Pinterest Home Trends: Too Much of A Good Thing?

Bandwagons can get awfully crowded.  I proceed with caution before jumping on most bandwagons- carefully picking and choosing the ones to get on board with.  There are some who would definitely categorize Pinterest as bandwagon central.  Well if Pinterest is a bandwagon, then I say giddy-up!  Pinterest is the ultimate virtual photo album, an all-in-one place where you can find everything from free fonts to fondue recipes to fabulous home trends.  I use it as a visual catalog, look book and client presentation tool as well as a vehicle for gleaning ideas from other decoristas.  Beauty is in the Pin of the beholder.

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Fascinated by the power of the trend and the role that pinning it plays in the spread of its popularity, Pinterest reminds me of the Fabergé Organic shampoo ad campaign with the and they told two friends, and they told two friends, and so on, and so on line.  Recently, I came across the article “8 Home Trends That Pinterest Ruined for All of Us” from House Beautiful.  A headline with home trends and Pinterest in it is my kind of headline.  I could only guess at what the list of 8 would entail.  Scrolling through the list of the too much of a good thing offenders, I shook my head in agreement with several of author Lauren Smith’s selections.  Let me show you what I mean.

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1. Chevron Anything

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It is hard deny the fact that this is one pattern that has fallen victim to the done to death effect.

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2.  Mason Jars

Let the record show I love these jars, but fully understand the too much of a good thing point.  The unpretentious utility and multi-purpose what’s in a jar appeal of the iconic mason jar reaches all the way back to its inception in 1858.  I mean, come on. It’s mason and ball jars!  The popularity of these inexpensive jars is well preserved.  See what I mean? These babies were in high demand at the estate sale we attended this past weekend.  Numbers three through seven on the list rank as mild offenders, mere this trend shall pass mentions.  It was not until I got to number eight did I realize Ms. Smith may just have a point.

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8. Painted Everything

I believe the time has come for this keyboard confessional.

Painted everything is the please put down the paint brush and step away from the ______________ trend I love to hate.

There, I typed it.

I emphasize the word everything.  Paint dipped beverage glasses, dipped furniture legs, plastic toy animals, dollar store china, lampshades, countertops, flooring- everything is fair game.  You name it and someone will have the DIY idea to paint it.  Pinterest is peppered with painted everything projects, some gorgeous and some not so gorgeous.  As far as calling out the not so gorgeous, I believe it is best to apply the Thumperian principle to mouth and keyboard.  If you can’t say, type, post or link something nice, don’t say, type post or link anything at all.

I admit a well applied coat of paint on an inexpensive piece of junk mass produced furniture that isn’t all that to begin with in the first place can’t hurt the look.

An even better applied coat of paint in a designer color(s) on a home furnishing with good bone structure can render a piece thoroughly modern magnificent.

Case in point. Feast your eyes upon this stunning French Provincial dresser finished in a “frenchy” blue color by Cindy at Edith & Evelyn.

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Magnifique!

Do I think the painted everything is on the way out?  The popularity of painted everything pins and boards on Pinterest suggest the answer is no. I do wonder about the staying power of the painted everything home trend.  Is painted everything a Pinterest home trend that is here to stay, or one with an expiration date marked sooner than later?

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The Decorating Way, Way Back: Decorating With What You Love

Lost, destroyed, misplaced. These are not the words we want associated with the photos of our lives.  A couple of weeks ago I received an email from my have camera, will photograph uncle with these blast from the past photos attached. Tears rolled down my cheeks for the memories and thankfulness to have these back in my life as we know it photo file once again, grainy finish and all. I have titled this blog post the decorating way, way back.  For the hip and happening hashtag crowd, let’s go with #WaybackWednesday on this #ThrowbackThursday eve.

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These photos were taken at our old house. Originally we purchased this house as an investment property, but it made financial and logistical sense (and cents) to just move into the property while we were in all out renovation mode with our present home.   On this particular afternoon in early 2000 when these photos were taken, family and close friends gathered back at our home after the funeral of my maternal grandmother.  My grandmother, a self-made woman and antiques dealer extraordinaire, taught me the world of antiques.  I see her everyday when I glance at the many items given to us by her and proudly displayed throughout our home.  Dave the Builder and I have always been big on including family mementos into our decor.  Decorating with what you love makes a house your home.

Bob-Dylan-quoteThe decorative anchors of the fireplace mantel consist of two of my most treasured treasures.

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The vintage rose bowl was an anniversary gift from Dave the Builder.  I spotted it in a friend’s antiques store and commented to Dave how I wished I could find one similar to it in our treasure hunting rounds.  As soon as I opened the anniversary gift and saw the rose bowl I knew its new home would be on the fireplace mantel. Of course, this was before my graceful handling resulted in its chip and crack demise.

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The Hull Magnolia ewer on the other end of the mantel was Dave the Builder’s paternal grandmother’s.  When Dave and I first started dating he was using the ewer as a doorstop.  A doorstop! Dave, this is an exquisite, mint condition piece of American pottery.  Please visit your local home improvement store for all your doorstop needs.  It is a sheer miracle the ewer did not end up like the rose bowl.

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The design of the house was a natural fit for our American antique pieces .

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The dining room was painted in Sherwin Williams Mint Condition.

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The den was painted in Sherwin Williams Fired Brick.  The photos cast an altogether different color.

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This is the dining room in our present home painted in Fired Brick.  Lighting is key to true color reads.

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Addresses, hair colors, waistlines and fashions have changed over the last fifteen years. Trends have ushered us toward painted furniture, neutrals as color and new traditional modern.  If I had to do the interior of this particular style home all over again, I don’t believe I would change too much of the original interior selections.  They say you can’t go back, but you can remain true to your personal interior design and decor style without apology or comparison.  It’s called decorating with what you love.

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Interior design, Decorating and Home Decor Trends 2015

Fresh on the heels of ringing in the new year comes the new year’s trend buzz. Design forecasters, decorating prognosticators and discerning decoristas are weighing in on what they believe will be the interior design, decorating and home decor trends 2015.  There is plenty to talk about in regards to the new colors of the year announcements, forecasted trends and carry over favorites from 2014. Let’s take a look-see at what’s in store, shelf and source for trend 2015, shall we?

 

Interior Design, Decorating and Home Decor Trends 2015

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Colors of the Year 2015

Color is back.  Did the folks at Benjamin Moore, Pantone and Sherwin-Williams get it right?

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Metallics and Mixing Metals

This is one forecasted trend I continue to lean towards and admit to having quite the decorating crush on. Bring on the metallics and art of mixing metals in the name of all things home furnishings and home decor accents beauty.

 

Let there be lacquer

A strong look for a strong statement, lacquered walls and ceilings shine the statement spotlight on high gloss glamour.  Don’t buy into the notion that lacquered walls and ceilings are only meant to carry a small space.  Lacquered lies, I tell you!  Drama deserves to play the big room, and a lacquered finish will deliver on the promise of performing as the shining star of statement making style .

Three trends for the price of one gorgeous look- Chinoiserie, a mix of style, and the color infusion rule of thumb follow-through and belief that every space needs that touch of black.

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Pattern on pattern at play

If one is good, and two is better, then three, four or five…

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Open Shelving

Open shelving doesn’t seem to be losing its wide range appeal, and, in fact, is moving away from strictly a form and function design and decor option for kitchen and breakfast areas.

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Things are tuft(ed) all over in classic leopard-print for 2015

When a classic print such as leopard is paired with a timeless textile form process as classically chic as tufting is, the result is trend setting elegance worth decorative consideration.

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The following statement appeared in my Decorating Trends for 2014 post:

“I said this last year and why change it if the words hold true?  Good trends possess not only the quality, but the look and decorative chops to become even better the second, third or hundredth time around when done very well.  I do believe there’s another word for it, classic.”

The success of a trend is often measured by the acceptance of the designing and decorating public, ease of implementation into established decors, and the decorative ability to show staying power.  A blip on the trend radar, a pass or fail fad, or timeless classic must try- what say you about the these interior design, decorating and home decor trends 2015?

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