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Design Directions

October 2012   

In This Issue
Exciting New Design Technology
Hot Off The Runway

Welcome to the twelfth exciting issue of Design Directions keeping you in touch with the latest news with both Avalon Interiors and the design industry.

If there are any topics or trends you would like to read more about, or have heard of a new and interesting product you'd like to share with all my readers, please feel free to contact me at tracy@avalonInteriors.com and I'll respond in a future issue.

Looking forward to hearing from you and keeping you up to date on the latest happenings in the design world,

Kind regards,

Tracy Kundell,

Avalon Interiors


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3d plan sample 1
Exciting New Design Technology 


I'm so excited to share with you a glimpse of some new design software that I have been learning and will be implementing as part of my design services moving forward. Where it differs dramatically from the current software I use is that it offers a full colour 3D perspective of the conceptual design, giving you a fantastic visual of the finished potential. Even better news is that there is no additional cost for this improved service! For anyone whomever said they have a hard time visualizing what the finished project will look like, this is the answer! I guarantee you'll be thrilled with the results. It makes this phase of design process easier to share ideas as virtual samples of proposed materials such as paint colours, fabric selections, rugs lighting etc. can be seen in 3D. I invite you to take a look at a current project recently uploaded to YouTube. I'd love to hear your feedback too! 
3d 2 sample

Design Concepts
Design Concepts


Hot Off The Runway

For those of you who are not familiar with the High Point Market, "it is the home fashion world's equivalent to Fashion Week, with more products, more trends, and more excitement than any other home show." To give you an idea there is over 11.5 million square feet of showspace!


This report will focus on this falls hot finds from over 2000+ suppliers and representing over 100+ countries that will be making there way into retailers near you. 



We're seeing a lot of mixed finishes on the same piece, i.e. silver and gold being used together. Also noticing that finishes are dulled down, not so shiny but not quite matte on the brass and gold/ silver finishes but rather brushed gold and brushed bronze. Gold is still in line to replace polished nickel this year for the hot new finish.

Walnut is back with a huge insurgence and we're seeing it mixed with stainless.

There were  a lot  of crinkled finishes highlight at the show almost like a rolled up piece if paper unfolded.


Pattern& Colour
There was a heavy use of pattern on floor coverings, fabrics and wall coverings with traditional styling being used on modern fabrics.  

This falls show was not about a specific colour but about the use of colour itself.  This is my territory...my comfort zone of colour and it is so nice to see so many happy colors this fall and being used everywhere! 



The 3r's are still a big trend Reduce Reuse and Recycle were everywhere

Call it reclaimed vintage. Instead of the finish being the focal such as the washed out Restoration Hardware type wood, the focus is on vintage itself showcasing the era in which it was originally designed. Reclaimed furnishings that can be combined in a personal, unexpected way using old time pieces with new styles such as fan and tractor parts that are less rusty but still industrial.  

Wired! Last year I highlighted the trend of caging, this years take on that is that everything wired, such as exposed Edison style bulbs, fashion forward glam but with a rustic/vintage look. 

We saw a lot of shapes to furniture aside from square that weren't previously possible with but with recent technological advances in manufacturing there were a ton of curves!  

Couture lines that are forward in design but still traditional in styling. 

Tufting in not just on he inside of upholstered pieces but also on the outside frame. Bringing the fashion into the furniture. 

Even the reclaimed industrial pieces had less rustic and more refined lines.



We're starting to see more accessorizing of the wall outside of art. This is dimensional wall art such as sculptures, modern arrangements of vintage pots/pans, 3d panels etc. There was an insurgence of clocks as well and not just on the walls 


The key as always with design is to "Create your own visual style.......let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others." - Orson Wells. With the assistance of a professional designer we can help put your space on the design map!

Consider going 'green' today! Thanks for taking time out of your busy day to read our newsletter.



Tracy Kundell,

Avalon Interiors

"Building Your Vision Better Than Imagined"

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Designer Tracy Kundell
tel.905-889-0763 cell. 416-451-4905 e-mail tracy@avaloninteriors.com

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