Design Trends

Trending: Mod Macramé

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Isn’t it true that everything that was once in style will come back again? (Say it ain’t so for avocado colored appliances). I’ve been noticing a trend lately and that’s the comeback of macramé. I remember going into my parents’ friends’ houses as a young girl and seeing macramé everywhere, those hanging pots with braided and beaded jute with knotted fringe, that look that was all the rage in the seventies.

The design and DIY community has been in a “cover everything with rope” phase over the last few years (me too!) since rope, jute, and twine add desirable texture to home accessories and now macramé is trendy yet again.   

roost macrame hanging planters

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I like the repetitive knots and texture of macramé and the way it’s been reinterpreted with brighter twines like some of these DIY versions. 

diy macrame planters

how to: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4

 

Macramé is trending in home decor as well, from lighting to accessories, I’m spying it everywhere on Etsy and Pinterest.

macrame home decor

buy:  1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

 

What do you think of macramé trend?  Did you make jewelry or wall decorations with this technique as a kid? Would you decorate with newer mod interpretations, or do you think the look is still totally bohemian 70s?

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Changing Tastes?

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

I was organizing some pictures over the weekend and I stumbled across some images (below) of favorite rooms from 2010 that I had I gathered in an inspiration file on my old computer from that year (in those pre Pinterest days, do you remember them?) 

As I went through this “favorites” file I recognized something about myself, something that made me feel really good.  When it comes to my personal taste, I know what I like when I see it.  I like white bookcases and clean lines together with touches of wood and a mix of traditional and modern.

fitzhugh karol design sponge bookcase

 

I like graphic wallpaper in a powder room paired with a fretwork mirror.

elizabeth dinkel powder

 

I like sculptural modern accents paired with classic Louis style chairs trimmed in nailheads and a healthy dose of dark and light contrast. 

style at home magazine white chairs

 

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Design Trends of 2012

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

Today’s topic is one of my favorites and that is the conversation about trends in DIY and interior design.  Last year I featured a group of very talented ladies who discussed the Design Trends of 2011, and this year I bring you a new lineup of bloggers who I adore!  Each one of these fantastic women has a knack for stylish DIY and a fabulous eye for great design. 

I follow all of their blogs and love their fearless attitude when it comes to decorating their own homes and those of their clients.  All of their spaces are inspiring!  Please welcome Emily of Emily A. Clark, Kristin Jackson from The Hunted Interior, Camila Pavone from Effortless Style, and Jenny Komenda of Little Green Noteboook to the blog today for . . .   

design trends of 2012

I asked each of these ladies the same question and their answers and insight are fascinating.  I weighed in with my thoughts too (before I read theirs!).  Enjoy the interview and be sure to share your responses to any of these questions too. 

 

Here we go . . .

1. What was your favorite interior design trend of 2012?

Emily:  I love the use of deep, saturated color that we’ve seen in most of the major shelter magazines.  Jewel tones were popular on walls and on furniture, and I think they make for a happy space. I love that more people are embracing bold color – if even on just one piece.

Kristin:   Pattern mixing.  While this was nothing new, I felt that my clients were more open to bolder patterns being paired together in 2012.  Adding in multiple patterns creates depth in a space and provides that layered look that you see in all the magazines.

Camila:  Orange has been my favorite color for a couple of years now and in 2012 I got to see the interior design and fashion world embrace it.  It’s just such a happy color.  It instantly lifts my spirits. I loved seeing it paired with a bold pink or an unexpected lilac.

Jenny:   The marbleized pattern trend hit mainstream in a pretty major way this year, which I couldn’t be happier about. There are fabrics, pillows, art and accessories and even furniture you can find marbleized. I just love when a pattern can feel modern, traditional, glam and organic all at once.

Kate:   I love the growing popularity of painterly effects!  Watercolor prints are so lovely and you can’t deny the impact of large scale abstract paintings on the wall.  I adore just about any home accessory with a random splotch or swash of color as if an artist randomly embellished it with his or her paintbrush.  I hope we’ll see more of it in 2013, especially in fabrics.

kriste michelini bedroom with mixed patterns

Kriste Michelini

      

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