Huge crowds at the recent Design and Construction Week in Orlando, Florida Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography

Huge crowds at the recent Design and Construction Week in Orlando, Florida Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography

This year is off to an exciting, fast-paced start! This Lifestylist® has spent the month traveling coast to coast in search of design and construction trends that we’ll see a lot of in 2017. After attending the International Builders Show, Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, Design and Construction Week, The Dallas Home and Gift Market, and the winter Las Vegas Market we’ve got a lot to talk about! Here are our favorites that we can expect to be see in a home near you. (more…)

IBS Orlando 2017

By Phil Crone
Executive Officer, Dallas Builders Association

Heading into this year’s International Builders’ Show, I felt that the show had two things working against it: making the move from Las Vegas to Orlando, and holding the show earlier in January than usual.

Most of the people I spoke with shared my opinion that Vegas is a bit more fun than Orlando. The vibe definitely changes when the show moves to Orlando. Hotels in close proximity are hard to come by, and Pointe Orlando (essentially a mini version of the Shops at Legacy) is a less than adequate substitute for the Vegas strip. Moving the show up in the calendar a couple of weeks meant that it was right on our doorstep as soon as everyone emerged from the holiday hiatus. I think that also contributed to NAHB’s concerns about pre-registrations being down about 10 percent. When the show opened Tuesday morning, none of that mattered.


This orange range and hood by Caliber make a statement! (Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography)

This orange range and hood by Caliber make a statement! (Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography)

When we spoke with Jane Turner of Classic Urban Homes the other day about what she saw at the recent International Builders Show and the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, she mentioned how their buyers are often looking for “a bit of retro with the clean lines of contemporary.”

We found some great new colorful trends for the kitchen that we have added to our Lifestylist® List. Which ones would you like to see in your home?


The Troupe bathroom 3D Printed faucet by DXV. Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography

So far, 2016 is promising to be a record-setting year for builders and buyers. So many great new innovations make it an exciting time to build and buy a new home. As a Lifestylist I’m always on the road looking for new trends, and we found some great ones at The International Builders Show and the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show. The one I’m most excited about though was 3D printing and how this can be used to build and design products for the home. (more…)

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By Lifestylist® Suzanne Felber

When I go to events such as the International Builders Show, I never know what I’ll see or who I’ll meet, and this week was no exception.

The combined 2014 International Builders Show and the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show had over 1,700 exhibitors, 650,000 square feet of floor space, and more than 75,000 attendees. And I had two days to see it all!

I try to always go with a plan in mind, then just wander through the show to see what promising products I can find hidden in a corner. As luck would have it, I think my favorite find of the show was one of the last booths I visited.

I was on the lookout for Authentic Reclaimed Pine Floors for some of my clients who are building new homes. They wanted the look of a home that had been there for decades even though it is new construction, and recycling floors from old buildings has lots of potential. The company specializes in antique and reclaimed heart pine flooring that has been salvaged from American Tobacco, John Deere, and the Old Crow Distillery. When I found their booth, not only did I see these beautiful floors, but another one that really caught my interest — The Reserve Barrel Collection that is being produced as part of the new Mondavi Home Collection.

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This very nice man greeted me at the booth and his enthusiasm for the flooring was contagious — by the time I learned all about the floor from him I was as excited as he was about it and couldn’t wait to share. He introduced me to his beautiful wife who also has a skin care line that is available at Neiman Marcus and is made with grape seeds — 29 Cosmetics.

I try to always get the correct names and spelling when I’m sharing things, so I asked to take a picture of Rob’s show badge and when I looked at it I realized I’d been chatting with Robert Mondavi Jr. of the Mondavi Wine family. Talk about understanding lifestyle – this fourth-generation winemaker has an incredible history (and great stories!) of growing up in Napa, working for his family, and branching out on his own to create companies that do mountain bike tours of the Napa vineyards, import great cigars, and of course are responsible for crafting spectacular wines. The couple has a lot of exciting products in the works, and they gave me an exclusive glimpse of what to expect from Mondavi Home in the future.

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One of the things that drove Rob and and his wife, Lydia, to start Mondavi Home and to create this beautiful flooring was their commitment to a sustainable lifestyle. Rob personally selects each decommissioned wine cask that is used in the flooring, and as a result each piece is truly a part of winemaking history.

Rob and Lydia are busy not only with designing new products for the lines, they also have a 3 year old to keep up with and they are starting construction on a show home in South Carolina where they will be using the Reserve Barrel floors and other products in their collection.

We can’t wait to see the finished product!

Suzanne FelberSuzanne Felber is a design and branding expert who runs the website An Oak Cliff resident and lover of all things design, keep up with Suzanne by following her on twitter.

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By Lifestylist® Suzanne Felber

Three buildings with 2,224 showrooms full of furniture, accessories and gift items tucked into over 5 million square feet — that’s what greeted me when I arrived at the winter Las Vegas Market Center show last week.

I’ve been going to shows such as these for more than 20 years, but this market has become my favorite. It’s truly become a one-stop shop and it’s great to be able to see everything in one place. There were so many great products and things to share it’s hard to know where to start! But here are five of my favorite looks and trends.

Big is Beautiful



You can tell that people are more confident about the economy because they are investing again in larger statement pieces for their homes. Unique personality pieces are stealing the show, and showrooms such as Andrew Martin and GO Home are putting together collections of old and new that will make any home memorable. We fell in love with these hand-carved octopuses. Not sure where we would put them, but I’m sure I could find a place. Old circus canvases and carnival games were also a big hit.
Radiant Orchid — The Pantone Color of The Year

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Pantone chooses a color every year that they think will have the most influence, and the 2014 choice was “Radiant Orchid.” It’s a actually a great accent for a lot of the main colors we saw — “Indigo Blue” seemed to be one of the leaders in bedding and fabrics. Loloi Rugs had some great interpretations of this color palette, and there was lots of it seen in florals and accessories.

Organic is in

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Furniture, lighting and accessories made out of organic or recycled products are still very important. Low Country Originals does a magnificent job of turning oyster shells into works of art. I’m lusting after some of their chandeliers and their vine balls. Their porch swings are perfect for the Dallas lifestyle, and come in different finishes and woods. The Phillips Collection also creates works of art from logs, petrified wood, driftwood, and tree stumps that become furniture or wall art. Each piece is truly a one-of-a-kind creation.
Light Up

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Lighting has moved from the home improvement store to the design showroom, even at very affordable prices. There were so many great choices this year I want to completely start over in my own home. Arteriors, which is based here in Dallas and is available through the In-Detail showroom, had something for everyone. Their Zanadoo chandeliers were just fun, and would make quite the statement in an older home or a new home. I also just loved their Stedman chandelier, which is made with bottles. It would be perfect in a wine room. We also loved the industrial lighting that GO Home offers. Each piece is so unique, and could become the shining star in almost any room.

Signature Style

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Celebrities and designers continue to work with manufacturers on lines that are available at all price points. Donny and Debbie Osmond were at market to introduce their new line: Donny Osmond Home. They are really putting a lot of time and energy in the products they are developing — all at very affordable prices. This is brand new, and I’m excited about the possibilities. Thom Filicia (Queer Eye For The Straight Guy) was also at market introducing his lighting line for Safavieh that is a fresh approach to “The New American Aesthetic.” His attention to detail is unsurpassed, and is perfect for Dallas.

There’s lots more to talk about and share, but the International Builders Show and the Kitchen and Bath Showstarts tomorrow in Las Vegas, so I’m off to share what I discover there as well. It seems like February is going to be a busy, beautiful month!

Suzanne FelberSuzanne Felber is a design and branding expert who runs the website An Oak Cliff resident and lover of all things design, keep up with Suzanne by following her on twitter.