Stunning images such as this classic example of French Louisiana architecture from architect Ken Tate with interiors designed by Ann Holden of Holden and Dupuy Interiors affirm my love of traditional design and decor features steeped in southern charm.
Curling up with good interior decorating, home decor and architecture books in the name of all things house that make a home is always in style. Today I am sharing a short list of a few interior decorating, home decor and architecture books I am looking forward to reading cover to cover.
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
Colors of the Year 2015
Color is back. Did the folks at Benjamin Moore, Pantone and Sherwin-Williams get it right?
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.
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 .
“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?
In an ever-changing world it’s difficult to stay on top of what’s on trend. Think electronic gadgets. About the time you program, master and become proficient with the latest and greatest electronic gadget of choice here comes the newest version down the pike. Does this principle apply to decorating? Nah! Accents and accessories with timeless and classic appeal make sure of that.
The heart and soul of decorating is evident through individual decor style choices. We put a lot of ourselves into the selections and styles we go with. Perusing the blogsophere last year I scrolled through images of a blogger’s kitchen remodel reveal. In the comment section I was taken aback by a comment from another reader. “The _________________ look is so over!” I felt so bad for the blogger. There is no expiration date on what style you, the lead decorator of your domain, deem stylish, relevant and a necessary gorgeous to surround yourself with. The pride the blogger took in sharing the finished project was obvious, and to then have decorative doubt placed upon the heart and soul of decorating choices made- so uncalled for. Comments, like great interior decorating, should be balanced with good taste and careful consideration.
It is my personal and professional opinion that a look, style or decor choice will at sometime in its life be in need of at the very least a freshening up. That’s the heart and soul of decorating. Tastes and decor likes, loves and gotta have it choices change over time. A tweak here and a trend there guarantees it, but it’s the individual tastes and decor choices at the core of it all that makes it a statement of quality and personal style.
And that look, my fellow decoristas, is never over! Embrace, be proud of, and by all means…
I am thrilled to be nominated for the Lamps Plus 2013 Best Home Blog Awards in the category of Interior Design. Lamps Plus is my automatic go-to resource for lighting. I first discovered Lamps Plus in 1999, and the design and decor relationship continues to light the way to stylish and affordable lighting and home decor choices. Stylish looks pair well with an exciting opportunity to win the Lamps Plus 2013 Best Home Blog Sweepstakes.
It is certainly an honor to be in the talented and stylish company of my fellow nominees! I am continually amazed on a daily basis by the talent of so many in the blogosphere. Cast your vote for your top picks for Interior Design, DIY, Family, and Lifestyle blogs on the Lamps Plus Facebook page and you’ll be entered to win a $500 Lamps Plus online shopping spree! Click on the image below to be taken to Lamps Plus Facebook page to cast your vote.
Remember, you can vote once every 24 hours to earn extra entries! Did I mention that for each vote you cast you will be entered for a chance to win a $500 shopping spree! Let’s Lamps Plus!
I would like to humbly ask you for your vote. Your vote and time is truly appreciated, I thank you from the bottom of my heart, and wish you all good luck!
I like how one word can be associated with many different areas. Life, fashion, interior design, business, music, and writing all assign a sense of style however, I like to focus on the style of home. I’m not simply referring to decorating and dinner party ideas, the construction, or architecture of a house. The decor, personality, hospitality within, graciousness, and how we as hosts handle a less than comfortable situation measures the style of home.
Designers, actors, shop owners, one blogger, one musician and two chefs reveal their sense of style through meaningful words.
“I learned that passion about objects and furnishings makes for fearless decorators—and that if you are comfortable in your home, everyone else will be too. That sense of authenticity is what gives a home its soul.”
“In case of an entertaining crisis, take a deep breath and ask, ‘What would Auntie Mame do?’ If a guest accidentally breaks something, regardless of value, simply say, ‘Thank you. I’ve been looking for a reason to replace that old thing.'”
—Bryan Batt, actor/shop owner
“When I was in Italy one summer, our hosts served cashews and potato chips in crystal bowls while we sipped Prosecco. It was a revelation: right-out-of-the-bag snacks become sophisticated when they’re served in a gorgeous dish.”
“In life as in design, it is not perfection you should be after. There’s beauty in the faded and worn, the well loved, and the sentimental…After all, life has seams. Your home should be like a loosely woven fabric of desires, memories, practical, notions, and even compromises.”
My decorative and design energy is fired up for the New Year. I’ve spent the last few days checking things out fresh and new for 2013 aka the design and home decor trends of 2013. As we all know, fresh and new is not always fresh and new. You may spot more than one renewed, refreshed, repurposed, and/or reinvented idea from decor trends pasts. That’s the great thing about good trends- they possess the quality, look, and decorative chops to become even better the second, third or hundredth time around when done very well. Like, love or hate them- the decor trends and forecasts for 2013 are in. Color is color once again, a romantic renaissance is coming back around and look what blast from the past is set to lead the way- the big brass band of beauty.
Layering for warmth also applies to inside warmth, comfort, and coziness. Layers of color on color, texture on texture, pattern on pattern- pile it on! What could be easier than spot updates?
I’m thrilled to see the encouraged use of antiques as art coming around. Last week as I was viewing Million Dollar Decorators I was cheering on Jeffrey Alan Marks. His comments regarding the use of antiques as the final touch of personality in decor made me an instant follower of his train of thought. Unique, one-of-a-kind, unusual, whimsy, conversation pieces- yes, yes and YES! If only one piece brings this to the space then I say bring it! Can you tell I’m a huge fan of antiques as art?
It’s a new year full of new trends. I’m definitely inspired! Are you?
Do you dream in color? This is a popular question asked on the subject. Color is such an influential and integral part of our decorated lives, and yes, I most definitely dream in color. No big surprise as I write, source and see enough of it in my daily spin around the interior design world. I happily refer to Chicago’s “Colour My World” as the theme song of my life. It’s a colorful world we exist in, and thank goodness it is!
I often wonder if when others dream or see something of particular interest or beauty if they see it in terms of decor. When you see an image of an iconic figure from the world of fashion, film or music, do you think interior design?
I thought it appropriate to include the gorgeous design of interior designer Roger Thomas, the genius behind the fabulous interior design of Wynn Las Vegas and Encore Las Vegas.
Frank Sinatra ruled the Vegas strip as one of the most iconic entertainers in the town’s entertainment history. The swank, swagger and style influence of Ol’ Blue Eyes is woven into the history, character, landscape and design of Las Vegas.
I’m “board” on this Monday afternoon. Pinterest and Olioboard boards that is. As I was clocking valuable twitter time Monday afternoon, I came across an interesting tweet inviting interested parties to participate in a design and decorating contest.
Participants are asked to create a Pinterest board featuring products they would use to create a dream foyer in their home. My interest is piqued to the point of participation and inspiration to create a second Pinterest board of the Foyer Thinking persuasion. Below is pictorial proof of how I spent my Monday afternoon.
Another great site is Olioboard. Olioboard is an easy application for creating digital mood boards. Interior designers, decor enthusiast and creative minds come together to share inspiration and offer feedback. I use Olioboard to mockup decorating presentations, and once I mastered the tips, tricks and tools I have never looked back.
Over the holidays I was approached about taking on a living room renovation project. Both potential client and designer are thinking the project over. I thought I would get something down on paper, or in this case, on a digital mood board.