It's a Trendy World Out There...

I'm always intrigued by what some consider "fabulous for your home" in the interior design world. Whether it be from Pinterest, Instagram, a magazine or in-person, someone is ALWAYS sharing an opinion about it. With High Point Market around the corner, where new trends and seeing what's hot right now will be here before you know it, I thought it fitting to share my own musings on the subject. No one REALLY knows what will take off and what won't. It's a gamble, a roll of the dice, where designers give their creative juices a whirl and take a chance to see if their new trend will catch on. But with things that become a "hot" trend, the backlash is inevidible when the market becomes over-saturated with that one best-selling idea.  Trends are not bad, just don't decorate your whole house in them.  And unless you have a large budget, don't invest a lot of money in them…because you'll be having to replace them when they become "old hat." Let's start with some trends that I'd like to see fade away…. YOU'RE GIVING ME A HEADACHE: Chevron - To think it all began from the book, Harold and the Purple Crayon.. (Just Kidding). But seriously, the chevron pattern has got to go. Floors, tile patterns, wallpaper, pillows, rugs, sheets…you name it - chevron is EVERYWHERE. What's next? A chevron stair rail? A chevron bookcase? ENOUGH! Faux antlers or faux dead anything - Unless your husband (or you) hunts, there really shouldn't be a pair of antlers in your house. When you see plastic white deer heads hanging in West Elm, you know this trend has become roadkill. Modern Industrial - When I see a coffee table that looks like a flat bed car on a train (wheels included), I know this trend has gotten out of hand. The whole "factory look," where everything (and I mean EVERYTHING) is gray and black steel, exposed ducts, cement floors, and no color ANYWHERE…well that's just mean to do that to someone. I mean, who lives like that? (Other than the owner of Restoration Hardware)?? Poufs - Who came up with that word anyways? It really doesn't serve a purpose in a room. Too big as a pillow, too low to the ground to sit on, no wheels to roll it around. Hard for old people (like myself) because there's no back support. All they're really good at is being upholstered in a cute fabric and looking good in a picture. Enough with the poufs!!

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Now, who am I to say what's "hot" or "on-point" this season. That's for the experts out there. But I will add my two cents for what you SHOULD have in your home, regardless of what new trends are showcased in High Point, what new hot idea is popping up in every magazine or what the experts are telling you to buy.

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I CAN'T GET ENOUGH! Art - You can never have enough. What you buy is your business…but do invest in it.  Art is a representation of society, culture and our world we live in. But it's also a representation and an expression of YOU.  Save on that upholstered sofa, and buy that oil on canvas that strikes a nerve every time you look at it. You'll thank me for it! Antiques - Whether you are contemporary or classical in your taste, invest in a few antiques for your home. Not only do they represent history and craftsmanship, they also add character and collaboration to your home. Chances are you've willingly (or unwillingly) inherited one or two things from family members. If they're not your taste, wait before chucking them to the curb and see if you can find a spot or reinvent them for your home. You don't want your decor to be "all one look." That's boring. Mix and match, blend and punctuate. Place a lucite end table in between two Queen Anne's chairs. The result? Refreshing. Originality - Stay true to yourself. It's easy to get swept up in the fad of the moment. But does it really reflect you? Or are you just trying to repeat what everyone else out there is doing. Now, originality and utter chaos are two different things.  Sometimes it helps to have another creative mind help you assemble your originality into a more presentable palette. But make sure you remain true to yourself and what you truly like within your home. After all, you're the one who's living there!!

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At the end of the day, if you like that chevron covered pouf and that industrial steel sofa, then get it! I'm not going to judge you for it. But get it because you like it and it makes you happy…not because some "style spotter" is declaring it "drool-worthy."

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HAPPY WEDNESDAY!

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