Anyone else just finish KonMari-ing their home to within an inch of minimalism? I must say it made a very satisfying start to the new year. It also gave me plenty of time to think about what’s on my radar design-wise for 2019. This is by no means a trend watch, it’s more a list of things I’m smitten with and hope to incorporate into some projects over the next 12 months. A couple of these are just concepts, ways of looking at design or ideas to keep in mind while designing, and a couple are easy and DIY-ish. Either way, I hope you find something that strikes a chord and that you give it a try.
Deep Emerald and Moss, specifically. It works virtually everywhere and with virtually everything. One of the most obvious ways to incorporate green is in plant form: a giant leaf of Monstera, a vase of eucalyptus, a simple wreath. But it’s just as easy to incorporate in the form of accent cushions, a throw, or if you’re really ready to take the plunge, wall color. The thing is, although green is a color, it’s also a neutral. Green is nature’s backdrop and it can serve as a rich, grounding, peaceful and nurturing backdrop for our everyday lives as well.
Ok, at the risk of sounding so 2016, the concept to which I am referring is really just Hygge. Hygge has been a buzz word in the lifestyle category for the past couple of years and, in the event you’ve been living under a rock, is a Danish word describing a feeling of coziness. It usually brings to mind the cold, dark winter months after the warmth and charm of the holiday season have passed, when we are faced with the task of finding comfort in the unending bleakness of mid winter. Quite a picture I’ve painted, yes? But Hygge can be achieved no matter the season. It’s an important concept to me, as a designer, and one I enjoy incorporating in my own home. It’s simply about asking yourself what you find comforting. What makes you sigh with delight? My Brain: Don’t say it, don’t say it, don’t say it. Me: WHAT SPARKS JOY? (#konmari) Layer an area rug over your carpeting, add something a little “undone” to relax a space, or clip a fresh bud from your garden to place in a small vase by your bed.
Terrazzo is having a moment. Lucky for us, it’s history dates back to at least 16th century Venice and possibly to ancient Egypt (Really, though- what DIDN’T the Egyptians do?). Which means, although Terrazzo is very “on trend”, it’s also the very definition of classic. What is Terrazzo? It’s a composite material consisting of chips of quartz, marble, granite, or glass sprinkled into a cement or epoxy binder and used most often as flooring but also as counter top and a wall finish. Terrazzo is incredibly durable, easy to clean and versatile. It can be as dramatic or subdued as you’d like, and chip sizes can vary from extra large to teeny tiny. My favorite? Terrazzo tile with brass inlays.
Merriam-Webster defines Ephemera as “paper items (such as posters, broadsides, and tickets) that were originally meant to be discarded after use but have since become collectibles”. We place a lot of importance on the big-ticket items of life, but just as often it’s the little things we collect along the way that hold significance. My son was obsessed with the Metro when we visited Paris. He loved swiping his little carnet through the machine and putting it in his pocket. When we got home, he didn’t want to let that little ticket out of his sight, so we framed one and, ten years later, it still hangs on his bedroom wall. The gum wrapper you’ve held onto since your first date, the program from that play you loved, a menu from a beloved restaurant- all things that have a story and add meaning to your space.
A Classic Mix-Up
As the saying goes, “everything old is new again” Of course, everything old can only be new again if incorporated in a fresh and exciting way and interior design has long been a proponent of this rule. After all, brass fixtures are back but I don’t think anyone would be eager to see them paired with red oak and sunshine ceilings again. No matter your style preference, there is a way to artfully mix old and new. In fact, it’s one of my favorite things to do. This year, I’m feeling an old world-y vibe. My muse? The Parisian apartment of Clare Waight Keller. Waight Keller is the Artistic Director at Givenchy but is likely most famous for designing Meghan Markle’s wedding gown. If you’d like an example of a mix made in heaven, her Paris apartment puts on a clinic.