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The Hottest Trends for You and Your Home

Posts by Rachel Shingleton

Trends are a funny thing; they come and go but sometimes they tend to linger just a bit too long. We saw it happen a few years back with chevron, a classic pattern in its own right. So I thought I’d ask a few of my designer friends what trends they hope will hit the road in 2017 or at least take a break for a few years.

WORD SIGNS

City Farmhouse blogger Jennifer O’Brien suggests that the typography sign trend is probably going to stick around in 2017 but that we’ll see them used more sparingly and in a more urban, intentional way. “Organically weathered with patina? Absolutely,” she said. “But chippy paint is a big no.”

JUJU HATS

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The Juju hat with its big, fluffy, and frequently colorful feathers is an African symbol of prosperity and has been a major trend throughout the past few years. They’ve popped up everywhere from entryways to bedrooms, but designer Amanda Gates is ready to bid them adieu. “They’re everywhere in Nashville,” said Amanda Gates. “I want them gone!”

Instead, check out textured prints of bird feathers to bring in the color and texture of the Juju hat but in a new way.

CHALKBOARD PAINT

A fun and sometimes functional trend for the past decade, chalkboard paint has now overtaken everything from walls to doors to furniture. I’m ready to see this particular trend fade out for awhile, plus the dust from all that chalk surely won’t be missed.

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Instead, why not try a modern acrylic wall calendar? Jordan Ferney at Oh Happy Day created a chic DIY office calendar.

MACRAME

One thing that all the designers could agree on was the macrame trend. “There are so many things that are better than a macrame plant holder or lampshade,” says Lisa Mende. “As much as I love using plants in home decor, I would be happy to see anything macrame for home decor disappear in 2017.”

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Instead, natural textures can be used in a myriad of ways, from chunky knit throws to burlap and other natural fabric window treatments.

WHAT SHOULD STAY?

I’d love to hear if you agree or disagree! And as always, trends linger longer in certain parts of the country. I for one hope we never see the end of vintage furniture being repurposed in new ways as well as anything Palm Beach inspired. Jana Bek agrees: “I will always love brass, lucite and palm trees!” Comment away – what are you sick of? What do you want to hang on to forever?


You’ve probably heard the news by now that Pantone’s color of the year for 2017 is a cheery shade of green called Greenery. Reminiscent of bright palm fronds with a hint of yellow, it’s undoubtedly an optimistic hue and it conjures up images of springtime.

I’ll be honest — it wasn’t the color I would’ve landed on for 2017. I feel like a richer, earthier emerald green would’ve been more of-the-moment. But it’s a classic color nonetheless, and there are so many fun ways to integrate it into your home.

If you’re colorphobic or want to create visual interest, go with something small and inexpensive to bring this hue into your rooms. A throw blanket or a few pillows can be the perfect thing to jazz things up a bit. Or even a bit of velvet ribbon as trim as shown on the bed below — it’s unexpected and it looks so chic.

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Don’t feel like you have to go for the exact shade of green at 100% intensity. It can be diluted a bit; just look for the same hue but in a paler version, such as the green fabric on the classic ottoman in this cozy living room.

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However, if you’re not afraid of color, then go bold with a brightly painted wall and pops of aqua. White trim feels so fresh and cheerful against all that color and it gives your eyes a place to rest.

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Aqua is a Greenery’s BFF undoubtedly!

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Another example of “colorful but muted” is this bedroom, which features several different values of the same color green. It creates depth in a monochromatic space.

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This living room is unexpected with its interesting pairing of neutral beige tones with bold green walls. Green is naturally an organic hue, and nature, as always, provides the most perfect color schemes from which to be inspired.

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I adore this velvet upholstered bed. How sumptuous! Overall the room still feels neutral but sophisticated.

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Try color in new ways: painted doors and ceilings are a great way to jazz up a long stretch of hallway and create visual drama.

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This bright green grasscloth accent wall has a rich sheen but white accents prevent it from overwhelming the room. Sloping ceilings and a bamboo bed painted in a snowy hue allow the pops of color to be bold and statement-making without going overboard.

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Finally, if you’re so crazy in love with this color that you’re willing to commit in a major way, invest in glossy subway tile in this happy hue. I adore the Roman shades that continue the color scheme. It all feels chic and sophisticated thanks to the white cabinets and pops of brass hardware.

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What do you think? Are you on board with Greenery for 2017? I’d love to hear if you’re in or out on this particular trend!


It’s a new year, and with the holidays behind us now, most of the decor is put away. Everybody has organization on the brain and I’ve started mentally planning out a few projects I want to tackle over the next few months. Sometimes the itch comes along for something new — a new piece of furniture, a new style, or maybe an entirely new house(!). And frankly, that isn’t the best feeling, is it? It’s easy to let discontentment start to simmer when the Internet and bookstores are full of images of perfect spaces. I completely understand the feeling of being tired or uninspired by your current space and that can only mean one thing: it’s time for a fresh outlook! So what’s a budget-conscious girl to do? Time to get creative, my friend.

REARRANGE

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Rearranging is my favorite way to get an entirely new look without spending a dime. Try your existing furniture in different configurations or in different rooms. In our house, I pulled a vintage wing chair into the dining room as a dramatic head-of-the-table focal point, and I love the visual impact it makes. I especially love the idea of breathing new life into unused corners of your home. Make a library out of your never-used dining room or put a desk in the window of your formal living room.

CLUTTER CLEAN-OUT

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Time to get ruthless with the junk. No less than four bags full of toys and clothes that no longer fit my kiddos went away to Goodwill before Christmas, but it feels like we might need another little purge again soon. Get two trash bags in hand and ruthlessly purge. Trash goes in one bag and donations go into the other. If you lose momentum before you can get those bags of donations dropped off, check in your community to see if any charities offer donation pick-up services. Busy moms will especially appreciate being able to schedule it online.

PAINT SOMETHING

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Want a fresh new spin on your current space without a huge financial investment? Paint is your new BFF. Over the holidays, I painted our lake house’s master bedroom a deep, rich navy blue and it immediately felt like a new room without having to change a single piece of furniture. Paint is inexpensive and simple, plus it’s a great way to test out a trend without committing to new upholstery. Sample a few different colors before choosing a hue; try something moody and dark like a masculine hunter green, or go soft and soothing with a pale blush.

INVITE A DECOR-SAVVY FRIEND OVER

Sometimes it’s fun to see how other people would live in your space. Invite a friend whose style you admire over to have coffee and get a fresh pair of eyeballs on your least favorite room. What would he or she do differently? Maybe there’s a solution lurking that you hadn’t yet thought about. I’ve really enjoyed hearing other creative friends’ perspectives on how they would use a room and there’s usually a new idea to take away.

Happy New Year! Hop over and tell me in the comments what you do to give your space a new look on a budget!


Whether it’s a lack of space or just an aesthetic preference, there’s something to be said for small Christmas trees. I’m particularly charmed this year by small potted Christmas trees; they remind me of the little tree my grandmother always had in her living room when I was young.

Smaller trees are great for spaces where square footage is tight. They’re less mess should you choose to go the real route, and require fewer ornaments, which means you save money overall. But they’re cute too, which makes them perfect for decorating kids’ rooms, front porches, dining room tables, and more. Decorating with a small Christmas tree opens up so many more decorating possibilities.

In our house this year, I put up a big tree in the formal living room (out of sight, out of mind for grabby toddler hands), but I wanted something festive in our family room too as a nod to the season. We did a small tree decorated sparsely with lights and a few unbreakable ornaments, and it feels fresh and happy.

Christmas home tour with Pencil Shavings Studio; Boxwood wreaths, simple Scandinavian inspired garlands, red stripe ribbons, and the soft glow of lanterns. www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

Get creative with the type of container you put your tree in; there are so many more options than your basic Christmas tree stand. Look for interesting baskets, pots, wooden crates — the opportunities are endless.

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This little tree gets some added height thanks to the wooden crate it sits on. I love that it’s decorated with natural elements like oranges!

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If one is great, a pair is even better. These little evergreens are happily wrapped in toile-covered boxes and strung with white lights. It’s a simple and inexpensive way to bring festive flair to any corner of your home.

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How cute are these adorable tiny “trees” made out of evergreen boughs?

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Look for a cozy corner in your home that needs a little bit of holiday cheer. A miniature Christmas tree draws attention to this back door windowseat.

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Here’s a colorful spin on the small Christmas tree trend that would be perfect for any playroom. Look for kid-friendly ornaments made out of felt or yarn.

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A sweet little pink tinsel tree is perfect for a baby girl’s nursery. I love the different sizes of glass ornaments.

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I love the repetition of this scene with multiple woven baskets. This is a great idea for organizing and transporting gifts if you’re traveling multiple places this holiday season.

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A pink container provides a happy pop of color to the evergreen branches of this little tree. Strands of pom-poms are an easy DIY to do with kiddos — this would be a perfect tree for any kid’s room or playroom.

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A Hedgehouse velvet throwbed on the hearth is the perfect place to curl up in front of the fire and wait for Santa to come down the chimney on Christmas Eve. Giveaway at www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

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As for me, we now have a total of three Christmas trees in our house this year. My oldest son was set on having our mini Christmas tree in his room, complete with a foam finger from the University of Oklahoma as the tree topper. I can honestly say it’s the first time I have seen one of those topping a tree. Merry Christmas!


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It’s finally the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas decorating is my favorite part of the holiday season, and this year I’m feeling particularly inspired by Scandinavian design. Simplicity, texture, crisp whites, natural elements like evergreen boughs andrustic wood, and pops of contrasting color (in small doses) feel refreshing and modern right now.

I’ve pulled together some of my favorite inspirational images, so let’s take a look at each room’s Scandinavian elements to help you get the look.

A neutral white backdrop is key to minimalistic Scandinavian decor, and there’s something so charming about rustic wood accents like the Christmas trees on this mantel and piles of logs in the hearth. Red felt cushions with a reindeer motif parallel the design of the stockings and felt wool garland.

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Shiplap is the perfect backdrop to this simple Christmas tree potted in an old wood crate. An evergreen garland surrounds the window that’s left bare to allow all the light to come in.

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Scandinavian style is all about an attitude of “less is more” and maximizing the use of everyday items. A basket that might otherwise be used for holding kids’ toys or throw blankets is a perfect pot for this simply-decorated Christmas tree.

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Don’t feel like you need to embellish your garlands too heavily. Instead, experiment with repetition, whether it be with mismatched candlesticks, a selection of wreaths, or stacks of wood in the fireplace.

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Texture adds depth and interest to monochromatic interiors, such as the stacked stone in this fireplace. Again, natural elements like warm woods, burlap, and kraft paper are simple additions that bring festive flair.

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Clip a few evergreen boughs from your trees outside and layer in some candles for a simple and festive holiday tablescape. Red berries and pinecones round out the look with a pop of color and texture.

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I think the main reason I’m attracted to the Scandinavian aesthetic is that it’s a simple and calming response to an extremely busy season. It doesn’t feel overdone or overwhelming; it visually suggests peace, don’t you think? And that feels so right these days.

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A beautiful rustic mantel holds a simple and lush display of citrus fruits and evergreen boughs, while the brick fireplace surround provides texture. Throw in a few pillar candles for a warm glow on a chilly evening.

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Keep a few cozy throws nearby to provide color and warmth as we head into the colder months; red is the perfect hue to remind you of the season and it’s so cheerful against the deep forest green of wreaths and garlands.

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The Scandinavians definitely know how to do simple with high style. Are you into the minimalist Christmas decor trend? I’d love to hear how you’re decorating this year!


Painted kitchen cabinets have been all the rage for quite awhile now, but like all trends, the pendulum is starting to swing back. I’m starting to see more natural and stained wood kitchens pop up here and there, but thankfully it’s not the 1990s glossy oak that we love to hate.

Maybe we have shiplap to thank for the newfound love of raw wood, or perhaps it’s all the modern farmhouse trends. But either way, wood brings an organic warmth to a space that can’t be replicated any other way.

This is definitely a trend that can work in a wide variety of styles. It’s equally at home in a contemporary kitchen as it is in a cottage. And if you’re nervous about committing to an entire wood kitchen, why not try it on a surface like a vent hood?

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White seems to be the first choice amongst designers when pairing wood cabinetry against a neutral paint. I can’t get enough of this gorgeous kitchen; it feels so fresh and airy. Are we sure this isn’t a Nancy Meyers movie set?

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Of course, if rustic is more your style, check out these reclaimed planks on the ceiling of a country kitchen. There is so much fantastic texture in this space but the wood keeps it from feeling cold and slightly industrial.

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Here’s an unexpected pairing of colors and textures: warmer stained wood meets cool gray subway tiles that extend to the ceiling. It’s a daring mix of several different stains that turned out beautifully.

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Why not try a honey wood tone on base cabinetry and balance it out with all white above? It’s a calming approach to kitchen colorblocking.

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Here’s another vote for mixing stains like pale bleached wood cabinetry and dark plank flooring.

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In this kitchen, a limed oak island contrasts with white painted cabinets as well as brick details. The beams overhead echo the natural texture. It’s a more traditional design, but it feels sleek thanks to simple hardware and few fussy details.

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Are you on board with this trend? I admit, it’s going to take some getting used to. Remember when brass came back and we were so afraid of it? This is definitely one of those trends that needs a fresh new look to break away from its dated predecessors. Look for contemporary light fixtures, cement countertops, sleek hardware, and classic tile (such as subway or penny), and don’t be afraid to throw in a little color.

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