As an interior designer, one of my favorite events every year is NeoCon! At the (giant) Merchandise Mart in downtown Chicago, it’s an amazing 3 day trade show of all the newest fabrics, furnishings, fixtures and finishes set in gorgeous showrooms. Besides seeing the latest and greatest in residential and commercial design, it’s also an excellent opportunity to rub elbows with other like-minded people in the design community!
This year, we slowed down just enough to snap a few pics of our favorites, and have rounded up a photo-list of our top 10!
In no particular order:
Favorite Coordinating Fabrics – Clarke & Clarke – Merengue & Delano
This brightly-colored, quirky zig-zag fabric with a linen background really caught my eye. The mixed media styles with fringe, coordinating with the beautiful striped fabric with a two toned background would make a statement in anyone’s room. It’s available in the bright pinks / orange or blue / green combo shown above as well as a more subtle neutral combo or aqua / coral.
Favorite Fringe – Schumacher Eugenie Tassel Fringe
Maybe it was all the great color options, or imagining this cute fringe around a pillow, but the Eugenie Tassel Fringe was my favorite! Seeing all the great trim options made me ready to create new pillows, drapes, bedding, the list goes on. Anyone interested?!
Favorite Idea – Hickory Bistro Made to Measure Bench
I love the idea of adding this sectional banquet to your kitchen or breakfast nook. Furniture is often simpler to add than built ins, it’s not permanent (if you’re the type to reinvent your style often), and you can move it with you in case you fall in love with it but are relocating! Such a great way to add a cozy nook to your room.
Favorite Flooring – Kravet Rugs
This rug is quite possibly the softest thing I’ve ever touched. If you are looking for a rug beside your bed or in your bathroom (or really anywhere you’re likely to walk without shoes – to get the full softness effect), you need look no futher! Available in a range of colors and sizes, this was by far my favorite floor material of NeoCon.
Favorite Pillow Fabric
I didn’t get the details on this pillow, but spotted the fun & colorful pattern from across the showroom. I’d add a coordinating fabric on the backside so you can change up the design anytime the mood strikes (similar to these Peppy Pillows we featured previously) If you’re interested we’ll be glad to seek out the source, just let us know!
Favorite Occasional Tables – O’Hara Anemone Coffee & Side Table
So, this one may not be everyone’s style, but wouldn’t it be amazing to see this in someone’s contemporary-styled home?! Amongst many showrooms of contemporary furniture, this piece stood out to me. I had to reach out an touch it to make sure it wasn’t just a painted effect, but it really is raised hand-finished copper cylinders as it appears. Maybe not the most practical, but it sure gives guests something to talk about!
Favorite Pom Pom
Surprisingly, these weren’t the only Pom Poms we saw at NeoCon, but this was my favorite! Love the color combo of the pink & red, and think a couple of these pillows would look perfect on the Hickory Bistro Bench above or on a relaxing window seat.
Favorite Dining Chair – Donghia Fiona Side Chair
These beautifully upholstered dining chairs with dainty curved legs are a designer’s dream! The attention to detail with matching welts and shimmering fabric wrapped over the top of the chair back is incredible. I’d love to design a room around these chairs. Oh, and they’re extremely comfortable, too!
Favorite Unexpected Detail – Pillows with Triple Trim
We found these in the middle of a commercial flooring showroom, but got excited about the detail. A simple pop of contrasting color trims out these solid wool pillows. We could replicate this detail in lots of fabric types, but I wouldn’t add too much pattern or you’ll lose the simple detail.
Favorite Event – Dine & Design lunch with Candace Olson
Last, but certainly not least, getting to meet Candance Olson, HGTV designer from her show Divine Design, was quite the experience. I’d never met an HGTV celebrity before, and it was interesting to hear about her career, watch her go table to table and talk with all the designers while a camera crew photographed her every move, and get my own chance to introduce myself, have a book signed and a couple photos snapped. I had several questions ready to ask, but didn’t get a chance as the lunch was quick, but fun. (I’m on the left (Dorothy) and Interiors by the Sewing Room owner (Michelle) is on the right)
So there you have it, my top 10 NeoCon 2015 favorites. It was tough to narrow to just 10, I definitely had a lot more photos I could share.
If you liked this favorites roundup, I think you’ll like my May Favorites list, which includes the inviting entryway shown here!
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