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Designer Snapshot: Looking for Inspiration
By Paula M. Bodah
Designers look far and wide for inspiration, ideas and new products. Tracy Davis, of Urban DwellingsÂ in Portland, Maine, found plenty to get excited about when she traveled to Frankfurt, Germany, in January for the annual HeimtextilÂ show. âTrade shows keep my foundation ofÂ ideas fresh,â Tracy says. âI donât care to do the same thing over and over.â The largest textile trade fair in the world offered a dizzying array of products that Tracy looks forward to sharing with her clients. Here are a few of the things she fell in love with.
Eco WallpapersÂ âarenât your grandmotherâs wallpaper,â Tracy says. These bold, daring papers are part of the reason why wallpaper is making a comeback in a big way. Among her favorites:
Ecoâs Revival collection draws its inspiration from the graphic patterns characteristic of the 1950s and â60s, like the boomerang pattern here, yet it exudes a contemporary and modern feel.
Ecoâs Wood collection plays with the light, shadows and shapes found in nature.
The Exclusive collection is all about making a statement with bright, bold colors and interesting textures. Here, velvet flowers (who said floral wallpaper was passÃ©?) bloom on a background with hints of metallic shine.
These molded plastic pieces designed by Ulf Mortis for Orac DecorÂ come in a dozen shapes to be mixed and matched for decorative effects from whimsical to elegant. The pieces come primed and ready to be painted any color. âItâs such a cool way to add dimension to a space,â Tracy says.
Finally, Tracy was wowed by the new sheer fabrics for window treatments, like this one, called Clipper, from Kinnasand Textiles. âSheers are hot right now,â she says. âTheyâre doing away with the idea that windows need to be covered, not seen.â