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 Ultra Violet:

PANTONE's Color of the Year 2018

Vibrant   |  Rich  | Luxurious

What better way to start the New Year than with a glimpse at all you can discover –in ultra violet and every other color of the rainbow – here at DesignSourceCT.

What is it about the purple family of colors?  There is a mystical quality that emanates from this complex hue.  According to the PANTONE Color Institute, there is something about the “combination of the excitement of red and the tranquility of blue” that makes it “in essence the marriage of two diametrically opposed emotions.” Earlier in the year, PANTONE created a special tribute color, Love Symbol #2, to Prince whose use of purple in songs, outfits and even his custom-made Yamaha piano left behind an indelible mark on music, art, fashion and culture. According to Kravet, one of the extensive collections on display at DesignSourceCT, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet is a “dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade” that “communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us towards the non-conformity spurring individuals to imagine their unique mark on the world, and push boundaries through creative outlets.” The Kravet Curated collection includes several fine pieces that would add a touch of this lively color to your roomscape. Whether you want to add a punch of this dynamic color to an existing space or you are looking to build a whole room design around it, there are lots of options to work with.

Our Designer-On-Call, Nancy Perkins, takes you on a tour of our showroom and all the beautiful designer inspirations in this color.  Check out our collection of ultra violet “finds” in fabrics, trimmings, wall coverings, rugs and even bedding.

Come see our Ultra Violet design board and get inspired.


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Top 10 Reasons to Come to DesignSourceCT

Hartford’s own interior design showplace 

Come see and feel the difference!

  1. Fabrics

    - Often referred to as the softer side of decorating, fabrics add color, texture and pattern to any surface in a room. From upholstery fabrics to drapery sheers and patterns, we have something for every budget.  Everything from Kravet’s extensive designer collections to the high fashion lines of Osborne & Little and updated archival prints of Schumacher are on display.  Come in and feel the “hand” of our exquisitely beautiful textiles.
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  1. Furniture

    – Have a seat! Do you like the plush feel of a softer seat or the versatility of a swivel?  Sleek sofa profile or sumptuous pillows all around?  Whatever your style, you will find inspiration in our designer-curated collection.  Our team is here to share the finer points of construction and cushion options. We have everything from classic Hickory Chair case goods to “Make your Own” custom collections of Vanguard.  Let us help you discover the perfect solution for your design challenge.
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  1. Lighting

    - While lighting plays a functional role, it can also create a mood. Design experts say every room should have 5 to 10 light sources to create an inviting atmosphere.  We have lighting from Visual Comfort and Currey – something for every situation.   Whether you desire a chandelier, a wall sconce or a floor lamp, come explore all the illuminating designs.
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  1. Shades

    Whether you need more privacy in a room or simply want to make your space more energy efficient in every season, let our shade specialist, can help you select the best shade for your unique window challenge. Our Hunter Douglas display allows you to see how each style works and what it looks like up and down.  We can arrange an installer to measure your windows and then return to install your custom shades.
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  1. Custom rugs and broadloom

    - Many designers believe in starting at the floor level and working their way up. You’ll be dazzled by all the different ways to cover your floors, from the stunning patterns of Stark and Stanton carpets to rich area rug designs of Jaipur and Davis & Davis.  Let us help you transform your room from the bottom up!
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  1. Wallpaper

    - Looking for a grass cloth in just the right shade of teal or a stylized Mid-Century design? You will find a kaleidoscope of options in our wallpaper library.  From Colefax & Fowler’s stately classics to Sanderson’s vintage inspired designs to Designers Guild’s brightly colored flights of fashion, let us help you find the perfect wall treatment.
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  1. Gifts, Art and Accessories

    – Do you have a blank wall over your fireplace or an etagere that needs accessorizing? Come see our designer-curated collection of original prints and objet d’art.  We also have a unique selection of beautiful gifts available on a cash and carry basis.
  1. Drapery Hardware

    - Designers call drapery hardware the jewelry in window fashions. These decorative finials and rods add texture and beauty.  Whether you desire a fine wood finish, glistening metal or clear Lucite, you can see all these options and much more on display.  We’ll help you choose just the right design to fit your windows.
  1. Bedding

    - Whether it’s a finely quilted coverlet or an artfully banded sham or lusciously soft sheets, you will love seeing all the better bedding collections we have on display. From the crisp clean look of Legacy to sumptuous silky Home Treasures and the European styling of Yves Delormes, come see and touch the difference.  You’ll love the feel of our coordinating towels, too.  For those who want beauty and ease of care, we now carry washable bedding options and even fine linen wash in delightful, fresh scents.
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  1. Custom Design Support

    – Need help selecting that perfect fabric or choosing the best furniture arrangement? We help you solve any design challenge. If you are a home owner ready to start a design project, our Designer-On-Call can help you achieve the look you desire. Just call Ellin Smith, our Designer Concierge, and she will listen and guide you to the right resources to get your job done.


Room of the Month – Bedroom Suite

      Your bedroom is your own personal retreat.  Your most private place – where you go to rest, relax and restore.  The perfect opportunity to let your decorating dreams take flight.


 Tips for Creating the Bedroom of your Dreams

Whether you choose to do it yourself or let a design professional help you transform your Bedroom sanctuary, here are tips to insure you can make the most of your project.


Colors that sooth:

In our previous blog, we highlighted, Ultra Violet, the Pantone Color of 2018.  Your bedroom sanctuary is the perfect spot to feature the jewel tone in subtle hues - whether it is a coverlet and shams in soft sapphire blue on white or a duvet cover and bed skirt accented in its calmer, more feminine cousin, lavender.


Bedding fashions and custom fabrications:

When dressing your bed, you may choose a classic solid with banding in a favorite accent color by LegacyFor a more European look consider richly patterned bedding like this gorgeous one from Yves Delorme

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We also offer fine bedding from Matouk, Home Treasures, Pine Cone Hill.  Or coordinate your décor with bedding fabricated in coordinating COM fabrics from our extensive collections from Schumacher, Kravet, Thibaut or any other of our designer lines.

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The right texture and weight create a bed that’s just right for your comfort.  Add decorative layers with accent pillows and a soft throw.

Furniture with subtle finishes and soft edges:

Choose the soft touch of an upholstered headboard by Vanguard or the warmth of a wooden bed frame from Hickory Chair.

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For a dresser that captures your sense of style, look to Theodore Alexander’s Morning Room Chest with its Chinese Chippendale blind fret paneled drawers set over vintage blue and white painted finish.  This piece was inspired by a George III original, adds an antique character.

According to DesignSourceCT showroom manager, Alice Brash, Old Biscayne Designs, offers the widest variety of bed designs from metal to carved wooden styles.

“As with all of our fine casegoods lines, these beds bench-made one at a time.  For that level of superior quality, these beds are very well-priced.”

For the person who wants to use this space as more than a sleeping spot, may choose to add a cozy chaise lounge from Century and a writing desk that doubles as a dressing table from Bungalow 5.

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Now you can give yourself a spot to savor that book club selection or write a personal note of thanks to the host of that party you enjoyed so much.

Floor Covering that is soft to the touch:

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Your first steps each morning should land on the softest rug.  Nancy Perkins, DesignSourceCT floor covering specialist and Designer-On-Call, encourages bedroom clients to choose wool.  Stark and Stanton offer a wider array of solids and patterns.

Window treatments that brighten your morning and shade your night:

Start with the right shade for privacy and temperature control.  Hunter Douglas offers a full selections of options that will give you the coverage you prefer from a light diffusing sheer to a full blackout cover.

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Then add softness and pattern with drapes and a topper to frame your view.  Decorative hardware is a perfect way to For a touch of sophisticated elegance, check out Brimar’s clear finials. Consider this handsome coupling to elevate your window designs and turn windows from drab to fab with this glamorous square lucite hardware collection.

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Today’s decorative trimmings options go way beyond colored tassels as seen with these Samuel & Sons bandings which can add a dramatic accent on a upholstered headboard.

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Start with a Complimentary Design Consultation from one of our talented DesignSourceCT interior design professionals.  Call today to learn more about our Designer-On-Call program.  Our starter packages are a perfect way to experience the benefits of having an interior designer’s help.

Here’s how several of our Interior Designers help clients realize their dream bedrooms:

Interior Designer Sal Modifica has assembled a portfolio of richly decorated bedrooms suites. His website features elaborate designs with layers of luscious window treatments and bed coverings

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Interior Designer Christie Sobran chooses soft green and golden accents. She combines the Morning Room chest from Theodore Alexander with an antique inspired dresser to create an acquired look.

Interior Designer Robin Jones is in the process of helping his client create a place where her children can gather with her to enjoy special time together as a family. Designed for more than sleep, this space will be a cozy spot for hanging together to talk or watch tv.  The colors he has chosen - soft blues and silver grey - will create a calm, peaceful tone.  The fabrics are soft and subtle in pattern.  The furnishings are customized to fit the family’s needs for comfort and connection.

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Inspirations Trends

Luxurious Holiday Gifts that Celebrate Our Passion For Beautiful Homes

Fragrant candles | Plush towels | Gracious table linens | A unique piece of art

Looking for that distinctive offering to add a touch of warmth and beauty to the home of a loved one?  We have gifts you’ll love to give.  Gifts that celebrate our passion for the home…Gifts that look and feel and smell exquisite…Gifts that are the perfect reflection of your lovely taste and flair for gracious living.

For that client…who likes their home to smell as beautiful as it looks, give them one of our LAFCO candle collection.  These candles are crafted to look, smell and feel good.  But, most importantly, they are good for you.  Pick up one in every scent and color at DesignSourceCT or order a whole case through Kathy Leduc-Silver.

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For that personwho loves to surround themselves in luxurious comfort, consider a set of the softest, most exquisitely absorbant towels from Yves Delorme.  Touch and see the difference.  See Kathy LeDuc Silver to select from our stocked colors at DesignSourceCT. [caption id="attachment_3660" align="aligncenter" width="320"] Photo Courtesy of Yves Delorme[/caption]
For the hostesswho loves to dress her table in gracious style, check out our Matouk collection of table linens available for immediate shipment through Kathy LeDuc Silver. [caption id="attachment_3659" align="aligncenter" width="324"] Photo Courtesy of Matouk[/caption]
For the aesthetewho has everything, consider a unique piece of art - whether it’s an original silk screen or a print or a distinctive piece of sculpture - you will find our selection surpasses anything you would find elsewhere.
And for that special teacher or stylist or delivery persontreat them to a festive holiday treat from our collection of themed offerings.

Featured Interior Design Vendors

DesignSourceCT now offers Hunter Douglas

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Style icon, Iris Apfel, says it best. Hunter Douglas window fashions can

"set a mood, create drama, pull together and transform your living spaces.”

We are proud to add this brand to our showroom collection. Hunter Douglas window treatment alternatives help make rooms more livable while protecting furnishings from damaging UV rays. Our sales specialist, Becky Johnson, loves working with these versatile design options. “They fit any decorating need - offering the ability to control light, insulate your room against heat and cold while saving energy.”

And, now these window treatments are even easier to operate thanks to a wide array of innovative lifting system options. Raise and lower. Open and close. All with a touch of a button. From anywhere in the room…or wherever you may be at home or away.

Come in and see Becky to learn how you can save with rebates on select products during our Season of Style Savings Event through December 11, 2017.

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