Spring-Summer 2018 Color Trends

By Madeline Merryman, Division Sales Manager of C.R. Gibson

As Spring/Summer 2018 is quickly approaching, a new wave of color and design trends are expected to hit the market. According to industry reports and CR Gibson’s findings, you are likely to see a range of designs including animals, florals, natural elements, modern lines, intricate patterns, and textile pieces trending this summer. Aviary Garden, Earth Tones, and Tropical are three of the many color & design trends popping up in the 2018 market, and you will be sure to catch these designs and patterns in the retail industry for Spring/Summer 2018.

Aviary Garden: A bit unconventional and a tad old-fashioned. Painterly feminine florals and watercolor backgrounds are the focus, while birds nesting in the branches, ornate butterflies, and beautiful insects play a supporting role. Delicate shades of pink and peach combine with some of the most vivid hues to create this romantic look. The Aviary Garden color trend includes soft toned pinks and corals with bolder accents of pinks, turquoise, and greens. Finishes include a mixture of shiny, matte, and aged golds. Embellishments include glitter, foil, transparent/semitransparent materials, and soft feminine fabrics and touches.

 

Earth Tones: A salute to the ultimate inspiration, this look draws on the majesty of mountains, earth forms, trees, woodland characters, feathers, and leaves to inspire its design. Wood and bark in all their forms are present, as well as a host of natural fibers like canvas, jute, and natural yarns. Discover nature’s palette in the warmest browns, earthy greens, and dashes of cinnamon and lusty ochre. The Earth Tones color trend includes earthy greens, tans, and rock tones with uncoated, textured, rich, and industrial finishes. Embellishments include canvas, cording, jute, and vines.

 

Tropical: A vibrant rhythm of calypso colors tango with tropical patterns in a dance as steamy as the rainforest itself. With a nod to the pulse of the jungle, sultry splashes of neon characterize visuals of lush foliage, while vivid birds, festive fruit, and flashy florals swing and sway to a tropical beat. Tropical colors include bold prints paired with solids or tonal prints, neon bright set against black backgrounds, and metal accents. Finishes include matte/gloss combinations and texture mixing, while embellishments include glitter, sequins, foil, pom-poms, and tassels.

 

Woodstock Chimes | Tuning Inspirations

Some of the most memorable Woodstock Chimes are the ones tuned to melodies and scales heard throughout the world from ancient times to the present.

The very first Woodstock Chime was created because of a tuning inspiration. Garry had read of the Scale of Olympos, a 7th century musical scale from a Greek flute player, but couldn’t hear it, because the notes could not be played on modern instruments. He cut aluminum tubes to the exact frequencies of the notes of the scale and thought what better way to hear music from this scale than to have the notes be played randomly by the wind? Garry created the Chimes of Olympos and a business was born. Not only is the chime’s music beautiful, it turns everyone who hangs it into a musician!

There are Woodstock Chimes tuned to scales from Asia; our Magical Mystery Chime – Taj Mahal is tuned to a scale from Northern India, the Chimes of Kyoto, which is tuned to an ancient Japanese scale found on early zither instruments, and the Chimes of Java which is tuned to the scale of the gamelan degung, a traditional Javanese musical ensemble.

You can also find Woodstock Chimes tuned to famous songs and melodies, like the Woodstock Happy Birthday Chime, the Woodstock Ode to Joy Chime and the Star-Spangled Banner Chime.

Famous composers also serve as inspirations for Woodstock Chimes tunings. The Chimes of Mozart, Pachelbel Canon Chime and Chimes of Bach are three examples of chimes tuned to music by great composers.

Woodstock Chimes have a rich, pure sound quality that comes from premium materials, expert design and fabrication methods and, of course, precise tuning. The length of each tube is honed and the sound is checked using an electronic tuning system to ensure the note is correct and the sound is pure. Some call this “precision tuned,” some call it “musically tuned.” We simply call it beautiful.

Want to see more of our Famous Melodies collection? Click here to view more!

Studio M Launches Art Poles with Lyrics by Lennon & McCartney

Studio M debuts The Lyric Project, a line of Art Poles featuring artwork by Stephanie Burgess and lyrics by Lennon & McCartney

ST. LOUIS – Studio M, a leading provider of artful home and garden products, has partnered with artist Stephanie Burgess and Sony/ATV Music Publishing in collaboration with Epic Rights to create The Lyric Project – a new collection of Art Poles decorated with the chart-topping song lyrics of Lennon & McCartney. The line is available now at studio-m.com/LyricProject.

The collection includes Art Poles with lyrics from “Let it Be,” “All You Need is Love,” “Blackbird,” and more. Studio M will also be offering an Art Pole featuring lyrics from the song “Hello, Goodbye” that can be personalized with address numbers.

A Studio M exclusive, Art Poles are decorative posts for the garden. Printed with outdoor-safe inks, the PVC posts are weatherproof and fade-resistant.

The artwork for each Art Pole in
The Lyric Project collection was hand-painted and wood-burned by Stephanie Burgess, an artist from the Pacific Northwest. She uses the texture and imperfections of the wood as part of her composition to achieve her distinctive style.

“Stephanie’s artwork is such a wonderful complement to these songs. She has always been inspired by Lennon & McCartney’s music, which promotes peace and love, and her carefree, joyful style really echoes the themes of their lyrics. She was such a natural fit for this project. We’re hoping to bring a little bit of nostalgia and happiness to the garden with this new collection,” says Anne Brown, Studio M’s Director of Product Development.

Retailers can sign up to learn more about The Lyric Project and other new releases from Studio M at www.studio-m.com/discover.

© 2017 Sony/ATV Music Publishing Under License to Epic Rights

Founded in 1989, Studio M is a provider of home and garden products based in St. Louis. Noted for its superior selection of artwork and high-quality products, the company frequently rates among the top-selling suppliers in numerous gift industry categories. Studio M works with over 100 of the nation’s top licensed artists to develop decorative products such as MailWraps® mailbox covers, BreezeArt® premium flags, MatMates™ interchangeable doormat systems, Yard DeSigns® magnetic yard art, Art Poles™, Art Planters™, Art Pots™, Art Planks™ garden paths, Art Pavers™ garden steps, and Door Décor.

Holiday Display Inspiration with Mud Pie

By Chad Gieseke, Mud Pie

Meet Chad Gieseke, Director of Visual Merchandising at Mud Pie as he talks through some merchandising tips that will help you transition from season to season. Click now to view this great, engaging and informative video now that will inspire your holiday spirit.