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Benjamin Moore has announced their pick for color of the year 2014. The winning selection is Breath of Fresh Air 806 — the lovely soft blue of winter sun shimmering on an icy lake.  22 additional colors make up their beautiful 2014 Neutral palette.

Benjamin Moore Color of the Year 2014

Benjamin Moore Color of the Year 2014

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Sherwin Williams has published their picks for the 2014 color forecast.  The four palettes range from beautiful soft tones to more saturated hues.  The colors are more muted and more muddy than in past years.   The punchier colors still have impact but are less vivid than recent trends.  These 2014 selections are easy on the eyes and very usable.sw-img-curiosity-hdr

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Harrell Scarcello in Coalesse CH07 Shell Chair

Harrell Scarcello was posting insights and photos to Tumblr of new products and trends from the big show in Chicago.  Take a look at what she saw.

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USGBC has announced the passage of the long-awaited update to the most commonly used sustainable building rating system.  LEED v4 was approved July 2, 2013 and will be formally launched at Greenbuild in November.  There have been some beta projects but the jury is still out on just what this will mean for new construction and renovation.  Also worth watching – attempts to reduce reliance on LEED and move to other ratings.

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The Scarcello design team is headed to Chicago for the annual interior design show at the Merchandise Mart.  Read about some interesting new introductions on Harrell’s blog.

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