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[homework] top trends of 2011 – the new global

February 16, 2011 Leave a comment

“Subtle and tailored” is the way Canadian House & Home described the “New Global” trend for 2011. Moving away from the wildly eclectic decor we’ve seen in the past, we are going to see a more elegant approach to the look.

You can channel Moroccan vibes with items like carved screens, perforated-metal lanterns and leather poufs. Leggy chairs, African artwork, natural woods, and Asian-inspired furniture can be combined with subtle accents to achieve today’s contemporary global decor.

Here is my take on the look…

For those who may not have the luxury of globe-trotting to amass worldly items, you could make a trip over to Anthropologie (in person or online) to buy yourself some exotic decor. They have a number of great ethnic-inspired lines this season, including really gorgeous bedding and rugs.

This concludes my five part interpretation of  H&H’s Top Trends of 2011.  Let’s sit back and see how the predictions play out….

RELATED POSTS:

You can read my first four posts on the Top Trends of 2011 herethe new modernthe new vintage, the new country, and the new traditional.


(images: 1-made by girl, 2-houzz , 3-katie leeds , 4-desire to inspire , 5-me, 6-Anthropologie)

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[homework] top trends of 2011 – the new traditional

February 6, 2011 2 comments

I’m a little behind schedule, but here is the fourth installment of my take on Canadian House & Home‘s top trends of 2011. This week I am looking at the “New Traditional” which is a bit of  a buzz word in the design world these days.  According to the Editors at H&H, traditionalists are infusing more colour, drama, and bold patterns into their interiors. Recommended means of achieving this look are chinoiserie wallpaper and exotic brights which could work in any room, and camp-style blankets and upholstered headboards with nailhead trim in the bedroom.

(images: 1- Massucco Warner Miller, Ngoc Minh Ngo)

Here is my take on the look….

While we are on the subject of “new traditional”, I want to mention how much I love an upholstered headboard with nailhead detailing.  It is sophisticated with a bit of edge. It is traditional with an air of modernity. A curved headboard can be grounded with this slightly masculine detail. You can find some of these great heaboards at regular retail shops such as Restoration Hardware or West Elm, a custom version through your designer, or try your hand at a little DIY.

(image 1-Restoration Hardware, 2-West Elm)

RELATED POSTS:

You can read my first three posts on the Top Trends of 2011 here:  the new modernthe new vintage, and the new country.

[homework] top trends of 2011 – the new vintage

January 5, 2011 1 comment

For homework this week, I am focusing on what Canadian House & Home coins the ‘New Vintage’.  This so-called look makes it OK to mix your flea market finds (read: lovingly scratched and dented wood furniture), handcrafted accessories, intentionally faded upholstery, and florals, florals, florals in one room.

Just make sure to mix in some decoupage or silhouette artwork to add a mod punch.

The look is forgiving, so tattered edges and distressed materials only add to the confidence your room will exude.

(images:1-decor8, 2-2bp.blogspot.com, 3-i heart small living,  4-gaelle le boulicaut)

Here is my take on this look – –

RELATED POSTS:

You can read my first post on the Top Trends of 2011 – the new modern here.


[homework] top trends of 2011 – the new modern

December 21, 2010 2 comments

It’s the time of year when all the shelter magazines are making their annual predictions for the hot upcoming trends.  Will they be on point or totally out there?  I was particularly excited to peruse the January 2011 issue of Canadian House & Home, one of my favourite monthly mags. Their thoughts on next year’s hottest trends are summed up in five looks that I believe are very representative of what’s going on in interior design: (1) The New Modern – soft & layered, (2) The New Vintage – edgy & focused, (3) The New Country – sleek & artisanal, (4) The New Traditional – bold & exotic, (5) The New Global – subtle & tailored.

Over the next five weeks I am going to assign myself some homework and take a stab at designing a room using Canadian H&H’s definitions as my guideline.

This week I will start with The New Modern – soft & layered. Characteristics of the classic modern style with a softened cosy twist include: luxurious textiles like velvet, faux fur, leather, and sisal; collections of well-curated books, plants, and objects; timeless modern furniture; white walls; hand-thrown pottery; ample pillows; tufted upholstery; lots of wood; hits of silvery blue; warm earthy tones.

Here is my take on this look – –


(images: brad ford inc. via Canadian House & Home julian wass)