What Will 2019 Bring to Interior Design?

Can you believe it is 2019 already? 

I hope you enjoyed the holidays and family, but now that you have taken down the holiday decorations, is your home looking a little tired and needy? We all look for that fresh start for the New Year and make our resolutions, typically about how we can improve ourselves, but let’s think about the environment that you spend so much time in and how it can affect your happiness and health! Below are some predictions for what’s coming design wise in 2019.

Color

Of course the Colors of the Year have been revealed, which you may have already seen, and those are always interesting, but please make the space you live in yours and not dictated by these predictions, unless you absolutely love them and they suit your environment. A home should reflect who you are and how you live, so surely it has to be personalized. Of interest though, are Pantone’s Living Coral- with the warmth of nature, Benjamin Moore’s Metropolitan- a calming gray, Sherwin Williams’ Cavern Clay- another color of nature, and Behr’s Blueprint- a mid-tone blue. These are some of the most well-known sources, but many other manufacturers are coming up with their own Color of the Year. As for the most immediate facelift of your home, nothing can beat paint! Remember, for an allergy free experience, look at the zero VOC paints.

For furnishings, you can expect to see a neutral palette that is not as gray as the long standing previous trend, but more toward light sand, or warmer gray, and even tinted pastels. Also popping up are the bold colors, from ethnic to neon, much like the fashion industry. Black and white, with its combination creating both balance and boldness, will continue to be a good pairing. It is reported that there are more charcoal or versions-of-black kitchens being ordered now as well.

Pantone – Living Color

Sherwin Williams – Cavern Clay

Benjamin Moore – Metropolitan

Behr – Blueprint

Texture

People are loving the feel and warmth, emotionally and physically, of textures in their environments, from floor carpets, to the seating, bedding and soft throws. Velvets continue to be strong, especially now that technology has made them more practical, with great abrasion resistance and cleanability. They now can be used in luxurious and elegant settings when they are made with a silk or linen fiber. Many new performance fabric versions are family friendly and thus suitable for areas with heavier use, perhaps among children and pets.

Thibaut Pasadena Chair

Layered Look

Patterns

You may be surprised, and may not agree, but florals, botanicals and chintz are back! They are being layered with different patterns in rooms, much as fashion is doing with clothing. This can move more toward the maximalism trend with lots of different mismatched fabrics.  Also watch for the shell and scallop shapes which will be seen in furniture, accessories and wallcovering.  And don’t forget about wallcovering for a dramic addition to your home, on the walls, the ceiling, as a furniture finish, or even risers on steps, of course with protective coating.

Thibaut – Sunburst Wallpaper

Wallquest – The Woodlands Collection Wallpaper

Mixed Metals

The use of mixed metals, that has become so popular, continues, but gold, copper, matte brass and black will dominate the new scene. Pewter and gunmetal may be a little softer look.   Imagine the charcoal cabinets with the brass and copper as fixtures and a sink – definitely a dramatic look! Of course, the mixed metals are to be found in abundance in lighting and accessories, but they can even be found on a complete console and lots of chairs and furniture accents.

Currey and Company

Technology

Technology is affecting all of our products and the way we use our spaces. The connected home is now so much more available and inexpensive. We have had integrated systems that allow you to control the window coverings, fireplace, lighting, entertainment, etc. for a while (and some are very elaborate in what all they can do) but now, even something as affordable as Amazon Echo and Google Home (which are rapidly adding to their commands) are more reasonably accessible and can be taken with you when you move. In 2016, there were 80 million smart home devices purchased and it is predicted that the number will reach more than 53 billion by 2022.  Voice interaction will take over for all those remotes.

Kitchens and bathrooms are areas with many exciting new options to simplify your life, and the controls are becoming more intuitive and easy to use. There are innovative 3D faucets that make you wonder how the water got there with all the openings! Look for the volcanic lava stone and great concrete tiles that have been developed for the kitchen and bath. There are way too many to write about here, so get with your designer before you start remodeling or building those new spaces!

More new designs of architectural robotics furniture pieces will become available, like the Cloud Bed, that can be raised and lowered from an integrated dropped ceiling.  When raised, there is a sofa and coffee table underneath that becomes your study or living area. The sofa’s back is the bed’s headboard and the coffee table supports the bed’s frame. Also, check out the pocket closet which doubles your storage space in tiny areas.  When I was recently in Spain, a manufacturer showed us the prototype chair for offices that will tell you when you are slouching, including anything that might be detrimental, and when it is time for you to get up and move, or elevate your sit/stand desk.

Sofa and Coffee Table Set Up

Down as Bed

Sustainability

Sustainable products will grow more in what is now available and the demand for them.  Perhaps it is just up-cycling an old piece of furniture or accessory with a coat of bright paint, to make a real standout, fun, accent piece, or making more conscious decisions about where the product comes from, and whether it can be recycled. You can look for vegan furniture, also.  How about a corrugated cardboard bed made by Happy Beds?

Image by In My Own Style

Image by In My Own Style

Vegan Bed

Miscellaneous

I would add that I think we will see more curved furniture and vintage and artisan pieces.  Also, there seems to be more requests for a little more traditional, or “brown” furniture to mix in, but then, at Design House, we always strive to have a variety of curated selections from various periods and origins on our floor, and certainly available for sourcing and order.  Additionally, we have numerous lines we can help the customer create their own custom pieces with. So, let’s all get busy giving our interiors a fresh start, as well as ourselves!

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2018 Holiday Tabletops – A Texas Christmas and Baccarat’s Table

 

Design House was so honored to host Baccarat, the renowned French manufacturer of fine crystal, with their own tabletop this year, which also revealed their fall collection. The President, Jim Shreve, was present to talk with everyone about the glamorous silver and crystal table. His goal is for people to use it every day and not just put it on display. To make that task easier, he explained how you can put the crystal in the dishwasher. The secret is to not let the pieces touch because this can cause chipping.  Shreve also advised using a dishwashing detergent that does not have any citrus added since this causes etching.

Among the oh-so-many beautiful pieces they introduced was a greyhound dog and a cat. These approximately two feet tall items looked almost like ice sculptures. Another interesting item was the acrylic plateau box used to elevate the dog and a huge vase. The interior of the box was filled with broken Baccarat pieces from the Baccarat Hotel in New York. These pieces were discovered in storage bins in the back of the hotel. I guess they just couldn’t put the broken pieces in the dumpster! Thankfully they kept them to be repurposed and recycled into beautiful plateaus.

The Design House 2018 Holiday Tabletop

Most people, when doing their tabletops, will probably do as we have to do in our showroom – use what you have to begin with. We used what table and chairs we had in stock, and combined the best suited lighting we had to start. This year with our theme, we ordered some fabric with a magnolia design to make slipcovers for some existing host and hostess chairs from our LeFevre collection. The most appropriate table we had was long, but not really wide, so the centerpiece needed to be narrow, but dramatic. The first thought we had was to use an antique trough that was carved out of a tree trunk to hold a lush display of florals down the center of the table. Well, this perfect trough was too long, and we couldn’t find another trough narrow enough to use, so we used a gutter with end caps, made to size. You could say our showroom went from Baccarat to the gutter! The gutter was filled with oasis floral foam and covered with moss to hold the maximum amount of florals. Then, we were off to the cooler to see what florals were available, along with another trip to prune some magnolia trees!

 

We hung lots of fresh mixed garland on the chandelier and mantle to pop the green magnolia leaves in the fabric. Of course, we had to add a few magnolia leaves, berries and pomegranates, along with the galvanized and painted deer walking out of the landscape painting above it. For the centerpiece (the gutter), we used red roses, white ranunculus, dusty miller, thistle, camellia foliage and ilex berries. The berries on the fireplace were toyon berries.

The place settings were anchored by the galvanized metal chargers, and layered with Green Ivy ceramic dinner plates, which were topped with the vintage white Limoges small plates. The Haussmann trunk flatware seemed the perfect complement with the branch design and the antique Green Thumbprint stemware picked up on the green plates.  We also added some handcrafted Italian pewter and glass stemware for the mix, and finally, the napkins were custom made with Ralph Lauren plaid from Fabric House.

We hope you visited the 2018 Holiday Tabletops, but if you were unable to make it, we hope you enjoy our posts and plan to make it out next year!

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The holidays are stressful enough with finding the perfect gifts, decorating the house and cooking for a crowd, but when you add all of the fabulous Pinterest and Instagram posts, it is enough to make anyone feel inadequate. Well, we are here to show you our past ten years of award winning holiday tablescapes, that includes Best of Show, Best Floral, Best Theme, and People’s Choice; and give you tips on how you can create this kind of look in your home.

1) 2008 Design House Deck the Table

For the first year of holiday table tops in our showroom, we started small and easy enough for anyone to do. As throughout the ten years of doing Christmas tables, we start with what is currently in the showroom, just as you might in your home. Mixed silver goblets, wine glasses, china and flatware from home made contributions to this first table. Natural greens, along with limes and floral arrangements made this a fragrant, comfortable and easy set up.

2) 2009 Design House Deck the Table

2009 Design House Deck the Table

We added a touch of elegance to the room with fresh evergreens on the table, chandelier, and potted paper whites. The aroma alone will capture your guests’ attention and provide them with holiday spirit. Note that when you are working with fresh greenery or florals, you can add some artificial pieces and somehow the fresh ones make them work! We added the artificial magnolia here. Sometimes we will start with a base of artificial garland and add fresh greens, berries, or whatever you have.

3) 2010 Design House Deck the Table

Go bold! Don’t be afraid to add an element of surprise to a room. For this table setting we had just discovered some vintage metal Chippendale chairs in a warehouse and bought them for Design House. That was our start. There is always something we discover or have in our showroom that gives us the inspiration. We contrasted the metal chairs and silver in the settings with the custom branch chandelier and rustic wood table. This rustic branches balance the elegant table settings here to keep the environment casual and lively.

4) 2011 Design House Deck the Table

2011 Design House Deck the Table

Your holiday table does not always need to be the total focus of attention. For example, the mirror in this space compliments the table and draws the eyes across the space to the far wall. The evergreens that flank the buffet add balance to the wall and an accent color, which is mimicked on the reclaimed wood table bringing the eye back to the center of the room and straight to these vintage lantern chandeliers from a French residence in Egypt. The lantern theme was continued on the tabletop, and vintage Christmas plates were used that year. The only chairs we had available needed a little help for Christmas, so we made some simple, short and sassy slipcovers.

5) 2012 Deign House Deck the Table

2012 Deign House Deck the Table

This table gives the room a casual elegance by using a simple color scheme of white and green. These earthy holiday colors and materials give a natural look to your tabletop. The crisp white napkins and dinner plates soften the zinc table while the glass angels on each place setting are part of the angel theme, with the white cast angels, by a local artist, on the buffet. The angels also add to the artisan feel of the space when combined with the zinc tabletop. All of this is topped and really made more dramatic with the glitzy vintage crystal chandelier. The eclectic and wide range of pieces mixed together help to create holiday glam and a festive setting for a simple, rustic table.

6) 2013 Design House Deck the Tables

2013 Design House Deck the Tables

We had a little fun with this one by opening the metal doors to our storeroom, filling in the space with some old doors from our showroom and lighting some branches behind the doors like lit outdoor trees. Here we used vintage Limoges china and Christofle Malmaison flatware with a luxurious Niermann Weeks chandelier topped with a ceiling of branches above to add a touch of whimsy. By placing some fresh fruit, herbs and greens around the table and chandelier you create a faint aroma that compliments the meal and is pleasing to the eye.

7) 2014 Design House Deck the Tables

2014 Design House Deck the Tables

The location of this year’s table in front of the animal print wallpaper made it easy to create a festive spirit. Simple floating stars in this “Starry Night” theme had lights directed toward them to sparkle. The three panel antique mirrors and wreaths with lights make the room feel larger and continue to reflect the sparkle of the stars and mercury glass. By adding custom name cards under glass domes your guest will feel extra special. These continued the “star” theme and a little whimsy with names of famous movie stars on them for our event.

8) 2015 Design House Deck the Table

2015 Design House Deck the Table

Let your furniture dictate your tablescape. This live edge table with a stainless steel branch base just screamed organic design for the décor. That was achieved with lots of greenery to compliment the wood table top, while the chairs pick up on the metal base, along with the silver goblets and flatware that was silver and wood. The greenery on the table was also frosted, adding to the winter wonderland feel.

9) 2016 Design House Deck the Tables

2016 Design House Deck the Tables

This woodlands theme began with the deer we had just received and also the chairs with the goatskin seats and natural wood. The forest is not only depicted by them, but also the “stream” that runs down the middle of the table. This was done with a fabulous Waterford linear piece that allowed us to lay florals and greening flowing out of it and down the table. This stream continued down the ends of the table to the floor. Pomegranates and oranges were used throughout the greenery to compliment the beautiful Limoges china.

10) 2017 Design House Deck the Table

2017 Design House Deck the Table

I bet you can guess that the fabulous chandelier we had just received was the start of this table. This icy, crystal winter wonderland was accented with the acrylic chairs and they allowed us to show the hide rug anchoring the setting. We did make them a little warmer with the addition of small wreaths we made from the greenery used on the table. Additional warmth was suggested with the inclusion of many candles featured on slices of wood, and what great improvement with the fake candles! People would have to touch them to make sure they were not real. The new green and white Limoges china was the perfect complement to the setting.

We hope these examples will encourage you to take a closer look around your spaces, get those creative juices flowing, and use what you have as a start. Be sure to stop by Design House in The Houston Design Center during the first week of December to see what we’ve come up with this year! We are excited to announce that Baccarat will be creating a table in our showroom this year, and we can’t wait for everyone to have a chance to see their wonderful selections!

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Interior Design Inspiration from Valencia

The invitation to visit Spain for a week to meet with manufacturers and learn about new products proved to be rewarding in many ways! Not only did we get to meet with a wide variety of vendors, as you will see from the photos, and be introduced to a new part of Spain, but I also learned more about the culture and met so many great people. They were very kind to someone who hasn’t practiced what little Spanish was learned back in the dark ages in school. The one thing I did find hard was the schedule they keep with the restaurants open for lunch only from 1:30 to 4:00, and not open for dinner until 8:30, thus eating at 9:00 or 10:00 for dinner is common. However, one plus was the inexpensive cost of wine, which accompanies those meals.

Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe

Valencia is a major manufacturing area of Spain, and also the largest grower of orange trees.  It is also a beautiful city with fabulous architecture and lots of history.  There are many new exciting buildings in their cultural area, you will see everything from Romanesque to Modernist facades. Houston should take note that after Valencia flooded in the late 1950s, they did a really smart thing by diverting the Turia River, which divided the city; the old riverbed is now a beautiful, very well used and most enjoyed park area for residents and visitors.

Furniture Designs

Office Furniture

Office Guest Chair
Office Lounge Chairs
Modular Seating

Indoor/Outdoor Furniture

Festive and Fun Indoor Outdoor
Be the Star in the pool or out
Lounge in comfort in or out of the pool

Lighting

Whimsical Fairy Chandelier
Elegantly Classic Chandelier
Modern LED Lighting

Bathroom Fixtures

bathroom sink
bathroom fixture

The products we saw included lighting and furniture in varying styles for both residential and commercial by many talented artisans with the ability to customize. We will be featuring them, and the city of Valencia, in the photos we want to share with you; so please let us hear back with your thoughts and what you would like to see at our Design House showroom!

Hasta luego,
Connie

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High Point Market (Fall 2018): Trends Continued

The climate of our society today and our hectic lives, along with increasing technology, makes us yearn for simpler times and quiet comfort.  However, we still take advantage of technology that offers us products to make our lives easier and more comfortable.  As we often bring back previous designs with a cleaner look and more appropriate scale, we also, in wishing for those more simple times, appreciate the modern conveniences that make our days more comfortable.

We anxiously wait for what’s new and next, so here’s my take on what I saw and want to share from this fall’s High Point Market.

The warm metallic colors continued, along with minerals, used as accessories, art, lighting and furniture.  Stone and concrete were also abundant, both indoors and outdoors, on furniture and accessories, and mixed with both metals and wood.

Texture was also evident in the many uses of rope and woven accessories and furniture.  You will see examples of ottomans, chairs, accent usage with other materials on furniture, light fixtures and even planters that look like rope, but were concrete.

There was a strong use of black, mixed with white or natural, and also gold tones.  This could be seen as accents in all phases of production.  There were pops of reds, greens, and of course lots of blues in varying shades, with probably the most dominant blue being in the cobalt range.

An interesting technique used on some furniture pieces was pleating around the backs of upholstered chairs or sofas, and even on wood pieces. Of course, various forms of tufting were still popular. There were various examples of curved pieces, perhaps for enveloping comfort or drama.

Watch for the resurgence of natural wood, more motion furniture and design solutions shaped by technology.

For all of you Texan fans, we saw an abundant array of equestrian art. Styles ranged from realistic photography to abstract art. In interior design we continue to celebrate the past alongside the modern convenience of technology and comfort. We look forward to what lies ahead in design and the new styles that we will see at the next market.

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High Point (Fall 2018)

It was an interesting and crazy start to High Point market this time, complicated by Hurricane Michael’s remnants.

Connie heading off to High Point Market from the Design House showroom!

Not the smoothest drive this year thanks to the hurricane.

Since I always go early to market for specials, one-of-a-kinds and meetings, I was there three days before market officially opened. I found myself in tents and warehouses with pouring rain and blowing winds, but gotta find those treasures! The worst part was actually the day before market when most of the triad area lost power. Hotels were down and so were most places to eat. I found out that if I crossed over a certain highway, there was power, so I found a diner open – but so did many others!

They got the power restored first in the market showrooms and hotels, but people renting houses were without it for varying times. Many people had no power until Tuesday evening and market was over on Wednesday. I saw many people in the restrooms at market with curling irons and other items we are dependent on. Now I’m back, dried out, safe and sound, and ready to report on sightings, discoveries and trends.  I really don’t like that word: “trends”, and always suggest to people that they “trend lightly”, but here we go.

I have to qualify this report. It is impossible to cover all of the showrooms in a week, since there are more than 2,000 exhibitors spread over thirteen city blocks, which totals approximately 10 million sqft. Packing comfortable shoes is a priority!

 

A Focus on ‘Trendspotting’

One of the articles in a High Point publication entitled “Trendspotting, High Point”, listed industrial inclinations, earthy inspirations and retro aspirations, elevated with tonal textures, luminous layering and expressive style.

We will break these trends down in a series focusing on the styles and themes that emerged from this fall market, along with plenty of photos and examples that you can adapt to your home right away.  Items from market are arriving daily, so follow us on Facebook and Instagram to be the first to see these exciting new trends.

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