The SINGLE biggest trend in 2017 is the END of LABELS!! Labels, in every sense, are OVER!!! This year (and for the foreseeable future), we will be freed from the confines of a traditional, transitional, modern or rustic label. One’s personal style will inform one’s approach to decorating. Only the things we love, things that speak to who WE are, and how WE live will be added to our home. Outfitting one’s home completely in Pottery Barn, or any other retailer, will be a thing of the past. This is making EVERY retailer VERY nervous. Some retailers have been spot on in embracing this trend and offering eclectic pieces that deviate from their brand (Restoration Hardware is genius at reinventing their brand every few years). While others are throwing a lot out hoping something will stick (West Elm, Ethan Allen and Mitchell Gold, to name a few). I predict that this trend will even spill over into fashion. Wearing head to toe LV, Gucci or Chanel will be decidedly uncool (seriously, just kidding about Chanel 😛
Design, like so many other industries, is cyclical. There are countless catalysts for it’s changing trends. If you are interested in reading more about this, I delve deeper into this topic in my blog post here. Every 8 to 10 years there is a paradigm shift in design; 2017 is one of those years. Design philosophy, methodology and fundamental principles on style and design are changing. Recently, there has been a lot of social, economic, political and generational tension brewing; it is no wonder we are seeing it spill over into home design. This is a topic that I’ve been ruminating on for months. I could feel the change. In the past, a client would show me a picture of how he or she wanted his or her home to look. Now, clients tell me the “feeling” they want their home to convey. One of my favorite designers, Kelly Hoppen, was quoted saying, “learn to look not just with your eyes, but with your heart. How else will you know how to design your home”.
In the past, my home had a transitional aesthetic; however, I have been slowly adding some organic elements, as well as more ornate pieces. I love the richness of pairing rustic with refined. It translates to a chic, comfortable and stylish vibe. I had been resisting the urge to mix these pieces because it didn’t “fit” seamlessly with the rest of my decor. However, when I looked with fresh eyes, I realized that my home lacked the depth I had been striving for. Now, I feel that as long as I add things that resonate with me, then it will “fit”.
What won’t fit, is adding things just because one likes a myriad of styles. This pitfall is an easy one to fall prey to. One must fiercely edit and show restraint; thus, curating a collection of things that truly belong and make sense in one’s home. For the past few years, a cleaner more minimalist style has been the trend. LESS will still be more in 2017. I don’t think we will EVER go back to the “let me cover/fill EVERY surface in my home” again.
Below, are some rooms that inspire me. It is in the mixing of both sleek and organic elements executed in an orderly, minimalist fashion that inform the choices I make for my home. I hope these images inspire you to find the things that celebrate your uniqueness and your story. You know you have been successful when friends and family walk into your home and say “Wow, there is no mistaking who lives here; this home is so, YOU!”
Below is my most recent lust list:
Happy Reading! Let me know if or how your style has evolved. I would also love to hear what trends you are seeing emerge, or any trends you are predicting.