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Hex Appeal

Hey there!

I know we went awol again, but we’ve been pretty busy around here. We were at market setting up showrooms and shopping for clients and our store, but we’ve also been working with a fantastic local builder in the area.

Screen Shot 2017-05-23 at 3.26.03 PMSusan and Paul Mowery (a husband and wife team) at BDI asked us to come on board to review blueprints, suggest finishes, fixtures and even furniture, and of course we said, “Heck yeah!”

IMG_9659We started with a beautiful set of plans and developed Hex Appeal House. We knew that we wanted to incorporate very classic design details. When we went to visit the site lot, we noticed that most of the surrounding houses were various shades of brick. Brown brick, brown red brick, red brown brick, brick red brick, brick brown brick, sandstone brick…. We wanted this house to stand out and Susan agreed. We are perpetually drawn to painted brick, and we definitely have a sweet spot for white brick.  White brick, paired with a dark gray/black roof shingle, black wrought iron XXX railing on the balcony upstairs and on the front double doors; the perfect recipe for a beautiful, stately, classic-inspired new build.

IMG_1893We chose a hexagonal tile for the kitchen backsplash that set the tone (and the name) for the general look and feel inside. We wanted to space to feel fresh, airy and warm. We missed white cabinets with a beautiful warm wood island, quartz countertops, champagne gold finishes and stunning lighting.

IMG_1766IMG_1757IMG_1737We repeated the hexagon several more times in hex tiles in the guest bathroom and upstairs baths, and a fun hex pattern in the laundry room. We also inserted a hex detail on the ceiling in the foyer and custom cut hexagons in the glass cabinets of the wet bar.

IMG_1839 IMG_1821 IMG_1841We also injected a few x’s throughout the space.

We came up with some funny names for this house and some of the contenders were:

What the Hex, I’m too Hexy for my Hizzy, All my exes live in Hexes, just to name a few, but ultimately Hex Appeal won out, rightfully so, right?IMG_1697

 

 

 

 

 

Intern Spotlight (Katie Hutchinson)

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Tell us a little about yourself. (Name, school, program you’re studying, where you’re from.

My name is Katie Hutchinson, I’m a junior Graphic Design Technology student at NC A&T State University, and I’m from Raleigh,  NC.

What made you interested in interior design/graphic design?

I’ve always liked creating visual art, and music. So I figured, if not go to college for music then why not for art? After switching my major a few times, I finally realized how much better it’d be for me to choose a subject that I’ve always loved.

Who are some of your design icons?

Some of my favorites are Paul Rand, Paula Scher, Varnette Honeywood, and Kerry James Marshall.

Describe your design aesthetic.

I’m just discovering my design style is finding the perfect mix of black and whites, bold primary colors, and pastels. I’m also really into typography and illustration, so anything that incorporates an interesting font or cartoons is always fun for me.

What do you do at Vivid Interiors?

As an intern, I’ll be helping revamp Vivid Interiors website, and even make flyers for events like First Friday!

What do you like best about interning at Vivid?

Friendly bosses! A beautiful work space that always has nice music and flexible hours. Also, the opportunity to learn about a different channel of design!

Who are your favorite musicians?

Lianne La Havas, Thundercat, Earth Wind & Fire, Mos Def, Bobby Caldwell, Stevie Wonder and Little Dragon.      

Favorite drink?

I just turned 21, so I’m still experimenting! But for right now, I just tried a beer called Boulevard Lemon Ginger Radler that was amazing.

What is your sign?

Pisces!

If you could invite anyone to dinner (living or dead) who would it be?

I’d love to go to dinner with Prince, just to talk to him about music. I’m sure he’d have some crazy insights on the ins and outs of the industry.

Tell us three words that describe you.

Goofy, expressive, and romantic.

What are your plans after graduation?

In a perfect world, I’d like to get a job in a bigger city, somewhere in the boroughs of New York or Chicago. Work for a design company or a magazine, while in the meantime working on my music.

 

Intern Spotlight (Maria Salvador)

Intern Spotlight!

Maria_salvadorTell us a little about yourself. (Name, school, program you’re studying, where you’re from.)

My name is Maria Evelyn Salvador. By the way I use Maria for work, school, and other official stuff. My family and close friends call me Eva for short. I am attending Salem College and I am majoring in Design with a concentration on residential design. I was born in Mexico, but I was raised in Salem, OR. I moved to North Carolina when I was fifteen years old.

What made you interested in interior design?

I knew I wanted to do something in the art field, but I wasn’t sure what. I became interested in Interior Design watching HGTV. I read and informed myself more about the field and I knew I wanted to do this. My favorite part is the final, where you see your vision come to life!  

Who are some of your design icons?

My design icons are Frank Lloyd Wright and Vanessa Deleon. Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture is beautiful. My favorite would have to be Falling Water because it is a beautiful design. The house incorporated with nature around is amazing! Vanessa is a very sure of herself designer and her style is a combination of glam with minimalistic elements. 

Describe your design aesthetic.

My design aesthetic is modern contemporary. I like nice clean lines with some pop of color, whether it is a wall, carpet, decorative pillows, accessories, and lighting. Though while interning here at Vivid Interiors, it has changed a little. As far as using more color, pattered fabrics, fun light fixtures, and art work. I am glad that Gina and Laura have helped me to look at the bigger picture when it comes to putting a space together. 

What do you do at Vivid Interiors?

I have helped with putting together  digital boards for clients, searched for furniture online, rearranged furniture and accessories around the shop, and helped put together a pricing budget for Vivid.

What do you like best about interning at Vivid?

I like the atmosphere! There is music playing all the time, which helps with coming up with ideas. I like learning about the business of interior design. I took a class on Business Practices in Design, but actually seeing what Laura and Gina do is eye opening. They work hard and make sure that everything is done right. I like that about them, work ethic. They are so much fun as well! They care about their interns and their approach to teaching on how to put a space together is helpful. I have learned from them on areas where I am weak as a designer, which is usage of color and patterns.

Who are your favorite musicians?

My favorite musicians are OneRepublic, Linkin Park, Hands Like Houses, Reik, Jesse and Joy, and Camila

Favorite drink?

My favorite drink is a margarita! I love it!

What is your sign?

I am an Aries

If you could invite anyone to dinner (living or dead) who would it be?

I would invite Frida Kahlo because I really love her strength and how she put that into her paintings. She turned her accident into inspiration for her paintings.

Tell us three words that describe you.

Three words that would describe me would be Shy, Nice, and impatient!

What are your plans after graduation?

I plan to hopefully be working for a firm and keep learning about the business.

 

Intern Spotlight (Hannah Freeman)

Intern Spotlight! 

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  1. Tell us a little about yourself. (Name, school, program you’re studying, where you’re from.)

My name is Hannah Freeman, and I am from Asheboro, North Carolina. I am currently studying interior design at Randolph Community College, and I will graduate in May.

  1. What made you interested in interior design?

I have always been the girl to want to re-arrange my room, change wall colors, and do DIY projects, but I really knew I wanted to study interior design when I was 16. The only thing I asked for Christmas that year was to “re-do” my entire bedroom, and I did just that! I selected all new flooring, wall color, window treatments, and accessories. I was able to up-cycle my current dresser and night stands, paint them white, and give them brand new knobs. It was SO much fun. I think my favorite part was ripping up the carpet I had and being able to lay down dark engineered hardwood flooring. This entire process made me realize that this was what I wanted to make a career out of.

  1. Who are some of your design icons?

I definitely have to say that my favorite design icon is Joanna Gaines. I absolutely adore her and her classic, clean aesthetic. I have been loving the slight modern turn that her design style has taken lately. I also love the bright, colorful, and bold style of Jamie Drake. I love how he incorporates such bright, vivid colors into all of his spaces. As you can see from reading this paragraph, my style can turn quite transitional.

  1. Describe your design aesthetic.

I think if I had to list four adjectives that describe my design aesthetic those would be: feminine, transitional, vintage, and chic.

  1. What do you do at Vivid Interiors?

At Vivid Interiors I do a variety of different things. I make mood boards for certain projects, work in studio web-ware to check pricing and information on invoices for clients, organize our fabrics, and I also help prepare for installations.

  1.  What do you like best about interning at Vivid?

What I like best about interning at Vivid is being surrounded by a group of wonderful ladies who love interior design, and are willing to teach me more about the industry and how I can run my own design firm one day.

  1. Who are your favorite musicians?

My favorite musicians are Beyoncé, Maren Morris, and Sam Hunt.

  1. Favorite drink?

I LOVE strawberry lemonade.

  1. What is your sign?

My sign is Aries.

  1. If you could invite anyone to dinner (living or dead) who would it be?

If I could invite anyone to dinner I would invite Shay Mitchell. She is one of my favorite actresses in my favorite television show, Pretty Little Liars.

  1. Tell us three words that describe you.

Three words that describe me are observant, determined, and fashionable.

  1. What are your plans after graduation?

My plans after graduation are to begin taking the steps to establish my own interior design firm. I will most likely work a full-time job straight out of graduation, but I will be taking steps to build my firm in the midst of working as well.

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/

And even…

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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.