Monday, April 30, 2012

Highpoint's Hot List

I just came back from an exciting (and exhausting) week at High Point Market. For those of you who don't know, it's the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world and where I count on finding inspiration for future projects. I love going -  it gets my creative juices flowing and I always find myself in sensory overload - so many fabulous pieces, so little time! Of course I always walk away with a few faves - items I can picture in a client's home or my showroom (which you really must visit)! Here are the five dreamiest from this year's market. Enjoy!

1 - Blue Bottle Chandelier: Can you just imagine how the light filters through?


2- Watercolor Chair: I would grab two of these and maybe accessorize with some mustadry yellow throws.

The Hickory Chair Furniture Co.

3-  Purple and Brown Color Story: My love of purple is no secret but the color story in this Festoni showroom is especially gorgeous. The brown walls serve as an anchor while the orange chair and pillows brighten up the space!


4 - Modern Bench: This geo-print, orange bench is incredible and such a statement piece. While it would look fabulous in a living room, I might put it in an unexpected place like an office or bedroom. 


5 - The Best Starburst Mirror: Love this mirror from Chelsea House. I adore starburst styles and even included a starburst pattern in my fabric line. 

Chelsea House Inc.

Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Shopping for Yellow

While inspiration and ideas are the first steps to designing a space, learning where to commit to color is the most important!

Fabric First: There is no way to add a splash more effectively than through the use of fabric.  And while I can certainly help you create a complete look, you can tap into your inner designer by simply adding a yellow throw pillow which can transform a space. In these rooms I instantly added some sunshine to a blue and purple palette.

Eileen Kathryn Boyd Textiles Exclusively for Duralee

Eileen Kathryn Boyd Textiles Exclusively for Duralee

In designing my own fabric line, I dedicated a whole book to citron and fuschia. Some of my favorites include a modern floral, Greek key, zebra print and of course a sunburst style.

Eileen Kathryn Boyd Textiles Exclusively for Duralee

Wallpaper: While many people are afraid of wallpaper, others say it's making a major comeback. I never thought it went out of style and love a graphic print like the one I used in this kitchen. Next time I might try this citrine shade - what better place to make a sunny statement!
Wallpaper: Manuel Canovas through Cowtan & Tout/Kitchen: Eileen Kathryn Boyd Interiors

Accessorize: If you want to test out a hue in your home, try a statement lamp and colorful coffee table book for a modern touch or a simple bouquet of yellow tulips in a pitcher for something more country.

Bar: Eileen Kathryn Boyd Interiors/Lamp: Jonathan Adler Capri Bottle Lamp

Book: Modern Glamour: The Art of Unexpected Style/Flowers: 1-800-Flowers

"How wonderful yellow is. It stands for the sun." --Vincent Van Gogh

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Yellow: Making it Work

Eileen Kathryn Boyd Interiors
I've had many clients over the years who want to use yellow in their homes but don’t know where to begin. I'm sure many of you can relate. This is where I step in  - I can transform an inspiration or idea into a bold statement in an actual space. Yellow need not be an editorial color alone. It CAN work in YOUR home if you follow these tips!

*** Hi Yellow, Nice to Meet You …

Take it slow with this bright hue. Start to get to know yellow through your accessories. Introduce it into your home through pillows, artwork and floral arrangements (there’s nothing like a large arrangement of yellow tulips in a predominately white room). One bright yellow pillow can add a shock of color to a space allowing you to not only step back and watch how it interacts with its environment, but to be entertained by the effect it has on your room.

Eileen Kathryn Boyd Interiors

Eileen Kathryn Boyd Interiors

 You can also paint an accent wall (like in the kitchen) rather than a whole room or try adding grosgrain ribbon  to your drapery. 

Eileen Kathryn Boyd Interiors

*** Make a Splash … 

Use yellow to brighten up a neutral environment like your summer space. People often lean on blue and white for their vacation homes, but I suggest turning to shades of yellow instead. It’s a sunny, happy color!

-       *** Mix and Match ...

         Don't be afraid to work other brights into your color palette. Yellow looks great with blues, fuchsias and grays.

Remember, use yellow in spaces you need to feel inspired.

Check out some of my favorite yellow EKB Fabrics from Duralee. 

Yellow wakes me up in the morning. Yellow gets me on the bike every day. Yellow has taught me the true meaning of sacrifice. Yellow makes me suffer. Yellow is the true reason I am here. 
- Lance Armstrong

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Yearning for Yellow

Eileen Kathryn Boyd Interiors
With spring in full force I’ve decided to dedicate the month of April to the sunniest shade! And while yellow is absolutely optimistic and always makes me smile, it can also be mellow and laid back and peak my curiosity.

A Moody Hue
Bright, happy yellows are sure to radiate joy and breathe life into any room, while mustard tones inspire a more sophisticated space that set the course for a jewel-toned palette. 
Eileen Kathryn Boyd Interiors
If you are scared to give yellow a go, try using it as an accent color – a little can go a long way. Whether you choose a moody hue or something saturated and sunny, yellow will add a modern touch to any home.  

Don’t know where to start? Here are a few tips for you design lovers …
** Look for inspiration in your everyday life. I find it in books, artwork, clothing (my scarves and my husband’s ties) and even cars – I’m dying for a bright yellow jeep.

Eileen Kathryn Boyd Interiors

 ** Take baby steps whether it’s adding a lamp, pillow or bowl of lemons to your tabletop.

Eileen Kathryn Boyd Interiors

** Add a bit of yellow to your wardrobe. Start with accessories!

Kate Spade Isabel sandal $328

Coach Poppy Leather Hippie $258

 Check back next week for more creative ways to brighten your home with yellow!

Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun.
- Pablo Picasso

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Nuts for NEON

Nanette Lepore, New York Magazine
It’s no secret that I often look to fashion for inspiration - I love the challenge of transforming a runway look into an inspired interior. This season I’ve been dying to incorporate the latest trend in style - NEON into my design repertoire.

I decided to create a chic pool house! Like I’m sure you do, I’ve got summer on my mind and can’t seem to kick the idea of creating a glamorous oasis in my own backyard (you’ll remember I designed the pool house at the 2011 Hamptons Decorator Show House).
I hope this slightly fantastical space makes you feel rejuvenated and inspired.

My Mood Board

Far sofa upholstered in Duralee Designer Eileen Kathryn Boyd Textiles: Pulse

Here are a  few takeaways for you design lovers ...

Mix Tones and Textures:  In this space, I made raffia and grass cloth work with bold, shiny, neon hues.

Find Inspiration in Unexpected Places: The show-stopper here is the design on the far wall of my pool house created by layering neon orange, pink and yellow duct tape in a zig- zag pattern. Look for design elements at your local hardware and craft stores. 

Give Something Old a New Face: Take your tables and chairs to your local auto body shop and have them powder coated or spray painted with a bright new color for a fresh and fabulous look.

Check out my facebook page for photos of the event!

It's the simple things in life that are the most extraordinary. 
Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

I'm in the Mood ...

I am thrilled to be participating in Caesarstone's SET THE MOOD event where I was asked alongside 16 architects and designers (including Sara Story, Tilton Fenwick, Scout Designs and more) to help unveil their latest collection. Caesarstone is a quartz surface manufacturer – think counter and table tops and bathroom and kitchen surfaces. I’ve created a mood board  (a collection of inspiring images and objects) using Caesarstone’s newest palette as my inspiration.  It’s my job to put an EKB spin on this classic material and to convey the feeling and flavor of the room I’ve designed around this basic surface. You won’t believe how I've transformed this material into the centerpiece of a vibrant, whimsical, modern space. My inspiration: NEON!
Check back Thursday to see my mood board and how I breathed some life into Caesarstone's newest surface.