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10 Home Decor Trends You’re About to See Everywhere in 2018

Style Trends in Home Decor for 2018 Keeping It Cozy Coziness: That is really going to be THE buzz word heard around the globe when it comes to trends in home decor. Hygge, the Danish word that loosely translates to coziness is already a popular design style overseas and has been in design circles for a while, but is just now making its way into mainstream American homes. The palette of a hygge space can go a couple of ways: Think monochrome with hints of millennial pink OR layers of tobacco and other rich earth tones, but ALWAYS layers of blankets and pillows by the fire. (More on 2018 color trends later on!)   Make It Fashion! This year we’re going to see an increasing amount of high fashion and home decor crossover. Gucci Home, Badgeley Mishka, Louis Vitton all launched home decor collections recently, with eclectic, quality furnishings existing at the perfect intersection of European high style and coziness. Even H&M and Zara are getting in on the game. And of course, we’re no strangers to the growing home decor collections of Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie. Color Trends in Home Decor for 2018 Cosmic Explosion: Ultraviolet Pantone Color of the Year, Ultraviolet has a cosmic, futuristic vibe, but is a relative of the popular millennial pink, which, while complimentary, has a more vintage vibe. As more millennials become homeowners, you’ll be seeing more home industry designers and retailers catering to their needs.  We expect to see minimalism to be taking strong hold in modern bedrooms, where you’ll likely see ultraviolet popping up quite a bit. Cabin Fever: Rich Earthy Tones This past year, we had the incredible opportunity to report live from the High Point Design Bloggers Tour, where we really got to see how the sausage is made: We can tell you first hand what retailers will be stocking their shelves and showroom floors with in the upcoming year: Namely warm, rich, earthy colors, paired with jewel tones: think mustard, burgundy, forrest green. Expect to see these tones in cozy communal spaces, small parlour rooms, man caves and she sheds, and home offices. Color In Unexpected Places We’re so excited more homeowners are getting over their fear of color and are starting to request color in unexpected places like kitchen appliances and cabinets, ceilings, and on upholstery like sofas or dining chairs. UPDATE: This funky modern kid's room we designed has been featured on Shutterfly!   Blasts From The Past: Vintage Home Decor Trends Making a Comeback! Vintage Lighting: Updating a room’s lighting is arguably the best way to instantly upgrade a room! Although, this year, we may be going back in time: Antique lighting like aged copper pendants and candlestick sconces add a stylish, warm, lived-in vibe to any room. Double Rachel Wall Sconce from Dunes & Duchess This is one trend we’re particularly excited about, as we love the architectural shapes that lighting features bring to a space. Uplights will also be making a comeback to showcase beautiful landscape architecture and enhance outdoor entertaining spaces at night. Prints & Chintz! Wallpaper is coming back in the big way! The gorgeous patterns from the latest Osborne and Little collections, for example, are the perfect way to make a statement in a powder room or a liven up a stuffy formal, dining room. And we’ve already been placing orders for traditional, detailed, custom bedding and drapery, complete with all the bells and whistles: trims and fringe galore! Design Trends that are Here To Stay! Modern Farmhouse: From industrial lighting, to deep farmhouse sinks, the modern farmhouse design trend has been taking over the past couple years, and has mutated a few times: from the homespun version made famous by Joanna and Chip on HGTV to the industrial chic version you often find in suburbs surrounding cities to the coastal twist on the modern farmhouse. We don’t expect this trend to go anywhere anytime soon, but expect to see a few more versions of it in the upcoming year! Statement Backsplashes: We love tile and are so excited to see homeowners daring to make a bold statement with exciting kitchen and bathroom backsplashes. Outdoor Kitchens and Living Rooms: The backyard features adding the most value to the home are not pools or built-in golf courses, but *cozy* (there’s that word again!) and frequently used outdoor kitchen, dining, and living room areas complete with full kitchens, stocked bars, gorgeous fireplaces and fire pits, pergolas and cabanas! What home decor trends do you anticipate seeing in 2018? Which are you looking forward to? Let us know in the comments below!


Furnishings for an Elegant Holiday Home

All our favorite finds from the High Point Market Design Bloggers Tour

Imagine Your Holiday Home with All our Favorite Finds from the High Point Market Design Bloggers Tour In anticipation of the holidays, we have clients wanting to freshen up the spaces in their home used to entertain family and friends. Some want to give their living room a glamorous update, spruce up guest bedrooms, or make sure their dining rooms are ready for a Thanksgiving feast. Just in time for the holidays, we thought we’d take this opportunity to share with you some of our favorite findings from a recent furniture sourcing trip, as part of Esteem Media’s Design Bloggers Tour of High Point Market Cozy, Glamorous Living Rooms Green Apple Home Style, www.greenapple.pt Green Apple Home Style was a refreshing surprise at this year’s High Point Market. The Portuguese-based company has the perfect pieces to add a bit of elegance and glam to your living room Duralee, www.duralee.com If you’re interested in recovering some of the fabulous furniture you already have, be sure to check out Duralee’s fabrics or give your walls a daring update with one of their wallcoverings. They have the best selection of colors and prints, and partner with the best designers to make luxe designer collections accessible. Guest Bedrooms: Century Furniture, www.centuryfurniture.com A piece from Century lasts FOREVER. It truly doesn’t get much better than a Century bed. Be careful-- you guests might get so comfy they never want to leave ;) Highland House, www.highlandhousefurniture.com And complete your cozy contemporary guest suite with the breathtakingly beautiful silhouettes of Highland House Furniture. ModShop, modshop1.com If its super trendy accents you're in the market for, look no further than Modshop! We love their boho chic collections and their super glam millennial pink pieces! Dining Rooms: Bernhardt Furniture, www.bernhardt.com When it comes to designing a jaw-droppingly gorgeous dining room, it doesn’t get much better than Bernhardt! The 125 year old, family-owned furniture company has the perfect, polished pieces for a formal dining room you’ll want to entertain in year-round. Scott Living, www.scottlivinghome.com For a more casual or modern dining style, look no further than Scott Living, which blends the Property Brothers, Drew & Jonathan Scott’s distinct twin-personalities into one with trendy, wooden, mid-century pieces. Phylum Design, PhylumDesign.com The industrial chic trend is alive and well! But none's mastered it quite like Chris Dunker of Phylum Design who turned a fascination with industrial culture into a gorgeous art collection.   California Christmas: Creating Your Outdoor Oasis (Even in the Winter!) Lloyd Flanders Industries Inc., www.lloydflanders.com Now, if you’re in California, you’re all about that indoor-outdoor living year-round! You’ll want to sip eggnog around your outdoor firepit in Lloyd Flanders beautiful outdoor furnishings. Sunbrella, www.sunbrella.com And you’ll want to cover your outdoor seating with Sunbrella fabrics-- the most durable and stylish outdoor fabrics. They’re GREENGUARD® Gold Certified, OEKO-TEX® Certified, and have the Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Approval.


Rugs Shopping 101: Your Checklist for Shopping For Rugs

How to Shop for Rugs Like a Designer

How to Shop for Rugs Rugs are responsible for the overall sense style in a space. They ground and define the space; add color are work wonderfully as a jumping off point to create a color palette in the room. From how to shop ethically to what materials are most durable: we’re answering the top 10 Questions we get about rugs: How Do I Choose a Rug? Color is often a good place to start, then consider style (traditional, modern, global), price point, and how much foot traffic a room gets (which often cen help you determine price point): Using a rug as a room’s anchor point, you might want to op’t for a monochromatic /neutral colored rug. Or perhaps you want something splashy! You’ll also want to look for ethical labels that prevent child labor in other countries, like Good Weave: https://goodweave.org/ What Size Rug Should I Buy? A few rules of thumb: In larger rooms, you want to be sure all the furniture can fit comfortably on the rug, without feeling cramped. In a mid-sized or smaller space, you want at least the front legs of your couches and chairs to fit on the rug. What is the Most Durable Type of Rug for High-Traffic Areas? Jute, Sisal, Woven rugs made of recycled material are known for their durability! Outdoor rugs made to withstand weather and spills are great for indoors too, since they’re easy to clean up messes from kids and pets. How Do I Care for My Rugs? When you vacuum, turn off the spindle to prevent the rug fibers from breaking down faster.  Vacuum on bare floor setting, rather than the carpet setting, and be sure to include rug pads beneath your rugs! Be mindful of the pile height as well-- shorter piles are going to be easier to maintain and clean.   Why is Pile Height Important? Important to look at pile height and be sure to always include a rug pad underneath, especially when pile height is thicker. Flat weaves are durable and thin, making them excellent choices for high-traffic areas.  General pile sizes include: less than 1/4″ (short); 1/4″ to 1/2″ (mid-sized); 1/2″ to 3/4″ (luxe and shaggy). Some shags, including wool, can be up to ½” thick. Though longer, shaggy rugs can feel very luxe, they’re susceptible to crashing. Shorter piles will last a lot longer. Do I Really Need a Rug Pad? Rug Pads are important. They give cushion to the rug, making it easier on your knees. They also add traction so the rug doesn’t pull off the floor, and you don’t slip. You definitely need them in hallways and in kitchens. They’ll also help maintain your rug: They allow for more air circulation, which prevents mold and mildew in the inevitable case of spills. What Materials Are the Healthiest? When rug shopping, look for natural fibers, rather than those made of synthetic materials: Wool, Cotton, Jute, Hemp, Silk Blends, Sisal. That said, for some purposes, synthetic rugs may be the way to go: Viscose, for example, is synthetic but looks like silk, and is much more affordable. Which Materials to Are the Most Toxic? Health Concerns: Polypropylene Rugs can be very affordable but are also toxic, made of gasoline and can offgas (that’s how you get that ‘new carpet’ smell!). We wouldn’t recommend synthetic rugs for children’s rooms, where they are sleeping, or could be crawling on the rug with their faces near the rug. (The same goes for pets that lick their paws and the carpet at the same time). How Come Rugs Are So Expensive? How Come Some are So Cheap? Rug prices are generally determined by a few different factors: the materials they’re made of, the process by with they are made, and their country of origin and how ethically produced they are. Rug-making processes are fascinating! Rugs can be stamped, hand woven, hand loom, machine woven, or flat weaves-- which can account for disparities in price. amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_search_bar = "true"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "loridennisi0b-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_title = "Rugs 101"; amzn_assoc_linkid = "269d4a4e9fc68ca010298907d1c83760"; amzn_assoc_asins = "B00OHYQ47I,B01GS0CV2U,B0044MRFO4,B01HDWIOUK"; What are Common Types of Global Rugs and What’s the Difference Between Them? When shopping globally, we source a lot of rugs from South America, Africa, especially Morocco, the Middle East, and India. Dhurries are a type of flat-woven rug, and they're generally very affordable, Kilims are a popular type of flat-woven wool rug similar to dhurries, except they're more tightly woven. What’s Trending in Rug Design Right Now? Themed, novelty rugs are adding a youthful vibe to every space, not just children’s rooms! They’re also great for game rooms, man caves, and outdoor spaces. Coastal, tropical rugs are still trending as Palm Springs Desert Glam style continues to be popular. Modern, graphic, abstract rugs are trending as modern statement pieces! Natural Fiber, over dyed, ikat print rugs are richly textured and durable and are perfect for achieving that ‘California Cool’ aesthetic.