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Design Directions

April 2013
In This Issue
Emerald City
Bringing In The Outdoors

Welcome to the fourteenth 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


Emerald City
I love to ski so I generally don't want to see green unless it is after Easter or I am away on vacation. But April is here so Let It Be Green!
Perfect timing since PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, a lively, radiant, lush green, is the Color of the Year for 2013.  I'll follow the yellow brick road if it leads to this Emerald City! Love that peacock area rug!
I'll be seeing a lot of the outdoors this spring but it might be muddy brown instead of green since I am about to undertake my own massive Reno...lot's of outdoor grilling in my future. Look for my blog posts for sneak peeks on progress, the whole backside of my house is coming off! 
Emerald City  
Bring the Outdoors In

Sadly I have a black thumb when it comes to caring for anything real and have to rely on fresh cut flowers or good quality fake greenery. However for those of you that are green thumbs designing with greenery can help bring the outdoors in and evoke calmness in our interior spaces. The color alone adds a sense of serenity to a space.


Although most of us would prefer real greenery over imitation, there are several things to consider when deciding between real or artificial plants.


Real Plants:

Live plants help clean the air and add to a healthy environment.  They can also add fragrance.  There are however, three things to bear in mind before going live.

1.  Live plants can attract insects to the indoors

2.  Live plants can cause water damage to floors and surfaces if containers leak or crack 

3.  Certain live plants can be toxic to family pets and to small children


Place plants on surfaces that will not be ruined if the water leaks out or overflows. Choose quality containers and check them periodically for cracks and leaks. You may want to consider using decorative plates under your containers to catch extra water.


Artificial Plants:


Try to select artificial plants that look as close to the real thing as possible such as these orchids (pictured above) by Torre & Tagus. Purchase the best you can afford.  

Stay away from artificial plants that are variegated, meaning they have a white line running through the leaves.  These plants never look natural or high quality.  Variegated leaves are almost always a clear sign that plants are not the real thing. And please do not expose to sunlight or they will turn blue!

Do keep in mind also that artificial plants will attract dust, so they require frequent maintenance.


Whether you choose real or artificial plants, go for quality and let their healing and calming qualities be an important part of your overall interior design.

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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