What’s Trending: Ombre


Nothing shady about this trend, says style setter, Christine DaCosta. Ombre, a French term meaning ‘shade’ is reaching a home decor peak in fabrics, area carpets, accessories and furniture.

Featured Image: Wooden Ombre Vases, CA$31–107, West Elm
Ombre Faux-Fur Beanbag CA$270, Pottery Barn
Wavering Ombre Curtain, US$148–$208, Anthropolgie

Lava Rug, CA$400, EQ3

Read the entire article ‘What’s Trending – Ombre’ in Issue 9 of Dabble.

Industry Profile: Kyle Bunting

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Texas born Kyle Bunting may have caught the design bug from his days flipping properties in San Francisco, but his father—an artist who produced imaginative works made of hide—likely played a critical role in his current success. Today, Kyle uses natural hides for practical home design applications, creating one-of-a-kind area carpets for a growing fan base. Dabble asked Kyle to describe his contemporary aesthetic and industry plans for the future.

1- DAB: You were born in Texas but lived in San Francisco for many years. What motivated you to return to Texas?
KB: It makes sense to be doing what we do from deep in the heart of Texas. When you produce large scale items you need an abundance of space and Austin offers much larger studio sizes than the Bay Area. Iconically, it’s an ideal city from which to base the brand.

2- DAB: Where do you find your creative inspiration?
KB: Unlimited design options, unlimited colors, unlimited sizes and full custom capabilities embed tremendous design potential into our business. I think we were wise to notice that benefit and then offer the product to designers without design or pricing restrictions. While we have extensive capabilities and an unbelievable team, we would never be where we are today without the designers that we’ve been so fortunate to work with.

3- DAB: Where would a decorative hide rug have the most impact in the home?
KB: Definitely on the floor. A decorative hide rug is a highly luxurious element, whether it is finely patterned or has more subtle detailing. Our work is so tactile it tends to establish a tone for the whole space. Many of our clients approach their projects from the ground up, specifying Kyle Bunting as the foundation for the room.

4- DAB: Where would we find hides in your own home?
KB: I use fewer hides than you might think. In the living room we have two silvery-blue hide ottomans and in the study, one of my wife Libby’s monogrammed pillows. Our dining room is where we keep the largest rug. That room has become a virtual showroom for us. It’s had a different rug in it every year we’ve lived in the house. Right now the table sits on a large silver and taupe rug designed by a friend and client, Geoffrey Bradfield.

5- DAB: What’s next for Kyle Bunting in home décor?
KB: We are leaders in decorative hide floor coverings and have enjoyed that position. We continue to move forward by expanding our capabilities and lines. This summer, we are taking what we have done for floors and applying it to walls and upholstery. Our new hide paper is an innovative development which allows our hides to be applied to walls like a wallpaper, giving incredible depth to the space. Additionally, we are offering upholstery grade hide in all of our existing (and future) colors. We have worked on upholstery and wall covering projects for years but are now formalizing the offerings.

In addition to hide paper and upholstery, we will also introduce sheared hides to our collection. Double dyed with deeply rich, saturated colors, these are ultra luxurious. We’ve never seen so many color options in the market—not at this level. It opens up so many more doors to designing with hide and gives our clients exactly what they expect from us.

6- DAB: When you’re not working with hide, what do you dabble in?
KB: Libby and I have been married for nine years and we have an 8-year-old boy and a 6-year-old girl. I also run a small company with 25 employees. For both, I have tremendous passion. There’s little time for anything other than family and work. But for me, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Both are a joy!

Charleston’s Top 5 Antique Shops

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1. South of the Fashion District on King, the Lower King Street Design District has more than its fair share of Antique shops. Biggs and Powell, Alexandra and John Pope Antiques (ABOVE) are just some of the best high end antique stores in the area. Be prepared: these shops don’t have affordable little knickknacks or flea market type finds; you’ll be spending big bucks when you shop here.

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2. Elizabeth Stuart Design is where Charleston’s most design savvy shop. Explore Muffie Faith’s elegantly eclectic boutique, curated with an incredible array of furniture, jewelry, and home décor selections including treasures from Charleston’s very own Sally Benedict, Kate Davis and Harper Poe.

3. Hop in a car or arrange for a taxi (cabs are difficult to find, ask your hotel for assistance) and head to Charleston’s West Ashley area where the city’s designers shop. Antiques of South Windermere and 17 South Antiques are perfect for an off-the-beaten-path antique hunt.

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4. Located in the Lower King Street Design District, South of Market offers rustic and sophisticated French furnishings. The ever evolving shop is overflowing with antiques, re-purposed objects and home décor finds that make it one of the south’s leading sources for interior design. Stop in, it’s lovely.

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5. If you like religious iconography, architectural salvage or one-of-a-kind treasures, visit Parham & Co. It’s one of the only antique shops located in the Fashion District, but it’s well worth the walk. Say hello to the family’s bichon frisé.


Seattle’s Top 5 Design Spots

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“Seattle’s design scene is as eclectic as its residents,” says our design expert Sophie Vander.

The simplicity of high tech style travels easily from the workplace to home, but because Seattleites are intrinsically environmentalists, they feel compelled to mix vintage or antique with the sleek and new to create a style all their own.

1. First stop, Capitol Hill neighbourhood. Area 51 contains a mix of new and vintage that screams Seattle style. Leah Steen from Revival Home & Garden is the expert when it comes to pops of colour. If you’re a true greenie, NuBe Green’s philosophy of sustainable materials will float your boat. Tucked away upstairs in Melrose Market, Butter Home touts interesting rustic pieces with a built-in fun factor.

2. The knowledgeable staff at Velocity Art and Design is super cool and friendly, which makes shopping here way too easy. Walk away with pendant lamps by Artecnica, a Chilewich spun vinyl table runner and, hey, throw in Blu Dot’s Nick dining table as well. They do ship, so go crazy.

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3. Take a quick cab ride south to artsy and industrial-chic Georgetown. Take in the substantial inventory at Susan Wheeler Home, but grab your prize while you can as items go quickly. Next door, the pieces at Kirk Albert Vintage Furnishings are as enigmatic as Kirk himself. His business partner, Steve, is there to talk you through the history of the industrial relics sourced from around the globe. Stop by Pacific Galleries antique mall on your way back into Seattle.

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4. Not your average ceramics store, Far 4 features porcelain hand grenades by designer Charles Krafft, while Trevor Jackson’s skull teapots will cause a stir at tea parties. Scale down the shock factor but retain the wow with Far 4’s own line of porcelain vegetables accented with gold.

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5. We love how Great Jones Home creates vignettes within the store so that you can visualize a whole space and find inspiration within it. By utilizing classic pieces and patterns, with a touch of glamour and gilt, you can’t go wrong really.