Loving Black and White recently (probably has to do with my new obsession with Mary McDonald. just sayin).
As a designer (I’m sure other designers understand this), I find I move on from the latest color schemes because I see and use them in lots of projects. I get bored and am ready for the next thing. However, I am still loving gray and am pleasantly surprised that the color continues to pick up steam. That is why I was glad to see Emma Watson sporting a BEAUTIFUL gray dress at the Harry Potter London premiere.
Have a great weekend!
Not to sound boastful but I had to laugh when Pantone declared “Honeysuckle” the color of the year. Yep pink is hot and the blogosphere has been on that trend for years. Of course it makes “Pink” no less the color of the year. House Beautiful’s March 2011 cover drives the trend home with the perfect pink rooms and even gives us the coveted wall colors of the rooms featured!
Soft, Airy, and Spa like…neutrals are bliss when it comes to decor. They never go out of style and they create a relaxing space. Here are some of the products on my “Neutral” wish list. My favorite thing in this room? The window treatments of course. They look like a wedding dress. So full, so lovely!
Luxury linens are a must to create a relaxing oasis in your bedroom. These linens from Belle Notte and Papillon Linens are on the top of my list!
An antique rug can add depth to your decor. A “time loved” elegance with great texture to add interest to neutral decors. The more worn the better in my opinion. Antique rugs are usually an investment, but they are built to last and create a look like no other.
Thanks for reading and I hope everyone is having a great Holiday Season!
Trend watching recently, I believe I am starting to see a trend in trends. Traditional blue and white decor is making a come back. Blue is always in of course always in varying hues. As spa blue, aqua settles into its appropriate place among beloved blue hues there is more room again to love other hues of blue such as transferware blue. Keep an eye out, you’ll notice this trend too.
After a visit to High Point market, where designer lingo is thrown around like confetti, I feel the need to write a blog explaining the difference between “Contemporary” and “Modern”. So here goes…
Google defines contemporary as: characteristic of the present.
Google defines modern as: belonging to the modern era or as: ahead of the times.
So, what is the difference? Well, this may not be very scientific, just the thoughts of a “20-something” designer/trend follower. But I find there is a HUGE difference which doesn’t necessarily follow the “definition” of the words. Why? Let me explain.
The word contemporary was used profusely in the late 80′s and early 90′s to describe the fashion and design trend most recently seen in a Bill Cosby sweater or the bad necktie your boss sports to work occasionally. What is most important about this is that, in the design world, terms that describe a “look” stick. So you can’t call Bill Cosby’s sweater contemporary for a decade and then also call the latest in the design movement the same thing. The lingo has to change. We don’t call “mid-century modern” design contemporary, even though according to the true definition it was, for its time, contemporary. We call it “mid-century modern” because that is the accepted term to describe that movement more directly. We call 70′s decor retro…and so on. However, for some reason a new term was not openly accepted for Bill Cosby’s sweater– so we still call that contemporary, and yet try to call new, clean, modern design contemporary, too. So which one is it– Bill Cosby’s sweater, or Modern???
Well as a child of the 80′s who’s skin crawls at the word contemporary, I say it is MODERN. Modern is the term used to describe to latest design styles in the market today. Clean, simple, spacious designs without a lot of fuse and clutter is happening today and is worlds away from contemporary design.
Let me describe Bill Cosby’s sweater a little more for some of those who may not be following. The contemporary movement in the 80′s was about infusing abstract art into fashion and home. Designer Koos van den Akker, who designed the “Cosby Sweaters” defined the movement for the world through TV. The geometric, colorful, and asymettical designs were all the rage.
But by no means does recent design and Bill Cosby’s sweater look remotely the same. So let’s all agree to call Bill Cosby’s sweater contemporary and trends of today modern. But we will have to remember to come up with a new term for designs of tomorrow.
Seeing the difference???
All this I will end with the disclaimer that I am a strong believer that all design terms are relative. However there are some things you can’t deny.
I’ve been waiting for some fresh inspiration for a while. Sorry I’ve been gone so long!! Finally some great spaces worth posting about. This post is about saying “Bye, Bye” to color and “Hello” to neutral rich textures.
Home Decor and Fashion is all about a swinging pendulum. We revolted from “antique white” walls back in 90′s starting with Red/Burgundy and Green. Then we moved on to blue/green (we revolted from the warm reds to cool tones) now the pendulum is swinging back the other direction. We are SO over color. Maybe it has to do with the economy (neutrals are safer so we don’t have to change expensive items out to make a change) or maybe it is just time. I for one have always loved an “all white” room and monochromatic decorating. I have always taught that expensive items in the home should always be neutral (IE: don’t put in hunter green countertops YUCK!)
The key is to add texture and rich finishes to a neutral palette. Avoid the pitfalls! Don’t fall for a cheaper version faux silk curtain panel or poly-filled pillow. Go for the real thing. These things can cheapen a room faster than peach carpet. This doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune. I have several down filled pillows from Target. It just means be discerning and shop carefully.
This kitchen is so beautiful. I love the clean, simple, relaxing feel.
Whether modern, rustic, or country chic we are all going neutral. Neutral is a trend just like anything else and the pendulum will swing again, but at least I won’t be ripping out my flooring or selling by teal sofa to move on.
images via Desire to Inspire.