We’ve all talked about it, and we’ve definitely all felt it! As soon as I take down Christmas, I’m relishing the clean, pared down aesthetic. For awhile. And then, not so much. My house starts to feel pretty bare, and on top of that, it’s cold, it’s dreary, and it makes me long for spring.
1. VelvetVelvet is a trend that started getting really big last year in fashion, and now it seems to be hopping over to design. It’s elegant, and timeless, but it’s also cozy and luxurious and speaks to making our homes more comfortable. I’m seeing it in sofas and chairs more than ever, but an inexpensive way of incorporating it into your home would be with pillows. And they can be found almost everywhere, from Pottery Barn to Walmart, and at every price point.
|Via BHDM Design.|
|Here they’ve used grey velvet to upholster a headboard. Gorgeous! Via Heatherly Design.|
2. Texture=&3=& Here is another trend that really relates to the overall desire to make our homes our refuge from an increasingly complicated world. Texture, like velvet, makes us feel cozy and protected. And I love how much interest it adds to a room! It can come in the form of baskets (these have been on-trend for a few years now), rugs, throws (there’s that cozy factor again!), or chunky linens.
|I love this basket used as art! And more texture comes in the form of the cozy throw, and the vintage bench as well as the distressed floors. Just stunning!|
|Neutrals done right – with lots of texture! Via Better Homes and Gardens.|
|So many textural elements here! The seagrass rug, the amazing coffee table, and the side table between the two chairs. Design by Mark Cunningham.|
3. Warm MetalsLast year copper started appearing, and then brass soon after that. These are continuing to be strong design trends and I think are a reaction to the past decade of cool silvers and nickels. The gold of metals like copper and brass add more warmth than when we use only cool metals. I think the mix of metals is another trend that we will see continuing. And I love that! Again, it makes the home feel more lived-in, collected and organic.
|These copper pendants add so much drama to this room. Via Lonny magazine.|
|Design by House of Jade Interiors.|
|Via Pencil and Paper Co.|
|Via Elements of Style blog.|
4. GreenOf course, if you read my post on the Pantone Color of the Year, you may already know that it’s predicted to be a big color trend this year. And though the Pantone color “Greenery” is a pretty bright example, every green is predicted to gain in popularity, from pale moss, to bright apple, to dark forest. Love this!
|Design by Barbara Westbrook.|
|Design by Shannon Bowers via Milieu magazine.|
|Via House Beautiful.|
As I’m sure you know, marble in kitchens has been big for a decade or more now, but we’re seeing it trickle down into more than just kitchen counters. Marble floors will be one incarnation, but also accessories; lamps, trays, vases, and bowls. I recently picked up a little vintage marble pedestal bowl and I just adore it! Look for it in antique malls and on Ebay, as well as in chain stores like Crate and Barrel and Pottery Barn.
|Gorgeous! Love this room. By Barbara Westbrook.|
|Interior design by Karen Davis via New England Home.|
|I’m such a fan of Brooke Giannetti, and she uses green a lot in her spaces. The subtle touches here are just perfect!|
And what if you are not a fan of green? Or, maybe you like it, but you don’t want to change too much or make that big of a commitment. If you have neutral or white interiors, you can incorporate green the natural way with plants or flowers.
Gorgeous soft mint bathroom. By Huff Dewberry via Traditional Home.
I’m loving the new military inspired jackets I’m seeing everywhere. No, I’m not talking head to toe camouflage, but I do love the look of an
army style jacket
Fall is probably my favorite season. I love the crispness in the air (or, at least in LA, the promise of crispness!), the turning of the leaves, eating apples, making homey dinners, and wearing cozy sweaters. And even though I no longer attend school, September is still, in my mind, the beginning of school and so, I still associate it with “fall shopping.” There’s just something about those new sweaters and boots that gets me as excited as a teen!
Yes, I am aware that’s it’s only Thursday and this post is called Friday Favorites! However, I have a very special post coming this Friday so I’m sending you my Friday/Thursday Favorites a day early! Now onto the favorites… I have a little bit of a love affair with topiaries of all kinds. Ivy, rosemary, myrtle… all are so cute, but the myrtle topiaries really have my heart. However, they are so hard to find, at least here in Southern California. I see them on blogs, on Pinterest, in Martha Stewart magazine, but I’ve never seen them here! No matter – I will be finding some, even if it means I have to have them shipped! Their charm is undeniable…..
I’m so excited to share with you that I will be doing a Spring Blog Hop with some of my favorite bloggers starting tomorrow (Friday)! I hope you will stop by and also visit some of their homes as well! I don’t think you will be disappointed!