POLYWOOD® LAUNCHES DESIGN AMBASSADOR PROGRAM

POLYWOOD® LAUNCHES DESIGN AMBASSADOR PROGRAM

BRINGING INDOOR STYLE OUT TO THE PATIO:

South Beach Chairs from POLYWOOD

Syracuse, IN – POLYWOOD, the originator of outdoor furniture made from recycled plastic materials, officially introduced their Design Ambassador Program for 2019. The company has collaborated with three prominent interior designers who will pair their own unique styles to create beautiful outdoor spaces with POLYWOOD furniture.

“There’s a shift happening in the market which speaks directly to our foundation at POLYWOOD. Our founders’ original mission of stewardship, to do something meaningful for future generations, remains at our core,” stated Megan Pierson, SVP of Business Development. “Sustainability in design continues to gain momentum and we’re thrilled to team up with talented designers to help us to tell that story.”

Along with increased consumer interest in sustainable outdoor materials, outdoor spaces are becoming an extension of the indoors. “Everything from furniture and decor (pillows, ottomans, rugs, decorative accents) are now being designed specifically to look like indoor furniture and decor, but for your outdoor space,” explained Farah Merhi, Founder of Inspire Me! Home Decor. “This allows us to create beautiful outdoor sanctuaries that feel just as cozy as your indoor space.”

2019 POLYWOOD Design Ambassadors include:

  • Shayla Copas, Author, IDS, Founder and Principal Designer of Shayla Copas Interiors

“After touring the POLYWOOD campus and gaining an understanding of the
integrity of POLYWOOD products, I knew immediately they were a company I
wanted to work with. Not only does POLYWOOD build products with longevity, they build relationships that last a lifetime.” -Shayla

  • Farah Merhi, Founder and CEO of the Inspire Me! Home Decor Brand, the most followed home decor platform on Instagram. Designer of the Inspire Me! furniture and home decor line. Influencer, Entrepreneur.

“The moment I heard the POLYWOOD brand story and experienced for myself how durable the furniture is, I was sold! Their focus is to offer their customers products that are environmentally friendly, visually appealing and made to withstand the test of time. That’s a powerful combination! I’m excited to be working with a company that truly focuses on their customer’s needs.” -Farah

  • Angelo Adamo, International Interior Designer, Interior Branding Expert, Founder and Principal Designer of Angelo Adamo Design

“POLYWOOD is more than a line of products. It’s a philosophy. They’ve created an entire business model around sustainability and an appreciation for the beauty of the outdoors. As an Australian, I am passionate about protecting our natural resources and encouraging stewardship of our environment. I’m thrilled to represent a company whose products speak to the way I choose to live.” -Angelo

Together the design ambassadors will collaborate with POLYWOOD on a wide variety of projects throughout 2019. “We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Shayla, Farah, and Angelo,” said Lindsay Schleis, VP of Business Development. “Their work, insight, and perspectives are nothing less than genuine — they represent who we are perfectly, each in their own unique way.”

To follow along and be the first to see behind-the-scenes content, follow @polywoodoutdoor on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.

About POLYWOOD:

In the late 1980’s government mandated recycling programs were in full swing. As the use of plastic in the U.S. grew, the need to transform the overabundance of recycled plastic into something new was greater than ever. POLYWOOD saw an opportunity in high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic specifically — an extremely durable and weather resistant material, perfect for outdoor furniture. Today, POLYWOOD recycles an average of 400,000 milk jugs per day. Truckloads of recycled milk jugs are transformed into genuine POLYWOOD lumber which is then used to construct the wide array of POLYWOOD Adirondack chairs, rocking chairs, benches, gliders, deep seating, dining, and more!

Discover the rest of the story: www.polywoodoutdoor.com/our-story

POLYWOOD Contact:

Lindsay Schleis | lschleis@polywoodoutdoor.com  |  phone #574-325-5221

Live & Learn @ the Las Vegas Furniture Market – Winter 2019

Live & Learn @ the Las Vegas Furniture Market – Winter 2019
LIVE & LEARN AT THE LAS VEGAS FURNITURE MARKET – WINTER 2019

The Las Vegas Furniture Market (LVMkt) has become the modern interpreter for natural aesthetic and luxury living furnishings and home décor. LVMkt is an exciting and informative event that’s simple to navigate.

This was my second show as the “Fresh to Follow” and “Instagram Takeover” designer for International Marketing Center (IMC), who is the owner and operator for the market. Discovering new products is important as to getting to know the people behind the brand. For example, Lily from Lily’s Living who is from Beijing, China, has over 20 years of experience as an antique dealer. She is so passionate about her culture. Her goal is to represent Chinese antiques using a European weathered influence so that her products aren’t as bold or rigid as original antiques. She has a wonderful perception for culture and the ability to mix styles and traditions.

As a designer, I am looking for rich subdued hues, soft and warm tones, lush natural materials, and interesting patterns. It’s also important to me to connect with the owner or director so that their products become more then just an object or thing. What I have noticed about this market is that it isn’t just about furnishings or home décor. It is also about the people.

Interior Design should be a reflection of who you are. An interior space shouldn’t be a trend but rather a testament to your emotions and values.
Top Trends from the Winter Market 2019
  • Angelo’s top art

Eric and Jenny from St George, Utah created “You Be Are” in 2013. They offer the best of topic art with modern and tradition settings like my favorite, the Blue Agave. The composition of clean backgrounds with vibrant subjects can be applied to many styles of interiors.

  • Angelo’s top Wallpaper

Self adhesive wallpaper is genius! Great for apartment living or rentals. Adding texture to a wall is no longer a hindrance. Twin sisters from New Jersey, Jennifer and Julia, started Tempapar in 2009 and have influenced designers in wall patterns and textures. My favorite is L’AMOUR in metallic gold and white.

  • Angelos’s top Gift

It’s so inspiring to hear about two teen sisters, Isabel and Caroline, that created a booming business called daBOMB. Each fragrant fizzer is made by hand in the USA and has something fun inside when dissolved. It smells great too! My kids are now going to enjoy taking baths.

  • Angelo’s top Fine Furnishing

Handley Drive provides quality inspired interior furnishings. Business partners, Rick and Don, design furniture that’s to human scale, ideal for urban apartment living. The attention to detail is impeccable and their use of color is soothing and attractive.

  • Angelo’s top Home Furnishing

Lily’s Living is where the influence of antiques in the east meets the weathered finishes of the west. Her furniture is comfortable, especially the Naples slipcover sofa with whitewash linen fabrics and contemporary piping. Products also range from traditional Chinese pottery to farmhouse lighting.

  • Angelo’s top Home Décor

Meeting Claire Summers, who is also an Aussie, was such an heartening moment. She founded Gratitude Glass Jars, an act that allows you to capture the spirit of living, celebrating life events, sharing memories and expressing words of love in jar. Such a brilliant idea that administers a better way of life and a use for a jar!

Angelo’s Honorable Selections 

Currey & Company still leads the way in lighting fixtures. You can find materials like marine rope, brass, stained glass, metal, natural woods, and porcelain. Products are appealing because most fixtures are perfectly scaled for either large or small rooms. Great use of mixed materials is a highlight as well.

I was impressed with Feizy handmade rugs. Inky charcoal warm beige and inviting ivory create an approachable neutral palette in the Phoenix Collection. Handwoven of wool and cotton these tonal flatweaves feature easy-to-decorate with geometric motifs that seamlessly integrate into transitional and contemporary spaces alike with alluring textures that add intrigue.

Everything about Palecek is stunning. Their distinctive furniture, lighting, and accessories are amongst the most beautiful and elegantly manufactured. The use of natural materials is incorporated throughout their product line.

Bungalow 5 has the best of metropolitan style furnishings. The new Hunter collection takes its inspiration from a neo-classical design using fine leather and custom-cast metal fixtures and hardware.

Fresh to Follow 

I was fortunate to be a participant of the “Fresh to Follow” panel with the talented Breegan Jane and Jannicke Ramso. It was a productive session because the crowd asked questions on how to get an edge into todays interior design market. I think the common thread to become a competitive designer is to understand your values and evaluate your strategies towards branding. We all understand that styles and trends are subjective. What’s necessary is to develop a storyline that the client can relate to and live with. It would also help to attend the LVMkt and introduce yourself to new creative ideas and the people involved.

Thank you for reading my updates from the Winter Market 2019 and please feel free to contact me if you have questions regarding this blog.

AA

  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  

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New Perspectives

New Perspectives

It’s that time of year when you start to reminisce and think about your accomplishments. Personally, I am excited that this was a year of change which I find cleansing and uplifting.

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With changes comes challenges but it’s these moments when you take more risks and create opportunities that are foreseeable.

This year, I discovered that my position as a designer is to create memories for others that affect their senses, positively and emotionally. Design to Create Memories is the topic I presented during the Las Vegas Furniture Market in July. It’s about design that’s more than just an object or a thing. It’s the ability to connect with your senses that are conjoined to memories that have an emotional reaction to an inside space.

Fashion style from the video clip “Roll Some Mo”

This has led me to Hometherapy. It’s a brand I will be launching in Michigan that specializes in color, texture, and scent. These are the 3 areas that I am able to lead because of my science background, my experiences in Australia and the USA, and as a first generation Italian Heritage which nourished my passions for interior living.

Streaming music, downloading interiors, and tracking fashion via social media, is forcing a louder voice for individuality and purpose.

Vignette setting from the video clip “Roll Some Mo”

There is a no longer a right or wrong with what you sing, wear, or design but how you formulate a harmonious trend or note that people can relate.

One of my design theories that I have discovered is that music is an influential factor to how we present ourselves with fashion. If you follow fashion, you notice clothing as an intrinsically motivated source for material and finish selections in the industry of interior design.

Therefore, this is why I close this year with a song. It’s an R&B single by an young artist called Lucky Daye from New Orleans.

The official song clip from YouTube (see link below) is charismatic, whimsical, cool, stylish, and colorful. It’s a great example of how a musician is taking all of the convoluted emotions of his childhood and early adulthood, and leaving them all on wax.

This raw energy is what captures ideas of expression and has inspired me into finding my own voice.

Lucky Daye

Daye quotes “everything I was told about life and God, it blew my mind to be trapped in that,” he explains. “Once I realized I was trapped, it was like… Alright, let me just right my mind. I didn’t have nothing. No money, no resources, nobody’s around me. I just started over with my perspective. That’s how the album started, and that’s how ‘Roll Some Mo’ started.”

www.youtube.com/watch

AA

Discovering Leland with Angelo Adamo

Discovering Leland with Angelo Adamo

Shopping with Designer Angelo Adamo in Leland
November 8, 2018 Emily DeRuiter

The Four segment     (Click link for “The Four” segment)

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A man with an eye for design has some suggestions for where to look for unique household items.

If you need stellar gifts for family, friends—or yourself—Interior Designer Angelo Adamo, with Angelo Adamo Design, has been exploring great local finds and recently stopped at Leland for a look around.

“Leland has a few stores that can have a really personal gift for Christmas time if that’s what you are looking for,” he says.
There’s a plethora of local destinations that carry unique items in Northern Michigan.
From time spent in Leland, Adamo says Rustic Roots is a women’s clothing store with homeware that does the “European weathered look very well.”
And the local bookstore Leelanau Books is a Northern Michigan treasure that can be both a kids’ and adult’s haven.

Adamo also says Benjamin Maier Ceramics has pottery with an earthy, natural flare that’s clean and bright.

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For more design advice, visit adamo’s blog at angeloondesign.com. Finding your special place!

Finding your special place!

Finding your special place!
European Weathered Styles from Rustic Roots – Leland, MI.  

Growing up in Australia is a different experience to most countries.  Young people typically attend college where their family resides,  then mostly likely, travel aboard before settling down.

There isn’t a huge emphasis of college sport like here in the USA. However, we do support our neighborhood or suburban teams.  I grew up supporting the Port Adelaide Football Club. “Never Tear US Apart” is the song we use from the aussie band INXS as the game’s commencement song. Cool right?

European Weathered Styles from Rustic Roots – Leland, MI.

Hanging out at my neighborhood was something Australians tend to do.  Local businesses became a social destination for most families and friends.  The Grange Hotel on the esplanade (pub) was a main attraction for the locals to socialize but thankfully, I wasn’t into beer as a teenager.

There was a particular book store in my neighborhood that focused on motivational, history, and alternative therapy books.  I remember the atmosphere to be soothing and uplifting.  In fact, this book store had an impacted on my decision to study applied science and to further educate myself in aromatherapy and massage therapy.

What I learned from Australia is the importance of  a neighborhood.  How you react and support local sports teams and business can create a healthy and more vibrant atmosphere. This reaction will then affect your living space and the objects you add to your interiors.

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European Weathered Styles from Rustic Roots – Leland, MI.
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Leland, Michigan

My family and I are newcomers to Northern Michigan so we try to spend our weekends exploring the neighborhoods.

So far, discovering Traverse City and the surrounding counties are fascinating and very enjoyable.  The Great Lakes in Northern Michigan has the most beautiful landscape and towns.  Most towns are on the lakes so the scenic views are spectacular and most food service are outstanding.

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Leland, Michigan

There is a town called Leland in Leelanau County which is only a 30-minute drive from Traverse City.  I keep coming back to Leland because this town is so special.  One of the most beautiful sections of the Lake Michigan is found in Leelanau County.

Leland takes you back in history…especially when you arrive in Fishtown. Rustic shanties that are now home to various shops have stood the test of time and give you a feel on how life was 100 years ago in the commercial fishing business. Leland is where you can catch a ferry to the Manitou Islands.

My Neighborhood Trends for Leland –

Rustic Roots

Cristin at Rustic Roots has exceptional style and taste.  Rustic Roots is primarily a women’s fashion store but has a boutique section of home wear and furniture.  Products range from table linens, throws, blankets, art, reproduction antiques, and accessories.  She does the” European Weathered” look very well.  Rustic Roots closes during winter, but you can visit one last time during Thanksgiving weekend.  (231)256-0054

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European Weathered Styles from Rustic Roots – Leland, MI.

Benjamin Maier Ceramics

Benjamin is a true talent in contemporary pottery and ceramic art.  His pottery techniques and choices of colors perfectly represents Leland’s environment.  The price range is very reasonable for quality pottery and artwork. www.maierceramics.com

Benjamin Maier Ceramics – Leland, MI.

Sporck Tileart

Sporck Tileart is in one of the Shanties of Fishtown.  This ceramic tile art store is a gem!  Leif is a genuine artist that can create outdoor scenes that captures the great lakes.  I especially like his selections of the Norwegian Fish Net Floats, which I want to convert them into light fixture pendants.  Close during winter but definitely a source you can use for restaurant or residential interiors.  www.sporcktileart.com

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Sporck Tileart, Leland, Michigan

Leelanau Books

This book store is special and reminds me of how it felt when I visited the book store in my neighborhood in Adelaide.  The interior design of the store is fresh and comforting and the service has always been pleasant.  Walking into this store with my children brings positive energy into our day. It’s the balance of good interiors, classical background music, good lighting, and kind people. Its open for business all year round and organizes children’s activities during the summer evenings while the parents have dinner for two in the neighborhood! www.leelanoubooks.com

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Building memories with my little girl at Leelanau books, Leland, MI.
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Leelanau books, Leland, MI.

It’s important that no matter where you are to find your special place other than your home.  Escape from your world and enter someone else’s.  Finding your special neighborhood can be rejuvenating and to build memories that add meaning to your personal space.  AA

Driving to Leland is absolutely gorgeous. I am also loving this song  from Childish Gambino that I have been playing while in the car to Leland. The kids dig it too!