Thursday, January 4, 2018

What's HOT in Interior Design Trends for 2018

What is a trend? 
A general direction in which something is developing or changing.
I am not one to get all bent out of shape about trends,
especially in Interior Design.  

I won't go as far as Karl Lagerfeld and say they are tacky,
but I do believe your home is a reflection of you and
the interior design of your home should be approached that way. 
It is still fun to use trends in small ways. That way you don't have 
large sums invested in something you may get tired of quickly! 

Something that is talked about at the beginning of each year are the
paint colors. Pantone the Color Institute chose
Ultra Violet for 2018.

Oceanside, SW6496 Sherwin Williams 2018 Color of the Year,
reflects a decor trend toward blue-green hues that many in 
the design world agree is on the rise. 

Hues of blue: Every year, top paint brands try to influence color trends (and stir up paint sales) by declaring their own color of the year. These color choices often have no common denominator. However, for 2018, three top paint brands anointed shades of bluish green as the defining color for 2018: Behr chose In the Moment; Dunn-Edwards picked a similar shade called The Green Hour; and Sherwin-Williams dubbed Oceanside as the color of the year, a deep, opulent shade that the company's director of color marketing called, "the color of wanderlust." Whatever you call it, shades of marine blue are surfacing in decor this season.*

Beyonce got it right when she sang Lemonade. 
Yellow is a hot color with the millennials
Karen Wolf, of Karen B Wolf Interiors, calls it "positive, confident, vibrant, and enthusiastic.""We have not seen this color emerge for quite some time," Wolf adds. "It feels fresh, happy, and young."
Designer Sarah Hullinger agrees, predicting the color will continue to be huge well into 2018. “It’ll certainly make an impression, whether a bright ‘minion’ color or a burnt shade resembling curry or turmeric,” she says.

Another trending color is Green. Although all earthy tones will be in,  
green is going to steal the limelight. Such calming greens as emerald, 
olive, and even avocado project a welcoming aura 
to anyone entering the room. 

A velvet explosion: Watch for surges and splurges of velvet, which is poised to take over the design stratosphere, said New York designer Elaine Griffin. "Design now is about celebrating everyday luxuries, and no fabric does that better than velvet," she said. Unlike linens and microfiber suedes, velvet adds instant sophistication to any seating group. It's the it fiber for the new year, especially in jewel tones, like sapphire, citrine, emerald, amethyst and pink garnet. Fear it's too fragile? While pure cotton velvet can stain easily unless its stain-guarded, new poly-blend velvets have a lush, luxe feel that is as childproof as it is elegant.*

Anything but stainless: Consumers are experiencing "stainless fatigue," said Beverly Hills designer Christopher Grubb. "Thus, we are paneling kitchen appliances, so they disappear and make the space look larger." Sarah Fishburne, director of trend and design for The Home Depot, agrees and adds, for kitchens the biggest shift is away from stainless steel to black slate and black stainless appliances.*

Black is also back as the new hot plumbing hardware.
The fact that it is easy to keep clean makes it very popular.
Floor tiles for bathrooms in black and dark charcoal 
are gaining in popularity. 

Live accessories are growing in popularity. Houseplants
are coming back in vogue in a big way, 
from ivy topiary, orchids, palms to herb gardens.
 Fiddle-leaf figs are still growing in popular.

Mixing Metals use to be a big No No! But in the past year they have 
slowly been showing up in design showrooms and showhouses.
"Buyers really love to see modern, eclectic choices such as a hammered copper light fixture above the kitchen island paired with sleek chrome faucets and cabinet hardware,” says Ken Fixler of Barnett Homes in Chicago.

Quartz vs Granite has been a big debate recently for countertop
selections. The clean lines and ease of maintaining is making
quartz the leading choice for 2018. Quartz is designed
especially for kitchens and surfaces that get a lot of abuse.
It also uses waste materials rather than quarrying new materials. 

It is fine to enjoy reading about trends, but don't go overboard.
Trends will come and go and before this year is over
there will be new things on the horizon. 

*Marni Jamison
Source:,, House Beautiful, Dering Hall,

Saturday, December 9, 2017

There is no place like Home for the Holidays

The Atlanta Homes and Lifestyle Magazine held their
annual Christmas Showhouse. It seems to get more

difficult to fit things in at the holidays, but the

Touring Gals and I squeezed this one in during the
last week of the show. 

As with all Showhouses there are things that 
I consider excellent and others not so much. 
This year's house was a little light on the excellent. 
But come view the pictures and I will let you
 decide for yourself! Everyone has differnt taste
and that what makes the design world so interesting! 

The entry hall was designed by Barbara Westbrook. 
The glittery objects on the wall are butterflies. 

To the left of the foyer is the Dining Room designed
by Kay Douglass.

The Study was to the right of the Foyer. 
These chaises made me want to curl up and read. 
It was designed by James Wheeler.

One of our favorite rooms was this Powder Room
by Clary Bosbyshell. It was so elegant.

This darling little tree in the Powder Room came 
from the gift shop at Atlanta's Swan and Coach House. 

I personally like this Bar Room designed by Robert Brown. 

He also did the Living Room which was painted in the
Pantone color of the year Ultra Violet. 

It was a big room with lots of colors. (The wall color shows
up better in the first picture.) 

The Master Bedroom was designed by John Oetgen, sitting
on the bed above. 

This bedroom was full of interesting pieces.

 A close up of the bed. I love an animal print,
but I am not quite sure about the tiny chair?

The Master Bathroom was designed by Cathy Rhodes.

A very large and beautiful master bathroom! 

Everyone always wants to see the kitchen. 
This one was excellent. Designed by Meridith McBrearty,
it was inviting and definitely a gathering place for the family! 

Looking from the kitchen into the breakfast room 
and keeping room.

The breakfast room was also designed by Meredith
McBrearty and flowed off the kitchen. 

The keeping room was designed by Shayelyn Woodberry.

This porch would be perfect today if it had a 
roaring fire in the fireplace. 
Yvonne McFadden designed this covered porch. 

 I know everyone has a laundry room like this one.

This one looks a little more suitable for laundry.
It was designed by Lauren Davenport Imber. 

This stairwell was designed by Zeb Grant and showcased
the artwork from the Trinity School Spotlight on Art. 

Here is a closeup of the floral design that Zeb created.

At the top of the stairs was this upstair lounge created 
by Jimmy Stanton from Stanton Home Furnishings. 

This precious little boy's room got 5 stars
from the Touring Gals! 

This is a peek into the bath off the boy's bedroom.

I had a rocking horse just like this one when

I was a little girl. 

I felt like I was under the big top! 

Another guest room designed by Alice Crammer. 

My favorite "adult" bedroom was designed
by Paricia McLean. 

It was just elegant! 
She also did this bathroom too! 

I hope you enjoyed this Holiday Tour! If you look
closely, there is always something you will find 
that catches your eye in each picture! 

I want to wish each and every one of you 
A Very Merry Christmas! 

Source: Southern Hospitality blog, Tous Well blog, Editors at Large, Be Spoken Banter blog, Steve Mckenzie's 

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

We gather together! Table Designs!

Life goes by in a blink of the eye.
So be sure to appreciate the moments with family
and friends that make your life complete. 

Halloween is next week. Don't ask me how
it got here so fast!
But Thanksgiving and Christmas can't be far behind!

So get your pen and paper or head over to your computer.
It is time to start thinking about your table!

Here are some inspiration pictures to get you started! 

This one would be good anytime in the Fall!

A little more formal use of Blue and White.

I love this centerpiece that mixes a beautiful autumn harvest.

This one keeps it simple! 

Take it outside! 

Wouldn't this be a fun table for all your ghost and goblins?

Blackbirds and black leaves offer an interesting twist for Fall.
Looks more trick than treat! 

My favorite Thanksgivings are spent on the coast. This table
shows you how to make it special!

Why does food always taste better outside? 
I love all the extra touches on this table.

I nice choice of colors for giving Thanks!

The kraft paper makes clean up easy, but also a great
way to remind everyone why you have gathered. 

It always is fun to think outside the box. Grab a blanket 
instead of a tablecloth!

Mix together a group of unusual containers.

Even if it is a small gathering, set your table as if you 
had a crowd.

Causal or formal prepare your table the day before so you can
have more time to enjoy your family and friends. 

A table full of pumpkins even down to the plates! 

Or maybe some woodland friends! 

Some helpful hints to set your table.

Fall colors for inspiration.

To get some helpful flower hints

Hopefully, this will get you thinking and make your
planning a little bit easier! 

Sources: Pinterest