Honored to be named as one of only eight (8)! Interior Designers from across the United States and Canada to represent the Home Furnishings Industry at 2015 Spring and Fall High Point Markets. Designers are selected to spot TRENDS in the industry and share on their social media outlets and blogs. Designers are chosen from different regions and I am proud to represent the midwest! I spotted several TRENDS as did the other remarkable Style Spotters and today’s post I am sharing what I believe to be one of the strongest if not THE strongest trend happening and that is the use of MIXED METALS  integrated into furnishings across the spectrum, from desks to lighting to beds to everything in between, there is an element of industrial metals to refined gold and polished nickel, which in my opinion beautifies the pieces, adds interest and a layer of texture to the design and furnishing of a beautifully designed space.



The SOHO desk of the SOHO Collection that I Style Spotted at Bernhardt Furniture is a showstopper! Capitalizing on the polished nickel, the geometry of the piece crosses over into another prominent TREND of SIMPLIFIED GEOMETRY. The parquet design of the burled top adds another layer of genius to a commanding piece of furniture. Notice the bar cabinet in background with Greek Key inspired door pulls and metal base. Bernhardt has a winner with this very fashionable collection. Simplicity in lines, yet says so much! I can’t wait until this is available!



Taylor Burke Home knocks your socks off with this STACKED PENDANT. The cut-away styled metal over-shade, the brass brads and even a gold metallic inner shade application, left me swooning. Again, this lighting fixture speaks to two major trends in home furnishings that will be visible for a long time to come, the metal aspect and the geometry; another TREND.



The Key West Credenza I Style Spotted by Ambella Home features over-scaled brass keys as adornment as well as the metal foot caps and stretcher bars. What a lovely piece, it seems to be saying “Look at me!” Amazing.



Michael Aram leaves us breathless with his abstract work artfully constructed of molten aluminum aptly entitled “After the Storm”. Upon careful study, it displays the remnants of debris on the streets after a storm and creates a layered effect. Lovely conversation piece.



Such a thrill to meet Michael Aram, the creative behind my Style Spot. He has a lovely showroom with artistic pieces that become heirlooms.


These are just a few of my favorite Style Spots from Market this past year.  I enjoy sharing what’s new and trending in the Home Furnishings Industry

so readers like you know what’s hot for a beautifully designed space! Which is your favorite piece? Would love to hear in your comments!


Thanks for stopping by Chatti Patti Talks Design! I’ll be sharing more of the design TRENDS for 2016, be sure to check back!






noun \shēn-ˈwäz-rē, -ˈwä-zə-;ˌshēn-ˌwäz-ˈrē, -ˌwä-zə-\ or in my terms: Shen WAZZ er EE

From Mirriam-Webster:

“Fanciful European interpretations of Chinese styles in the design of interiors, furniture, pottery, textiles, and gardens. The expansion of trade with East Asia produced a lively vogue for Chinese fashions in the 17th–18th centuries. The most outstanding chinoiserie interior was the Trianon de Porcelaine (1670–71), built for Louis XIV at Versailles. The style featured lavish gilding and lacquering, the use of blue and white (as in delftware), asymmetrical forms, unorthodox perspective, and Asian motifs. In the 19th century, the fashion gave way to Turkish and other styles considered exotic.”

chinoiserie kitchen

This kitchen is so STUNNING, even if you do not like CHINOISERIE. I’m loving the deep coral almost red accent in the gorgeous chairs, lantern and even the chandy. Notice the chairs with the chandy are a different style and even though the accent color is carried through, the style is decidedly more modern than the pagoda lantern. This is a beautifully designed kitchen!

chinoiserie lighting fixture

This is a WONDERFUL Pagoda Lantern. The touches of gold will lend itself well to lovely Chinoiserie wallpaper with similar colors. drool.

chinoiserie grandfather clock

If you don’t enjoy the overdone Chinoiserie style (and yes, it is out there) how’s this for a wonderful piece?

chinoiserie chair

This is an AMAZING PAGODA CHAIR. Love the intricate detail.

chinoiserie living area

This room is pretty much fully Chinoiserie but well executed.

residential interior, exterior architecture,

This room represents a very updated and modern take on a Chinoiserie design. Clean and simple at the same time. Do you like it?

cinoiserie grand room

A more masculine approach in my opinion to a Chinoiserie design living area. It comes across a little more HUSHED and serious, don’t you agree?

chinoiserie in silver and gold bath

Now THIS is taking my breath away. I adore Silver and Gold together in everything, but how elegant it makes this bathroom simply with the addition of the wall paper, mirror and the deep silver-gray vanity. Even the sink has the silver detail. I do not know the designer who did this, but SALUTE!

chinoiserie living room

Lovely Chinoiserie in this living room, more feminine.

chinoiserie WP

Wonderful Chinoiserie wallpaper, the beginnings of a beautiful room.

chinoiserie wp and cake

Okay, this one takes the CAKE! No pun intended. well….

chinoiserie wallpaper and steps

Taking Chinoiserie a STEP further. Or several steps so to speak…

pink chinoiserie

What a cheerful room. This room would wake me up out of a sound sleep but gorgeous!

I hope you have enjoyed these examples of Chinoiserie as much as I have. Growing up in the (insert decade) many of my friends homes were decorated with this particular style as I recall.  It never quite made it into our home in it’s entirety, just a hint here or there, but I have a growing appreciation for it and I hope you do as well.  Thank you for stopping by Chatti Patti Talks Design, please leave a comment on this post or let me know what other topics you would like to learn about!

All photos found on and are for enjoyment purposes only and I make no representation that they are my own.

And So To Bed…

Recently, on a certain tour of London sponsored by Modenus, (a designer’s resource) I had the incredible opportunity to sample the finest beds in Britain!

And So To Bed has recently opened their beautiful expansive 7,000 sf new Flagship showroom located at  591 Kings Road in London.

What an ingenious idea, to have a soft, medium and firm mattress all next to each other so one can try them out without getting up and moving across the room, thus forgetting how the last one felt! How many designers can fit onto this triple mattress?  Well, this certainly wasn’t everyone as some were still upstairs (that’s right) a two-story showroom, sampling the tea and biscuits with jam. (I’m the blonde on the right.)

Here at And So To Bed, they build a serious mattress which is why they are the leading luxury mattress company in Britain. No foam in the construction, nothing that will wear out. These are all organic and filled with sheep’s wool, horse hair, and 2 rows of individually wrapped stainless steel Vi-Spring springs in the mattress. It’s like having two mattresses; everything is doubled. You also have a varied selection of lovely  covers to choose from as well as different degrees of firmness. These mattresses are a practical yet wonderful investment. What’s more important than a good night’s sleep? Well if you sleep (or try to) on a poor quality bed, you know what I’m talking about.

“The bed may be centre stage, but it needs a supporting cast to show it off. And So To Bed makes stylish bedside tables, armoires, chests and dressing tables –as well as many smaller accessories including chairs, mirrors, stools and lamps.”

Just one of the beautiful beds of the multiple collections, the  Nautilus Silver Leaf Sleigh Bed is one of my favorites.

“Our luxurious bed collection is inspired by historical designs from chic French styles and pure Victorian beds to four posters fit for a castle.”

Every man’s home is his Castle, right? So what are you waiting for, give me a call and I’ll hook you up with a beautiful bed and great night’s sleep!

And yes, upstairs, tea was being served London style, just for us….Excuse me ladies, ahem, another cup please…

 Thank you to our wonderful sponsors of #BlogTourLdn, we had a wonderful time and made wonderful friendships!

Quotes: And So To Bed
Photo of Nautilus Silver Leaf Bed; courtesy of And So To Bed
All other photos: Patti Johnson, all rights reserved.