Elinno Finland: Tablewares & Decorations at Ambiente 2015

Carmen NatschkeEntertaining, To the Trade: Design Shows & Events

Blue Peony dining tableware at Finalnd based Elinno. | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Enchanting and beautiful, a modern-day fairy tale greeted me in the Elinno exhibit at the 2015 Ambiente design fair.  Drawn in by the timeless, elegant allure of Scandinavian design with distinct threads of traditional Chinese heritage woven throughout the romantic patterns on the dishes, I found myself giddy with delight at discovering this nearly hidden gem. The Elinno booth sat in a … Read More

Lord Wall Tile Collection from Grespania Ceramics at Cevisama 2015

Carmen NatschkeSpotlight: Decor & Furniture, To the Trade: Design Shows & Events

Wall tile detail. Bathroom Vignette Grespania Showroom: LORD collection grespania showroom cevisama 2015 | The Decorating Diva, LLC

There were so many gorgeous tile collections in Grespania Ceramica’s exhibit booth that it made it a bit of a challenge to narrow down my favorite to one collection. But, as cliched as this may be, the opulent Lord porcelain collection had me at “hello.” I didn’t even have a chance to enter the booth before I fell under its spell of … Read More

Marrakesh Bazaar Inspired Textiles: Mat the Basics Showroom Tour

Carmen NatschkeMISC Style Files

Middle Eastern & North African Textiles & Rugs from Mat the Basics. 220 elm HPMKT fall 2014. | The Decorating Diva, LLC

A lush and exotic bazaar of artisan textiles from splendid rugs to stylish tribal and geometrically patterned decorative pillows in sumptuous textures, and rich hues complement upholstered contemporary furniture dressed in exquisitely elegant fabrics. (Mat the Basics)

Design is Storytelling: BoConcept’s “The Call” with Mads Mikkelsen

Carmen NatschkeMISC Style Files

boconcepts danish design set of The Call with Mad Mikkelsen (3)

Distilled to its very essence design is all about storytelling.  Like a great book that has you flipping pages unable to pull away from the story as the hands of time circle around advancing as the day does, or a film with a story-line that emotionally hooks you and refuses to let go, great design can also possess that spellbinding power. … Read More

Ceracasa Ceramica Showroom Tour: Cevisama 2015

Carmen NatschkeShowroom Style

ceracasa ceramica cevisama 2015 spanish tiles showroom (1)

Ceracasa Ceramica’s exhibit at the Cevisama 2015 show offered a stylish mix of traditional tile motifs re-interpreted in a fresh, young and contemporary fashion. Add to that style mix a healthy dose of product innovation as evidenced by Ceracasa’s BionicTile line of architectural ceramics for building facades which goes significantly beyond form and the standard expectation of utility to providing a product that affords health and … Read More

Cobalt Designs – Creative Metalworking: 2015 Ambiente Talents Loft

Carmen NatschkeSpotlight: Decor & Furniture, To the Trade: Design Shows & Events

Vajra Tealight Holder in Verdigris by Cobalt Designs. | The Decorating Diva, LLC

One of the shining stars of Ambiente Talents’ Loft was the young designer, Valay Gada -who deftly translates centuries old traditions into fresh, contemporary interpretations that pay homage to Nature’s organic shapes and structures.  With degrees in Fashion and Accessory Design, and English Literature, coupled with a strong interest in art, Valay launched Cobalt Designs in 2012. His unique and artful approach to product … Read More