Leather and plaid:
Stylist Fiona Hugues from Gatherum Collectif says, "a burnished leather chair and a rich wool plaid are the ultimate translation of comfort."
It's a duo that dates back centuries, she says, partly thanks to its ties to horses. Plaid cloth has an equine history and leather is obviously used for saddles.
"Scottish fringed tartans placed in the modern interior induce a time-honoured debonair feel that's fresh yet familiar."
Spots and stripes:
Colour lover and interior blogger Evie Kemp believes mixing patterns is the best way to create a dynamic look.
"The general rule is opposites attract, whether it's spots and stripes or florals and check," she says.
Considered a combination for those who worship a bold, brave and eclectic style, Kemp says it can be reined in by restricting the colour palette.
"For me, it's always a winning match."
By BEA TAYLOR
Benzie County, MI (WPBN) --One of the hottest trends in interior design right now is barn wood. It's a look that you can find reproduced at home improvement and furniture stores all across the country. But if you really want an authentic piece of barn wood, you have to find material that has been sitting out in the elements for more than a century. The good news is your search for that authenticity may end in a Benzie County backyard.
Joe Harrison runs his business Lake Ann Barnwood out of this backyard workshop. Stacked in neat and sorted piles are hundreds of feet of beautiful barn wood. Looking out over it, Joe reflects on the booming trend, "10 years ago no one cared, 10 years from now you won’t be able to find it." Joe gets calls from around Northern Michigan, from folks looking to have their barns taken down. Some of the barns are falling down, others pose a liability to the owners, but all of them have something Joe is looking for. He says "the imperfections are the perfections, every ding, every nail hole has a story to tell."
Joe salvages the wood and then sells it. It's more work than it sounds, and Joe says it’s certainly not a get rich quick plan. But he says he gets a great deal of satisfaction out of seeing the century old wood start a new life. Joe says "this stuff has so much history to tell, I'll keep going as long as there is something in if for everybody. I love taking this wood and spreading it across the country."
by Marc Schollett
This year’s Dutch Design Week in the city of Eindhoven was called Stretch, and it encouraged its participants to stretch their design practices to the edges of what is possible, open themselves up to new perspectives, and collaborate with others. It certainly delivered on the theme with 110 venues and over 600 exhibitions, tours, and presentations celebrating both established designers and emerging talent (the Design Academy Eindhoven’s graduate show alone filled three huge floors with almost 200 works). The focus was on ideas, solutions, innovations, and some very clever collaborations between historic brands and young designers.
The fact that the event felt so diverse and varied is testament to the vibrancy and good health of the Dutch design scene. An atmosphere of exploration and experimentation pervaded the show. What follows is a small selection of highlights.
Today’s homeowners and designers can choose from a variety of tile designs, including glass, porcelain and wood-style tile.
“Wood tiles are one thing continuing to be popular in the market in the last five years,” said Sheron Gearhardt, builder sales manager and designer at Mill Creek Carpet & Tile.
“Instead of putting in planks, the tiles have a very realistic-looking wood appearance for active families.”
She added that the wood-style tiles are simple to maintain and are durable against daily wear and tear in heavy traffic areas and in homes with pets.
David Stover, vice president of sales for Grigsby’s Carpet, Tile & Hardwood, said the advantages of tile over wood make it an optimal choice for any place in the home.
“Everyone wants wood floors, but it’s not that practical with kids, dogs and moisture. But it’s come so far that you can put it everywhere,” he said about the wood tile.
There’s even a wide selection of sizes available that make it easy to incorporate into modern or traditional designs as flooring or to cover walls. Tile sizes, such as 12-by-24, 18-by-36 and 24-by-48, have become popular for both options, but larger tiles also work in small spaces, such as bathrooms.
Industry insiders are moving away from mid-century, contemporary furnishings
Hollywood is saying, “out with the old and in with the new.”
Celebrities are increasingly shifting from vintage, ubiquitous pieces to unique furnishings crafted by local designers, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Celebrities including John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, Michelle Monaghan, and Clark Duke are among some of the glitzy elites opting for one-of-a-kind, contemporary items. Organic shapes, a maximalist look rather than minimalist, and items that are handmade are a few of the qualities they seek.
Gallery owners and designers are catching on too. Design powerhouse Ralph Pucci’s recently opened a 12,500-square-foot space at 1025 N. McCadden Place in Hollywood, joining the ranks of other contemporary showrooms including Twentieths’s the New, Furth Yashar & __, Casa Perfect, Not So General and Paris L’Eclaireur.
“I don’t want a medium example of a great designer’s work,” Sean Yashar, co-founder of Furth Yashar & __, told the Hollywood Reporter. “I would rather look at what a young person is doing. You are supporting culture existing right now.”
The cost of vintage items is still rising (a Prouve table sold for $1.7 million in an auction three years ago), and Angelenos inside and outside Hollywood’s glam-squad are finding themselves turning to artisans to build items specific to their sprawling estates. With homes spanning 19,000 square feet and rising 30 feet in height, finding off-the-shelf items pieces that fit has become an increasingly daunting task. [HR] – Natalie Hoberman
To paint or not to paint original woodwork is a perennial question for homeowners, architects and designers who live in and renovate old homes. Often, the answer depends on the owner’s preference, the style and era of the house, and the quality and condition of the wood.
Fashions come and go (such as the now-fading craze for covering everything in sight with white paint). Woodwork painted in surprising colors, such as navy blue or hot pink, is having a moment. More-expected neutrals, such as cream or gray, vie in popularity with woodwork au naturel in Brooklyn brownstones and row houses.
Interior designer Louisa Roeder grappled with whether to paint the well-preserved mahogany woodwork in her own 1870s Prospect Heights brownstone when she renovated in 2014.
“I wanted to create a relatively modern kitchen, and to do that I wanted to have a lot of white,” Roeder said. “I was reluctant about painting the wood molding because they were in such good condition, but once I saw how good the kitchen looked, I decided to paint the wood molding on the rest of the parlor floor and hallway.”
Intricate crown molding and baseboards—you know, the kind with scrollwork and dentils and multiple layers—are all well and good in a restored historic apartment in some romantic European city. But if you live in a modern house, or even just one of those cookie-cutter, white box situations, the elaborateness of those architectural details suddenly feels old-school, out of place, or, at worse, fake. You could forgo the moldings altogether—done right, it can be totally minimalist-chic—but there's a middle ground for those of us who aren't ready to go that spare. The moldings we've gathered below are purposefully clean-lined and simple without being boring. In other words, they're meant to be the icing on the cake rather than the cake itself. (We'll leave your glorious reupholstered sofa from the flea market for that role.)
Super subtle cove molding
Part of design studio Space Exploration's renovation of this two-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park involved restoring the original cove moldings. The style spans that junction where the walls meet the ceiling, and when it's painted the same color, it almost disappears.
Tiered, Art Deco-style crown molding
Now's your chance to bring a little piece of Chip and Joanna Gaines' signature modern farmhouse style into your humble abode. The "Fixer Upper" duo's latest big project (since announcing they're putting the kibosh on their HGTV show) is called Hearth & Hand with Magnolia, a home decor collection that will be sold exclusively in Target in collaboration with their über-popular home and lifestyle brand, Magnolia.
We've already started making our wish list for the 300-piece collection that drops on Nov. 5, but with so many choices, we wanted the scoop on the pieces that are bound to sell out in record time. So we tapped our favorite interior decor experts and asked them to weigh in on the items you need to grab fast before they're gone forever. After all, Magnolia Market had a heck of a time keeping a pumpkin chai candle in stock, so we wouldn't expect anything less from a collection of well-priced, trendy items with the Chip-and-Jo stamp of approval.
1. Foldable storage bin.
The month of November just cracked open, but already interior design experts are predicting the trends for 2018.
Are you ready to hear what will be in style next year? If so, here's a list from the online design resource Houzz on Home Design Trend Predictions for 2018:
1. More color in kitchens. White will always be a classic palette for kitchens. But its increased popularity means there's going to be interest fatigue as homeowners look for ways to make their space personalized and unique. So while white kitchens aren't going anywhere, expect to see a rise in color, especially other neutrals like blue and gray. Plus, warm wood tones are becoming a popular replacement for painted cabinets, leading to sophisticated palettes.