Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The story of a Celfie. Poised, polished and a little wild…


Grace. Style. Charm. Allure. Elegance. Refinement. Artistry. 

Shadows mix with color. Palms layer with light. 
Discover and explore. Shop and visit. Express yourself.

Beauty is wild...




Thursday, June 15, 2017

Q&A with Zoe & Ian from Botanica International Design

Sometimes we forget what a luxury it is to have world renowned designers come to our headquarters and collaborate on our photoshoots. Not because we aren't in great admiration of their work but merely because when you get into a grind you sometimes become numb to some of the mystique and uniqueness of our industry. That's why when the newest member of our creative team recently sat down with Zoe & Ian from Botanica International Design Studio during the fall/winter collection shoot she couldn't help but be a little starstruck while chatting with the talented duo. See what the father / daughter powerhouse behind our Calexico and Elusive Dynasty shoots had to say...


DEPENDING ON THE PROJECT - IN THIS INSTANCE YOU ARE SETTING UP PHOTOSHOOT SETS, WHAT IS YOUR APPROACH? HOW DID THIS COLLABORATION COME ABOUT?

Zoe: Margaret reached out to me, she had heard me speak at SAF (Society of American Florists) a couple of times and said she liked my style. I told her that I can create the concepts but I can't physically design so he (Ian) is my design guru. That's why our partnership works well for both projects like this as well as our business because we bounce ideas off of one another and we both take the lead with our personal skill set.
Ian: I think we make a good team because when I'm focusing on the flowers, Zoe is focusing on the setup. So for something like what we are doing here at Accent Decor, the process is so much more efficient rather than one person trying to accomplish everything. Things can happen faster, because there are two of us but being able to get that other person's perspective is how we attack a project like this or an event back home.

HOW WOULD YOU SAY YOU APPROACH A PROJECT LIKE THIS DIFFERENTLY THAN AN EVENT?

Z: It's actually kind of the same thing, our client here is Accent Decor versus a bride. It's essentially the same thing where we are executing and collaborating on someone's vision.
I: A shoot like this is all about creating a lifestyle that invites people to want to sit on a sofa or read a book. That's what we do in our everyday life: creating inviting environments. We take a look at the idea boards from the AD team, send over our thoughts and our flower list depending on the look and feel we are going for. Zoe really is the person that decides on the look and then I suggest which flowers and elements would best help achieve that look.

TALK TO US A BIT ABOUT CALEXICO...
I: I think the planters add a lot to the story since each space is so casual and effortless. The plants play an important part because you have plants kind of everywhere with just small accents of flowers. We wanted to create a feel that someone had been basking in the sun while sipping a cocktail.
Z: I like that everything is very neutral, tone on tone and very calming. But then you have the brighter and bolder aspects to the collection to which is a lot of fun. I love the baskets from the collection, they're so simple but are super versatile.

...TALK TO US ABOUT ELUSIVE DYNASTY...
Z: I'm super drawn to the richness of it all. All of the different textures of containers and sizes and shapes paired with the color palette. Like this wall, [points to studio wall painted by Jessica xxx] I just want to take this home with me and put it in my house!!
I: As Zoe said, it's the combination of containers that makes this collection so fun. They evoke this feeling of: I've had these in my closet forever. They're all mismatched which gives such an eclectic look especially when you mix them in with trendier containers and throw in some traditional ones as well.

WHAT TIPS OR TRICKS DO YOU HAVE FOR OUR READERS TO BEST RECREATE LOOKS THEY SEE?

Z: It's all about shopping around. Taking your inspiration board and seeing what you can find across all price points and mixing and matching higher priced items with lower priced goods.
I: Always keep in mind the resources at hand that don't overly cost money. For instance, we repurposed the red bar stools from your break room to enhance the feel of a bar for the patio shoot - which was great because we didn't have to spend money to rent anything!

IS THERE A CURRENT TREND IN THE FLORAL WORLD YOU'RE "OVER"?
I: Blush pink. Over it. It's been around for such a long time, and just as it was about to disappear Pantone named it as color of the year - so here it comes back again! And the color itself has gotten paler - which is really hard to find in florals. There's just such a fine line between between blush and baby pink. We don't want a wedding looking like a baby shower!

HOW ABOUT A TREND YOU'RE CURRENTLY LOVING?
Z: I'm really enjoying the heavy greenery with lots of texture and very messy. It's like there's no such thing as too messy! Which actually takes more work for an arrangement or a bouquet to look that way!
I: When we had the Martha Stewart trend years ago, where everything was compact that was quite easy for even an untrained designer. This look however, separates the men from the boys because it's much harder to accomplish the undone look where it seems as if everything's just been picked from Monet's garden. I'm more of a romantic designer - that's my happy place - so this garden-y look is what I was trained in 40 odd years ago and what I'm ultimately drawn to. I love, if a client has a garden to run out there and clip things from there to add to arrangements to make them more personal.
Z: I also love when people spice things up a bit... You're seeing a lot of people mixing that English romance with something different like protea or they have a bunch of romantic foliage that they mix with tropical foliage...
I: Which is exactly the opposite of anything I was ever taught! But the drama of the big leaf or the surprise element has become the fun part!

IF WE WERE TO COME IN EITHER OF YOUR HOMES TODAY... WHAT TYPE OF ARRANGEMENT IS EITHER ON YOUR KITCHEN OR COFFEE TABLE?
I: I like flowers in one container representing only one variety. I always, always have four vases in my living room. I only use white because I don't want the flower to take away from the environment. My house is filled with greys and charcoal so all of the containers are silver. Presently, one has white lisianthus, one has garden roses, one has tulips and the other one has white stalk. I'm very simple.
Z: I'm the same way... but it's usually something I've taken from the cooler! I don't like to bother a designer to make anything for me but I always love for my bathroom to have a budvase in it.
I: With a weird, funky flower.
Z: Yea... that's true! Like a protea or scabiosa.. but really, whatever's up for grabs!

DAY TO DAY, WHICH ACCENT DECOR PRODUCTS DO YOU FIND YOURSELF USING TIME AND TIME AGAIN?
Z: A lot of them!
I: Candlesticks (Candle holders)!
Z: Oh, for sure! Lots of candlesticks! Your Monet candleholders, the Athena candleholder in both gold and silver and wide variety of crystal candlesticks.
I: All of the votives that we have are AD. Lots of mercury these days. But the vase I love the most is the Bespoke vase: it has presence and it's visually heavy so it's always proportionate to the large arrangements that are sitting on top.
Z: Ooh, the Audrey lanterns! We absolutely love those! They've become a huge hit!
I: The facets, the way the candle glows, the shape... it just sparkles!

Ian & Zoe's recent sets (starting top left) Wanderlust, Eric & Eloise, event setting & Calexico




Wednesday, June 7, 2017

2017 Fall // Winter Trends


Always observers of the marketplace, mindful of current trends, constant world travelers, perpetual dreamers and creators. Each season the Accent Decor creative team takes their experiences and conclusions and begin envisioning, constructing and executing their concepts for the upcoming collections. Each trend is unique in its own way, derived from various parts of the world and moments in time. Explore and discover. Allow yourself to travel through the stories they tell. Leaf & Line, Elusive Dynasty and Calexico. Which trends speaks to you? Which one are you?...

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LEAF & LINE: Shadow Jungle
























High gloss greenery thrives in the limelight. The natural curl of a palm artfully on display, its silhouette exhibited in appreciation. A pink glow beckons your curiosity as you wind through the gallery of slick glass, modern lines and playful, statement-making details.

The 80's are back in style in a black-and-white palette touched with liquid gold. This is gallery meets greenhouse; minimal design meets maximum impact. In this urbane studio, all is artfully composed and curated -- a geometric jungle of shadows and line. It's sleek and surprising. Edited and inviting. Poised, polished and a little wild...


ELUSIVE DYNASTY: Anthological Opulence



Marvel at an estate filled with wonder. An artful dance between excess and moderation. Step onto the Oriental rugs, gaze up at chandeliers dripping in crystal, let your fingers run over the stitching of hand sewn skills. Rich, bold colors drip down the walls and set your mind adrift. 

Carved from luxury and legacy, gilded by fortune and age, draped in reams of velvet and silk, the grande maison unfolds before you. Here is a treasury of empires. Opulence burnished and honed through generations. Koi swim the walls, exquisite orchids spring from delicate Chinoiserie vases. All bears the inimitable beauty of artistry, care, time -- hand-painted brushstrokes, tarnish and patina, a fine lace of cracked glaze. You've entered a modern world reminiscent of the Byzantine era.









Leave the salt in your hair, the sand between your toes. Let the dappled sunlight wash over your face.

Whitewashed and weathered surfaces show the slow, sure hand of sea and sky; a borderland-scape dotted with woven textiles, earthy pottery, and ripe Sangria hues. There is a constant, calming sense of flow -- languid layers and open windows, hammocks and caftans, airy, succulent spaces.

All is easy. Unhurried. Free to overgrow, loosen, curl. Be coolly imperfect. Pacific. Handpicked vessels -- rattan baskets, pattered bowls, cacti pots -- hold beauty and utility in equal measure, collected and casually displayed. 

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Come shop our trends + Visit our showrooms

Dallas
June 21st-27th
Dallas Market Center
WTC 280

Atlanta
July 11th-18th
AmericasMart
Building 1, 18E20

Las Vegas
July 30th- August 3rd
Las Vegas World Market
C124

Friday, June 2, 2017

Travel Story: Nepal

We recently chatted with our videography guru, Tony DeVictor, to get his perspective on his recent travels to Nepal with the Accent Decor creative team. Tony is the guy behind the lens who then takes all of our raw footage and snips, cuts and pastes it in the way to tell the incredible stories behind our brand, the people and our products.

FIRST AND FOREMOST, HAD YOU BEEN TO NEPAL BEFORE?
No. Never! It actually was only my second time out of the country. I traveled to Ireland just before which was a very different experience. The air was so hot, there were so many people and so much going on right after stepping off of the plane... it was pretty surreal. I remember being struck by everything going on around me. We were all contained in what was essentially a box, which was their customs mixed in with travelers from all over the world. You just felt like you were following the herd of people throughout the security area. There are so many visitors coming to hike the region that everyone assumes that's what you're there for as well. We stuck out like a sore thumb being the only people without backpacking gear and outdoor wear.

WHAT SURPRISED YOU THE MOST ABOUT THE PLACE / PEOPLE?
The overall beauty, the place itself, the unique architecture and the way they have constructed all of these buildings together is what struck me the most in general. Initially however, riding around at night in a taxi in the dark with the amount of traffic and even during the day - I had never experienced anything quite like that before. Things were moving at an incredible pace with little to no direction and you just never know where someone is going - that took some getting used to. Once I got used to that and comfortable being driven around to our different factories I was able to focus more on the people and the overall experience. The industrious nature of the city filled with the beautiful buildings was impressive especially seeing the after effects from the [April 2015] earthquake.






THEY SAY, "THE THINGS THAT GO WRONG OFTEN MAKE THE BEST MEMORIES," DID ANYTHING GO WRONG THAT SEEMS FUNNY NOW?
My bag was lost... which was a bummer... but I guess it's kind of funny now! I had accidentally left batteries for my camera in my carry on, which you're not supposed to do because they don't like for there to be ion batteries in the cargo of a plane. The airport had to recheck my bag which led to it not being on my plane and it didn't arrive until 24 hours later. Essentially I was wearing the same clothes for three days straight! When you've been traveling and you're now in a pretty hot and humid place it's really not ideal. Not to mention, I was missing a good bit of my video equipment.

WHAT ARE TWO INTERESTING THINGS ABOUT NEPAL THE AVERAGE PERSON DOESN'T KNOW?
That there's like a 200% tax on cars! We learned that that's why there aren't very many new cars because it's so expensive to have imported cars. And that they eat with their hands... I wouldn't have thought that. Also, there are over 37 languages spoken in Nepal which is crazy because it's such a small country.


IN REGARDS TO FILMING, WHAT WAS YOUR GOAL WHILE FILMING FOR ACCENT DECOR?
We wanted to highlight the women's co-op and show the craftsmanship, the detail and the work that goes into the entire paper making process. While showing these women at work and the time and effort that goes into the gift wrap. Once we receive the finished product here we can certainly appreciate how beautiful it is but most people don't know the backstory or what all it took to bring it to that point - we wanted to bring that to light.

WHAT ABOUT THE GIFT WRAP MAKING PROCESS IMPRESSED YOU MOST?
It's just an unbelievable process with so many steps: peeling the bark off the trees, grinding it up, dying it, laying it out to dry and so on. By the time it gets shipped to the warehouse so many hands have touched that one book or product which is wild to think about. Sarah gave me a gift for Christmas wrapped in the paper and honestly I had a hard time opening it because I didn't want to rip it knowing how much goes into making just one sheet!



WHAT ELEMENT CAN ONLY BE FELT IF ONE IS ACTUALLY THERE?
Video can only translate so much - even the sites and sounds aren't quite what they are in person. The layers of smells from foods, combined with the noise from the cars and the people, the way the light hits the landscapes, monkeys swinging from trees overhead, and the chatter and laughter among the women in the factories. You can feel such a sense of pride from the community and how proud the people are to have us visiting and to show us what they've been doing- you can't really put that into words or give it true justice in a video. Of course, you can show a lot of these elements in a film but actually sitting there in the moment and witnessing it all first person is completely different - I just do my best to tell the best story possible.