Monday, April 30, 2012

Organized Chaos

It's a fast-paced world out there.
Technology is booming. 
Your new smart phone is probably already being replaced by a better, even faster model. 
More apps.
More ways to share.
More info, quicker. . . all at your finger tips.
And then there's the financial crisis. 
We try to keep up with the advances in technology and the various platforms and we work to thrive and succeed through a financial crisis.
This fast-paced, ever-changing and, at times, stressful world also makes for a busy home.
The environment of the outside world directly impacts the environment we strive to create in our homes.
In times of chaos, it is typical that we begin to feel a pull towards things that will make us feel comfortable, more organized, less cluttered. 
We gravitate towards nature and bring more of the calming aspects in nature into our interior spaces, as well as the comforts of family, friends and food.
Additionally and somewhat contradictory, we are drawn to bright pops of colors.
In Pantone's first issue of Tones, an edition exploring color trends in design and consumer reactions, Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute explains how these bright and invigorating hues boost confidence in consumers, while natural tones provide versatility that is more practical.

This increase in offerings in the storage category, goes hand in hand with consumer reactions to the economic and technological climate of recent years.
Consumers are purchasing these various forms of storage as a way to bring more organization to the home while adding natural elements or bright pops colors, depending on their space and preference.
In product design at CMI, we have been busy creating storage in various sizes, shapes and constructions in natural materials, as well as bright, fun colorful options in materials that can be meant for both indoor and outdoor applications.

left to right clockwise: indoor/outdoor dipped storage, solid storage (image via Joss & Main), Parkview baskets bring indoor comfort and storage to a three-season porch, Natural Style storage for entry way and the bedroom (images via One Kings Lane),  rectangle storage for linen closet (image via One Kings Lane), bright indoor/outdoor storage in a houndstooth tweed, Natural Wool Houndstooth basket in 100% natural wool.
Check us out in some of these upcoming sales:
May 2 - One Kings Lane indoor&outdoor storage
May 4 - One Kings Lane kids' corner storage
May 20 - Rue La La outdoor storage

Get organized . . . be happy.

Monday, April 9, 2012

March. . . color and clean-up take us into spring

left to right : over 40 custom rugs coming through for a hotel project, fresh new colors in the works for 2013 fabrics, 2012 color swatch featuring new wool blends, chenille and polypropylene, bulls-eye basket in bright orange, work day with mommy, mini baskets in bright-colored tweeds, CMI branded event on Rue La La, office organization, kids rug prototypes for a customer, porch make-over with naturalized polypropylene rug and baskets, new cablelock tweed design, more prototypes.

We're ready for spring with all this color and clean-up.
Lot's to do in April . . . looking forward to another great month!