Author - Kristin Crane

Create Your Own Color Reference Library

How do you make sure you get the right color from print run to print run? For us, it's communicating with our printer and giving them a very clear reference from our color reference library. Whether printing on-demand or with traditional methods, the more clear you can be from the start, the better the outcome will be. Everyone's eyes perceive color a bit differently. Words can fall flat when describing color. To avoid any ambiguity about what you mean...

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Talking Trends with Mark Denecour of P/Kaufmann Contract

Next in our series Talking Trends, Kristen sat down with Mark Denecour, Director of Design, Wovens, at P/Kaufmann Contract. Mark has worked in the industry for over 30 years, most of those years in contract. He and Kristen spent some of those years working together back in their mill days. It was a treat to have Mark join us to talk trends.We spoke to Mark while we were all still following our state’s stay-at-home orders. It was a strange...

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A Closer Look at Natural Fibers & Materials

Picking the right material to use for digital printing is an important one. If you're working with print-on-demand companies or thinking about customizing materials for your next project, you know there are a lot of options out there. That's the fun of customizing! Still, it's a lot to take in if you're new to materials and not comfortable with the lingo yet. What type of material do you want to print on? Can you print on natural fibers? If...

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Community Masks Project

Community Masks Project Sews with a Mission

When recommendations were released advising everyone to wear a cloth face mask, we, like so many others, pulled out our sewing machines, reached into our stash, and started sewing. We sewed masks for our families, neighbors, and friends. With the news feeling overwhelming, it felt good to use our skills (not to mention all the fabric we've hoarded for years) to do something that felt useful. Something that protected people in this time of national crisis. It also became...

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Paula Becker

Paula Stebbins Becker on Creating Intuitively

Paula Stebbins Becker has worked in the textile industry for decades. In fact, she has designed for us at Design Pool. We know her to be a talented designer with a keen eye and rich experience. Yet, when we asked Paula to talk with us for our Talking Trends series, she was reluctant, uncertain if she was in tune with trends. She is currently creating a collection of handmade pieces of artwork that she sells to companies in the...

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Effectively using color in healthcare environments

Effectively Using Color in Healthcare Environments

As we move through different spaces and environments throughout our day, our experiences are impacted by color choices made by the designers and architects who created that space. How we experience and perceive color can impact everything from our moods to our buying habits and even our healthcare outcomes. As healthcare facilities rethink the way their spaces feel and function, architects and interior designers are consciously making decisions to have a positive outcome on a patient's experience. Whether on...

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New Trends in Work from Home Decor

Team Design Pool was already working remotely from our homes in East Hampstead, New Hampshire, and Providence, Rhode Island when stay-at-home directives were issued. BUT....our husbands hadn't been. It was fun to watch them create workable spots in our homes. And then, over the weeks, to see how they've adapted to remote working. How did it go? So far, so good. (Both couples still intact!) It was interesting to see how quickly they set up a new workspace. And...

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Airstream Reproduction; Recreating a 1950’s Fabric

Occasionally at Design Pool I receive a request to replicate an antique textile and I rarely say no. In fact, I love these projects so much I usually find it hard to control my excitement. Recreating an antique textile is more than just knocking something off, it is an intense design challenge that involves research into traditional techniques and manufacturing processes. The latest request I received was for an Airstream reproduction.Airstream was in the process of recreating a 1950’s...

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Honeycomb Design + Build • Resa Gray

“I always like to start with the story,” said Resa Gray, partner at Honeycomb Design + Build, a collaborative group of design and construction professionals operating out of Winchester, Massachusetts. And Resa was handed one of her favorite stories to date in 2012 when hired to design Cakeology, a brick and mortar shop for Cupcake Wars winner Victoria Donnelly.Located in Downtown Crossing in the heart of Boston, Victoria had found a space that was just under 700 square feet....

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Home Spring Refresh While We #StayHome

Usually, spring is when we all start crawling out of hibernation, at least here in New England. Spring fever 2020 edition though – well, it has more of a #StayHome vibe to it. In fact, spring cleaning took on a whole new meaning for me this year. With more time and no places to go, I went deep. I cleaned and organized all my closets and cabinets. Now I’m at the stage where I’m itching for a change and...

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