The Future Looks Bright!

“The Pantone Color of the Year has come to mean so much more than ‘what’s trending’ in the world of design; it’s truly a reflection of what’s needed in our world today.” – Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute.

This couldn’t ring more true in the present day! And the winner is, drumroll please… PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet. - “A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, it communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future...” A future I am confident has good things in store. Last year was full of ups and downs, but I think we have a lot to look forward to in 2018! 

A color often associated with royalty, ultra violet pairs well with upcoming royal weddings, royal babies and the Winter Olympics! There’s a reason purple is associated with royalty: In ancient times, the dye was extracted from mollusks and therefore extremely expensive. Now deep versions of the color still signify luxury and imply grandeur and formality.

"This shade is bold and vibrant—and much easier to decorate with than you think. A pop of purple in any setting creates a warm yet unexpected feeling of comfort,” advises Elizabeth Campbell, Merridian Designer, Louisville, KY.

"And as individuals around the world become more fascinated with color and realize its ability to convey deep messages and meanings, designers and brands should feel empowered to use color to inspire and influence. The Color of the Year is one moment in time that provides strategic direction for the world of trend and design, reflecting the Pantone Color Institute’s year-round work doing the same for designers and brands.”

Needless to say, you’ll be seeing a lot of purple everywhere this year. Here are some of our favorite Merridian home decor pieces sporting variations of the "It" color.

Wall color below – Porter Paints Love Potion – and we certainly love the way it looks!

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Celebrating 21 Years!

What better way to celebrate our Anniversary, than to reminisce on how it all began…

When newlyweds, Patrick and Merry Dougherty, began searching for interesting and eclectic furniture, reminiscent of their days living in Santa Fe, NM, they kept coming up empty-handed. So much so that they eventually determined the Louisville furniture market lacked what they were searching for and in 1997 Merridian Home Furnishings was born. 

After creating an innovative plan to provide semi -antique furniture, upholstery, art and accessories, the couple went to work and opened the now iconic home furnishings mecca (store?) featuring interesting finds from all over the world. Initially, it required a significant amount of travel to exotic destinations in Eastern Europe, India, Asia and Mexico. Patrick notes, "To really control the quality, we had to touch and feel the product." But as he quickly points out, "It was grueling work in some pretty dirty places. It wasn't glamorous at all."

Striving to offer unique pieces that represented a variety of styles and vowing to keep overhead low was no easy task. Establishing strong  relationships with vendors in each locale was critical in getting the business started. Patrick equipped each vendor with a digital camera, new technology at the time, to capture and send images of their current inventory, usually pieces ranging from 30 to over 100 years old. This method of buying provided Merry the opportunity to hand select individual pieces from warehouses in central China and India while sitting at her desk in St. Matthews.  Two decades later, seeing images and having the dimensions of each piece still allows Merridian to keep fresh inventory flowing on a regular basis.  Merridian still has great working relationships with two of the original vendors they met over 20 years ago.  Currently they receive new photos from vendors about every three days. "Sometimes we'll take 75% of what we see, sometimes we don't take anything," Merry explains. "We only select pieces that have great lines and an overall appeal or those that can serve a useful purpose in someone's home or business. Sometimes, however, we choose a piece based entirely on it's extraordinary craftsmanship, beauty, or rarity. Certain items have become much more difficult to find even in the short time we've been doing this. Old things are definitely a limited resource!"  With shipments arriving about every two weeks, the ever-changing inventory and one of a kind pieces set Merridian apart from other furniture stores, not to mention that most items are available for immediate important feature to remember if you have unexpected family members arriving for the holidays!

Cheers to 21 years, and many more to come!

Go big and Go home! Let Merridian bring color to your life.

Adding bold color to your home will make such a big impact! Even if you have a neutral home, it’s still fun to add splashes of color here and there to liven things up, add warmth and give personality to your spaces. A neutral palette is a wonderful place to start. I find one of the easiest ways to introduce color into your home is through small decorative items like pillows, vases and various objets d'art.

One of our favorite quotes at Merridian is “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful." -   William Morris. At Merridian, we aim for both!

Because color has the power to transform any room, using it in curated steps, allows one to add color and still stay within their comfort zone. However, remember life begins where your comfort zone ends, so don’t forget going big with a small amount of color in an unexpected way, may add just the right amount of drama!

That’s why we love color at Merridan- we don’t have to use a lot to make an impact and mixing and matching with neutrals means all color can happily co-exist!

Discover a world of color and let us help you find yours today!

-Merridian Home Furnishings