Trending – All That Glitters…

All that glitters may or may not be gold (in fact, it is usually polished brass), but it certainly is a hot design trend right now.

Mind you, this isn’t your mother’s 1980′s era brass.  You know, the kind that was used for overly ornate faucets and accessories to go with the Laura Ashley wallpaper and the little pink soaps in the guest bath?    <shudder>

Instead, gold is now the accent of choice to warm up that other trending “color” – crisp white.  Although gold can also be used to great effect with navy blue, chartreuse, and blush pinks, it is white that really begs for it.

If you want to try out this design trend, try accessorizing with brass planters or bowls you find at a flea market or thrift shop.  Just be sure that they have simple, modern forms, and can be polished up to a high shine.  Or find some silly ceramic figurines that could be improved with a solid coat of gold paint, then group 3-5 of them together on your mantel for a fun and trendy look.

For more ideas and inspirations, check out my All That Glitters board on Pinterest.

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The sources and credits for the images above can also be found on Pinterest.


Trending – Foxes

Owls, deer, butterflies, songbirds of every sort,… even octopus!  All have become trends in graphics and interiors over the last few years, and for good reason.  Between the renewed interest in all things outdoors, and the surge in handcrafted artisan goods, it was inevitable that people would want to populate their homes with their own personal totem (or just animals they think are cool looking).

So, get ready to meet the “new” critter on the block…

Whether the Fantastic Mr. Fox, dapper in his regal orange coat, or the clever and magical Japanese kitsune, the big ears and clever ways of the fox capture our imagination.

So go ahead.  Get a little foxy with your home!

To see more images, inspiration, and sources for some of these great fox finds, check out my Trending – Foxes board on Pinterest.

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Trending – Art Deco

The Roaring Twenties. The Jazz Age. The Silent Era.

Whatever you call it, the time that gave birth to the Art Deco was one of opulence and optimism. Skyscrapers were going up, speakeasies were going underground, and the whole world was giddily coming out of a period of war.

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Today, Art Deco is quietly, but firmly making a reappearance.  The bold geometric patterns that characterize the style were everywhere on the runways this year.  The costumery and interiors of Boardwalk Empire and The Artist have reintroduced a younger generation to the strong black and (almost) white palette.  The graphics for modern day posters are harkening back to the days of Art Deco and its curvealicious  cousin, Streamline Moderne.

Want to introduce a little Art Deco to your project?  Try borrowing from the simple but potent color combination of black, cream, and gold.  Lots of gold.  Then give it a feminine touch by adding coral or shell pink.  Or why not find an old club chair, with upswept arms and deep, cushy seats?  Perhaps some pillows with Art Deco inspired fabric.   Don’t forget the silk, the pearls, and the cocktail shaker.

You can mix Art Deco in with so many other styles.  Modern, Arts & Crafts, Mid-Century, traditional Japanese, Chinese….  the list goes on and on.  The key is to mix it in, not let it dominate, because you would quickly start to feel like you were living in a museum or a movie set.  That is, unless you WANT to live in a movie set.

As an aside, I love researching and writing these Trending posts, so you’re going to be seeing a lot of them from now on.  As an interior designer, I’m drawn to trends like a magpie, and I bet you are too.  Right now, I am playing around with ideas for how to make the trending articles even more relevant and useful, such as shopping lists, additional resources, and how to recreate the trends while sticking to sustainable practices.  If you have ideas on how they could be more interesting or useful to you, please let me know in the comments below.

As always, I have made a Trending – Art Deco board on Pinterest with even more images and inspiration.

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Trending – Book P*rn

Sometimes trends are so strong, they get their own names.  Names that are likely to get this blog some odd traffic, but hey, I gotta call ‘em like I see ‘em.  So, today’s trending topic is,… book porn.

Now, mind you, I’m not talking about books ON porn.  No, I’m talking about a sensual love for books that borders on the obsessive.  That passion for the smell, texture, history, and intellectual contents of a stack of bound paper with a title.

In quantities great…

and small…

books have a unique place in our interiors.

Sometimes a fairly unique place, but a place nonetheless.

Of course, you are probably wondering why on earth I consider books to be a trending design element.  After all, they have been around for centuries, and larger houses have had entire rooms devoted to maintaining private libraries.  Why do I think books are an emerging design trend?

One word – e-reader.

Have you been to a book store lately?  A Barnes & Noble perhaps, or one of the few independent shops that managed to survive the rise of Amazon?   What did you see when you were there?   I’ll tell you what I saw, the ever increasing creep of games, toys, and other non-book paraphernalia into the space once occupied by books.   Sales of books in their physical form are tanking.  Between the relative cost of purchasing a new book vs. downloading it, and the ability for e-readers to contain entire libraries in a very small “container”, the era of the printed page is fading.

Mind you, I think there will always be a desire for books, but I foresee a return of the boutique bookstore (yay!), filled with the works of smaller, artisan presses.  Books created for the enjoyment of the physical form, not so much the need for the information contained within.

So now books are becoming a bit nostalgic.  A reminder of a time when we could sit still for awhile and enjoy the words without the beeping, and the blinking images, and the distraction.  That sensory experience of musty, glue bound paper, crinkling in your hands as you turn the page.  Books give atmosphere to a room, and pleasure to the reader.

Want to indulge in a bit of book sensuality yourself?  Check out my Book Porn Pinterest board for ideas and images to inspire.

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image sources and credits can be found on Pinterest


Trending – Mint Green

It’s almost spring!

And while the overall trend in fashion for Spring 2012 is definitely pastels, there is one retro color that really stands out – mint green.

Ralph Lauren’s Spring collection was only one of many where mint green experienced a sort of “revival”.   Once a staple of 1950′s interiors, it had largely fallen out of favor, along with it’s perfect companion – pink.  But not anymore!

Look, mint even made an appearance at the Oscars last night!

When was the last time you can remember seeing this color on the Red Carpet?!?  Love Berenice Bejo’s Elie Saab dress or not (and this dress had a very mixed reaction), the French definitely know their trends.


So how do you pull this color into a room? Read the rest of this entry »

Trending – Bringing the Outdoors In

I don’t know about you, but I could definitely go for a bedroom like this…

I probably have an acute case of biophilia I guess.

With so many articles pointing to the positive effects spending time in nature provides us, it makes sense to get outdoors as much as we can.  However, for many of us (yours truly included), time outside is at a premium.  So why not bring some of the great outdoors in?

You can start small, with a terrarium or two.

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Trending – Vintage Lace

I traveled to North Carolina last week and, as I always do, I stocked up on fashion magazines for the flights.  It’s my little “hey, I’m going to be stuck in a cramped seat on a crowded flight for way too long” indulgence.

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Valentino Spring 2012

As I flipped through magazine after magazine, a particular trend caught my eye.

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Louis Vuitton Spring 2012

Designers were embracing lace.

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Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2012

A LOT of lace.

Which means that the current trend for vintage lace in interiors is only going to get stronger.  But how do you embrace the look without going full on frilly?  Here are some suggestions….

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