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18
Mar 15

CLOTH & KIND creates a serene speakeasy with a new Shriva jute rug

With a little inspired collaboration the “bonus room” in the 2014 Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Home for the Holidays Showhouse became a can’t-miss, soulful retreat. The lovely and talented duo of CLOTH & KIND, Krista Nye Schwartz and Tami Ramsay transformed the bonus room and vestibule into a stunning speakeasy using our new Shriva jute rug. We caught up with Kirsta and Tami to find out more about their partnership and the philosophy behind their Showhouse room.

What energizes you?

Creating homes for our clients which embody our personal design belief that each space should be brimming with history and heart, with story and substance.

Where did you grow up and how do you think that has influenced your style?

Krista // I grew up in Chicago, but spent a most transformative year of my life living in India with my family as a young child. It’s clear to me that a seed was planted deep inside of me that year and it’s been glorious to watch its deep-rooted influence on my sense of interior style blossom and evolve over the years. I tend to have a bend towards a global aesthetic, but made more sophisticated and current with modern and luxurious touches.

Tami //  I grew up in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in a sprawling beach house nestled in the sand dunes. This early experience with the natural world has greatly influenced my design aesthetic. I am forever inspired by the layers of textures, hues, and relics of the world around me.

Who or what is inspiring you right now?

We’re totally obsessed at the moment with reinterpreting and modernizing traditional styles of window treatments (think Victorian) by using neoteric textiles & trimmings, Southern California fashion & jewelry designer Kendall Conrad, Melissa Sutton of Plum Collective & brutalist chandeliers.

Where is your favorite place to travel for leisure?

Anywhere that is steeped in history and chock-full with treasure troves of interesting architecture & textiles. Preferably somewhere international… and warm!

What is your favorite quote?

Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony. – Mahatma Gandhi

Where did you start when designing this room?

Given the tucked away location of the vestibule and bonus room, we were inspired to turn the adjoining spaces into an alluring destination in the home – a seductive and modern day speakeasy. A cheeky nod to the blind tiger, as speakeasies were often referred to during the prohibition era, we swathed the walls of the vestibule in ZAK+FOX’s luxurious Khaden tiger print fabric. Dark and sultry trim, ceilings and walls in Sydney Harbour Paint’s Jaguar sets the mood and creates the ideal backdrop upon which a myriad of geometric shapes are echoed throughout the bonus room in watery shades of cream, blue & indigo, plum, blush pink and neutral.

How would you characterize the room?

The ultimate destination. A space that beckons with promises of lounging and frivolity.

How does Shriva work with your aesthetic?

The interlocking jute braids of Merida’s new Shriva rug created the perfect textured, yet neutral foundation for our modern day speakeasy. We layered vintage rugs and several comfortable seating arrangements atop this gorgeous natural fiber floor covering, and Shriva simultaneously added visual interest and complimented the array of textiles and hues we used in the space.

Oh, and we just have to add that one of the primary reasons we adore Merida’s rugs are that their weaving partners are certified by GoodWeave and provide much needed employment to nearly 4000 Indian women. Now THAT works well with any aesthetic.

Warmest wishes of sincere thanks to Merida for partnering with us and embracing our vision for the 2014 Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Home for the Holidays showhouse.

Krista & Tami

Order Shriva samples >

See more on CLOTH & KIND’s journal >

photos: Sarah Dorio


17
Feb 15

Katie Leede in the Hampton Designer Showhouse 2014

Nothing is more important for a living space than to be peaceful and energizing for its occupants. Katie Leede brings this spirit to all of her interiors, with a keen eye for reflecting the personality of the client and a globally-inspired and distinctive style. The 2014 Hampton Designer Showhouse was an exciting opportunity for Katie to use her own experiences to shape the design of an airy, idyllic bedroom. We caught up with Katie to find out what makes her tick and to get the scoop on her incredible Showhouse design.

What energizes and inspires you?

I am energized by the light during different hours of the day and the magnificent diversity and creative genius on display in nature. I love traveling to places I have never been before–we are heading to Rajasthan in March!

Rajasthan. Photo by Joe Fox

New York is always inspiring, whether looking at art in Chelsea or getting lost in a button shop on the Upper East Side. There is so much to observe and take in: color, the theater, great performances, walking the streets of Soho, the MET.

I love the idea that we are always changing and shifting, as in the saying,  “You can’t step into the same river twice.”

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC. Wikipedia / cc

Where did you start when designing your room in the Hampton Designer Showhouse?

photo by Phillip Ennis

I knew we were going to be moving out of our old apartment and there wasn’t going to be room for my daughter’s big Jacobean bed so I thought the showhouse would be a good way-station. This gorgeous, hunk of a bed is full of stories, having been my own teenage bed. The question then became how to make it look chic, fun and appropriate for a breezy Hamptons setting.

How would you characterize the room?

photo by Phillip Ennis

I pretended the house was ours and this room belonged to my well-traveled, brainy, artistic daughter Lucia. Attention is paid to creature comforts–good books, plenty of light to read by, soothing colors and inspiring artwork to delight the senses, and a hang out zone for her and her friends on lazy summer afternoons. The room is a success because of the natural color palette of blues and greens with hot flashes of pink throughout, the warm texture of the jute rug and the fresh mix of heavy and light elements (dark bed/ white sheets) and the new and old (tufted leather couch/furry modernist stools). It’s all topped off with fabulous artwork that elevates the space to the truly magical. Art has a way of doing that.

Why did you choose Bora Bora for this space?

photo by Phillip Ennis

I am addicted to the Bora Bora rug because of its bold, stand-alone texture: it’s hunky and strong yet silky and smooth to the touch–cushy even. I am particularly drawn to the Volcano colorway because it casts a silvery hush over a room. The Merida Smooth Linen borders come in the most glorious colors. I like to go 3″ wide on the borders to add more drama. After the showcase closed, I moved the rug to my own new living room and layered it with a vintage Moroccan carpet and every day is a happy day.

Do you have a favorite vignette in the room?

photo by Phillip Ennis

My favorite spot is the corner sofa area mostly because I was so pleased by how well the Kim McCarty artwork sang there. The moody nude seems to capture the existential angst girls feel–or I certainly felt–during those high school and college years when all is before them and they don’t yet feel comfortable with the mystery of how life is going to play out for them. Her feet are too big for her body, she has yet to grow into herself and yet her vulnerability makes her all the more compelling and beautiful. I imagined a safe setting for her, which made me happy to see come together.

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Showhouse photography by Phillip Ennis


1
Mar 11

It’s A Wrap! Tour the Elle Decor Show House with Merida

Our video tour of the Elle Decor Show House is ready for it’s big debut! Working closely with the talented photographer, David Livingston, we were able to create a virtual tour using the images he captured so you could experience the home for yourself. As you take the tour you’ll notice how each designer expresses their individual style, beautifully defining their passion for design. I love how each room evokes a different feeling, yet stays grounded and connected with the brilliant use of Merida rugs. Enjoy!


8
Oct 10

Merida’s 8 Color Trends for 2011

It’s that time of year again! Our color boards are complete and we’re excited to finally share them with you! We’ve collected all the latest trend information for fashion and interiors to use in planning 2011 new concepts and product introductions. We were right on target in 2010 and are very confident for 2011!

Our trend forecasts have been gathered from top fashion and interior design magazines and as a member of the Color Marketing Group and through attending seminars such as Design Boston at Boston’s Design Center, we get first hand information as well as in depth analysis into each color and pattern combinations about to hit the market! Without further ado, let’s get straight to the trends.

Merida’s 8 Color Trends for 2011!

2011 Color Trend #1: Midsummer Night’s Dream

Midsummer Night’s Dream is a theatrical expression of color and emotion. It has a dramatic combination of Boudreaux reds mixed with rich plum and olive greens. It’s as if the colors were pulled from a winery. The textures consist of luxurious surfaces such as velvets, brocades and taffeta and are used together in the same composition to create an over the top display.

2011 Color Trend #2: Daybreak

One of our favorite combinations revealing a new twist on a retro feel! For us, this palette reflects the colors that glow at the first ray of light when the sun hits the earth each morning. The washed out acidic tones of celery greens, chartreuse, corals, blush and camels are refreshing and new. The hazy atmosphere tries to wash out the saturated colors, but they still are illuminated.

2011 Color Trend 3: Forrest

Forrest is rugged and rustic with it’s down to earth color combination.  Olive oil and army greens ranging from light lime to deep avocado are paired with each other in the same palette. Each green is typically combined with a deep chocolate, cream  or camel. Rich textures of fleece, fur and leathers lend themselves well to the theme.

2011 Color Trend 4: Mystic Blue

Mysterious and intriguing, the unusual combination of indigos, icy grays and camel tones define our Mystic Blue category.  The cool blues are warmed up by the use of the rich browns and camels to create a deep, sophisticated palette.

2011 Color Trend 5: Roaring Red

Making a fierce, evocative statement, Roaring Red stands bold and confidently with a nod to an Asian influence. Glossy lipstick tones of red paired with heavy contrasts of black and white allow for the vibrant color to pop. You’ll also start seeing these reds paired with quieter tones of navy and camel to soften the palette and highlight silhouettes.

2011 Color Trend 6: Warming up Black & White

Here we are starting to see mid range neutral tones warm up rooms of harsh black and white. It’s a softening of the usual heavy contrast by using ivory as a base color and white as an accent. Oak, tan and ivory are paired with deep black giving depth to the space they encompass.

2011 Color Trend 7: Black Ice

Black Ice is unexpected and refreshing, going against traditional fashion taboos of combining deep blue with black. Deep, dark, rich tones of cobalt, navy and midnight black reveal themselves with highlights of icy white and silver.

2011 Color Trend 8: White on White

Fresh, clean and without any color at all, this trend uses all shades of white to define its palette. This trend reminds us of  priming a canvas with gesso before painting however, once it’s been primed you decide the picture is complete! No need for frills or explosions of color, just a calm, simple serene atmosphere is the goal to express a very strong, controlled environment.

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