April 2013 Posts

Spring Trends

Spring has finally arrived!  I feel a freshness in the air and a desire to renew a sense of style to the home.  Here are a few trends we have been considering when designing some adventurous clients’ homes.
A beach home designed by Jonathan Adler.

A beach home designed by Jonathan Adler.

 * Punches of intense, vibrant, happy color.  My goal is to create smiles around each corner.  I am switching it up a bit with a base of milky white. Then come splashes of chartreuse, peacock and orange.  Jonathan Adler and C Wonder are excellent examples of this trend.  The trick is to use secondary colors (a combination of 2 primary colors) with ample milky white, so not to get overstimulated with all of the color!
Nina Table from Gabby Home.  A combination of gold metal with mother of pearl inlay top.

Nina Table from Gabby Home. A combination of gold metal with mother of pearl inlay top.

* Gold or Brass metal with black or white.  I like this trend, but again, in moderation.  Rather than a room with all gold or brass, combine it with wood, wrought iron and lucite.  This creates a mix of luxe with organic elements. Some folks I know are still recalling 80’s excess with this trend but an aged patina or hand-forged piece makes it a very current look.
Grow House Grow features art and wallpaper by Katie Deedy. This one's called "Cattle Kate"

Grow House Grow features art and wallpaper by Katie Deedy. This one’s called “Cattle Kate”

* Artistic wallpaper for an accent wall behind a bed or bookshelf, along a stairwell, or enveloping a powder room.  Some of these papers are true works of art!  I am awed by the creativity of these paper designers. Some, like Galbraith and Paul, are hand blocked in small batches with custom colors. Great sites to visit: www.galbraithandpaul.comwalnutwallpapers.com and growhousegrow.com.  Have fun with this!  Fear not (too much!)
Photo courtesy of the charming blog: milkandhoneyhome.com

Photo courtesy of the charming blog: milkandhoneyhome.com

* Add a fiddle leaf fig or some other interesting large plant to your room.   Elisabeth Paulson, our design director turned me on to this great look.  These sculptural plants add interest, lush color and bring the outdoors in.  They may be fickle at first- requiring the correct light and coaching- but once happy, this classic plant makes a healthy addition to the family.