Design Influencer’s Tour–Part 4

 In my final trend review from the Design Influencer’s Tour during the Spring 2022 High Point Market I also wanted to talk about concept of trends and the In/Out idea overall.

Trends in home-design seem to be less obvious and hard to pin down in a large part because of how much access to different points of view we have. Its not just a handful of retailers and TV shows telling us what to buy, we have social media influencing all types of perspectives and I love that! I think we’re in the age of “you do you,” and there is no right and wrong (although there is still ugly, lol). 

So with all that said, these are things that caught my eye, but maybe wouldn’t have caught yours.  That’s why I love traveling to market with other designers because we’re all noticing different things. I think trends need to be taken with a grain of salt and only lean into the things you truly love. Don’t be “influenced” into thinking you should like something if you don’t. Don’t yuck my yum, and I won’t yuck yours, but if it speaks to your heart, you should enjoy it.

Sparkle

I saw a lot of sophisticated glam and sparkle in the showrooms. Think: Mad Men meets Miami. I feel this urge to bring some formality back into certain spaces for entertaining and spending time with friends and family at home. Where’s my martini (vodka, dirty, up with 3 blue cheese olives please)?

Above: Brass is still happening along with reflective surfaces to add shine at Hooker Furniture

Above Left: I’m in love with these brass and crystal palm chandeliers at Eichholtz

Above Right: A modern yet 70’s retro crystal chandelier at Kalco

Above: Sun-drenched art deco glam at Eichholtz

Handsome

I’m calling this one handsome. It looks like a good cologne smells, right? It has some swagger with a nod to both English hunting lodge and oddly, the American West. So British Yellowstone (I’d watch it)? 

Above: The ultimate stately english countryside manor at Theodore Alexander. Fun Fact: that chest is modeled after one owned by George & Martha Washington.

Above Left & Right: Collection designed by Peter Jacobs for Wesley Hall with hair-on-hide details.

Above Left: Hooker Furniture’s “Big Sky”collection inspired by the American West. Above Right: Stickley Furniture‘s leather strapping details with nailheads done right.

PRETTY

At the risk of applying gender norms to furniture, the opposite trend I’m seeing is what I consider “pretty.” Its a little bit Grandmillineal, a little bit Coastal Grandmother with daintiness thrown in. 

Above Left: The ruffled skirt on this Wesley Hall sofa is just so good. I especially love it with the block print fabric and textural drapery.  Above Right: This little chair is just such a sweet little lady. I love the double welting detail and the shape of the backs and arms. Comfy but delicate. At Cisco Home.

Above Left: Miranda Kerr’s collection at Universal Furniture is airy, light and definitely pretty.  Above Right: The cerused finish on this stool from Bungalow 5 is a kinda handsome but that tiny little polished brass foot is all femme.

Above: This bench from Cisco had the sweetest scalloped detail but the rustic finish keeps it from going saccharine. I can picture this in so many styles of homes.

Practical

This is a funny “trend” but I keep hearing this request more and more from clients. Yes, many people are looking to update and improve their homes since 2020 but many have an eye to super functionality and pieces that are practical for the hard living we’re doing in our homes now.

Above: White furniture may not seem practical but with removable slipcovers these pieces at Cisco Home can be easily cleaned. 

Above Left: Everyone loves an ottoman foot rest but we also need a place for a cocktail. This piece from Wesley Hall has all the bases covered.  Above Right: If you don’t want your people eating on your pretty upholstered furniture you can always , this gathering table from Stickley Furniture is the prettiest I’ve seen. It combines both a sofa console and a bar height table in a solid wood, gorgeous finish.

Above: Vintage rugs are having a huge moment in interior design but homeowners are worried about the maintenance and potential cost of them. Kate Lester brought her love of vintage and expertise to this new collection from Jaipur Living and they’re honestly amazing dupes for a super affordable price point.

Above: A huge trend is in the improvement of performance fabrics and how well they function but also (most importantly) look. I love this chenille linen from the industry leaders in this technology, Crypton. It’s both soft and resilient and what could be more practical than that?

A huge huge thank you to High Point Market and Esteem Media  for including me in this, it really was an honor to be a part of the 2022 Design Influencers Tour!.

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