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Design Pool on Pinterest, Your Easy Resource

Do you follow Design Pool on Pinterest? If not, we hope you will. We use our Pinterest page to make it easy for designers to use Design Pool as a resource in all your interior design projects. We recently gave our Pinterest page an update to make it even easier to use. So, what can you expect to find on our boards? Color Resources If you follow us on Instagram, you already know that every Friday we share a...

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Sprinkler Factory Presents “In Tandem” Through July 10

Don't miss your chance to see (or buy) pieces of art created by Design Pool team members at the Sprinkler Factory. "In Tandem: An exhibition of Counterparts" is currently on display at the Sprinkler Factory in Worcester, Massachusetts, until July 10. The exhibition features the work of 110 regional artists. According to the curators, each artist exhibits "two works of art that are bonded together by material, theme or technique."   Our founder, Kristen Dettoni's two pieces are each based...

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What is an Ombré & How Do You Make One?

An ombré is a stripe or pattern with gradual shading and blending from one color to another. In fact, the word ombré itself comes from the French word meaning shaded. A designer or artist can create an ombré using most textile techniques, including knitting, weaving, printing, and dyeing. Ombrés first appeared in pattern designs in prints in the early 1800s on wallpaper made by the wallpaper firm Zuber. These designs often used the ombré in a solid area of a...

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Lindenmeyr Munroe Webinar with Design Pool

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIUZsoTb_k8 Earlier this month, Kristen joined Lindenmeyr Munroe for a webinar to discuss how to use Design Pool as a pattern resource for the interior design market. If you weren't able to make it, you can view the entire presentation on YouTube. If you have any questions about using the Design Pool library, let us know!

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Design Pool Exhibits at NeoCon 2021 in Chicago

We are thrilled to share some exciting news. Design Pool will be exhibiting at NeoCon 2021. According to NeoCon, this event is "the world’s leading platform and most important event for the commercial interiors industry." Neocon launched in 1969 and "has served as the annual gathering place for the commercial design world’s manufacturers, dealers, architects, designers, end-users, design organizations and media. The three-day in-person event showcases game-changing products and services from both leading companies and emerging talent—providing unparalleled access...

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Ryan Stanley from PVH Corp. Talks Color Software

This past year Kristen and Ryan Stanley, Senior Director of Color at PVH Corp, have participated in a series of panel discussions hosted by Shoshana Burgett of ColorKarma. These discussions centered around color, with Kristen speaking from a design perspective and Ryan from a science perspective. As a designer, Kristen works with color daily and was fascinated to learn more from Ryan about how he works with color. In particular, how does a company the size of PVH Corp...

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Summer Trends: Coming Out of Hibernation

This month, as we move from spring to summer, we're emerging from a stressful and isolated year. Looking at this moment from the perspective of summer trends, it's interesting to see what people are gravitating toward as life slowly begins to feel familiar again.Not surprisingly, one of the biggest trends we see is people looking seeking connection. People are craving experiences over stuff, prioritizing self-care, and focusing on wellness for their bodies, community, and planet. People don't want to return to the...

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What is a Greek Key?

The Greek Key is a common motif in textile design and many other places where decorative elements are necessary. Whether or not you know the name, you have most likely seen a Greek Key design. In fact, it may even be in your home. Often used as a border, it is also used frequently in stripes. It is so versatile; it even appears on its own in allover patterns. Though it is referred to as a Greek Key, this distinct...

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Kristen’s Top Five Favorite Color Tools

Communicating color can be a difficult task. How we perceive color varies from person to person. Yet, when you're designing a pattern to be printed, you need to find a way to remove those variables. A designer and printer need to communicate color so that what is printed is correct. Therefore, both parties need to be very clear about color. Thankfully, there are many methods and color tools on the market to take the guesswork out of communicating color....

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Tumbled into The Rabbit Hole Where Interior Designers and Textile Designers Intersect

Designers Today is a digital and print magazine that promotes itself as the link between interior designers and the home furnishings industry. As part of their goal in pushing the envelope to make the interior design profession stronger and more transparent, they are hosting a yearlong webinar series that interviews experts on their business practices. I urge everyone to check out their upcoming editions. I was lucky to come across their April 21st webinar entitled “Soft Focus: How to Create...

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