Happy New Year! I wish you all a year filled with nature outside your window and shelter that inspires you. I try to live in the present and avoid forecasting or living by trends. So let’s start the new year with design elements that are timeless, nurturing, and always in style. Oh, and they’re gorgeous too!
Metallics reflect your personality and day light and add vibrancy to any space. The movement as the light and shadows play around them is magical. Be fearless and mix them up to create a captivating balance of shiny and worn and gleaming and weathered.
Color is always inspiring or nurturing or energizing or calming, whatever your heart desires! Close your eyes and visualize your favorite things and the colors within them. Now transfer those colors to your walls or ease yourself in with colorful furnishings.
Texture’s tactile qualities add depth and reality to rooms. Here I used cork wall covering, with splashes of metallic copper running through it, creating soothing texture with a funky sparkle. Layer gossamer with ribbed and velvety with knotty, as nature does, to create a rich composition.
And there’s always glass – stunning and timeless in every incarnation. It’s one of light’s best friends as they enhance each other so well. Add clear glass tables and lamps to bring a bright airiness to any space.
No material touches each of us as wood does. It affects us most in its living form while providing shade and shelter and year round beauty. When crafted by artisans and gracing our home as an integral part of our lives, wood fills our innate need for nature. Bring it inside with reclaimed wood or with wood that’s certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. Always choose woods with natural finishes.
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