Where Design Meets Art: My Fave Tabletop Talents at Ambiente 2015

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

Tadeas Podracky Pineapple Glass Jars. Ambiente 2015 Tabletop Talents | The Decorating Diva, LLC

From my first visit to the Talents section in August of 2012 for Messe Frankfurt’s Tendence fair as well as my subsequent visits to the Ambiente and Interior Lifestyle Tokyo design fairs in 2013, I’ve been captivated by the quality and depth of artistry and design skills showcased in the Messe Frankfurt Talents program. This year was no different. Below I share … Read More

{Style Study} Dream of Venice

Carmen NatschkeGlamorous Gallavanting, Style Study

Travel book dream of venice joann locktov | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Dream of Venice is a travel book, but it is also a story of love dedicated to an unforgettable enchantress – La Serenissima, as she has been known for over a thousand years.  Historically significant as a once powerful city-state and center of great art, culture, and international trade and commerce during the Renaissance, Venice has cast her magical spell upon humanity for … Read More

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for the Glamorous Romantic

Carmen NatschkeMISC Style Files

Valentine Day glamorous romantic gift guide decor fragrance candle purse pillow mosaic DESIGN BOARD | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Valentine’s Day History Trivia:  Legend has it that the precursor to our modern day Valentine’s Day may have been celebrated well over 16 centuries ago in the form of an ancient Roman ritual in which young soldiers would pull the name of a girl out of a box. The couple would then exchange gifts on February 15th during a fertility festival called Lupercalia. During the … Read More

Classic Glamour: Ambella Home Showroom Tour

Carmen NatschkeShowroom Style

Regent Game Table #04601-930-038. Available Mid February.  Shown with  58012-700-003 Dolphin Chairs. Available late January.   **Custom design shown  in Ambella fabric 6015-53 cut velvet leopard    Standard option comes in plain ivory leather.

Ambella Home, under the creative design direction of Jennifer McConnell and Rick Janecek, struck all the right style notes and debuted one of the most memorable, glamour inspired furniture and decorative accessories collection at last fall’s High Point Market. Join me on a virtual showroom tour as I highlight my favorite furnishings and decor discoveries at Ambella Home. Disclosure:  All opinions expressed … Read More

2015 Furniture & Decor Color Trends

Carmen NatschkeColor by Design, Decor by X

2015 red furniture decor fashion trend design moodboard | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Decor elements: 1.  Agatha Suspension Light – LZF // 2. Cedar Rose Crystal Cane Candle – Agraria Home // 3. Moonshadow Red Sectional – W. Schillig  //  4. Eugene Stoltzfus’ Nimbus Cork Rectangle Coffee Table in Ruby with Black Steel Base. //  5. Aster’s Newport Red Decorative Pillow – Company C Decor elements: 1. Giuudita Swivel Club Chair – W. … Read More

220 Elm Showroom Tour: Fall 2014 High Point Furniture & Design Show

Carmen NatschkeShowroom Style, To the Trade: Design Shows & Events

220 elm HPMKT fall 2014 - Palliser | The Decorating Diva, LLC

In my previous post, I highlighted 13 European manufacturers from five countries that are renowned for their ground breaking contemporary design and style: Finland, Norway, Denmark, Italy & Germany – all of which exhibit twice a year, during the High Point Furniture and Design market,  in the 220 Elm building.  Today, we continue our tour of 220 Elm with some furniture and … Read More

Gift Guide for the Glamorous Gallivanter

Carmen NatschkeMISC Style Files

Holiday gift guide - 2014 glamorous gallivanter venice sicily tuscany italy

Luxurious gift ideas for the glamorous gallivanter on your list.  I share a few of my favorite finds from my trip to Venice as well as a few things that evoke beautiful memories of my trip to Italy such as the Bitter Orange home fragrance from Agraria Home. 00000

STYLE SKETCH: One Piece/Three Looks – Delft-ly Posh, Marrakech Modern and Palm Beach Perfect

Carmen NatschkeStyle Sketch

style sketch toscaa sectional w schillig delftly posh marrakesh modern palm beach perfect interior styling

Introducing New Feature: STYLE SKETCH Style Sketch: One Piece – Toscaa Leather Sectional by W. Schillig; Three Looks – Delft-ly Posh, Marrakech Modern and Palm Beach Perfect (full boards and decor details below). STYLE SKETCH STORY: The Why Behind the Idea A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the … Read More

Express Your Signature Personal Style at Home with Ambella Home

Carmen NatschkeDecor by X

Decorating Diva signature style at home boho chic ambella home | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Translating your personal signature style to style at home has just gotten that much easier thanks to Ambella Home’s new furnishings collection that debuted at the fall 2014 High Point Market. The style-filled, beautiful and glamorous furniture channeled four distinct signature styles: Boho Chic, Neo-Trad Glam, Tailored Classic and Eclectic Sophisticate all of which align perfectly with their respective fashion … Read More

W. Schillig’s Spot on Color Direction for 2015

Carmen NatschkeColor by Design, Decor by X

White 2015 color trend board high point fall 2014 market at W. Schillig | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Furniture’s fashion week, as the High Point Furniture and Design Market is oft referred, put on quite the show this October rivaling the spectacular couture performances that graced the catwalks from Paris to Rome to New York.  On show at the High Point fall market were several unmistakable trends both in design and color. Three of the hottest color directions … Read More

220 Elm: Discovering Fabulous Contemporary European Style at the High Point Market

Carmen NatschkeSpotlight: Decor & Furniture

Fjords of norway design icons breeze chair | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Maison et Objet, Ambiente, International Contemporary Furniture Fair and I Saloni – all design shows at which one expects to find contemporary European furniture, decor and textiles.  What I learned this fall, is that one would be remiss if they failed to add the High Point Market to that illustrious list of  contemporary design shows featuring high-end European style.  On the High Point … Read More

3 Bedroom Design Looks Inspired by Iconic Scandinavian Minimalism

Carmen NatschkeTimeless Style: Antiques & Vintage

hastens proferia style mix scandinavian minimal warm look book

First thoughts when you think of Scandinavian minimalist design? Do you immediately conjure a room resplendent in white, with sparse, very modern furnishings that embody function over form and maybe, a little on the cold side visually? That is what many people think when asked to define Scandinavian minimalist style.  The reality is that there are so many versions of  warm … Read More

Pop Color Fun: 9 by Novogratz Bedding & Decorative Pillow Collection

Carmen NatschkeMISC Style Files

Novogratz Dream in Color Duvet Set

Celebrated interior designers Cortney and Robert Novogratz have launched an affordable, contemporary and colorful, geometric patterned bedding, and decorative pillow collection for Walmart.  The 9 by Novogratz collection boasts a youthful look, energetic pops of saturated, bold hues, and is smartly priced – making fabulous design within reach for those decorating on a budget as well as for those who … Read More

Oscar de la Renta’s Exquisite Fabric Collection for Lee Jofa/Kravet

Carmen NatschkeSpotlight: Decor & Furniture

Oscar-de-la-Renta-for-Lee-Jofa-wallpaper-Hedges-Paper-Jessup-and-Montespan-Satin-fabric-Kravet.jpg

Lee Jofa, a Kravet Fabric company, has announced that legendary and iconic haute couture designer, Oscar de la Renta has designed a second wallpaper and fabrics collection for the brand. This announcement comes two years after the very successful  launch of de la Renta’s first collection for Lee Jofa. According to Lee Jofa the new Oscar de la Renta collection will … Read More

IKEA Time Travelers: Memories of Tomorrow Today

Carmen NatschkeMISC Style Files

IKEA Time Travel Episode 2: Jeff & Beth Popping the Question

Once again renowned hypnotist, and Broadway star Justin Tranz teams up with IKEA to offer us a funny and entertaining look into the future with this second installment of IKEA’s time travel series. In the first IKEA Time Travel episode, IKEA shoppers Sophi and Adam allow Justin to hypnotize them and what ensues is a comedic, design-filled sneak peak at … Read More

Hypnosis + Decorating = A Fantastically Fun IKEA Experiment with Time Travel

Carmen NatschkeMISC Style Files

IKEA_Adam_Sofi_Poster_Frame_04

It’s no big secret that the mere thought of home decorating can send some people into a series of nervous convulsions. That fear of decorating can usually be traced back to the very simple fact that the act of visualization and planning can be extraordinarily challenging. That’s why there is an entire industry of fabulous designers who can take your ideas and … Read More