The Global Trend Yeah Or Nay?

I first noticed the Global Trend a few years back when it started showing up in the pages of  Design magazines.

global trend

Elle Decor

It has become hugely popular and Moroccan design, Ikat patterns and tribal prints is now on everything from dinner plates to picture frames.

Global trend

I keep wondering when the Global trend is going to run out of steam; especially since we keep getting messages like “buy American” and “support your local artisans”. So last week while shopping for lamps for a client, imagine my surprise when I walked first into Homegoods and saw India

Homegoods

Homegoods

and then directly into West Elm and saw South Africa.

West Elm

West Elm

So what gives? Are we suppose to support our local artisans or decorate our homes as if we just returned from some exotic land?  I always tell my clients to live with what they love and that which has meaning. Items brought back from travels are some of my favorite things to incorporate into their design. However, if one has never set foot in Africa or India are these items adding value to our lives or clutter to our lives? Does it even matter?

I would love to hear your opinion on the Global Trend, Yeah? or Nay?

2 Design Trends that are Here To Stay (in my humble opinion)

At the start of every New Year, Design magazines and bloggers love to discuss  Design Trends. The one good thing about Design trends is that they have a longer life span (8-10 years) than fashion trends (1-2 years). However, depending on what part of the country you live in will dictate if a particular trend is still “in” or “out”. New York City will most likely have moved on from a trend before say Cleveland (nothing against Cleveland, just saying).

I have read all the reports and to save you some time, here is a partial summary of what’s “hot”…(or not)… for 2012.

Color trends: Brown is out, Gray is in. Bright clean colors have replaced muddy earth tones, and Pantone’s  Tangerine Tango has replaced the 2011 color Honeysuckle Pink (which replaced 2010 Turquoise).

Furniture and Accessory trends : Chevron patterns, Moroccan influence, Ikat, Gourd lamps, Nail head trim, Sunburst mirrors, Geometric prints, Lanterns, Greek Key Motifs, Painted furniture, Repurposed Yard Sale Finds, Maps, Animal prints (esp. Leopard), Coral, Faux bois, Acrylic/lucite, Eco-Friendly design.

 Art trends: Oversized Photography, Horses, Silhouettes, and Gallery Walls.

 

My friend Kristie the Decorologist wrote a great post about Elle Decor’s 2012 Trend Report that you can read here which generated a TON of comments. The thing about trends is that by the time most of us get on board with them they are almost “over”. So what is someone on a limited budget to do? We want our home to look current but don’t want it to look “trendy” or even worse, dated in a few years. My advice is to either buy what you love and forget about trends all together or  invest in a few trendy accessories such as pillows or decorative items and then swap them out in a few years when the “trend” is over.

There are 2 trends though which I believe are here to stay. Both have been building in momentum and I would say it is now a huge movement with no turning back. I don’t have a single friend or client who isn’t on board with this first trend.

 

 LIVING WITH LESS

 

 

In my opinion the allure of the affordable “made in China” home decor is over. We are all decluttering, organizing and talking of downsizing. We are striving to live simpler, happier and healthier lives and it is nearly impossible to do that surrounded by excess decorative “stuff”. Americans are waking up to the power of living with less, buying quality over quantity and buying “American Made”. Sorry Homegoods, Walmart and Pier One but your days might be limited.

 

and the second one is GREEN DESIGN

 

 

I have seen a huge change in attitude even from a few years ago concerning going “green”.  Almost ALL my clients today insist on low or no VOC paint where just 3 years ago they went for price first and environment and air quality second.  I read that Whole Foods had their best year yet and we all know how pricey Whole Foods is. People are concerned now like never before about their health, their families health and the Planets health. Recycled, and re-purposed furniture and accessories continues to grow in popularity year after year. Main stream stores like Pottery Barn, West Elm, Crate and Barrel and Restoration Hardware are all pushing sustainable and recycled items.

 

Dining Table From Restoration Hardware reclaimed wood collection

 

I think the best thing about living with less and Green design is that it seems to have created a renewed interest and energy around decorating and design. Home owners are taking charge of their home, asking the right questions and living in a more authentic and sustainable way. The popularity of D.I.Y. blogs, design TV shows and readily available “designer” items on the internet has opened design to everyone. The old way of  decorating is changing and I believe it is all for the good.

 

What do you think?  Do you agree with my 2 design trend Predictions or do you think in 2020 we will be tired of living with less and dream of the excess of the past.

 

 

If you would like some help putting your decorating vision together or help choosing the perfect paint color to complete your room, give me a call.

 

 

You say I-KAT, I say E-KAT

I first started seeing these beautiful tie-dye looking fabrics a few years ago. These beautiful Ethnic designs are called IKAT and for the longest time I pronounced them phonetically, “I-Kat”.  Much to my embarrassment, I later learned they are pronounced “E-Kat”.  Ikat is a very old method of weaving that originated in Indonesia.

Wikipedia defines IKAT as “a method of weaving that uses a resist dyeing process similar to tie-dye on either the warp or weft fibres. The dye is applied prior to the threads being woven to create the final fabric pattern or design.
Double Ikat is where both warp and the weft are resist-dyed prior to stringing on the loom. Traditionally, and still commonly, a back-strap loom is used, though any variant or modern loom may be used.

 

Okay, not being a weaver, I have absolutely NO idea what this means. What I DO know though is that IKAT fabrics and designs are one of 2011’s hottest trends in both fashion and in home decor. They add a punch of color and energy to a room and fit in with almost any decor.

Ikat Pillows. Photo House Beautiful

 

Don’t you just LOVE these red, blue and yellow drapes?

Elle Decor

and I can just picture this over-sized Ikat design on the walls of my imaginary Summer house guest bedroom.

Steven Gambrel design

 

Ikat patterns have become SO popular that they seem to be crawling onto everything from dishes to bags to shoes.

 

So now that you know what IKAT  looks like, you just have to remember how to pronounce it……E-KAT…..Oh, and one more thing…My imaginary Summer house would not be complete without this happy colored IKAT lamp.

 

 

 

Inda Home

So..Does your home have IKAT?

 

 

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