My Favorite Finds from the ICFF

Hi everyone!  This week I'm sharing my favorite finds from the ICFF trade show that I attended a few weeks ago in NYC. This was my first trade show and I didn't really know what to expect.  And it was great!  I discovered a lot of great vendors with really unique, beautifully made pieces.  The furniture was pretty modern for the most part, which I love, but where I was most inspired was through some of the accessories I came across.  Here are some of my favorites.

Abnormals Anonymous is a wallpaper line by a husband and wife duo out of Washington State. They have some incredibly quirky (but cool) prints. I posted a shot of their "Mr. Blow" paper on Instagram during the event (see below) but they also some more "safe" options, like little blue anchors that would be cute in a boys room.

MissPrint is a mother daughter duo out of the UK. Their wallpaper had such fresh colors and lots of whimsical prints. I could definitely see using these in many rooms, from kitchens to nurseries. Here's a pic of their Little Trees paper that comes in a range of colors.

Keep is a lighting company out of Brooklyn dedicated to keeping the art of glassblowing alive by creating beautiful, one of a kind light fixtures.  You MUST check out this fixture they made for the Gotham Market in Fort Greene - incredible!  Here are a few of their pendant lights that would be great above a kitchen island.

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Towards the end of the show I stumbled across these lamps from Stone and Sawyer, a maker out of upstate New York.  The owner was so thoughtful when speaking about his pieces. I think the colors are spot on for New England homes and the shapes are beautiful.

These plastic (yes plastic) rugs from Pappelina can be used indoors and out. I love the back story about how the company was formed. The founder came across some colorful, plastic ribbons used to make rugs in the 70's and was inspired to create her own modern line of rugs.  They come in such vibrant colors and prints.  LOVE.

And here's another company called Hidraulik also using non-traditional materials for rugs. These are made of a vinyl-like material and are designed to look like traditional tile floors in Barcelona, however, they are a rug!  And if you spill something on them it doesn't matter because it wipes right off. Super cool!

And finally this is clearly not an accessory, but I loved this emerald green, velvet sofa from Suite NYC.  I've never seen anything like it and love it.  It was paired with some caramel colored chairs and looked really sharp.

I hope to make this an annual thing and can't wait to use some of these in a future client's home.

Cheers!

One Room Challenge: Week 1 - The Open Family Room

Hi everyone!  For those that don't know me, my name is Rachel Dunham and I'm an interior designer whose mission is to create beautiful and functional rooms for the everyday person.  As some of you know, I participated in The One Room Challenge for the first time this past Fall, in which I updated our sad powder room.  The One Room Challenge is a bi-annual blogger challenge put on by Calling it Home where designers transform a room over the course of 6 weeks. There are 20 main participants and hundreds of guest participants (like myself) who take on the challenge. And boy does 6 weeks go fast! 

This Spring I'm taking the challenge with a client of mine who lives in Somerville with her husband, daughter and soon, their new mini goldendoodle (!)  The timing felt right to feature this project as I just started working with her and she's gung-ho to make changes quickly.  Mainly I'm helping to accessorize and pull the space together as they already have some nice pieces of furniture that they recently purchased.  The first floor is generally used for hanging as a family and eating meals together.  It's an open concept that includes the galley kitchen, dining area and living space all in one.  Their main entry into the home is also on this level and within the open space, so an additional challenge will be carving out a more functional (and pretty!) entryway for the family.

Here are a few before photos of the space:

Pardon the iPhone photos but this gives you a sense of what we're working with. I'll be working on an updated floor plan, adding some additional accent tables, lighting, rugs and accessories.  I'll also be carving out a better solution for the entryway for their jackets, shoes, boots, etc.  

I can't wait to share the progress as we roll along!