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Color of the Year!

January 7, 2010

Here it is the moment we have all been waiting for….the color of the year for 2010 has been determined!  The winner is Turquoise.119705-pantone_lg

(according to – Kitchen & Bath Designs) 


This is also supported by fashion writer Samantha Critchell, see the article below from Yahoo’s headliner today.

NEW YORK – If color is any guide, we’ll be moving into vacation mode in 2010 with the world awash in tropical turquoise, forecasters say.

Turquoise was selected as the color of 2010 by Pantone, a company that supplies and tracks color for fashion and home decor, among other industries. Fashion insiders agreed the color is on the rise.

“Turquoise is universally appealing. It puts everyone in the same state of mind — on vacation,” says Jane Schoenborn, design director at Lilly Pulitzer. “Turquoise for us is a really big color. A lot of times it’s transporting, whether you’re actually going to a resort destination or not.”

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, says there was no runner-up to turquoise in her mind because people crave escapism and freshness after a tough year. The shade is on the cusp of blue and green, which makes it both inviting and serene — characteristics associated with blues — and invigorating and luminous, which comes from green, she says.

“Transporting” was a word many used for turquoise, a shade that takes designer Tommy Hilfiger to the beach, especially the Caribbean, St. Tropez, France, or Southern California, which served as the inspiration for his newest collection. In jewelry, he thinks of the American Southwest, or Central or South America.

“The women in my life wear it on vacation and it looks great with a suntan at the beach,” Hilfiger says.

Interior designer Charlotte Moss says she turns to turquoise to liven up a look that otherwise seems stilted or conservative — and it pairs nicely with a wide range of colors more typical to home decor: gray, navy, black and white. “We’re looking for things that are that are flexible and more universal, and that is turquoise,” she says.

Pantone’s color for 2009 was mimosa yellow, intended to carry a hopeful, optimistic message. Eiseman says the public is shifting gears as the economy shows some improvement: They are ready to fantasize a bit about the beach resort.


I have to say I agree.  After going to Bermuda recently after Christmas I am still having flashbacks of the turquoise water color.  Here are some pictures of the water…wow!   Why not design into your home or office colors that you love and that make you feel great.  Now you have the official reason to do just that.   Tropical… beautiful… turquoise.  Oh the beach.




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We Wish you a Merry Holiday!

December 14, 2009

The holidays are a time of joy and reflection, rest and reaching out.  This year at Big Sky we are not having a fancy party with our signature Big Sky Martinis (though feel free to come by the office and we will mix one for you!).  Instead we have enjoyed thinking about our BIG party last year and ornament contest.  

We offered our decorated Christmas tree to New Hanover Regional Medical Center again this year.  This year it is adorning the lobby of the Oncology floor.  It was a very special day for us to be able to assemble it again.  It was especially fun for me since my mom came up to help us with the installation, more elves!!


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Thanks to all of our friends who spent their time making ornaments last year, this year they are being enjoyed by others on the 10th floor of NHRMC!

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Cape Fear National Clubhouse

December 2, 2009

We are pleased to show off the completion of our most recent project, the Cape Fear National Clubhouse at Brunswick Forest.  The completion and final installation always feels bittersweet, especially when we have worked so long an hard on a project. Over two years in design and development, selecting finishes, furnishings, lighting, artwork and accessories, refining ideas, ordering, tweaking, dreaming and dwelling on decisions and details finally come to an end. It’s a great thing, but at the same time it is no longer your “baby” and feel a little bit of a sense of “now what?”  Well, “now” it is a beautiful, fully functioning clubhouse overlooking a spectacular golf course and we wish our clients the greatest success in their new space.  And “now” Big Sky gets to look back on a great project and be thankful for the opportunity to do what we love.

Enjoy the brief images from construction to completion and if you’re in the area please check out the newest addition to Brunswick Forest.

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Green wall – aesthetic & healthy!

November 19, 2009

Green walls are becoming increasingly popular in interior spaces.  Not only will you reap the benefits of cleaner air, you will enjoy a living, breathing piece of art.  Going “green” inside boosts oxygen levels and reduces the occurrence of headaches and dry skin.  Greenworks, a design team from Stockholm designed the mobile Plantwall concept featured below.  This particular model was designed with a self-automated watering and nutrition system, which reduces maintenance significantly.  Another great feature of this green wall is its mobility.  The Plantwall can be placed alone or grouped together to create walls and screens.  What a great alternative to potted plants!  It is so refreshing to find a product that is functional and beautiful.  Additionally, the Plantwall could have another dimension of functionality in regards to urban agriculture.  Why not plant herbs and local produce in the felted wall to create a fully edible indoor garden?  Urban agriculture is a growing trend that goes hand in hand with the sustainability movement.  The Plantwall provides an ingenious solution for those urban dwellers without a yard.



It is saddening to learn that the Plantwall is purely conceptual, however, I am confident that this great idea will be developed into a real product soon.  In the meantime, there are some local resources that are familiar with green roofs and walls.  Mott Landscaping, in particular, is one company that stands out.  Steve Mott has installed and educated others about this innovative design solution. 


However you choose to incorporate plants into your interior, make sure you do it!  The health benefits and aesthetic properties are sure make a significant impact on the end user of the space.

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Green Expo Materials

October 27, 2009

The Green Living Expo was a great success. We brought a wide range of materials to display from flooring to fabrics.  Here are some of newest green resources.  Fabrics from Sina Pearson and F.Schumacher, recycled glass tile from Crossville, coconut and sorghum panels from Kirei, PVC & low VOC flooring from Ceres, Cradle to Cradle certified carpet from Shaw and recycled rubber flooring from Ecosurfaces are just a few of the great products we brought, and there are lots more at our office. Please come by and check them out!Green Living Expo Materials

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Green Expo!

October 19, 2009

It is finally here, Wilmington’s Green Living Expo!  We are excited to be a part of it.  Look for the Big Sky/KB Stephens booth this Wednesday afternoon.  We will be highlighting our LEED projects and interesting ‘Green’ resources for residential and commercial projects!


We had a great day!  Here we are with Carter Dickinson w/ KB Stephens.  Carter reps a lot of great lighting lines including new LED technologies.  They were a HOT topic!  It was great to be a part of the CFGBA & Greater Wilmington Business Journal Expo and to showcase many of our fabric, wallcovering, tile and  flooring lines that have recycled content and that implement environmentally responsible manufacturing processes.  



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Take a Seat!

October 12, 2009

I recently had the rare opportunity to watch “CBS Sunday Morning.”  I was interested to see that they had a segment on ergonomic office chairs.  The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines ergonomics as “An applied science concerned with designing and arranging things people use so that the people and things interact most efficiently and safely.”  Furniture companies have spent a lot of time researching how people work and how they use their desk chairs. Not only do people come in all shapes and sizes but we do not sit still in our chairs. What many companies have come up with are chairs with greater flexibility that are simpler to operate.

Below are a few designs that were featured on the segment.  Not only do these provide ease of use, comfort and flexibility, but these chairs have been designed with environmental sustainability in mind. Minimal use of materials and recycled materials are just a part of the story.  42%-97% of the materials on these chairs are recyclable.

The chairs shown here are just a few of the many options available.  Included is the iconic Herman Miller Aeron chair, now 15 years old, but the others are the latest and greatest featured on “Sunday Morning.”  Stayed tuned for Big Sky’s favorite task chairs, tried and true, coming soon!


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Message in a Bottle

October 5, 2009

Did you know that….

-Wilmington’s wine history dates back to 1870 with Castle Hayne Vineyard Company?
-Sol. Bear Winery had the biggest wine cellar in the South in 1902 producing 200,000 gallons of wine annually by 1904?
– New Hanover County was one of the first places you could purchase alcohol after the end of Prohibition in the State.

WIne Invite

Big Sky is helping The Cape Fear Museum with a major fundraiser coming up November 7th. Perfectly paired appetizers will be served to highlight holiday favorites along with recipes to make your upcoming party planning a breeze.  

Sampled wines will be available for order the night of the tasting only- you have to be there to get these great deals!  There will also be exciting raffles for winery tours, gift baskets, and a 50/50 raffle.  Proceeds from the event will benefit the Cape Fear Museum so they can continue to educate the public about the importance of preserving our region’s history.

Tickets are available at the museum or by calling the museum at 798-4364 or online, $55 for members, $65 for nonmembers.  Please rsvp by October 20th to enjoy this fabulous event!

Big Sky Design has been working hard with the museum planning Message in a Bottle. We have helped the museum previously with their 2006 and 2007 Galas but are really excited about this one. Come and join us for a tasting of “historic” proportions!!

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What a concept- a paper chair!!

September 28, 2009

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     It looks like an egg carton, is affordable and is made from nontoxic materials for small bodies- the perfect chair for a child. This is a fun design and makes a lot of sense for little ones. Once the chair is outgrown or used to it’s fullest, whichever comes first, it can be recycled. It’s made with a paper pulp and cornstarch mixture and has the same strength as plastic but is biodegradable.

     The idea came when Swedish graduate student and architecture firm partnered. The idea was to come up with an affordable chair made from paper pulp. After a bit of research the concept turned into a children’s chair due to the strength issues of the Durapulp material it’s made out of. The first prototype of the chair was shown this spring in Milan with a favorable reception. Good news is the chair will be in the market of $50 each once they are produced.

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Fall Colors…

September 21, 2009

This week marks the beginning of fall.  Whenever I  see the words “autumnal equinox” it brings to mind the beautiful New England autumns I grew up in and the warm glow of the colors of fall.  The yellows, oranges and reds of the changing leaves are colors that can brought into our homes in wonderful accents. Here are few examples of a vintage Kayseri rug,  velvet accent pillow, fabrics and lighting that can bring that warm glow in or just add a pop of color from Adam & Viktoria, F. Schumacher & Co., and Galbraith & Paul.

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