Thursday, February 11, 2016

Vivid Hue Tours NY Now 2016

Last week I attended the NY Now 2016 Show to scope out spring and summer products for Vivid Hue.  It's the ultimate market for home decor, lifestyle and gifts in the Northeast.  My sister, Brett, flew up from Atlanta to help me scout and shop and have some fun in the process.

We shopped from Saturday to Tuesday scouring all of the products that vendors have to offer, many days starting at 930am and closing the market down at 6pm.  There are homemade greeting cards, crafty handmade items created by designers, high end furniture, latest trends in home decor, unique gifts, candles and more.  It can be overwhelming with so much eye candy in one location.  

If you follow Vivid Hue on Instagram, then you've already seen some of the goodies.  If not, sit back and take a peek at our venture at the market!

Cotton & Quill and Dunes and Duchess shared a fabulous booth!  VHH Clients have seen the Cotton & Quill line at Vivid Hue Home.  They are custom designed textiles created by Mary Catherine Folmar from Alabama.  Her designs are unique and exquisite.   I am loving the tassels!  Her styles are available in custom pillows, fabric and now wallpaper (stay tuned).

This spring, I'm completely into pagoda's and bamboo!  Of course, there were plenty of fabulous lanterns and pagodas at the market! 

And I loved seeing all of the cheetah patterns presented in wonderfully feminine ways!

I spent quite a few hours at one paper product booth creating a design vignette of paper products!  
  I've always carried a great assortment of cocktail napkins at Vivid Hue and, this spring,  I'm going to feature a few additional selections for dinner and dessert plates and napkins.  Of course, true to Vivid Hue fashion, I will have plenty of textiles and prints for you to mix and match between, depending upon how daring you're willing to be.  

Here's a photo download of some of the other fabulous things we spotted while shopping!

Sensory overload!

These are socks! 

Phew!  Hope that wasn't too much of a photo dump!  And can you believe that these are only a portion of the products we saw!   Needless to say, I'm excited to get some of these items into the shop for the spring.  You can keep tabs here.  

Thanks for checking it out.  Do you have a favorite that you spotted above? 


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

DIY Crafty Lighting: VHH on Better CT

You may recall that I worked with Melissa Cole from the Better Connecticut TV show in the fall to produce a few holiday related segments:

Thanksgiving Decor Tips  | November 13, 2015

Holiday Centerpiece DIY  | December 14, 2015

I was thrilled when Melissa contacted me recently to film additional segments for the show.  They already had many Valentine's related gift ideas (you can see my Vivid Hue Home ideas here) and wanted something with a DIY flair.   Since many of the schools in our area have February vacation (next week), I thought it may be helpful to provide a craft that is easy and fun for parents and kids.

Today, the segment "Crafty Lighting" aired.

I demonstrated how to create a yarn lamp shade with some easy supplies.

1. Yarn
2. Shade
3. Lamp Base or Pendant Swag

Here are some behind the scenes photos from the shoot:

Melissa Cole, a reporter from Better Connecticut filming the segment with me.

The first shade I made is on the left the Neapolitan multi-colored one.  You can see that there is a Moroccan tile pattern underneath, but I almost think this adds to the charm.

I love the gray and neon yellow shade.  The yarn was already multi-colored so the pattern automatically developed that way by simply wrapping the yarn around.

I used two different weights of teal fabric to create this look.  It's simple but there's a subtle pattern that adds some texture and dimension.  This is mindless and relaxing to create but I did count the rows per each yarn type to create some symmetry.  

This would look adorable in a little boy's room on the nightstand.

Our pre-spring decor in the shop incorporates fun pops of neon.  I fell in love with these candle sticks at a vendor show.  They're almost so over the top in their color that they are magnificent!  

These love letters were created by just wrapping yarn around and around.  It can get a bit tricky around the edges but just keep layering the yarn and it all works out.  

Thank you to Melissa and the Channel 3 Better Connecticut team that continue to ask me back!  Next week, stay tuned as I give advice on how to zhush up your living room to fight the dol drums of the winter blahs!

Keep in mind, we have some terrific gift ideas for all occasions, particularly Valentine's Day. 


Vivid Hue Home + Gifts
775 Farmington Ave | Farmington CT  06032
860-677-0301 |
Hours: Mon Closed, Tues + Wed 10-5pm, Thurs 10-6pm, Fri 10-5pm Sat + Sun 10-4pm