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INSPIRATION | July 25, 2023 | By Saxon Henry
Cool Colors for Summery Interiors
We’re heading to Las Vegas Market from July 30th to August 3rd and we’re bracing for the toasty temperatures we know will meet us there! To beat the heat, we thought we’d look at some of our products in cool colors for summery interiors to give our eyes some swelter relief. We also have so many tried-and-true furnishings that are incredible additions to the cool category, like the Malayan White Floor Lamp, which is a bestseller, and the St. Barts Blue Chandelier shown in the image above.
Cool Colors for Summery Interior
This vignette captured in the CR Laine showroom includes our Sky Blue Double Gourd Vase, Sky Blue Straight Neck Vase, and Phonecian Large and Small vases.
Our spring offerings that debuted in May include an array of whites and pastels that will create serenity, calm, and crispness in interiors regardless of the landscape that fans out around a home. These environmentally friendly tones are perfect for interiors that lean traditional, transitional, mid-century modern, or contemporary. Blue is an incredibly popular cool color, as you can see from this vignette captured in the CR Laine showroom that includes our Sky Blue Double Gourd Vase, Sky Blue Straight Neck Vase, and Phonecian Large and Small vases.
When the lights are switched off, it can be hard to tell that the top and bottom cup-shaped shades of the Zevio White Pendant are made of different materials. Ian Thornton designed the fixture with its frosted glass shade on the bottom and steel shade in a white finish on the top. The circlet that clinches these as they transition and the clean-lined stem from which the pendant hangs are contrasting elements made of brass-toned metal.
The Arts & Crafts movement inspired the design of the Bastian Small Sandstone Lantern, which is made of wrought iron and wood in sugar white and sandstone finishes. The crisp feel of the white metal clasping the spokes of washed wood brings extra sophistication to this lantern-shaped chandelier. Tom Caldwell conceived the Bastian fixtures, some of the most popular in our lighting lineup, and Pam Bailey envisioned the introductions in this new combination of finishes.
The Gati Whitewash Accent Table is made of wood in a whitewash finish. The grooves along the surface and the whitewashing that brings a random level of distressing comingled to increase the textural interest on the surface of the beige accent table. The grooves are hand-done, which makes their uniformity surprising and illustrates the skill of the craftsperson who made it. This is slightly shorter than the average accent table at 17 inches tall.
A delightful design, the Clotilde Cream Pendant is flourishing with natural cotton-blend fabric flowers and leaves that have been expertly sewn together and fitted onto a substrate. This fixture, which hangs from a white chain, will bring a hint of spring to a space without interrupting a neutral color palette. For the artisans who created this beige pendant, the process is a complex one that pays high dividends given the richness of the design.
The Norene Gray Armchair, with a seat in a Demetria Parchment fabric, is made of fog gray-finished Mindi wood that matches the darker tones in the nubby upholstery fabric. The raised white lines bring a textural feel to the seat cushion, as does the way the wood grain shows through the finish to lighten the material. Special attributes about the design of this gray dining chair are the bobbin, or spool, ornamentations that are intermittently placed along its frame.
The Counterculture Cream Chandelier is a throwback to the days when macrame was all the rage. The three-tiered chandelier is made of cotton thread that is woven into a pattern and onto a metal frame in a white finish. The hanging hardware is a clean rod rather than a chain for an updated contemporary feel and the bulbs are LED. This fixture, designed by Ian Thornton, will be a chameleon of design depending upon the style of the room it illuminates.
The Diza Round Whitewash Mirror has a profile that is just as interesting from the side as it is from the front. This is because the wood pieces, which taper and are fitted in by hand, splay outward on both the exterior and the interior of the white mirror. The depth this creates will make the decorative mirror a commanding element in a space. Both the woodgrain that shows through in spots and the shape are textural details.
The Agave White Objet was inspired by the flourishing plant of the same name, whose spiky, leathery fronds curl up from the ground just as the oversized leaves on this white sculpture do. “My love of the Agave plant, of which hundreds of varieties flourish in the Yucatan, has inspired me for many years,” says the table’s designer Marjorie Skouras. Her passion for the Yucatan Peninsula, the surroundings in which she lives and through which she translates the flora and fauna into dynamic products in her studio, shines in this large wrought-iron sculpture covered in a crisp gesso white finish.
Inspired by the Ginkgo leaf, Clarence Mallari designed the Maidenhair Ivory Wall Sconce that captivates with its flowing pattern of fan-shaped leaves. The wall plate slightly contrasts the antique pearl finish on the shade, which is just a tad lighter. When the lights are switched on, the glow that reflects on all the surfaces is luminous. This nature-inspired beige wall sconce is perfect for a biophilic project.
Rising like a temple spire, the Malayan White Table Lamp has the elemental flair that gives master woodworkers bragging rights. The fluted body is made of rubber wood in a whitewash finish. The tall, thin linen shade placed atop this composition from the Phyllis Morris Collection makes it all the more commanding. This would be the perfect lamp for a buffet or a console.
A kicky take on the palm motif, the Las Palmas White Armchair designed by Marjorie Skouras is every hostess's answer to a contemporary coastal chair that will serve as stylish seating in any number of spaces. Made of wrought iron, the white chair is one of Skouras' pieces that reflects her passion for the Yucatan. The surroundings in which she lives and through which she translates the flora and fauna into dynamic products in her studio, shine in this metal chair in a crisp gesso white finish.
The Meraki Mother-of-Pearl Table Lamp was designed by Pam Bailey and Christina Pomroy to be a luminous element in a room. The brilliance of the mother-of-pearl columnar body will bring sheen to a space even when the lights are switched off. Each piece of the natural material is cut and hand-applied, and the white lamp has a textural feel because the thickness of the shell varies from piece to piece. The gold finish on the metal teases out the warmer tones in the material and the off-white shantung shade echoes the pale swaths of the shell.
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If you’re attending Vegas market, come see our light and airy designs for yourself: we’re in the World Market Center, Building C, Suite 398—an expanded space of over 9,300-square-feet that holds a wide array of furnishings in nearly every style and color, with plenty of pastels in the mix!