Trends in design and fashion are always evolving and always intertwined. Pantone’s color of the year is “Living Coral” is a beautiful orange with gold undertones. Somewhat of a throwback to the vintage seventies, it’s very lively and fun! At a deeper level, according to Pantone, it’s a hue that speaks to our “innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits.”
In 2019 we will be seeing lots of variations on this great color, note how well it brightens a lot of gray which has been so popular:
Lastly, the trend of artisanal crafted, one of a kind accessories for the home as well as in fashion continues to gain in popularity. How lucky we are to have websites like etsy.com dedicated unique handcrafted pieces to vintage treasures and hand crafted items!
So there you have it. Not that any of us want to be a slave to the most current trends; but it is always fun to do a little updating. Bright pops of color in our home and wardrobe can be a great way to incorporate current trends without going overboard. I will be looking to add some “Living Coral ” accents to my gray dining room as well as trying OPI’s “Melon of Troy” at my next manicure!
Today is the big day for the royal wedding. It will be starting a little early for me, but wishing those kids all the best! I look forward to seeing the photos, etc.
Let me go on the record as saying I love weddings. The celebration of the blending of lives and families is so sweet. Weddings are the true exclamation point to a commitment and clearly marks a new beginning.
Aside from this lovely sentiment, what I love the most about weddings are the flowers. How I adore them! Traditionally, hundreds of years ago, they were used to perfume the air and cover up any unpleasant smells from guests. Yes, not so long ago Saturday was bath day, so naturally a good day for a wedding celebration. But I digress.
Wedding flowers set the mood for the celebration, identity key participants (naturally!) and emphasize the color scheme.
As someone who lives in a 150 year old home, I like a vintage feel:
What does this have to do with an interior design blog? The same way flowers emphasize the color scheme of a wedding, flowers can emphasize the color scheme of your home.
My favorite place to stay in NYC is The Edition. I have blogged (see Opposites Attract) about this hotel! It has everything I enjoy! The only drawback however is I feel no desire to leave and venture out into the city!
Of all the many amenities of this beautiful hotel, the way it smells is my favorite! I inquired about how this wonderful scent was achieved and was told it was a signature scent, Black Tea, created just for the hotel. Of course this scent is available for purchase in the form of candles etc. How lovely!Our sense of smell is our most primal and is a way to influence moods and behaviors. There are many easy and inexpensive ways to add a signature sent to your home.
Flowers and greenery are a natural way to perfume the air. My favorites: lilies and eucalypus; I especially like the way these earthy scents mix with citrus and lavendar:
Cut lemons at a slow simmer on the stove is a great way to infuse the air; add your favorite herb to make it unique:
Cleaning solutions of vinegar and essential oils; lemon or lavender are my favorites:
And any products by Mrs. Meyers; all a delight:
Candles; well you can never can have too many:
Stay consistent with your choices (lilies, lavender, lemon, etc.) and your home can have its own signature sent!