Author - Kristen Dettoni

Building on Hope Construction Update

I've written before about how much I love working on the the Building on Hope Nashua PAL Youth Safe Haven project. The renovation and big reveal was supposed to happen over a two week period back in May. And, well, you know the story. As with most things in 2020, the original timeline went out the window. The Building on Hope construction is now taking place over a longer period of time to accommodate social distancing. If all goes...

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Traveling with my Mom in Italy; Food, Art & Family History

Growing up one of three girls, time alone with my mom was not something that came in big doses; but was always savored. Our interests didn't always align perfectly, but browsing through dusty antique stores or wandering through museums were always activities we could count on doing together. So when we first started thinking about traveling somewhere together, Italy felt like the natural choice. Traveling with my mom in Italy would have history and culture, as well as family...

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Coordinate Patterns Perfectly with these 5 Tips

If it wasn't obvious by now, I'm a pattern lover! I love designing patterns and surrounding myself with them in my home. (Not to mention wearing them!) As a result, I often get questions from friends and clients about how best to coordinate patterns in a room or project. I'm not an interior designer, however, during my career as a textile designer, I put many collections of fabrics together for presentations. This was usually the final step of the...

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The Power of a Pillow can Change a Room

When friends ask me what they can do to give their space a refresh, one of my favorite design tips is to believe in the power of a pillow. Even one new pillow in a bedroom, living room, or study can suddenly make a space feel fresh and bright. Pillows don’t need to break the bank either or take up too much storage space. Pillows with removable covers are my favorite, and you can find very affordable pillow forms...

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Design Tip: Refresh on a Budget

One of my favorite ways to freshen up a room while trying to stick to a budget is with a statement-making accent wall. You get so much bang for your buck! With a little creativity, you can create an accent wall that you can refresh seasonally or whenever you need to breathe a breath of fresh air into a room.Not sure where to begin? Here are my favorite tips to help you create an inspiring accent wall:Paint a...

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Design Tip: Creating a Custom Color Palette

I've spent my whole career immersed in the world of home furnishings, commercial interiors, and fabric design. As a result, I am often being asked for advice when people are making design decisions in their interior spaces. (Trust me, you don't want to invite me over to look at paint chips unless you really want my opinion!) Most of the time, people know what they want, but need validation. Other times, they aren't quite sure how to take their...

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Color Trends from the 2020 Spring Runway Shows

At Design Pool, we love tracking trends, and color is one of our favorite trends to track. Color is such an integral part of our day to day business and color trends are constantly providing direction and inspiration to our designers as they color designs for the market’s end-use.Over the years, we have learned that most color trends begin their life cycle on the runways of major fashion houses and by the color experts at companies such as Pantone....

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A Creative Vacation to England, Ireland, and Scotland

About three years ago, I learned of a company called ACE Camps through a colleague. I describe it as an adult creative summer camp. It has always been a bit of struggle for me to find friends with similar vacation interests, but when I heard about ACE Camps, I decided to step outside of my comfort zone and take a vacation on my own. It turns out that stepping out of my comfort zone was the best idea ever. After...

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Neocon 2019 Trends and Analysis

Neocon 2019 Trends and Analysis

Overview It was another great Neocon! This was my 20th, so I probably need to stop counting. No matter how many times I’ve been, I’m always inspired and I truly believe the show is still the best way to see all the latest products in one location while packing in as many customer meetings as possible. The attendance was abundant, which you can always judge by the length of the elevator lines. Most of the OEM, Original Equipment Manufacturers, showrooms...

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InPrint Show and Print on Demand Opportunities

If you are interested in getting involved in the print on demand business and are in need of printing equipment and inks, InPrint is the place to go! This unique show is highly focused and very well organized. Admission includes access to all the presentations and the chance to network with a wide range of people from different industries. I attended InPrint for the first time as a keynote speaker, presenting on “print on demand” capabilities and customization for commercial...

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