Summer is the time of year for home decorating and design projects. It can mean a full overhaul of a space, remodeling, updating, painting, or just mixing in new pillows and other decor items. Whatever you’ve got going on with yours, here are a few of the hot trends spotted at the 2013 Dwell on Design show this past month.
Lighting and lamps have taken center stage in interior styling this past year, the more unique and dynamic the better. Though that doesn’t mean styles are necessarily over the top. Table and floor lamps, chandeliers, and pendants pull in clean and simple elements for a subtle statement. Of course the elaborate and decadent are just as popular. Chandeliers and other hanging lighting is leaping beyond the traditional placement of over dining tables or in statement rooms to the unexpected including the kitchen and bathroom. Wall styles, which look and feel similar to art pieces, yet incorporate lighting in are emerging, along with table lamps that look anything but the part.
A bungalow on the beach. A cabin for weekend getaways.
Second homes, designed for relaxation, are often decorated with hand-me-down furniture and other cast-offs from the owner’s main living space.
But, say interior designers, a bit of creativity can transform a small vacation home into the perfect haven — a place to combine family heirlooms, funky flea-market purchases and a few new pieces, with style and on a budget.
Conversation pieces, objets d’art, knickknacks – whatever you call them, it’s clear that show-and-tell never really went away, it just moved from the classroom to the coffee table.
From Ethiopian silver Coptic crosses to driftwood sculptures sourced from Louisiana swamps, objects at the new Peluche Decor boutique in Uptown Park are designed grab attention and tell unique stories. Owner Deanna Breaux Gathe, a Louisiana native, spent time as an interior designer in Atlanta, decorating the homes of famous athletes as well as restaurants by P. Diddy and Gladys Knight. She also was the interior decorator responsible for home makeovers on TBS’s “Movie and a Makeover” series. After five years in Houston, she was inspired by her travels and the treasures she picked up around the world when putting together her store.
If you haven’t visited an antique mall or flea market lately, after reading Rachel Ashwell’s “Shabby Chic: Treasure Hunting and Decorating Guide,” you’ll surely be scheduling a trip to see your favorite vendor this weekend.
In the latest edition of Ashwell’s book, she is your close decorating companion, by your side and giving you all kinds of ideas and advice to consider as you create or add to your “Shabby Chic” style of decor, inspired by the author herself who created the design theme in 1989.
Shabby Chic offers a “faded elegance,” Ashwell writes. It is built on muted colors such as mint, dusty rose, ivories, creams, soft yellows and pale blues. It is worn but still possesses integrity, can have ornate moldings, honestly aging peeling paint and marks reflective of its use. Shabby Chic has character in its delicate detailing, shows its workmanship and has functionality.