It's all in the details. We attended the 2007 Dream Home preview (it officially opens 9/28) this morning and heard from each of the designers about their rooms. Outside-the-box ideas and not yet released products abound - for this client-less project, the designers can focus on showcasing the new. Here are our picks for the top ten trends, ideas and details as witnessed at this years Dream Home:
Chandeliers Hung Low: instead of table lamps, chandeliers suspended to just a foot or two over the side tables at the sofa or bedside
No Fear of Metallics: subtly metallic leather upholstery, totally glitzy threads running through wallpaper, lurex and sequins woven into upholstery
Gold is the New Silver: lots of gold hardware and pulls, gilt artwork, matte gold flatware and faucets
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Textured Walls: river rock on the wall, many shades of linen wall coverings and a full room of ceiling to floor draperyDeep, Dark, Soft Colors: think nighttime; golds, dark blues, grays, browns and blacks in subtly, low-lit roomsOutdoor Furniture Moves In: taking textural pieces designed for outdoors and re-doing using soft fabric and upholstery for use indoorsEntertaining in the "Lounge": The bath as lounge; with a cocktail tray, video screens and hangover remedies artfully displayedThe End of the "Professional" Kitchen: hiding the appliances, goodbye stainless steel, hello wood and goldThe Media Room Sans Screen: the tv-less tv room uses a projector and Goo Paint on the wall for a seamless, screenless viewing setupLoving the Shiny!: gorgeous white porcelain tiles as a bed backdrop, high gloss painted walls to reflect light, mirrored backdrops to art, mirrored furniture, high gloss lacquered finishes everywhere
The Dream Home is a fundraising project. Sponsors include The Merchandise Mart, Metropolitan Home, ICI Paints, Ann Sacks, Kohler, Thermador, CS and Pioneer Press and proceeds benefit The University of Chicago Cancer Research Foundation Women's Board.
It will be open Monday through Saturday from September 28 to December 21.
More posts to come!