Simple Holiday Home Decor 2016-17

Holiday Decorating Ideas For Contemporary & Neutral Spaces

Decorating for the holidays is about creating a cozy, warm and hospitable experience whether you host numerous parties and overnight guests or you simply enjoy peaceful solitude in the season.

Many people struggle with the prospect of introducing seasonal color and patterns into their contemporary or neutral spaces.

Creating a comfortable “warming effect” in your home for the holiday season is about appealing to the senses in a tactile and experiential way, not necessarily in a traditional holiday fashion. Simple holiday decor is endlessly livable, with a longer shelf life through winter.

Adding texture, rustic and sensual touches will suggest a seasonal change while transforming the most austere loft or condo into a welcoming home. This is also a big trend in home decor for 2016-2017, as neutral colors are having a resurgence. When decorating with neutrals you need to mix textures to create interest. For holiday it is a matter of “turning up the heat” with subtle touches that make a house a home.dix-pond-holiday-decor-2016

7 Best Elements to Create a Holiday Home

Here are seven elements to create inviting holiday home decor:

Light creates a holiday mood like no other design element. An empty room can be magical, simply because of lighting. A tastefully, decorated room will be uninviting with cold, dreary light. Multiple candles, clustered votives, spot lights, incandescent table lamps, white Christmas lights and wood fires are endlessly romantic.

Texture is an essential element for visual interest and ups the coziness factor in a room. This comes from plush wool or cashmere throws, layering hand-woven, novelty or knitted pillows,  natural, rustic accessories including baskets, wood, stone or slate pieces. Mix complementary pillow textures, like smooth with chunky, shine with matte, etc.

Shine. Adding subtle shimmer adds luminous sophistication to a holiday room. Silver, gold and copper metallic fabrics, beads and details on pillows, trays, mercury glass, hand-blown candle holders and serving pieces add a magical sparkle.

Handmade imperfection is perfect for adding warmth to contemporary and urban interiors. Accessories such as chunky, hand knit throws and pillows, hand-woven textiles and rugs, hand-cut wood boards and trays, hand blown glass, stone vessels, hand-thrown ceramics, soften a room and help create a comforting space.

Nature added to a room in the form of flowers, plants, twigs, trees, wreaths, wood, stone slabs, slate and marble serving pieces add natural texture and beauty to a room. Rustic elements in modern spaces are a hot trend in home decor.

Scent. Add natural fragrance to a room. Balsam fir, pumpkin spice, paper whites, cinnamon, a burning fire, etc., in candles, infusers, flowers, plants and seasonal foods stimulates the imagination and sets an exciting party mood.

Sound. Make your own playlist of holiday, cocktail or party music. It can transform the atmosphere better than any design element, except lighting.

Neutral holiday rooms provide a backdrop to add and rotate seasonal color like autumnal shades, rich reds and black accents. Use pillows, throws, area rugs, flowers, plants and colorful serveware to interject a pop of seasonal color.

Festive holiday neutral style works in any region, from a Boston condo, a Brooklyn loft, Aspen, California beachfront or Florida coastal home.

 

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4 Big Trends in Bath Decor 2016-2017

Bathroom Décor & Accessory Trends

Here’s a sampling of 4 of the biggest trends in bath décor for 2016 that will continue onto 2017. (Two contemporary and two transitional) They mirror some of the hottest home furnishings fashion trends…handmade, worldly, utilitarian and organic looks. Overall looks are informal and textural. They are Industrial Chic, Nature Calls, In The Navy and Worldly Loo. Bathroom trends 1 revised

“Industrial Chic” is an urbane contemporary bath trend that is simple, spare and with industrial touches. Bathroom accessory shapes are utilitarian and unadorned. Materials include mixed woods and plastic. The look is neutral black and pure white, warmed up with handmade baskets, abstract organic prints and stripes on shower curtains, towels and storage.Bathroom trends 3 revised (2)

“Nature Calls” for contemporary bathrooms that are spa-like, inspired by nature and organic references. They are spare and clean, but contrasted with textural, handcrafted textiles, wood and wicker accessories. Bath accessories are modern and basic. Organic and ethic patterns are key on shower curtains, storage and towels. Colors include the continuing popular favorites, grey, porcelain white and citrine.

Bathroom trends 3 revised navy

“In the Navy” is a transitional bath trend, that is glamourous and classic. It appeals to both traditional and more modern customers. The colors are predominantly navy and pure white, but popped with a modern tangerine. Textile patterns run the gamut from symmetrical stripes, ethnic and geometric patterns. Accessories gleam in clear glass and silver metal.Bathroom trends 4 revised“Worldly Loo” is a warm, transitional bath trend rooted in handcrafted, textural and natural materials. The color story is neutral, but the contrast of textures is serene and livable. Patterns include handcrafted ethnic patterns and stripes. Bath accessory materials include ceramic, stone, rattan, grasses and wood.

 

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4 Hot Home Decor Trends for 2016-2017

There are four big trends in home textiles and hard home for 2016-2017. I call them “Craft”, “World View”, “Fresh Take” and “Silver Mining”.

Consumers value things that are authentic and have a sense of handcrafted individuality in an tech-obsessed world. These tactile, handmade, hand-embroidered, washed and deconstructed, bed linens, decorative pillows, throws, rugs and towels provide grounding, in a world filled with man-made anxiety. This crafted aesthetic carries over into storage baskets, lamps, vases, mirrors, trays and other hard home décor accessories.

In general home textiles are more casual in material or spirit, less refined and flat. Big soft home trends include “luxe-casual”, the combination of luxurious fabrics or materials combined in casual prints or with rustic weaves; copious textural mixing, embroidery, novelty decoration such as beading or applique and voluminous oversized knitting.

Important colors include the neutral white and ivories, pastels emerge, especially purples and pink, a full spectrum of blues and the continuance of grey as a key color for livable master bedrooms and baths.

Patterns include ethnic prints and geometrics, embroideries and tie-dye in casual, washed fabrics or rich, high-count textiles; sweet flower prints, floral embroideries and menswear looks.

Fabrics are dominated by casual natural 100% cotton, linen, rustic wools and mohair.

I expect these hot home textile and décor trends will continue well into 2017.

Craft Trend Home 2016 - Handmade, rustic and textural textiles and accessories

Craft Trend Home 2016 – Handmade, rustic and textural textiles and accessories

World View Trend Home 2016 - Boho and luxe ethnic and handcrafted textiles and accessories

World View Trend Home 2016 – Boho and luxe ethnic and handcrafted textiles and accessories

Fresh Take Trend Home 2016 - Feminine soft colors, textures and floral textiles and accessories

Fresh Take Trend Home 2016 – Feminine soft colors, textures and floral textiles and accessories

Silver Mining Trend Home 2016 - Grey colors and textures from crafted to metallic textiles and accessories

Silver Mining Trend Home 2016 – Grey colors and textures from crafted to metallic textiles and accessories

 

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Flaming Hot – Warm Color Trend in Home & Fashion

Go from the frying pan into the fire. Flaming hot maraschino, tomato, mandarin and pumpkin colors are trending in home décor and fashion accessories for fall 2015. These in-your-face, sizzling shades are creating fashion flare-ups everywhere they go.

This powerful fall color trend is best used in small does for maximum effect. In home furnishings warm, bright colors are on pillows, sheets, towels, lamps, rugs, vases, tabletop, etc. They add a playful pop and seasonal update to neutral rooms and tablescapes. They look especially good when paired with greys. clean white and navy.

Warm colors add serious pop to home décor and fall 2015 fashion.

Warm colors add serious pop to home décor and fall 2015 fashion.

Hot, bright colors say uber-sexy or athletic, like no others, on fashion accessories or apparel. A red-hot handbag, pair of shoes, lingerie, dress, puffer, jean, top or nail color has the power to steal scenes. Again, restraint is key here, overdoing can send you down in fashion flames. Pair best with neutrals, denim, navy and black.

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Metal Urge for Home & Fashion

Our obsession with casual living, dressing and entertaining refuses to wane. At the same time, there is a serious trend in the “glamming of casual”. It is expressed in our urge for metal. Silver, gold and rose gold metallic looks, pervade all-things-casual… chunky sweater knits, tees, deconstructed totes, rustic espadrilles, thong sandals, outerwear, sneakers, jeans, even the ultimate hipster Birkenstock. Lustrous metal has invaded the home in rustic textiles, pillows, baskets and glamorously irregular, hand-hammered metal or molded serve ware, trays and frames. Perhaps we are craving the luxe status of metal in a sea of laid-back sameness?

Metallic is a big trend in casual fashion and home décor.

Metallic is a big trend in casual fashion and home décor.

Metallic is the perfect textural foil in home decor and elevates a neutral color scheme to royal status. Layering of low-luster metals in the home enhances their innate richness.

In fashion, metallic clothes and accessories speak a modern language, when used as a single, bold statement at a time. Metal apparel and accessories provide a similar textural contrast to sophisticated neutrals and solids. Pairing metal with casual items like jeans, spotlight the notable against the vanilla masses. Wearing more than one metallic item at a time (other than jewelry) and the wearer may slip down a steep and matronly slope.

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Restoration Hardware’s New Boston Home

RH's Boston store is a branding tour-de-force.

RH’s Boston store is a branding tour-de-force.

Expect to be awestruck, breathless, converted to a quiet, monastic, simple life. The Restoration Hardware (now called RH ) has completed their renovation of one of Boston’s most iconic Back Bay buildings into one of the most moving retail brand experiences I ever had.  In my career as a trend watcher, I have been in countless thousands of them, but haven’t been this moved by a retail experience since the first time I stepped into the Food Halls at Harrod’s.

RH has recently completed their renovation of the former retail location of the venerable Louis of Boston, at the corner of Berkeley and Newbury Streets in Boston. The grand, free-standing building was built in 1864 for The New England Museum of Natural History. (which later became the Museum of Science and moved to The Charles River). It was vacant for several years when Louis moved to the South Boston waterfront. I wondered what retail tenant could do justice to this uniquely beautiful property. Ralph Lauren topped my short list for companies with the capital and vision to pull it off. RH was not on my list.

The floral area on the first floor.

The floral area on the first floor.

The store is a triumph.  It is the essence of modern, traditional home furnishings… spare, classic, oversized and dressed with buttery leathers and neutral linen. It is masculine and quiet, but emotionally rich on every level. It is palatial and clubby. RH has hit exactly the right note blending contemporary touches like the commanding glass elevator and slick concrete stairwell, while paying homage to the sheer beauty of the original architecture of this edifice. It is a textural, neutral symphony, with a hip background track. It is like experiencing their products through vintage sepia photos.

This tour-de-force brand experience is not to be missed. Expect to be converted to an RH disciple. It may have you shopping for a larger home to fit their enormous furnishings.

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This commanding stone bar is for in-store events.

This commanding stone bar is for in-store events.

Neimans & Target Abomination

Neiman Marcus and Target released their much-talked-about holiday 2012 collaboration last week. I call it an abomination not a collaboration. This collection of random home and apparel items designed by well-known designers, like Carolina Herrera, Jason Wu, Rag and Bone, Tory Burch, Tracy Reese and Diane Von Furstenburg are poorly designed, low quality and strangely merchandised.  

The packaging is also big-box boring. They could have used high-end packaging to create a perceived value for the jewelry boxes, letter openers, lunch boxes, purses, glasses, dog accessories, etc. Instead they took the discount low-road and dished up the products to please the distribution center, not the customers.

This collection is just excess inventory and hype for Target stores and an embarrassment for the Texas-based bastion of luxury.  Shame on you Neiman Marcus, for putting your gold-plated name on some of the priciest drek I have ever seen. If you wanted to entice the aspirational luxury customer, you could have turned to your vendors to create some special value handbags, accessories, sweaters, tech cases and other compelling giftables. This Target collaboration can’t hold a soy candle to previous home runs like Liberty of London and Missoni. It will confuse and disappoint customers on both of the ends of the spectrum.

This public relations stunt has gone horribly wrong. These strange bedfellows have given birth to some very strange children. 

Products from the Neiman Marcus and Target holiday 2012 collaboration.

Products from the Neiman Marcus and Target holiday 2012 collaboration.

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Fall 2012 Jaded Outlook

To the casual observer color evolution is so slow, it is to be missed. Color trends advance steadily but significant palette changes don’t appear obvious until seen in retrospect. It is easy to identify in decades, like the good-time pastels of the 50’s and the anti-establishment avocados and golds of the 70’s. Colors in fashion, accessories, beauty and home sprout, grow, peak and die. Palettes and ranges crossover during this process. It is always a reflection of the social mood.

We are in an explosive color phase now. Spring/Summer 2012 showcased some of the brightest colors we have seen in decades. Neons, Tangerine Tango (the Pantone color of the year) and uber brights. Color-blocking, colored accessories and colorful nail colors competed for our attention and dollars in a less than stellar economic environment, (i.e. Coach’s new Legacy collection for fall). When times are tough, color takes us out of our collective funk.

Green-tinged blues are emerging, as the must-have color for fall 2012!

Green-tinged blues are emerging, as the must-have color for fall 2012!

Color watchers look for emerging shades that haven’t made the scene in a while. Their dormancy gives them freshness, like the new kid on the block. For fall 2012 we have a jaded outlook, and teal is the current must-have. Green-tinged blues are the new-found friend. These deep-water shades are calming, rich and pair well with blues and pops of gold. A jaded outlook is sprouting in apparel, accessories, beauty and home decor and  expect it will continue into next year.

My personal obsession this fall is with Furla’s rubber “Candy Satchel”  in Pavone!

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Nifty Shades of Gray

There is a graying of America going on and I’m not talking about an aging population or a bestselling novel. Gray is the trending neutral color that has taken the apparel and home markets by storm, fog, stone, graphite, and black pearl. Grays are a modern choice for clothing, shoes, handbags, accessories, beauty, nail color, home decor, textiles, wallpaper and paint.

Shades of gray are the modern neutral for apparel, accessories, beauty and home decor.

Shades of gray are the modern neutral for apparel, accessories, beauty and home decor.

No other color is at once elegant, sporty, sexy and sophisticated for sportswear, dresses and lingerie. Gray is the perfect transitional color. In apparel, gray is the modern foil to pair with the omnipresent bright and neons shades instead of comic strip black. It transports pastels from saccharine to cosmopolitan. Head-to-toe tonal grays are the essence of impeccable taste and 50’s chic. Even the most dedicated black and white urbanites can update their uniform and soften their edge with nifty shades of gray.

Gray has become a basic in towels, sheets, rugs and pillows. In home decor, gray is the perfect backdrop for strong colors like chartreuse, red or inky blues. It creates a calming retreat when paired with ivory, pinky purples, creamy aqua or whipped butter. Gray is black’s kinder, gentler, cousin. For maximum impact, when combining grays, contrast textures like shiny and matte, fluffy and smooth, to up the style quotient.

Fashion is a reflection of the social mood. I guess we are in the mood for a calmer, gentler time.

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