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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.  

rustic wood vanity and mirror bhg

 

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.

weathered vanity table bhg

 

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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The latest issue of Better Homes & Gardens is all about color!  What perfect timing, since we’re all feeling the chill of winter and longing for spring to come again.  The pages of the February issue are filled with inspiring palettes including citrus shades, ocean colors, and several other fresh combinations to inspire your own refresh at home. 

One of my favorite features was on a single page – 23 expert tips for choosing color on page 66!  Today I’m highlighting a few great quotes, together with some images from the galleries to illustrate the point.  Enjoy!

expert color tips

 

“Colors close together on the color wheel are analogous and will make a calm room. Colors that are farther apart are complementary and add drama.” ~ David Bromstad

orange wall blue cabinetry bhg

 

“Give yourself permission to use bold color. You don’t have to love it everywhere – one throw or pillow might be just enough.”  ~ Nate Berkus

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“When you shop for paint, take along an existing pillow, a piece of drapery fabric, or a photo of your space.  You’ll make informed color decisions.”  ~ Alejandra Bernardez

taupe cabinetry orange accents bhg

       

“Play with intensity.  I love monochromatic rooms that use a single hue in a variety of ways.”  ~ Sarah Richardson

monochromatic dining room bhg

    

“What’s more livable than the colors found right outside your back door?  Look to earthy natural colors, blues, greens, beige, and taupe – when choosing color for your room.   ~ Sehra Han

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“When rooms open to one another, avoid choosing radically different colors, or the space will look choppy and small.”  ~ Courtney Price

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Your home is made up of more than walls – ceilings, floors, stairs, and doors, are also great places to have fun with paint.” ~ Bob and Cortney Novogratz

painted dutch door bhg

 

Are you bringing more more color into your home this year?  Will it be paint, fabrics,  accessories, or all of the above?

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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!    

globe lights bhg

 

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.  

mixed gold and silver bhg

   

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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I’ve spent some time this month featuring inspiring holiday ideas and today I’ll end the holiday decorating series by highlighting some outdoor displays.  These are those last days before Christmas, and the moments when we as a family love to take walks or drives around town admiring the displays. 

I love to look at the creativity of our neighbors, their twinkling lights, sometimes subdued, other times crazy or garish but always full of fun.  Here is a final collection of inspiring ideas for the holidays with a focus on the outdoors! 

A red door is for good luck and pairs perfectly with a pinecone and ornament garland draped across the threshold.  Merry berries trim lanterns that light the walkway. 

red door and pinecone garland bhg

 

Large scale snowflakes suspended as vertical garlands celebrate the winter scene happening just beyond the arbor.

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Lighted baskets that are filled with annuals in  spring make perfect vessels for a string of twinkle lights in winter. 

lighted hanging baskets bhg

  

Garlands all aglow bring holiday cheer to an entry embellished with a fresh evergreen wreath and its shimmery ribbons. 

wood door with traditional wreath bhg

 

A wintery willow wreath is an alternative to the classic evergreen version with its fresh white palette and small additions of color. 

winter wreath bhg

 

This porch is made merry in an afternoon with the cheery strings of icicle lights and swirling garland bringing color to the columns.

merry garlands and lights bhg

   

Layered boughs of evergreen swags and magnolia leaves tied up with seasonal berries and pinecones welcomes guests and neighbors as a botanical treat for the eyes.

layered boughs bhg

 

No one ever said Christmas trees are only meant to be displayed indoors, so why not another one placed on the porch! 

outdoor tree on porch bhg

 

Classic red looks festive on a glossy green door paired with rosemary trees and red pomanders in urns.

red wreath on green door bhg

 

An antique wood sleigh makes a perfect perch for a pine tree swag against a front or back door.

sled on porch bhg

 

A stocking hung with care on a door is a sweet alternative to a wreath and a nod to the tradition of hanging them indoors in anticipation of a visit from Jolly Old St. Nick. 

stocking on door bhg

    

Embrace the oldest tradition of the season by decorating with evergreens with classic cedar swag and a wreath that make a porch welcoming to family and friends. 

evergreen wreath and swag bhg

 

Are you all enjoying the outdoor displays in your city or town this season?  So festive, right?   I’ll be back with one more post on color tomorrow, but until then wishing you all the very Merriest Christmas season! 

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. 

dash and albert green rug bhg

 

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. 

yellow bedroom and geometric rug bhg

 

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.

gray geometric rug dining room bhg

 

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!

geometric rugs bhg

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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Jane wrote to me the other day, inquiring about a glass lamp in a favorite image from the Better Homes & Gardens galleries and also appearing on page 10 of the recent publication New Cottage Style.

“Hi Kate, I have been looking at pictures of living rooms in the New Cottage Style by Better Homes and Gardens.  There is a particular room that I love – it has a fireplace, and a funky bright turquoise coffee table. There are two glass table lamps – round bases with white tapering shades. Can you tell me where to find these lamps?”  – Jane

From her description, I immediately knew it was this image of a picture perfect cozy coastal inspired family room.

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Jane was smitten with the lamps and I did my best to find them online for her.  ‘Tis true, the glass jug shape lamp has a little of everything!  It’s casual, elegant, timeless, and complements every style of decor.

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I was unable to track down an exact match for Jane, but I was able to locate twelve contenders in what I’ve deemed the impromptu ‘Best of Glass Lamps’ contest.

 

12 great glass lamps

From top left: Recycled Glass Lamp, $219, Shades of Light; Gourd Lamp, $325, Williams Sonoma Home; Glass Boudoir, $35, Pier 1; Seeing Clearly Vase Lamp, $249, Wisteria; Regina Andrews lamp, $223; Layla Grace; Bordeaux Lamp, $149, Ballard Designs; Jack Table Lamp, $149, Crate + Barrel; Clear Lamp Base, $47, Target; Quinn Teardrop Glass Lamp, $454, Altogether Home; Silver Apothecary Lamp, $149, Lamps Plus; Glass Jug Lamp, $149, West Elm; Arteriors Glass and Acrylic Lamp, $528, Wayfair;

If you stumble across the perfect glass jug or vessel, you can always make a DIY version of a glass lamp with instructions from DIY Diva.

Do you know where Jane might find her dream lamp?

Which of the glass lamps shown is your favorite?

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