What’s Hot

Rustic Touches

Written on February 11, 2013 at 4:00 pm , by

There’s a trend that’s going strong in home design, and that is the incorporation of rustic touches as part of both architecture and decor. Reclaimed wood beams are appearing as features in kitchens and rustic wood furnishings are popping up everywhere from the living room to the dining room to the bedroom.  Reclaimed, whitewashed, limed, or just worn, these weathered accents bring the warmth of wood and a desirable texture to any space. 

 

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Salvage yards are a wonderful place to search for old wood to be reclaimed for use in a new way.  A simple mirror gets a rustic touch with aged boards to form a frame that plays off a plank console in similar weathered gray wood tones.  

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Wood pairs well with industrial style finishes – the organic surfaces always tempering the cooler metal framing and brackets or hardware.

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Reclaimed wood furniture is readily available from many retailers but with a little treasure hunting, often you can discover unique finds at a flea market or salvage yad.  Consider using weathered wood to have a custom piece made for your home by a skilled carpenter or furniture maker.

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Rustic touches needn’t be in the form of just furniture.  Accents like shelving, mirrors, light fixtures, or crates bring reclaimed wood into your home on a smaller scale. 

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If you’re looking for a few touches of rustic to bring some weathered charm to your home, here are a few favorite picks – I have the dining table myself and we love it! weathered worn rustic accents

From top left: Media Center, Hudson Goods, $1,675; Barn Wood Mirror, weareMFEO Etsy, $450; Dustin Dodecahedron Pendant, Ralph Lauren, $440; Ethan Table Lamp, Clayton Gray Home, $570; Mason Sink Console, Pottery Barn, $1,699; Salvaged Trestle Table, DCG Stores, $1,208; Reclaimed Wood Sconce, Zinc Door, $110;  Cucina Sideboard, Crate + Barrel, $1,299; Wood Server, Napa Style, $79; Wall Planter, Williams-Sonoma, $150; Bluestone Coffee Table, Crate + Barrel, $499; Wine Crate, Home Decorators, $59; Baluster Coffee Table, Wisteria, $1,199; Gustavian Bed, Viva Terra, $1,599+

 

Are you a fan of the look of rustic wood accents?  If so, what weathered or worn pieces do you take pride in inside your home?

 

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Now + Next

Written on December 30, 2012 at 5:00 pm , by

One of the features in the January issue in Better Homes & Gardens is a focus on trends in home design, specifically looking at what is hot right now and also forecasting what’s coming next.  I was asked by the editors to share my two cents on the topic this month, here what I think based on what’s trending in magazines and on Pinterest too.  

Three Trends That Are Hot Right Now:

1.  Plank Walls.  Remember all of those wood paneled walls from the 1970s?  They’re back!  It’s a thought that makes many people cringe, but no need to fret!  This time, they’ve been turned horizontally and given a coat of white paint.  These large scale planks bring a cottage feel and fresh backdrop to any space from a bathroom to a kitchen nook to a family room. 

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2.  Recycled & Repurposed Finds.  One of the most environmentally friendly movements in recent years is the one which has folks reusing things from the past but in new and interesting ways.  These green choices bring character indoors with one-of-a-kind goods that can be found at flea markets and antique fairs.

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3.  Globe Pendants.  Lighting has come so far in recent years, and we can now find so many options for the modern glass globe pendants that you can drop down anywhere to instantly add contemporary flair.  Where do you fancy them, above your kitchen island or your reading nook?  Consider large scale versions or multiples in a dining space, office, or bedroom, they complement every style!    

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What’s Next?   My three predictions!   

 

1.  Everyday Mixed Metals.   Matchy matchy metals are now a thing of the past.  Interior designers have been mixing metallic sheens with abandon for a few years and at last it’s a growing trend among homeowners as well as magazines and retailers continue to model the look.  The rule is to not go overboard, two are ideal but keep your metal sheens to no more than three in a room.  Take a cue from this stunning entry which features a gold leaf focal point mirror, a modern antique brass pendant, and brushed nickel hardware on the entry doors.  

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2.  Messy Zig Zags.  Graphic prints have been popular for a long while and chevron has reigned supreme for at least a year.  We’ve seen chevron everywhere from wall treatments to fabrics, but thankfully there’s a new kid in town in the form of messy and more fluid zig zag patterns.  Look for them to make it big on the design stage in 2013!

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3.  Mixed Materials.   Another “mixing” trend!   I love seeing so many people confidently blending rustic with sleek, or patina with polished, and breaking down any notion that spaces must stay true to a particular design style – staying true to your personal style is really what matters.

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And now for a quick “Trend Q&A” between me and the BH&G Editors:

1.  Trend I’d Lose :  Taxidermy heads as focal points, they work in a mountain lodge but not in a city townhome.  However, I do love the ceramic versions in the right spaces, even urban ones.

2.  Blog I’m Loving:  DustJacket Attic, Debra collects and features the best in interiors from around the world, and a little fashion and food inspiration as well. 

3.  Person I’m Following:  Tobi Fairley, she’s a fabulous interior designer and inspirational life coach for others too.  

4.  Show I’m Watching:  Downton Abbey – for the early 20th century interiors, the drama among the upstairs and downstairs residents, and the one liners of the Dowager Countess.

5.  Store I’m Shopping:   C Wonder – just a few boutiques scattered around the country, but always open online, C Wonder has some of the freshest dishes and accessories you can find for your bookshelf or tabletop. 

6.  Color I’m Coveting:   Glossy navy with touches of raspberry and antique brass, the combination is so sophisticated and chic.

7.  Accessories I’m Adding:  Handmade bowls found on my recent travels – I like to buy something unique for my home when I adventure to a new place. 

 

Here’s another interesting article I featured last week on Design Trends of 2012 including my thoughts and those of four fantastic design bloggers, be sure to weigh in with your insight. 

 

What trends in design are you loving right now or incorporating into your home? 

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Open Shelving in Kitchens: 7 Different Looks

Written on November 1, 2012 at 6:00 pm , by

There’s a new movement in kitchen design when it comes to storage and display and that is the replacement of solid upper cabinetry with open shelving, typically in the form of floating shelves or ones supported by brackets.

Many homeowners are embracing this idea in their own kitchens and the look is becoming less of a trend and more of a lifestyle choice.  Here are seven different ways you to can incorporate open shelving into your kitchen.

One way to open up without replacing upper cabinetry is to remove the cabinet doors, patch and paint any hinge holes, and experiment with your comfort level where glasses and dishware are out on constant display.

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Choosing beadboard as a backsplash adds traditional cottage style when installed behind open shelving designed to store everyday dishes.

 

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Carved brackets add architectural interest to kitchens with open shelving.  Paint them in a welcoming color to complement your white and colored glass collection.

 

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As an alternative to high contrast paint, choose a finish on the shelving that is similar to the wall like this display of wood tone shelving against whitewashed paneling.  The blended combination allows the dishes and art to take the spotlight.

 

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The use of stainless steel for open shelving injects a modern vibe into a kitchen space and mimics the look found in many restaurants and cafes.

 

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Introduce thick rustic wood planks in the form of floating shelves to add warmth and contrast against cool ceramic tile.

 

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If your existing upper cabinetry is adjacent to a window, you also have the option of installing boards between them for open storage and to create a space for your favorite dish collection.

 

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Have you upgraded your kitchen lately and included open shelving in the design plan?

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Still Hot: Geometric Rugs

Written on October 20, 2012 at 10:00 pm , by

It’s hard to ignore the impact that geometry has had on interior design over the past few years.  Geometric patterns are appearing everywhere from faceted lighting to home accessories to furniture, and in another essential element at home: the area rug. 

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Geometric rugs typically include triangles, circles, quadrilaterals, or hexagons in a predictable repeating pattern, but sometimes they include the repetition of more organic patterns inspired by nature such as leaves or petals.

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A great geometric rug can either blend with the existing furnishings or take the lead and establish the color palette for any space from the family room to the bedroom. 

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I’ve incorporated a few geometric rugs into my own home too, similar to the one below.   Many manufacturers now offer the combination indoor/outdoor rug, and most are comfortable, affordable, and extremely practical in homes with kids and pets.

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Often you’ll see abstract patterns in geometric rugs that are not shapes per se but predictable flowing lines that make mathematical sense.

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Geometric rugs most often incorporate the traditional shapes mentioned above but they can also include motifs inspired by Ikats or Kilims or traditional Moroccan lattice and trellis designs. 

In the market for a geometric style rug for your home? 

Here are a dozen great ones!

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From top left:  6 x 9’ Stockholm rug, Ikea $299; 8 x 10’ Marrakesh trellis, Overstock, $368; 8 x 10’ Navy Inspire rug, Rugs USA, $679; 6 x 9’ Sprout Rug, Dash & Albert, $298; 5 x 8’ Zuel Rug, Zinc Door, $480; 6 x 9’ Edison rug, Rugs USA, $559; 5 x 8’ Odeon Rug, Z Gallerie, $250; 8 x 10’ Ksara rug, Crate + Barrel, $699; 5 x 8’ Chelsea Rug, Dwell Studio, $495; 8 x 10’ Kite Kilim, West Elm, $549; 6 x 9’ Indigo Safavieh, Floors USA, $297; 5 x 8’ Capel Rug, Layla Grace, $628

 

Which one is your favorite? 

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Best of: Mirrored Chests and Nightstands

Written on October 9, 2012 at 5:00 pm , by

When there’s a need for glamour in a bedroom space, a mirrored bedside chest or nightstand will certainly do the trick!  A reflective surface is another layer to consider when designing a sophisticated master or guest bedroom.  A mirrored piece of furniture guarantees modern flair, and like all mirrors, will pull more light into the room.

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Some pieces are designed with full overlay, with every surface covered in mirror while others possess surrounding painted frames, silver or gold leaf trim, and even fretwork detail.

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A pair of mirrored nightstands on opposite ends of the bed will always make a style statement and bring elegance into a chic bedroom space.

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On the hunt for a mirrored beauty for a bedroom or entry?  Here are twelve of my favorite chests and nightstands from inexpensive to splurge.

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From top left:  Bowfront Chest, High Fashion Home, $689; Accent Table, Target, $90; Antiqued Mirror Sideboard, Interior Homescapes, $1,971; Mirrored End Table, West Elm, $319; Rhine Cabinet, Wayfair, $978; Wayborn Black Cabinet, Wayfair, $389;  Distressed Vintage Chest, Overstock, $563; Versailles Chest, JC Penney, $300; Omni Chest, Z Gallerie, $799; Gray Wash Chest, Layla Grace, $1,368; Park Bedside Chest, Pottery Barn, $399; Borghese 3 Drawer Chest, Z Gallerie, $899;

Are you a fan of mirrored bedside chests or furniture?

Which pick is your favorite?

 

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Style Spotlight: Faux Bois

Written on August 25, 2012 at 9:00 pm , by

It’s hard to resist the appeal of beautiful tall trees and there’s nothing like a nice long walk in the woods to clear the mind!  So it makes perfect sense that when we decorate, we embrace the patterns found on the surface of bark or in the grain of wood.  “Faux bois” is French for “false wood” and the term defines the reproduction of wood patterns in home decor. 

Natural wood accents and finishes are en vogue right now and rightfully so.  Nature is one of the best sources we look to for inspiration and to emulate by bringing the patterns we find outside indoors.  I’m a lover of this popular pattern myself, and even made my own faux bois vases last year – they remain one of my favorite craft projects to date. 

Ask many designers and they’ll tell you one of their best tricks when sprucing up a space is to pull the look and feel of the outdoors inside, and the use of faux bois treatments on walls or underfoot is one way to capture the feel of nature indoors, but no need to restrict yourself to earth tones!  Choose faux bois treatments in colors that complement your chosen palette, whether subtle or bold. 

 

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A variety of home furnishings are available in this style, including end tables and chairs, and smaller accessories like pillows, vessels, and table decor also add the touch of twig or wood grain to the home.

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Want to bring the look of faux bois into your house? 

Here are a few favorite style picks!

 

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From top left: Woods wallpaper, Anthropologie, $198/roll;  Birch Stencil, Cutting Edge Stencils, $68; Oscar lamp, Lamps Plus, $87; Bark Pot, Terrain, $12; Floor lamp, Oly Studio; Stray Dog Stump, Zinc Door, $363; Mirror, Zinc Door, $462; Mousepad, Zazzle, $11; Faux bois pillow, Shop Ten 25, $160; Set of four placemats, Design Public,$52; Wood Grain pitcher, Terrain, $10; Arbor Chair, Currey and Co; Fountain, Ballard Designs, $119; Plate, Zazzle, $26; Faux Bois rug, Home Decorators, $267; Twig Table, CS Post, $369.

 

We all love to bring the outdoors inside, have you embraced the faux bois look with your decorating?  

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