I’ve seen quite a few lists of design trends to watch for in 2013, and several of them really resonate with me. Some appeal to the traditionalist in me, while others are a bit riskier. It will be interesting to see which of these trends get the most attention over the upcoming year or beyond, and which turn out to be more short-lived. Here are the predicted trends I am most excited about!
1. Brass: This is a metal I’ve seen come up on more than one list. This warm, ’70s inspired finish is something I’m already in love with.
2. High Gloss: Nothing compares to the shine and polish of a high gloss lacquer! Lacquered walls really stand out and, when thoughtfully combined with more traditional elements in a room, create an unforgettable look.
3. Art: Selecting just the right piece of art for a client’s space is one of my favorite things about designing. I am always on the look out for an artist whose work appeals to me and fits perfectly with one of my projects. I love that this is a trend for 2013.
4. Antique Furniture: The trend here lies in mixing antique furniture with more modern elements, something I always enjoy doing. In fact, hunting for just the right piece until I find exactly what I’m looking for is so exciting.
5. Embellished Walls: I have long been a fan of custom wall coverings. There are so many amazing options available to suit the needs of nearly any client in nearly any space. From grass cloth and linen to hand painted and beaded, wall coverings are as varied and unique as the spaces they decorate.
6. Lace: If the word lace makes you think of your grandmother’s doilies, think again. Like other old-is-new trends, using lace in unexpected ways can bring a lot of beauty and character to a room. Think of combining it with more contemporary designs or using it in small, non-traditional ways.
Which trends for 2013 are you most excited about?
Each year, Pantone announces its choices for the Top Ten Women’s Colors for Spring and their Color of the Year. This influential forecast highlights color trends in both fashion and design. I always look forward to Pantone’s list because it’s great to see how their choices compare with my own changing preferences as well as trends among my clients.
My three favorite colors from this list are Lemon Zest, Grayed Jade, and Emerald, the Color of the Year. In fact, I was pretty close to the mark last year when I created my Jade Color Board and my Yellow Color Board!
Lemon Zest is both bright and soothing. It’s not a color I would have naturally gravitated toward in the past, but it stands out and and really has a mood-lifting effect. I like it more and more as time goes on!
Grayed Jade’s soft, subtle hue appeals to my more traditionalist nature. It pairs well with other shades and is a calm alternative to brighter greens and a more romantic alternative to simple gray. It communicates elegance and sophistication.
Emerald, Pantone’s Color of the Year, is also my favorite color from their Top Ten list for Spring. Emerald is such a chic and glamorous color, bringing to mind gems and luxury. For all its elegance, Emerald is also an energetic color that injects any space with a vibrant depth.
What do think of Pantone’s Top Colors for Spring and Color of the Year? Which colors do you prefer from the list? I look forward to a New Year of exciting design opportunities and challenges, as well as the chance to incorporate some of these colors into my own designs!
Quintessence is a lifestyle blog I really enjoy. Written by Stacey Bewkes, Quintessence focuses on “those special discoveries that make life just that much better.” After working as an art director in NYC for 17 years, Stacey left that world to raise her four children in Connecticut. She then created Quintessence to continue to say involved in every aspect of the world of design and fashion. Stacey attends design, lifestyle, and fashion events, and then blogs about them to bring the experience to her readers. She also shares content on topics from art to movies and food to books, meaning you’ll always find something new and interesting at Quintessence.
Quintessence appeals to me because it is very cultured. Stacey is worldly and involved and is always current on what’s happening. She really does her homework and is clearly knowledgeable. Her posts are interesting and relevant. Having had the opportunity to meet Stacey, I know she is a lovely lady, very passionate and direct!
One of my favorite Quintessence posts was about NIBA rugs. It jogged my memory of a source I had seen before but hadn’t logged into my mental catalog of go-to rugs. I am so excited to incorporate some of these rugs into my interiors!
Red is simply a sexy, va-va-voom color. It makes people think of lipstick, fast cars, love, and risk. Red excites people with an enticing, energetic jolt of color. Brunettes and blonds look great in red, and it’s hard to think of a color that implies more emotion. You can saturate an entire room in this bold palette or wear it all over for a glamorous night out!
1. Stitched Puzzle wallcovering from Maya Romanoff
3. Mark Rothko
7. Christian Louboutin, Platform Red Pumps
8. A-line Mini Dress from Victoria Beckham
10. Red and white design. Image via High Street Market.
I’ve seen a few examples lately of built-in bookcases creating a library in a dining room, and it’s an unconventional concept I really like. Incorporating an idea like this into your home works for a few different reasons.
First, everything is integrated. You have one space to inhabit in different ways, whether it’s enjoying a meal together as a family, relaxing with a book while you wake up with your morning coffee, or entertain friends against a cozy backdrop of books. Or, incorporating something like a wine fridge into the bookcases introduces another really cool concept.
Including bookshelves in a common room of the home is a lifestyle idea that’s great for families with kids. With so many of our media choices now relegated to computer screens, TV screens, iPads, and electronic readers, placing books in a position of priority in your home, within easy reach of little hands, sends a powerful message. It also encourages parents to read in front of their children and talk to their children about books. What’s not to love about creating a book-centric culture in such an important room in the home?
The idea of a library in the dining room is also great because it works in so many different ways. Whether your home design style is rustic, traditional, modern, or more hip, stocked bookshelves can easily be incorporated into the dining room. You don’t have to commit to a specific look to make this concept work. I think David Kleinberg, in particular, has designed some really great spaces by incorporating a home library into the dining room.
Burgundy’s warm, spicy tones make it such a hot color for fall! It’s a color with great saturation that looks good on anyone and makes a wonderful accent for interiors.
1. Park in Cayenne/Syrah from Maharam
3. Nappa Velours from Bottega Veneta
4. Capri Table Lamp from Julian Chichester
5. Aubergine Brooke Handwoven Cotton Flatweave Carpet from Madeline Weinrib
6. New Declic from Christian Louboutin
8. Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year Inspiration
Twice a year, every year, NYC is host to the New York International Gift Fair. This fair is so huge, it can’t be contained to one venue and sprawls across Piers 92 & 94 as well as the Javits Convention Center. This year’s fair ran from August 18-22 and included a huge range of vendors displaying new products and lines for the upcoming year.
The Gift Fair just has to be experienced in order to have an idea of the magnitude of the event, but I can tell you, I was like a bat out of hell at this year’s fair! There’s such a crush of people, all wanting to be the first to spot that must-have, hot item or trend. Everyone from designers to retailers flocking from vendor to vendor so that I had to suppress the urge to yell at everyone to get out of my way because I had some serious looking to do. It’s a lot of contagious energy, creativity, and enthusiasm for the incredible world of design that just permeates the atmosphere and inspires you to see and experience everything!
This year I stumbled across some really great things at the Gift Fair. Some of the first vendors to catch my eye were Michael Partenio and Stacy Kunstel with Dunes and Duchess. What I love about their line is that they focused on an idea and let that idea evolve. Dunes and Duchess creates these stunning candelabra pieces, all made in Connecticut. Used as-is or with a shade, the pieces are substantial with great shapes and a beautiful, high lacquer with so much sheen. The colors are beautiful, but they can customize products using your own color choices. They also make incredible tables in almost any size that are practical but very chic!
Another aspect of the Gift Fair I love is that it’s a great source for pre-made pillows. There are a lot of great designs without having to go the custom route and sometimes a bit of instant gratification is really nice! I found some wonderful pillows from Design Accents and their sister company NBR Home. From Design Accents, these cowhide pillows with a hint of gold really present well in a room. The quality is good and the metallic hint is subtle enough to avoid being gaudy.
NBR Home offers a more upscale product with some very cool designs and colors.
I definitely went a little lamp happy at this year’s Gift Fair. Mr. Brown, a division of Julien Chichester, has these lamps with a mid-century vibe, just really stunning pieces. I’m a big fan of the turquoise lamp. It has a Kelly Wearstler, high-impact feel to it. I also love the standing lamp. It looks like a piece of sculpture and would make a great choice for ambient light.
As for furniture, I saw some pieces I love from Design Legacy. They have a transitional kind of furniture that is really unique. I am head over heels for the secretary desk. It has great height and scale and a geometry on its face that I love. With storage and a flip down desk, it’s a wonderful piece. I also really like the table and the chair with a nod to one of my favorite designs, the Greek key. These pieces are an ideal way to freshen up a space.
My last find at this Gift Fair actually involves a search that started a year ago. While at the New York Gift Fair last August, I found a product that I knew would be perfect for a client. I was so excited about it, but I somehow misplaced the information and could not find it anywhere. This year, I went to the Gift Fair with a mission. I was determined to find this one product again, even while knowing my search amounted to looking for a needle in a haystack. I knew this product would be in an area of the fair with everything from tabletop items to Christmas decor, from kids’ stuff to books. I made my way as closely as possible to where I remembered seeing this particular product last time and finally found what I was looking for! It was the best moment of the Gift Fair for me! What I’d been looking for were these amazing frames from Wexel Art. Made of plexiglass and magnets, the frames are a contemporary way to display art or photographs. Changing the art in the frame is a quick and easy process, making it particularly suited to displaying kids’ artwork or family photos. The frames come in all sizes, including custom measurements. I can’t wait to use these to create a whole gallery for a client. This time, I absolutely won’t lose the information!
Snakeskin is a big texture I love to use. It’s not something to use in abundance, but in small doses snakeskin is very chic and trendy. It definitely creates a look! And with all this faux stuff available, snakeskin texture isn’t limited to belts and boots. For accessories and accents, snakeskin gives a modern, edgy look. You can find it in a variety of colors and patterns, but one thing all snakeskin has in common is a rich feel that people can’t help but want to touch.
The same approach to using snakeskin in fashion applies to interior design. A little goes a log way and packs a big punch. Snakeskin isn’t for everyone, but it’s a great textile and medium to bring out a bit of daring — very graphic and sexy.
Turquoise is a summery hue that really resonates with me. It’s clean, fresh, and works great as a little accent or a bigger splash of color!
1. Gracie Studio hand painted wallpaper
2. Rhys Chair from Anthropologie
3. Turquoise necklace by Alexis Bittar
6. Turquoise seas in Tekek, Malaysia. photo credit
8. Christian Louboutin 20th Anniversary Unzip 100 Suede Sandal
9. Ceramic Vase lamp from Vaughan
I love the exciting hue of Tangerine. It’s such an energetic and confident color, bold and certainly trendy. Tangerine is my daughter’s favorite color and the primary color of my own business cards. This color really resonates with me!
1. Room by Mary McDonald
2. Hand painted Chinese scenic panel by Gracie Studio
3. Tangerine gown by Carlos Miele
4. Greek Key Bedding with Pagoda Headboard
6. Elie Tahari shoe
8. Quadrille Fabrics in Pagoda
9. Interior by Lola Agaton