Finding Inspiration — Trending Terra Cotta, Rouge and Mauve

Last week I was invited to a design summit in Minneapolis sponsored by Cambria. (For which this post is not sponsored, but I really wanted to share because I returned fired up.) I walked in thinking inspiration for the kitchen and walked out thinking let’s makeover the entire house. We toured the Cambria Processing Facility, and got to see the secret sauce of creating quartz countertops…BTDubs, there is one countertop they are in the process of designing and boy oh boy did they nail it. I wish I could show you, but alas, no photos were allowed. Our group was the first in the world to even lay eyes on it. And let me tell you, I about knocked over Ashley to pet it.

Finding Inspiration — Now Trending Terra Cotta, Rouge, Mauve

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After touring the facility and learning how quartz countertops were made (side note, you might think it’s a chunk of stone like marble or granite, right? Nope, small bits of ground quartz are pressed together and baked in an oven. I had no idea…anyhoo), we were taken to real life spaces where different slab designs were used. We toured Wit & Delight’s studio 125 (which is amazing). And Matt Muenster invited us into his incredibly beautiful Mid-Century Modern home. A few restaurants that use the countertops in interesting ways. But I think the most stand out visit of the summit was our workshop at LAB. A creative workshop space where we did just that…got creative.

On a long white table was a sample of Cambria with our name by it, and we were asked to create a moodboard. There were 4 tables full of goodies…everything from soap dishes to trivets to tile to wallpaper to books to florals to candles. All sorts of pretties were up for grabs.

Creative Workshop with Cambria Quartz Countertop

Creative Workshop with Cambria Quartz Countertop

I was given Roxwell, which as a background I probably would not have chosen. It would be beautiful as a waterfall island because it’s shazam in your face with a lot of movement. But it goes back to my pillow problems…pattern tend to confuse me. In my head, I prayed someone would want to make a trade but no dice.

Cambria Quartz Countertop - Roxwell

Not gonna lie, I was a bit freaked out by this whole workshop. I mean, 2 people down from me sat Orlando Soria, and across from me, Dabney Frake of Apartment Therapy. No pressure, right? Just surrounded by total professionals, and then there’s me, the crazy blogger who just wings it.

 

Completely feeling out of my element, my mind started to race. There was no consulting Pinterest or magazines for inspo and copying from my neighbor would probably be frowned upon. All I could think was wow, this is going to be an #epicfail in front of home decor royalty. Palm to forehead, so not awesome. Okay, deep breath, stop panicking, this is what this workshop is supposed to be about. What are you going to do, run away? Embrace it. Explore. I stared at the flowers in front of me, and one kept catching my eye.

Because I was out of my element for a foundation, I took a giant leap of faith and decided to embrace that flower with its shades of terra cotta, rouge, and dare I say it…MAUVE! Now, if you look around my home, you’ll see zip, zero, zilch red…and certainly no mauve. Stupid sculptural flower. Why must you look so cool? But the color was so rich and vibrant. Kyla! Who are you!!!???

Finding Inspiration — Now Trending Terra Cotta, Rouge, Mauve

Playing with texture, I added in a creamy leather fringe keychain, pampas grass (thank you Instagram fam for identifying) and creamy scalloped tile. The green agate bookend brought in a natural element, plus that earthy green was heavenly. The pale mauve / blush played nicely with the rouge and burgundy. A small beige cup held tiny wooden spoons. Holy crap, I was embracing a very warm color palette.

Finding Inspiration — Now Trending Terra Cotta, Rouge, Mauve

Every so often, I would stand back and take a photo. After a quick study, I’d remove pieces I wasn’t in love with and replace with something new. I liked it..in fact, I kinda loved it. Time was up. As a whole, it had a very feminine, cozy feel. All it needed was blanket and a cup of coffee. How interesting.

Creative Workshop with Cambria Quartz Countertop

Next, our moodboards were uploaded to a computer screen, and we were asked to chat about what inspired us. My mind screamed, “Please don’t be first. Please don’t be first. Please don’t be first. Please don’t be first.” I mean, I was in the company of a few bloggers I knew virtually (Ashley, Erin, Anissa, and Reichel), but I still didn’t want to be first. Thankfully the decor gods took pity on me.

Creative Workshop with Cambria Quartz Countertop

It was really interesting was to see how everyone’s moodboards were the same yet so different. Most of us embraced those terra cottas and rusty, rouge reds, even copper. One girl grabbed a magnolia leaf and flipped it to the rusty brown side. It looked magnificent. Anissa embraced copper and by passed brass. Right before my eyes I saw shades of millennial pink being embraced but in a very sophisticated palette.

Finding Inspiration — Now Trending Terra Cotta, Rouge, Mauve

Before leaving LAB, Orlando made a comment about all the sad unwanted pieces left behind. The unchosen ones. We all chuckled, but that comment made me start to ask why. What was it about these beautiful items that made all of us over look them? There were blues, yellows, whites, grays…all cool tones. Almost everything left behind was cool. Ain’t that somethin’. Maybe it’s because fall is in the air and everyone is sipping on the pumpkin spice kool-aid. Or maybe, just maybe, it’s something more. A change is in the air folks. I guarantee it.

7 Comments

  1. Mary October 12, 2017

    Hey Kyla, is the new countertop that you can’t tell us about a wood-look quartz? Like a butcher block? You can tell me.

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    • kyla October 12, 2017

      Are you saying that is what you are looking for? Cuz that might actually look really cool.

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  2. Ronee Bergman October 13, 2017

    I’ve had quartz in my homes since 2007, and like it better than granite. I’ve always had Silestone quartz; did they tell you differences in quartz from the various companies? Someday (when I win the lottery) I would love to have quartz from Caesarstone as the colors are amazing. Thanks, this was a really interesting post…

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  3. Carla Aston October 13, 2017

    You rocked it! Super job. I would be stressed out too! 🙂

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  4. Jane @ quirk-shop.com October 13, 2017

    Sounds like a really fun event. I like this palette a lot, and I *do* think change is afoot. In the Milan Design fair 2017, these rich rusts, golds, and teals were all over the place, a la https://www.domain.com.au/advice/milan-furniture-fair-reveals-the-biggest-design-trends-for-2018-20170418-gvmnsi/

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  5. […] console was put under the blue lady and the rug made a disappearing act. Ever since I returned from the design summit, I’ve been inspired to warm up the color palette in the house. I’m presently in search […]

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  6. Diana Voiculescu October 26, 2017

    Ooooh, yes indeed, it seems so. Something is up with these colours I just keep running into them lately. Including in my own mind and thought process . And I used to ‘hate’ them. I have only one tiny red box in my house hidden somewhere (as in: no clue where, that’s how well hidden it is) and a red dress that I’ve never worn. Lol. I majored in fashion design and this was one of the most interesting topics I studied. How do ‘trends’ come about? Forecasting. Futurology. Extremely interesting! Nice article!!

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