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Contrasting Elements Add Interest

Posted on March 30, 2023 by Dana Gibson | 0 Comments

Contrasts make things interesting. Consider yinn and yang. Sharp lines with curvy ones. When decorating rooms it's important to mix styles to bring out the best in both.

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In Defense of Florals

Posted on March 08, 2023 by Dana Gibson | 0 Comments

Nothing says Spring like tulips and daffodils! In fact, I feel a visceral tug when I see freshly potted daffodils at the grocery store.
This started me thinking about the role flowers play in home design. Flowers are in fact one of the most often used motifs in pattern and design.  But for extreme modernists, "floral pattern"  may be considered a dirty word. 
Floral wallpapers and fabrics are often relegated to bedrooms and powder rooms.  But I'd like to propose there is more to the humble flower than decorating a lady's bedroom.
Critics might say florals are fussy, girly, soft, and saccarine. I beg to differ.  An unexpected floral type design like below in a manly country estate sets just the right tone. Sometimes florals are the courageous choice.
Florals can be mighty, whimsical, commanding, intriguing, elegant, and bold. Depending on scale and size, they can easily be considered modern in design. I've been working on patterns for a screened porch so florals are on my mind..  My mother always chose pretty florals for the porch. To me, gingham and floral patterns say "summertime". 
Some fun florals to consider are Josef Frank's whimsical garden patterns and an elegant floral like this one below by Manuel Canovas
Depending on scale and color, floral patterns can be quite masculine.
A chocolate brown ground below and an over arching peony are good examples.
I've always had a thing for Designer Guild's color and patterns.  In that vein, I think I've landed on my new classic  tulip design for the screened porch but in chartreuse. Unless of course I go with the scatter floral and gingham below right?  Decisions. Decisions.

Dana Gibson Tulip Pillow in Chartreuse

Dana Gibson Summer of Love Pillow in Navy

Dana Gibson Window Pane in Pink Lumbar

Try some of our floral wall coverings. This one called Marrakesh is going up in a bathroom soon!



Bringing the Outdoors In

Posted on February 20, 2023 by Dana Gibson | 0 Comments

It's that time of year when many of us are beginning to  think about the outdoors again and conjuring ways to bring more of the natural world inside our home.  

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Champagne Taste

Posted on February 01, 2023 by Dana Gibson | 0 Comments

If you too have champagne tastes and aren't willing to shell out for the real thing for whatever reason, take a little initiative and add a sense of wonder and beauty to your home with just a bit of effort.

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A Winter Affair

Posted on January 05, 2023 by Dana Gibson | 0 Comments

Pheww and they are off!  I spent the morning checking and double-checking new products for Atlanta's trade show which starts next week! I'm ashamed to say I tend to leave things to the last minute, especially when they involve decision-making.  Introducing new products can be stressful as fashions change and it's always, in the end, a calculated guessing game. Thankfully in the world of home decor the changes are not as swift as in apparel. New colors creep in and out of fashion and products once very popular, are not so popular anymore.  

One example of this is my favorite shade of orange,  persimmon, and it is finally making a comeback.  For half a dozen years, no one touched it.  Color is just one thing that changes in the home decor market. The rise of totes and travel bags was steady and quick for a while there but seems to have cooled off.  What am I bringing to market this year?  As Spring is getting closer, there will be plenty of colors (which is expected for me as I’m not a fan of  drab and unremarkable interiors).  I'll be introducing a new Jacobean-type design on jars and pillows called Jabo.  See below.


Medium Ginger Jar, Fleck in Green by Dana Gibson

Dana Gibson Medium Ginger Jar in Chintz
Dana Gibson Green Bedford Ginger Jar, Small

This design nods to classical motifs but it is presented on up-to-the-minute decor like jars and throw pillows. Multi-colored accents like these are just what is needed to add that spark of joy.

My Tulip in the Blue pattern will make a repeat debut as this design is "made" for Spring decor. 

Tulip on White Pillow                        

If tulips are the mascots of Spring, mushrooms in pretty colors may also remind you of my very favorite season.  These colorful mushrooms add a jolt of color and pattern. 

Dana Gibson Mushroom Pillow                    


The Gem Palace Lamp, which makes a nod to colorful cut stones, is a wonderful graphic to mix in with any florals or busy patterns. 


The Gem Palace Lamp will come in four colors-- for every room-- including a neutral.


Finally, my new King and Queen of Poppies art prints for Grand Image will be arriving soon.  These stunning portraits hang side by side with other colorful new art for  Grand Image. New Art is showing at Codarus in Dallas as well as Atlanta. For those of you attending the market, the Atlanta show starts Tuesday, Jan 10th, and continues through to the following Monday. Hope I see you!

Dana Gibson King and Queen of Poppies, A Set


Just Add Art

Posted on December 08, 2022 by Dana Gibson | 0 Comments

Some of the toniest designers use art to take their projects to the next level.  The unexpected and unique is always a good idea. 

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Sprucing Up and Setting the Holiday Table

Posted on November 22, 2022 by Dana Gibson | 0 Comments

It's never too late to add a little creativity to the holiday table, especially if you are hosting the holidays. 

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