Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year: Caliente AF-290

Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year, Caliente AF-290, is strong, radiant and full of energy

By the Benjamin Moore Color and Design Team

Benjamin Moore, North America’s favorite paint, color and coatings brand has selected “Caliente AF-290” as the Color of the Year 2018, a vibrant, charismatic shade of red.

Caliente is the signature color of a modern architectural masterpiece; a lush carpet rolled out for a grand arrival; the assured backdrop for a book-lined library; a powerful first impression on a glossy front door. The eye can’t help but follow its bold strokes. Harness the vitality.
– Ellen O’Neill, Benjamin Moore & Co.

The color leader also unveiled Color Trends 2018, a curated palette of 23 highly influential hues that enliven any room by adding depth and energy. The palette incorporates a full spectrum of reds, from hints of blush to deep oxbloods, while ensuring seamless pairings with a carefully selected range of whites, neutrals, and complementary bold hues.

The Benjamin Moore Color Trends 2018 palette includes:

Caliente AF-290, Deep Poinsettia 2091-30, Cherry Wine 2080-30, Cranberry Cocktail 2083-20, Texas Rose 2092-40, Pleasant Pink 2094-60, Saddle Soap 2110-30, Incense Stick 2115-20, Smoked Oyster 2109-40, Excalibur Gray 2118-50, Wolf Gray 2127-40, Stone 2112-40, Black Beauty 2128-10, Silver Marlin 2139-50, Carolina Gull 2138-40, Dreamy Cloud 2117-70, Moonshine 2140-60, Sharkskin 2139-30, Elk Horn AF-105, Peau de Soie AF-60, Golden Retriever 2165-30, White Opulence OC-69 and Coastal Path AF-380.

The Benjamin Moore Color & Design team annually forecasts color trends following a year-long research journey to 30 cities across 12 countries, traveling nearly 100,000 miles. The team of seven Color & Design experts attended more than 20 industry shows capturing more than 42,200 photos that illustrate points of inspiration from the arts, design, architecture, pop culture, fashion, home furnishings, and more. Their collective findings demonstrated an emergence of red hues, embodying the change, strength, confidence and vitality that permeates cultural movements around the world.

To illustrate the versatility of red, the Color Trends 2018 color card showcases the impact it has on creating statement-making environments that are warm, enveloping and full of personality. These spaces include a mid-century modern home that relies on red for a bold, abstract stroke; a farmhouse made crisp and current with red detailing; a masterpiece of modern architecture whose elliptical lines are defined in red; and a beach house that brings in red for an unexpected neutral touch.

The Color of the Year and Color Trends 2018 palette can only be achieved with Benjamin Moore products. Offering residential and commercial paints for any project, the Benjamin Moore portfolio includes Aura®, Aura® Bath & Spa, Regal® Select, Natura®, ben®, ADVANCE®, ARBORCOAT® and Aura® Grand Entrance®. All 3,500 Benjamin Moore colors are available in pint samples at local retailers along with Color Trends 2018 color cards. Benjamin Moore products are exclusively found at the more than 5,000 Benjamin Moore independently owned paint and decorating retailers across the U.S. and Canada.

Founded in 1883, Benjamin Moore is North America’s favorite paint, color and coatings brand. A leading manufacturer of premium quality residential and commercial coatings, Benjamin Moore maintains a relentless commitment to innovation and sustainable manufacturing practices. The portfolio spans the brand’s flagship paint lines including Aura®, Regal® Select, Natura® and ben®. Benjamin Moore is renowned for its expansive color portfolio, offering consumers and designers more than 3,500 colors. Benjamin Moore paints are available exclusively from its more than 5,000 locally owned and operated paint and decorating retailers.

To learn more about the Benjamin Moore Color of the Year and Color Trends 2018 palette, visit

All images and trend information courtesy of Benjamin Moore.

Sherwin Williams' Color of the Year: Oceanside SW 6496

A collision of rich blue with jewel-toned green, a color that is both accessible and elusive, Oceanside SW 6496, is Sherwin Williams’ 2018 Color of the Year.

A complex, deep color that offers a sense of the familiar with a hint of the unknown, Oceanside, bridges together a harmonious balance of blues and greens that can be found in what’s old and new.

The color blue evokes a multitude of moods and associations depending on hue, shade and application. Despite this variety, blues are universally perceived as intelligent, honest and interesting—making blue the most beloved color worldwide.

Oceanside’s multi-dimensional, marine-inspired look can create a welcoming statement as a lively color for a front door.

Its green-meets-blue tone can also boost creative thinking and clarity of thought in a home office, or invite meditation and introspection into a bedroom or reading nook.

Oceanside is universal when it comes to design style from mid-century modern to Mediterranean-inspired, traditional to contemporary.

Using the Sherwin-Williams ColorSnap® Visualizer, you can explore the Color of the Year and with the swipe of a finger see it on any wall.

For more information, visit Sherwin Williams

All images and trend information courtesy of Sherwin Williams.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Maison Valentina’s Incredible New Designs

At the September Edition of Maison&Objet, Maison Valentina joined forces with their partner BRABBU in order to offer a sensorial and emotional experience of ‘the art of living’. 

Maison Valentina also showed top products and released some new ones.

Symphony Freestone Washbasin, Colosseum Floor Mirror & Eden Towel Rack

Maison&Objet is one of the biggest design festivals that serve as the barometer of interior style for the coming months in which is possible to see new products being launched, new collections and brands starting to position themselves in the world of design. (See the Visual Tour here)

The KOI Collection

The focus of Maison Valentina’s Maison&Objet show was the KOI Collection, in which they released other new products that complete this Japanese inspired collection.

Maison Valentina’s KOI Collection was inspired in the KOI carp, which is a recurring symbol of Japanese culture, highly appreciated by its decorative purposes, not only in water gardens but also in Irezumi practice or, most commonly, in tattoos.

The KOI scales that compose the panels of the washbasins shine and reflect – on its brass surface – the sun caught throughout the clear water. KOI and the Japanese word for love or affection are homophones, making the carp also a symbol of love and friend – ship.

At Maison&Objet, Maison Valentina also, released new side tables, mirrors, washbasins, tall storages and bathtubs.

With a vision to understand the past and interpret it through cutting-edge technology and contemporary design, we have created this emotional freestand passionately inspired by music. Handcrafted with the finest materials, this breathtaking piece is of genuine style, ensuring mystery and elegance. The golden gives a luxury touch to every bathroom.
Carrara marble, gold plated brass.
Diameter: 42 cm | 16,53″ 
Height: 87 cm | 34,25″

Colosseum Floor Mirror

Stiletto Bench, Crochet Washbasin & Galliano Wall Lamp

Its natural colour mutations reveal their capacity to adapt, just like the KOI wash basin that you can use to create a better sense of space division in your ambiences. The KOI scales that compose the panels of the wash basin shine and reflect – on its brass surface – the sun caught throughout the clear water. KOI and the Japanese word for love or affection are homophones, making the carp also a symbol of love and friend – ship.
Base in aged brushed brass, basins in nero marquina marble.
Width/Length: 195 cm | 76,77″ 
Depth: 60 cm | 23,62″ 
Height: 83 cm | 32,67″

Its natural colour mutations reveal their capacity to adapt, just like the KOI bathtub that you can use to create a better sense of space division in your ambiences. The KOI scales that compose the panels of the bathtub shine and reflect – on its brass surface – the sun caught throughout the clear water. KOI and the Japanese word for love or affection are homophones, making the carp also a symbol of love and friendship.
Base in aged brushed brass, bathtub in aged brushed iron.
Width/Length: 180 cm | 70,86″
Depth: 75 cm | 29,53″
Height: 60 cm | 23,62″

MAISON VALENTINA is a new luxury bathroom brand that provides a collection capable of making your projects came true, with high-end solutions as bathtubs, washbasins and free standing washbasins, mirrors, lighting, case goods and other products made with the finest selection of materials as brass, marble, wood, glass, combined with rare handwork techniques and contemporary design.
Our main goal is to offer the same comfort and luxury that you are able feel in other division of the house, keeping at the same time the best exclusive design and bold pieces.
Get inspired with our luxury bathroom ideas for the modern home!

BRABBU is a design brand that reflects an intense way of living, bringing fierceness, strength and power into an urban lifestyle. With a diverse range of furniture, casegoods, upholstery, lighting and rugs, and through sensory design, we pass on a unique experience in every piece we design and produce. With BRABBU you will get more than a design piece: you will get a diversity of spaces filled with memories and unique sensations in perfect harmony with your spaces and your personality. That is why we are the first choice for the most remarkable high-end residential and hospitality projects around the world. BRABBU is present at the world’s most renowned design events with new versatile design products for eclectic environments that foresee the next trends.

All images courtesy of MAISON VALENTINA

Thursday, September 28, 2017

A Russian Apartment with Contemporary Touch

A Posh Creation by Ekaterina Lashmanova

Boca Do Lobo Design Inspiration Behind-the-Scenes

Posh, Sharp, Glamourous – this is how we could describe the stylish and fresh interior design creation by Ekaterina Lashmanova, a residential apartment for young family.

The refined work of Ekaterina Lashmanova, through an attentive dedication to details, reaches its apogee within this contemporary project, flowing into an inspiring bold apartment in the imposing city of Moscow, Russia.

Ekaterina had the free pass to open the doors of the place and spend some time bringing to life the most tasteful trends. She designed more than a house – she created an inspiring and iconic place to live in. From the high-ceiling to the details of the curtains, everything is custom made, conceived by artisans – a constant search of singularity and perfection.

Behind the inspiration of the talented Russian interior designer is a profound admiration for the Portuguese Design – and Boca do Lobo has a main role, leading as pioneer of a product design made to brake boundaries through the aesthetic and bring handcrafted artistic pieces into people’s day-to-day life.

Living Room

The living room shape has grand ceilings and large windows which the designers used to their advantage. The classical accents with fresh color palette are highlighted by the Wave center table due to its gold hammered finish and contemporary lines. Taking center stage, the creation by Boca do Lobo brings sophistication and an unexpected contemporary vibe to the room.

Blue hues and sensuous creams pair perfectly with the graphic flooring and the subtle gold accents in the lighting that extends throughout the apartment.

Wave Centre Table

True classics never fail to make an impression and this is certainly the case for the Wave Table from Boca do Lobo. Nowadays, the traditional coffee table is no longer the only way to decorate the living room; recently coffee tables are taking original shapes and designs that give the living room a whole unique look through unusual forms and new materials. Wave is an original and a stylish coffee table for a modern living room as it is also an unconventional center table for your sitting room. With great style and elegance it creates an exclusive ambiance to the modern interiors. Developed by a Portuguese jewelry artisan, this piece is made of hand hammered gold brass with a black mirror top.

Dining Room


The bedroom’s pale touches and rich nishes screams comfort and elegance to one of the most important rooms of the apartment. A glamorous bathroom portrays a funky style with its bold pink panels and the art nouveau gold mirror.

Black pronunciations like the big indoor frames gives a posh touch to keep the majestic apartment as modern as rich.

Bedroom Suit


Interview with Ekaterina Lashmanova

In the new project of Ekaterina Lashmanova we can see all current trends of interior design. The interiors of Ekaterina Lashmanova are thought through to the smallest details, whether they are door handles or sofa cushions. In all the rooms, from a large living room to a small dressing room, exist a special harmony: only the mood can change from room to room, but the overall atmosphere is always the same.

The new design of the designer - apartments for a young family - is made on the same principles. "Customers are different," says Ekaterina. - But the owner of this apartment is ideal! I remember how i come for meeting to discuss the future concept of the interior.

We were talking about design, about trends, and in one moment she asked me what I like. I opened my laptop and started showing my moodboards and what inspires me. "That's exactly what I want," immediately said the owner. - Let's do it! "If with the decorative design of the interior everything just turned out, then over the redevelopment had to break head.

"Being an architect by education, I pay a lot of attention to space planning. In an ill-conceived layout it's uncomfortable to live, and in this case the decor will not save it" - Ekaterina admits. - This apartment had its indisputable advantages: high ceilings and a large number of windows from floor to ceiling.

However, the apartment plan was a quarter of a circle. To create rooms of the right forms, they had to be levelled by walls, cabinets, radius cornices and curtains. "In addition to the living room, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, two dressing rooms and a dining room, combined with a kitchen, the apartments were allocated a place for a small study.

"During the photo shooting of the interior, I went into this small room to rest, sat on the couch and suddenly felt for myself how comfortable it was," reminds the designer. - On the one hand, everything here is very chambery: a sofa, shelves and a coffee table.

But at the same time you are sitting opposite a huge window from floor to ceiling on the tenth floor, and you have a beautiful view of Moscow. An indescribable feeling of relaxation. As in most projects of Ekaterina Lashmanova, many objects and all carpentry work in this interior are made to order in private workshops.

"We have our own high-class cabinetmakers and textile specialists, with whom we have been cooperating for many years and whose quality of work we trust very much " says Ekaterina. But most of the furniture and lights came here from the US and Portugal.

"I'm impressed by the Portuguese designers," Ekaterina admits. - Everything they do is very fashionable and relevant. What this interior needs! "

BOCA DO LOBO furniture is an exclusive emotional experience, a sense of belonging and a state of mind. We strive to encourage sensational experiences by creating beautiful pieces which are passionately inspired and handcrafted in Portugal by a staff that loves what they do; experiences which pass on the feeling of exclusivity. BOCA DO LOBO's designers possess an undeniable talent for composing pieces which stir emotion in their admirers. BOCA DO LOBO's artisan’s wisdom, accumulated from years of experience, is instilled with love and dedication in the art that they perform. No detail or element is overlooked as we offer the best at the frontier between design and art. Each piece will bring you on a journey to sources of pleasure you may have forgotten, and take you to places you have never been before; a journey to BOCA DO LOBO world – a world of emotions.


All images courtesy of BOCA DO LOBO