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2019 has been great. We talked about decorating, color, 2020 design trends, shopping tips, holiday decorating, working with a designer, and clutter. We covered so much but I am just getting started.
Coming in 2020: In no particular order: Paint myths, Up-cycling with Chalk Paint, Advice for Remodels and Renovations, What not to do in your Living Room, Designer’s Favorite Things in their Homes and much more!
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How is your holiday decorating going this year? Do you have any decorating traditions that you look forward to every year? I have a few favorite things that I do that get me in the holiday spirit.
Holiday Decorating and Remembering Christmas Past
I have always saved the photo Christmas cards that I received. A few years back, I started putting them out in a basket in my living room, so when time allowed, or when company was over, they could be thumbed through and enjoyed. Having them out has sparked conversations, usually sharing memories of the loved ones in the photograph. Looking through old photo cards has become something I look forward to every year.
Thinking of friends, family and life’s special moments
I never played into the idea of themed Christmas trees or worrying about if it matched my living room. My tree is a mishmash, and I prefer it that way. Every ornament on the tree means something to me. Some ornaments were gifts that make me think about the person who gave them to me. Others commemorate something monumental in my family’s history like first home, babies, and vacations. Some were handmade. I still have the paper ornaments my daughter’s made in kindergarten. I enjoy the memories each one brings as I hang them on the tree.
Holiday Decorating and Small little details
I have a pair of lighted trees in pots on my porch. I love decorating them for all of the seasons. It is a silly little thing that makes me happy. The trees unadorned are terrible looking. They starts to perk up when I add ornaments to them. But they come to life when I start adding some natural elements from my yard. I add in greenery from boxwoods, evergreens, and holly bushes. I add pine-cones, dried flower buds, and berries from trees and anything I find that is pretty. The creative process makes me as happy as the finished product.
Christmas dinner table seating favors
I love taking out my Christmas china and setting the table but the highlight for me is making place setting favors for my family. I am not sure what I will make this year. But here are some pictures of what I have made in the past.
These were easy to make but I had to recruit help because they were extremely time consuming. I used gigantic pinecones and hot glued them into a candle votive holder. Then painted and decorated them.
The best was the year I made golf ball snowman ornaments. I made them in the likeness of each of my family members. When it came time to sit at the table, they had to find the snowman that looked like them to find their seat. It was a big hit, and I don’t think I will ever top that. These were inspired by snowmen ornaments that I saw on pinterest but I put my own spin on them. https://www.allfreechristmascrafts.com/Snowman-Christmas-Crafts/Golf-Ball-Snowman-Ornament/
I better get crafting if I want to have favors for my Christmas table this year.
Please share a tradition
These are just a few of the holiday decorating traditions that I look forward to each year. I would love to hear what traditions you have. Please share by leaving a reply at the bottom of this page.
What 2020 furniture trends can we expect? I headed to Seigerman’s Furniture and Design Center in Farmingdale to find out! Seigerman’s is a fantastic furniture store that also has a design center for trade professionals. It has quickly become one of my favorite places to bring my clients. They hosted an event showcasing a few manufacturers and summarizing the trends they saw at the Highpoint Market. The presentations were informative and enjoyable. I was so happy that I was invited and able to be there.
Design Trends Have Shifted
This year we will see a significant shift in furniture design trends. 2020 will guide us away from the straight-line, minimalist trends that we have been seeing and reintroduce curves and embellishments.
One of the 2020 furniture trends you will see is curved furniture
Curvy is in! Curves can be found in crescent-shaped sofas, barrel-shaped chairs, rounded headboards. But not only upholstery is getting curvy. Case-goods trends show a shift from straight lines too. Bombay chests make a reappearance. Did you know Bombay means curved in French?
You will see metal details on furniture as another one of the 2020 furniture trends
Furniture trends follow fashion trends, and it is so evident in the addition of metal details. We have been seeing metal on heels of shoes for a while now. Metal details transferring over to furniture is AMAZING! Such a smart and classy look which dresses up everything from bed frames, upholstery to case goods. Most of the time, the metal shown is gold. You will see in occasional tables as well. Gold is classic and here to stay.
In 2020 you will see mottled furniture as a furniture trend
When I think of mottled, I always think of car interiors, and never in a pleasing way. However, after seeing it on occasional tables, dressers, and credenzas, I have a new appreciation. It adds texture, depth, and interest! I can’t believe I LOVE it!
In 2020 you will see marbleized furniture as a furniture trend
Marbleized furniture is a nod towards traditional and classic design. Expect to see it on dresser tops and occasional tables.
Another trend for furniture in 2020 is acrylic furniture
Acrylic furniture is chic and can work in virtually any room. Since it adds very little visual weight, it allows other design elements to be the star, while taking on a functional role.
In 2020 you will see swivel chairs
I have always been a fan of the swivel. Who doesn’t love its flexibility? Also, they are usually extremely comfortable chairs. Swivel chairs will be popular for dining and accent chairs.
In 2020 you will see shaped ottomans as a trend
Round, square, and hexagon-shaped ottomans are hot in 2020. Clustering a few together is also a trend to expect.
In 2020 you will see over-sized hardware trending
Much more attention has been given to cabinet knobs and drawer pulls. In fact, hardware has become a defining design element. In 2020 expect to see over-sized hardware with a significant impact on its furniture piece.
Seigermans did a great job presenting these design trends to the trade. If you have not been to their furniture and interior design center, treat yourself and stop in. Everything shown in these pictures is available there. Also, the showroom is full of breathtaking displays, and the customer service is unsurpassed.