Top 5 Design Trends for 2017

HighPoint Market is always a great opportunity to see the new lines and trends in home decor.  Vendors try out their new products at Market to gauge the response from buyers and designers.  My favorite part of Market is visiting as many showrooms as I can fit in (both favorites and new finds), and trying to come up with the trends that are emerging.  This year, I was so happy to have Jillian join me- she has joined the team at Susan Hayward Interiors, and together we have come up with our 5 Design Trends for 2017!

 

1. Quartz

Stone has always been popular, but this year we saw so much quartz.  It appeared in everything from lighting, to case goods, to decorative items.  I think we liked it on lighting best, as it gave the quartz a shimmer that was much more subtle than crystal, but not any less beautiful!

 

Couture Lamps

Couture Lamps

Surya

Surya

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anthropologie

Anthropologie

Visual Comfort & Co.

Visual Comfort & Co.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Global Views

Global Views

Currey & Co.

Currey & Co.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Gold

Sorry everyone, but I think the days of brushed nickel finishes have been “outshined”.  We saw lots of polished nickel, silver, and gold.  The gold was what struck us the most- it had such a beautiful tone to it, not the brassy look of the 80’s!

 

Studio A Home

Studio A Home

 

Worlds Away

Worlds Away

 

Currey & Co.

Currey & Co.

 

 

3. Tassels

Home decor follows fashion, and nothing has been more evident in fashion as have tassels.  We’ve seen them in jewelry and on clothes, and now they’re on lights, bedding, and furniture.  We loved the look:  Bohemian with a classy edge!

 

Eloquence via Bella Cottage

Eloquence via Bella Cottage

 

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters

 

Wisteria

Wisteria

 

 

4. Distressed Finishes

Yes, distressed finishes have been around for awhile.  This year there were a lot more creamy whites and softer colors, making the look much more European, and less rustic.

 

Eloquence

Eloquence

 

Classic Home

Classic Home

 

The Bramble Company

The Bramble Company

 

 

5.  Velvet

Nothing else feels quite like velvet, and this year velvet was everywhere.  The new velvets are much more user-friendly with teflon-type finishes to roll that glass of red wine right off (and on to your beautiful rug?).  Oh well, can’t have everything!

Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler

 

House of Hampton via Wayfair

House of Hampton via Wayfair

 

Company C

Company C

 

Overall, we came away from High Point with a feeling of classy elegance.  Quartz, gold, tassels, distressed finishes and velvets – beautiful and luxurious, but also welcoming and fresh.  I can’t wait until 2017 to see if we were right!  What trends are you most looking forward to seeing?

 

 

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J’Adore Décor!

Author: Jillian Hayward Schaible

 

If you read our blog often (or saw pictures from my wedding), you probably already know that vintage, romantic décor is my absolute favorite style.  What I love most about it is the warm, cozy feel that it brings to a room.  Often paired with calm, neutral tones, this style can have such a soothing effect.

I also love the idea that the style reflects the rich history of its era, and breathes such life into the design.  Sometimes, this style can be a bit difficult to achieve on your own… But, here are a few of my favorite looks to hopefully inspire you and give you some new ideas for how to get this look in your home, too!

 

I love a sturdy, rustic farmhouse table paired with neutral linen.  This is classic French country design, and a timeless look for your dining area.  I like to pair mine with a big bouquet of hydrangeas or peonies- simple, elegant, and soft.

Kathy Kuo Home

Kathy Kuo Home

 

With lots of neutral tones, it’s nice to add in pops of glitz like gold and silver to add a bit of sparkle to your décor!

Kathy Kuo Home

Kathy Kuo Home

 

Bella Cottage is one of my personal favorites- their pieces are simply beautiful.  I love the tufting here- it would be so comfy to lean up against if you like to read in bed, like I do!

Bella Cottage

Bella Cottage

 

Often in French country décor, you will find ornate, glamorous lighting paired with rustic or distressed pieces.  This adds so much depth to all of those neutral tones, and really steps your design up to the next level!

Bella Cottage

Eloquence via Bella Cottage

 

For a more casual room, you can channel that country look from nature, and use it in wallpaper and fresh flowers.  This Tempaper wallpaper is not only perfect for the style, it’s also temporary so that you can easily add or remove it any time you want to switch it up!

Tempaper

Tempaper

 

Stools like these from Frontgate have it all- I wish I had a counter like this in my house so that I could get some of my own!

Frontgate

Frontgate

 

 

Frontgate

Frontgate

 

I love the look of this wire basket chandelier!  This could be so fun for a big table outdoors, maybe even with some vines or ivy wrapped around.

The Painted Cottage

The Painted Cottage

 

It is so common to find distressed or “shabby chic” furniture to capture this look.  Annie Sloan chalk paint is easy enough to use yourself, and the best quality out there to get the style of paint you see here!

Soft Surroundings

Soft Surroundings

 

 

Annie Sloan

Annie Sloan

 

 

The Painted Cottage

The Painted Cottage

 

 

Shabby Chic Couture

Shabby Chic Couture

 

 

Shabby Chic Couture

Shabby Chic Couture

 

 

What’s YOUR favorite style?  Would you try this French country décor in your home?

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A Fall Festival for Your Front Door!

With all of the pumpkins, gourds, and other festive fall items popping up in grocery stores lately, it is the perfect time to have some fun decorating that front door of yours.  There are so many different ways to carve, paint, and stack your pumpkins- we just love these entries so much, we can practically smell the pumpkin spice just looking at them!  The best part about a festive fall door like one of these, is that it doesn’t just have to be for Halloween!

 

So this one might seem like it’s for the expert carver, but what we love most about this is the idea of a pumpkin flower pot for your autumn arrangement!

Better Homes & Gardens

Better Homes & Gardens

 

What a fun project for a rainy day with kids!

Better Homes & Gardens

Better Homes & Gardens

 

How great is this apple wreath?!  With a bright red door like that, it is the perfect backdrop for a fall welcome.

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Midwest Living

 

A simple chalkboard with warm season’s greetings is a quick, easy trick to really spice up your front door without too much time decorating or carving!

Love of Family & Home

Love of Family & Home

 

For something that will last all season long, try a ribbon wreath.  It would be easy to store and use again next year, too!

HGTV

HGTV

 

For those of you who love the neutral look, try an all white display- right down to the daisies!

HGTV

HGTV

 

Stacking pumpkins and wrapping your door in autumn leaves?  How could you go wrong?

Grandin Road

Grandin Road

 

 

What’s your favorite fall look?  We’d love to see pictures of YOUR festive front door!!

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Sweater Weather That Isn’t Just For Your Wardrobe!

Yesterday in Boston it was 85 degrees, this morning it was 55!  Fall is in the air, and that means… sweater weather!  There’s nothing like a soft cozy sweater on a crisp day to warm you right up.  Why not switch up your home decor with some “sweaters” to cozy up your interiors as well?

 

One of my favorite “sweaters” is a fisherman knit afghan that my mom knitted for my bridal shower many years ago.  Every year it comes out with its long tassels, and finds a home draped over my sofa.  I like a cool house (even in the winter) so we use our throws a lot.

Wisteria

Wisteria

 

I like pillows to feel soft.  I love the old sweater look of this one.  It seems cable knit is in this year and it’s popping up on everything.  From pillows…

Birch Lane

Birch Lane

….to rugs!

West Elm

West Elm

 

We’re seeing a lot of fringe this year in the clothing industry and that just filters right down to the home.

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters

 

I love small ottomans.  They can be used as a footstool, an extra seat, or put a tray on it for an end table.  This one from Surya (who we love!) adds a little cozy to your room

Surya

Surya

 

These chairs have been in several of our blogs because I love them!  Thank you Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams-   I hope this trend continues!

Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams

Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams

 

Nothing seems warmer in the fall and winter than a cozy log cabin, and this bedding embodies just that.  The rustic design and that fuzzy pillow bring that cozy cabin design right to any home.

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters

 

For a cleaner, simpler look, this bedding set from West Elm has the same cable knit feel, yet with a lighter weight design.

West Elm

West Elm

 

And of course, one of our favorites for rugs and cushions, Langdon Ltd. has the perfect shag textiles to add some warmth and fuzz to your room, and with lots of style!

Langdon Ltd.

Langdon Ltd.

 

We can’t wait for sweater weather to be in full swing, and with these picks for your home, it’s sure to be the coziest and most stylish season yet!

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How to Create a Small Space with Big Style

I spend a lot of time helping my clients downsize into smaller spaces.  Selling the big house and moving into the condo in the city sounds great, right?  But what do you do in a smaller space with all of your stuff??  Finding ways to incorporate storage into everyday pieces has become easier thanks to a little creativity in your furniture purchases.

Cubes and floating shelves can store a lot and can do double duty as wall art.

IKEA

IKEA

 

Bookshelves don’t have to be built-in.

IKEA

IKEA

 

And desks and tables don’t have to have legs.

Anthropologie

Anthropologie

 

A simple shelf under a table can store magazines and books, as well as decorative items.

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

 

Add drawers and your “stuff” is out of sight.

Bassett Furniture

Bassett Furniture

 

Not enough room in your bedroom for anything but a bed?  Get one with under the bed storage and attached nightstands.

West Elm

West Elm

 

A simple wooden ladder can be the perfect place for linens.

Anthropologie

Anthropologie

 

 

 

What other tips and tricks have you learned over the years to save yourself extra space and reduce clutter in your small space?

 

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Bringing The Bistro to You!

Author: Jillian Hayward Schaible

 

This week is me and my husband’s first wedding anniversary, and I wanted to surprise him with a new bistro set for our patio to enjoy our Sunday “wine & cheese night” rituals outside.  As I was searching for the perfect one for our home, I found so many fun, vibrant bistro sets, that it was hard to choose only one!

For my home, I chose a classic, vintage, Parisian style set that I found at a local antique shop here in San Diego.  While browsing through my favorite brands online, as well as the beautiful antiques down the street, I was loving all of the different styles, colors, and materials that are out there.  Bistro sets are really just the perfect pieces to have to go a little out of your comfort zone, and add some real pop and pizazz to your patio!  I hope some of these favorites will inspire you just like they did for me!

 

Frontgate

Frontgate

 

 

Frontgate

Frontgate

 

 

Horchow

Horchow

 

 

Hampton Bay via Home Depot

Hampton Bay via Home Depot

 

 

Pier 1 Imports

Pier 1 Imports

 

 

Plow & Hearth

Plow & Hearth

 

 

Plow & Hearth

Plow & Hearth

 

 

West Elm

West Elm

 

 

West Elm

West Elm

 

 

Mercury Row via Wayfair

Mercury Row via Wayfair

 

 

How would you decorate your bistro set once you found one you loved?  Would you leave it bare, add some cushions, or maybe a vase on the table?

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Dorm Design For 2017

Author: Jillian Hayward Schaible

 

It may have been several years since I’ve needed to gear up for decorating my college dorm, but I’ll never forget all of the tips and tricks that I learned over those years.  Whether you live on campus or in an apartment, one thing is usually certain for college living- space is tight!  I needed to learn how to live in a tiny little area, with way more things than I had space for.  I’ve collected some of my favorite dorm decor items for you, and hope it might inspire you to rethink your design this year to make better use of your little space!

 

 

Many dorms will come furnished, but for those of you in an apartment, you may need to invest in a bed yourself.  This storage headboard is the perfect piece of furniture for a busy college student because you can store your electronics and books right in your headboard after a long night of studying.  Not to mention that you could even add a nightlight on there and totally skip a nightstand all together and save even more space!

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

 

My roommates and I were always having get-togethers and “family dinners” with all of our friends, but never had enough seating for everyone.  We bought a few collapsible lounge chairs like this butterfly chair (and a fold-up nest chair), that we would keep in our closet and just take out whenever we needed that extra seating.  It saved us floor space only having to take them out when needed, and they were always cute and comfy for our guests!

Target

Target

 

If you’ve moved away for college, chances are that your friends from home will be crashing at your dorm during a visit or two over the school year.  Not only are futons smart for an extra bed, this one even has extra storage on the side!  Genius!

Better Homes and Gardens, Available at Walmart

Better Homes and Gardens, Available at Walmart

 

Usually, dorms have pretty bare (and sometimes horribly painted!) walls that will need a little extra life to make your room feel more personal.  These cute wall hangers from Ikea are great to add some pizazz to your wall as well as some storage for hats, scarves, or sweaters.

IKEA

IKEA

 

Or, try a bright, colorful tapestry like this one to really cover up those walls and make your room fun!

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters

 

Once again, counter space is usually minimal in a dorm room.  Not to mention all the days I woke up late for class and needed breakfast on the go… and quickly!  How awesome is this breakfast sandwich maker?!  I wish I had found this when I was still in college!!

Target

Target

 

With computers, phones, iPads, stereos, and TV’s, my roommates and I had cords hanging in every direction.  Something like this would be perfect for the back of your desk or TV console to keep everything neat and organized.

The Container Store

The Container Store

 

If you’re like I was, most college kids are either lounging on their bed or their desk chairs when friends are over.  Having a desk chair like this one will double up as extra cozy seating for you and your friends, as well as a nice chair to be able to relax and read your book in, instead of having to stay in an uncomfortable desk chair all day studying.

PB Teen

PB Teen

 

A charging station on the back your computer?  This is perfect to keep all of your electronics in one place, and would be great to use even on a nightstand to charge everything at night (and still have your alarm on your phone ready by the bed in the morning!).

Houzz

 

 

 During your college dorm years, have you found any great space saving techniques that you’d like to share with us?  We’d love to hear what worked for you!

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Funky Front Porches

Author: Jillian Hayward Schaible

 

With all of the gorgeous summer nights we get to experience here in San Diego, I’ve been thinking about redesigning my front porch to be able to enjoy each sunset from the comfort of my own home.  There are so many ways to design a beautiful and functional porch regardless of how large or small your area may be.  Do you prefer to lounge out front in a rustic Adirondack chair?  Or perhaps cozy up to a nest or hammock?  There are so many options to choose from that can work in even the smallest of porches!

 

My husband and I live right by the beach, and love to spend our evenings outside grilling and enjoying the evenings from our porch.  Having a smaller area to work with, we’ve been looking for the perfect little bistro set to have a drink and some munchies on without using up too much space!

Breakwater Bay (Via Wayfair)

Breakwater Bay (Via Wayfair)

 

These hanging nests are so fun and look just absolutely cozy!

Serena & Lily

Serena & Lily

 

If you’re looking for something more traditional, you can never go wrong with paired rockers.  Brighten it up and add some personal style for each season with fun pillows like these!

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

 

When I see nests as comfortable-looking as this, I just want to curl up with a good book for hours, don’t you?

West Elm

West Elm

 

Personally, I’m a huge fan of whites and neutrals in the home, and I especially love the fresh, bright look it gives this porch.  I love the way they incorporated a little pop of color with that gorgeous turquoise bench!

Frontgate

Frontgate

 

Always a favorite, Kouboo knows how to add some serious style to a porch!  If you prefer to lounge in the backyard, try making a bold statement with tropical plants out front!

Kouboo

Kouboo

 

I love this idea for a family beach house.  Although they are the same style rocker, the differing colors add a fun edge- not to mention that each person can pick their own color.

Grandin Road

Grandin Road

 

If you like the hanging nest, add a little uniqueness with a design like this seahorse or a hanging bench with funky throw pillows!

Pier 1 Imports

Pier 1 Imports

 

 

Hayneedle

Hayneedle

 

 

Which style front porch do you like best?  We always love to see your pictures!

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Top 8 Picks From Vegas Market

It is with great excitement (and a motherly dose of pride) that I introduce you to my daughter, Jillian.  Jill has been my blogmaster extraordinaire since the inception of our blog.  She’s decided to take an even more active role in the company, and pursue her own extended degree in Interior Design.  Jill and I just returned from Las Vegas Market and I asked her to author this week’s feature blog.  So, Jill, here you go…

 

Author: Jillian Hayward Schaible

 

As you may have seen, Susan and I had a great time at the Las Vegas Market this summer!  We saw some of our favorite brands and designers, as well as met several new artists and familiarized ourselves with their work.   It was so inspiring to us to see so many of these collections, and wanted to take a moment to share with you some of our favorites!

 

1.  Feather Chandelier by Visual Comfort Lighting

This chandelier grabbed our attention almost instantly because of its unique and delicate nature.  We LOVE this chandelier so much, that we may even use it for a client here who loves this Gatsby-style, early 1900’s design!

 

Visual Comfort Lighting

Visual Comfort Lighting

 

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2.  Marilyn Chair by Global Views

This one has been a favorite of Susan’s for a while, but seeing it in the showroom at Global Views was great to feel how smooth and heavy this chair is despite its light, airy look.  This is a great quality chair, and way more comfortable than it looks!

Global Views

Global Views

 

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3.  Xaviera Stool by Christopher Guy

The showroom we were most excited to see was admittedly Christopher Guy.  The way that he designs his products is so unusual, that it creates a true feast for your senses just experiencing his artwork.  This stool was one of our favorites because of its classic, practical, yet signature look.  We think it would look great at a bar or counter to add just a little pizazz to your space with that elegant cross in back.

Xaviera by Christopher Guy

Xaviera by Christopher Guy

 

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4.  Ocean-Inspired Chandeliers from Currey & Company

When we are looking for fun, funky, yet great quality lighting, Currey & Company is one of our go-to brands.  Their showroom at Market dazzled with their many ocean-inspired pieces, including these gorgeous chandeliers with sea shells and sea glass!  Any of these would be the perfect choice for a beach house- I could definitely see us showing one off in our Cape house this summer!

 

Sea forth Orb Chandelier by Currey & Company

Sea forth Orb Chandelier by Currey & Company

Shoreline Pendant by Currey & Company

Shoreline Pendant by Currey & Company

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tidewater Chandelier by Currey & Company

Tidewater Chandelier by Currey & Company

Capri Chandelier by Currey & Company

Capri Chandelier by Currey & Company

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.  Kharaa Pouf by Surya

Everywhere we went, it seemed that this look was taking over Market!  Furry chairs, pillows, sofas, poufs… you name it!  We loved the pouf and pillows by Surya because of how soft they were to the touch, yet we loved this blush color for more practical reasons over the stark white that has become so popular.  This would definitely be a bit more forgiving in a busy home, and oh so inviting to cozy up to!

Kharaa Pouf by Surya

Kharaa Pouf by Surya

 

Surya

Surya

 

 

6.  Chelsea Desk by Bungalow 5

Mirrored furniture can really expand the appearance of a room (see our post, Make Your Room Appear Bigger…WITHOUT Remodeling!), and this Chelsea Desk did just that.  It was paired with bright, vibrant oranges in the showroom that made the desk just sparkle.  If you love a contemporary style, this is the desk for you!

 

Chelsea Desk by Bungalow 5

Chelsea Desk by Bungalow 5

 

Chelsea Desk by Bungalow 5

Chelsea Desk by Bungalow 5

 

 

7.  Indoor/Outdoor Furniture by POLaRT Designs

Yes, you are seeing this correctly.  POLaRT Designs makes indoor/outdoor furniture that looks like THIS!  How fun!!  We had never seen anything like this, and were enthralled to hear all about their products and how easy the care is!  These chairs would be just so fun in the right space, don’t you think?

POLaRT Designs

POLaRT Designs

 

POLaRT Designs

POLaRT Designs

 

POLaRT Designs

POLaRT Designs

 

 

8.   Pillows by Langdon Ltd.

One of my personal favorites from Market was meeting Phoebe from Langdon Ltd. and learning about her gorgeous textiles.  They are all hand woven, and of wonderful quality.  We got a few pillows to try out in our West Coast office, where they will be the perfect addition to the sunny, laid back style of California.  We can’t wait to show them off!

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Langdon Ltd.

Langdon Ltd.

 

Langdon Ltd.

Langdon Ltd.

 

Langdon Ltd.

Langdon Ltd.

 

 

 

We had such a great time at Market, and hope you like our picks as much as we did!

 

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Back to the Table

Of all of the rooms in the house, none has seen such a drastic change in style over time as has the dining room.  The formal dining rooms that were only used on special occasions and holidays are virtually extinct in today’s lifestyle.  The den became the great room, and the kitchen became an open floor plan with many functions.  Kitchen tables were replaced by large islands.  Some of the changes were good, others not so much.

I never really understood the giant kitchen islands replacing the table.  As an Italian woman, there is nothing more important to me than family and food.  Somehow sitting all in a line facing the sink just seems so impersonal!  It’s not just about eating food, it’s about the entire dining experience.  Happily, the dining experience is back!  I’m getting more and more requests to redesign the eating area.  The very casual space is becoming a little more special.  We’re spending more time at home with friends, and the kitchen is now the “hub”, but we still want dining to be special.

Whether it be a table for 4, or one that can seat 12, an option exists for everyone.  Dining chairs can be matched, mismatched, upholstered, wood, metal or a combination of everything.  Here are some of our dining room inspirations to get you thinking about your dining space!

 

A bench seat and a table have so many possibilities!  Lots of room for diners, or a cozy place to curl up with a book!

Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler

 

A little distressed paint can add so much interest and lots of warmth to a dining table.  Paired with an upholstered chair, it becomes a warm and comfy dining space.

Ballard Designs

Ballard Designs

 

Not everything has to match.  In fact, mixing it up adds visual interest.  The open back of these chairs draws you right to the table.

Bassett Furniture

Bassett Furniture

 

 

Bassett Furniture

Bassett Furniture

 

 

Palecek

Palecek

 

Table for 2?  No more metal bistro table!

Bungalow 5

Bungalow 5

 

Cane backs give an airy feel to a heavy wood table to lighten the look.

Bungalow 5

Bungalow 5

 

Casual and minimalist don’t have to be stark.  A little mid-century modern can be the perfect compromise.

West Elm

West Elm

 

Dramatic?  The white upholstered chairs lighten the dramatic feel of this heavy table.

Restoration Hardware

Restoration Hardware

 

At first glance, this looks like a small dining table – but the benches just increase the space!

Serena & Lily

Serena & Lily

 

Here’s a great example of pairing several styles of furniture that works.  I love the lucite table.  And the shelving unit just helps to “pretty”  it up!

Wisteria

Wisteria

 

 

 

What is your favorite dining inspiration?  We love the idea to mix up your seating with some benches- would you try it?

 

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