Month: January 2017

If SAG Awards Gowns Were Rooms…

The red carpet of last night’s Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards brought to mind many a room.  From the daring risk takers to the tastefully understated, dresses from the event bear strong resemblances to some stunning feats of interior design.  Thus, if gowns from the 2017 SAG Awards were rooms, they’d look like this…

Nicole Kidman donned my favorite gown of the evening, putting the “siren” in “screen siren” with a none too subtle ornithology themed dress.  With a parrot head on each shoulder–complete with real feathers–and cascading green sequins, her dress called to mind Jared Seligman’s kelly green living room that features of collection of taxidermy birds, including a parrot and peacock as shown above.

Busy Philipps was another risk taker who dazzled.  Although camouflage and sequins do not traditionally go hand in hand, perhaps they should.  Her gown channeled the sparkle, violet hues, and camo print that make this Parisian apartment by Sandra Benhamou so enchanting.

A Deco dagger motif and the glamor of gold form an undeniable bond between this powder room and Zuri Hall’s 2017 SAG Awards gown.

Judith Light redefined ageless in a slinky, velvet, royal blue gown.  Similarly, this room–with it’s simple shapes and monochromatic moody blues–is equally timeless.

One can always count on Viola Davis for a clean, polished, and stunning look on the red carpet.  Last night’s white gown kept that tradition alive.  Notice how her necklace mimics the Sputnik chandelier and how the peaks of her neckline imitate the arched tops of the dining chairs in this room by Vicente Wolf.

Delicate flesh tone hues and intricate pattern adorn both Emily Blunt and this dining room.

Both feature a black floral pattern and both tease an intimate reveal.  The subject of the portrait in the Hotel Providence bears a shoulder while Emma Stone’s gown suggests  a “wardrobe malfunction”.

Perhaps more revealing, however, was Julie Bowen’s lacework dress with geometric panels that could easily be attributed to trelliage–like that found in this sunroom.

Hats off to all the ladies who graced the red carpet of the 2017 SAG Awards last night, especially these gorgeous 8.  Oscars, you’re on deck!

Home Decor Trends to Watch for in 2017

2016 brought us some exciting trends in interior design–many of which will endure in 2017.  However, I’m certain that this year will usher in even more delicious trends.  After much deliberation, I’m ready to go on record with my 2017 home decor trend predictions.  Here goes nothing..

Inventive Botanicals

Plant life has had a second life in home decorating.  Potted plants–from cacti and succulents to fiddle leaf fig trees–are growing in popularity.  Even Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year was named Greenery in their honor.  So, naturally, home decorators will take this to the next level.  We’re seeing evidence of this new trajectory already…

Decorgasm: Rebecca de Ravenel's Ravishing Apartment

If you caught my post on Rebecca de Ravenel’s apartment, then you might recall the canvas palm trees that populated her abode.

2017 Home Decor Trends Projections from MotleyDecor.com

Living walls are also a *thing*–both indoors and out.  Here, succulents live in a frame and are displayed as art.

Inventive Botanicals | Home Decor Trends Projections from MotleyDecor.com

Another unexpected way to display botanicals?  This home substitutes blooms for lights in an overhead chandelier.

2017 Home Decor Trends Projections from MotleyDecor.com

And Kelly Wearstler has introduced these everlasting Bauble Blossoms, composed of minerals and gems.

Stunning Stones

Gems and minerals are indeed the new normal.  Hardly a home hits the internet that doesn’t contain some quantity of Carrara marble.  And while this stone possesses a certain classic appeal, there is no shortage of breathtaking onyx (and other rocks) waiting in the wings to overshadow their gray and white counterpart.

Stunning Stones | 2017 Home Decor Trends | Motley Decor

From small, sparkling touches like this quartz drawer pull…

…to bolder gestures like this iridescent labradorite sink…

…to rooms utterly clad in various types of multi-colored marble like this stunning space, rock has a powerful impact in the home.  In fact, last April I suggested that installing stone was a splurge worthy of your tax refund.  I stand by that assertion.  Expect to see stunning stones trending in 2017.

Acid Yellow Accents

If Fashion Week, the 2016 Emmys, and the 2017 Golden Globes are any indication: vibrant yellow is fashion’s current favorite color.

Acid Yellow Accents | Home Decor Trends Projections from MotleyDecor.com

This is bound to migrate from the catwalk to the homestead.  And, to date, we haven’t seen much of this–at least not lately.  However, following are some compelling reasons to inject your home with hints of acid yellow…

Acid Yellow Accents | Home Decor Trends Projections from MotleyDecor.com

Versatile Furniture

These days, small homes garner just as much buzz and decor discussion as grand estates.  Still, small spaces are not without their challenges.  When decorating a small space, furniture selection is key.  Not only are you forced to edit–squeezing in only those pieces you absolutely love–but the scale must also be appropriate for the room.  And, of course, anytime a piece of furniture can pull double duty, it’s an added bonus.  This brings me to the next 2017 home decorating trend projection: versatile, space-saving furniture.

2017 Home Decor Trends to Watch For | 1 of 5 | Versatile Furniture

This living room boasts two types of versatile furniture.  First, the trio of trunks function as both tables and hidden storage vehicles.  Second, that gnarled root stool is sometimes a drink rest and sometimes an extra seat.

red lacquer paint

Antique hall trees–besides being sculptural beauties–are also multifunctional.  This red painted specimen is a hat rack, umbrella stand, drawer, table, and mirror all in one.  This single piece performs the duties of 5 furnishings–and looks good doing it!

2017 Home Decor Trends | Versatile Furniture | 1 of 5 on Motley Decor

Another space saver is the wall-mounted, fold out secretary.  It offers compact storage without taking up any real estate on the floor and can expand to provide a surface that can be used as a desk, wet bar…whatever.  This handsome walnut and brass example is from West Elm.

1980s Revivals

This particular 2017 trend projection precipitates from the error I made in last year’s forecast when I thought  that home decorators would work backwards from Midcentury towards antiques and, instead, they looked to the ’70s for design inspiration.  Thus, the next logical progression is the ’80s (and as a child of the 1980s, I have mixed feelings about this).  Still, this prognostication comes with a caveat.  The ’80s are coming–if not in 2017–then soon thereafter…

Watch for pastels and quirky furniture inspired by the Memphis Group’s previously snubbed designs.

So, those are my trend projections for this year.  Do you foresee any other trends that I’ve missed?  Tell us in the comments.

If Dresses from the 2017 Golden Globes Were Rooms…

Dresses from the 2017 Golden Globes red carpet composed a display worthy of the hype this event receives.  And, since fashion and interior design are so inextricably intertwined, it’s only prudent that we explore how the garb of starlets translates to interior decoration.  If you could haul last night’s red carpet into the home, it might look something like this…

If Dresses from the 2017 Golden Globes Red Carpet Were Rooms... on MotleyDecor.com

Unfussy and classically beautiful, Anna Kendrick’s impeccably fitted and draped Vionnet gown of gray chiffon evokes this elegant yet understated living room by Windsor Smith.

If Dresses from the 2017 Golden Globes Red Carpet Were Rooms... on MotleyDecor.com

Mustard can smolder–especially when worn by Emily Ratajkowski.  Besides sharing a hue, her dress and this room have something else in common: both featured a simply shaped metallic accent.  Emily’s glittering collar plunges down the front of her dress, while a mirrored coffee table adds a silvery pop to this Jerry Jacobs designed interior.

If Dresses from the 2017 Golden Globes Red Carpet Were Rooms... on MotleyDecor.com

Lola Kirke, star of Mozart in the Jungle, showcased her natural beauty in minimal makeup, almost no jewelry, and a playful pink a-line gown studded with pansies.  Similarly, this living room by Maddux Creative keeps things simple and stylish with just a dash of pink and a grid of floral photographs.

If Dresses from the 2017 Golden Globes Red Carpet Were Rooms... on MotleyDecor.com

If you didn’t know who Trace Lysette was, you do now.  The stunning screen siren donned a formfitting, green dress to the 2017 Golden Globes.  It was difficult–if not impossible–to take notice of her.  Not unlike Lysette, this dining room features a stunning fireplace whose statuesque form is emphasized by ornate flourishes rendered in a show-stopping emerald shade.

If Dresses from the 2017 Golden Globes Red Carpet Were Rooms... on MotleyDecor.com

Ruth Negga’s red carpet gown was shimmering, temperate, and decidedly modern.   Her sequins instantly reminded me of foxed mirrored walls and the cool, tasteful restraint of this dining room.

If Dresses from the 2017 Golden Globes Red Carpet Were Rooms... on MotleyDecor.com

The 2017 Golden Globes made a case for the return of menswear.  My favorite example of this was Octavia Spencer’s choice.  Instead of black, she went with navy, which photographs beautifully on the red carpet.  Statement earrings and a cropped, ankle-length pant femmed up her ensemble.  Satin accents and velvet heels provided for some textural variety.  Surely Peter Mikic would approve.  His bedroom too is navy, masculine, and has a touch glamour.

All dress photos courtesy of E! Online.  Which look or looks did you like best?

2016 Interior Design Trends Recap

With 2016 officially in the books, it’s time I hold myself accountable for the trend forecasts I made one year ago.  At the beginning of last year, I felt very sure of the home decor trends the coming months would bring.  And, for the most part, I have to say: I was pretty close.  Really, there was only one call I made that–even I will admit–didn’t really take off.  Let’s take a look…

Unorthodox Materials in Unexpected Applications

Nailed it!  I predicted that interior designers–clever, talented creatures that they are–would devise new applications for unorthodox media in decor and they did not disappoint.  Flexing their creative muscles, designers found new ways to introduce unexpected materials into the home with delightful results.  Examples of such ingenuity include…

Garrow Kedigian’s Kips Bay Showhouse extravaganza, where neoclassical flourishes were–surprisingly–rendered in modest chalk…

5 Ideas to Steal from the 2016 Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse

…And the dining room (in the same showhouse) where Alex Papachrisitidis set a dazzling ceramic dining table at the center of his gray and gold wonderland…

Lucky for us: this trend casts a long trajectory and isn’t likely to fizzle out any time soon.  I look forward to seeing what 2017 brings.

Bold, Modern Light Fixtures

Traditional chandeliers with elegant arms and glittering prisms have graced immaculately decorated homes for ages.  But, in 2016, we saw less and less of them.  Instead, designers and home decorators seemed to favor a more modern approach to lighting.  Still, these newer luminaries wanted for nothing.

Apparatus Studio, in particular, enjoyed popularity in 2016.  Their Synapse light fixture hangs above the dining room table in home of founders Gabriel Hendifar and Jeremy Anderson.

Lindsay Adelman was another popular name in lighting design.  You’ve likely seen some incarnation of this Branching chandelier before.  This stunner is custom.

Trend Recap | Modern Statement Lighting | Motley Decor

Will this trend of unapologetically modern lighting persist in 2017?  I believe so.

Understated Palettes

Using the 2016 colors of the year as navigation guides, I predicted a year of subdued palettes.  I was not mistaken.

To be sure: we saw a strong return to white walls.  Often combined with black–like these chic black lampshades–white and monochromatic spaces far outnumbered the amount of colorful rooms in 2016.

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And, while Serenity blue didn’t quite take off, Rose Quartz certainly did.  The pale blush shade of pink, occupied prime real estate in both homes and cyberspace and was beautifully highlighted in this project by Scott Maddux

This Is How To Use Color In Your Home | Decorgasm: Scott Maddux's Masterful Command of Color | Motley Decor

Bright, saturated, color-drenched rooms are still probably a few years off.  2017 will likely continue the tradition of quiet palettes, possibly erring on the side of dark and moody hues like Benjamin Moore’s color of the year.

The End of Purely Utilitarian Spaces

Slowly but surely, we are decorating every square inch of our homes.  Hallways, mud rooms, and even laundry rooms are now garnering the attention of home decorators.

One of my favorite examples comes from the Pasadena Decorator Showcase House, where the cloakroom–outfitted with watercolor wallpaper and some more of that modern statement lighting–nearly stole the show…

Kitchens were also tackled with renewed vigor…

Kitchens with Character, vol. 3: Art | Motley Decor

From jazzy backsplashes to prominently displayed art, kitchens were so well-accessorized in 2016 that I couldn’t resist starting a series of posts called Kitchens with Character.  I see no end in sight for this trend either.  So, be on the lookout for vol. 4 coming soon.

Antiques

And here’s where I dropped the ball, folks.  I thought we’d be so burnt out on midcentury modern (and admittedly, I’m not yet) that we’d start looking to earlier eras for furnishings with history.  But, instead, we headed the opposite direction and right into the ’70s.  Not that I’m complaining (I love this era), but I’m probably the only home decor blogger in the world who doesn’t own a single macrame piece.

I do, however, own these awesome Chet Beardsley chairs from the 1970s…

Updated Chet Beardsley Chair

…so, I think that entitles me to at least partial credit.  Right?

Ok, hopefully, you’ll forgive me that one flop and come back soon to read my 2017 trend predictions.  Have a great day!

 

The 6 Best Color Combinations Using Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year, Greenery

When Pantone revealed that “Greenery” would be their 2017 color of the year, it felt like a personal victory.  Not because I had predicted Pantone’s choice, but because green is my jam!  (And it’s a shade that so rarely gets its due.)  Not only is green representative of hope, healing, and nature; but it also plays well with so many other colors.  Here are the 6 best color combinations and palette ideas for incorporating “Greenery” into your home in 2017.

Mix with True Neutrals

Greenery couples crisply with true neutrals: black, white, or any shade of gray.  Whether it provides a “pop of color” in a monochromatic room or assumes a more dominate role , Greenery won’t disappoint in the presence of  ash, charcoal, and carbon.

6 Color Combos Using Greenery, Pantone's 2017 Color of the Year

A waxy apple green shade similar to the 2017 color of the year coats this kitchen.  A graphic floor of green and black demands attention while white, stainless steel, and other black touches mingle effortlessly.

6 Color Combos Using Greenery, Pantone's 2017 Color of the Year

Black and white wallpaper makes a statement in this dining room–matched in intensity by drapes and upholstery in vivid yellow-green.

6 Color Combos Using Greenery, Pantone's 2017 Color of the Year

Silver–a metallic variant of gray–also compliments Pantone’s pick, as evidenced by this swanky bar.

Add Moody Hues

Greenery’s zesty properties are well tempered by moody hues.  The mix creates both tension and balance, conjuring interiors with mystique and allure.

6 Color Combos Using Greenery, Pantone's 2017 Color of the Year

Grasshopper green curtains are unexpected addition to this elegant space with dark walls, cognac leather, and caramel wood finishes.  Still, the bright color seems an appropriate hue to usher in the natural light.

6 Color Combos Using Greenery, Pantone's 2017 Color of the Year

Navy and mulberry welcome the electricity of 2017’s color of the year.  Case in point: Veronica Swanson Beard’s living room, photographed by Harper’s Bazaar.

6 Color Combos Using Greenery, Pantone's 2017 Color of the Year

A moody landscape and portobello walls offset chartreuse chairs in this dining room.  The color combination works so well that all accessories are kept neutral as to not interfere: a black urn, white ceramics, and glittering crystals overhead.

Pair it with Purple

If you caught my post on Benjamin Moore’s 2017 Color of the Year, then this pairing will come as no surprise.  Violet and citrus–aka Greenery and Shadow–make pretty partners.

The 6 Best Color Combinations Using Greenery, Pantone Color of the Year 2017

This feminine salon is largely neutral–save the pistachio green chairs and amethyst purple cushions.  The subdued palette imparts an air of serenity with just enough color to be interesting.  Check out Violet and Citrus to see more green and purple pairings.

Lemon Lime

In interior design–as in food–lemon and lime are often found together.  They are neighbors on the color wheel and the reigning monarchs of the citrus kingdom.  Although both are strong in their acid content, they can be used in tandem because the combination poses no tension.  The two marry well.

How to Decorate with Pantone's 2017 Color of the Year, Greenery | Lemon Lime | Motley Decor

Jane Scott Hodges’ home is a gorgeous example of the power of lemon and lime.  Decorated by her college friend, Gwen Driscoll, the parlor balances tartness with creamy vanilla tones.  The walls are an almost shocking shade in the vein of Greenery, subdued by butter yellow curtains.  A more intense incarnation of yellow pepper some of the chairs, which is–again–countered by tame wood finishes, whitewashed and weathered Swedish antiques, and layer after layer of  ivory textiles.

Fellow New Orleans native, Julia Reed took a similar approach in her sitting room.  While settling on a softer shade of lime for the walls, she opted for bolder, lemony drapes.

Of course, lemon and lime also make great accent colors with little sacrificed in the way of impact, as seen here.

Mixed Greens

Lavishing varied shades of green on a room is one of my favorite approaches to color.  Again, if you caught my previous post, Decorating with Green as a Neutral, you know what I’m talking about.  So naturally, I had to include this as one of the 6 best palette ideas for using Greenery.  I hope the following images will convince you…

6 Color Combos Using Greenery, Pantone's 2017 Color of the Year

An updated verdure mural with on-trend palms and velvet upholstery in two shades run the gamut of greens at Monsieur Bleu.

6 Color Combos Using Greenery, Pantone's 2017 Color of the Year

Tone on tone stripes, malachite arm chairs, and copious foliage adorn this handsome mantel.

6 Color Combos Using Greenery, Pantone's 2017 Color of the Year

This mineral-studded library boasts hues reminiscent of both emeralds and peridots and–appropriately–belongs to a jewelry designer.

Abandon the Concept of  a Palette All Together

As I said in the beginning of this post, Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2017 plays well with many colors.  In fact, it’s so versatile that no preordained palette is necessary…

How to Decorate with Pantone's 2017 Color of the Year, Greenery | Motley Decor

In this living room, the Greenery is right at home with both pastels and the more intense colors  contained in the gallery wall.

With walls the color of a ripe Anjou pears, any color is welcome in this eclectic living room.  Black furnishings set the boundaries of the space, containing a magenta rug, brown leather Chesterfield sofa, scarlet cushion, blue and white ginger jars, and art in a spectrum of colors.

Green and gold wallpaper serves as a neutral backdrop amidst colorful bedding, mixed metals, and a variety of wood finishes in florist, Maurice Harris‘s verdant bedroom.

I hope you are as enthusiastic as I am for the colorful possibilities that 2017 brings.  It seems more vivid and saturated hues are on the horizon this year.  Greenery and Shadow are eclipsing last year’s softer selections of Rose Quartz & Serenity and Simply White.  Color lovers are rejoicing and I am among them.

I also hope that the 6 palette ideas suggested in this post have inspired you to consider introducing this juicy olivine shade into your home–particularly if you’ve shied away from greens in the past.  But, above all, I wish you all of the things that Greenery represents in 2017: hope, healing, and the awe-inspiring power of Mother Nature.

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