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

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

2016 Home Color Direction

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

French Heritage Furniture Showroom Tour

Carmen NatschkeSpotlight: Decor & Furniture

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French Heritage is known for its high-quality, hand-crafted enchanting, elegant and eclectic French style furniture that is expertly mixed – combining classic styles with a contemporary flair that simply captivates you the moment you enter their beautiful showroom.

In this blog post, I share a few of my favorite furniture and decor discoveries from the showroom floor during the 2015 fall High Point Furniture and Design market.

French Heritage Photo Tour

Bedroom Furniture & Decorative Accents

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Stately and opulent the Lilles Wood bed from the Maison collection evokes the eternally timeless appeal of luxe French Country style. The intricate details of this Louis XVI style bed are artfully hand-crafted. This beautiful vignette is accessorized with the romantic Roussillon skirted chair and the Lilles nightstand.

The splendid Passy Wing bed from the Maison collection evokes glamorous memories of the very luxurious and dramatic silver screen bedrooms portrayed in early Hollywood movies.

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The Surene bed from French Heritage’s Maison – Modernly Classic collection is most definitely a bed fit for a style loving princess. The carved top piece on the headboard can be easily removed to create a simple profile for those decorating divas seeking classic French style with a touch of contemporary styling.

Sofas, Chairs & Case Goods

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With its sophisticated Art Deco inspired silhouette and divine coloring, the Trocadero loveseat stole my design heart and refuses to let go. This decorative seating piece was on my list of top furniture picks from this fall’s High Point Market (that post coming soon!).

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Divine hand-crafted and decoupaged Medici Buffet from French Heritage’s Avenue collection paired with the Rouen chair which possesses a classic Louis profile, dressed in a hand-painted and sophisticated fashion forward leopard print upholstery and its frame painted in a crocodile-skin inspired finish.

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Ethereally pretty, this vignette captures the spirit of French romance in design. The graceful Brunoy commode from the Maison-Parc Saint-Germain collection pairs with a lovely and quite welcoming upholstered Auteil chaise lounge.

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A whimsically pretty take on Mid-Century design, the Evreux chair quickly morph into an impromptu “tete-a-tete” seating arrangement as shown here.

Disclosure:  All opinions expressed in this post are all my own.  This is a sponsored post/branded content for French Heritage. 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.

Design Tour of Five Star EME Catedral Hotel in Seville Spain

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EME Catedral five star luxury hotel in heart of Seville Spain - restaurant design. | The Decorating Diva, LLC

The EME Catedral hotel in the center of Seville’s historic and commercial district hides a surprising design secret behind its architecturally prim and proper facade of wrought iron balconies ornately adorned in fancy lace inspired details.

Sevilla's EME Catedral five star boutique hotel.  | The Decorating Diva, LLC

The luxurious 5-star hotel EME Catedral.

Billed as an avante-garde boutique hotel the EME Catedral in Seville’s historic city center is just mere steps from the famed 16th century Cathedral of Seville. ( A little trivia for my fellow history buffs – though known as Cathedral of Seville its official name is “Catedral de Santa María de la Sede”  which translates to “Cathedral of Saint Maria of the See.” And the Cathedral is also the burial site of the great explorer Christopher Columbus.)

This five star hotel blends architecturally with the neighboring 18th and 19th century buildings, but once inside you are transported into a world of pulsating club music emanating from a seductively plush lounge with violet-tinted lights dimmed to match the club mood. ( I later learned that the evocative club music is the EME’s  signature “electronic music compilation” and available for purchase. )

Arriving at the reception desk, you’re greeted by hotel staff – with supermodel looks – attired in sleek and sophisticated couture inspired uniforms. The stylish and charming front desk staff quickly check you in, and then offer the option of guiding you to your room in one of the hotel’s two towers.

Exiting the luxe club environment of the reception and lounge area, you step into a lush tropical courtyard that combines the historical with the modern. Under verdant orange fruit trees lies a gorgeous channel fountain – filled with rose petals and stones – that elegantly bisects a dining area furnished with contemporary patio furniture including acrylic Louis chairs (Regretfully, I didn’t ask if they were Philippe Stark’s “Louis Ghost” chairs or merely inspired by his design genius.)

Fruit tree lined patio courtyard at luxury boutique hotel EME Catedral.  | The Decorating Diva, LLC

The design of the patio courtyard at EME Catedral combines architectural influences from various civilization including Roman, Arabic and Spanish.

Walking through the arched pathway your senses are delightfully introduced to a delicious concoction of fruity and flowery fragrances swirling in the air accompanied by soothing New Age music. Your escort gestures to a door from which those heavenly scents are escaping, and informs you that five star spa services are available at the EME’s on-site spa.

Pathway to spa at luxury hotel EME.  | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Courtyard path to one of the hotel’s towers that houses the EME’s spa and wellness center.

The EME has various types of rooms and suites, but the overall design vibe is one of monastic simplicity expressed in a vocabulary of modern architectural elements distilled to their very essence. And in keeping with the nature of EME which seemed to enjoy throwing a design surprise here and there –  in my room amidst the minimalist design features there was one door that retained all the charm and historical characteristics of an 18th or 19th century period balcony door. Seeing that door transported me back to my childhood when I spent summers at my grandparents’ 19th century apartment home in Madrid. That door could easily have been the same as the one I fondly remembered – it had that level of authenticity.

Modern minimalism bedroom design at EME.  | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Plaster walls in warm tones create an inviting atmosphere in the minimalistic designed room.

Luxury bathroom design at the EME boutique hotel in Sevilla.  | The Decorating Diva, LLC

The room’s luxury bath design includes a voluminous bathtub wrapped in a seamless glass enclosure.

Simple writing desk with iconic mid-century modern inspired chair.  | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Simple writing desk with iconic mid-century modern inspired chair.

View from EME room with inner courtyard view.  | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Inner courtyard view from my room’s Juliette balcony. Glazed blue ceramic tiles glisten like a pale blue pool. I love the way the EME married the old with the new here. Metal chain curtains drape balcony doors and windows in an otherwise traditional setting.

Exploring the second tower at the EME you will find the roof top bar La Terraza of EME, located near the sparkling pool and lounge area, offering sweeping views of Seville’s skyline which includes the Cathedral of Seville’s iconic bell tower that hosts the storied Giralda statue at its apex.

Views of soaring tower at Cathedral of Seville form EME's rooftop pool and lounge area.  | The Decorating Diva, LLC

The soaring bell tower at the Cathedral of Seville, set against the evening sky, viewed from EME’s rooftop pool and lounge area.

Looking down from La Terrazza bar at the EME hotel courtyard.  | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Night time view of the courtyard from the rooftop bar La Terraza of EME.

With five stellar restaurants on site, the EME is a foodie’s gastronomical dream destination. Guests can dine on magnificent meals in a variety of settings including a lush fruit tree lined courtyard, an intimate, cozy cabana style niche and an opulently decorated space with a divine mix of antiques and contemporary furniture and décor.

Lounge area at EME.  | The Decorating Diva, LLC

At the EME’s 20 Pasos cafe a rustic inspired niche with sumptuous velvet chairs is warmly embraced by linen drapes that can be pulled for privacy.

Al fresco dining at EME courtyard.  | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Hotel guests have the option to dine  al fresco in the EME’s stunning courtyard.

Luxe interior of the Lobby Loves Mediterráneo restaurant. | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Luxe interior of the Lobby Loves Mediterráneo restaurant.

Offering fabulous architecture, gorgeous  interior decorations and amazing food, the EME Catedral is the perfect hotel for design enthusiasts and foodies. It is also ideally located – it is within walking distance of several historically significant sites including the Cathedral of Seville (literally across the street) and the Royal Alcazar palace and gardens.

And if walking isn’t your preferred mode of transport, you can always opt to tour Seville’s historical city center via an enchanting horse and carriage ride – the supermodel doppleganger at the concierge desk will be happy to arrange it.

TRAVEL RESOURCES
Cathedral of Seville
Royal Alcazar de Sevilla
EME Catedral Hotel

Editor’s Note: My visit to Seville and my stay at the EME Catedral hotel were part of  Tile of Spain‘s press trip in which several top editors and bloggers were brought to Valencia to report on the 2015 Cevisama design fair. You can read my Cevisama posts here.

 

Publication Note: Originally published on July 25th on CMNmedia.

Sea Jewels: Lighting Inspired by the Beauty of the Sea

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Sea Jewels: Lighting inspired by the beauty of the sea. | The Decorating Diva, LLC
Sea Jewels: Lighting inspired by the beauty of the sea. | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Home Decor Resources: 1/ Dolce Capiz Shell Pendant Chandelier -LampsPlus.com, 2/Pauline Wall Sconce in White with Sea Urchin Details – Ro Sham Beaux, 3/ Homer Shell Table Lamp with Square Shade – Safavieh, 4/Multi-Toned White Natural Shell Panel Wall Sconce – Playa , and 5/Sea Shell Rose Light Pendant in White – Regina Andrew.