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TOOU Outo Outdoor Furniture Collection

by Summer Robertson

One thing I know for certain. If you have a moment, enjoy it. Especially in the Summer when the days are long and the nights are warm and everything is delicious.

Set up a simple little spot in the backyard or patio or whatever space you have outdoors. A chair & table set or a couple rockers will do. I like the TOOU Outo Collection of lounge chairs, rockers & hockers. I think the price point is friendly, it has a modern style meets country look and is durable enough to last more summers than you can imagine. 

Add a glass of something magical, a string of lights and more flowers than necessary. You will have no regrets -- sounds like the perfect summer evening to me.



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Pillivuyt, Summer 2021

by Summer Robertson

Pillivuyt, their name is fun to say and their beautiful French porcelain is even more fun to enjoy. Founded well over a hundred years ago, Pillivuyt not only produces the finest quality porcelain dishes & dinnerware but an amazing collection of bakeware and all the other fancy French dishes to make your table look beautiful as well.

The new Teck Collection for the Summer season draws inspiration from the Boulogne forest outside of Paris illustrating the beauty of embossed tree rings, so perfectly captured on the Teck Dinner Plate.

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Between Lines Deck Chair by Skagerak

by Summer Robertson

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Between Lines Deck Chair (& matching stool!) are my favorite outdoor chairs by Skagerak. Classic teak construction that has been updated with a simpler line. 

Currently 15% off -- grab a couple, your favorite person, a bottle of Pinot Noir and enjoy your summer evenings watching the sun go down.  


Top 5 Interior Design Trends for 2019

by Danny Robertson

Novel interior design trends appear each year, which always makes one consider or reconsider updating spaces within your house. Knowing the current interior design trends offers inspiration that can help you update your home with ease and confidence. Some of the top trends of 2018 included rose gold, exposed lighting, and subway tiles. While these trends are by no means out of date now, we love looking ahead at what trends are emerging for the current year.

The new interior design ideas emerge each year and inspire fresh attempts on reworking classic styles. Also, many interior designers note that in 2019 there will be some excellent home interior design trends that we should pay attention to. Read on and find out about these design trends that might work their way into your next home design project.

Copper Accents

In 2018, rose gold was a popular decor trend. However, in 2019, there will be less prominence to rose gold and more prominence to copper accents as well as an assortment of other metals and finishes. With its earthly overall hue and orange and red tones, copper provides a breath of fresh air that is much needed for the new year. This trend will express itself through modern copper lighting and fixtures.

Brass Accents & Decor

2019 is going to be the year we see the back of chrome, stainless steel, and polished nickel; meanwhile modern brass lighting accents & decor will make way into our houses again. Brass will add an ever-present perception of elegance to even the simplest spaces because it is a subtle and unexpectedly warm alternative to steel accents.

Black and White Decor

Black and white is an evergreen design trend that should be on the list of trends that will continue to be popular throughout 2019. The contrasting colors of black and white decor provides a timeless graphic punch and also gives a sense of boldness and balance to your home.


This massively successful 2018 trend is seeing an increase in popularity due to the modern feel it brings about. Not only will this hue be a part of fashion and home decor, but in 2019 the pink shade will appear in unique and creative ways, offering you the opportunity to easily upgrade any space with wall coverings, decorative accents, and even mauve modern sofas.

Vintage Modern Lighting

This trend will shock many people by emerging again in 2019.  The vintage lighting will take the form of vintage sconces and pendants; it’ll be less exposed lighting. It would be accompanied by copper and brass finishes. In 2019, you can witness various design trends to unify.

The Philosophy Behind Slow Spaces

by Danny Robertson

Slow living is a philosophy that has been discussed a lot in recent years. Slow living is a lifestyle with a focus on slower approaches to normal routines and aspects of everyday life.  This philosophy has influenced many designers working today with an emphasis on creating "slow spaces". A slow space puts more emphasis on space rather than form. Like bodies, buildings have systems, bones, and skin. Interior decoration is equivalent to clothing; it is mutable and fashionable. The inside space represents the soul. It is the abstract feeling that is difficult to describe or photograph. Slowness is required to experience space. It is not promptly consumed, but once it is absorbed it is not easy to forget.

The approach of "less is better" was championed by Dieter Rams, one of the designers for Braun, in the latter part of the 20th century; and it’s all the more potent today. The problems of over-consumption, stress, exploitation, and waste can be addressed by putting more emphasis on quality rather than quantity. For us, it means designing fewer but high-quality and timeless buildings that will last for more than a 100 years.

Another characteristic of slow spaces is their holistic sensibility. We should view the systems and properties of life as wholes, instead of just a combination of parts. Architecture is different from a building in that it is a design of the whole, a space occupied and lived in. Rather than just the roof and walls, it incorporates the space, the materials, the feeling, the workers, the supply chain, and the impact on the environment.

In Slow spaces are enjoyable, feel calm, relaxed, comfortable, and happy. It could be your bedroom, a cozy cafe, the New York Public Library, or your church. Slow space is meaningful and deliberate, and is designed for you - and your experience. It speaks to your entire group of senses, including eyes, ears, nose, and skin, and leaves a permanent impression on your mind. It is a place to linger, inhabit, and experience, rather than just an object to look at or a place to pass through. Slow living expressed through the spaces we inhabit is the cure to our harried schedule and busy lives. 

Why is Scandinavian Design So Popular?

by Danny Robertson

Scandinavian design has deeper roots than the Hygge movement that's been prominent in recent years. Scandinavian design emerged in the 1950s along with modernist movement in America and Europe. The modern Scandinavian style gives priority to sleek, democratic, and affordable interiors and furnishings. The typical features of the modernist style include a neutral color combination, clean lines, and functional furnishings. At the same time, the era’s Scandinavian design was also influenced heavily by short and cold winter days of the Nordic region and a craving for cozy and bright interiors.

Due to such practical concerns, a new layer of spare elegance emerged with a tendency for simple forms, open floor plan spaces, and lighter colors. The Nordic interior started to give priority to clutter-free spaces and walls and flooring that are pale-colored to get the maximum amount of light possible. The flexible open-plan spaces can be used for a variety of activities rather than a single function (a dining room, for example, is only used during special events), which paves the way for a much more practical design.

In Scandinavia, this modern movement was named ‘Functionalism’; the priority is for the design and architecture to be useful before anything else. Functionalism together with a very welcoming and warm kind of modernism that is inspired by nature is much more relatable and appealing to the mainstream.

Finn Juhl, Arne Jacobsen, and Hans Wegner – all famous designers of the era – used ash, birch, rosewood, and teak frequently in their furnishing, which allowed for warmth while not being too rustic or traditional. Their designs speak of an elegant pairing of sophistication and practicality that was arguably not seen in their Nordic counterparts or from other countries. Even though most of the designer’s and architect’s work is undoubtedly of 21st century, today’s designs have an innate Scandinavian implication, which puts its foremost priority on quality over quantity.

Today's attraction to Scandinavian design is due to its timeless nature, simplicity, impeccable craft, beauty, and the natural materials used that appeal to the human mind on a fundamental level. In an ever growing digital world, people continue to crave the nordic feel of sophistication with a deeply human element.