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Houndstooth Definition and Design

Like the herringbone, the Houndstooth is a traditionally woven, two-toned textile pattern. Rather than just squares, however, houndstooth is made up of a specific repeating geometric block. The houndstooth pattern is characterized by an almost checked appearance.The term ‘houndstooth’ itself is derived from the protruding jagged teeth that define that particular block. A houndstooth motif is called by the French a pied de poule (chicken’s foot); an extra-large houndstooth is a pied de coq (cock’s foot).  The English used to maintain the birdlike metaphor for houndstooth with the name crow’s...

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Design Tip: Creating Custom Color Palettes

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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Original Artwork Raffle

As Kristen's work with Building on Hope gears up for its May construction, she is raising money for the Nashua PAL Youth Safe Haven. She has already donated hours of her time, but cash donations will go far to turn her ideas into reality during construction. What does she love so much about this project?Nashua PAL's small staff and army of volunteers serve over 2,000 kids in Southern New Hampshire in engaging programming, like afterschool/summer care, football, cheerleading, boxing cross...

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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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Ogee Definition and Design

A curve is a line or outline that gradually deviates from being straight for some or all of its length.  This sounds like a meandering path, being gradual in its transition. The Ogee has double continuous S-shaped voluptuous curves. As a pattern, it has an onion shape. The flow and pattern evoke a modern feel while harkening back to ancient textile history.Lace Ogee Pattern P374This Ogee pattern has been seen illustrated all around the world and over the course of many...

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Building on Hope

New Hampshire non-profit Building on Hope will spend two weeks in May renovating the Nashua PAL Youth Safe Haven. Made up of New Hampshire volunteers from all walks of life, this inspiring nonprofit was established to help other nonprofits doing good work in their community. This past year, in addition to launching and operating Design Pool, Kristen Dettoni has been donating her time and expertise to this great cause by serving as their interior designer for the new lobby...

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Talking Trends with Wendy Noory of Panolam

In the latest in our series Talking Trends, Kristen chatted with Wendy Noory, Director of Design for Panolam Surface Systems. Panolam has been in business for over 70 years and offers one of the largest selections of surface options and designs for interior designers and architects. Wendy has a keen eye for design and upcoming trends in the marketplace. In addition, her perspective is unique. While she is always up on the next big trend, she is also realistic about...

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Design Pool to exhibit at Licensing Expo 2020

Here at Design Pool we have big things in store for 2020!This spring Design Pool will be exhibiting at Licensing Expo 2020 in Las Vegas. The world's largest licensing trade show, Licensing Expo is taking place at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on May 19 – 21, 2020. This show is free to attend, and describes itself as "the meeting place for the global licensing industry." A great place to network, research trends and find the perfect design for...

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Design Pool is Growing!

We are excited to announce that the team at Design Pool is growing! This year we are welcoming Kristin Crane to our team as Director of Marketing & Communications. Kristin has been writing for the Design Pool blog during 2019 and we are happy she has joined us full-time in January. Kristin's career began as a designer of woven textiles for the residential furniture and jobber markets, working at New England mills such as Quaker Fabrics. When the textile...

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Kristen Dettoni Design Process
Kristen Dettoni Design Process
Kristen Dettoni Design Process

The Design Process of Kristen Dettoni

At Design Pool, we like to say that our creative process is client-driven. We do this work because we love to see our designs find their way into a client's product and out into the marketplace. Founder Kristen Dettoni does the majority of the design work for Design Pool and is passionate about creating a beautiful and useful design library. For Kristen, her design process usually starts with a robust market and trend research. She knows that the more information...

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