Coming Up: Events You Won't Want to Miss

 Photo: A showroom at the spring 2018 High Point Market, by Michaela Satterfield.

Photo: A showroom at the spring 2018 High Point Market, by Michaela Satterfield.

The fall/winter market season is officially upon us! This weekend, James Décor is headed to the semiannual High Point Market in North Carolina. Known as the largest furnishings trade show in the world, the market will be held October 13-17 this year. There are around 75,000 attendees each spring and fall. Over 100 companies are represented in the whopping 11.5 million square feet of showroom area. The event is open to the industry only.

Check it out: http://highpointmarket.org/

Another event you’ll definitely want to check out is Design Miami in Florida. Preview day, December 4, is for invitees only, but the market is open to the public from December 5-9, 2018. Called the “global forum for design,” Design Miami features plenty of exhibitions, as well as seminars on design, art, fashion, and architecture.

Check it out: http://miami2018.designmiami.com/

Located in Atlanta, Georgia, AmericasMart is home to many year-round exhibitors. You’ll find even more showrooms open at the markets. The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market will take place January 8-15, 2019. It consists of 7 million square feet of showrooms. You’ll also find plenty of networking events and seminars.  

Check it out: https://www.americasmart.com/

 Photo: Rug showroom, by Michaela Satterfield.

Photo: Rug showroom, by Michaela Satterfield.

The Dallas Total Home and Gift Market in Texas comes next. Open from January 16-22, 2019, you’ll find a plethora of home décor and lighting, as well as accessories and gifts. Dallas is home to an interior design center year-round, which takes up over 200,000 square feet. The seasonal market here features even more showrooms to connect retailers and manufacturers.

Check it out: http://dallasmarketcenter.com/markets/

To wrap up this market season, you’ll definitely want to visit the Las Vegas Market January 27-31, 2019. This market is the primary home furnishings market in the West, and boasts of its relaxed “West Coast vibe.” There are over 4,000 exhibitors featured. The large bedding exhibit is especially notable. Las Vegas is also known for being “focused on the customer experience.” The hospitality at this market is second to none.

Check it out: https://www.lasvegasmarket.com/

There’s nothing like strolling through endless showrooms of the newest furniture trends to get your design creativity flowing. It’s the best way to dive right into the world of interior design. These markets are events you won’t want to miss.

 

Michaela Satterfield

 

Sources:

https://www.stlmag.com/design/interior-design/the-best-design-and-furniture-markets-across-the-country/

The Psychology of Interior Design

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Photo: https://pxhere.com/en/photo/803037

Imagine your home, your workplace, your school. The store, the doctor’s office, the bank—places you frequent each and every day. Can you recall the color of the walls? The fabric of the chairs? The location of the windows? The environments we live our lives in frequently go unnoticed. Yet they are always humming in the background, affecting everything from the way we feel to the way we interact with others.

They are the backdrops of our lives.    

Interior designers are educated to keep many different design aspects in mind as they specify and space plan. Whether we realize it or not, the design of the spaces we inhabit has a big impact on us—either good or bad. How? Let’s take a look.

1.       Color

Color psychology is a concept frequently utilized by advertisers. Think about any given fast food restaurant’s logo. What color is it? I don’t know which restaurant you thought of, and yet I’m willing to bet its logo features the color red. Why? Red is a color frequently associated with causing hunger. It also catches attention and invokes excitement—all things a fast food restaurant is looking to achieve with its logo.

According to Will Erstad, author of “The Graphic Designer’s Guide to the Psychology of Color,” every color appeals to certain emotions. Yellow is known to produce happy and excited feelings, while blue is frequently associated with sad and calm feelings.  Green is known to make people feel calm and connected to others. Purple is mysterious and linked to wealth, or royalty. The colors in our environment clearly make a difference in the way we feel.

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Photo: https://pxhere.com/en/photo/572958

2.       Light

Aside from the color of the walls or furniture in an environment, the lighting in the room also has an impact on the people in it. Think about how you feel on a sunny day, versus how you feel on a cloudy day. I don’t know about you, but I feel more positive and energetic on a sunny day, while I feel more calm and subdued on a cloudy day.

In a Huffington Post article, author Amanda L. Chan explains that intensity of light correlates with intensity of emotion. So, if a person is in a brighter room, they tend to feel their emotions more strongly. Research backs up the claim. In a study, participants tended to desire spicier food the brighter the light was. They also found other people to be more attractive in brighter light. In dimmer light, participants did not experience these emotions as strongly. Whether it be from the windows or the light fixtures, the presence of light in a room has the power to change our moods.

3.       Texture

While the effects of color and light in an environment may be obvious, did you know that even the textures in a space can affect your mood? Imagine a soft, fluffy sofa complete with a fuzzy blanket at your home. Now, imagine cold, slick tile floors and a stiff bed with a scratchy blanket at a hospital. I only used textures to describe the scenes, and yet one is clearly more appealing than the other.

In an article featured on Psychology Today, author Ingrid Fetell discusses the subject. Research shows that people who are experiencing negative emotions crave soft textures. People experiencing positive emotions, on the other hand, don’t pay attention to texture. They are more likely to notice things like color. For example, participants in a study would choose a hand lotion based on the smoothness of it if they were sad. If they were happy, they would select one based on other factors, like how it looked. On top of this, soft or smooth textures can lead to feelings of comfort and relaxation, while hard or rough textures can lead to feelings of formality and stiffness.

 

4.       Space planning

Not only does the color, light, and texture of a room have an impact on its occupants. There is psychology behind how it is all arranged, as well. A great example is a traditional office space. You may picture rows and rows of boring cubicles. Now, picture a big, open room filled with desks that have plenty of room to breathe. There are conference tables in the open area to promote collaboration, as well as smooth flowing traffic patterns. Which office do you want to work in?

Research suggests that the size of a room can impact creative thinking, according to Jon Bradshaw, author of “The Psychology of Space Part 1.” The higher the ceiling and more open the room, the more likely people are to think freely and creatively. It is possible, however, for a room to be too big. A room designed for 500 people will make a group of only 100 people feel insecure and discouraged to interact. People also find rooms that are curvilinear to be more appealing than purely rectangular ones.

 

Our environments—composed of color, light and texture, all arranged in specific ways—clearly make an impact on how we live and what we experience. While they go unnoticed, their significance is undeniable.

Without the backdrop, after all, there would be no show.

Michaela Satterfield

 

 Photo: https://pixabay.com/en/light-bulb-hanging-lighting-1030988/

Photo: https://pixabay.com/en/light-bulb-hanging-lighting-1030988/

Sources:

Bradshaw, Jon. “The Psychology of Space, Part 1.” Facility Manager, 2015, magazine.iavm.org/article/the-psychology-of-space-part-1/.

Chan, Amanda L. “How The Light In A Room Could Affect Your Emotions.” HuffPost, HuffPost, 24 Feb. 2014, www.huffpost.com/entry/light-emotions_n_4831224.

Erstad, Will. “Will Erstad.” Rasmussen College - Regionally Accredited College Online and on Campus, 2018, www.rasmussen.edu/degrees/design/blog/psychology-of-color/.

Fetell, Ingrid. “Sad Times Call for Soft Textures.” Psychology Today, Sussex Publishers, 2011, www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/design-and-the-mind/201106/sad-times-call-soft-textures.

Falling into Comfort: Cozy Throws for the New Season

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Photo: http://www.freestockphotos.biz/stockphoto/9060

Well, it’s official. The dog days of summer have finally melted into cool, crisp fall. I don’t know about you, but I am more than ready for all of the bonfires, corn mazes, and pumpkin patches. I’m also ready to cozy up inside with a hot drink and watch the leaves in the backyard burst into a palette of bright hues.

The air is chilly and the leaves are changing. You’ve got a comfy chair and a good book. What more could you need to enjoy this new season?

A cozy throw blanket!

At James Décor, we have a variety of throws in stock. They are available in many different colors and materials, so you’re sure to find the perfect one to compliment your décor. Not only this, but we can custom-order throws from our vendors. The possibilities are limitless.

Could the Renna throw from our line, Sferra, be the perfect one for you?

 Photo: Sferra, Renna Throw

Photo: Sferra, Renna Throw

Perhaps this extra warm, furry throw from our line, Paul Robert, is more your style.

 Photo: Paul Robert, Polar Bear Throw

Photo: Paul Robert, Polar Bear Throw

What better way to add a cozy touch to your home to get ready for fall than a luxuriously soft throw? Whichever one you go with, light a candle, make a cup of tea, and get ready for the coziest season of the year with our throw blankets.

Happy decorating,

Michaela Satterfield

 Photo: Sferra, Celine Throw

Photo: Sferra, Celine Throw

Design for our Furry Friends

Our furry friends hold a special place in our hearts, so it only makes sense that they deserve a special place in our homes as well. Fashionably incorporating our pets everyday necessities into the design of our homes is becoming more common, our pets are part of the family after all!

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For example, their food and water bowls can take up significant floor space, but a major fad right now is to build dog bowls into the kitchen counter or island. Dog kennels are another large bulky item that is typically an eyesore in the home but you can incorporate a built-in kennel somewhere more convenient. If your dog does not have a kennel and maybe just a bed, they could also be disguised by cabinets, side tables, etc. 

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A walk-in wash station for your dog is something that could be included in your mud room or near your entrance for easy cleanup after they have been outside. It can be a hassle to drag your pet through the house and to the bathroom while their covered in mud from playing outside.

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Our pets play a major role in our everyday lives and it is only fit that we provide them with the appropriate comforts that we expect for ourselves.

XOXO,
Cierra

 

Photos:

1. Better Homes and Gardens "Little Kitchen with Luxe Faux Features"

2. Room for Tuesday "The Laundry Room: One Room Challenge - Room Reveal"

3. This Old House "Laundry Room Design: Neat and Tidy"

Don't Forget About Wallpaper!

Yes, wallpaper has officially made a comeback and we couldn't be more excited! With updated colors and patterns, this is not the wallpaper you are used to seeing. From powder baths to focal walls and even ceilings, the applications for wallpaper are endless. Don't be afraid to go bold with large scale geometrics or florals, it is a simple way to really add some drama to a space. Wallpaper can give you a color palette to work from or be that perfect final touch to really bring a room together.  

One of my favorite uses for wallpaper is in the back of bookcases or china hutches. This is a great way to give new life to a piece you may have had for a while. There is a vast array of types of wallpaper, from prints, to grasscloths, cork and even vinyl for commercial use. Whatever your style, there is bound to be a wallpaper out there for you. 

James Decor carries numerous wallpaper brands including Schumacher, Thibaut, York, Seabrook, Phillip Jeffries, and Koroseal just to name a few. Come by the store and check 'em out!

Marnie Eckels

Interior Designer

 

Photos:

1. Schumacher, Birds and Butterflies. Designer: Upside Development in Toronto Canada.

2. Schumacher, Queen of Spain. Designer: Kendall Simmons Interiors in Nashville, Tennessee.

3. Schumacher, Summer Palace Fret. Designer: Charmean Neithart Interiors in South Pasadena, California.

4. York, Wilderness. York Photo Gallery.