Thursday, August 11, 2016

Wallpaper is Not Dead!

Here at Design Associates, we often find that if we suggest using wallpaper or a wallcovering to our clients the response is often, "really?"  It seems that images of pink toile or a floral print are often what come to mind.  Thankfully times have changed and there are so many unique and beautiful wallpapers on the market.  Here are some images of our favorites right now. Enjoy!
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Ethereal beauty makes us want to cozy up in the forest.

 Image: Maya Romanoff

For the ultimate luxurious space.  The queen of wallpaper, Maya Romanoff has created this magnificent wallcovering out of mother of pearl.  The way it reflects light is breathtaking and glamorous.

Image: Galbraith and Paul

For a more traditional wallpaper look that isn't too old fashioned or stuffy.  This Galbraith and Paul print is perfect for an accent wall.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Wabi Sabi

I first came upon the term Wabi Sabi while researching unique wallpapers to potentially use for a client.  I ran into a collection from Scion called Wabi Sabi.  The definition:  Wabi-sabi represents Japanese aesthetics and world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete".

I have always been incredibly in Japanese interiors and the way culture and views about materials tie into their designs.  Here are several images of designs that perfectly embody the concept of Wabi Sabi.  Enjoy! 

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“ Robinia - Marc Bornemisza - Ecolodges La Belle Verte

Image McCray & Co.
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WABI SABI Scandinavia - Design, Art and DIY.:

Image: The Guardian

Monday, July 18, 2016

Favorite Color Combos

Every once in awhile we are lucky enough to get a job where our client isn't afraid of using some really interesting color combinations.  Contrary to popular belief,  bright colors or unique  color combinations aren't always just trends that are bound to be out of style in a few years.  They can actually be striking and timeless

Olive green velvet sofa, vintage green glass vase, pink walls:

photo from Eve Wilson

Chartreuse and Berry are beautiful and feminine.

What's Next: Upcoming Trends in Color Combinations for Interiors | Apartment Therapy:

photo from Ashley Wittaker Design

Striking dark denim with a combination of warm hues is masculine look, perfect for a study or home office. 

Design  by Design Associates

This is one of our more contemporary designs with a bit of Japanese influence.  The striking black and red combination with natural wood and tan tones mixed in, creates a warm environment that is still modern. 

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Inspired by Nature

Here in Bozeman Montana, we can't help but be inspired by our natural surroundings.  There are mountain ranges, golden fields, and  rivers in every direction.  We have some of the best sunsets in the world,  and there is no need to escape the city at night to get a magnificent view of the stars.  Why wouldn't we want our interior spaces to reflect that of our natural outdoor environments?

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This galaxy- inspired hallway was created using river rock, pebbles, large wooden planks and star pendants.  We feel it is incredibly important for incorporate lots of natural light into any design.

The River Collection by Greg Klassen Furniture

This exquisite table needs no explanation.  Greg is a master woodworker,  furniture maker and  artist.  Everything he makes is created in the most sustainable way possible. 

Mud Studio clay bead chandeliers:

Newest obsession, clay bead chandeliers by Mud Studio.  These  chandeliers are made sustainably and consciously in South Aftrica by a rural empowerment project put in place buy owner Philippa du Tuit.

Phillip Jeffries introduces a new way to cover walls with GEOLOGY. Authentic honed slate is sold in a flexible panel format, creating a one-of-a-kind wall statement. A patented precision process creates a micro thin “veneer” of real slate reinforced by a flexible fiberglass resin backing. Available in 2 panel sizes; Panel A: 12” x 24” & Panel B: 24” x 48”.:

We were so excited we finally were able to use this product in a project!  Philip Jeffries new line of wallcoverings, Geology, creates a one-of-a-kind statement that imitates rock slab.

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Natural light, a touch of green, some plant life, and a few organic shapes will always help to make a space feel a bit more zen.

Monday, July 11, 2016

The Rebirth of Chevron and Herringbone

It's looking like the current herringbone and chevron trend is here to stay.  These patterns can add a timeless, chic touch to any room design.  You simply can't go wrong with  a neutral tone herringbone or chevron material pattern. These patterns be very versatile regardless of  you're style.  If it's elegant and traditional or sleek and modern, herringbone or chevron will always add a touch of subtle sophistication. 
Mini bar in the basement with slate herringbone tile, starburst light, dark clear view cabinets |  Jarrod Smart Construction:
The herringbone floor in this modern bar area is a sleek accent.

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This very fine detailed chevron fabric from Schumacher can easily be incorporated with other patterns and colors.

marble composition by Michael Anastassiades Cindylee would like to see someone do this as a quilt !:

A unique chevron composition with marble is a beautiful design detail.

Herringbone Floors. color is right on but would like narrower planks:

This beautiful chevron wood floor adds simple elegance to a more traditional home.
Fireplace with herringbone pattern brick work and built in shelving - by Rafterhouse.:
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This brick herringbone fireplace has more charm and character than plain brick.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Boho Vibes

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Its summer and the warm air has us feeling bohemian!  Natural color palettes,  eclectic vibes, and lots of light can always make a room feel less stuffy and more carefree!

Dark Accent Walls

Dark walls:


We are seeing trends of dark accent walls right now.  This can be beautiful in a space with enough light that the dark color won't be overpowering.  Denim and mustard yellow are in season for summer!