9 Luxe, Glam Sofas and Seating for 2016

Carmen NatschkeDecor by X

Luna Bella bright blue armless sofas/sectional. | The Decorating Diva, LLC
9 Best Sofas: Glamour & Luxury Spotted at 2015 High Point Market. | The Decorating Diva, LLC

9 Best Sofas: Glamour & Luxury Spotted at 2015 High Point Market.

Nathan Allan Furniture tufted velvet sofa. | The Decorating Diva,, LLC

Nathan Allan Furniture tufted velvet sofa.

Ambella Home's Venus sofa. | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Ambella Home’s Venus sofa with sublime shimmering upholstery and channel tufting.

Cynthia Rowley for Hooker Furniture blue velvet tufted sofa. | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Cynthia Rowley for Hooker Furniture blue velvet tufted sofa with glam brass base.

Pink daybed by Cynthia Rowley for Hooker Furniture. | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Pink daybed by Cynthia Rowley for Hooker Furniture.

Julia Buckingham's "Conversation Rondele" for Global Views | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Julia Buckingham’s “Conversation Rondele” for Global Views.

Silvered lavender tufted velvet sofa from Huntington House. | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Silvered lavender tufted velvet sofa from Huntington House Furniture.

Shimmering cobalt blue velvet sofa from Emporium Home by Ashley Childers. | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Shimmering cobalt blue velvet sofa from Emporium Home by Ashley Childers.

Luxe lilac purple settee with channel tufting from Cynthia Rowley for Hooker Furniture. | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Luxe lilac purple settee with channel tufting with dainty, feminine tapered brass legs from Cynthia Rowley for Hooker Furniture.

Luna Bella bright blue velvet armless sofas/sectional. | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Luna Bella bright blue velvet armless sofa.

 

Creative Cafe // Artist Gloria Graham Sollecito

Carmen NatschkeArtful Consideration

The Repetition of Days currently on exhibit at The Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach is an acrylic painting comprised of twelve 12"X12" canvases.

South Florida mixed media artist, kitchen and bath designer, and avid world traveler, Gloria Graham Sollecito joins us in the Creative Cafe to discuss her artistic journey, share what’s inspiring her now and offer insightful advice to creatives.

Artist and kitchen designer Gloria Graham Sollecito at work in her studio.

Artist and designer Gloria Graham Sollecito at work in her studio.

I am inspired by the rich and varied history of art, and delve deeply into learning about other artists,especially women and those who have come before us. Female artists of the past have so much to offer us but we do not hear of them nearly enough. I am also invigorated and inspired by books, travel and my native South Florida.

I see creating art as an essential vehicle for human expression. I perceive my art as an intuitive journey and a means to my own personal growth. Having been a world traveler since childhood, I clearly see the need for human connection and the realization that we are all on different paths of the same journey.  Through my artwork,  I wish to facilitate realization of the essence we all have in common. The viewer connecting with the artist and, in turn, with the truth within themselves.

Art attracts me because it offers infinite possibilities for personal expression. I also enjoy working with my hands and feeling the work as it comes into creation.

Inner Beauty- 17"X14" encaustic (beeswax, resin, pigment) painting on wood with painted Florida Pecky Cypress frame.

“Inner Beauty”  a 17″ x 14″ encaustic (beeswax, resin, pigment) painting on wood with painted Florida Pecky Cypress frame.

If not pursuing art, then I would be doing something else creative. I also like to write. I am a kitchen and bath designer by trade. I merge all of these things together with my business, Artful Kitchens.

Being an artist informs my world view by allowing me to experience all I see and do more fully. I have found that an artist’s perspective has the power to enrich the human experience.

The most recent art-related book I’ve read and would recommend is Eva Hesse” by Lucy Lippard. Hesse was a sculptor known for her pioneering work in materials such as latex, fiberglass and plastics. She is one of the artists who ushered in the post-minimal art movement in the 1960s. The book is an in depth exploration of her work and life. Although I am enjoying this book, I would also recommend  “Daybook” by celebrated twentieth century sculptor Anne Truitt.  “Daybook” is the first in a trilogy of her diaries in which she writes of her everyday life experiencing all the stages of being a woman and an artist.

The Repetition of Days currently on exhibit at The Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach is an acrylic painting comprised of twelve 12"X12" canvases.

“The Repetition of Days” currently on exhibit at The Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach is an acrylic painting comprised of twelve 12″X12″ canvases. Each piece examines the repetitious nature inherent in daily routines.

The most challenging artistic project I’ve undertaken is “The Repetition of Days” art series which examines the redundancy of daily routine. It seems, on the surface, that our lives are so repetitive yet at the same time each day it is absolutely unique and never to be repeated. It took me 12 months to create and consisted of  twelve 12″X 12″ canvases. Each  background was created as one whole, each square related to the next but resulting in the first and last canvases being totally different. The smaller squares within the canvases are a documentation of my days, thoughts and feelings at that time. It was important to me to keep the technique (acrylic paint on canvas) very simple and minimal to emphasize the conceptual aspect of the work. In order to complete this work I had to stick with it for one year and then I had to find the courage to put the finished product out into the world. I’d have to say it is the artwork I am most proud of at this time, and it is currently on exhibit at The Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach as a part of a show called Artists of Art Salon: A Collective Dialogue

My creative endeavors including writing for my blog,  Artful Kitchens (formerly titled Kitchens for Living) have allowed me to travel to trade shows both domestically and internationally to learn about the products of my industry. And these creative undertakings have also provided me with the opportunity to meet inspiring people and to immerse myself in many different cultures.

Abstract Homage to Edna St. Vincent Millay- 12"X15" mixed media collage on canvas board in white wood frame When an artist or writer captures my attention this is what happens!

Captivated by the writings of Edna St. Vincent Millay,  Gloria created this “Abstract Homage to Edna St. Vincent Millay”- 12″X15″ mixed media collage on canvas board in white wood frame.

The project I dream about creating someday is to create a body of work, at least 25 pieces, enough for a solo show. So far I know that three dimensions will be involved as well as layers, assemblage, natural rocks and shells. I’m still formulating the concept but this dream is on its way to becoming something real, a legacy for my children and who ever finds connection and validation in the work. Stay tuned!

SurfAcing- 12"X12" encaustic mixed media on wood panel  This painting was made using the encaustic medium of painting with a combination of molten beeswax, resin and pigment. The lone natural element is a beach stone emerging from the wax. The ocean is referenced and as a native Floridian is never far from my mind.

“SurfAcing” a 12″X12″ encaustic mixed media on wood panel. “This painting was made using the encaustic medium of painting with a combination of molten beeswax, resin and pigment. The lone natural element is a beach stone emerging from the wax. The ocean is referenced and as a native Floridian, it is never far from my mind.”

My advice to those who feel the call to pursue their creative dreams is to understand that we are all creative in some aspect, so my advice is CREATE!! You will never be done with all the chores of everyday living. Don’t say I will do it when the laundry is done or the kids are grown. Begin now in small ways. The only way art will happen, for most of us, is if we thread it into our daily lives, a sketch, doodle or stitch at a time. Involve the kids and they benefit, too. Do it – it will enrich all the other areas of your life. If you read “Daybook” you will see how a professional artist merged art and necessity.

Best of Design at 2015 Fall High Point Market

Carmen NatschkeInteriors by Design, To the Trade: Design Shows & Events

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9 Best Interior Design Vignettes at 2015 High Point Furniture Market. | The Decorating Diva, LLC

My top nine picks for best in design at the fall 2015 High Point Furniture and Design market.

Ambella Home design vignette High Point. | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Ambella Home – Always creative, always beautiful and always a leader in design direction.

Wesley Hall showroom vignette. | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Wesley Hall – for their very beautiful furniture and exquisite design collaborations with design divas that I adore including Meredith Heron, Taylor Burke Home, Peter Jacob Kind and Cotton and Quill.

Julia Buckingham for Global Views High Point 2015. | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Global Views – for wowing me each and every season with extravagant, exuberant and exquisite design vignettes filled with even more divinely exquisite furniture and decor like this one featuring products from the always effervescent Julia B. Buckingham’s debut collection for Global Views.

Glam and sophisticated decor and furnishings at Bernhardt Furniture. | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Bernhardt Furniture – for their honed ability to convey effortless elegance and refined luxury by creating a visual narrative that instantly captivates you and transports you into a world of impeccable style, and glamour.

Tobi Fairley design for CR Laine and Woodbridge Furniture. | The Decorating Diva, LLC

CR Laine – for their magnificent and completely fearless approach to using color in design. Consistently showcasing colorful, polished, and sophisticated interiors that are elegant and timeless, like this one featuring Tobi Fairley’s home furnishings collections for CR Laine and Woodbridge Furniture.

2015 Fall High Point Market French Heritage Showroom. | The Decorating Diva, LLC

French Heritage -for their enchanting, elegant and eclectic French style mixing classic styles with a contemporary flair that simply captivates you the moment you arrive on the steps of their beautiful showroom. Oh, and they have the cutest dog ever, Nelson! Which may prompt me to start a Cutest Dogs of High Point Market list for next furniture market.

Fashion designer Cynthia Rowley furniture and decor collection for Hooker Furniture. | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Hooker Furniture – for its debut of the Cynthia Rowley furniture and decor collection. It was stunning and absolute perfection. As my fabulous friend Saxon Henry said of the showroom design, “it’s like being in the front row at fashion week and watching the models sashay across the runway.” And it was!

Deloach Designs at the Antique and Design Center of High Point. | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Deloach Design in the Antique and Design Center. Designer and vintage dealer extraordinaire Michael Deloach designs and styles must-see vignettes of deftly mixed vintage furniture and decor, and in some cases, salvaged industrial pieces like this round metal strainer he converted into a wall sconce/art piece. He is seriously brilliant, and his booths are always on my must-visit list for market.

Luna Bella luxury high-end design at High Point market. | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Luna Bella – for their rich, beautifully creative design confections that delight at every single market. Their showroom is pure magic, and a mainstay on my must-see list.

Huntington House Furniture Showroom Tour

Carmen NatschkeSpotlight: Decor & Furniture

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Huntington House Furniture is renowned for its high-quality, handmade and crafted furniture and incredibly beautiful upholstery. My visit to their showroom during the fall High Point Furniture and Design market was pure enchantment, and I found that not only do they have exquisite fine home furnishings of superior quality, but the style range they offer is truly impressive. I’ve created four style profiles to capture those designs (shared below in the photo tour) that spoke to me, and think that you will love as well – they are: Vivacious Glamour, Posh Sophistication, Colorful Charisma, and Relaxed Refinement.

Huntington House Showroom
Photo Tour

Vivacious Glamour

Huntington house glam peacock furniture and decor vignette.  The Decorating Diva, LLC

Playing on the peacock jewel-tone color direction for home, this vivid, glamorous room is painted in a saturated blue hue that sets the the picture-perfect backdrop for the elegant settee (7732-48) dressed in a luxe navy velvet , and accented with vibrant blue animal-print pillows. Complementing the glam blue sofa are two traditional wing back chairs (7735-50) attired in a satiny green damask. This vignette is completed with a tufted leather cocktail style ottoman (2017C-55/56) finished in a neutral cream color.

80s inspired glamour with in a navy, white and gold. | The Decorating Diva, LLC

High definition glamour melds with 80s inspired gold fashion drama in this furniture and decor vignette. Anchored by a sophisticated and svelte sofa (7240-20 ) in snow white linen accessorized with decorative pillows sporting classic gold chain patterns. Extending the gold color theme, a contemporary skirted swivel chair (3201-56 ) in a gold geometric print coordinates beautifully with the classic lines and color of the black velvet accent chair ()7485-50 finished in an elegant double-row nailhead trim.

Posh Sophistication

Mid-century vintage Mad Men Inspired Glamour. | The Decorating Diva, LLC

An exquisite design combination of mid-century style sophistication married with Hollywood starlet glamour defines this splendid living room vignette that exudes a fresh, modern appeal. An elegant tufted sofa (7729-20) shimmers in a silver velvet decorated with double-row nailhead trim and accented with a faux fur decorative pillow, and a smaller pillow dressed in a raw silk fabric in a mint finish. The mint wing back chair (7734-50) is the perfect complement bringing a very feminine allure to an otherwise masculine chair profile.

Animal print mid-century modern accents chairs from Huntington House. | The Decorating Diva, LLC

These stunning, small-scale mid-century inspired chairs (7727-50 ) sport classic lines and are wrapped in a fashion infused animal print upholstery in a neutral tone.

Colorful Charisma

White matelasse sofa in a simple silhouette. | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Such a pretty, pretty sofa (7242-80) with a modern and thin silhouette adorned in a simple, yet classically, elegant white matelasse sporting a micro pattern that offers a visual and tactile texture. Adore the lovely, colorful floral motif pillows that accent this highly versatile sofa that can easily transition from traditional to contemporary settings – with the mere addition of decorative pillows or throws.

Pink chesterfield sofa from Huntington House Furniture.  | The Decorating Diva, LLC

This voluptuous sofa (7469-20 ) draped in a hot pink linen and sitting pretty on wood legs finished in a bright white finish communicates bold style wrapped in colorful charm .

Relaxed Refinement

Sumputous and refined gold accented furniture with masculine touches in leather chair. | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Luxe finishes, such as the distressed black leather on the wing back chair (7446-50) and gold accents as seen on the white sofa’s (7209-20) nailhead trim and throw pillows, set the tone for this sumptuous living room vignette.

Navy leather sofa with brass nailhead trim from Huntington House. | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Perfectly sized for smaller, urban dwellings this sofa (7244-20) in a timeless profile, offers luxurious refinement and exquisite comfort with a magnificent, rich navy blue leather upholstery accented with brass nail trim and styled with two large velvet pillows in a glorious hue of warm Dijon.

Disclosure:  All opinions expressed in this post are all my own.  This is a sponsored post/branded content for Huntington House Furniture. We appreciate the generous sponsorship of design brands that support the Decorating Diva blog and make it possible for me to bring you, our wonderful readers,  excellent design and lifestyle articles throughout the year.

8 Color & Design Trends for 2016 Spotted at the 2015 Fall High Point Market

Carmen NatschkeDecor by X

2016 Color & Design Trends at High Point Market fall 2015 | The Decorating Diva, LLC

2016 Home Color Direction

Mint: 2016 color home decor trends HPMKT | The Decorating Diva, LLC

High Point Market Color Trend: Mint spotted at various showrooms keeping with my 2016 color trend forecast (see the color board here.) These images highlight my faves – L to R: Selamat, Huntington House Furniture, wall color at CR Laine, Cotton and Quill and (will update w/case good vendor).

YELLOW: 2016 color home decor trends HPMKT 2015 | The Decorating Diva, LLC

High Point Market Color Trend: Yellows from acid yellow to golden yellow to marigold were spotted at various showrooms . These images highlight my faves – from (L to R) Elaine Smith, Dunes and Duchess + Cotton & Quill, Huntington House Furniture, Delray & Associates Antiques in the Antique and Design Center of High Point and Selamat.

ORANGE: 2016 color home decor trends HPMKT 2015 | The Decorating Diva, LLC

High Point Market Color Trend: Orange spotted at various showrooms keeping with my color trend forecast for 2016 of warm orange colors. (The Decorating Diva 2016 color board here.) These images highlight my faves – Wesley Hall, Ambella Home, Wesley Hall and Bernhardt Furniture.

Purple: 2016 color home decor trends HPMKT 2015 | The Decorating Diva, LLC

High Point Market Color Trend: Lustrous Purples paired with gold or silver spotted at various showrooms. These images highlight my faves – L to R: Global Views, Emporium Home Emerson Bentley and Huntington House Furniture. Conversation rondel and Raindrop rug: Julia B. Buckingham for Global Views.

DENIM BLUE: 2016 color home decor trends HPMKT 2015 | The Decorating Diva, LLC

High Point Market Color Trend: Denim Blues spotted at various showrooms keeping with my 2016 color trend forecast for shades of denim blue. (The Decorating Diva 2016 color board here. ) These images highlight my faves – from (L to R) Dunes & Duchess + Cotton And Quill, Natural Curiosities, John Strauss Furniture, and Cynthia Rowley furniture and decor collection for Hooker Furniture.

2016 Home Decor & Design Direction

WALLPAPER: 2016 color home decor trends HPMKT 2015 | The Decorating Diva, LLC

High Point Market Design Trend: “Paper Tales” wall coverings are back and in glorious fashion. Some of my favorite showrooms/exhibits showcasing this direction are shown here from L to R: CR Laine (Fromental digitally printed wallpaper), Valdez and Brenner screen at Antiques and Design Center, Julia B. Buckingham for Global Views, Florence Broadhurst paper at Selamat, Fromental at Ambella Home, and papered wall in the Cynthia Rowley vignette at Hooker Furniture.

ANIMAL PRINTS: 2016 color home decor trends HPMKT 2015 | The Decorating Diva,LLC


High Point Market Design Trend: “Abstracted Animal Prints” through use of color, pattern abstraction or a combination of both for maximum effect. Some of my favorites are shown here from L to R: Huntington House Furniture, Flow Decor, Peter Kind Jacob for Wesley Hall, CR Laine, Emporium Home and Camilla House.

FABULOUSLY FURRY: 2016 color home decor trends HPMKT 2015 | The Decorating Diva, LLC

High Point Market Design Trend: “Fabulously Fluffy” from soft, luxe fur inspired textures to very organic and highly textured fleece. Seen at past markets, this furry design feature was spotted with increased frequency in various showrooms. Some of my favorites are shown here from L to R: Luna Bella, Huntington House Furniture, Cynthia Rowley for Hooker Furniture, Dunes and Duchess, A. Shaw Antiques at the Antique and Design Center and Sandy Luther Antiques at Antique and Design Center.