Another whirlwind trip to AmericasMart Atlanta has passed and I am eager to share my favorite finds and trends in the design world. Looking for common threads through seven MILLION square feet of exhibition space can be somewhat daunting. We had an amazing group of #StyleYour Season designers and bloggers covering trends which will be shared in a comprehensive trend report through AmericasMart Atlanta coming soon.
Many of the motifs I incorporate into my own aesthetic kept popping up not only in the design showrooms, but also in the fashion, jewelry and tabletop showrooms as well. Here is a peak of the trends and items that caught my eye…
I adore any shade of pink….from Blush to Coral to Schiaparelli. With Rose Quartz being one of PANTONE’s Colors of the Year, the soft shade was showcased throughout every building. Starting clockwise from the top left….A gorgeous vignette by Kristin Alber featured the “Lily” Chandelier by Ro Sham Beaux, a rose Mongolian lamp pillow by SARO, a “Pretty in Pink” lamp by Regina Andrew all set against a Serenity blue backdrop (PANTONE’s other Color of the Year, “Everett” Studs in Rose Quartz by Addison Weeks, and “Paris” vases from Oly Studio.
Evocative of the paintings of Jackson Pollack and Helen Frankenthaler, abstract expressionism was also well represented throughout several showrooms. The lamps of Liz Marsh Designs were one of my most unique finds. The reverse painted glass lamps can be done in any color, background and brushstroke style from drippy to splattered. New introductions from The Blush Label are inspired by the colorful decor of Puerto Rico. At Design Legacy, the works of Kelly O’Neal mixed metallics with a modern sensibility and old world techniques. A detail of his original “Personality Traits Magenta” is seen here.
Feathers were also abundant everywhere whether they were painted, gilded, or naturally shed. An ingenious layout of prints from Mitchell Black would provide an incredible focal point for any large blank space. A white feather chandelier from Grace & Blake adds a touch of whimsy to any interior. The ostrich handbags from MooMoo would do the same for any outfit.
The variety of large statement mirrors in Atlanta was incredible. The sculptural works in gold, rock crystal, oyster shell, vellum, barnacles, and other materials were amazing. Any of these works could hold their own in an interior with other large scale works of art. From top left, the “Acquarius” mirror by Emporium Home, “Round Crystal” mirror by Modern History and “Venus” mirror in champagne oyster shell by Made Goods.
Gold accents continued to shine and were bolder than ever. From top left, artisan crafted lamps and accessories made exclusively for Couture Lamps in Vietnam, Gilt metal chandelier from Currey & Company available in a variety of sizes, and contemporary “Kopara” pillow by Pyar & Company.
I came across a wonderful blog over the holidays that described design styles based on one’s astrological sign. I thought it would be fun to take a stab at creating a room for an Aquarius based on the description below from StyleatHome….
I started the scheme based off of my favorite blue and violet finds from the past High Point Market. The amethyst chandelier is from Regina Andrew. The cobalt commode, upholstered ottomans, and acrylic and shagreen bedside tables are from Century Furniture. The wavy mirror and rock crystal and nickel sconces are by Vaughan. I would switch out the pair of ottomans for one long custom sized ottoman with the nickel nailhead trim to pick up the polished stainless steel bed frame from Horchow. The brilliant blue Sophie lamps are by Christopher Spitzmiller. The purple pillows are from John Robshaw and the metallic vases are by Arteriors.
My favorite piece in the room is the art by James Nares that hangs behind the bed. To create these larger than life paintings, he hangs suspended above his canvas with a huge paintbrush. There is no room for error which makes these works even more spectacular!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AQUARIUS!
Identifying design trends from year to year has always fascinated me.The lifespan of a trend has been cut in half due to social media. Fashion typically influences what is seen in the design world. Once a trend hits the runway, it will likely show up in the world of interior design the following season through fabrics, furnishings and accessories. See below for what is “in” and “out” from the design editors and experts…
The images below show recurring themes I saw at Maison & Objet in Paris and High Point Market this fall. I would gladly welcome any of these gorgeous objects into my home…
|Maison & Objet The Real Thing|
|Rattan Animal Heads|
|Resin Animal Heads|
|Taylor & Burke|
|Celerie Kemble for Henredon|
|Ro Sham Beaux|
|Grace & Blake|
|JuJus at Masion et Objet|
|Latin American Textile|
|JuJu, Tusks & Faux Ostrich Eggs|