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Tracy Bulla
New and notable in style and design. Tracy Bulla, senior style director, Home Accents Today. tbulla@homeaccentstoday.com
  • March Color Wheel: Sky, Blade

    Fresh greens for St. Patrick's Day! As discussed in our HAT Chat color talk episode, this month's Color Wheel features "Sky" blue and "Blade" green. Featured: Made Goods, Jiti Home, Howard Elliott, Worlds Away, Jamie Young, Diane James, New Pacific Direct, Global Views, Surya, Viterra, CoCoCozy for Capel, KAS Rugs, Alden Parkes, Imax, York Wallcoverings. Read More
  • Delta Goes First Class With Alessi

      Delta has partnered with Italian design company Alessi to elevate the in-flight customer experience with a modern, elegant and functional collection of tableware and serving pieces, beginning April 1. Alessi designs will be used in premium cabins, including Delta One, First Class, and, in late 2017, Delta Premium Select. This marks the first time the design company, known for its inventive designs, has appeared in flight with a major airline with such a comprehensive program. The Alessi for Delta Collection includes flatware, crystal glasses, bone china, stainless steel serving pieces, and tabletop accessories such as napkin rings, salt and pepper ... Read More
  • Badgley Mischka Home to make High Point Market Debut in Interhall

    Fashion label Badgley Mischka will unveil its first-ever home collection at the April High Point Market in trend-forward Interhall. The inaugural collection of accent furniture, case goods, decorative accessories and candles initially launched during New York Fashion Week this past February in conjunction with the brand’s ready-to-wear show. Inspired by designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka’s passion for interior design, the new home collection captures the signature elements of the fashion collection: intricate detailing with a nod to old Hollywood glamour. Timeless yet modern, these sophisticated offerings bring an intriguing perspective to interiors with just the right hint ... Read More
  • Taylor Burke Home Debuts TAILORED, a new collection of upholstered chairs and sofas at an attainable price point

    Luxury home décor brand Taylor Burke Home has introduced TAILORED by Taylor Burke Home, due to customer demand. Currently encompassing chic, classic upholstered chairs and sofas, the initial 12-piece launch retails at approximately 40 to 50 percent less than the original collection while retaining the brand’s signature high-end, design-savvy aesthetic.   Dubbed “Bolder Basics,” the collection packs a stylish punch with bold prints, plenty of color and luxe little details like contrast welting. TAILORED boasts 33 standard fabrics to choose from, including nine fabrics from Lacefield Designs and three patterns from The Blush Label.   “We are so excited to ... Read More
  • "Decorating and entertaining are halves of the same apple"

    A friend who really knows how to throw a great party gifted me a copy of Entertaining is Fun! How to Be a Popular Hostess by iconic interior decorator Dorothy Draper. Originally published in 1941, Draper’s delightfully timeless book provides the recipe for success for your next fete, right down to menus and spot-on decorating tips. Not only did Draper establish the first decorating firm in the United States in 1925, she also revolutionized interior design by banishing the dark, heavy aesthetic of the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Draper’s signature look, eventually known as American Baroque, boasted beautifully ... Read More
  • Life at Home with IKEA- 12,000 consumers surveyed world wide

    Ikea delves into how people live today with the third annual Ikea Life at Home report, which surveyed more than 12,000 consumers in 12 cities around the world including Berlin, London, Moscow and Mumbai. The recently released report examines how people define what makes a home from four distinct perspectives:  Space, Things, Relationships and Place. With the fast pace and diversity of modern life, home is a concept that is constantly being redefined.          “We are always curious about people’s lives. In a world that is constantly changing, it becomes increasingly important to understand more about new ways of ... Read More
  • Michelle Obama Bestows the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award on Publicolor

    Publicolor, a not-for-profit, New York-based organization which teaches students through painting and design, received the 2014 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award for their design-based after-school program. First Lady Michelle Obama presented Publicolor with the award at The White House on behalf of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment of the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum of Library Services. The award was accepted by Publicolor’s Founder and President Ruth Lande Shuman and Publicolor high school student Elisha Almonte of the Bronx ... Read More
  • Top Trends from the Summer Shows

    With the days still warm, long and sunny, it's hard to imagine that fall is right around the corner. Here's a roundup of my favorite fall trends from the summer shows, infusing the largely modern landscape with a sparkling dash of wit. Black and White The classically timeless combination engages with a fresh and modern livabilityLace New renditions of lace imbue contemporary, yet softly feminine appealGeometric Geometric patterns create a bold, contemporary effect, with hexagonal and octagonal forms in the spotlightTribal Look for exotic prints such as tie dye, ikat and batik to make a ... Read More
  • State of the Art Library is Home to the Classics

    Perched high above Lake Raleigh on the Centennial Campus of NCSU, the new James B. Hunt Jr. Library opened to students last month and I got to check it out this past weekend. Essentially a big shoebox of a building sexed up with interesting surface "fins" and huge swaths of glass, the new state of the art facility is still modern and impressive -- a nice sparkle in a sea of red bricks. (Full disclosure: I am a proud graduate of NCSU.) While I'm no connoiseur of libraries (my partner, John, is in the biz hence this visit) there were ... Read More
  • Seasonal shop talk

    It's the season for giving, and if you are anything like me, you haven't figured out what to give most (OK, all) people on your list. Gift cards can be a very hard-to-resist temptation at this time of year, but they also drain all the fun and thoughtfulness out of the act of giving. I've hand-picked a few of my favorite home accents - that are not only beautiful but also functional - and sure to please the pickiest family members, clients or seasonal shoppers. Michael Aram has introduced limited edition sets just in time for the holidays, pairing ... Read More
  • New Light Forms

    Thixotropes is a series of illuminated sculptures designed by Troika for Selfridges London. The assemblies are made of thin steel bands lined with LEDs. The fixtures revolve creating the illusion of overlapping transparent cones, diamond and spheres. Variations in color are created by adjusting the color temperature of the LEDs. Troika is the London-based design studio founded by Eva Rucki, Conny Freyer and Sebastien Noel. Read More
  • Top ten trends for spring

    ALTHOUGH SPRING IS NOT officially here yet, I believe Spring has arrived for our industry in the form of a rebirth. Judging by the recent markets, it's definitely a time of renewal and positive change. Vendors were happy, buyers were happy and the new introductions were downright happy, too. Bold, bright and cheerful designs reflected the mood at markets across the country. Here's a rundown of the top ten trends to look out for in the coming months.Made in the USA - Expect to see this trend escalate going forwardChevron, Arrow and Flamestitch - Bold geometric patterns evoke ... Read More