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Do You Tangerine Tango?

And….the 2012 Pantone Color of the Year is…..

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Birds, Butterflies & Batik: What’s Hot in Home Decor for 2011

What do birds and butterflies have to do with home decor and interior design?  Plenty, it seems, during the upcoming year. Continue reading

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Made in the USA

I was browsing around the Greenhouse Design website, looking for some trendy new fabrics for a class I will be teaching in February.  They have some great stuff – as always.  But, what caught my eye was a section labeled “Fabrics Made in the USA.”

Over the past half-dozen years, it seems that all the fabric mills in the United States have closed down, moving fabric production to China, Korea or Thailand.  I really hate seeing that happen, as all the factory jobs move with the factories!  Take a look at clothing labels; most everything is made in Asia these days.

I was pleasantly surprised to see many options for home decor fabrics, including the Outdoor Fabrics collection, that are actually made in the US!  If I have the option to purchase a fabric made in the US, or one woven in China, I will certainly be choosing the one made stateside.  Without our support and purchases, these mills cannot stay in business, and the migration of our nation’s jobs will continue.

Obviously, as a designer, the color, pattern and price have much to do with my selections; clients don’t want a fabric that won’t work in their homes, no matter where it’s made.

How about you?  If you have the option to choose a product made locally, or at least within the US, do you choose that product because of the place it’s made?  Or, do you even check labels anymore?  And, what do you think of some of the Greenhouse Fabrics options made in this country?  Leave me a comment, and let me know your thoughts.


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Trends – Are They For You?

In my line of work, clients and associates always like to find out what the latest color and home decor trends are.  This year, we are seeing a continued resurgance of blues and grays, with pops of bright colors such as lime green, fuschia and violet.  Global, tribal patterns are also going to be hot.  For more detail on the color and pattern trends for 2010, check out http://www.sherwinwilliams.com

I love to hear about new trends, too – it’s always fun to know what we will be seeing in the stores, and to see new things.  It’s like Christmas morning to a designer!  However, not all the trends need to end up in our homes.

My thought on design trends is this:  if you like them, bring them into your home.  If you don’t like them, leave them behind.  It’s that simple.  Just because something is trendy, doesn’t mean it fits your personal style.  If lime green makes your skin crawl, by all means, stick with sage green!  If violet really trips your trigger, incorporate it into your home in small amounts at first, unless you have the budget for a total room makeover.

Being trendy isn’t about redecorating your entire home.  It’s about bringing in one or two pieces in the latest colors or patterns – provided you actually LIKE them – and adding them to what you already have.  This is, of course, easiest to do if you keep your major pieces rather neutral and classic in both style and color.  A classic brown leather sofa can hold a number of patterned and colored pillows, and these can be changed out on a whim – even on a small budget.  Or, bring that new color in your room by painting one accent wall.  Paint can be easily changed next year, when you want to change your look again.

Design trends don’t need to rule our lives or our homes; use them as a starting point.  Just as most fashion seen on the runways of Paris doesn’t end up in our closets, not all home fashion trends need to end up in our homes.  But, with a little creativity, our homes can remain classic statements of our personal style, while incorporating just a little of the latest look.


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