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Top Summer Design Trends & Styles

Lets discuss some of the hottest trends for Summer 2014. These styles have exploded across the design world and are all likely to stick around for a while. The best part about these looks is that while they are super modern, they are also rooted in classic style and can be worked into the most simple décor, as well as an avant-garde abode.

Honey Toned Wood

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This mega trend is a refreshing switch from the darker, espresso hued woods that have reined for several seasons. Paired with white and neutral finishes, honey toned wood can really lighten things up and make a small space seem larger. The honey toned wood trend is also reflective of some of the major design themes of the moment such as “back to nature” and “rustic simplicity”.

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“I am excited about the come back of honey wood tones because I think they are easy to maintain and incorporate well into any interior. A medium tone wood is always in style, and mixes easily with other woods.”  – DeidreInteriors.com

At Mohr & McPherson 

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Ryder Bedside Chest,  Avery Mini Honey,  Honey/Alberta Taylor Chair

 

Exposed Nail Heads

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This is a versatile and widespread trend that actually dates back to 17th century France and 19th Century England. During these times, furniture was often embellished with nail head or rivet trim as a decorative way to secure materials. Today, this trend can be used to enhance traditional style or to bring a piece in the total opposite direction by making it urban and edgy, depending on the application.

Here are some ideas for getting this trend right.

Pay Attention to Detail:

*The spacing between nail heads in relation to the size of the furniture is important.

*If it fits your budget, always choose metal individual nail heads rather than plastic.

*For a rustic look, nail head trim looks great with textured materials.

At Mohr & McPherson 

 

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Gallant Loveseat (Cisco Brothers),  Rustic Whiskey Tub Chair
Crescent loveseat (Cisco Brothers),  Smoke Armchair

 

Nature/Mixing of Indoor and Outdoor/Layering of Textures

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 This concept never goes out of style, but it has become increasingly popular in the last few years, probably because of the global focus on being healthier and more economically responsible. A simple way to incorporate this trend into your design scheme is to focus on tones, textures and colors. Go for wood surfaces and use natural materials such as exposed brick, stone, bamboo, etc. Live Edge furniture and upholstery that mimics natural surfaces such as moss make great statement pieces. Natural light is also a sneaky way to open up a space and bring the outdoors inside.

At Mohr & McPherson  

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banyonLive Edge ConsoleBanyan Vine Sculpture, Mangosteen Coat Rack,  Tribeca Loveseat (Cisco Brothers)

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Backyard Nirvana: Personalizing Your Outdoor Space

So, its officially time to be outside. What are you going to be doing while you’re out there? Gardening? Yoga? Hanging out with your dog? Hosting the most beautiful, ridiculous garden party of all time with perfect, vegan hors d’oeuvres, hanging lanterns and a live string quartet? How about lounging? I think it’s safe to say that everyones outdoor summer priority is relaxing in the sun, or the shade with a cold drink, a good book or just the pleasent buzzing of your own thoughts.

Where are all of these activities going to take place? Designing a personalized, outdoor haven is a really fun way to be creative while getting that Vitamin D. Whether you have a patio or front porch that just needs some sprucing up or you are looking to renovate your entire backyard, we have ideas for you. We’ve collected some inspiring outdoor displays and come up with our favorite pieces at Mohr & McPherson to fit each look.

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 It’s hard to go wrong with Mid Century Modern. When you blend these classic silhouettes with unexpected materials such as our patio chair below, the look becomes modern and edgy, while still rooted in classic appeal.

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Iron Round Coffee Table, Patio Chair,Stone GaneshIron Tray Table


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This look conjurs thoughts of exotic birds, and you can almost hear them singing as you sip iced green tea. Teak wood is an excellent material for outdoor furniture because it has a high resistance to the elements but also has a sleek appearance. Add bursts of color and delicate, decorative detail to lighten up an arrangement of dark furniture.

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Teak Bench made from Camel CartMetal Basket LampIron and Teak Bench, Iron Chair, Lotus Plate, Folding Screen


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Everything Zen around here. This look promotes total tranquility, and a blissful escape from daily life. Key elements to include are Buddhas, lots of greenery, honey toned wood and twinkling lights.


Our Version

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This look is based in simplicity. To add exotic or modern elements to a cottage vibe, look for geometric shapes in light colors like this amazing coffee table below. Blend statement pieces with rustic materials such as wicker and unfinished wood.

Our Version

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Dining ChairCoffee TableSteel & Glass Lantern, Antique Elm Door, Rattan 2 Seat Chair

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If you get excited about lots of candles, lace, and delicate, shabby chic furniture, this romantic setting is for you. You can make this style Mohr & McPherson by adding eastern pieces, which can actually enhance the ethereal nature of this scene. Think delicate iron and whimsical shapes.

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Dining Chair, Candle Stand, Iron DaybedIndian CarvingBanyan Vine Sculpture

Turquoise & Yellow: Trending Spring Colors

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Spring is here, and not a moment too soon! So while packing away your wool blankets, make sure to replace them with lots of bright, cheerful colors. This season is all about Turquoise and Yellow, our favorite trending spring colors. These two colors are super on trend for spring and have been popping up in a range of hues all over the runways, magazines and design blogs. It just so happens that these are some of our favorite colors and we are so prepared for this trend. Check out some of our best examples below, and don’t forget to stop by our Pinterest too for even more favorites and trends!

Turquoise / Aquamarine / Sea Green / Teal
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Clockwise from left: Teak Bookcase  /  Teak Desk  /  Sideboard

 

Yellow / Lemon / Butter / Gold
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India’s Sari: Origin, Myth and Beauty

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Far and wide, the sari or saree has been a well-known symbol of the Indian female for 5000 years. In today’s India, there are 6.5 million people involved in the production of handloom saris. Although the structure of saris are mostly the same, Indian woman have much room for personal and creative expression in their dress.The sari exists in countless varieties of draping styles, patterns, colors and weaves.

The Sari is a garment made up of a piece of fabric usually 6-9 yards, wrapped around the waist and draped over one shoulder. The midriff is typically exposed, and often one arm is covered on the side the sari is draped over the shoulder. A petticoat is usually worn beneath the sari. This piece has many different names depending on region. In western India it is called chaniyo, parkar or ghagra, shaya in the east, pavadi or padava in the south, and lahanga or lehenga in the North. A blouse is also worn beneath the sari and is called either a choli or ravika. The choli is basically a crop top, with short sleeves and a low neck. Cholis are sometimes backless or halter style and when they are they tend to be more formal than the every day versions, with a lot of embroidery and embellishments. Many women who are in the armed forces wear a sari uniform, with a short sleeve shirt tucked into the waist.

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The Sari originated within the Hindu culture. Hindus believe that stitched clothing is impure. Hindus also believe that the belly button is very important and is a source of life and creativity. This is why the Sari does not cover the midriff. Another reason for the bare stomach is the Ancient Indian ideals of beauty. They value, like many other cultures, the juxtaposition of a small waist with larger hips and bust line. The Sari exposes the waist but also adds width to the hips and bust, emphasizing and even exaggerating the female figure. This being said, the sari still maintains a woman’s modesty, as she is covered from head to toe with fabric, and it is only a small portion of her waist exposed. The first known depiction of the Sari is a statue of an Indus Valley priest wearing a sari-like drape and dates back to 100 B.C. Sculptures from the 1st-6th century AD depict dancers and goddesses wearing dhoti wraps. Cave murals from the 5th century show women wearing full body saris. In the early 1500’s, a traveler from Portugal described women as wearing very thin cotton or silk garments that wrapped around their waist and shoulder, exposing the arm and shoulder. There are many Indian myths and legends involving saris. Most come from ancient manuscripts such as the Vedic Scripts, Mahabharata, Silappadhikaram, Kadambari and Natya Shastra. Scholars commonly believe that the earliest texts recording saris are 5000 years old.

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I find the most interesting aspect of saris to be how all women in India wear them, the way all men in America, or most, wear pants. While in some ways this could be thought of as hindering to a woman’s freedom of self, of expression and of movement. However, it could also be looked at from the other side. If you knew you were wearing a sari everyday, think of all the time and energy you would save, not worrying about clothing. The biggest advantage to this in my mind, is not having to think about finding clothes that fit all of the  figure flattering, current, matching with your personal style, affordable. For American woman, the biggest struggle is without a doubt finding clothes that are figure flattering. In our culture, it often seems that clothes were made with the attempt to sabotage your figure. With Saris, that is not a concern because the sari is literally draped around your own, actual body. It is designed to be a covering to the main point in the room-which is you-not your outfit. Weather you are a size 8 or you gain weight over the holidays and are now a size 10 doesn’t matter in the slightest. Your Sari will still look good on you because it exists in celebration of you.

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         We have a beautiful selection of Sari Silk in our store currently. Come check it out!

The Spa Life in Thailand and Spa Gifts for Your Home

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If money were no object, and you wanted to cleanse your body and spirit at the most innovative, relaxing, beautiful spa in the world, I’d suggest going to Thailand. In the last two decades, Thailand has become a mecca for those in search of luxurious renewal. Here are a couple of my picks for a dream spa retreat.

The Dheva Spa and Wellness Centre, located at the Dhara Dhevi in Chiang Mai, was modeled after a Mandalay palace. It is 3,100 square meters and the largest spa in Asia.

It is an architectural masterpiece, constructed of Teak wood, and covered with ornate moldings, sculptures, and Buddhist murals. You must climb white marble steps to reach the white marble courtyard. The courtyard is canopied by a seven tiered teak roof, symbolizing the seven steps to Nirvana.

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This place is run by a pair of husband and wife doctors who direct the spa, Ayurvedic Centre, and a soon to come academy. When you book an appointment here, you don’t just get a facial or a massage. You gain knowledge of the changes you can make and the habits you can pick up to enhance your quality of life. Lots of questions about your lifestyle and diet are asked, and remedies are chosen based on your specific body type.

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One treatment you are sure to receive is the “Soothing Foot Ritual”, a traditional Thai practice to show respect to the guests and welcome them.Between treatments you can lounge in the teakwood spa pavilion, sipping on warm ginger and fruit tea, and eating green tea biscuits. I can not believe there is anyway you could leave this place not feeling like the absolute best version of yourself.

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The concept for Oasis Spa is to create an “Oasis in the middle of the city”. This motto has been so successful that it has expanded into eight branches throughout Thailand. Each location is unique and has its own theme, but all incorporate the traditional “Lanna” philosophies to healing, creating an environment that inspires tranquility, serenity and pleasure. The designs include reflective ponds with gold fish, waterfalls, wooden bridges and walkways, private treatment villas and ancient venerable trees.

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The Oasis spa uses a combination of natural ingredients and traditional Thai herbs in its treatments, as well as a blend of ancient and modern techniques. The products are prepared for individual customers by hand, and are made daily. The ingredients are supplied by local villages, and only 5% of the ingredients are imported.

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Check out the spas description of a massage called “The Voyage of Golden Lanna”:

 “We had to take Music Therapy to a higher level to compliment a treatment that guides you on a journey to extreme wellbeing. This unique musical masterpiece was developed solely to enhance each phase of the Signature Golden Lanna Massage experience. This delightful fourhanded dance of twenty skilled fingers choreographed to music, also covers you with fragrant oil infused with pure gold. This unforgettable 90-minute journey of rejuvenation will leave you golden – both inside and out.”

Oasis Spa is one of Thailand’s most prestigious spas and has locations in Chiang Mai, Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket.

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If a trip to Thailand isn’t in the cards this winter, turn your own bathroom into a sanctuary of pampering. Stock up on our favorite supplies at Mohr & McPherson, or create a spa inspired gift for the woman in your life who could use some treasured rest and relaxation.

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Lux Aromatica Vegan Soaps – $12 ea

Lavender, Ice Mint, Crankey Yankee, Spice Island, Old Salty

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Lux Aromatica roll on perfumes – $17.50 ea
Bijou-floral, citrus, amber
Lebu-lemon grass and eucalyptus
Sweet Slumber-clary sage, lavender, frankincense

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Paddy Wax Candles – $26 ea
Cucumber Melon, Rosemary Fennel, Meyer Lemon, Current Rasberry

Soy, Wax, Hand poured

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Reed Diffuser Set – $14 ea
Jasmine, Rainforest, Ocean Sky

SKU: 40094 

 

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Traditional Japanese Incense

Scents-Honoka Silhouette, Oboro Illusions, Kasui gossamer

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Vintage Japanese Kimonos – $84 each

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