Happy Summer Everybody! I took a mini-hiatus from my social media responsibilities…..I hope you’ll forgive my short absence. I’ve been out and about looking for new inspiration for client projects and custom furniture designs. And now, I am in the throes of new bathrooms and kitchens amongst other refreshers and remodels. I’m having lots of fun! Curiously, one question I get asked so often from clients is “will this _____ be in style in ___many years?”
Let’s chat for a moment about what style really means and its significance. Perfect example: the color avocado….people say it was “in style” in the 70’s and “recently” made a comeback to be found in homes, furnishings and fabrics. Let me make a very bold political statement here: if you like the color avocado, then you should design with avocado.
The Southwestern style with its white washed furniture, peach and sea foam green tones complete with dead animal skulls was all the rage in the 80’s. If you love Navajo rugs and painted sunsets, then we will find a way to incorporate those elements into your environment.
Today, industrial design is big in residential and commercial interiors. You’ll find exposed brick, lots of concrete, steel beams and open ducting, and fantastic light fittings. If you like your Edison bulbs exposed, then we will find a way to show them off! Plain and simple!
People…style is what you like, not what others tell you works Now, if you doubt your style or don’t believe you have any at all (and that is common enough) then that’s a horse of another color. That’s why you consult a professional like me to advise and guide you. Interior design is about building a space that creates your desired set of emotions. Be inspired by places you’ve been, people you’ve met and objects you love. We define who we are in many ways and one of them is by the fabulous way we each contribute to the living environment we inhabit. We don’t just have to stay within the confines of someone else’s box of what is “in style.” To this day, I’ve always found a way to incorporate my client’s taste and passion for a fabric, piece of furniture or other object even when I don’t love it in the grand scheme. At the end of the day, my clients live and work in their spaces after I go home at night.
So I say, fly your flag and don’t be bound by what’s in style and what’s not. If you loved oil rubbed bronze and your neighbor, co-worker or friend tells you stain nickel is really what’s going on, you stick to your guns on the metal of your choice. That’s why I define my design style when asked as eclectic because I love to incorporate so many styles without rules. And might I add for all you avocado lovers out there, go any week of the year to your local flea market and guess what you’ll see everywhere?
A V O C A D O!
Don’t forget to bring your weighted change purse so you can afford to pay for it too!