Decorating with black and yellow inspiration is courtesy of the lone bee buzzing around outside the window in front of my desk. February in Louisiana is known for its temperature swings and early spring previews.
Interior designers, decoristas, bloggers, photographers and fashion mavens glean some of their best ideas by taking a page from the book of natural beauty.
Inspiration is everywhere and nature proves a powerful muse.
Several weekend getaways ago Dave the Builder and I treated ourselves to a leisurely afternoon drive through the garden district of a particular North Louisiana town complete with curb appeal ideas in mind and camera in hand.
Opinion, educated guesses, taste and trends drive the bulk of the what’s in, what’s out in design and decor predictions. Of the ten or so articles and reports consulted, kitchen color choices fall between all-white and whatever color floats your boat.
Removal of traditional wallpaper is not a quick process when compared to the rather easy removal process of peel and stick paper. From personal experience I learned using a wallpaper steamer to remove traditional wallpaper is the way to go.
Removable wallpaper is peel and stick apply today, easy removal tomorrow.
Renters sing the praises of peel and stick. DIY friendly in many cases, it lives up to its peel and stick label with no pasting or soaking required, but application does require patience and precision.
Correcting placement once applied proves a bit of an issue with the need to remove the panel and begin again almost a guarantee.
Rules apply for balance and form, but consider this- the unexpected use of color or well thought out and very intentional placement of a design or décor element in a “I would have never thought of that” place keeps things interesting.
Many associate textured wallpaper with commercial installs, and though it is true you will find it a decorating darling of commercial spaces for the sake of durability in both style and quality of product, textured wallpaper conforms to residential use in spectacular fashion.
Red, white and blue accents inspired by stellar color choices, engaging stripes, and timeless patterns star in this showcase featuring the bold and bright patriotic inspired palette- the original grand pop of color.
A distinct modification to the hard edge of industrial style is afoot- a reinterpretation best described as rustic industrial style.
Change is constant, and the world of design and decor is not exempt from changes or adaptions.
Rustic is often assigned to several different design styles, casting a broad net over the design application.
Industrial style is not a personal favorite, however, the present softening of hard edges in favor of tipping the scales ever so slightly towards a new traditional modern farmhouse look has the decorative oomph to win me over.
Back in the early 1980s, Dave the Builder became enamored with the modern meets contemporary design style that was all the rage.
Metal color palette.
Dave the Builder was intrigued, and I was perplexed.
We met in the middle of are you kidding me and we’ll give it whirl.
We remodeled the living room/dining room combination to suit the style, and when completed we ended up with a space that was stark, cold, and characterless.
The phrase pop of color is rooted in the lexicon of interior design and interior decorating, however, not all color palettes necessarily reflect the broad brush stroke of what we commonly consider color.
Pulling home decor accents and accessories from other design styles avoids, or at least greatly diminishes, the risk of the space becoming locked into the hard line look of a particular decorating style.
Staying true to one particular decor style proves a comfort zone of sorts, while the constant discovery of what accents and accessories best fit your decorative style portfolio results in a satisfying experience.
When the winds of design and decor change and blow inspiration your way, step out of the box and try a new decor style.
Inspiration is a motivational powerhouse, and the driver behind selecting a word of the year.
After a blowout Christmas holiday of eat, drink, spend, and give merriment, let’s just say we’re doing the tighten up dance around here with a little Archie Bell and the Drells thrown in for fun.
I’m embracing the new year with a clear 2020 vision for recognizing the areas of my life that could greatly benefit from a bit of improvement.
Resolutions tend to run their course about mid-February, so I go with a plan of action that I can easily meet and master.
Giving as much attention to cleaning up my mouth as I do cleaning up the house on a Monday morning is first up on the new and improved list.
Next up is working on being the kind of person to family, friends, neighbors, and strangers that you would want to go on a vacation with- the true litmus test of a person’s character, patience, and joy of life.
The word itself has a negative connotation to it, so, no.
Awareness of smart and sensible eating, food choices, and portion control is a more realistic goal.
This brings me to my word of the year share.
Choosing one word to guide, ground, and direct you over the next 365 days is the optimum daily, weekly, and monthly planner.
My word of the year is not the typical word one would associate with motivation, inspiration, and the like, however, it turns out it’s a word with a purposeful meaning.
\ ˈtīt \
: fitting very close to the body
: marked by unusual tension (as in the face or body)
: difficult to cope with
: relatively difficult to obtain
// money is tight just now
Several years ago after a traumatic financial turn of events in our normal (what the hell is normal?) self employed-go to work to pay bills and put food on the table-keep the lights on-doing all this to make a better life for our family part of life, we were left broke, broken, worried, scared to death, and frazzled to the core.
The how will we survive losing two businesses (one the bread & butter operation and the other the hobby turned luxury business) questions seemed to have no answers.
This was 2008 folks, and the residual angst remains with me to this day. The economic downturn gripping the nation was beating the crap out of us, but I’ve never been one to find comfort in the it’s happening to some degree to everyone way of looking at things.
Sitting alone in the office staring down at numbers, balances, and bills, the word tight popped into my head.
Money was tight and getting tighter by the day.
I was feeding my feelings, so my clothes were tight.
Fear set in quickly, taking me from happy go lucky motormouth to dejected mute resulting in my throat growing closed and tight.
Tight certainly summed up the situation.
I picked up a pen and wrote the word tight vertically on a piece of scratch paper.
As I sat and stared at the word standing out among figures and fear, what came to me was a Mary Tyler Moore (you’re gonna make it after all) moment of clarity, courage, and comfort.
I picked up the pen and put the pieces of what seemed an unsolvable puzzle together.
This Is God Handling Things
HE did, and he does every single day.
The takeaway boils down to this:
I knew, and continue to know, the importance of listening to that little voice inside you. More times than not it’s the true voice of reason.
Give yourself permission to take time for an alone moment to gather yourself and clear the noise life has a way of amplifying at times.
From designing, decorating and all the life changing decisions in-between, silence is golden, essential, and a hot commodity in the decision making process.
Not all closed doors open up again the way we think they should or want them to, but swing out in a whole new direction that over time and in HIS time pave the way to peace, promotion, provision, and understanding.
With 2020 vision, I realize how my personal relationship with God in prayer, word, love, work, thought, pen, and paper guides me through the good, the bad, the old, the new, the beautiful, the stylish, and the tight.
The creative process includes designing ourselves to be the very best we can be.
Grab 2020 by the new year with a word of the year that will make each day, week, and month the year of the very best you.
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 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 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.