Office Tour: Kate & Company

Recently named one of the best wedding planners in the country by Vogue magazine, Kate & Co. is obviously skyrocketing to the top of its industry. Kate Turner, the “Kate” in Kate & Co. is the creative genius who has led her team to wedding planning excellence. It’s no wonder that Kate & Co.’s offices and design studio is a picture of excellence as well.

Savvy was honored to be asked to design their headquarters, which is located in a darling home in Kirkwood. The result of a complete gut overhaul is nothing less than extraordinary. Here’s a tour and an interview with Kate!  (all photos by Michael Jacob)

Why did you decide to renovate a Kirkwood home for your offices?

We wanted to have a homey feel to our offices and make sure our clients felt that Kate & Company is truly a family space.

This charming home in Kirkwood is now home to Kate & Co., an award-winning wedding and event planning company.

This charming home in Kirkwood is now home to Kate & Co., an award-winning wedding and event planning company.

Love this pretty blue door and the adorable “welcome” detail.

Love this pretty blue door and the adorable “welcome” detail.

How did you find the house, and what was the renovation like?

Kirkwood is a central location, perfect for our clients. The renovation was not without its stresses, that’s for sure! We had to take the whole house down to the studs, and the construction was 24/7.

What were your most important priorities when designing your working spaces?

Our most important priority was to have collective work spaces for our employees. A unique conference and client meeting space was of the utmost importance, as we are constantly having client design meetings. We also wanted to make sure our clients felt at home and were comfortable. It was important that our personal branding and style was reflected in the furnishings and accessories in our offices. 

The spacious conference room area features a stunning glass topped table with a faux tree stump base surrounded by five Ghost chairs, which add an airy feeling to the room and take up less visible space. Special touches, such as the contemporary chandelier and art deco chest are a nod to the modern, yet timeless point of view that Kate & Co. embraces. Invitations from the dozens of weddings that Kate & Co. have planned hang across the window as a unique art piece. 

The spacious conference room area features a stunning glass topped table with a faux tree stump base surrounded by five Ghost chairs, which add an airy feeling to the room and take up less visible space. Special touches, such as the contemporary chandelier and art deco chest are a nod to the modern, yet timeless point of view that Kate & Co. embraces. Invitations from the dozens of weddings that Kate & Co. have planned hang across the window as a unique art piece. 

Aren’t those Ghost Chairs gorgeous?! Love this closeup of the chairs with the glass top table and that awesome faux tree stump base. 

Aren’t those Ghost Chairs gorgeous?! Love this closeup of the chairs with the glass top table and that awesome faux tree stump base. 

A closeup of the gorgeous contemporary chandelier above the conference table.

A closeup of the gorgeous contemporary chandelier above the conference table.

What were your top design goals, and were there any challenges achieving those goals?

Our top design goals were to have a well-styled and timeless space. The challenge was choosing pieces that were usable, but also beautiful.

One of the office spaces is dressed in neutrals with a fabulous faux wood floor in a wider plank. The glass topped desks again add visual space, and the white bases add style. White leather and chrome task chairs are functional and pretty, and armless upholstered chairs for clients and guests are comfy, yet very beautiful and classic in shape. The pop of blues in the striped pillows and Greek Key window panels add subtle interest. Opting for open shelving instead of cabinetry also expands the space visually making the room feel and work larger.  

One of the office spaces is dressed in neutrals with a fabulous faux wood floor in a wider plank. The glass topped desks again add visual space, and the white bases add style. White leather and chrome task chairs are functional and pretty, and armless upholstered chairs for clients and guests are comfy, yet very beautiful and classic in shape. The pop of blues in the striped pillows and Greek Key window panels add subtle interest. Opting for open shelving instead of cabinetry also expands the space visually making the room feel and work larger.  

Kate’s office is a study in how elements of a commercial space can overlap seamlessly to a residential application. Wouldn’t this be an awesome home office?! As the owner and principal designer at this busy wedding planning company, Kate chose to cover an entire wall in front of her desk with chalkboard paint to help keep her organized and on task. A soft blue wraps the rest of the office in calm, and shimmering window panels in a similar hue enhance without distracting. Creamy upholstered chairs in a romantic, rounded silhouette and accented with brass nailhead trim are comfortable for clients and fit the style and feel of this office perfectly. A contemporary glass topped desk with chrome legs is a great foil for the otherwise softer elements in the room. Pops of black in the art deco inspired credenza and gorgeous oversized floral painting ground the space and add punch. And what about those baskets on the wall? What a great storage solution when a furniture piece would have been too much. 

Kate’s office is a study in how elements of a commercial space can overlap seamlessly to a residential application. Wouldn’t this be an awesome home office?! As the owner and principal designer at this busy wedding planning company, Kate chose to cover an entire wall in front of her desk with chalkboard paint to help keep her organized and on task. A soft blue wraps the rest of the office in calm, and shimmering window panels in a similar hue enhance without distracting. Creamy upholstered chairs in a romantic, rounded silhouette and accented with brass nailhead trim are comfortable for clients and fit the style and feel of this office perfectly. A contemporary glass topped desk with chrome legs is a great foil for the otherwise softer elements in the room. Pops of black in the art deco inspired credenza and gorgeous oversized floral painting ground the space and add punch. And what about those baskets on the wall? What a great storage solution when a furniture piece would have been too much. 

What are some of your favorite design elements in your offices?

The breakfast bar in the front room is definitely a favorite design element. It allows us to have a functional space and a pretty one! The sliding glass doors between spaces also allows us to feel open and able to move, while still creating the divided spaces we need.

Floating metal shelves are the ideal way to display wedding day inspiration and become unique “artwork” above a sleek and contemporary breakfast bar. A round table is always ready with table setting ideas and allow the Kate & Co. team to showcase their tabletop designs for clients. Soft roman shades in a creamy fabric offer just the right amount of style and privacy. A contemporary lighting fixture adds interest above. 

Floating metal shelves are the ideal way to display wedding day inspiration and become unique “artwork” above a sleek and contemporary breakfast bar. A round table is always ready with table setting ideas and allow the Kate & Co. team to showcase their tabletop designs for clients. Soft roman shades in a creamy fabric offer just the right amount of style and privacy. A contemporary lighting fixture adds interest above. 

Some pretty tabletop inspiration from Kate & Co.

Some pretty tabletop inspiration from Kate & Co.

Love this menu peeking through the glass plate!

Love this menu peeking through the glass plate!

In three words, how would you describe the interior design of Kate & Co.?

Timeless. Chic. Functional.

What is your advice about making a creative office space fun and inspiring, yet functional and productive?

Make sure that you choose pieces that are timeless, but still serve their purpose, such as a well-styled desk unit!

What did you like best about working with Savvy Surrounding Style?

Savvy truly understood our vision and how a functional office space needs to work.

A FEW MORE DESIGN DETAILS

Hanging wall vases offer a “living” art piece in a hallway.

Hanging wall vases offer a “living” art piece in a hallway.

Whimsical details, such as this fun doorstop, are found throughout Kate & Co.

Whimsical details, such as this fun doorstop, are found throughout Kate & Co.

Floating metal shelves offer more space for inspiration.

Floating metal shelves offer more space for inspiration.

Metal sculpture adds interest to the walls in a Kate & Co. office.

Metal sculpture adds interest to the walls in a Kate & Co. office.

UP CLOSE WITH KATE TURNER 

Kate and Adam Turner and their two golden retrievers, Louis and Carlton.

Kate and Adam Turner and their two golden retrievers, Louis and Carlton.

How did you end up starting Kate & Co.?

My love for event planning led to the formation of Kate & Co. nearly four years ago. I had been part of another wedding planning company, but I wanted to have my specific style and brand represented in the market.

What’s the hardest business lesson you had to learn?

Definitely learning to say ‘no’ – even when it’s a tough thing to do!

What are your top 3 tips for staying organizing and in charge of a growing business?

*Make a to-do list!

*Keep a schedule – your days off are your days off!

*Calendars are a lifesaver!

What’s a typical day like for you?

A typical day includes hanging out in the morning with my two puppies and my husband, Adam. From there, I head into the Kate & Company offices, work on design concepts for clients, answer a stream of emails and end my day with a great margarita at my favorite happy hour spot.

What’s the best part of owning your business?

The best part by far is getting the opportunity to work with some of the best ladies in the biz! My team is my backbone.

What is your biggest accomplishment to date?

Being named one of the best wedding planners in the country by Vogue magazine this past year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOW TO: Create a Romantic and Chic Tablescape

On February 17, Savvy celebrated its 5th Anniversary. For this special soirée, designer Kathleen Matthews created a magical tabletop inspired by the theme “Romancing the Home” and using the 2016 Pantone Color of the Year duo “Rose Quartz” and “Serenity” as the palette. Here are some of the ways you can create a tabletop just as magical in your home! (All photos by Michael Jacob)

SET THE STAGE

To balance the “sweetness” of the soft blue and pink palette, and to showcase the beautiful table, Kathleen chose two stunning silver damask table runners instead of using a tablecloth. The silver gives the blue and pink a healthy dose of sophistication and sparkles on the glass topped table.

THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX

Instead of the expected plates, Kathleen chose to use beautiful, creamy white marble cheese boards with gold edging to serve up the romantic sushi dinner. Choosing the unexpected or repurposing items in a tablescape adds tons of interest. For the centerpiece, Kathleen chose a giant silver coral sculpture that was adorned with more flowers. The sculpture adds a modern feel and architectural interest to the tabletop. Finally, delicate gold dotted wine glasses played double duty as stemmed compotes for fresh strawberries.

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT

Of course, candles are of utmost importance in setting a romantic mood, and the mercury glass star votives in varying heights Kathleen chose were perfect for bouncing the candlelight around the table. Mixed with more traditional smaller votives, the tabletop literally glowed.

FLOWER POWER

Oh the power of the flower! When creating any tablescape, flowers most always take the ordinary to extraordinary, and in this case they took the look literally over the top. Kathleen used some of the mercury glass votives as tiny vases at each place setting. She also chose contemporary lucite napkin rings each holding a single bloom. Finally, and the tour de force of this tabletop, were the custom cascading flower garlands Kathleen created. Strung and spilling from more mercury glass vases, shaped like bottles, the flower garlands were a distinctly Bohemian accent and brought stunning and unique interest overhead. Flowers were chosen in soft blues, pinks, creams, and whites to emphasize the Pantone Color of the Year duo “Rose Quartz” and “Serenity.”

Designer Kathleen Matthews and her magical, romantic, and sophisticated tabletop.

Designer Kathleen Matthews and her magical, romantic, and sophisticated tabletop.

All of the items (except for the runners, napkins, sushi dishes and chopsticks) Kathleen used to create this tabletop are available at Savvy!

CLICK HERE to see more party pix from our 5th anniversary soirée. 

 

 

EVENTS: A Savvy Soirée: Our 5th Anniversary Celebration

On February 17, Savvy hosted a party to celebrate our first 5 years helping make design dreams come true. With “Romancing the Home” as our theme, designer Kathleen Matthews created a magical tabletop, which incorporated the 2016 Pantone Color of the Year duo “Rose Quartz” and “Serenity," in a modern, romantic and chic way. We were honored and humbled to have so many of our clients, design colleagues, friends, and family members on hand to join us in raising a toast not only to our beginnings, but also to our future, which is very bright indeed! Here are some party pix!

Welcome to our celebration!

Welcome to our celebration!

Stunning tabletop created by designer Kathleen Matthews! A little bohemian, a little Asian, a little Pantone Color of the Year, a LOT gorgeous!

Stunning tabletop created by designer Kathleen Matthews! A little bohemian, a little Asian, a little Pantone Color of the Year, a LOT gorgeous!

Designer Kathleen Matthews and her magical tabletop creation.

Designer Kathleen Matthews and her magical tabletop creation.

It’s all in the details!

It’s all in the details!

Cascading flower garlands bring a delicate Bohemian feel to the tabletop and offer interest overhead.

Cascading flower garlands bring a delicate Bohemian feel to the tabletop and offer interest overhead.

Ladue Florist provided all of the flowers and arrangements.

Ladue Florist provided all of the flowers and arrangements.

Champagne with strawberries and raspberries and Chardonnay were the libations of the day!

Champagne with strawberries and raspberries and Chardonnay were the libations of the day!

Our showroom was picture perfect for the event, complete with yummy chocolates from Bissinger’s and goodie bags for our guests.

Our showroom was picture perfect for the event, complete with yummy chocolates from Bissinger’s and goodie bags for our guests.

Mercia Moore of Sweet M’s Designs created darling flower cookies for our guests.

Mercia Moore of Sweet M’s Designs created darling flower cookies for our guests.

Toasting to our beautiful beginnings and our very bright future! Standing (L to R) Diane Fogerty, Principal and Owner, Becky Gale, Operations Manager; Seated (L to R) Kathleen Matthews, Interior Designer, Laurie Morris, Project Manager, Judy Uelk, Marketing Manager, Karen Smith, Interior Designer, Lindsey Jungk, Project Manager, Lisa Rapp, Visual Merchandiser and Buyer. 

Toasting to our beautiful beginnings and our very bright future! Standing (L to R) Diane Fogerty, Principal and Owner, Becky Gale, Operations Manager; Seated (L to R) Kathleen Matthews, Interior Designer, Laurie Morris, Project Manager, Judy Uelk, Marketing Manager, Karen Smith, Interior Designer, Lindsey Jungk, Project Manager, Lisa Rapp, Visual Merchandiser and Buyer. 

Honored guests from KDR Showrooms

Honored guests from KDR Showrooms

More honored guests!

More honored guests!

Want to learn how to create a romantic and chic tablescape in your home? click here!

DESIGN TIPS: 5 Tips for Making Pantone’s 2016 Power Couple Work for You!

In a surprising move, color authority, Pantone, has named two colors their 2016 “Color of the Year”: Rose Quartz, a delicate pink, which Pantone describes as a “gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure,” and Serenity, a peaceful blue, which connotes “feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times.” The pairing of these two soft and gentle hues brings balance and harmony to design in 2016.

Image: Pantone

Image: Pantone

1. MAN UP

Pink and blue not your thing? You can still be on trend by adding dark, rich, grounding colors, such as charcoal, navy, chocolate brown, plum, even deep orange, with Rose Quartz and Serenity as accent hues. Introducing more masculine colors in rich textures, such as velvets, suedes and plaids to a softer palette will help you create a chic, sophisticated space. 

Image: Pantone   A few of Pantone’s more masculine color suggestions that pair well with Rose Quartz and Serenity.

Image: Pantone   A few of Pantone’s more masculine color suggestions that pair well with Rose Quartz and Serenity.

2. DON’T GO OVERBOARD

It IS possible to use this year’s Pantone color couple in your home without it looking like 1982, but you have to get a bit creative. Riffs on the actual colors of Rose Quartz and Serenity can be quite beautiful when used in the right doses and in the right places. A grey blue rug against a silver wall is stunning. Blush pink silk drapery kissing a gleaming hardwood floor and forming a backdrop for a white sofa with blue pillows in a geometric pattern is so 2016. The key is to stay in this century and make these colors sing a modern tune. 

3. ADD PATTERN

Patterns definitely add interest to a room’s design. Paisleys, plaids, stripes, quatrefoils, Ikats, Toiles, even polka dots, can make a softer color like Rose Quartz or Serenity edgier and give it punch. Patterns are perfect fabric choices for pillows, drapery, and upholstered accent pieces. And don’t forget beauty underfoot. A gorgeous patterned rug or carpet can make a room come alive and set the stage for every other design decision.

Image: Villa Nova

Image: Villa Nova

Image: Schumacher

Image: Schumacher

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Image: Thibaut

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Image: Jaipur

4. PUT YOUR BEST FACE FORWARD

Pink and rose tones actually are universally complimentary to a wide variety of skin tones making them excellent color choices for powder rooms, bedrooms, dressing rooms, and even romantic restaurants. Pairing pink with white or black furnishings, cabinetry, and accessories keeps the palette from becoming too sweet and Barbie-esque.

Image: Thibaut

Image: Thibaut

5. ACCENT WITH ACCESSORIES

Not quite ready to commit to the Pantone Power Couple in a big way? Adding a few well-placed accessories in a pretty pink or blue hue can be just the perfect way to dip your toe into trendy waters. 

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Our Top Ten Resolutions for your Home in 2016

Here are 10 of our favorite ideas for making your home even more beautiful in 2016. What do you think? Which ones will you commit to? Please share your own design and décor resolutions in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter with #savvyresolutions

1. I RESOLVE TO GET ORGANIZED.

Okay, so this one is probably on everyone's resolution list every year, but why not make 2016 the year that it really happens! Getting organized, eliminating clutter, and donating what you don't need or want anymore is one of the easiest ways to breathe new life into your home. Whether it's a closet, a garage, a laundry room . . . even just a junk drawer . . . bringing a little order to your life and your home can really make a world of difference. 

2. I RESOLVE TO MAKE MY BOOKCASES BEAUTIFUL.

Do you look longingly at the bookshelves in design magazines and think, "why don't mine look like that?" Well, never fear, you can make your bookshelves look like that . . . even better. It's not difficult, but it does take a little bit of thought. It's not about "filling" the shelves. It's about dressing them, arranging them, decorating them, adding a pop of color, giving them personality. The books are just the beginning. 

 

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3. I RESOLVE TO ADD A FEW NEW ACCESSORIES.

Never underestimate the power of a few new accessories to make your room sing a new song. Sometimes it's the little things that make all the difference and make a space feel fresh and new. Why not add a comfy throw to your favorite chair? Or what about a beautiful vase filled with the season's best? Candles? Coffee table books? Pillows? A souvenir from your travels? Any or all of these items can bring a 2015 room into 2016 beautifully.

4. I RESOLVE TO HAVE A MORE INVITING GUEST ROOM.

Do you dread having guests because your guest room is . . . well . . . not very inviting? If so, this is the year to give your guest room the royal treatment. Little touches can mean so much to someone staying at your home. Bottled water, a stack of magazines, a basket filled with extras, such as hotel lotions, travel-sized shampoos and conditioners, nail polishes, breath mints, tea bags and a mug, even stamps are amenities your guests will appreciate very much. Fresh flowers are always a plus and smell good, too! Plush linens, a snuggly robe and extra towels and blankets will make your guests feel pampered. Several good reads on the night stand and maybe a framed picture of your guest and you together are thoughtful finishing touches. 

IMAGE: HGTV

IMAGE: HGTV

5. I RESOLVE TO REDO MY POWDER ROOM.

Since powder rooms are generally on the smallish size, it's easier to make changes without having to break the bank. Sometimes even a new wallpaper, paint color, light fixture, mirror, or vanity can change the look entirely.

6. I RESOLVE TO  BUY AND DISPLAY ART THAT I REALLY LOVE.

Art is such a personal choice, and you should choose what you truly love, not just what you feel "goes" in your home. In fact, sometimes the contrast between the style of art you choose and your home's design style can be wonderful. Don't be afraid to choose art forms other than paintings, too. A stunning sculpture, vintage poster, a metal wall hanging or a collection of porcelain plates can be the perfect way to give your room a punch of personality. 

7. I RESOLVE TO MAKE MORE HOME PEACEFUL AND ZEN-LIKE.

Most of us would like our home to be a tranquil retreat; a sanctuary to relax and rejuvenate. The master bath is often the first place we think of when we consider adding some Zen.  Even if you can't afford to do a complete overhaul, adding a few of the following can make your master bath more like spa-like. 

* Soft colors in blues, greens, and neutrals wrap the room in tranquility.

* White vanities and chrome fixtures are clean and refreshing.

* Candles and a large soaking tub. Enough said.

* Organic materials, such as stone, glass tiles and pebble floors in a glass-enclosed shower add a natural feel.

* Fresh flowers or green plants bring the outside in. 

IMAGE: Eldorado   VIA: HGTV

IMAGE: Eldorado   VIA: HGTV

8. I RESOLVE TO MIX PATTERNS AND COLORS IN ONE ROOM.

Be brave in 2016 and mix it up a bit! Mixing patterns and colors is fun and can really add a healthy dose of interest to a room. Just a few small things to keep in mind: work with the same color intensities, use related colors to tie differing patterns together, and choose obviously different patterns (a stripe with a paisley) so the difference looks intentional.  Most importantly, if you love it, and can live with it, that's all that matters. Have fun!

9. I RESOLVE TO ADD MORE CURB APPEAL TO MY HOME.

It's true, first impressions count. And when it comes to our homes, who doesn't want to put their best face forward. Why not make 2016 the year that you add some extra punch to your exterior. Maybe your front door could use a fresh coat of paint in red? green? blue? orange? What color speaks to you? Adding a few new bushes or some pretty flower beds can really amp up the exterior of a home. Window boxes are so amazing, too! There is just something so wonderful about beautiful florals spilling over the sides of window boxes. Benches on the front porch? Urns overflowing with flowers and greenery? A new walkway? What would make your home happy?

IMAGE: David Hillegas  VIA: Coastal Living

IMAGE: David Hillegas  VIA: Coastal Living

10. I RESOLVE TO NOT BE AFRAID OF COLOR.

Repeat after me . . . color is my friend. If you yearn for a more colorful interior, don't be afraid. Paint is just paint and can always be redone. And if bold color on your walls is too intimidating, why not try adding some happy hues in a few accent furniture pieces and accessories. Pillows, lamps, and art can easily be changed up if you get tired of them or want more neutrality in your world. 

What are your resolutions for your home in 2016? We'd love for you to share your thoughts in the comments below! 






TOP 5 DESIGN TRENDS FOR WINTER 2016

MAD FOR PLAID

There is probably no pattern quite as classic as plaid, and this winter the perennial favorite is having a very special moment. Showing up on fashion runways as well as in the home, plaids, especially tartans, are warm, cozy, and inviting. No wonder the iconic pattern is a seasonal showstopper. Whether your design style is traditional, contemporary, eclectic, or anywhere in-between—plaid always works. 

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IMAGE SOURCE: Nancy's Daily Dish

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IMAGE SOURCE: Ralph Lauren Home

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IMAGE SOURCE: Williams-Sonoma   VIA: The Decorating Files

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IMAGE SOURCE: Veranda   VIA: The Decorating Files

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IMAGE SOURCE: HGTV

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IMAGE SOURCE: DecorAid

ALL THAT GLITTERS

 

Gold isn’t the only metallic that is trending right now, but it is definitely popular in home décor. Although silvers, chromes, brushed nickels, and stainless steel are always in style, it’s the warmer metallic finishes that are making headlines this season. Brass, bronze, copper and rose gold are topping the charts. Burnished, matte and patina finishes work best in traditional or more rustic settings. High gloss, and those with a brushed or subtle sheen can make a contemporary setting come alive. Or mix it up and add a shiny brass accent in a more traditional room or burnished copper in a modern space. Remember, the most important design rule is that all rules can and should be broken to make a space truly your own. 

IMAGE SOURCE: 4 Living

IMAGE SOURCE: 4 Living

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IMAGE SOURCE: Design Sponge

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IMAGE SOURCE: House Beautiful

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IMAGE SOURCE: Leedy Interiors

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IMAGE SOURCE: Harper's Bazaar

SINK-IN SOFT

 

Deliciously soft underfoot, natural sheepskin rugs lend warmth to a room while still being airy and natural in color. No wonder they are so popular in the winter months. With sink-in softness, we are dreaming of dipping our toes in their fluffiness. Sheepskin rugs are naturally rich in lanolin, which adds luster and protects the rug from accidental spills. Long wearing and versatile, these classic rugs are the perfect complement to traditional, transitional, and contemporary décor.

IMAGE SOURCE: Rug Critic

IMAGE SOURCE: Rug Critic

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IMAGE SOURCE: InMod

Another craze underfoot these days are Moroccan rugs. These style makers anchor a room and truly give it a special focus. Often neutral in color with brown or black geometric lines, these rugs have a shaggy pile and are woven for warmth. According to James French, a director of Beauvais Carpets in New York, the traditional Beni Ourain tribal designs were woven from memory, not patterns, so they have an appealing “quirkiness.” It’s this quirkiness that makes them especially appealing. They can give a cold modern room a certain patina and authenticity and a more traditional space a dose of contemporary verve. Although trending right now, Moroccan rugs are actually timeless and classic and will always be in style. 

IMAGE SOURCE: Binti Home Blog

IMAGE SOURCE: Binti Home Blog

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IMAGE SOURCE: House Beautiful

A BREATH OF FRESH AIR

 

With the holidays behind us and a new year underway—it’s important to create spaces in our homes that allow us to live well, be well and stay well. Walls that wrap us in a feeling of calm and tranquility, even when the world around us is going 100 miles an hour, can help to slow the pace and give us a chance to breathe. Sherwin William’s 2016 Pura Vida Collection for 2016 reminds us to feed the spirit, make memories, and savor every moment. Here are a few of the selections from this beautiful and relaxing color palette.

 Alabaster SW 7008

Unfussy Beige SW 6043

Doe Skin SW 6044

Ramie SW 6156

Ancient Marble SW 6162

INTO THE WOODS

 

Woodsy motifs are trending this winter big time. Wood grains and faux bois in wall coverings and fabrics can give your interior spaces a back to nature feel in a sophisticated way. Tree stumps are showing up as end tables and table bases, often pairing with glass tops to showcase the unique base. Forest murals, wall decals, and custom wooden “tree art” can make any wall a striking focal point. Papering the backs of bookcases can make your arrangements pop and adding paper to plain staircase risers can turn them into a “wow!”

And remember you don’t have to be loyal to just one type of wood when decorating your home. Working with the furniture pieces you already have, blending wood types and finishes is creative, fun, and interesting! Mix up the chairs in your dining room; they don’t all have to be the same. Why not choose different wood finishes for the pieces in your living room? And of course, if something doesn’t work, wood can always be painted. Some die-hard traditionalists may disagree, but we love repurposing a wood piece that might have been discarded by transforming it into a showstopper with a bright bold color! The key is to have fun when you take the trip into the woods. 

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IMAGE SOURCE: HomeTalk

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IMAGE SOURCE: The Kitchn

IMAGE SOURCE: Farrow Arcaro Design  "Woods" wallpaper by Cole & Son

IMAGE SOURCE: Farrow Arcaro Design  "Woods" wallpaper by Cole & Son

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How to Create a Tabletop that is Très Chic

Savvy designer Kathleen Matthews spearheaded the creation of a gorgeous "ooh la la" tablescape for the the St. Louis Homes and Lifestyles Tabletop Tour last November. Although ours had a Christmas feel, we think this beautiful tablescape would work equally as well for Valentine's Day, with just a few different accessories. Here's how the Savvy team made this magical tabletop come alive, and how you can do the same for a day that celebrates love and friendship this February!

1.     Choose a rich and decadent color scheme.

Using iconic St. Louis chocolatier Bissinger’s brand new packaging as their inspiration, Kathleen and her team chose radiant raspberry pink, delicious chocolate brown and shimmering gold as their color palette . . . perfect colors for Valentine's Day! We'd replace the Christmas ornament with a beautiful heart box, such as the one below from Savvy.

This beautiful hinged heart box, available at Savvy, is the perfect place to hide a lovely sentiment for your guests. Also available in silver.

This beautiful hinged heart box, available at Savvy, is the perfect place to hide a lovely sentiment for your guests. Also available in silver.

2. Add flowers in vivid hues.

Hot pink coxcomb, ruby red petite roses, and bright chartreuse hydrangea blooms grace a variety of glittering crystal and gold vases of varying heights scattered across the table. For Valentine's Day, we'd go big on the roses. . . in reds, pinks, and whites. And remember to think outside the box, too, when it comes to vases. Small juice glasses and tall water glasses also work great!

3. Add lighter elements and a touch of whimsy.

Slender, clear, champagne flutes are the perfect complement to the flowers' bold pinks and greens and the tablecloth's rich chocolate brown. Classic fine china in a traditional gold and cream pattern, as well as stunning gold flatware and linen napkins, add a timeless feel. 

Bissinger's boxes wrapped in pink ribbons are a nice touch and carry the theme throughout the tablescape. Napkins tied with satin ribbon and a small jingle bell lighten the mood and are a nod to the traditional holiday feel. For Valentine's Day, we'd remove the jingle bell and either let the beautiful ribbon speak for itself, add a Valentine bauble, or use a pretty bracelet as a napkin ring.

The beautiful champagne flutes below are available at Savvy!

4. Draw the eye up for added drama.

No chandelier? No problem. Savvy's designers simply attached a moss covered branch to the ceiling and suspended hanging glass votives in varying sizes to achieve stunning candlelight ambience above.

 

5. Finishing Touches!

The tour de force of this tabletop is the replica of an antique Ferris wheel, which Kathleen chose to use as the table’s centerpiece. Kathleen spray painted the Ferris wheel gold and added twinkling white lights and vintage French postcards to add another layer of magic. We think some vintage Valentines would be perfect, too!

6. Voila! A 'love'ly tabletop






Savvy Design Tip: 3 Ways to Make your Holiday Sparkle and Shine

Savvy’s designers offer their top design tips for making your home sparkle and shine for the holidays.

DIANE FOGERTY

“When it comes to holiday décor, too much is never too much! It’s all about layering to add depth and texture to your décor. Think sumptuous ribbon, holiday pillows, trees (more than one) dressed to the nines in their holiday finery, stockings hanging by the fireplace or on the bannister, fresh greenery dripping with twinkling lights, pinecones, ornaments and ribbons, and a soft, cozy throw at the ready on your favorite chair. Holiday décor should match your home’s personality, too. Are you more formal? Golds and silvers may be perfect for you. Whimsical? Think outside the “holiday box,” and try chartreuse, pink, or blue. Casual? Burlap, plaids and natural elements may be calling your name. Traditional? Go with classic reds and greens all the way. The most important thing to remember is that when you think you’re finished . . . keep going. 

IMAGE: Lush Home

IMAGE: Lush Home

IMAGE: Kristin's Creations Online

IMAGE: Kristin's Creations Online

Kimberly Kowalski, Allied ASID

Think outside traditional color palettes when decorating your home for the holidays. Reds and greens are classic and beautiful, but it’s ok to have some fun. Peacock blue and gold are on trend this year, as are mixed metals (gold, silver, copper, rose gold), and bright “candy colors,” such as pinks, fuchsias, purples, apple green, and teal. Even black and white can be striking and festive, especially mixed with gold or silver.

IMAGE: Better Decorating Bible

IMAGE: Better Decorating Bible

IMAGE: Better Decorating Bible

IMAGE: Better Decorating Bible

Kathleen Matthews

When decorating your home for the holidays, don’t be afraid to make it sparkly! You want your home to be warm and happy during the holidays.  A little sparkle (or a lot), just adds to the warmth. White lights, mercury glass, silver and gold touches, and reflective surfaces add to the sparkle. 

IMAGE: House to Home

IMAGE: House to Home

IMAGE: House to Home

IMAGE: House to Home



MARKETPLACE: "Get Happy" from Jane Churchill

We are certainly happy about Jane Churchill's new collection for Cowtan and Tout, aptly titled "Get Happy." The bright, bold colors and fun patterns in this delightful fabric and wallpaper line bring a smile to our faces. What about you? Does this collection channel your inner child? Beyond a kid's space, we think several of these patterns would look lovely on a porch? In a sunroom? laundry room? dressing room? In a closet? What do you think?

All images: Cowtan & Tout

"Hot Dogs"

"Hot Dogs"

"Get Happy"

"Get Happy"

"March Hare"

"March Hare"

"Up a Tree"

"Up a Tree"

"Fairyland"

"Fairyland"

"Pop Cars" and "Zig Zag Multi"

"Pop Cars" and "Zig Zag Multi"

"Disco Stripe" wallpaper

"Disco Stripe" wallpaper

"Alphabetti"

All of the Jane Churchill collection is available through Savvy Surrounding Style. Stop by our showroom today to talk with one of our designers about making one of these "happy" fabrics or wallpapers part of your interior design. 

 

WEEKEND ROUNDUP: SUNDAY BEST

As the weekend winds down, we thought we'd share with you a few of our favorite links we found this week around the web. We hope they inspire you as much as they did us. Enjoy!

DESIGN  & DECOR

IMAGE SOURCE: Modern Mix by Eddie Ross VIA: One King's Lane

IMAGE SOURCE: Modern Mix by Eddie Ross VIA: One King's Lane

Designer, design editor, and entertainer extraordinare Eddie Ross shares his design tips, tricks, and gorgeous interiors in his new book Modern Mix. Click here to read more about this "must-add" to your design library. 

FOOD & DRINK

IMAGE SOURCE: SF Girl by the Bay    PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Ashley Rose Conway

IMAGE SOURCE: SF Girl by the Bay    PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Ashley Rose Conway

Summer may be "officially" over, but here' s a delicious cocktail, perfectly named "Summer on the Rocks," that will help you sing the season's swan song.

FASHION & BEAUTY

IMAGE SOURCE: The Thick    PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Michael Brager

IMAGE SOURCE: The Thick    PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Michael Brager

Fabulous heartfelt conversation between supermodel Cindy Crawford and her model daughter, Kaia Gerber. Click here to read

TRAVEL & LEISURE

IMAGE SOURCE: Conde Nast Traveler   PHOTOGRAPHY: Getty

IMAGE SOURCE: Conde Nast Traveler   PHOTOGRAPHY: Getty

Wanderlust has definitely set in. Check out these "insanely beautiful coastlines" in Conde Nast Traveler. 

WEEKEND ROUNDUP: SUNDAY BEST

As the weekend winds down, we thought we'd share with you a few of our favorite links we found this week around the web. We hope they inspire you as much as they did us. Enjoy!

DESIGN & DECOR

IMAGE SOURCE: Country Living  VIA: Boogie's Boutique

IMAGE SOURCE: Country Living  VIA: Boogie's Boutique

Sheds just aren't what they used to be. Move over lawnmowers, rakes, and tools. Here come the chandeliers, sofas, and iced tea! This fun story in Boogie's Boutique offers some beautiful inspiration for creating a shed like no other. 

FOOD & DRINK

IMAGE SOURCE: Sweet Paul Magazine

IMAGE SOURCE: Sweet Paul Magazine

Nothing says fall more than hot apple cider. Yum! Here is delicious recipe courtesy of Sweet Paul Magazine that adds a kick with spiced rum.

IN THE NEWS

IMAGE SOURCE: National Geographic    PHOTOGRAPHY BY: NG HAN GUAN, AP

IMAGE SOURCE: National Geographic    PHOTOGRAPHY BY: NG HAN GUAN, AP

Good news for elephants everywhere! A recent agreement between the U.S. and China to enact "nearly complete bans" on the import and export of ivory is a big step in the efforts to eliminate an industry that has encouraged the illegal hunting of elephants for their prized tusks. Read more here.

FASHION & BEAUTY

IMAGE SOURCE: Harper's Bazaar   PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Diego Zuko

IMAGE SOURCE: Harper's Bazaar   PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Diego Zuko

Sartorial inspiration abounds at Milan Fashion Week. Take a look at Harper's Bazaar's roundup of some of the best here.