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New Kelly Wearstler from Lee Jofa Groundworks by Kevin Twitty

Everyone, stop what you are doing and get excited about the new collection of Kelly Wearstler fabrics, leathers, trims, and wallpapers from Lee Jofa Groundworks you will be glad you did!! 

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I have been a huge fan of Wearstler for many years now because of her fearless approach to interior design. She is not afraid to think way outside of the box to create some of the most one-of-a-kind designs I have ever seen. Her style dances on the fringes of what the typical everyday client is comfortable with, but that is what makes her so incredible. I often take bits of inspiration from the tenacity of her designs to challenge my own clients to step outside of their comfort zones and challenge their preconceived notions of what design is. Because of her bold and daring designs, I cannot explain to you my excitement for this new collection. Sit back and enjoy the visual beauty! 

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What I am swooning over is the unique color ways in this collection. This red and teal number has set the bar for the future of color trends. Another fantastic feature of her new collection is the breath of products in a lot of patterns. 

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Tapes and trims are back in style! The best thing about them is how they can add a graphic visual depth to any piece in your home. Kelly's trims have that deconstructed look from familiar patterns. My absolute favorite is the nod to a greek key pattern and the delightful dot tape. 

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An up close look at her wallpapers show how fantastic the aesthetic is. Most of the wallpapers in her new collection are wither on a metallic, paper or printed on fine silk. It is some of the most opulent high quality wallpaper on the market today. 

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The Ooh La La moment for me is with her new leather hides. They feature a laser cut design with a fantastic depth of color. They have a real classic yet modern flavor to them. It's the perfectly refined look for today's design. 

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If bold colors are not your style, their is even fantastic neutrals round off Wearstler's fourth collection with Groundworks. There is for sure something for everyone! If you want to see the new collection with your own eyes, head over to the Kravet | Lee Jofa | Groundworks showroom in Portland, Oregon. It is fabulous.

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Decluttering Your Home Using Eco-Friendly Methods by Kevin Twitty

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Alice Robertson of Tidy Homes began her career in the home organization industry as a professional house cleaner, which involved A LOT of decluttering. Over the years, she has helped clients get rid of everything from old mattresses to outdated electronics to entire closets worth of clothes. “Luckily, we don’t have to haul it off to the dump anymore. There’s a way to recycle just about everything!” says Alice. Here are her tips to decluttering your home while keeping the Earth and environment in mind.

Decluttering your home is a huge undertaking. Even if you declutter your home regularly, each time can lead to going through, reusing, and getting rid of more stuff than you even thought you had. However, when you get rid of anything in your home, it has to go somewhere. Sadly, if you aren’t careful, many of the things you throw out will end up in the landfill. Instead, you should be careful of where and how you get rid of items you no longer need when decluttering your home. Luckily, there are many ways to get rid of your old belongings that are eco-friendly.

Recycling

Many items can easily be recycled. This includes most appliances. For example, small appliances are relatively easy to recycle, because they are mostly steel. Furthermore, many appliances also have microchips, which contain valuable materials that can be reused. In some areas, it is even illegal to simply throw out these electronics because their parts and materials can so easily be repurposed.

You can check to see if other items can be recycled by looking for certain labels. The Huffington Post has a chart that explains each symbol so you can quickly tell whether or not something you’re looking to get rid of is recyclable or not.

Donating

For things that are still working and lightly used, you can look into donating them to someone in need. Clothes are a huge donatable item, but others, such as books and toys, can also be given away. You can also donate art and craft supplies to nursing homes or low-income pre-schools. Toiletries, cleaning supplies, and all those toothbrushes you get from the dentist can also be donated to those in need. Diapers are also a huge need in many communities, because they are not covered by federal assistance programs but are extremely necessary for a baby’s health and well-being. Bikes, cellphones, and sturdy bags are also needed, and can be donated locally in your community. 

Going Digital

When it comes to pictures, newspaper articles, and other important pieces of paper that you don’t want to get rid of, you can scan them and upload them onto the cloud. This will allow you to clear out clutter but still view them. When you’re done, you can recycle your pictures and other documents.

Cleaning

When you’re done decluttering, you’ll probably discover that the space that was once covered with stuff is now dirty and in need of cleaning. It is impossible to clean under and around piles of clutter, and after finally cleaning it up, it quickly becomes apparent that the area needs a lot of cleaning. Plus, now that the space is clear, you will have to keep it clean in the future. To motivate yourself in this task, you might want to invest in a quality, upright vacuum. Having a good vacuum will encourage you to use it, which will make keeping your space clean an easy task. Many upright vacuums have adjustable heights, which makes them great for a variety of floorings. You might also want to look into green cleaning products. According to The Spruce, using green cleaning products can make your home safer, protect your health, and can even save you some money. To use truly green products, you might even want to consider making your own so you know exactly what is in each product.

Decluttering your home is a big undertaking and can lead to a lot of waste and unneeded belongings. Instead of sending your unwanted stuff to a landfill, we recommend using some of the tips in this guide to lessen your impact on the earth and get your belongings to those in need. 

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Outdoor Patio Design: Relaxing Tangerine by Kevin Twitty

Being outdoors is on the top of my "list of loves" in life. It makes me so happy to breath in the fresh air and take a pause from the four walls that envelope most of my day. Over the past few years this sentiment towards being outdoors has been shared by more and more people and because of this, indoor/outdoor living spaces in homes have been raising in popularity and manufactures of outdoor safe furnishings have kept up with the pace. In honor of the summer season coming to an end and beautiful Autumn weather rolling in, here is a design you could easily do for your own outdoors. I call it, Relaxing Tangerine: A relaxing casual style with clean lines and natural textures.

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  1. Arrow Accent Pillow - Pillows are some of my favorite ways to update a space. This charcoal arrow on a cream background has a fantastic modern casual vibe. $60

  2. Tone on Tone Striped Pillow - These contrast against the charcoal, of the other pillow and add structure to the space. - $79

  3. Natural Trellis Pillow - I love how these bring in the mid-tone of all of the neutrals. $98

  4. Tangerine Bohemian Style Rug - Adding just a touch of color is perfect to give your outdoor patio just enough color without overwhelming. $629

  5. Woven Natural Stools - These wicker stools add visual texture and an extra place for guests to sit when you are entertaining. $250

  6. Copper Bowl Planter - Adding a little bit of shine plays well against the softer tones of the design. I love the warmth in the metal. $175

  7. Copper Cylinder Planter - This is the sister planter. It has all of the same material elements, but allows for something a little different. $175

  8. Outdoor Safe Table Lamp - Electric lamp outside? What! That is awesome. This outdoor lamp will keep the mood casual. $279

  9. Antiqued Side Table - Everyone needs a place to put a drink down, and this small antiqued side table is perfect for that. It also connects well with the planters and cocktail table. $199

  10. Gray Sofa/Chaise with Casual Washed Wood - Upholster is where you splurge! These well constructed pieces are going to last you a lifetime. They are the perfect classic high end look for your outdoors. $3579

  11. Gray Chair with Casual Washed Wood - A perfect compliment to the sectional above. I love how this chair is oversized. Makes me want to curl up with a cup of coffee and a good book. $1125

  12. Rusted Top Round Coffee Table - A show-stopper of a cocktail table. The simplicity in the shape is lovely and the rusty top is a worry-free way to live outdoors. $855

 

"Local" Artists on my Radar by Kevin Twitty

“Abstraction allows man to see with his mind what he cannot see physically with his eyes....Abstract art enables the artist to perceive beyond the tangible, to extract the infinite out of the finite. It is the emancipation of the mind. It is an exploration into unknown areas.” ― Arshile Gorky

I have always had a love for abstract art. I feel like it can completely bring a design together by tearing down the normal expectations of what art should be. Sometimes it is a beautifully seamless canvas that ties in all of the colors from the designed surroundings and other times it is the contrast in the room. 

Since starting my design business and moving to an artsy city like Portland, Oregon, I have been keeping an eye out on local artists from around the country. I loving having a resource to go to in order to infuse some personal pieces into my client's homes which will afford their homes to have a more personal touch with a commissioned work of art. 

Here are some fantastic artists I have been following recently that are giving me so much life! I have even had the joy to work with a few of them and the ones I haven't, keep an eye out for me using in future projects.

Lana Nguyen

Originally from Kiev, Ukrane, she now travels around the United States drawing inspiration from her fascination with nature. Her current works us the medium of Alcohol ink on Yupo. The movement makes me want to get up and dance! She is currently in Phoenix, AZ and has had a studio in Austin, TX. [Get to know Lana more]

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Lana working on a commissioned piece for a project

Lana working on a commissioned piece for a project

Paulette Insall

A southern gal living in Portland, Oregon, Paulette is a a contemporary abstract painter expressing her visual language through pure color and an expert eye. She creates one-of-a-kind original works and commissions.  [Get to know Paulette more]

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Paulette Insall

Current original work of art "Joyous Beginnings"

Current original work of art "Joyous Beginnings"

Lisa Jensen

Lisa is a stay at home mom in Portland OR who found her voice in art. She is drawn to calming and relaxing landscapes and reimagines them in a modern way. There is a true freshness to her work and I am in love. Exciting news for Lisa is that she is going to be a new WEST ELM artist starting August 2018. [Get to know Lisa more]

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Collection of works bu Lisa Jensen

Collection of works bu Lisa Jensen

Jose Trujillo

Jose is a self-taught artist originally from Guadalajara, Mexico, now living in Tucson, Arizona. Heavily influenced by impressionist artist. He blurs reality with saturated colors, movement, and uses his artists sight to take liberties on out view of the world around us. [Get to know Jose more]

Josa Trujillo

Josa Trujillo

Couple under and umbrella

Couple under and umbrella

Kyra Kendall

Base in Toronto, Kyra does all affordable original works of art and commissions. She has made a name for herself with her superb water color skills which trail outside of the lines in the most beautiful way. My cousin has one of her pieces and it it one of my favorite things. [Get to know Kyra more]

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Kyra Kendall

Rainbow of Lips

Rainbow of Lips

Original Portrait

Original Portrait

TREND ALERT: Is open shelving in a kitchen design in or out? by Kevin Twitty

Design is so fluid and everyone has an opinion about what is in and what is out, including myself. For me, I feel like it is very important to read design magazines and watch home design and renovations shows to keep up to date on what my clients are seeing because this is what they being told they need to do in their own homes. 

One of the trends I have been seeing a lot of lately on the renovation shows is doing open shelving for all of the uppers in a kitchen. Is this a good idea? 

Even though this is a cute curated open shelving kitchen, is it practical or just pretty?

Even though this is a cute curated open shelving kitchen, is it practical or just pretty?

My opinion is NO, DON'T DO IT! I honestly feel like this is the worst recent trend, and I would advise my client's against it. 

I feel like the open concept shelving with the perfectly aligned cups and bowls next to fresh potted greenery on top of a curated stack of cookbooks looks fabulous on TV and magazine photos, but it is not practical nor is it realistic for everyday use. I don't know about you, but I value every square inch of my cabinet space and am very glad I can hide as much away as I can.  Another thing to remember with open shelving...more dusting (my least favorite thing to do) and they tend to get cluttered looking very quickly. 

Cluttered open concept kitchen.

Cluttered open concept kitchen.

Can you imagine dusting all of this?

Can you imagine dusting all of this?

Charming or chaotic?

Charming or chaotic?

So why are so many design and remodel shows pushing this trend? Easy, it's cheaper than traditional closed cabinetry and when you are in the business of buying fixer uppers for cheap, remodeling, and selling for a profit, it is simple to see why flippers are doing this to save costs. 

I will say I am not 100% against any open shelves in the cooking area. I think open shelving can be done properly in small doses to create a nice design aesthetic. Here are some great examples of how they have been used in a tasteful way that makes sense. 

The open shelving around the kitchen sink works great in this design. Because the sink is in the corner of the kitchen, the open shelves allow for a less boxed in feel.

The open shelving around the kitchen sink works great in this design. Because the sink is in the corner of the kitchen, the open shelves allow for a less boxed in feel.

This design has used open shelving at the end of the kitchen to leave the space feeling open without sacrificing a lot cabinet space. I like the blend of closed and open shelving here.

This design has used open shelving at the end of the kitchen to leave the space feeling open without sacrificing a lot cabinet space. I like the blend of closed and open shelving here.

The coffee bar/butler's pantry is a prefect place to have open shelving. It is one area that makes absolute sense for this type of design impact.

The coffee bar/butler's pantry is a prefect place to have open shelving. It is one area that makes absolute sense for this type of design impact.

Remember, this is just my personal opinion. If you are gung-ho about putting up a wall of open shelving around your kitchen, by all means, go for it, because the most important thing to remember when designing is you have to be comfortable and happy in your home. 

The ultimate open kitchen! :-)

The ultimate open kitchen! :-)

Accent Wall Ideas by Kevin Twitty

Adding an accent wall can drastically elevate the design style in a space. Because it is just a single wall, it can be the easiest way to direct focus, create depth, and even take an "outside of the box" risk. Check out my favorite five accent wall ideas you can do!

1. Paint

This is by far the simplest and most cost effective. I am a huge fan of using highly saturated colors to create a statement when painting an accent wall. Challenge yourself to a bolder color and if you hate it, it's easy to change!

I love how just the back wall of the staircase being painted creates depth.

I love how just the back wall of the staircase being painted creates depth.

Feeling like a pro, try making a design with your painted accent wall.

Feeling like a pro, try making a design with your painted accent wall.

2. Molding

Putting molding walls got a bad reputation when so many builders decided to put a single piece of molding around the room called a chair rail (literally one of my least favorite things). However, molding on a wall can look super sophisticated. From the traditional picture frame molding to the more contemporary box molding. 

Traditional picture frame molding makes this ball and clawfoot tub feel right at home.

Traditional picture frame molding makes this ball and clawfoot tub feel right at home.

Taking a traditional molding and turning it into something special with this geometric designed wall using molding.

Taking a traditional molding and turning it into something special with this geometric designed wall using molding.

Contemporary box molding give this space a real sense of scale. By painting it, it draws the eye.

Contemporary box molding give this space a real sense of scale. By painting it, it draws the eye.

3. Wallpaper

Yes, wallpaper is still in, in fact, it never left. I have used wallpaper in no less then 100% of my recent projects and with the endless possibilities of patterns and styles wallpaper can work for everyone. It really does make me overly excited. 

Sometimes just one wall is all you need for wallpaper. This creates the perfect layer for this living room.

Sometimes just one wall is all you need for wallpaper. This creates the perfect layer for this living room.

The perfect nursery wallpaper. It's bold and beautiful and it only needed on the feature wall.

The perfect nursery wallpaper. It's bold and beautiful and it only needed on the feature wall.

4. Tile

I love a tile accent wall! I use them frequently in bathrooms, bars, and even in bedrooms and other spaces. There are some really amazing tiles that will wow you and create huge impacts in a home. 

Having fun with a wall of accent tile in a bathroom brings so much style to your home.

Having fun with a wall of accent tile in a bathroom brings so much style to your home.

Wavy wall tile used to create a contemporary feature wall in this home.

Wavy wall tile used to create a contemporary feature wall in this home.

5. Wood

I tend to lean more towards the modern use of wood as an accent wall, but for clients who love that "farmhouse" style, you can also use reclaimed wood. 

Taking traditionally rustic reclaimed wood and flipping it on it's scrip by using in a more tailored pattern.

Taking traditionally rustic reclaimed wood and flipping it on it's scrip by using in a more tailored pattern.

Dimensional wood accent wall. This is my dream.

Dimensional wood accent wall. This is my dream.

Wood used in a more contemporary fashion.

Wood used in a more contemporary fashion.

Walkthrough of a Glamorous Mid Century High-rise by Kevin Twitty

There is a real resurgence of downtown living. People are wanting the ease of walking out of their front door and having everything at their fingertips, which is one of the reason why we moved to Portland, Oregon. To celebrate this shift in lifestyle preferences, I wanted to revisit a project of mine from a few years back.

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Zaha Hadid: Modern Day Architecture by Kevin Twitty

Hadid was coined as the 'Queen of Curve" from London's The Guardian newspaper and many of her buildings have her signature curvature style. She has a fantastic way of creating buildings that seem almost unreal to me. Many times on our world travels, Brad and I went out of our way just to get a glimpse of one of her creations. 

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Using a Mood Board for an Office Makeover by Kevin Twitty

In the designs I create, my goal is to always bring to life a feeling that reflects the client's personal style. To help me convey this feeling to clients, I make mood boards. I have found it to be the easiest way to visually show my clients how everything in the design is going to talk to one another.

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