Trending reports are always on my radar! Here is a two-part series with the top 14 of my own design trends to watch for this spring. This post will detail the first seven trends. Continue reading here for the rest!
Trend #1: Performance Fabrics
The trend of performance fabrics is pretty basic, but not to be overlooked. Pay attention, incorporate several of them in your next redesign or new design. Your room will sing with #purestyle!
Performance fabrics make using light (even close to white) upholstery a real option for often-used seating. Be it dining or family room, all of the sudden it’s perfectly sensible! Crypton is the newest introduction. Found in solids, textures and patterns, this newest introduction is the answer to pets, grandchildren and teen hangout areas! They are soft and pretty, found in a wide range of colors. Oh, happy day!
Just another place you may want to try these performance fabrics…the master bedroom at our house is a movie, snack and drink kind of place. It’s the perfect answer!
Trend #2: Mixed Metals
These beautiful vessels are just one way of showing this strong trend. Mixing metals with leg finishes, lighting choices, accessories, lamps and mirrors makes perfect sense. Don’t limit yourself with all silver or all gold…find your perfect mix!
Trend #3: White Always Works!
One of my favorite formulas has long been, “white plus one color always works.” Any palette welcomes the bright contrast of white as a striking and bold accent. I find myself buying a larger mix of white accessories for my store, Black-eyed Susan, than most…I can use it with any vignette. White plays off of bold color, or black equally well. White is fresh and clean. White is classic. It’s a perfect formula for success.
Trend #4: Pink Rules
Whether it’s in accents such as these stunning peonies, or the happy cherry blossoms below, or a pale pink wall covering or painted wall…it’s all about pink! Any color of pink. PINK! And it doesn’t have to be a girl’s room to sing this color! We are using it in living rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms…it’s a HOT trend for sure. *sigh* Love. It.
Trend #5: Tile An Accent Wall
Accent walls are perfectly stylish again, and who doesn’t love an entire wall of tile? Horizontal, vertical, subway, mosaics, mirrored, mixed metals … there’s plenty for the taking. Big box home decor stores and fine tile stores alike offer a plentiful selection with more choices than you may want! Master bathrooms, powder rooms, water closets, art niches … I can find multiple places to design using these beautiful tile accents.
Here’s a few favorites I’ve used in some recent projects:
I’m pretty much hooked. I think you will be too.
Trend #6: Add a Pop of Color
Maybe it’s a brightly colored accent lamp…orchid plant…
… or bright contrast towels in the master bathroom. A bright pop of color brings personality and your unique stamp to a room. Don’t be afraid to add pops of color…remember the “white plus one color” rule? Here, it works perfectly, and if you decide orange or chartreuse is the right “pop”, well, what’s wrong with that?!
I recently helped a friend add these bright pillows (in teal) to a basically neutral room for the summer. We added a pretty coral as a contrast welt for even more fun. Color just make me happy. Change it up a bit for different seasons and take it all in. I recommend it! I’m well known for color. Try it and I think you’ll be a believer. #colorcrush
Trend #7: Go For Quartz
THE most popular medium currently trending for kitchens and bathrooms alike is quartz. Easy maintenance, keen copycats for Carrara Marble, stain resistant…all the best reasons to use quartz. Subtle veining to shimmery accents, light to dark, quartz is taking center stage. Try mitering the edge of your island to create the look of a double thickness. You’ll find it a bit more expensive than granite, but well worth the look and function. Go for it.
Most of our favorite granite yards are stocking slabs of quartz for you to choose from right on site. It’s a win-win.
These are just a few of my favorite style trends happening in my designs of late….but don’t worry, there are always more just around the corner! Or maybe you should worry, actually. Trends. It’s really hard to be current for too long…but it sure is fun trying.
Several months ago, a darling client came to me to do a few updates. It happens, you know! She had an entire office full of traditional office furniture with all the necessary file storage, function and visual display options needed for the home office she and her executive husband share. But it looked dated and average, at best, in the pecan stain finish we found it in.
A fresh coat of paint to the room was the beginning. Sherwin Williams Wordly Gray brought things current and was the perfect backdrop for the Amy Howard Paint (we carry a complete line of colors) we used to reinvent all of the casegood pieces in the room!
You will find both classes on how to reinvent your own pieces, or our service of a professional to come to your home and do it for you through the retail store, Black-eyed Susan. We call this service Black-eyed Susan Painted Style! My trained and skilled staff member, Betsy Both, went on site for this office project and in a matter of days, we had the room restored, reinvented, and ready for my magic touch to place the final details. It’s a complete change!
My client’s husband is a big fan and collector of vintage vinyls. His collection is extensive and this is where I took my inspiration from to begin to put the personality into this room. You’ll see below the beginning of the a small bookcase, painted in a two-tone finish to spotlight generational photos, vintage books and the vinyl record jackets I selected.
I don’t mind telling you, I would love to adopt that hairdo Madonna is sporting!
Below is the finished bookcase. Note the smaller 45’s stacked pancake style on one shelf and one hanging above the two jackets to give just the right scale in height. My client’s husband was thrilled that his prized collection was used! It seemed the perfect way to personalize this office and add a unique theme to the room.
I used large plate hangers for these covers, selecting some favorites by taking color, interest and drama in consideration. (It helped that I’m a big James Taylor fan!) Tiny potted succulents, leather bound books and several personal sculptural pieces completed the work space.
Not shown is the current, stylishly hip and comfortable leather office chair, executive desk and new draperies in a gray and chartreuse ikat pattern. If you watch my Instagram account, I’ll post a photo of these elements soon!
A small lateral file was one of the pieces included in the painting project. I added a stylish and manly oil rubbed bronze lamp, several accessories and a darling baby photo of a now grown son to keep things personal and tender. I had the traditional frame painted in our Amy Howard Paint as well, to bring it into the here and now of the new room.
The re-invention of this home office was strikingly dramatic! It’s amazing what a few days of labor and this Amy Howard Paint can do. Come see for yourself and join us for a class to learn your own techniques for making changes in your own home. Everything old is new again!
There’s no one who is more of a succulent fan than myself! About five years ago, succulents came into the design radar for me. Fabulous, right?! I’m not even tired of them….but, I have been keeping my eye open the last few markets for that “next big thing” — the “next succulent,” if you will.
Don’t misunderstand, I am still in love with succulents, and find myself mixing them with just about everything in my accessory calls and when I put the finishing details into completed projects. But this is what I’ve been bringing in the last few weeks and they have been flying out the door just about as fast as they arrive!
Flowers made of a foam-like substance…bright white or spectacular colors like orange, coral and vibrant pink. Oh. My. These beauties make my heart sing!
Shown here is our large 50″ tray brimming with pink magnolias, local cuts of sycamore logs and dramatic white magnolia-like blooms. These are just spectacular! Think dining room centerpiece, foyer drama, or island statement.
Here’s a closeup of some spikey orange tinies…they come four on a stem, and I cut them short to creative individuals that I could dress these tiny vessels in. Perfect for those difficult spaces beneath your wall mounted TV above the mantle. That’s a tough request I often am faced with for client’s family rooms. I think I’ve got one answer!
Just another shot of the same darlings! Love.
John, my retail manager, put this dramatic statement together during our last “late shift” night…Wednesday nights are the nights we create magic in the store, revealing new arrivals, fresh ideas and inspirations for new color palettes. Furniture, art, and mirrors are shuffled around to create a whole new look. Thursdays should definitely be your go-to day to come in and be lifted and delighted! And John or myself will be around to help fill your centerpiece and accent needs.
The next three images are some of the same types of statement flowers that I’ve used in my new North Carolina home. I find white to be a strong contrast and naturally, perfect with any color palette. I loaded the same long tray I mentioned in the first photo with mossy spheres, succulents, bulbs, log cuts and fern fronds. Then I popped just a handful of the large white blooms (heads only), to put that pop into it. I’m loving it. Organic, lively, striking. It’s just the ticket I was looking for!
This striking bloom had me at the color! I’ve added hot pink into my gray and white mix, along with a little high gloss navy. (You can see that hot pink coral/lucite statement in the background). Combined with one of our large botanical leaves, this oversized bloom just pops out of the top of a favorite bamboo vessel. Pure style!
On the coffee table, I have accented an oversized foam succulent (!) with several of the same white heads cut from their stems to rest atop this organic-inspired, delightful metal bowl, sculptural in nature. Use vessels that can be re-invented during different seasons…fall, holiday, spring. I often have classes in the evenings to show how this is done. Watch our event listings for this!
I love the contrast between the lively lime green and the brilliant white!
All in all, I’m in love with these new additions to the world of succulents! Assorted colors, heights, sizes, and styles. Come in and see for yourself. I think you’ll fall in love.