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Maison & Objet continues to be one of the most important design shows to attend in Europe, coupled with the fact that it takes place in one of the most dynamic cities in the world. Inspiration comes from experiencing Paris and the exhibition. Each year, M&O presents three lifestyle trends, reflected and narrated with product from vendors at the exhibition. Although somewhat ethereal, these trends do trickle down, as we have seen from seasons past.

One trend selected, the most literal of the three, referred to the influence of sports paraphernalia in all aspects of design. ironically, the United States has been witness to this trend for the longest time, so much so it is hardly a trend at all. With the branding of sports teams, and the fanaticism of fans, objects for the house abound in references to the equipment, uniforms, and environments related to the athletic endeavors of our heroes on the playing field.

“Coupling” was the second trend presented. Objects collected to reflect this trend were really a continuation of a trend that appeared last September, namely “Please Disturb”, which focused on the deconstruction of objects. More specifically, this trend focused on the interpretation of ordinary objects reconstructed with a dual appearance.

And lastly, “Private Obsessions” highlighted the most obvious visible trend- the collecting of objects, a passion of many designers and their clients. Throughout the show, objects are presented as collections but rarely make it to the home that way. But for the passionate few, collecting is a way of like.The focus on one object, in all its aspects, created visually stunning, graphic displays.

Beyond the formal trends presented, each attendee has the ability to form their own opinions and conclusions as to the next wave of influences. Most obvious was the lack of color shown by many vendors.

January 20th to the 24th, 2012 is the next exhibition when the show is even bigger! Fabric editors from across Europe and the world show their wares at Maison and introduce their latest collections. If you want a jump start on your inspiration, Paris in January is the best place to be.

This post was originally profiled by Kravet Inspired News

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Three Projects To Turn Home ‘Blahs’ Into “Oohs” & ‘Ahhs’

As the cool winter months bring us indoors, is your home feeling warm and inviting – or giving you a case of cabin fever? If it’s the latter, don’t fret. There are many simple and inexpensive updates you can complete to give your home a quick pick-me-up, allowing you to enjoy every minute spent inside.


The kitchen table is the hub of the home – where we dine as a family, do crafts, homework, play cards and board games. So it’s important to make this everyday staple a welcoming area for you, your family and friends. But is your wood tabletop looking drab or stained? Or is your metal surface chipped? No matter what wear and tear you may have inflicted on your table – you can easily update it with a quick coat of spray paint.

Directions: Remove any seat cushions from the chairs and thoroughly clean all table and chair surfaces. Once dry, spray all surfaces with your favorite color of Krylon Dual Paint + Primer spray paint. Since Dual is both a paint and a primer, you can complete your project in one simple step, and half the time. Once you’ve sprayed all areas and the surfaces are dry, you can re-attach your seat cushions, or create a new look with updated fabric and enjoy your refreshed kitchen activity center.



Lighting fixtures can increase the ambiance to any room – but replacing them can cost hundreds of dollars. With a little elbow grease, $20 and less than two hours, you can update your existing ones with a more attractive – and popular – finish.

Directions: Cover your work area with newspaper and disassemble the fixture. Clean the pieces and tape off areas that don’t need to be painted. Following the instructions on the label, apply aerosol indoor/outdoor primer followed by the new paint in your favorite color and finish. Once dry, remove the tape and reassemble your impressively updated focal point.



Are you sick of staring at dull, dirty or chipped register covers or light switch plates around your home? A simple paint update can give any room an instant pick-me-up.

Directions: Remove register covers or light switch plates and place them on newspaper. Sand the surface lightly and wipe clean. Clean all pieces to remove any built up dust and grime. Following instructions on the label and apply a number of light coats of aerosol primer, followed by a few coats of gloss or metallic spray paint. Once dry, reinstall and enjoy.

With just a few simple home projects, your space can feel fresh and new in no time at all. For more information on Krylon products, visit or

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