Written on August 19, 2012 at 6:00 pm , by Kate
It’s fun to observe what is on the horizon in interior design, what styles have staying power, and what looks are simply trends that will pass. Industrial chic has been a popular look in design for quite some time with galvanized and oxidized metal furnishings and fixtures popping up in retail stores, and making an appearance in kitchens, offices, and dining spaces.
Cage lighting and open storage units that combine metal framing with reclaimed wood are all the rage, popular in commercial stores for their open display and in restaurants because they introduce a contemporary cool vibe.
Industrial is criticized by some as cold, but when layered with other styles from traditional to cottage, a unique industrial pendant or set of stools make a chic statement in a space.
Layers of texture always add interest to a room and metal surfaces are yet another finish to consider when decorating your home. If you’re looking to introduce some touches of industrial to any of your spaces, here are a few favorite picks!
From top left: Basket Chandelier, Junkyard Lighting, $189; Backless Stool (three colors), Barn Light Electric, $385; Wire Crate Chandelier, Terrain, $1,398; Magazine Rack, Urban Outfitters, $129; Metal Pharmacy Cabinet, Restoration Hardware, $395; Extender Lamp, Hudson Goods, $595; Tabouret Barstools, Set of 2, Overstock, $99; Metal Office Storage, Restoration Hardware, $75; Coffee Table, Hudson Goods, $895; Quindici Metal Cabinet, Napa Style, $1,799; Bar Cart, Clayton Gray Home, $1,105; Aiden Etagere, World Market, $219; Steel Chest, Clayton Gray Home, $4,150
Are you a fan of industrial decor? Do you find these accents too cold or très chic?
Written on August 4, 2012 at 10:00 am , by Kate
There’s a big trend going on right now in retail and among the do-it-yourself crowd, and it’s the two tone dipped paint treatment in furniture and accessories. The technique is referred to around the design community as “dipped” or “dip dye” and it combines the best of both worlds in home decorating – wood tones and pretty paint colors.
This trend is a cousin of the ombre fad and the enthusiasm for using colored dye to dip textiles or clothing. The dipped look for furniture is a simple DIY treatment involving two ingredients: painter’s tape and your vibrant paint color of choice.
To get the look, simply choose the point where you want to stop the paint color and keep the wood exposed. Choose one-third or halfway up as your starting point where you want the paint to stop and apply the tape. Next, simply paint the chair or table legs for a fun dose of color.
Looking for retail options instead? Here is a roundup of dipped furniture and accessories available for the home!
From top left: Bread Board, Terrain, $228; Spice Cellar, Leif, $45; Dipped Wood Knife Block, Terrain, $20; Dipped Servers, Ladies & Gentlemen Studio, $38; Candleholders, Bo Concept, $19 each; Dip Dyed Stool, Serena & Lily, $68; Blue Vases, West Elm, $24-89; Perette Container, Woonwinkel, $168; Windsor Love Seat, Anthropologie, $1,498; Milking Stool, Um Project;
Are you a fan of this creative and fun two tone dip dye trend?
Written on July 17, 2012 at 4:00 pm , by Kate
Travel abroad is inspiring for all of the sights, sounds, and flavors we experience, but it also has a dramatic impact on the way we decorate our homes. Design elements from the east have influenced interior design over the decades, and internationally inspired accessories are again surging in popularity.
Global inspired textiles possess amazing hues in spice and jewel tones arranged in traditional or bold patterns crafted with threads of saturated color. Many retailers and designers have been so inspired by their own travels they are now including Moroccan or Indian inspired fabrics or accessories in their seasonal collections.
Remaining in the interior design spotlight are quatrefoil and trellis patterns, burnished metals and carved wood furniture. Suzani and Ikat patterns from Asia continue to be as en vogue as Dhurrie and Kilim rugs, block prints from India, and lanterns and pendants with Moorish styling.
Adding colors and patterns inspired by Morocco, Turkey, and India to your home will add an air of the exotic to your spaces. Here are some of my favorite style picks this season!
From top left: Quatrefoil Mirror, Shades of Light, $329; Silver Hanging Lamps, Viva Terra, $295-$485; Marrakesh Tray Table, Pottery Barn, $399; Hexagon Table, Clayton Gray Home, $675; Casablanca Lanterns, Z Gallerie, $15; Metal Ball Pendant, World Market, $70; Marrakech Curtain, Anthropologie, $168; Gold and Blue Wall Panels, Horchow, $975; Gather & Glean Pillow, Anthropologie, $188; Embroidered Suzani Pillow, Sukan on Etsy, $149; Bone Photo Frame, Wisteria, $39; Multicolored Suzani Pillow, John Robshaw, $275; Kilim Floor Pouf, West Elm, $249; Suzani Doormat, Wisteria, $34; Vintage Suzani, Jayson Home, $795; Carved wood daybed, Mosaic House; Vintage Moroccan Carpet, Madeline Wienrib; Antique Settee, Jayson Home, $3,495; Sumba Stool, Serena & Lily $98; Carved Wood Table, World Market, $399; 8 x 10’ Karmen Medallion Rug, Pottery Barn, $799
Raise your hand if you’re a fan of global inspired textiles! Have you brought any internationally inspired decor into your home, or incorporated a favorite accessory from your trip abroad?
Written on July 7, 2012 at 7:00 pm , by Kate
Geometrics have reigned on the interior design scene for several years with the popularity of trellis and chevron surging to the top of the list, but there’s a new kid in town popping up everywhere and that is the polygonal shape. It’s especially prominent in lighting choices this year, and several retailers are offering unique chandeliers, pendants, and lamps in these polygonal shapes.
The word “polygon” comes from the Latin ‘polygoumn’ meaning “many angled” and the definition can include hexagon (6 sided), octagon (8 sided), or dodecagon (12 sided) from a planar perspective. Turn them all into three dimensional figures like the ones seen below and now we’re looking at works of art that put sharp angles in the interior design spotlight once again.
The polygonal trend is not just in light fixtures, this geometric sensation is making it’s way into home accessories too. Here are some style picks I’ve spied in recent weeks!
From top left: Hexagon Wallpaper, Cole & Son; Squares Wallpaper, Ferm Living; Dustin Wood Pendant, Circa Lighting, $506; Aspect Pendant, Bobbie Berk Home, $430; Rock Pendant, ABC Home, $752; Capiz Pendant, Furbish, $545; Lauren Honeycomb, Shades of Light, $569; Delta Lamp by Robert Abbey, Candelabra Home, $106; Faceted Terrarium, Shop Griege, $68; Candleholder, Haus Interior, $110; Faceted Bookends, Hinge Design Studio, $60; Glacier Vase, Wayfair, $140; Lauren Dodecahedron Lamp, Harbinger LA; Hoshi Table Lamp, Home Decorators, $209; Crinkle Tissue Dispenser, Switch Modern, $32; Senet Stool, The Cross Design, $840; Origami Table, West Elm, $399; Euklides Chair; Wood Veneer Vase, Supermarket, $30; 8’ x 10’ Odeon Dhurrie Rug, Z Gallerie, $500; 8’ x 10’ Facet Rug, Loft Home, $935.
What’s your opinion of this latest design trend? Would you include any faceted fixtures or other polygonal shape accessories in your home?
Written on June 12, 2012 at 6:00 pm , by Kate
It’s hard to ignore the popularity of Ikat textiles in home decor and interior design this year, and this global pattern is appearing everywhere in large and small scale, from rugs to furniture to accessories.
The word Ikat (pronounced “ee-cot”) means “to tie” or “to bind” and comes from the unique method of weaving that creates the iconic pattern. It requires first tying off the threads in bundles before dyeing them, and then later weaving the cloth together on the loom using a weft, warp, or double Ikat method. In modern times, the motif is created through either woven or printing methods, and is readily available in any color palette of choice.
The characteristic markings of Ikat introduce a global vibe into the home. The trademark motifs were brought over from the east centuries ago and they’ve been embraced by westerners ever since.
Many retails now offer furnishings upholstered in Ikat such as sofas, slipper chairs, and ottomans. For custom work, there are dozens of textile designers that offer their own unique patterns and colorways, and it plays well with other fabrics, especially stripes and solids.
If you’re feeling bold, introduce Ikat into your home with an upholstered headboard, sofa, or chair, and if not, it’s equally fabulous used in smaller doses, including pillows, trays, and dishes.
Here are a few of my favorite pieces large and small now available for the home!
From top left: Island Ikat Wallpaper, Thibaut; Green Plug In Chandelier, Lamps Plus, $130; Robert Allen Raspberry Ikat, Fabric.com, $23/yd; Annette Tatum Diamond Teal, Fabric.com, $9/yd; Raspberry Ikat Pillow, Sheridan French, $198; Nesting Bowls, C Wonder, $58; Window Panel, Urban Outfitters, $20; Adler Melamine Tray, Macy’s, $48; Eco Blanket, Wayfair, $115; Kenza Dinnerware, Z Gallerie, $48 (four plates); Ikat Boxes, Wayfair, $150; Citrine PIllow, Dwell Studio, $80; Ikat Chair, World Market, $180; Photo Frames, Layla Grace, $30; Glass Tray World Market, $5; Set of Four Placemats, Williams-Sonoma, $49; Rebecca Sofette, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, $1,495; Bliss Ottoman, West Elm, $549; ‘6 x 9’ Safaveih, Lamps Plus, $649; 7’ x 9’ Light Blue Rug, Rugs USA, $492
Are you a fan of the Ikat pattern, and have you used it in your home?
Written on June 5, 2012 at 9:00 am , by Kate
One of the hottest trends that’s still going strong is in the incorporation of warm metallic tones in a space in the form of antique gold and brass. In truth, the use of golden finishes should not be labeled trendy since gold is a timeless finish that has appeared in design for centuries. We’re now witnessing how it has surged to the forefront of design yet again and many retailers are offering new or reinvented pieces in this popular finish.
Gold leaf frames and brass accessories have a classic appeal and when arranged together in different sizes and shapes or groupings, add that ‘collected over time’ feel to any space.
Antique gold mirrors or burnished brass sconces bring warmth and elegance when used as accents in any space from the bedroom to the living room.
Loving the look? Here’s a few hand selected items to pull these warm metallic tones into your own home!
From top left: Wilderness Wallpaper, Firm Living; Word Play Wallpaper, Burke Decor; Acquamiki Suspension Lamp, Horne, $740; Gold Scroll Ceiling Medallion, Horchow, $275; Bea Accent Stool, Candelabra, $420; Gold Placemat, Z Gallerie, 19; Gold Zig Zag tray, Up in the Air on Etsy, $98; Keyhole Table Lamp, Shades of Light, $399; Gold Sphere Salt + Pepper, Vivre, $395; Hammered Bowls, Clayton Gray Home, $220; Gold Pickup Truck, Horne, $180; Honeycomb Mirror, Wisteria, $115; Wheat Sconces,1st Dibs; Meurice Mirror, Jonathan Adler, $250; Golden Geometric Tray, Horchow, $425; Heart of Gold Finial, ChicShopLA, $55; Arteriors Brass Cart, Lamps Plus, $1,140; Gold Leaf Side Table, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams; World’s Away Gold Leaf Desk, Zinc Door, $1,098.
What about you, do you have antique brass or gold accents in your home?