Asian Influences

Asian Influences

Increasingly we see an increase in Asian themes showing in our industry.  We see this both in the design of furniture, and the accessories you might bring into your home.  Asian styled porcelain is back with the classic blue porcelain being shown most frequently.   Asian symbolism is on fabrics and furnishings as well.  We see one trend that is growing, mix a little bit of Asian influence in your modern, transitional, or traditional home and you’ll see a difference that will make people step up and take note.

Sustainability

Sustainability

We at Mister Robert work to assure our customer that they can find high quality products built with sustainable practices.  Our one-of-a-kind rugs come from makers who use fair-trade practices. Many are machine made using safe dyes and clean building practices.  We also carry lines that practice sustainable furniture manufacturing.  This means stains and building techniques are working to limit the environmental impact on water supplies and waste treatment.  

Bring the outside in

Bring the outside in

Makers of fine furnishings and accessories are increasing their use of natural stones, geodes, and textures.  Throughout the interior we see increasing use of nature adding to the existing trends of using metals and glass in your home.  Metals, whether gold, silver, brass, or blackened remain a part of the collection and add beauty and durability to any home.   Increasingly metals are mixed with both silver and gold finishes on the same piece. They are becoming less machined, and more sculptural in their use.   Consumers will find these pieces frequently coupled with quartz, natural stones, and glass in the details, often the drawers and door pulls.    

Cabinetry

Cabinetry

Cabinetry, tables and wood pieces also continue the customization trend with the consumer able to select a finish to match almost any room.  While the traditional deep wood stains will always remain, newer oxidized stains in blacks, grays, mottled textures and an endless array of bold colors create an accent piece which adds the “unexpected” to any room.

Beds

Beds

A return of wooden headboards and particularly 4-poster beds are a trend we see in bedrooms.  Traditional stains are combined with new finish options that provide you with many options if you’re looking for a new bed.   While upholstered headboards remain in the pallet and continue to be popular, we see increasing diversity in bed frames.  Metal frames with lacquered finishes are shown by many lines that can provide you with an updated look.

Modern frames, rounded options

Modern frames, rounded options

Upholstery furniture shows a continuation of rounded, soft edges coordinated with plush fabrics.  Fabric options at Mister Robert number in the thousands and colorways in leather only continue to grow.   This means that no matter what your color scheme we can coordinate it with you.  “Protected” leathers and “stain resistant” fabrics mean that no matter the size or age of your family or your pet, everyone can have beautiful well-made furniture that can stand up to heavy use.  Floral and botanical themes are being reintroduced in a variety of colors, hues, and shapes. These themes extend to designs in fabric, draperies and vibrant wall coverings.  

Paintings

Paintings

Paintings are another way to help a traditional room quickly become a transitional.  Original art with bold colors can breathe new life into any room. We see a continuation of abstract forms and Asian influences here as well.  Landscapes are not “out” but you see many painted with an expanded color pallet. Themes are being painted with a more impressionistic flair and the vibrant colors help bring new life to your home.  

Art Rugs

Art Rugs

One way to increase the color of your room is to consider purchasing an artistic investment rug.  Carpeting has taken a back seat to hard flooring in many homes which has made many homeowners searching for fashionable floor coverings. Rugs become a fantastic option to give any room a pop of color while adding warmth and livability to the space. Options abound from machine made to one-of-a-kind import rugs.  Consumers find that regardless of their homes’ style or color pallet, the right rug can bring beauty, grace, and comfort to any room, while giving a wow factor.

Meet Lance Whitlow

Meet Lance Whitlow

Lance Whitlow, graduated from Oklahoma City University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art with a Minor in Art History. He is an artist that works in oils on canvas. His oil paintings are in notable private collections and have been shown publicly in such places as the Norick Art Center in OKC, The Hulsey Gallery in OKC, Price Tower Art Center in Bartlesville, and many other galleries. 

 Lance is currently pursuing his Masters degree in Interior Design at the University of Oklahoma. Interior design has been a passion of his since he was a child. He would sketch out furnished floor plans and designs for various rooms for amusement as a child. His passion was fueled by his father, an architect. While he was growing up, his father would take Lance with him on his multiple projects. Lance’s parents recognized his talent for design and gave him the opportunity to travel and tour the best of what America has to offer in Architecture, Design, and Fine Art; there he cultivated his craft and the love for luxury design.

 Before joining the Mister Robert design team, he has worked on the designs of new luxury homes in the South Tulsa area. He has also supervised and designed for major home restorations in the historic neighborhoods of Mesta Park, Heritage Hills, Lincoln Terrace, as well as, other OKC neighborhoods. 

 “I believe that interior designers are interpreters of the wants and needs of our clients. I strive to fulfill that and go beyond, by exceeding my client’s expectations for their space.” Lance says.

 With all his experience and talents, he brings a unique perspective to the Mister Robert team. 

Colors- “what’s in”

Colors- “what’s in”

It seems like every year there are new colors shown in the furniture industry.  This year the colors for 2019 blend well with the earth tones and grays of the recent past.  We see a return of bold colors like Coral, Pink, Terracotta.   Greens and Blues are also being shown in almost all showrooms. Bolder colors can highlight your own sense of style and bring life to a room and compliment the subtle side of the more subdued colors of the past.   

The Choice is Yours

The Choice is Yours

The home interior industry has increasingly moved toward giving the consumer choices.   Today you can literally have it “your way”.   Customization and choice are driving the industry allowing you to individualize your home with color, texture and size.   

We carry lines in which customers can literally design their own sofas, tables, and chairs.  Many of our lines often multiple wood finishes and hundreds of fabric finishes. With hundreds of fabrics available from our top lines, we can help you choose a look that will not only be beautiful but also unique.   

Lamps and Lighting #2

Lamps and Lighting #2

There is a difference in the lighting choices you make for your homes. Quality lamps start with…

Lamps and Lighting

Lamps and Lighting

As a complete interior story, Mister Robert provides a wide array of options to light your home. We carry designer lighting from Visual Comfort and others. People sometimes ask…

Fabric – The Bottom Line

Fabric – The Bottom Line

Almost every day, some manufacturer comes up with a new name for a fabric that promises strength, durability, and easy clean up.

Synthetic Fabrics

Synthetic Fabrics

Ads for furniture often feature a host of fabrics all espoused to provide low cost durability. There are a number of common fabrics used in furniture that could be either blended with a natural fiber or used exclusively on its own.

Fabric Options

Fabric Options

Fabrics for furniture can be divided into two distinct groups – Natural fabrics, and synthetic ones. Let’s look at some natural fabrics which you could use in your home.

Fabrics

Fabrics

When you walk into a furniture store the covering on the furniture is what you see. Whether it’s leather or fabric the first thing to know is that all upholstery is not the same.

Meet Keven Calonkey Carl, NCIDQ, ASID

Keven Calonkey Carl, NCIDQ ASID heads a design team at Mister Robert which includes individuals with more than 80 years of combined design experience. Her knowledge and attention to detail has won her the Oklahoman’s Reader’s Choice Award for best Interior Designer 6 years in a row.

Cushions #4

Cushions #4

Nothing sleeps like down.  These inner feathers give cushions a plush feel and for that reason, they are sometimes called “down plush”. 

Meet Carrie

Carrie is excited to become a part of the team at Mister Robert, fulfilling her passion and love for design. Carrie graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene and has been practicing for over 20 years. In addition to loving her profession she has enjoyed using her considerable skill and natural eye at design to beatify homes in Oklahoma and Colorado. 

Carrie's career as a caring and compassionate person for others, has enriched her ability to listen and help clients. " I am such a people person and am so thrilled for this opportunity to help inspire customers to create their dream home. Growing up in Norman, I couldn't be prouder to be a part of the team at Mister Robert and work closely with my dear friend Keven who is my personal inspiration to design!"   Carrie is a talented and eager designer who has the skills to help our customers with all their needs. 

Carrie and her husband met at OU and after completing college decided to resonate in the beloved town of Norman to raise their two boys. Corbin a senior and Colin a freshman who are both attending the University of Oklahoma. They love their family time and embrace their adventurous side in Crested Butte, CO whether it is snow skiing, camping or celebrating the holidays!

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