Monday, September 12, 2016

Handcrafted Batik and Mudcloth Textile trend in Home Design

Elaborately patterned handmade textiles for 2017 home design are forecasted according to celeb designer Genevieve Gorder. At the HGTV magazine NYC Blogger Block party  she discussed the kind of prints that we have been noticing on the runways with bold, repeating, intricate motifs set against backgrounds of varying hues. 

Derek Lam 2016 Fall Fashion Week

I love the bright colors but I am definitely favoring the black and white palates with tighter patterns and geometric shapes. These patterned influences are from the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia). The Dutch went over to West and Central Africa where they took a liking to the local handicrafts and brought batik back to Indonesia. That's how the crossover happened. Batik textiles come from an old technique of wax-resist dying. The process is basically applying wax to a cloth and then dyed over that wax to create a pattern.  

In home design we will be seeing different textiles like Mudcloth, Batik, and Barkcloth. Take a look at some cool ways these textiles can be used.

The 19th century wing-back chair renovated by Patina rentals in NYC was recovered with a beautifully textured Mud Cloth from Mali. 

African  Mudcloth

Mudcloths are handwoven in Mali Africa. These authentic decorative textiles can be hung on the wall, placed on a bed, a pillow, a chair or thrown over a couch. 

Love the Mali textile especially on a dining table with accents of pink and rose!!

TableScape with African Mudcloth

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Sunday, September 4, 2016


Design, Food and Charity is a great combination for a Fall event. It will be my fifth year participating in DIFFA's Picnic By Design. I am very connected to this charity and was able to work behind the scenes on the steering committee too. What an awesome event 2016 will be.... amazing sponsors, donations and designers! Picnic By Design redefines the concept of a traditional picnic where 20 designers come together to create innovative picnic basket experiences that are sold online in advance with proceeds benefiting DIFFA. Thank you to the sponsors for making this event happen!! 


Here is a sneek peek of my Molecular basket design for this years event:

The Molecular basket represents how we are all made out of atoms -  our bodies and the universe.  There is more to the universe than meets the eye.  It is by following the light that the vast universe is made of 5% atoms, 70% dark energy and 25% invisible dark matter.  We stand on the brink of great discoveries and we always will as long as we keep exploring whether it be the unmeasurable unknown or debilitating diseases like AIDS.  The basket stands as a beacon of hope.

I will be taking over DIFFA's Instagram account on TODAY Sunday September 4th. Please follow along and give me a shout out: @DIFFANATIONAL.

Thanks! Michele

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Cacti and Succulents are trending in home design

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Mini Geo Terrarium

Succulent and Cacti plants are the hot plants that you will start to see more of in home design. These types of plants are easy to care for and are great looking alone or in multiples. Colors and shapes range. There are many different color variations like blue-green, variegated, red and chartreuse. Shapes of leaves may be rounded, needlelike or spiky. Ouchy but who cares!

Home design has been popping up with unique ways to showcase these beauties. 

The glass Cube Terrarium clusters together so you can assemble an array of cacti and succulents. Love it!

Trio Faceted White Wall-hanging 

At the Bethel woods 2016 Hudson River Exchange Harvest festival, an event by creatives for creatives I met LandMstudio. I love their porcelain work! They have  some interesting porcelain planters that can hang or be bunched together. The slip cast on the back makes it really easy to install on the wall. Below check out the glazed black set of three for succulent planters -  made of hollow porcelain and have holes on the bottom for drainage.

Succulent Rock Trio Planters in Black

Carved by artisans, the Adia geometric sculptural planter is great for shelf styling or just arrange a grid on your kitchen table. 

How about a block of wood by JKCustom furniture to display your cactai or succulents? 

Mini Geo Terrarium

I love this brass faceted glass Terranium by Urban Outfitters. Has good energy.

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