J. Mueller

October 23, 2011

Heading off for the High Point Furniture Market! What is the High Point Furniture Market, you ask? It is…

The World’s Home for Home Furnishings

The High Point Market is the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world, bringing more than 85,000 people to High Point every six months. Serious retail home furnishings buyers can be found in High Point twice a year because if you can’t find it in High Point…it probably doesn’t exist.

Current Demographics:

  • 180 Buildings
  • 10 Million Square Feet of Showspace
  • 80,000 Attendees Each Market
  • More Than 2000 Exhibitors
  • 106 Countries Represented
  • Tens of Thousands of New Product Introductions
  • Approximately 10% of Attendees Are International

September 22, 2011

A $6,300.00 toilet that is marketed as Sexy?!?!?!

The Kohler Numi

"When nature calls, most of us head to the nearest toilet to do our business. If the bathroom has the Kohler Numi that launches in the U.S. at the end of the month, you might be tempted to hang out for a while.

The customizable “smart toilet” lets you adjust seat position, water temperature and pressure, ambient lighting, even audio. Numi not only has a built-in music system with rear speakers, but also an FM radio and audio input jack for an MP3 player.

It has an adjustable heated seat and foot warmer, too, plus an integrated stainless steel, self-cleaning bidet wand with a dryer. A motion-controlled seat and lid can automatically open when you approach and close when you split.

Tripping a bar of light on the floor to the side of the toilet automatically raises the seat, while the toilet automatically flushes when you walk away.

There are a couple of flush cycles: a water efficient “eco” flush that uses 0.6 gallons per flush or a full flush at 1.28 gallons. And flushing is extremely quiet.

The attractive toilet sports a minimalist design. It comes in white or biscuit, and it includes a removable handheld touch-screen remote that lets you control various settings for up to six users and in a dozen different languages. (Numi has already been introduced in some Asian markets.) You can recharge the remote’s lithium ion battery and store it in a wall-mounted dock. The toilet itself plugs into an electrical outlet.

What might make your stomach growl is the $6,300 list price. David Kohler, president and COO of the Wisconsin-based business, acknowledges that Numi is priced “at the top of the market.” But he says, “The luxury market’s coming back in this country and (is) very strong in other parts of the world. This product is targeted at those consumers who want the best — they want the latest in design and technology (and) want a fashion statement in their home.”

David Kohler says Numi has been under development for five years.

Might video come next? Kohler recently took the lid off another product in China with an “entertainment remote” that provides Skype and streaming video.”


September 14, 2011

New Product Announcement

Alessi - U2Mi2

U2Mi2 7.5-watt LED bulb in red by Alessi, foreverlamp.eu.

Tempo Luxury Home Collection - Smart Lights

Enough about smart phones. Joe Ginsberg has moved on to Smart Lights, table lamps that can be specified in practically any color of handblown glass. They take candelabra bulbs and range in height from 17 to 26 inches. 212-465-1246; tempoluxuryhome.com.

Conant Metal & Light - Ice Block

Ice Block pendant made from recycled glass and vintage ice tongs by Conant Metal & Light; conantmetalandlight.com.

Trove - Nyx

Nyx wallpaper by Trove; troveline.com.

September 13, 2011

8 Tips to Create Modern Rooms Simply by Changing the Walls by Barclay Butera

Having made an indelible mark on the world of interior design, Barclay Butera a Los Angeles-based celebrity interior designer shares with Modern Home + Living a few expert design tips on modernizing interior walls and sprucing up the home. 


8 Tips to Create Modern Rooms Simply by Changing the Walls 


 Choose pattern-on-pattern, and layer with textures. I keep this in mind, when I design the interiors, walls and ceilings of all my projects. 


Put wallpaper on the ceiling. I wallpaper the ceiling often— it adds depth and creates interesting perspective. In fact, I’m a huge fan of wallpaper, so every room is wallpapered in several of my homes.  Don’t be afraid to blend them! For example, raffia can go with stripes and with toile. Wallpaper the entire room, or even one accent wall, like behind the headboard of a bedroom. Don’t be afraid to do something non-traditional. 


Connecting rooms don’t have to match. Try stripes in the bathroom and toile in the adjacent bedroom.  Pattern-on-pattern works, especially if using different tones or shades within the same color family.


Take a lesson from fashion. For instance, in a powder room that I just finished at a penthouse residence in the new W Hollywood, I referenced fashion details used in men’s tailoring. As part of the installation, I used black and white ticking-striped wallpaper—inspired by classic men’s suits—as the base.  I then accented the walls with strong red artwork— the similar effect of a tie or pocket square—which provided contrast in the room. This is a fun and stylish way to combine art with wall coverings.  


Create the illusion of a well-defined entry. If there is an entry without a defined structural wall-break, use wallpaper to create an illusion of visual delineation.  Finish off this visual break with molding such as a vertical wood trim.


 Combine wall covering ideas. In my family room, I applied wainscot paneling 8-feet up the wall, and then continued the top portion of the wall and onto the ceiling with raffia. This especially works if the room has vaulted ceilings. I created pattern and rhythm by including a raffia rug, which ties the room design elements all together.  These applications give the room a fresh sense of dimension.


Fabric-backed wallpaper adds a sense of sophistication, without upholstering the walls. 


Today’s hottest trends in wallpapers are exotic wall coverings, such as stamped crocodile.


In addition, paint colors are also very important to accent and help set the “mood” of the home.  

(Source: mhlmagazine.com)

September 13, 2011

Barclay Butera

As the charismatic and dynamic self-described “therapist for the home”, Barclay Butera remains the driving force behind his eponymous design firm some fifteen years after his tasteful debut in the not un-crowded landscape of Southern California interior design.  Butera has been redefining luxury his entire career and one thing has not changed: his firm belief in helping his clients achieve the “Better-Best” concept of living.  The end result is a glamorous, yet completely livable environment that can flawlessly integrate the client’s heritage pieces and implements his philosophy of blending furniture and pattern-on-pattern fabrics and textures.  Barclay’s assertive yet considered taste allows him to sidestep the bulk of the received wisdom generated by so many shelter publications as he frequently uses the mantra: “In interior design there are no rules.”

Butera grew up in the interior design business, working with his mother who designed for private clients worldwide.  Earning his degree in political science and economics, he pursued a career in law after graduation.  Within a year he returned to the interior design industry, opening his mother’s Southern California office.  At 25, he found himself presented with a business opportunity to create and run his own stylish case goods company out of Los Angeles.  In 1993, he selected a strong team to grow with him and showcase the complete lifestyle direction in which he was heading.  Butera’s taste, passion and vision were executed by his new staff, which included defining a new approach to cross-merchandising in furniture retailing.

Butera works with traditional fashion elements and reinterprets aspects of tailored couture clothing into his designs.  In creating ‘fashion for the home’, he has always encouraged his clients to integrate their own personal pieces with new classics that contain an edgier element.  His transitional style grounds itself in traditional European, American and Far East influences, while adding his own contemporary twist. He is inspired by everything from fashion to his world travels and by all cultural periods.  He especially enjoys the iconic mid-century American styles of old Hollywood and West Palm Beach as well as early American design emphasizing clean, classic, tailored lines and the importance of intriguing fabrics and bold patterns.  For a designer such as Butera, who conceives of a better-best living space akin to forming a great wardrobe, these design elements – along with integrity, creativity and timelessness—are key to his vision. 

Butera has always focused on listening to the client and working closely with what they want.  “I’m a huge believer in developing a lifetime partnership with my clients,” he says. “I also believe that you have to have something for everyone. It’s always about the customer, the quality, and service.”  To that end, the entrepreneurial designer has developed two umbrella brand identifiers within the Barclay Butera brand that focus on different qualities and price points, covering a vast spectrum of client needs.

(Source: barclaybuterainteriors.com)

September 13, 2011

Kathryn Ireland

Born in England, Kathryn was raised at her parents’ homes in London and Scotland and arrived in Los Angeles in 1986. Prior to launching her interior design business in the early nineties, Kathryn was an actress, clothing designer, and filmmaker. Today she is considered one of the most influential interior and textile designers in the world.

Kathryn’s signature style has been described as comfortable, bohemian, and family friendly with large doses of color and a lack of orthodoxy. Her clientele of celebrities and tastemakers include Steve Martin, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and David Mamet. Kathryn is the author of three books including the recently released Summers in France and launched her first collection of signature fabrics in 1997, which is distributed in her showrooms in London and West Hollywood, California.

Her work has been published internationally in top magazines such as The World of Interiors, Veranda, Traditional Home, W and Vogue Living. In addition, she was named as one of the “Top 100 Designers” in the United States by House Beautiful magazine.

September 13, 2011

Martyn Lawrence Bullard

Martyn Lawrence Bullard is an illustrious, award winning interior designer known for his glamorous and worldly interiors. His global visionary point-of-view of making homes luxurious sanctuaries has made him an arbiter of taste whose larger than life client list includes Cher, Sir Elton John and David Furnish, Christina Aguilera, Eva Mendes, Ellen Pompeo, Kid Rock, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne and Tamara Mellon, founder and President of Jimmy Choo.

Bullard’s impressive resume also includes commercial projects such as the Colony Palms Hotel Group, executive suites for Paramount and Warner Bros Studios, the Beverly Hills luxury emporium Shizue and restaurant projects including the Purple Palm and Five Feet. Currently he is busy working on a diversity of projects, which include America’s first Green LEED certified estate in Malibu for the acclaimed actor/producer, Keenen Ivory Wayans, the Jimmy Choo corporate headquarters in London and a 40,000 square foot beach front estate in Mexico.

Bullard has developed various collections to extend his brand experience through a custom furniture line, as well as select showrooms around the United States, London, Paris, Australia and Russia. He has designed an exclusive line of rugs for The Rug Company and will soon launch an eco-friendly collection of artisanal fabrics for Schumacher. Although Bullard has been featured in over 20 design books, he is now working on his first personal book, Live, Love & Decorate, which will be published in the fall of 2011.

In October of 2010, Bullard received the prestigious Andrew Martin International Interior Designer of the Year Award. He was also profiled in the January 2010 issue of Architectural Digest as one of the top Interior Designers in the world.

When Bullard is not on a plane traveling the world on behalf of his clients, he resides in Los Angeles, California.

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September 13, 2011

Mary McDonald

Raised in Brentwood, California, Mary is considered one of the most sought after designers and consistently ranked as one of House Beautiful’s “Top 100 Designers.” She graduated from Boston University before attending the prestigious Parsons School of Design and beginning her career as a milliner. Through extensive travel in Europe and the Far East, she has created a personal signature style that is eclectic, classic and clean while maintaining a strong sense of glamour and sophistication.

From the refurbishment of Buster Keaton’s legendary villa to the recent completion of The Luxe Summit Hotel in Bel Air, Mary’s projects and gorgeous interiors have captivated the design community worldwide. She has been featured in major national publications including Town & Country, Veranda, Domino, House & Garden, and International Vogue.

Her first book, Mary McDonald: Interiors, The Allure of Style, was published last fall and showcases her unique style and ravishing interiors. In addition, she is launching her first lighting collaboration with nationally distributed Robert Abbey Inc. and a fabric line with Schumacher coming out soon.