The young United States was rich in color and design, receiving the finest of goods from across Europe. Read on to discover just how much those décor classics are still vibrantly viable today.
Botanicals and Naturals: In the American colonies herb gardens, raw wood finishes and pewter ware were valued for function. Today we prize their ingenious simplicity of practical design and admire its beautiful partnership, combining industrial texture and organic warmth.
Historic Color: Heirloom colors such as Williamsburg’s ‘Russ Green’ are as on trend, now as ever. Richly sophisticated nuanced shades compliment today’s natural wood and support the trending mix of repurposed with modern.
Classic Americana: Famous for cupolas, shutters and salt box houses, Colonial architecture and interiors embody classic Americana. York Wallcoverings has created homage to such distinctive design with pattern ‘Garden Follies’.
A “Tail” of Tapestries: Images of exotic animals and tropical fruits were décor’s supporting player in woven and accessories for the status conscious in Colonial society. Today, these motifs maintain their exotic flavor, and are equally strong in statement.
With the return of Chippendale chairs, burnished metal finishes, raw wood surfaces and our desire to hold onto our heritage while making it our own for a new generation, the revival of the timeless beauty of Colonial design is about to take center stage; where trend meet tradition.
The famous annual opening of the fashion exhibit at the Met always brings the latest in trend and color to the red carpet runway. This year’s tribute to Comme des Garçon founder and designer Rei Kawakubo “The Art of the In-Between” was no exception.
Tropical Motifs/ Temperate Color: Emerging color combinations of gold with coral juxtaposed with iconic hot house tropical in this homage to eclecticism at its finest.
Dimensionality: Be it vintage prints or color blocks, it’ all about the shape.
Water Color: Blue surges in waves through both fashion and interiors. Welcome to a water world where misty blues are defined as new neutrals.
Optic Options: Mod influences rising re-emergence brings the mod back to modern and graphic art acquires a well-deserved definition as fine art.
Now that the fall season is back in full swing- my outdoorsy family and I have been spending evenings having family time indoors. We love to lazily gather around the dining table, sip tea and chat about our days. It’s a great time of year.
However, with only a week away from Halloween- I haven’t decorated or hung a single thing. As we pulled out a few of the Halloween decorations we’ve collected, it was evident that most of our accessories have finally slipped past the “worn in look” and have fallen into the “time to toss” phase.
My daughter Tori noticed too, frowned, shrugged, and said “Mama… don’t worry. We can make decorations together! Let’s create something fun!” So my daughter and I pulled out the iPad and went straight to Pinterest.
We stumbled upon these easy to create bats and got to work. Tori suggested we put them on the wallpaper we recently hung in our dining room. The new wall is outfitted in a Candice Olson wallpaper that is gray and sparkly and simply perfect. Our stack of leftover wallpaper samples were stowed away in the front closet. We thumbed through them and found the perfect one, and Voila! We ordered the paper the next day, and when I picked it up I could hardly wait to get home to start making these!
Within minutes we created many wallpaper bats, and had started sticking them to the wall. Having so much fun, we just kept cutting and taping as we sat and chatted about our days, and the upcoming holiday.
It was the perfect craft to be handmade with the perfect little girl. I hope you find some time this holiday season to slow down and enjoy the pretty little things.