Word on the Street: Fresno has a new vision for home decorating
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Veronica Mechem, left, and Amber Gorman, right, at their New Vision’s Re-Loved Home Furnishings, 2569 West Shaw Ave. in Fresno.

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A pair of longtime Fresno friends have taken their year-old home-staging business to another level. Veronica Mechem and Amber Gorman, owners of New Vision, opened a store May 17 that sells repurposed and shabby chic furniture called New Vision’s Re-Loved Home Furnishings.

It was a natural move, Mechem said, as the women started buying and redoing furniture to use in the homes they staged for homeowners and Realtors.

“We started going to secondhand shops, estate sales and auctions to get furniture at a great price and redo it,” Mechem said. “The response has been great.”

The friends still do some home staging, but are putting more time into redesigning furniture for their 1,100-square-foot store at 2569 W. Sha…………… continues on Fresno Bee

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For Your Home: The hot home decor trend you didn’t see coming: skulls
News from The San Luis Obispo Tribune:

Everything in our homes comes from either fashion or history. One hot – and surprising – decor trend pulled its life directly from the runways: skulls.

They have been showing up big time in fashion for the past couple of years. Alexander McQueen, the late British fashion and luxury clothing designer, rocked the style with his show at the Met Museum in 2011. It sent the look into orbit.

Two years later, the skull motif began showing up on home accessories. Two’s Company introduced jugs and plates with skull images. And we’re not talking about Halloween.

Now, in 2014, skinless heads have gone mainstream into home furnishings.

I find skulls fun and creepy at the same time. Maybe that’s what they bring to home decor, an opportunity for us not to take ourselves so seriously. Great decor needs a little whimsy to be interesting. When I started noticing skulls, I took notice. It’s hard not to.

Noir rocked its showroom this season at High Point. Founded in 2004 by Georg Baehler and Stephanie Lu, they have become a leader in cutting edge style that pushes the envelope. The idea of using skulls fits with Baehler’s quirky personality. It’s that L.A. vibe that gives designer decor just the right punch and makes people think. Noir’s showroom was filled with pillows adorned with skull images and hand guns, bowls of metal skulls were placed on coffee…………… continues on The San Luis Obispo Tribune

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