We’ve been living in 2018 for a couple of weeks now. Most of the hullabaloo has died down, which means we can focus on design trends that are worth embracing. While glossy magazines and the web are filled with photos dangled out there like a carrot for a horse, not all can, will or should be a part of our individual homes.
As any good talker would do, I started researching; looking to a few well-established design sites. Each had cross-over ideas, as well as individualistic ones. And, since my notes include a long list of concepts, it was necessary to pare down the notions.
The most important message is personality.
Don’t lose your personality to glom onto a fad that will be here today and gone at the beginning of 2019. My Domaine’s article balanced the outs with what’s in. For example, “Out: Faux Industrial, In: Authenticity.”
Effective rooms have an authentic feel about them. Walking in, you instantly know the person who lives there truly lives there. It might be furnished with items collected from travels, gathered and re-purposed at motley places or passed down heirlooms. Whatever the case, let your little-self shine, whatever that shininess looks like.
There’s more color out there than white.
As much as we adore a crisp white kitchen, it’s time for other hues. Designers are gravitating to rich colors. Houzz says we’re going to see bright, bold sofas, matte black finishes, and the comeback of floral patterns. When it comes to the famed millennial pink, House Beautiful touts that it’s now lavender’s turn to be the next darling shade.
Moody, high-contrast palettes need to have a balance point. White and natural elements provide poise and stability. Stone, wood, woven textures and even plants create a ballast of balance.
What else is trending?
There were a few things that I found quite interesting; velvet, olive green and chartreuse to name a few. Is this a throwback to the 60’s or 70’s? No. The velvet doesn’t look like old tasseled bedspreads. There’s an air of sophistication, especially if that piece is in an eye popping chartreuse or peacock.
Curvy furniture is an in thing; craving to be decked in a luscious color. Mixing metals is very on point. Don’t you find a mash of items to be more interesting? Finally, we’re given permission to have brass intermingled with brushed nickel or copper hanging out with matte black finishes. It’s that personality factor in our design trends.
Well, friends, this is a nutshell version of what’s out in the marketplace of dreams for 2018. Which design trends are vying for your attention? I’m falling for the floral comeback and am contemplating an over-sized display for my dining room. We’ll see.
Cold nights (it was 9 degrees yesterday morning) call for cozy beds, so I put on winter flannels. And, there are two extra throws tossed at the end of the bed, just in case. Layer upon layer; isn’t that what we’re told regarding outdoor wear, and shouldn’t the same rule apply to our bedding?
I’ve been asking myself, what makes a bed cozy? Is it truly dependent on the temperature, or something to be experienced year round? Quite frankly, when I think about cozy, words like soft, welcoming and comforting come to mind. My thoughts also roam to warm and tucked in, which would be temperature dependent. Imaginably, cozy is a state of mind that is as individual as our beds. Read More
It’s time to deck the table and the halls, walls and front yard. Wait! At the same time, it feels like Thanksgiving was just cleared away. My, how time takes off at the speed of light when the Holiday Season has descended. I don’t know about you, but my “to-do” list is much longer than my “done” list. At work, that’s job security; at home, the need to get going on my ever-growing lists. Yes, I have “lists,” plural!
I find the best way to start ticking off the boxes is to start with one project, before moving on to the next. Since you don’t want all of the details of my halls, walls and front yard, I’ll focus on an area of which I’m especially passionate – the table. Read More
What’s on my wish list, you might ask. As a matter of fact, during our staff meeting on Monday we were discussing this very question. Of course, when I look around the studio so many lovelies vie for my attention. It’s just hard to decide, which doesn’t help friends, family or our dear significant others.
To get your mind dreaming, here are some of our favorites. Feel free to use our suggestions, or come up with your own desires. Read More
The Holiday countdown is real and happening before our very eyes. In fact, I have a friend who, every year, will post some unnerving picture of Santa and his elves doing a countdown to Christmas. She will start these posts in July, that’s what’s so unnerving. However, when you are in retail, one must start to plot early.
On a personal note, though, as I’m writing this post, it’s Halloween. Essentially, this means I need to get cracking on my planning. And, since I am a “planner,” the need seems even more urgent. Just look at the calendar. There are only three Thursdays until Thanksgiving. We could extrapolate on out to Christmas, but I’ll save you that panic attack for a few weeks. Read More
Napkins, a simple piece of cloth or paper used to wipe our lips and hands, or to protect our clothes from a stray bite when we’re too busy chatting. I thought we learned to not talk with food in our mouths as kids. Some of our best lessons go unheeded at times; therefore, the need for a utilitarian square with great table impact.
Resourceful, ingenious, inspired tables are strewn all over our social media feeds. Friends post artistic pictures on Instagram of the setting they created for their last get together. Let’s face it, we feel the pressure to perform, and the Holiday Season is fast approaching. Oh, my weary head, just thinking and planning. Read More
A table made of mud seems like a happy something that littles do while making mud pies and playing patty-cake in the backyard. My grown-up version is an adaptation; setting the table with pieces of divine porcelain from Mud Australia.
The handmade porcelain line was founded in 1994 by Shelley Simpson. Each stunning piece is minimalist and artistic with modern features and color palettes that fit well in a wide range of home styles. Each time I cup a piece in my hands, it’s a tactile experience of glazed interior and matte exterior. Vitrified stone-like is how Mud describes it, and the matte becomes smoother with each touch. Read More
“One part clouds, two parts sunshine” is the dreamy tagline for one of our makers, Kerry Cassill. It wouldn’t be quite fair to play favorites, but these whisper soft linens take our breath away.
The early ’90s was a pretty amazing time for creative souls. After spending much of the decade exploring the planet for inspiration, Kerry found herself drawn to the colorful and eclectic Indian prints she discovered throughout the markets of Paris, and followed them to their origins in India where she began developing her own signature look. With additional influences that included early mentors like acclaimed colorist and textile designer Bridget Singh, and the colorful impressionistic styles of painter Vincent Farrell, Kerry Cassill’s unique and adventurous collection of clothing and bedding has become highly regarded and celebrated around the world.
A short story about a reupholstered chair that came back to life with some imagination, thoughtfulness and able hands.
There once was a little chair whose sole purpose was strictly utilitarian. He was dressed in a drab canvas, with buttons popping and a seat smudged from frequent sitting. Little Chair served his purpose well, never complaining of his colorless place in life. He was down-to-earth and useful.
One day, Little Chair encountered Carnation. Now Carnation was stamped by hand with naturally derived dyes in indigo tones; nothing showy, but with panache that only an indigo carnation could don. Little Chair was astute. He knew this happenstance with Carnation would change his life for all time.
Did you know that being tidy is a habit? Science shows that habits begin to take shape in as little as 21 days.
Have you ever tidied madly, only to find that all too soon your home or workspace is cluttered again? If so, let me share with you the secret of success. Start by discarding. Then organize your space, thoroughly, completely, in one go. If you adopt this approach—the KonMari Method—you’ll never revert to clutter again.
– Excerpt from Marie Kondo’s book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”