A loooong overdue reconnect.

Hi Friends! So sorry for the long overdue post- too much happening over here.

There are lots of big changes taking place- the biggest of which, business related, is a new office right up the street. You will have to come check it out- it is the perfect little spot to call our own, and it has been wonderful to have a space outside of the house, even though some days I am still not used to getting out of my jammies. Between client presentations, vendor meetings, plenty of pin up space, a sample closet, and a tall bookshelf for all of my design books, it is getting plenty of use. What's more, I have not one, but two small signs that read "Angela Raciti Interior Design". It is very exciting.

With all the projects in the works, I do need to make some time to take and compile photographs from past projects over the last year so you can check them out and get inspired. At the time, I am enjoying several kitchen and bath renovations and a few new construction projects around town, which have been keeping me busy, but no complaints. I always love being on the jobsite and having a hand in the inner workings of a completed design.

Another new development is that come July, G. and I will have a sweet little baby on our hands. Of course we are thrilled, and of course I have the perfect baby room in mind. I promise this will not become a mommy blog, but since it is design related, here is a quick compilation of some ideas that I've had on my mind.


Textile designer crush- Josef Frank.

 
Teheran

I've been swooning over the pillow fabric in Architectural Digest's latest article, Joie de Vivre, by Josef Frank.  Playful, vibrant, and graphic, Frank's fabrics are the perfect example of Swedish simplicity.

My favorite fabric, Teheran (shown above), is featured on the pillows in Mathilde Favier-Meyer's Parisian apartment. I love the bold bursts of color on the crisp white ground, and think it works so beautifully in the space below.

Mathilde Favier Meyer

Here are a few more of my favorite fabrics from his collection that I had to share.

Below the Equator

Below the Equator

Italian Dinner

Italian Dinner

La Plata

La Plata

Milles Fleur

Milles Fleur

Brazil

Brazil

 

Decorating with primary colors - a how to.

 
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We all remember from art class in elementary school that the three primary colors are red, yellow, and blue, but it's a whole new ballgame when decorating with them.  Blue has always been one of my go to colors- I'm a blue person, 100%, and always think it looks good. But, I do love mixing things up by layering in more hues.

When working in more color, I like to stick with a hierarchy in the space. That way you can actually influence the way you and others experience the space. For example, the boldest and brightest pattern or color is what you will look at first, then the next boldest or brightest, and so on. That being said, choose your favorite color and use that as a base. Then, contrast it with the second color and use the third for small accents. That will keep the space feeling bright and fresh. Remember that prints and patterns bring in variation and add a lightness to the design, so take full advantage, but remember that solids act as landing points for your eyes.

For example, a sofa upholstered in a subtle blue and white ticking stripe could be accented with red pillows in a more organic print working in combination with solid pillows as a buffer. Use the color from the patterned pillows on a smaller upholstered piece, such as a chair, and the third hue for decorative accents. Here are some of my favorite home items that put to use our beloved primary colors:

                    Brunschwig & Fils Shishi fabric by the yard

                    Brunschwig & Fils Shishi fabric by the yard

Scrimshaw Lamp at Charlotte and Ivy- Must. Use. This. Somewhere.

Scrimshaw Lamp at Charlotte and Ivy- Must. Use. This. Somewhere.

Janson Stool by Made Goods

Janson Stool by Made Goods

Rugby Stripe Indoor/Outdoor Rug by Dash and Albert

Rugby Stripe Indoor/Outdoor Rug by Dash and Albert

Silkscreen Portal at Natural Curiosities

Silkscreen Portal at Natural Curiosities

Sheridan Wing Chair by Selamat

Sheridan Wing Chair by Selamat