as part of the days Social Media Lounge (see the list here). 

Design blogger and former Rue editor Cassandra LaValle
with Julieann Covino of  Jace Interiors and Create Girl

I had never met Cassandra of Coco + Kelley and Rue Magazine in person before – she has a lot of amazing design happenings going on in her world. Check out her super stylish lifestyle blog. 

Stacy Kuntstel of New England Home Magazine,
with Cassandra and Julieann in Designers Club 342

And speaking of super stylish, Stacy Kuntstel was also tweeting in the Social Media Lounge along with presenting her magazine editor styling tips during the lunch and learn portion of the day. While she claims she is not a designer (she spends her days staging photo shoots and creating candelabras) I am pretty sure that any room that she even casually decorates looks like it should be in a magazine.  

With Stacy and Eric Haydel of EMH Design Inc.

Last spring Stacy was the honorary chair of the Wenham Museum North Shore Design Show (see candids from the preview party here). While in the lounge, we also ran into Eric Haydel, another Wenham Museum alum. His fabulous space was just featured in the fall version of the ASID newsletter.

Don’t you just love the striped carpet in the Designers Club? That’s right, stripes in all widths and colors are also trending!

The carpet in this Webster and Company showroom vignette has a similar striped look, but in a classic animal print. Combined with a feminine color palette, floral wall paper and Tea Party neutrals this space was soft, yet warm and elegant. That’s a lot of trends working the same room, yet together they look flawless.

Throughout the day, showrooms provided a unique mix of bits and sips. I passed on the jelly beans at Venegas and Company, but enjoyed a couple of the pineapple martinis being served by Del Frisco mixologist Paul McAvoy. They were quite refreshing. Linda thought so, too.  

Designers Katherine Hawkins and Rosanne Palazola

Another trend to look out for was dubbed Femme Fatale. These fine fabrics on display at the Duralee showroom are a great example of the combination of boldly feminine colors paired with prints in elegant finishes.   

Linda with a piece from the fashion collection of Marilyn Riseman  

While black as a wardrobe choice is always on-trend with the design crowd, I also noted a repetition of gold accents in the crowd (Mellow Yellow), geometric patterns and that brilliant teal blue which pretty much looks fabulous on everyone.

Stephanie Sabbe of Sabbe Design (a guest blogger)
with designer Michelle Cortizo of Cortizo Interiors
(a recent contributor to New England Finery Magazine)

With designer Vani Sayeed who is the principal designer for the
recently opened Boston Magazine Design Home 2012. She also
shared her style tips in the last issue of New England Finery.

With Gail Ravgiala, editor of Design New England Magazine

Even the flower arrangements were on trend:
Mellow Yellow, Seeing Red, True Blue

Say it With Flowers: whether on a fabric, or in real life, flowers are always in style. Referencing their natural colorways is a great way to orchestrate a design scheme.

geometrics + bold stripes + true blue + burnt orange = perfection

While I was at the BDC, I was looking for some inspiration for the Designer Bath showroom. Our brand colors are gray, orange and occasionally blue. I just may have to use this tile-like wallpaper in our storefront windows ... 

Artist Susan Siefert of MadPatter Design with Linda Hentschel.
See the Chalk it Up piece she painted for Linda in this post and more

If one chandelier is good, half a dozen is better.

We had a wonderful time enjoying the luxury open house at the BDC. If only every day at work could be so sparkly!


  1. Great post, Yvonne and you look fabulous in all the pictures, as usual! I didn't make it to this event so appreciate the very detailed recap. Sounds like it was a great day!

  2. Yvonne, I remember the day I missed this event. Thank you so much for such a thorough recap of the trends, filled with great photos!


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