Hollywood glitz and glamour arrives at The Dolby Theater in regal manner on Oscars Sunday to celebrate pure Hollywood artistry and the artists, actors, producers, directors, memorable movie sets, locations, sound, and scores that produce legendary moments in film.
Designers will meet and master the creative task of translating Oscars best to accessories, accents, and home decor inspired by the Oscars.
Throwbacks to the splendor of classic Hollywood, today’s pop culture, red carpet fashions, best costume design considered to be absolute works of art, and the visually impressive cinematic color palettes of the best cinematography category serve as an artist’s muse in the design concept of accessories, accents, and home decor inspired by the Oscars.
Glamour and glitz.
Avant-guard style with give them something to talk about overtones.
There is a distinct correlation between the allure of the beauty created on the silver screen and home decor inspired by the Oscars.
The Tiepolo 16 Light Chandelier somewhat resembles the chandelier in the image. It is inspired by the chandeliers of the Baroque Ca Rezzonico Palace. Delicate flower petals made with strands of Clear Firenze or Swarovski crystal beads are set into a Allegri’s Sienna Bronze frame. The stems are finished in Allegri’s Silver Leaf, a spectacular Hollywood ending.
Now that the holiday season is in the rear view mirror, the decorations are down and packed away, and I finally know what day of the week it is, it’s time to look ahead to interior design decorating trends 2019.
Interior design decorating trends 2019 opinions, predictions, and prognostications differ from one designer-expert-decorator to the next. Where one asserts a certain interior design trend will be huge in 2019, another deems the trend is over and done with.
As for my personal formula of predicting interior design decorating trends 2019, I study various predictions, do a quick retrospect of the previous year’s hit and misses, factor in personal taste, and suggest accordingly.
I’m just the messenger here, but according to more than one and less than ten interior design and home decor online magazines, the popularity of the rustic farmhouse look is waning in favor of a more elegant aesthetic.
The trend towards antique pieces excites me to no end. Antiques promote a balanced contrast which in turn makes a visually compelling statement. The mixing of the old with the new ensures a classic, current, fresh and relevant result.
Unique, one-of-a-kind, and custom pieces will be on the trend radar for 2019. Focal point pieces or accents add such character to a space. Introducing one unique, one-of-a-kind, and/or custom piece will accomplish this.
Acrylic continues to be a clear choice for use as a foundation piece as well as a contemporary complement to antiques.
Pinterest numbers are in, and they show Pinterest searches for ‘mustard yellow’ were up 45 percent from last year. Two other searches of pinteresting mention find searches for ‘geometric paint’ up 225 percent, and searches for ‘tropical leaf wallpaper’ up by a whopping 401 percent.
The one commonality found in every article-feature-post consulted emphasize designing and decorating with comfort and mind. Warm and cozy is the common denominator of the interior design decorating trends 2019 consulted.
A beautifully-designed bed, soft rug, comfortable sofa and chair aka the creature comforts of home, will be in high trend demand.
Who else believes the above more a necessity than trend?
Years ago, I coined the term “too furniture store” to drive my point home with Dave the Builder that contrary to popularity, decade or trend, a contrived design, one devoid of the essential design element we know as comfort, zaps the life, individual style, and oomph right out of a space.
The beginning of a new year is exciting, and the interior design decorating trends 2019 show great and stylish potential. I look forward to seeing what interior design decorating trends 2019 thrive and what trends fade.
I received an email suggesting a repost of The Art of the Hang: Instructions for Hanging Art may prove beneficial to new readers and decoristas taking spring updating to heart and wall alike. In the spirit of seasonal updating, this new, improved and updated version is primed and ready to show and tell you Places In The Home instructions for hanging art.
It’s funny how movie titles stick in the impressionable side of my brain, becoming an exercise in conversion to interior design and decorating application. Let me demonstrate for you how it’s done.
Hang ‘Em High is a 1968 western starring Clint Eastwood.
It is not the standard instructions for hanging art and decorative accents.
Over my career as interior decorator, house to home flipper/stager, and antiques shopkeeper, I have hung my fair share of framed artwork, decorative antique plates, pediments, mirrors, ironwork, and sconces.
Many homes ago we were blessed or cursed depending on how you look at it with sixteen foot ceilings. The traditional rule of picture hanging did not apply in this case, and decorative interpretation as well as adjustment blurred all standard lines and rules of placement.
Back in the late Seventies, my parents attended a starving artist sale. A buying spree of landscape, floral and architecture paintings ensued. With hammer and picture hanging kit in hand, no formal instructions for hanging art to guide, and two sets of eyes fixed for eyeballing measurements and placement, the marathon art hanging session commenced.
Aren’t you going to use a measuring tape?
Don’t need it.
Let me at least get you the yard stick.
No, we’ve got this.
Is it level?
I was fourteen at the time and even I knew this wasn’t the way to go.
Dave the Builder is a MacGyver in the name of all things house that make a home. In his apprenticeship years he mastered the skill of hanging pictures, mirrors, artwork, etc. in both a visually pleasing and design appropriate manner. He brings his mathematical, architectural experience, and building talents to the table, and I bring a discerning eye and keen supervisory skills.
I’m good like that.
From years of hanging art in our homes, homes of clients, and at Hopefully Classic, we have mastered the art of the hang by following the instructions for hanging art.
Eye level varies from person to person, height to height. If it doesn’t look right to you, raise or lower the artwork to accommodate.
After deciding the desired height to hang the picture, measure from the ceiling the distance to one hanger on one side of the picture.
Next, measure from the ceiling to the other side hanger to assure a level picture hanging. If the frame has only one center hanger, measure the back of the picture from the center of the bottom of the frame to the center of the top of the frame. Divide this number in half. That is your center line.
Mark spot(s) on the wall with a pencil.
Pull the picture wire tightly upward as if hanging on the hook. Measure the distance from the center line to the top point of the wire. Add this distance to the eye level line measurement ( your pencil mark or marks on the wall). This is where you put the picture hook.
Two hooks placed 2 inches apart seems to work best for smaller pieces.
If the piece is larger, it is better to use two hooks spaced 8 inches from each side.
Interior design and decorating is a process. Placing furniture and deciding on what will be the focal point of the room begins the process. With decisions reached and furniture placed, I step back and view the walls as the canvas of the room. It might be that one stellar piece of artwork or favorite painting sufficiently carries the room.
Gallery groupings of different sizes and subjects work to capture the wow effect, deviate from the expected, and create what I call a decorating oxymoron- the off balance balance.
When arranging a grouping of artwork and before hanging, I like to layout the pieces on the floor in front of the wall they will be hung on. This allows you to get a visual read on the balance and proportion of the layout, and to fine-tune the arrangement. It also helps to eliminate or at least cut down on putting holes in the wall.
Trick of the Trade Tip: Plain white toothpaste is as a great alternative to caulk. Squeeze the toothpaste into the hole and wipe off the excess.
Use a spirit or laser level to ensure artwork is level. No level, no problem. I find the best measure is ultimately trusting your eye.
Hanging artwork above a fireplace mantel offers the opportunity to layer artwork pieces. When hanging artwork over a fireplace, aim to leave as little space as possible between the bottom of the art piece and the mantle unless another item will be placed under artwork or decorative accessory.
The art to hanging artwork, framed treasures, mirrors, architectural pieces and the like is in the scale, placement and arrangement that best suits the space and optimally showcases your personal style.
The framed 1960’s supermarket ad for Del Monte Sweet Peas captures the essence of Sasha’s flea-market chic home decor, and fancifully pays homage to Pop Art Icon Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup I: Green Pea.
The aforementioned School Days peas and the I remember it as if it were yesterday red tomato-green lettuce leaves- navy blue background Ann Page Mayonnaise label serves memory and a craving for a spring Easter comfort food classic.
This comfort food recipe for pea salad is uncomplicated, styled for a classic taste, and quick to please.
I liken it to the creature comforts of home through art and interior design and memories of the walks down the aisles of A & P hand in hand with my darling Mother.
I’ve learned so much from both.
English Pea Salad
2 large hard-boiled eggs
1 yellow bell pepper
2 oz. Cheddar cheese
½ c. mayonnaise
½ c. sour cream
3 tbsp. dried basil
2 tbsp. finely chopped red onion
2 tsp. chopped pimiento
1 tsp. Apple-Cider Vinegar
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. soul-food seasoning or seasoned salt
1 tsp. granulated garlic
½ tsp. Freshly ground pepper
2 dash Hot sauce
60 oz. early peas (such as Le Sueur)
In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients except the peas, mixing well. Stir in the peas. Refrigerate the salad for at least 10 hours or up to overnight. Serve at room temperature.
With spring and Easter right around the corner, I thought I would include this two peas in a pod recipe for Sweet Pea and Ricotta Tart from Good Housekeeping.
Sweet Pea and Ricotta Tart
1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
¼ tsp. salt
5 Tablespoons cold butter
3 Tablespoons trans-fat free vegetable shortening
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 medium leek, chopped
2 cups fresh or frozen (thawed) peas
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
¾ cup ricotta
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
¼ cup grated Pecorino cheese
½ teaspoon grated lemon zest
½ cup microsprouts or microgreens
Make the Crust:
In the bowl of a food processor, blend flour and salt. Add butter and shortening and pulse until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Sprinkle in 3 to 5 tablespoons ice water, one tablespoon at a time, pulsing after each addition, until large, moist crumbs just begin to form. Shape dough into disk; wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate 30 minutes or overnight. (If chilled overnight, let dough stand 30 minutes at room temperature before rolling.)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Roll pie crust into a 12″ circle and fit into a 9″ pie plate. Trim excess dough, leaving 1″ overhang; tuck overhang under and crimp edges.
Line dough with large sheet of parchment paper or foil; fill with pie weights or dried beans. Bake 15 minutes or until dough is set. Remove parchment with weights and bake until crust is golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes more. Remove from oven; let cool completely on wire rack.
In a 10″ skillet, heat oil on medium heat. Add leek and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Cook until leek is tender, stirring occasionally, about 3 minutes. Add peas and cover; cook until tender, stirring once halfway through, 3 to 5 minutes. Let mixture cool, then stir in lemon juice.
In a medium bowl, stir ricotta, cream cheese, pecorino, lemon zest, and 1/8 teaspoon salt until well-combined. Spread in cooled pie shell. Top with cooled pea mixture and garnish with microsprouts.
This year’s Christmas season is one of amplified joy and visual wonder, so much so it is growing increasingly more difficult to focus on routine tasks and duties. The plan is to wait until next week to pour the coals to Christmas-Holidays-New Year’s prep, plan and pretty.
Believe me, once the floodgates open the all things house that make a holiday home holidaypalooza will take precedence over pretty much everything.
Come to think of it, isn’t that exactly the point of the season of spending quality time decorating, baking, and Merry Christmas making with the ones you love?
Indications of what will be on-trend in the new year are beginning to appear on the pages of shelter magazines and social media feeds. The jury is not quite in with the final verdict, but I do like what I’m seeing.
A softening vis-à-vis color, texture and pattern appears to be the consensus among informal interior design trend forecast 2018 postings. With that being said, let me share with you the Places In The Home informal interior design trend forecast 2018.
As a FYI bonus, I’m including an enlightening and very interesting advice source survey showing the sources buyers turn to for interior design advice.
Lest we forget to include a glimpse of the new tinsel tree my mother just had to have for Christmas 2018.
Where have we heard this before? In almost every what’s hot for the new year forecast prediction of the past few years. I believe we can confidently move brass accents from the on-trend column to the here to stay column. Warm tones invite a sense of cozy comfort to the metals mix, and home owners, apartment inhabitants, dorm room decoristas and Millennials alike continue to show a preference to home decor accents and accessories that convey a stylish degree of cozy to the overall look.
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.
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…