Looking up at the Boston Junior League show house

Boston’s latest show house (The Nathaniel Allen House) sponsored by The Junior League of Boston is now open. Recently I had a chance to tour the house and take some iphone photos. If you love color, pattern and art you can’t miss this show. The rooms are done up with warm tones, luxurious textures, fabulous wallpapers and art work galore.

The rooms are all so different yet somehow they all seemed to flow. Color and wallpaper are a very big story but the stand out for me is the attention the ceilings received. Almost all of the rooms have either a colorful painted or wallpapered ceiling. Take a look at few of my favorites.

The “Morning Room” was bright, cheerful and fresh and the yellow painted ceiling glowed with warmth from the early morning sun.

The Morning room Kate McCusker Rosenberger:Linda Holt Photo

The Morning room Design by Kate McCusker Rosenberger: Linda Holt Photo

My good friend Kelly Rogers used a similar warm color palette in her “Mother in Law’s Suite” and also chose to paint the ceiling a warm golden honey.

Design by Kelly Rogers Linda Holt Photo

Design by Kelly Rogers: Linda Holt Photo

This “Petite Retreat” designed by Nancy Seibel has a not very shy pink painted ceiling. So fun for a little bathroom don’t you think?

The Petit Retreat designed by Nancy Seibel: Linda Holt Photo

Designed by Nancy Seibel: Linda Holt Photo

Elizabeth Benedict wallpapered the ceiling in her “Chinoiserie Chic” bedroom with bamboo trellis wallpaper. How wonderful to wake up in the morning and see something beautiful rather than a blank white ceiling.

Elizabeth Benedict Design: Linda Holt Photo

Elizabeth Benedict Design: Linda Holt Photo

The “Dressing Room” which had a small desk area also had a wallpapered ceiling. Choosing a fabulous statement wallpaper is a great idea in a small space like a powder room or closet because the cost will not be too high and every time you enter it will put a smile on your face.

Suzanne Logan design :Linda Holt Photo

Suzanne Logan design : Linda Holt Photo

The ceiling that really impressed me was in the “Receiving Room and Sitting Room”. Designer Gerald Pomeroy used high gloss paint to create a decorative stripe that tied two different but adjoining rooms together. The “Receiving Room” is below. The lighting could not have been worse with the sun pouring in creating a lot of glare but you can see what I am talking about if you look above the fireplace.

Receiving room:Linda Holt Photo

Receiving room: Linda Holt Photo

Here is a closer look at the same room with a broad gray stripe and a narrower green stripe.

Receiving room ceiling:Linda Holt Photo

Receiving room ceiling: Linda Holt Photo

Below is the adjoining “Sitting Room”. You can see he reversed the colors with the broader stripe green and the the thinner stripe gray.

"Sitting Room"

“Sitting Room” : Linda Holt Photo

Lastly, here is an image of the two rooms and the ceilings taken from the doorway where the two rooms join.

Gerald Pomeroy Design:Linda Holt Photo

Gerald Pomeroy Design: Linda Holt Photo

I think it is brilliant and I would love to do something similar for a client. What do you think?

I will be posting more beautiful rooms from the show house but I couldn’t wait to show you all the wonderful ceilings in the house. I hope after seeing this trend you will think twice before defaulting to “ceiling white”.

The 2016 Junior League of Boston Show house runs through June 5th. You can purchase tickets here.

 

 

 

High Point Market Recap part three

This is it! Today is my final wrap up of my three part trend report from High Point Market. I hope you enjoyed Part One and Part Two. I am finishing up my series today with the final three trends I spotted at Spring Market.

7. Elevated Organics: Nature inspired decor is nothing new, but taking natural elements and elevating it’s importance by using it on furniture and lighting is a growing trend. This console chest from Ambella Home is an especially beautiful example. Brass sculpted cherry blossoms adorn the white oak front.

Ambella Home Linda Holt Photo

Ambella Home Linda Holt Photo

This branch inspired brass base on the ottoman/coffee table is another example from Vanguard. (notice too the blush colored top as I pointed out in my first trend post).

Vanguard:Linda Holt Photo

Vanguard:Linda Holt Photo

This “sapling” cocktail table is also from Amabella Home and another beauty.

Ambella Home:Linda Holt Photo

Ambella Home:Linda Holt Photo

This divided screen from Currey not only uses oyster shells as inspiration but uses the actual shells. Accented with satin brass the shells are “elevated” to a work of art.

Currey:Linda Holt Photo

Currey: Linda Holt Photo

Rock crystals are another huge trend right now, especially for lighting. I visited three different lighting showrooms and they all were showcasing lighting that was designed using rock crystals. This rock crystal chandelier and the two rock crystal sconces are both from Visual Comfort.

Visual Comfort:Linda Holt Photo

Visual Comfort:Linda Holt Photo

Speaking of rock crystals, Kathyrn McCoy has built an entire company around using rock crystals.

Linda Holt Photo

Linda Holt Photo

I already mentioned in my previous post about the overwhelming amount of gold finishes in lighting. This sconce by Currey is so realistic it looks like ginkgo leaves were dipped in gold and then turned into a sconce.

Ginko Sconce Curry-Linda Holt Photo

Ginkgo Sconce Curry-Linda Holt Photo

This brass “daisy” pendant is a new introduction from Kate Spade for Visual Comfort.

Kate Spade Flower Pendant-Linda Holt Photo

Kate Spade Flower Pendant-Linda Holt Photo

8. Accessories: A continuing trend for accessories is what I call the “specimen” trend. Nine out of ten showrooms used displays of sea shells, drift wood, turtle shells, rocks, animal horns and feathers.

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Petrified wood was also very popular (and pricey) this past Market and I saw it in all shapes and sizes.

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Coral was spotted in a few showrooms but not as much as I had seen in previous years. Geodes and crystals were much more popular this Spring.

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Besides the real deal, accessories that referenced nature were also are very popular. These green topiaries from Global Views were eye catching.

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Spiny sea urchin shapes are still popular and I saw them displayed both on the wall and on tables. These from Harp and Finial looked great on the black and white stripped wall and were the only ones I saw that were NOT gold.

Harp and Finial:Linda Holt Photo

Harp and Finial:Linda Holt Photo

Global and ethnic influence is still trending and I loved this vignette from Harp and Finial with the Moroccan inspired mirrors and the elephant table lamps.

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Harp and Finial-Linda Holt Photo

I can’t talk about accessories and not mention Chinoiserie (Chinese influenced design and motifs) which is classic but more popular that ever.

IMG_4577 This chinoiserie mirror from Kenian Home was a new introduction this Spring and a crowd favorite. (notice the gold faux turtle shell on the table below and the large scale botanical wallpaper which is my final trend below).

Kenian Home-Linda Holt Photo

Kenian Home-Linda Holt Photo

9. Fabrics and wallpaper: Birds and flowers are still trending for both wallpaper and fabrics. This wallpaper panel on display at Ambella Home also incorporates several other trends I have already mentioned such as the color pink, and the organic shape of the table base and chinoiserie.

Ambella Home-Linda Holt Photo

Ambella Home-Linda Holt Photo

This bold wallpaper featuring birds is new from Kate Spade for Kravet.

Kate Spade for Kravet

Kate Spade for Kravet

Birds, watercolor cloud wallpaper and bright floral pillows at Eastern Accents.

Eastern Accents-Linda Holt Photo

Eastern Accents-Linda Holt Photo

Another trend in both fabric and wallpaper is a soft watercolor look. This Thibaut wallpaper is a perfect example. The large scale flowers almost seem to bleed into one another as if they were just freshly painted.

Thibaut-Linda Holt Photo

Thibaut-Linda Holt Photo

For those of you old enough to remember Tie Dye back from back in the 70’s… it’s back! I have very fond memories of spending an entire Summer tie dying white Fruit of the Loom t-shirts.  I wish I knew what happened to them because a few were outstanding!

This tie dye fabric chair was one of my favorites from Huntington House Furniture.

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Huntington House Furniture

This fabric on the chair below from Rowe Furniture reminds me of one of those spin art toys and is another example of the watercolor look that was so popular at Spring Market.

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Rowe Furniture

This last one is also from Huntington House and the fabric felt like velvet. All the bloggers sat in it and no one wanted to get up it was so comfortable and soft.

Huntington House Furniture-Linda Holt Photo

Huntington House Furniture-Linda Holt Photo

Well, that wraps it up my friends. I hope you have enjoyed my photographic summary of the Spring High Point Market trends. As a final treat I have one more image that features many of the trends I have highlighted over the past three days.

Emporium Home-Linda Holt Photo

Emporium Home-Linda Holt Photo

How many trends in this one photo can you spot?

If you missed part one or part two and would like to read those, the links are below.

High Point Market Trend Report Part One

High Point Market Trend Report Part Two

High Point Market Recap part two

Today I have part two of my High Point Market recap. First off I want to thank everyone who left such nice comments on my recap of part one of High Point Market trends. Today I have even more images to share that illustrate the next three trends, so grab a coffee and settle in for part two.

3. BRASS IS KING! What can I say other than just about every single showroom was over flowing with brass and gold. I think I will let the images speak for themselves and you can draw your own conclusions.

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Linda Holt Photo

Brass here, brass there, brass everywhere!

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Anyone need a gold embellished waste basket?

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Brass furniture continued to be a big trend this market, especially small side tables and chairs.

Selamat:Linda Holt Photo

Selamat: Linda Holt Photo

I spotted Lucite paired with brass as well as brass frames for side chairs.

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This little brass and leather bar stool was one of my favorite finds at one of our BlogTour sponsors Hillsdale Furniture. 

Hillsdale Furniture

Hillsdale Furniture

This tall brass cabinet from Mr. Brown Home is a stunner as are those articulated brass chandeliers.

Mr. Brown:Linda Holt Photo

Mr. Brown:Linda Holt Photo

Brass lighting out weighed all other finishes by a huge margin. I think this hanging pendant by Currey is not only incredibly beautiful but certainly fit for a king (or queen)!

Currey:Linda Holt Photo

Currey:Linda Holt Photo

4. LIVE LIKE YOU. Let’s get real here. Most of us live don’t live with a lot of what is seen at market. We have dogs and kids and we drink red wine and we live a messy life. So enter the fabric company Crypton. For those of you who haven’t heard of it, Crypton is an anti stain fabric and comes in hundreds and hundreds of choices.I was an early adapter to Crypton and have been using it in my client’s homes for over three years. Well it seems to have caught on and just about every furniture showroom offered a Crypton option, even the higher end showrooms…I guess the wealthy have messy lives too.

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Just a small sampling of some of Crypton’s fabrics.

I specify Crypton all the time for sofas and chairs but I hadn’t thought about using it on a fabric headboard. Sure makes sense though don’t you think?

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Rowe Furniture:Linda Holt Photo

Carpets are another area of the home where durability and cleanabilty are important to today’s consumers. These rugs from the new Barclay Butera line for Nourison are not only indoor/outdoor but they are reversible! They are available in multiple color ways and the geometric pattern is right on trend.

Nourison:Linda Holt Photo

Nourison: Linda Holt Photo

Vaugh-Bassett was one of our sponsors for the BlogTour and is the largest manufacturer of wooden adult bedroom furniture in the country. The furniture is all US made and the company employs over 700 workers.I had never been to their showroom and they have some great quality pieces as well as a large number of wood and stain options. It seems Vaughn-Bassett also has quite a fascinating history. So interesting in fact that Tom Hanks is currently making a movie called “The Factory Man” about the founder of the company.

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Vaughn-Bassett: Linda Holt Photo

This last image under Live Like You is the trend of consumers wanting to express their personality in their home. For the wine aficionado, these custom made wine bars and islands are by German company Hobbs Design. Crafted from reclaimed solid oak and high end vintage wine crates, each one is unique. Once the manufacture runs out of crates they will no longer be produced so this is a very special piece. (It will take awhile though as the owner told me has has over 5000 crates in storage).

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Hobbs Designs

5. MIXED MATERIALS. One trend that was hard to miss was the mixing of materials on furniture. Wood with faux shagreen (stingray skin), wood and brass, Lucite and brass, Lucite and leather, glass and wood, fabric and wood, fabric and metal. The combinations are endless!

This brass and faux parchment console at Mr. Brown Home is a good example. Truth be told, I didn’t know what “faux parchment” was so I had to ask about that. For those of you who also don’t know, parchment is goat skin. I was glad to learn that it’s all “faux” and that no goats were harmed to make the console. I think you’ll be seeing a lot of this in stores soon so now you’ll be an expert and know it’s called faux parchment.

Mr.Brown Home:Linda Holt Photo

Mr.Brown Home:Linda Holt Photo

This cabinet from Hurtado combines four different materials. I am not 100% sure because I forgot to ask but by looking at the photo it looks like faux parchment, decorative steel, a natural stone top and stainless steel legs.

Hurtado-Linda Holt Photo

Hurtado-Linda Holt Photo

This cabinet from Vanguard mixes antiqued glass, cerused wood, brass handles and a glass shelf.

Vanguard:Linda Holt Photo

Vanguard:Linda Holt Photo

It wasn’t just case goods sporting mixed materials. This sofa at Lexington Furniture has brass as a decorative as well as a supporting element on the arms of the sofa.

Lexington Furniture:Linda Holt Photo

Lexington Furniture:Linda Holt Photo

These Lucite and raw wood tables were each one of a kind and so beautiful. Of course the way they had them displayed I’d want to buy all three. (I wouldn’t want to separate the family tree!)

Lucite and raw wood :Linda Holt Photo

Lucite and raw wood: Linda Holt Photo

Currey introduced this bar cabinet last Market but it is still a favorite with green Malachite door inserts mixed with the black ebony wood and a green lacquered interior.

Currey Co.:Linda Holt Photo

Currey :Linda Holt Photo

This final photo taken at Vanguard Furniture sums up today’s three trends. Family friendly Crypton fabric on the sofa, brass coffee table mixed with a natural stone top and a brass tray.

Vanguard:Linda Holt Photo

Vanguard:Linda Holt Photo

I hope you enjoyed today’s three trends and be sure to check back tomorrow for the final three trends along with lot’s of photos!

Do you have one thing that is a favorite among these trends?

 

High Point Market Recap part one

Oh my goodness…what an inspiring week at the High Point Furniture! I feel like I walked 50 miles in five days. I was so honored to be chosen for the High Point Design Bloggers Tour and we all had so much fun. We visited showrooms I am very familiar with as well as a few I had never heard of but was happy to discover. The Spring Market was bursting with energy and I saw so many beautiful new designs. I compiled a list of nine trends and since I am all about photos, I want to show you lot’s of images. So as not to overwhelm you I have divided my report into three posts since I have so much to share. As a summary these are nine trends I spotted.

  1. Color: Red, Pink, Blush, Coral, Persimmon and Watermelon ruled this Spring, followed by Blue, Emerald green, White and Gold
  2. Chairs: Exposed wood spines, sexy backs, sculpture in the room, statement pieces
  3. Case goods: Faceted wood fronts, wallpapered fronts, decorative geometric shapes, hardware that is either big or “go pegs”.
  4. Brass is KING…seriously, the amount of it was overwhelming.
  5. Live Like You: Furniture for real life not “magazine rooms”. Crypton fabrics, durable quality core pieces for beds and dressers, durable rugs.
  6. Mixed Materials: wood with faux shagreen, wood and brass, Lucite and wood, Lucite and leather, parchment and wood, glass and wood.
  7. Elevated organics: Organic shapes and forms applied to furniture
  8. Accessories: Organics, rock crystals, shells, bones, feathers, spiney sea urchin shapes in brass and white
  9. Fabrics: Large scale florals, birds, tie dye and water colors.

PART ONE

RED in all it’s various hues was without a doubt the trending color of Spring Market. I personally have never been a huge fan of red but after seeing some of the showrooms I think I might have to rethink how I feel about this dramatic color. The Ambella Home showroom knocked me over with their use of red. It was one of my favorite showrooms. The white upholstery and the light gray woods are so striking against the red wall.

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Ambella Home: Linda Holt Photo

One of my favorite designers who loves color as much as I do is Tobi Fairley. Her new furniture collection for C.R. Laine and for Woodbridge  is full of rich yummy color, especially vibrant pinks and fushia. (notice nail heads and Lucite are still trending).

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Linda Holt Photo

This Pink coffee table is fun but also comes in any color you choose.

Tobi Fairley for C.R.Laine:Linda Holt Photo

Tobi Fairley for Woodbridge:Linda Holt Photo

The Lillian August show room was one of the most colorful showrooms and I love the the raspberry velvet chairs in her Spring collection.

Lillian August:Linda Holt Photo

Lillian August:Linda Holt Photo

Blush pink got a lot of buzz at the show and this blush colored leather chair immediately drew me in. The leather and steel base is more masculine but the blush color pushes it toward the feminine. The chair thus becomes almost gender neutral which was another trend I saw emerging (gender neutrality).

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Linda Holt Photo

Norwalk Furniture chose three color themes for Spring. Under the Sea (Blues), Jetson (think 60’s red, silver,black and gold) and Hill Country which is this dusty pink pictured below.

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Rowe Furniture Linda Holt Photo

Blue continued to have a very strong showing as seen in the Mr. Brown Home showroom.

Mr. Brown Home

Mr. Brown Home: Linda Holt Photo

Duralee hit a home run with their new fabrics from John Robshaw. The show room was so lively and inspiring and that red and blue sofa in the background was like sitting on a cloud as it was all down!

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Duralee: Linda Holt Photo

Deep blue velvet upholstery was spotted it in multiple showrooms and in the photo below it is striking paired with red.

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Linda Holt Photo

I also spotted a lot of softer gray blues as in this vignette from Bernhardt Furniture.   The all white furniture and accessories makes the room so calming. Can’t you just see this at a sea side location?

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Linda Holt Photo

Emerald Green was another color that made a strong showing. Similar to the bold red wall in the first image, notice the furnishings and accessories are neutral black and white. The green color is the star of the room. The M.T. Company showroom had several rooms using emerald green.

The M.T. Company: Linda Holt Photo

The M.T. Company: Linda Holt Photo

Again, the bold green fabric is the star and the supporting colors are kept neutral with white, black and gray.

Linda Holt Photo

Linda Holt Photo

I don’t want you to think that every showroom was bursting with color. There was plenty of gray, white and gold. I just tend to gravitate toward color like a moth to the flame so color is what stood out to me.

Linda Holt Photo

Linda Holt Photo

2.Chairs. Sexy is back or should I say backs are sexy! Chair after chair had exposed spines or interesting lines and looked just as fabulous from the back as from the front. This little red number from Ambella Home was one of my favorites.

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Ambella Home: Linda Holt Photo

I also love these dining chairs from Universal Furniture.

Universal Furniture: Linda Holt Photo

Universal Furniture: Linda Holt Photo

This one from Stanley Furniture caught my eye.

Stanley Furniture: Linda Holt Photo

Stanley Furniture: Linda Holt Photo

If chairs didn’t have exposed spines they had interesting shapes. I saw a lot of barrel shaped chairs which tend to look good floating in a room. Blush color velvet adorn these chairs from the new Michael Berman collection for Theodore Alexander.

Theodore Alexander:Linda Holt Photo

Theodore Alexander:Linda Holt Photo

and last but not least, check out this chair from Bernhardt clad in artisan hammered metal. Now wouldn’t that be the statement piece in the room! Surprisingly it was comfortable too!

Bernhardt: Linda Holt Photo

Bernhardt: Linda Holt Photo

3. Case goods. No longer delegated to a supporting role, case goods are now shouting “look at me”. I saw bold, gold, brutalist, faceted, sculptural, and wrapped and wallpapered. There was a huge variety but they were all statement pieces.

Noir: Linda Holt Photo

Noir: Linda Holt Photo

Many had geometric designs like this one from Vanguard.

Vanguard: Linda Holt Photo

Vanguard: Linda Holt Photo

This one from Lexington Furniture was both faceted and gold.

Lexington Furniture: Linda Holt Photo

Lexington Furniture: Linda Holt Photo

Metal wrapped and hammered consoles were also trending like this one from Mr. Brown Home.

Mr. Brown Home:Linda Holt Photo

Mr. Brown Home:Linda Holt Photo

I also saw a number of wallpaper wrapped chests.

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The other trend is that the hardware has become jewelry. The trend is either really big like on this cabinet from Global Views

Global Views

Global Views

and this one from Harp and Finial

Harp and Finial:Linda Holt Photo

Harp and Finial:Linda Holt Photo

Or really small like these pegs on a chest at Noir.

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Armoires are also making a comeback and they too are statement pieces like this metal hammered stunner at Bernhardt.

Bernhardt Linda Holt Photo

Bernhardt Linda Holt Photo

Geometric shapes are also popular on the doors, especially over glass.

Universal Furniture: Linda Holt Photo

Universal Furniture: Linda Holt Photo

Even children’s furniture is following the trend like this cute patch work quilt decorated chest spotted at Sauder.

Sauder: Linda Holt Photo

Sauder: Linda Holt Photo

So there you have the first three trends. The second three will be up within a day or so.

Which trend do you like the most so far?

Friday’s Photo: 8 High Point Market trends in one photo

Hi everyone! I just returned home from the High Point Market Design Bloggers Tour. It was inspiring, fun, educational and exhausting all at the same time. I have SOOOO much to share and over a thousand photos to plow through and edit. My more detailed trend report will be up early next week but for today’s Friday Photo I have a photo to share that I took at the Mr. Brown show room.

Mr. Brown Home High Point Market

Mr. Brown Home High Point Market

Not all of these eight trends are new but overall, this photo is a good representation of what was showing at High Point Market.

  1. Color: Persimmon, coral, watermelon, pink, blush and all the various hues of RED are trending.
  2. Brass and gold finishes were EVERYWHERE. Brass definitely outweighed all other finishes at the Spring market.
  3. Mid century is still going strong. The floor lamp, the hanging brass pendants and the chairs.
  4. Armoires are back: We don’t need them to hide bulky TV’s anymore but with all the talk of downsizing and living small it seems we just can’t get enough storage.
  5. Decorative fronts on case goods. I will talk much more about this in my report next week but get ready for sculpted, faceted, hammered, printed and wallpapered fronts on case goods.
  6. Mixed materials. Mirrored glass and laser cut wood tall cabinet. The table has a stained wood base, a faux shagreen (Sting ray skin) top and a brass edge on both the table top and base.
  7. Geometrics: The arms on the chairs
  8. Antiques mixed in with new: An antique wood bowl on a stand on the table

Have a great weekend everyone….I’ll be editing and editing and editing!

Friday’s Photo: Are these trends still trending?

Today I fly down to High Point NC to attend the world’s largest furniture market. I am excited to walk as many show rooms as my feet will allow me, to reconnect with distant designer friends, and to meet all of our sponsors as one of ten official High Point Bloggers. As I tour each showroom I will be on the look out for the best design each has to offer, and of course I will be reporting everything back to you!

The photo below are four design trends that were very popular last Spring and I am curious to see if they are still going strong.

High Point 2015 trends

High Point 2015 trends

Is brass still king?

Is Mediterranean blue still the number one color in the show rooms?

Do florals continue to have a strong presence?

What about animal skins and nail heads, are they still a big trend on furniture?

I will be discovering the answer to all of the above and posting photos on Instagram throughout each day. So be sure to follow me Here and use the hashtag #Designbloggerstour to see all the latest and greatest of High Point Market from all ten bloggers.

Friday’s Photo: Design trends from a 1900 showhouse

One of the great treasures of the city of Boston is the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. You may have heard of the museum because it was the site of the most infamous US art heist of all time. The 1990 crime is still unsolved when thieves cut 81 world important works of art right out from the frames while leaving the frames still hanging on the wall. There have been all sorts of theories about the heist from it being mob related (Whitey Bulger) to it being an inside job.

As embarrassing as it is to admit, the last time I was at the museum was on a school field trip back in middle school. There really is no excuse but yesterday I finally made a return visit. Ironically, it was another field trip but this time it was lead by an artist from a local art school.

Isabella Stewart Gardner is a fascinating character in Boston’s history. She was a wealthy, attention seeking socialite and her unconventional behavior made her the Kim Kardashian of her times. After loosing both her children, one to pneumonia and the other in a miscarriage, she was told she could have no more children. Gardner decided her legacy would be to build an art filled museum for the city that would also function as her splendid home. She spent years traveling the world collecting and installing her collection according to her personal aesthetic. The eclectic gallery installations, paintings, sculpture, textiles, and furniture from different periods and cultures create a truly amazing visual delight.

Since her home and it’s spectacular collections was open to the public, it was like Boston’s first show house. One room really struck me because although it was done in 1900 it has design features that are just as on trend today.

Linda Holt Photo

Linda Holt Photo

  1. Wallpaper: Large scale Damask wallpaper is very popular today. The “wallpaper” in Gardner’s room from 1900 is actually individual hand tooled leather panels embellished with 24 carat gold. Since the room was lit at night by candle light (no electric lights yet) the gold would sparkle on the walls from the flames of the candles.
  2. Unique wall embellishment: I love the way Gardner used the gold “rope” chair rail running across the wall to separate the upper and lower leather wall treatments. The round centers look like large nail heads and we all know how popular those are today.
  3. Gallery wall: Gardner broke all the rules when it came to hanging her treasures and she hung her art as she thought it looked best. That’s more or less today’s trend as well. There are rules but they are often broken.
  4. Multiple fabrics: Using two different fabrics on one settee must have been quite unusual back in the day but today it is right on trend. Also notice how the over scale checked fabric mimics the square leather panels as well as relates to the small framed paintings.
  5. Mixed metals:Using different colored metals in the same room is a huge trend today. Look how Gardner paired a silver vessel on the side table along with all that gold. The wood on the settee is also painted silver.

So even though this room was designed so many years ago, it’s still relevant today. It all goes back to the simple premise that good design never goes out of style.

 

 

 

 

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