Design Trend Wednesday: Mixing Prints

Mixing Prints is always in, you just have to know how to put it together without it looking too busy; and here at Vivid we have it down to a science. The key to victoriously mixing prints is to vary the scale of the patterns of your prints from small to large and anywhere in between.

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4th of July

Happy 4th of July! As we spend this weekend celebrating our country’s independence, let’s not forget about the ways we can incorporate the fun that the 4th of July brings into our own homes.

There are many ways in which to do so, whether it’s bringing our nation’s flag’s red, white, and blue into a space in every aspect including furniture, window treatments, and even wall coverings; or even just keeping them in as accents found throughout the space such as in pillows or light fixtures. There is also the idea of having the patriotic patterns of the stars and stripes being used in the space to represent the American flag.

Here are some patriotic-inspired interiors that  keep the spirit of this holiday and the celebration alive:

http://www.dotandbo.com/designdistrict/2015/05/10-patriotic-interiors-that-make-us-proud-to-live-in-america/

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4th of July Three Ways

For the next few days, we’ll be posting some fun ideas for the 4th of July.

First up is intern Katie’s:

Fourth of July Tie Dye

One of my favorite things to do during the summer is tie-dye shirts, and the best time to do it is during the Fourth of July holiday. When you’ve emptied your closet and can’t find the perfect holiday outfit, that’s when it’s time to tie-dye!

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Fourth of July tie-dying is so fun because it’s a cost efficient activity that you can do with your family and friends that lets your creative juices flow. Nothing says self-expression like a t-shirt that you designed and made! The best part about Fourth of July tie-dye apparel is that it’s ok if you spill a little ketchup from your burger on it – no one will be able to tell and you can make a new one in a snap!

Tie-dying isn’t just limited to the Fourth of July or apparel, though. Check out some cool ideas for integrating these funky and colorful patterns into your everyday living spaces!

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Stay tuned for intern Yatzel’s post tomorrow!

Peace Out

It’s the weekend, and we’re looking forward to:

Dips in the Pool (preferably while lounging on pink flamingos with a refreshing beverage in hand)

Quiet time

Good Food

Good Friends

Working in the Yard

peace out

Made In Greensboro

Have you guys seen the Madeingso site?

It is chock full of fantastically talented folks who are making Greensboro super cool. The amazingly talented Nadia Hassan is the most recent feature, but other folks/friends on the site include Avett Brother Lighting/Stage manager Pete Schoroth, local celebrity restauranteur, Kristina Fuller and master music recording artist Kris Hilbert.

Nadia Hassan and her cat Toby at her home studio, , Thursday, April 14, 2014, in Greensboro, N.C. Hassan is a freelance designer and graphic illustrator based in Greensboro, NC. She has a love of patterns that has led her to design artwork for everything from gift bags and phone cases to an entire city street.Nadia Hassan and her cat Toby at her home studio, , Thursday, April 14, 2014, in Greensboro, N.C. Hassan is a freelance designer and graphic illustrator based in Greensboro, NC. She has a love of patterns that has led her to design artwork for everything from gift bags and phone cases to an entire city street.

Pete Schroth, a stage manager and lighting designer for the Avett Brothers, at the lighting console, during set up for the band's New Years eve concert on, Wednesday, December 30, 2015, in Greensboro, N.C.  JERRY WOLFORD and SCOTT MUTHERSBAUGH / Perfecta VisualsPete Schroth, a stage manager and lighting designer for the Avett Brothers, at the lighting console, during set up for the band’s New Years eve concert on, Wednesday, December 30, 2015, in Greensboro, N.C. JERRY WOLFORD and SCOTT MOTHERSBAUGH / Perfecta Visuals

Kristina Fuller, chef and owner of Crafted: The Art of Street Food, and Crafted: The Art of the Taco, Tuesday, October 20, 2015, in Greensboro, N.C. JERRY WOLFORD and SCOTT MUTHERSBAUGH / Perfecta Visuals Calder Preyer: “I thought to myself – I love drinking beer; I should make it.” Bio: Calder spent the last 10 years brewing beer at home and going to Chicago’s Siebel Institute for brewing beer.   Today, he is the brewmaster of Preyer Brewing, a local brewery he owns with his brothers, wife and parents. “It’s part art, it’s part science,” says Calder. Brewing beer is finding the perfect balance between chemistry, biology, recipe formulation and technique.  Kristina Fuller, chef and owner of Crafted: The Art of Street Food, and Crafted: The Art of the Taco, Tuesday, October 20, 2015, in Greensboro, N.C.

Producer and audio engineer Kris Hilbert, the owner and operator of Legitimate Business recording studio in Greensboro, NC,  January 27, 2016.Producer and audio engineer Kris Hilbert, the owner and operator of Legitimate Business recording studio in Greensboro, NC, January 27, 2016.

Made in Greensboro is an initiative of Action Greensboro  and celebrates makers — the entrepreneurs, the artists, the community builders, the next generation of leaders. You can follow them on facebook, twitter and instagram.

CR Laine

We are thrilled to announce that we are an official CR Laine Retailer! We have used CR Laine in several client projects and love the quality craftsmanship, the beautiful and large assortment of fabrics and the endless customizable options that are available. CR Laine is made locally in Hickory North Carolina. We took a tour of the factory last week, where we learned all about the company and their philosophy. The wood for the frames and legs of their pieces are harvested from the North Carolina Appalachian mountains, the construction is 8 way hand tied, and the fabric is hand-cut and hand-tailored.

CR Laine practices sustainability by resourcing locally, reducing waste and energy conservation. In 2011, they retrofitted their lighting system which ultimately reduced their energy consumption by half. In addition, they track their use of wood, foam, fabric, water, paper, batteries and aluminum to minimize waste and to maximize our recycling. They are members of the American Home Furnishings Alliance and were the first company to achieve registration in their Sustainable by Design program. They have held SBD status since 2008.

Their showroom at High Point Furniture Market is alway one of favorites to visit because of their unabashed love for color. Here are some pictures of some of our favorite pieces and fabrics as well as a couple of shots of their showroom over the course of a couple of years.

Image Source: Tobi Fariley

Image Source: Tobi Fairley

Image Source: Laurel Bern Interiors

You can find their full inventory of furniture and fabrics here.

 

Vivid’s Logo

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We get so many compliments on our fantastic logo and business cards. The paint swatches are from an artist and very popular blogger Jen Ramos of MadebyGirl.com. Jen has an incredible sense of style and great use of color. When we saw her Colors 51, it really resonated with us. Fortunately, we contacted Jen and were able to purchase a licensing fee to use it.  We then had our local handy dandy graphic designer Eric Peterson at  Stir Creative Group turn it into a logo. Well, that’s a little out of order, but that’s a whole ‘nother blog post for one day.

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Here are some of Jen’s pieces that are still available.

Family

Rug Style 4

Rug Style 3

Pink Palms

You can out more about Jen and her work on her blog.

 

 

Hygge and West

Did you know that we carry wallpaper at our shop?

We have numerous vendors, but today’s spotlight is Hygge and West. Hygge (pronounced hoo-ga which is Danish for Cozy) is a wallpaper collection featuring fun, playful, bright and cheerful papers from Oh Joy, Justina Blakeney, Julia Rothman and Rifle Paper Co.

Below are some of our favorite collections

And here’s our pinterest link with a lot more inspiring photos of real homes using Hygge and West. If you’re interested in borrowing a sample or ordering some paper, drop on by or give us a call. 336.265.8628