Every new year I like to assess my home systems. What's working? What's clearly not working?!! Honestly, I've always been obsessed with organization strategies and now that I'm a business entrepreneur and mother of twin boys my life needs organizing more than ever! But even as a young girl I found myself sitting down for hours at a time in store aisles pouring over all the 'Daily Planners' trying to imagine which planner was going to do the trick better for me this year. I can be such a nerd! But for those of you that also seek new order in your life and appreciate the old adage "All things have a place and all things in their place" I came across this excellent article (says a lot coming from an organization-searching-aficionado) that I want to share with you.
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New Year, New Trends Austin’s home design style is as diverse as its population, but there are several interior design trends that have emerged as we start 2015.
article written by Abby Vasek for Austin Home Magazine - January-2015
GlamourThe biggest trend in design for 2015 is an infusion of glamour. The Restoration Hardware look (i.e. vintage, faded, distressed and monotone materials) that has dominated the marketplace for almost a decade is finally making way for a new look called Rustic-Luxe. (See photo.) This is the pairing of distressed materials with metallic and Lucite to achieve another degree of contrast and sophistication. From the most classic and pristine design styles to the more vintage and industrial, you can expect to see more shimmer and shine in the new year.
Hello RoseEvery showroom at this season’s High Point Market (the world’s largest furniture market) had a new introduction item made of rose gold. While brass and chrome are still design industry favorites, you can expect to see more rose gold in furniture, lighting, hardware and fashion.
Go GeometricsTake one look around Austin, and you will see that bold geometric shapes and patterns are continuing to grow in popularity. This is not just a regional trend but also a global trend, and one that is dominating the furniture and design industry. Angular embellishments are on everything. And the classic beehive/hexagon shape (made popular in the 1960s by designer David Hicks) has made a reemergence with a vengeance. You can find it in fabric, wallpaper, rugs and in the shapes of lighting fixtures, furniture and accessories. Move over chevron; we have a new pattern in town.
Positively PrimitiveThis is a style trend that Austin was early to adopt, and we plan to see more of it in 2015. It involves mixing primitive elements into your home with horns, hides, fur, taxidermy, petrified rock, crystals and other natural stones. Go shopping on Second Street or South Congress, and you’ll find geode crystals on book ends, box tops, lamp bases, made into chandeliers, encased in tables, printed on fabric—you name it.
And keep your eye out for the hottest new primitive material in town: petrified rock. You can count on seeing this material used in all kinds of new design applications. One use that we are already seeing in Austin stores is petrified rock tabletops anchored on polished chrome legs. This table is exemplary of the balancing act between primitive versus luxury that is happening in design, and these primitive elements offer us incredible visual contrast and comfort to our inevitable modern movement.
Color EnvyThe color story for 2015 continues to perpetuate white and gray neutrals while embracing pops of saturated color. The Pantone color of the year is Marsala. Leatrice Eiseman, the executive director of the Pantone Color Institute says, “The rich and full-bodied red-brown Marsala brings color warmth into home interiors. It’s an earthy shade with a bit of sophistication. A matte finish highlights Marsala’s organic nature while adding sheen conveys a completely different message of glamour and luxury.” Imagine this kissable wine color on a tufted velvet chair with contemporary rose gold framework sitting atop a geometric hide rug, and you can imagine this year’s style trend forecast: It’s going to be a modern, textured and luxurious 2015.
(Design Tip: We like to use words like vintage, cottage, industrial, Hollywood regency, modern, tribal, rustic and shabby chic to describe our interior spaces. But be careful if your design style can be summed up in any one of these distinct design catch-phrases because you may have missed the opportunity for the most popular of Austin trends and that is to have an eclectic mix of furnishings and accessories. This creates a more preferred, interesting style with unexpected moments of charm that cannot be pigeon-holed as any one singular look.)
Abby Vasek is a Wimberley-based interior designer, public speaker and real estate educator who has appeared on HGTV Design Star. For more information on Vasek, go to abbyvasek.com
This article appears in the January 2015 issue of Dimensions
In recent years I have embraced the gradual changing of the seasons in a gradual evolution of my interior elements. It is a perspective change that keeps me more connected to my home and to the seasons. This means that I don’t pack everything away after Christmas but rather cull together the remaining winter items that are not overtly holiday specific and repurpose other items from around our home to cultivate a “winter look” that will last until Valentines. If you struggle with the stark contrast of post-holiday home décor (or the lack thereof) then you may like reading these helpful tips and begin enjoying a festive home year round!
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