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Happy Valentine’s Day! 2017 Color Palettes to Inspire

02/14/17 Sara McLean

Valentine’s Day, a major event amid the winter blahs, creates time to celebrate loved ones — friends and family — even as career demands may take us away for the day.

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Venice, Carnival, Magic!

02/09/17 Sara McLean

​The magical Italian city of Venice begins celebrating the historical Carnival of Venice this Feb 11, an event first recorded 700 years ago.

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Maximalism: Embracing the Eclectic

02/02/17 Sara McLean

​The recent trend of eclectic “maximalism” during the last few years has provided us insight into and proof of consumers’ interest in a more robust design aesthetic.

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Hygge: Inspiration in Coziness

02/02/17 Sara McLean

​With the rise of hygge (pronounced HOO-guh), a Danish lifestyle trend that encompasses coziness in all its forms, the focus on Nordic life and culture continues to inspire.

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Winter Color Crush: Design Palettes to Inspire

01/23/17 Sara McLean

​Are you in need of a little color design inspiration this winter? Here are six color palettes to get your New Year off to a great— and creative— start.

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Echoes of Success: The 128th Tournament of Roses Parade

01/16/17 Sara McLean

​With a celebration over a century old, the annual Tournament of Roses Parade was held on Jan. 2, 2017, treating Americans to the New Year’s tradition many look forward to each year.

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Harbin International Snow and Ice Festival

01/16/17 Sara McLean

​If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to walk through a winter wonderland, the 33rd annual Harbin International Snow and Ice Festival is underway.

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A New LA Landmark: The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

01/12/17 Sara McLean

​George Lucas and the Board of Directors of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art announced plans to build the museum at Exposition Park, in downtown Los Angeles, Calif.

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Artist Series: Emilie Baltz, Experiential Artist and Food Technologist

01/06/17 Sara McLean

Baltz is an experiential artist and food technologist who creates unconventional food-based work that moves people to discover new worlds one lick, suck, bite, sniff and gulp at a time.

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Influential Colors of 2017

01/06/17 Sara McLean

​Upon reflection and examination of our color trends future cast launched in 2016, here is a confirmation of the colors that will be influential for 2017.