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A few of our favorite things

Amanda Veller Chicago

Visit your local C.A.I. Designs Showroom, or meet Amanda in person in our Chicago Showroom to answer any questions you have.

Hubbardton Forge Spotlight

Blog-designer-fykes.jpg                                                                                        Congrats to Robbie Distributors and Designs in Highland Ranch, CO, for the latest featured Designer Spotlight at Hubbardton Forge. Cyndi Fyke, owner and designer featured Hubbardton throughout this home project, including the 7 arm chandelier.

After attending a workshop in our CAI Designs Showrooms, Cyndi was reminded about the quality and design, inspiring this project.

Read the complete designer spotlight here.

The New Year is looking BRIGHT

Celesse Pendant

Look on the bright side in 2017 – Hubbardton Forge introduces the Celesse Pendant. With adjustable rings hung from two steel cables, the Celesse constellation can be personalized with soft gold or vintage platinum for the rings, and standard steel finish or the new gloss white for the core. What a beauty!

Celesse Pendant

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The Interior Design’s Best of Year is the design industry’s premiere design awards, honoring the most significant work of the year as well as recognizing designers, architects and manufacturers from around the globe. Now celebrating its 11th year, Interior Design’s Best of Year (affectionately known as BoY) has become the ultimate measure of excellence, showcasing what’s happening today in every category of design while simultaneously setting the design bar even higher for the future.

A Sneak Peek into Currey & Company

Currey & Company’s “vision” is to create and fulfill the desire for distinctive home furnishings. They are best known for their lighting products but they also design and sell interior furniture.

Currey & Company take great pride in their products and it is reflected in the beauty of the rooms that are designed with their products, as well as the care they take into producing great products and showcasing them.

Let’s take a look at a recent blog post by Currey, “Design Heightens Romance”. Such a beautiful example of how the products within a room can set the mood; from the lighting, to wall color, to an end table. An example of this is portrayed in the hit movie, “The Holiday”. Two rooms designed for two different characters experiencing different worlds. A few of the beautifully crafted pieces designed by Currey were represented within these rooms. Make sure to take a moment to read this POST.

Did you know that Currey has short videos that show details and workmanship of their products? It’s not easy to see the interior of a product in a still photo. Take a closer look at some of the videos available. Just another example of the extensive detail that goes into the design of their products.

 

And finally hear from the president of Currey & Company himself with this behind the scenes podcast provided by Million Dollar Decorating.

 

Beautiful products, created by a beautiful company… Currey & Company!

Holiday Inspirations with Candice Olson

Thank you to all who attended the annual “Holiday Inspirations” at the Arlington Design Center featuring renowned designer and TV personality, Candice Olson.

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L to R: Kay Para, Ilene Chase, Candice Olson and Randy Heller

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The crowd awaits for Candice to arrive

Over 200 guests enjoyed a special presentation in the C.A.I. Designs warehouse, where guests entered through a specially designed vignette featuring some of Candice Olsons fabrics and wallcoverings. The evening continued with an open bar and passed hors d’oeuvres and carving station from Elegante Catering.

The concept of Holiday inspirations was not only created to thank our clients for a great year, but also to inspire guests with creative ideas that you use for entertaining during the holidays in your own home. Below is the vignette in the C.A.I. Designs Showrooms, created by the showroom staff.

A Red Carpet step and repeat banner stood in the center for guests to share the special event.

We thank our clients for a great year and look forward to a prosperous and Happy New Year! Cheers!

Who is Fremarc Designs?

Fremarc Designs is one of the leading manufacturers of finely crafted, handmade wood furniture. They are a family owned business with over 43 years of expertise in their craft.

Fremarc has made quite a name for themselves as it relates to custom pieces. They are known for their beautiful beds, tables and seating. When I asked showroom sales representative, Anthony DeFazio, in his opinion how he would describe Fremarc, he said their pieces offer an updated traditional and transitional look. What does that mean? It means you can take any Fremarc piece, add it to an existing style and it will be a beautiful addition.

Fremarc offers several custom options and a variety of finishes which makes their line easy to pair with a multitude of other vendor products. They are also easy to work with when customizing and ordering due to the fact that they are small family owned company.

Here are just a few pieces we carry in our showrooms.

And the Winner is….

Throughout the month of October, you voted for your favorite MADE IN AMERICA product. See below for the winners of Decision 2016!marta-img_2053

Made In America Winner:
LEATHERCRAFT EMILE CHAIR

Submitted by:
MARTA DOBRZYCKI
Arlington Heights Showroom

Click here for more information on the Emile Chair, or contact your local showroom.

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Made In America Runner Up:

HUBBARDTON FORGE THETA LIGHT

Submitted by:
WENDY CONVERY
Denver Showroom

Click here for more information on the Theta Fixture, or contact your local showroom.

Thank you to all the participants of Decision 2016. Click here to view photos of all the nominees.

Old Biscayne Lunch & Learn

Thank you to all who attended Our Old Biscayne Luncheon – 

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Gretchen Gabrielli, President of Old Biscayne Design did a beautiful job in explaining details. All pieces on their website are pieces that we can build from or order “as is” in a finish selected.

The finishes are stunning …layers of washes and painting techniques.

This manufacturer has its own foundry and fabricates beautiful Iron Beds and Iron bases for dining tables as well as different applications of finishes on all of the iron pieces.

Learn More about Old Biscayne Design

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The Staff of C.A.I. Designs with Old Biscayne Design

 

 

ASID Design Excellence Awards Recap

AZ Staff and Award Winners

C.A.I. Designs would like to congratulation the winners of the 2016 ASID Design Excellence Awards.

Designers gathered in the ballroom at The Phoenician Resort and Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona. Cocktail service commenced with the lovely 5 piece jazz band “Jazzola”.

The ballroom was decorated in textural black fabrics complimented with pops of pink flowers adorning the tables. Chandeliers were suspended on arc -style floor lamps wrapped in black fabric so the base disappeared into the background.

The owner of Alyshaan Fine Rugs opened the show with a video presentation on the importance of free-trade in our industry. Husband and wife team, owners of Think Art Galleries, hosted the awards ceremony. We all enjoyed the experience of viewing the award winning projects. Stand out designs included a floor to ceiling slab marble fireplace, a back-to-back sofa table/banquette room divider for a small living space, and a custom, eco-friendly, futuristic dog house.

Thank you to the designers who joined us at our table. It was a lovely and memorable evening we all shared.