COTE DE TEXAS: 2017–Trends in Interior Design

2017–Trends in Interior Design

 

Looking At Trends at 60…ok…62.

What is going on in the design world this year?  What’s hot? What’s trending in 2017?   Of course trends don’t start on January 1 of a new year, but they are more a slow ebb of changes of what we choose to live around.  Trends tend to cycle in ten year time periods. 

Sigh.   I’m getting older.  I reached 62 (shh!) this year and while I never dreaded a birthdate or a decade – the 60s are full of many changes that haven’t been so noticeable since leaving the teens for the 20s when EVERYTHING changes.  It seems that way again.

I realize things more clearly now – especially about design.  I’ve been thinking about this for a while.  For most of my adult life, I have been buying and buying and buying – scrambling to decorate a two story house on my beer budget and champagne taste.  It’s been a long voyage that started with my first apartment and now, I look around and I’ve been here in my “forever house” for almost 24 years – the absolute longest I have ever spent in one place.  As a child, I moved a lot.  But not my daughter.  She doesn’t know any other house but this one.  

After all these long years, eventually, my beer budget was mixed with a splash of champagne.   The house is all furnished now.  Every corner of it.  And now, the biggest change I’ve noticed in my sixties is that I don’t buy for my house anymore.  Just flowers and candles it seems.    Instead, I want to sell stuff.  I would rather clean out my storage closets filled with old collections that I stowed away years and years ago.   I want to downsize.  I dream of less rooms, but wider spaces.  But then, I don’t seem to really want to move.  I like my surroundings, dated though it seems.  The oil market crashed in Houston, the years have been lean lately – but if not, would I be tossing it all out and starting over again to look trendier?  That seems like such a waste, a feeling that might be either financially motivated or emotional.  Or maybe it’s just turning 62.    Does having an updated house matter at this age? 

When you decide to stop buying – unconsciously or not – you look at what others are doing and your house begins to feel a bit stagnant.  It’s that old ten year rule.  Every ten years, trends change.  Houses in the 50s looked a distinctive way.  And the 60s.  Certainly, the 80s, and the 90s.  I’ve passed that decade rule… I look at what the younger set are doing and they have a certain look that I just don’t. 

I’ll start with the kitchen.  I renovated my kitchen five or six years ago and it’s already dated when I look at magazines and newly built houses.  At the time, I updated all my brass hardware – tossed it out, didn’t even sell it, it was so worthless.  Now, my pricey updated pewter look is dated and brass is back in!!  It can drive you insane, if you let it.  If you have spent your entire life decorating, letting go isn’t always easy.   But the older you get, the less important it seems.

At what age do you stop restaining your wood floor from dark to light and back again.  Or changing your hardware in order to be updated.  Or  paint your red walls yellow, then gray, then white, then wallpaper them?  Or cover up all your sheetrock with plaster if you can afford it – or shiplap.

Does anyone else feel this way?  Or is this just the way a 60-something frustrated designer thinks?

So…here’s to the trends of 2017.  If you are in my age bracket, just enjoy it.  If you are younger, take note, you will probably really relate to this all and be off to go shopping!!!

First things first. 

My brother & sister –in laws recently moved to a new house that they totally renovated, and which I hope to show you one day!!  They installed a French range and it hit me – this is probably THE appliance to have now.  I must admit I was green with envy when I saw theirs.  They are a gorgeous appliance.

The French Range:  Lacanche or La Cornue 

So here it is – my choice for the biggest trend item in a kitchen - the Lacanche range, or the La Cornue – either one. The difference?  The Cornue is a bit more, but the smaller Williams Sonoma version is less and you can get it really fast.  Regardless, forget the AGA, it’s so passe.   

They sell much larger units with 9 burners and more, but now their are the smaller versions for the United States market.  This is the year of the French range.  If I were renovating a kitchen and had the budget – this would my choice.  I mean – look at it!  It looks like a gorgeous chest!!!  This is the smaller CornuFe’ at Williams Sonoma.  HERE.

 

All the star designers have a favorite expensive range they use.  Windsor Smith likes the French La Cornue.

Move over Kathryn Ireland and her AGA association, Suzanne Kasler recently partnered with La Cornue to design a collection – one filled with luscious colors:

Like this pink range.  The range of her colors is fabulous.  HERE.

 

Bailey McCarthy’s former kitchen was green with a white La Cornue.

 

And while this is the only photograph from Bailey’s new kitchen – judging by this gorgeous refrigertor, I can only imagine her range!!  Gold countertops.  The Feb. House Beautiful.

Besides a French Range, trends in kitchens include:

…dark, richly painted cabinets.  All white kitchens suddenly look…dated. 

 

 

Deep blue and brass with a warm, wood floor.  The farm sink is holding on.  A classic.  Will it ever date?   I doubt it.  

 

A brighter blue mixed with brass and wood and marble.  I love the old oil paintings with the contemporary look.

 

Green cabinets are trending too, mixed with brass and marble or white Quartzite, which is very popular now instead of marble.  More oil paintings.  Wood is trending in kitchens – everywhere really.  Wood ceilings and wood beams add a warmth to what can traditionally be a cold space.

Deep Russian blue mixed with contemporary large hardware in matte brass.  Upper cabinets – white with  white countertops – this lessens a too dark look.  Another item that has gained strength are these spot lights – in kitchen, bathrooms, and libraries.

Wood beams mixed with brass and deep blue with wood countertops and wood shelves.

 

Barkaboda – the new Ikea walnut countertop that has everyone talking HERE.

Can’t afford a Lacanche?  How about a Betrodd, a double gas range from Ikea HERE.  $1,100.

 

Trends in Floors:

The light, French oak wood for floors is still hot – hotter than ever.  But, not everyone can afford the gorgeous floor.  Instead, we now have wood look tile.  This particular floor above is Albero 3 by Cancos. 

These wood look-alike tiles are everywhere now.  And every renovated or flipped house has them.  My thoughts are – they probably are great for bathrooms and kitchens, but then, what?  Do you want an entire houseful of fake wood tile?  Where do you start and stop with the tile?  They are probably best for a beach house or a house in the country where real wood floors might be more easily ruined.

 

And more wood tile floors.  Go on Zillow and look at houses newly renovated for sale – and I promise you, you will see this floor with white walls and gray walls.  It’s a huge trend.  The magazines and market says color is in – and it is, for some.  For most in America though – this seems to be THE shades they are living with.

 

Here are dark faux wood tiles.  Again, great for a bathroom, but where do you stop the faux tile and add the real wood?

 

And there is also vinyl wood.  Vinyl faux wood is really popular too.  But, be very careful before you buy.  Maybe the light gray is better than the dark gray, this floor above does look pretty.  But, the other day, I saw a house with the dark gray vinyl and it was just awful looking.

 

Here is the dark vinyl faux wood.  It really is very fake looking in person.  I can’t recommend this choice.  This look is trending in renovations and new houses.  Gray walls, gray furniture, gray floors with pops of color.   

 

It’s all about texture as a trend – and brick is making a comeback, in this particular pattern.  It adds a lot of texture – and it’s a natural material.

 

WALLS:

This bathroom has several trends going on – the tile floor in herringbone, black accents in the hardware and the lighting - mixed with pure white walls, and shiplap.

Yes shiplap.  Thank the HGTV hit show Fixer Upper for this current craze, but shiplap is everywhere.  It’s a huge trend.

You might not find much shiplap in Architectural Digest or in Elle Decor…but it’s all over IG.  People are putting shiplap up in their homes like a crazed Joanna Gaines.

 

Shiplap in the kitchen – no need for a backsplash.

And shiplap in the entry and stairwell.   Mixed with black, of course. 

A more traditional application of shiplap.

Gray is still trending.  So are white walls.   And taupe.  I know that color is in – and there is more color than ever.  But…..white and gray are what people are choosing.

Go on instagram and there is page after page after page after page of houses that young couples own, painted gray and white.

The New Farmhouse:

Like this.  This look is really in with the younger set.  Tufted sofa.  White walls. Black accents.  Light floors.  My Texas House – this is her IG  

This look is called the New Farmhouse.

And it is this look that regardless of what you see in the pricey magazines, this is how many, many young Americans are decorating now. 

 

Another element of the New Farmhouse is the hand-written sign.  Every New Farmhouse has a written sign or two or three.  This owner is also a dealer of these signs which is why she has a lot on display. 

 

More New Farmhouse.  Shiplap, white mixed with black accents, and a hand written sign.

 

Barn Doors:

Here is the light oak floor mixed with shiplap and the barn door, still very popular, if not even more so than last year.

                Blush:                     

Rose Quartz was last year’s Pantone color but this year will see more and more of the beautiful color.  This year’s Pantone color is a vibrant green.

 

Blush pink looks especially pretty with gray and copper.

Mineral Gray:

The last few years, black walls were trending.  Now it’s dark gray – Mineral Gray.  It’s a bit softer than the black, but just as dramatic.  Tufting is still trending.

 

Mineral Gray in the lower cabinets mixed with brass. Very pretty!  The brass pendants look like jewelry

 

Texture is everything.  Here, sheepskin rugs are used to add texture.   This is a single person’s haven.  Lots of cozy throws and rugs.  Black and white, mixed with pink.

 

Texture & Sheepskins:

Sheepskin in hot.  In colors too.  It is very trendy.  Gray, white and black.

A stunning contemporary design by Tamara Magel HERE.  Sheepskin on each chair instead of a cushion. Lindsey Adelman light fixture.  I love this and I’m not even a contemporary person!

 

  Everyone is doing it.  I like the long hair, bushy look. HERE.

I told you! 

 

The French oak floor here is gorgeous, mixed with contemporary chairs and textured rugs.  Sheepskin over ottomans.  White walls.  All trending.

JUTE:

I love seagrass, always have and probably always will.  But jute is seen a lot now.  It’s chunkier than seagrass and adds a lot of texture.  In England, they use Apple matting for texture.  But we don’t get that here, so jute fits the bill.   Plus, it looks pretty with grays and whites. HERE.

 

Texture on texture.  Rugs layered over jute rug and ottomans.  Ralph Lauren.  White walls.  The green add just the right touch of this year’s green Pantone color.

 

Textures for 2017:

A beautiful room full of textures, casual.  It shows you can still have white slipcovered furniture and be trendy.  The contemporary tables add a chic element.  Wonderful shades. 

 

Leather mixed with black accents and wicker.  It’s all about texture today.

Wallpapers:

And just a bit nicer.  Handpainted wallpaper is being seen everywhere – in all the magazines.  Here, this was custom colored in grays!  Beautiful.  Painted floors. Antique chairs.  Contemporary table.  Just gorgeous.

 

The handpainted paper is hot, hot, hot.   A less expensive way, buy a few panels worth instead of a room.

This paper!  Love!  To keep costs down a bit add wainscoting. 

 

Ceilings:

Ceiling treatments are trending, especially those with highly glossed paint jobs.

Michelle Nussbaumer’s dining room ceiling is an artistic endeavor – a blow up from a photograph.  Incredible.

Blue & White & Green & Ikat:

And then there were a few trend setters who made a splash on social media.  First, Mark Sikes.  He made blue and white and green chic again.  And Ikat.

Mark Sikes – made blue stripes look fresh and new.  He even designed a clothing line around the blue stripe.  He is probably the most popular man on social media right now.  And he has made blue and white and green hot again.

 

Another trend setter designer on social media is Sarah Bartholomew.  HERE.   Her style was inspired by Mark Sikes but her own look shines through.    This entrance is gorgeous.  If you aren’t doing gray and white – you might be doing this.  I’m so crazy about this entry way!!

Here Sarah mixed blue and white and green just perfectly. 

 

And the third social media inspiration is William McLure.  Whoa.  Is there anyone not in love with him?  This is his old apartment which he painted every other day. It’s not only his designs, but his art work is fabulous.

His art work is so inspiring – it makes me want to go out and buy contemporary canvases! 

 

And then, after he had rearranged and painted his apartment a million times, he did what I want to do – he moved to a loft!!!   We waited for weeks to see what McLure had done to it.  Here’s a glimpse.  That large piece of his art is fantastic!!  Just like him.  HERE.

Is there a trend I missed?  Let me know!!!

 

Here is a fun look at what is what: 

HERE.

121 comments :

  1. Meh....I'm sorry but I will always love the collected, timeless look! I keep my blue and white, my slipcovered sofa and my stacks of decorating books and my wicker chest...sound familiar? Oh how I wish you would do a book...maybe an e-book? Have you noticed that Pottery Barn is kind of at a stand still? It's like they don't know what to do...I guess West Elm has the trendy decorators covered. With age comes much wisdom and you my dear need to leave a good thing alone!!! Love, love ,love your blog! So many bloggers are dropping out!

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  2. I think you hit all the new trends! I love the off white walls with the browns and greens for a warmer look like in the Ralph Lauren photo. I will always love blue and white. My grandmother and great aunt had it in their house. My mom and I both find places in our home for it as well. My mom is in her 60s and I'm in my 30s, but we also both have chesterfield sofas too. She has more traditional accessories and I mix mine with abstract art. There's not that much difference!

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  3. I loved all of your thoughts! I am so tired of seeing the same old thing everywhere, although I think some of trends, like the farmhouse white/gray/black/handwritten signs is due to the economy and people designing on a budget. Maybe. It's always a breath of fresh air to see the updated, traditional designs. Now you have me daydreaming about a La Cornue range in my dream kitchen...one day!

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  4. "Deep Russian blue mixed with ...;" did you meant to say Prussian blue?

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  5. I have a friend who moved into a Victorian mansion in England and within a month deciddd to replace the saga because the gas consumption was going to bankrupt them. In this age of sustainability, I'd research the BTU's that these beauties consume before making a purchase.

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  6. I just read that shiplap is "out" as one of 10 things to say goodbye to in decorating (realtor.com). Others were "explanatory walls" as in signs on your walls telling you what to do and think or what they do and think. That gave me a laugh as a big EAT sign so large it consumed one whole wall was in the accompanying kitchen picture. I admit to never understanding why people put signs up in their house and do not understand large letters in the home...maybe it's just me. Other "out" things are faux deer heads, usually in all white, no explanation needed for their demise. Open shelving..look, it's just not practical.. Other noted outies are driftwood and then there's "industrial chic", let's face it, to go industrial you would have to throw out everything you own to include a chic looking bare lightbulb fixture in your home? Mixed metals, were we doing that? White rooms with black accents, or black rooms with white accents, I wasn't going to mention this but I noticed white sheepskin on chairs in the photo...just saying. Then there was the "Swiss Crosses", I totally missed that trend and am glad that it is out this year. I can't think of a place in my home to put Swiss Crosses and of course they were black on a white quilt! There was mention of letting the chintz revival die and that rich velvet tufted sofas, enough already. I'm so glad I've been on a TV fast and missed all of the shiplap upholstering over of the interiors of our homes. I don't believe I have one piece of shiplap in my house anywhere, what a relief! Sometimes it's hip to be square. I know exactly what you mean about being a certain age, perspective changes. It's scary as we have been using decorating as a distraction for decades and now what?

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    1. Realtor.com has been telling us for years that Stainless Steel appliances are over. They will be over at some point, but not yet apparently.

      I love shiplap - I love glossy painted wood and the subtle striped effect, but it has been overdone. But I hope is stays with us, used more judiciously.

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    2. I used shiplap in our sunroom. I think its perfect and practical although I get that it can be overused. I did not include it in our cottage (aka GracePoint on Pinterest). Our shiplap came custom from a local supplier. I am thrilled and believe it will hold up well. I also agree with stainless steel appliances. I opted for panel ready appliances because after 10 years with stainless steel I am over it. It too requires much maintenance. Thank you for your input.

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  7. keeping up with the jonses is frivolous. making a statement is not the same as creating a home with stuff you love and want to live with forever. but at 70 I want to really like what is around me as well as take comfort from that which is familiar, comfortable and full of memories for me. Is it old age talking? Perhaps but there is more to life than constant redoing a space. Anyway, if the budget allows have some fun. But it should be a real joy and not just doing it to meet some external aesthetic. Getting little bits of fun and joy from a beautiful something is fine. But if what is in front of you gives you joy that is fine too. Find peace and happiness and be true to your deepest self as you do. That is finding real beauty.

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  8. First, I agree on not buying. I have bought many things, mostly antique or secondhand, for the apartments we renovated, but nothing for our own home. It's "done." I don't want tchotchkes. There's no space for more, unless something goes out. It's edited, curated, just right. And, I think, timeless. I have a book, "Safari Style," from 1998, and everything in it feels very current even today because it's a mix of traditional and exotic. I recently saw photos of the homes of Hubert de Givenchy in Paris and the south of France--drool-worthy today, yesterday, 30 years ago, 30 years from now.
    Re stoves: in French a big, free-standing stove is called a piano de cuisson. Aga, la Cornue, Viking, Rangemaster and Falcon all are owned by the same company, Middleby Corp. in the U.S. I have a Falcon piano, with an induction top--we don't have gas service in our village. Induction is amazing. I cook a lot--we both work from home and our kid came home from lunch every day until last year. So two meals a day, plus dinner parties once or twice a month. Five burners and two ovens (one normal, one small) get used a lot. However, it isn't a fancy stove that makes one a good cook, any more than a fancy car makes one a good driver.
    A young relative is changing her two-year-old kitchen. In her previous house, she changed out the kitchen twice in seven years. And she changed all the furniture, from modern to farmhouse. It fails to make her happy, and she doesn't know how to cook anything but pasta, but she keeps doing it. Also, she has calligraphied signs with "wise sayings" all over the place. Ick.
    As for faux wood--real is always better, but real is a bad idea in a kitchen and especially a bathroom. Stone floors are popular in Europe, with carpets over them for warmth.
    Paint/wallpaper is the easiest thing to change for a new look. Even on kitchen cupboards. Go light, go dark, whatever. I think white kitchens are classic. I want to SEE in the kitchen and want it as bright as possible.
    As for colors, I hope gray doesn't get so in that it goes out. Our home is mostly ecru--the color that white takes on in the warm early sunshine. But our apartments are in a historical monument, and we were required to paint the windows and shutters a pale gray. Ecru just looked dirty alongside it. So we embraced the gray, but I hope not to the point that it's overwhelming.

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    1. Hello Taste of France (nice blog BTW).

      I agree with many of your observations. I'm constantly amazed at the glamorous kitchens that go unused in the US. While all of the beautiful equipment and miles of counter space can be useful it certainly is not necessary to cook and live well. I agree that with a good induction plac you cook and eat quite well-even if you have to give up your copper pans! I once lived in a Monaco studio for three years cooking two meals a day on an induction plac --and with no oven and a microwave on the terrace! Even the fridge was a small under counter. It doesn't mean you have to live like this but it does teach one what is essential and what is not.

      It seems to me that when we are young we decorate ourselves and our environment to define to others (and ourselves) who we are. As we mature our identities are more fully developed we cease to rely on trends and develop a more personal style. However, when ones passion is furniture or design or if one just prefers to keep things fresh and new then perhaps one changes thing up a bit more often than others.

      When one lives in a village, as you do, or an older more historic home then its easy to define ones style as it relates to your environment.

      As you are aware, the French aren't really much for change or difference, (something I discovered quickly when I first moved here in 2000). In my first apartment I scandalised the neighbours when I knocked down the kitchen wall and put in an island-they didn't even have a word for what is now commonly known as a cuisine américaine. We also had an Italian plasterer come in and all the walls done in various colors of Venetian plaster-another scandal as walls should be white to make the rooms bright and appear larger. So in that way we disagree that everything needs to be white in order to see. Its easy to add lighting wherever its needed by dropping the ceiling or adding a fixture that spans the room.

      I love what you've done with your recent renovation project. I recently painted my main rooms in a sort of "greige" that adds a great deal of warmth to a light grey. This might be a solution to your Ecru problem for at night it appears to be quite warm but in the day is bright and complements the grey without seeming cold.

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  9. I love these rooms! Such a fab mix of colours and textures, you have to be daring to give them a go but I think any home can pull it off if you just take a leap of faith!

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  10. Great post! I am of the same age, and you wrote exactly as I feel. I want to de-clutter, and that's hard to do when you have been a collector! I watch how my interior designer d-i-l decorates, and I love how she follows the new trends…but I will always love my blue and white, my brass, iron beds, etc. I tend to just love the classics. And funny you mention, blue, white, and green, as that is what my mother had in her house in the 1960's!

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  11. Hi Joni, Love your posts and comments. Just want to say that I get how you are feeling....I am 53, sister is 63, and I think we both feel that pull to keep up, but not sure we want to or should....Anyway, YOUR HOME IS AMAZING! MOST OF US WOULD KILL TO HAVE SUCH A BEAUTIFUL HOME AND SUCH BEAUTIFUL FURNISHINGS! Your style really is timeless! You can do a few small, fun "tweaks", but otherwise, your home is one of the ones to try to duplicate....and it always will be!

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  12. At 46, I have evolved - maybe "settled" is the right term. I sold our big house and bought just enough house for us to move around in, gave away/sold/tossed all of the decor that I "will use someday when..." I researched my dream AGA and LaCanche, poured over trends, consulted and updated my "future home" book (all decorators have this, right??) and ended up taking a huge step backward, asking myself, "Who am I? What do I like?" Really, without social media to tell me what I *need* or what is beautiful, what is it that makes my heart sing and makes me feel at HOME? I found it. It is still good design, though no French stove or shiplap will enter. You'll see things you like, things you don't, but I live here and I love it! That should be the biggest lesson in design, whether for clients or ourselves. Thanks for the reminder!!

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  13. This is one of my favourite posts! I agree that once you reach 60 your perspective changes radically. While I may no longer buy a new wardrobe each season to stay fashionable I do concentrate on certain key pieces to keep things modern and fresh. My home decorating has sort of evolved in the same way. Instead of buying things for the house to embellish my environment I now recover or revamp cherished pieces. For some reason everyone seems to think that an entire space needs to be changed in order for it to look new. Its designers like William McLure who have shown us that an entire room can be revitalised with just paint or a large painting. I'm thinking of investing in a large photo printed on acrylic (surprisingly inexpensive) to modernise my walls.

    I think one of the traps of being "on trend" with our interiors is how quickly they can look dated. Perhaps choosing a "total look" like farmhouse style or distressed will tend to expire more quickly.

    The distressed wood trend has been popular where I live on the French Italian border for several years and nearly every major kitchen company has some version of it on offer. This certainly goes way beyond shiplap as its often roughly finished and unpaintable. I'm not sure if this look is going to be very long lived. The wooden plank tiles have also been available here for several years. I just had my entire bathroom tiled from floor to ceiling in an excellent porcelain plank. The new high tech screen printing machines in Italy make these tiles ooks so real you think it is the real thing wheter its wood, marble, or cement. European homes tend to have their floors either tiled in stone or ceramic rather than wood or carpet so its not as strange to see these tiles in a residential setting.

    So as I'm in your age group I'll just enjoy the trends post but perhaps keep some of these ideas in the back of my mind for inspiration for while it doesn't "matter" as much it still matters to me.

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  14. I adore your trend posts. Thank you for putting such time into them. I was so excited to discover Sarah Bartholomew many months ago, as studying her work - - especially in her own home - - has helped to clarify my own aesthetic. To me, her home is perfection.

    Jennifer
    "nantucketonmymind" on IG

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  15. 1.5 years in our ca. 1900 American farmhouse, renovations are triage. Roads/drainage at the pond, drilling a well, adding insulation, replacing clapboard with hardiboard, etc. Blessedly my antiques bought over decades moved-in as if this were a Howard's End story. More, I knew this was my house, first visit, and knew the house knew me.

    Last Friday, kitchen was painted, yeah. Previous owner had 'words' painted atop each door pantry/dining room/foyer. Nice words, but words that should be etched upon heart & DNA, not on a wall. As a friend said about them, "Are they commands?"

    Closets are 'ok' but not nearly what my previous home had. Got rid of much, to fit. Don't want to harm this home, making it fit me.

    Almost finished renovating front porch. Ceiling went blue. Oh my. Living in a home with a blue porch ceiling, a direction never considered ! Frames the sky, garden, life. Liked blue porch ceilings in photos for decades, now that I have one, it's a new story, never anticipated. All from a patch of blue ceiling.

    During that renovation we discovered acid green had been the porch ceiling and trim color. Vibrant still, it had been in the pantry, and front parlor. George Washington & Thomas Jefferson both used that color. Alas, Beloved could not abide it. I love it. Glad the blue porch ceiling is a surprising pleasure.

    Have already had more friends/family stay in our guest room than in the entire 30 years of my previous home. Of course guest bath here is at opposite end of the house. Nitelites, for sure, along the way.

    Current stove here? Beyond glad I love this home, it's an electric glass top. More about the kitchen, but not today, it's low on the triage list. Must get my garden installed this year ! That's the good thing about money, sets priorities in order easily.

    Garden & Be Well, XOT

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  16. I think you may be correct about age influencing one's pursuit of trends. My husband and I are both 57 and building our 'forever' home. The style of architecture and the furnishings will all reflect what we love and our lifestyle. While I enjoy reading about the latest trends and followed them when I was younger, I know what works for us now and makes us sigh with pleasure when we walk in the door. At our age we don't want to add meaningless stuff into our lives that our children will just throw away after we're gone. I just don't care anymore about the "latest and greatest".

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  17. I think those really dark kitchens would be unsuitable in Texas. the now with the dark cabinets below was nice.
    i will try to keep updating my house. i don't want to be one of those people that when i die nobody would even have any of that stuff in her house . or when people visit it looks like her life just stopped when she was 50 years old. but since my house evolves so slowly and it is not super trendy, it is probably easier for it to keep evolving. because i don't throw everything out anyway, but new colors and new fabric every five years will be nice, as well as the occasional floor.

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  18. Awesome images!!!! I'll buy whatever you're selling out of those closets hahahaha ;-)))) xoxo

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  19. Have you read Victoria Elizabeth Barn's "A Manifesto Against the Tyranny of Luxury Kitchens"? Its good Laugh - because its true.

    Living with beauty and good design is definitely a good goal, but when your 6 year old kitchen looks terribly dated and is crying for a major change, then trends are moving to fast! Its crazy, and who has the resources for major design changes every few years? What will you live on when you retire? ;)

    So, I try to stick with classics and tweak them through the years - avoid major renovation until the materials are getting shabby. It seems like the all white kitchens of a few years ago can be tweaked - painted cabinets can be repainted a different color. But I find strong color gets tiring sooner and limits design choices in adjoining rooms, so be prepared to tweak it back!


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    1. Sorry - here is the link to the Manifesto: http://victoriaelizabethbarnes.com/a-manifesto-against-the-tyranny-of-luxury-kitchens/

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  20. Joni,
    I've got 4 years on you and for the past 2 years I've sold items that sometimes had me wondering, 'what was I thinking'? It feels good to pare down. That said, I have discovered that while I will continue to adopt some minor trends, I'm loving what has been my personal style for years now and will probably go to my grave with most of what I own. I'm convinced my kids (once I'm gone) will host a huge garage sale and dump it all! :-)
    xo,
    Karen

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  21. I am so over the faux farmhouse! I'm 53 and just moved from a large home of 7000 sq ft to a slightly smaller home-6200. Hubby works from home so I still need a big house!! The big difference was master on main, my office on main and not a single two story room. I'm still getting to know the house and figure out where to put and what to add etc. A few of my favorite old brown wood pieces are in basement storage. I tried to be a little more casual but truth be known, I'm not! I keep a neutral palate and no pattern except for an occasional rug. I don't think of myself as trendy but I have to laugh looking at my Moroccan pouf,cowhide rug and sphere chandelier in my office. p.s. I'm about to paint my house white......another trend! LOL

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  22. I always like to think I don't follow trends, I mean -who would call me trendy? LOL But it feels like the trend has followed me. When we renovated our house last year we did dark cabinets and all brass hardware. We were going for an 'old school' Georgetown butler's pantry look (because our kitchen is that size, lol). I guess it's the spirit of the age? I still kind of wish I had an all white kitchen but it doesn't fit our house. At the end of the day your decorating should be appropriate: match the house, match the neighborhood, and also reflect your tastes! trends come and go but taste is eternal.

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  23. I used to think there was no house that had enough rooms for me to decorate- too many favorite colors and fabrics! Not 60 yet, but I have been decorating and improving rooms (sometimes in my head) since I was a child and my aunt would give me her old House Beautiful's (late 60's and early 70's).Then I started clipping pictures of room that I loved. After poring over these scrapbooks, I noticed how the rooms were similar, what colors, chairs and floors I loved. For instance, I love a round table with an artisanal chandelier or lantern and a touch of chinoiserie in a dining room; that's how my style developed. The things you love, you will always love. So, I say, always keep what you love, keep what is classic- parquet floors,wood floors,blue and white porcelain, even a white kitchen..and freshen up.Freshen up color,keep the shield back chairs and paint them instead. Simplify, liven and revive.

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  24. I have to hand it to an industry that talked millions into thinking a room that looks like a black and white photo is the ultimate in design:)

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  25. You bring up such good points. There are the things one loves and will always love, and then there are the things that scream "stuck in the 90's" or whatever decade applies. I think one of the benefits of being older is being a little more resistant to trends and having a little more perspective.
    The other truth that William McLure brings home is that when one has a particular vision, and artistry, the look will always be beautiful.
    The tiles made to look like wood and stone and are way overused. I wonder about the all white tiles with white grout in kitchens, particularly over the stove. Has anyone ever tried to keep white grout clean?

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  26. Great summary on trends. Am I the only one who is disturbed by the reptile in the McLure photos??? LOL. The shell is ok but not the preserved body!
    Mentioning the "age" factor is spot on. Very fun to change it up throughout your twenties to fifties and by then we finally settle in to our personal style and what we love to live with. Trends be damned! I will live with what I love!

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  27. Great post, Joni. I did a lot of "pinning." At a certain age like ours, we can appreciate what is a trend. The costly items keep classic and the rest...have fun. Which I think you do! Always have loved your family room curtains, by the way.

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  28. Joni,
    I fully relate to your first few paragraphs on ageing, trends and the dilemma of being creative but also sensible. Not only can I not keep up but I also don't want to keep pace with some of the trends (mid century modern which I grew up with, for example). You are always an inspiration and your candor is so refreshing. Thank-you. P.S. Battery operated candles (on timers!) is one trend I'm seeing as people are busy and don't want to watch real candles and remember to extinguish them.

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  29. OMG, Joni, there is so much here to study and dream over. I've looked at every single image and could go on for days, but the GREEN kitchen just knocked my socks off. Love. xx's

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  30. Thank you for all your thoughtful juicy posts.

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  31. Where is a pic of the Lacanche? My favorite range in the world, and I have one--Portuguese blue in my white kitchen. I'm old enough to know what I like! A Lacanche is one third the price of a La Cornu, and the range of colors is amazing. Did you know that La Cornu sends its ranges to the Lacanche facility that does the color enameling process? BTW, when I was researching ranges in 2012, the CornuFe was not getting good reviews. A lot of people didn't think it was made well. That could have changed, of course. The Lacanche is built like a tank. It's a range you can pass down through the generations.

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  32. Joni,
    Love your blog and your aesthetic. Traditional design definitely rules in my books. You just can't beat the classics. I personally love the curated homes with the flea market finds, mix of modern art and new upholstery pieces when the your seating became worn. I hope to see that as a trend in future. Goodness, I would just love to see the farmhouse look disappear! Maybe if retailers like Home Goods stopped carrying the look, although I do love the store just not the furnishings.

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  33. Joni,
    Always enjoy reading your posts. Just turned 61 and I am feeling many of the sentiments you expressed.
    One thing for sure is I can't get on board with the hides on the chairs!! In the one picture it looks like a bunch of trappers came for dinner!!!

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  34. Trends seem to also depend so much on where you live so what is trendy in the US won't really be popular in Europe and vice versa. But while the Aga does consume energy it does a lot of work. While it may not be trendy anymore in the US, in the British countryside, many homes depend on the Aga for not just cooking food but for warmth and to dry laundry!

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    1. Absolutely. The Aga provides so much lovely background warmth in winter it doubles as a heater. Families all gather in the big country kitchen and maybe the adjoining room to relax. Can testify that it works really well in its primary function too as our English friends who have them turn out wonderful meals. Don't think many people in England would dream of disposing of an Aga for something more trendy. But people in country houses in the UK often have a regular electric stove too for summer - as the Aga can make the kitchen too hot then. When they get a summer that is. Pamela

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    2. We recently purchased a lacanche (black matte with brass hardware). It look 6 months to arrive (built and shipped from France) and we love it. It was the only splurge in our kitchen renovation. We discovered lacanche ranges on our travels through France over the last 20 years. Ignore the trends, buy what you love.

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  35. Joni, I love this post. While in my business, I'm very aware of current "trends" I also feel that our homes should reflect what WE love and want, a home should give a glimpse into the soul of who lives there. I have a white kitchen with black stone countertops, and my adored Wolf range...love it! It is still my favorite color for cabinets, "in" or not...because it really showcases my French Country antiques. A mix of antiques with contemporary, traditional with a few twists, a home should not be all in one "style" or trend, something our French friends are genius at....few interiors there will look like they were bought all at once, rather accumulated over time.

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  36. Joni, it is as if you were writing my feelings exactly, and I am "of a certain age" as the French say, too. I think of all the accessories that thrilled me at one time, and were put in closets when new ones caught my eye. Now it feels sometimes like things are taking over our space and I, like you, would rather have the clean spacious shelves and closets.The only accessory that is timeless to me are my antique leather and vellum books. They give me joy everyday.
    If I was advising a young me, I would say to only buy the things you absolutely love. If you don't buy 15 of the trendy 49.95 pieces, you can easily splurge on the amazing marble sculpture or lovely painting that you will still love decades later. Sometimes my husband said our house looked like there should be price tags on the items, it looked like a store! Now I am surprised to find myself admiring some simple, modern interiors, because they are calm to the eye and each piece seems sculptural, rather than cluttered. Thank you for these thoughts on trends and how they affect us throughout our lives, very thought-provoking.

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  37. I loved this post. Boy are you right about life after turning 60. Your whole attitude changes. I have been allowing my kids to take whatever they want ...the cleaner look is so refreshing to me now. A loft downtown with no yard is very tempting too. Times change, we change. Thanks Joni!

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  38. This is a great post...thanks for sharing. I'm just 33, but I guess I'm 60 at heart...I could care less about trends (except the french range)! I am cringing a little as I see some of my loves become trendy (brass, green)...I hope I still love them in 10 years! I don't really understand why someone would want fake wood grained tile over classic white oak in a kitchen or living space, or over a natural marble, travertine, or slate in a bathroom. And I really don't understand why people are limiting themselves to the colors (GRAY!) used in most prisons, lol!

    My grandmother (born in the 1920s) was born & raised in Atlanta, and her home, my great aunt's home, and the homes of their friends really left their impressions on me. Their homes were collected, full of interesting things, and the furnishings were quality pieces that were incredibly comfortable. No one's home was too "decorated," but the homes were welcoming and relaxed, and utterly cozy. You certainly never felt like you were in a model home...it felt more like you had been invited into a person's sacred space. Isn't that what a home is supposed to be?

    Joni, I am sure your "dated" house is warm, cozy, & wonderful!! And I disagree...a gorgeous white kitchen is timeless!

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  39. If you have enough self-confidence to follow your own mind about what you love and stick to the classical instead of following the sheeple mindlessly at every turn, you will always love your home.
    Shiplap has been so overdone I'm surprised you even included here...ha!
    Barn doors look ridiculous in most houses, except in this one blog I read where her family room actually IS a barn's room.
    Throwing a fur hide over one chair looked cute and casual at first; when you put them on every chair it looks contrived, heavy, and silly.
    White cabinets have been around forever and will never be out of style.
    Stop putting words on the wall telling people how to think or act.
    Gray, gray, gray lately; seriously people, try to use a bit of imagination. Just because it looked good when countless other people did it doesn't mean that you couldn't come up with something new and beautiful of your own out of your own little brain. This sheeple mind set is what makes décor go passe; once everyone has it, it's time to change.
    Usually by the time a décor trend has filtered down to the masses it is already "out of style."
    Bottom line= think for yourself and stop being led around by the nose. You'll be happy you did.
    Sheila

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  40. HI! Haven't been reading blogs in very long time and I am so glad I read yours today. The quick fix on ig is getting kinda old as are some of the trends. Reading your nicely put together post was so much better than anything I've seen on ig for months and months. I had seen quite a few of your pics but so much better here with the context and continuity of thought. What pleasure today, thank you.

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  41. I'm in my early 50s, but my taste now is the same as it's always been, and I've always avoided trends in favor of what I like, what I can afford, and what looks good in my home; that said, I'm not a designer or decorator, and I'm not on Instagram, so I don't have the urge to buy or change things for professional or social media reasons. Though sometimes I do end up trendy --15 years ago when everyone around here was putting brushed nickel hardware in their kitchens, I went with brass. I thought about updating to to brushed nickel about five years ago, promptly forgot about it, and now brass is back. Too funny. And I can't imagine Agas as something trendy that can be in or out. Agas are forever, if they work for you in your situation.

    My favorite comment here is Lily's: "I have to hand it to an industry that talked millions into thinking a room that looks like a black and white photo is the ultimate in design :) "

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  42. I am 48 but I have stopped buying "things" because, after one too many yard sales where I couldn't give stuff away, I realized that all these little items we believe we must have often just turn into unwanted junk.

    As for trends, I don't know if this is all due to the influence of blogs (no offense, Joni) but I think if I see one more all white interior with pale gray and limed accents and shiplap walls and a horse picture, I will throw up. While very pretty, they all look the SAME! They are all so lifeless. Is this what cookie cutter architecture has done to us? In a neighborhood full of the same 5 house plans, must every interior look identical? I am all for updating so that one's interior doesn't look like a time capsule, but this is just another example of our throw away culture.

    I remember reading something about Martha Stewart--during the 70s, all the beautiful antique furniture was out of style, so she went around buying the beautiful pieces of mahogany and cherry for a song. Then during the 80s, that look was in vogue again, only the prices had shot up, and she made a nice profit on some of her items.

    Having said all that, I would like to know one thing: are upholstered beds in or out?

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    1. After the great post you just wrote, then why would you care whether upholstered beds are in or out? If you like one get one. They hoard filth though.
      Yes, the pre-printed horse pictures...ugh!
      If it's not your horse, or an original painting, no, just no. Really been overdone. If you can't afford original art, go to an art store. Buy a canvas and some paint and paint your own original. Or frame your children's artwork in beautiful frames. Anything real and not printed in a factory will bring life and warmth to your home.
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    2. Just curious, since this is a post about trends. Good point about the dust mites that surely get in them though.

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  43. Joni-

    Thank you for including our kitchens in this round-up! I'll post more pictures from our new kitchen soon, but wanted to forewarn you, no shmancy stove. Hopefully we brought in enough pretty finishes that it won't be disappointing without that particular jewel. The La Cornue was gorgeous, but we cook too much for some of the impracticalities (no glass door, smaller oven spaces) and chose function this time around.

    After years of testing the trends (both intentionally and not) in our past renovations, I hope this time I have set a foundation that will last and evolve with us over time. Our brass kitchen will likely go in and out of style many times over the following decades, and I am sure I will have to fight the itch to stay current when such elements of our home feel dated. But I'm hoping I can keep the design devil on my shoulder at bay because I think with a little distance from that moment when the trend changes, a well-designed and loved space relaxes into a comfortable timelessness. With any luck, at 62 I'll find myself sitting right where you are; in a home that I have loved well and raised my family in, surrounded by things that nurture those memories. xoxo

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  44. One trend that I am noticing more and more is no upper kitchen cabinets which I love. The upper open shelving is still all over IG. Quite frankly if I see one more all white kitchen with white counters and the requisite modern pendant lighting over the island and the whole formulaic components of this same kitchen I am going to scream!!! I am only 52 and a Designer and I just could not care anymore. Its about purging and living with less, less, less! Spending on experiences rather than material things is what I am in to now. (for what it's worth)
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  45. Thanks Joni! I'm inspired. Starting a kitchen reno next month and have been worried that as soon as I finish, it will look dated! I've been thinking about painting cabinets navy for a fun pop - this just gave me confidence to go for it. It's just paint! Always happy to see you in my inbox! xo

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  46. In response to all the comments about kitchen trends....we bought our house 3 years ago, and the previous owners had just done the kitchen the year before. They spent a small fortune. It is beautiful...all custom, with expensive details on the countertops, trim, etc. It's still very pretty, but is already dated. Pick what you love, and not what is "current".

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  47. I am a teacher of slender means....so my style has to withstand a certain amount of trends. I decorate my small cottage with what I think to be pretty trend proof things. I love Eastlake furniture, so it has to substitute for sturdy English furniture. I have a wall of old letters and lots of historical artifacts intermixed with oil paintings, inherited and acquired. The best part is that I am an excellent seamstress and can do upholstery. I have sewn my own English style slip covers, chinoiserie slip covers, and whatever using the nicest fabrics--what I call a scrap of Pierre Frey or Brunschwig and Fils here and there. I simply can't compete or even attempt to take on any remodel of significant funds. However, I do have sturdy kitchen cabinets and am not above some trends. I painted my lowers Benjamin Moore black, and instead of a large French range, I do have a nice electric two oven range that is the same size as a Cornue. I have beautiful Persian and other tribal rugs in the house, some of which I plan to trip on and break something when I'm any older. I have an antique oil above my red square tiles in my kitchen, and some nice copper. I love my home, and there are no big changes, but I do cast a gimlet eye on anything too trendy, and make due with the dated. My ideal is Carolina Irving's New York apartment, but also liked her French apartment, too. I do think the barn door, shiplap open kitchen is dating as we speak...along with the signs...but still think it looks cute for a lot of younger people---better that taste than none at all. I so enjoy your blog, Joni! You rock!

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  48. Lovely post, as always! I do want to share my thoughts on your home updates. Save them for when you prepare the house to sell, then make updates to appeal to sellers. Otherwise, unless you absolutely cannot stand something anymore, just stay with it, The hardware, the floor finishes, etc. are all things you can simplify your life by NOT dealing with. I'm right behind you Joni, and I, too, feel like divesting of my possessions and going minimal. I try to keep in mind what my brothers and I went through after my mom passed. The only things we kept were family heirlooms that were near and dear to us. The rest was sold and kind of a pain to deal with. So always keep the heirlooms but don't sweat the rest. By the way, an expensive french range qualifies as a family heirloom! :-) In addition, the lettered signs are actually on the way out I heard, and none too soon. I can't imagine a more annoying thing to see than a sign telling me that I am special or some such nonsense. Thank you again for a wonderful blog post!

    Best,
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  49. Joni are you like, psychic, or what? I have been thinking along the same lines about my home. Loving it, but feeling like the Peggy Lee song, Is That All There Is? Am I done? And then I think of Furlow Gatewood and how he moved that farmhouse across Georgia and then turned it into the most amazing place and built a peacock house and HE IS NINETY YEARS OLD. I somewhat identify with the commenter who dreaded the possibility that she would die and people would sneer at her unchanged decor. We've all been to estate sales where there is baby blue carpet from the 50s never changed. <<>> There appears to be some consensus that not going whole hog on any trend is wise, and just tweaking what you love. But then I watch a movie such as The One I Love and get obsessed with the movie house and decide I must have the fabric on the pillows and what the heck is that fabric and spend hours sourcing it and.....
    As for the shiplap farmhouse trend, it crosses my mind that it is so popular because it is fairly easily executed by the average homeowner. It doesn’t require a lot color savvy or pattern mixing. The trend I will be delighted to see retired is the obligatory Beni Ourain rug which is ubiquitous on every white room feed on Instagram. It’s everywhere. Furlow would puke.
    Happy New Year and keep on doing what you do!!!
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  50. HI, Joni, it's been awhile since I stopped by and read one of your fabulous posts, but this one caught my eye and I had to chime in! Hope you are doing well. We've been out here a long time, haven't we? About to hit my 10 year blogiversay, how can that be? I'm so not a really trendy decorator and often feel so out of place in blogland. I do my own traditional thing with a little modern thrown in and my finds and things I've loved and collected are still with me years later. My house will never pass the test of fine design, but it's comfortable, affordable and reflects me and my personality. I'm so tired of all the farmhouse looks in blogland too, they all do start to look alike and that is really sort of boring, I think. I want to be more individual and classic at the same time. I just turned 60 last month and it's really had an impact on my thinking and what I want to do. I still love a beautiful home, but I can't keep up and compete in this online world to ever have what is deemed "the height of design" in the high end magazines and blogs. Most of us are just normal people, trying to make our homes pretty and livable and that's really all I want. I'm ready to pare down and make due with less eventually. I hardly shop anymore because my house is already full and so I just live with it and enjoy it for now until the next phase in life. But going bigger and trying to always change with the trends is not something i strive for. Classic, timeless, traditional, those are the words that I want to describe my style these days. My antiques and collected pieces will always have a place. This was a fun read!

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    1. Hi Rhoda, I also read your blog...and I read it precisely because you are not exactly the same as the trend-obsessed, colorless, copycat look as 50 other blogs out there. I love that you do not do a completely different Christmas theme with all new decorations every year. Maybe that's OK if your blog is your business, but I want to read and see people and homes that are genuine. I don't have the time or the resources to do such I thing and it strikes me as phony.
      I like the color in your home, and the mix of patterns, and that you have a budget. You give me real life ideas. So please, do not apologize for your approach! Keep up the good work!

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    2. HI, Anon, thank you for your very nice comment, I really appreciate the thoughts! I try so hard to just stay true to me and it gets increasingly hard out there in blogland to do that, but I'm determined to stay the course. Too late to change now. Thank you for reading!

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  51. Great post! I have been following your blog for years and love your posts on historical homes but this one was very relevant! I am a (tiny) bit younger than you and have always decorated on a small (cheap wine!) budget. We just sold our old (115 years)3 storey house and built a smallish 1700 square foot bungalow the past year. Downsizing to half the size of our previous home was actually not that hard. I loved getting rid of stuff! I also was craving fresh wide open space. As the ultimate homebody I have always loved my homes but I feel such happiness when I walk in my new house. It was not easy - we sold in a tough market and building had its own set of stresses including a budget that kept inching up no matter how careful we were. But, it was worth it in the end and I would do it all again. Thanks for your wonderful posts. Your hard work is always evident!

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  52. For me its about balancing trends with practical long-term pieces. I am 56 and just updated my kitchen and main floor and I am so happy to see that I added many of the trends because I think overall the ones I've chosen reflect my style and blend well with what I have. I love your style and love your posts. Thank you!

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  53. I am 59. Eight years ago I inherited my Mothers home, a cottage. I downsized in a huge way and have never looked back, I am madly in love with my smaller home with its less than perfect floor plan. I did repaint & remove wallpaper and update, but I'm not chasing trends. I love my colorful old Persians and antiques that have been around for generations. I painted my walls and trim all the same off white, everywhere. Everything I have now is meaningful. My decor is now the fabric of my life. I can not tell you how wonderful it is to be content with that. The very best place in life to be is to be content with what you have.

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  54. Great post! I have other ideas about trends, but I just could not stop reading :) So many truths and so many wonderful expressions like "my beer budget and champagne taste" - I am sure to steel it. And something else - you make me feel better when thinking of approaching 60. All the best!

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  55. Never have liked those huge white porcelain farm sinks - or butlers' sinks - they seem to be called by many different names. In the era before dishwashers, when we lived in England, there was one in the flat we rented. It was so big it took an enormous amount of hot water (which rapidly cooled down) to fill it high enough to wash the dishes. Also it was quite cruel to fine china and crystal. Found I was often breaking things yet this normally would never have happened in my old stainless steel sink. One of my English neighbours explained what I was doing wrong: I needed to buy a large plastic washing up bowl and put this in the sink, fill it will water and wash the dishes in this (would save water which would also stay hot longer and was safer for the fragile dishes/crystal). She explained all English women did this. Because the plastic bowl was large and the kitchen tiny with inadequate storage space she said to just always leave it in the sink. She said that's what all English women did (back then). Reader, it did not look good. A cheap and nasty red plastic bowl (they almost always were back then) in the white butlers' sink. Kind of sordid really. But the English loved butlers' sinks because in small flats and houses they also doubled as a laundry sink and were used for doing heaps of hand washing. Nowadays with excellent high powered dishwashers and washing machines they're rather anachronistic. The only kitchen things I hand wash now are crystal and fine china that can't be put in a dishwasher - and butlers' sinks aren't the best for either of these. Best wishes, Pamela

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    1. I lived in England too--and forgot that these originated there. Why do I yearn for one of these sinks? It must be brainwashing.

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  56. Right on cue, AGA just released its French-inspired AGA Elise range with brush chrome accents and five color finishes in gloss black, matte black, scarlet, white, ivory and stainless steel. It's designed with a 48" multi-oven platform and options in induction or dual fuel with a 5-burner cooktop. We hope you give it a look and tell us what you think: https://www.agamarvel.com/aga/products/aga-designer-ranges/

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    1. Love my cast iron Aga here in the Pacific Northwest where it tends to be cool a lot. I don't care for the fussy styling of the French stoves nor Wolf or Vicking gas ranges. I could not wait to get rid of my Wolf 6 burner range! I hated cleaning it. It was ridiculous. My Aga needs almost no cleaning and between my Aga and my induction stovetop I will never want anything else. I used to think I could only cook on gas, but I am now a staunch induction convert.

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  57. Love it all! I've been a designer for 28 years and I have to warn folks that shiplap (or any kind of wood) used as a backsplash just doesn't cut it! The water goes to that seam between the countertop and the backsplash and within months you will have an issue. You need something water tight for a backsplash. thanks for the wonderful blog!

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  58. i loved this, joni, and am pinning a few gems including that Suzanne Kasler designed range! omg. before we moved, i sold half our furniture and belongings and never looked back. it was liberating. i'm ready to get rid of more too! it's the art of subtraction that intrigues me more than acquisition. i'm in my 50s and have never been too trendy since i'm more frugal. and i tire of things when they get popular so even though my mom nagged me to do shiplap walls in one of our fixer uppers, i had to explain to her that it wouldn't be happenin after seeing too much of them in blogland. i did add a barn doors to our fixer uppers because it made the most functional sense. they seem not to be going anywhere. peace to you right where you are.

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  59. Joni, Joni, Joni... if I had a dollar for every time over the past 20 years I rapidly flipped to the back of Traditional Home to the Resource section, heart racing, only to find the fabric resource quoted as "discontinued." Oh the frustration and angst to the wanna be reader, me. These beautiful homes were collected and stood the test of time with all their endless pictorials of smartly upholstered vintage chairs with "discontinued" fabrics. They didn't care about trends and it made you want it even more. Well good news for you Joni, your family room Verdain fabric is not only breathtaking and timeless....drumroll....it is now discontinued. Congratulations!!! Now get
    ready for your photo shoot. :-)

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  60. Joni, I love your blog. I wait with anticipation for your email. I am happy to see all the trends you provide. I am a tad under 50, however, my wonderful husband bought me a LaCornue range for our 25th anniversary. Yes - he is just about perfect. We recently competed our lake house (cottage) build. I have a few pics on pinterest under Wingypo - GracePoint if you would like to take a look. I have incorporated many many trends from Pinterest including no upper cabinets and opted for open shelving. For now I move on to furniture - thinking about a trip to Furnitureland South in NC...Thank you again for all of your posts. I thoroughly enjoy them.

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  61. You are so on point about wanting to stop buying/decorating once you hit a certain age. I am turning 61 and all I want to do at this point is get rid of things and just maintain my home (paint, clean carpets, etc). I used to bring something new into the house every week or two. Now I have no desire. I don't really want less space in a home, just less "stuff" in the home! Sherri

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  62. Joni,

    Love this post! I do care about trends, but not where they are foundation pieces in the room. I try to stay classic with the wood floors, the marble, etc, and do trends in the colors and accessories. I find it's easy to change out a pillow and "hip" up the room that way. Also, isn't it interesting that the magazines and the "real world" have different trends? I always saw this when i worked in fashion. Like there is kind of a delay to those of us in the suburbs! The real world is still doing shiplap, grey rooms, and "word signs" while the real designers have moved on! I have to say that I do love the Pantone color of the year though! I'm a HUGE green fan and for years now I literally can't even find a green pillow or green bedding to save my life! Happy that it is "back"!!

    Thanks for an awesome post! And Happy New Year to you:))

    Sheila
    xo

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  63. Oh, Joni. While I think everyone heard you, I think few people understand you. I am in the same situation. I have a beautiful, beautiful home, one that many people aspire to, and I am so tired of it. I think if I wake up to the same tasteful elegance one more day, I will expire.

    Don't listen to anybody but your own heart and soul. And if it is telling you to move on, move on. Don't worry about your heirs--they will do as they please, anyway. I, too, am downsizing and am horrified at the dated homes that no doubt their owners love and think are beautiful. And they are younger than us!

    You're a designer, which makes you a restless soul that craves change. I'm with you all the way. You have many beautiful things but need a completely new home with a completely new envelope. Me too! And I am in my sixties as well!

    I love your blog, so keep on with it. I'll be interested to see how you solve this dilemma. No matter what little "tweaks" you make, it will never be enough. Go for it, Joni! I'm rooting for you.

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  64. Hi Joni, Wow, you articulated so many things I have thought about of late. I am a decorator too with many younger clients, and boy has that influenced me, but really to the negative. My husband and I built a new house last year to gain some yard and view privacy. I incorporated so many elements I knew to be on trend, while still throwing some more timeless elements in. I was am still a lover of all french decor. However, incorporating these more masculine elements have left me dissatisfied with my overall end product and unable to move forward. I added so many masculine elements it doesn't even feel like my house. I am dying to introduce spa checks and slips to my stone fireplaced leather sofaed family room. I feel completely displaced by my own decisions. Lucky you not losing sleep over chair styles and fabric, accents and how to make stone pretty. I KNOW none of these things are important, really, but allowing my husband some say so this house and trying to be "current" has put me out of my taste range. We are FLOODED with images, and so many gorgeous ones. I am hoping I can come up with a way to be comfortable again. Thats the real dilemma with decor for those who really care. You want to feel comfortable with what you see around you Wish me luck, when I sold my last house (the first day) it was advertised as the Houston look which no one in Michigan had seen, but was in reality the "Joni" look. I love your blog, research and insights

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  65. Wow, great topic. My priority to is make my home work for the way we live. This changes as time goes by. I currently have a 4 year old grandson. I will never, ever tell him no you can't sit on that chair, sofa, whatever or "no, please don't touch that." By the same token, I want to live with beautiful, comfortable things. If they get soiled or stained, so what, life goes on and you get new ones or have them re-done. My home is to be lived in and enjoyed, not to be looked at and admired by others. I try never to get so attached to material things that they are more important than the people in my life that I love. My adult son was searching for a new sofa for his first home last year. He kept telling me he wanted one that was as comfortable and stylish as the one I had. After much searching and coming up empty, one day I told him if he enjoyed my sofa that much he could have it. Why not? His happiness is more important to me than the look of my family room. I must admit I was a little worried because that sofa was perfect for the space and I wasn't sure I would ever find something I liked as well. I should not have worried at lot. I soon found that by re-arranging the furniture I already and loved I found a new look for the room that is just as nice as before if not better. I live in a country setting or at least it was a country setting when we moved their almost 20 years ago. Thus my style tends toward the French farmhouse look because it goes well with the environment and lifestyle we live. I am close to 60 years old and don't see my style changing any time soon unless/until I have to move and then it will adjust to my new lifestyle.

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  66. Very interesting post Joni. As we age so unfortunately does our furnishings/surroundings. My current kitchen is 19 years old and ready for a re-do. I have white cabinets, granite work tops etc. so it's still modern, just a little tired. A few years ago I would have been really excited to choose all the finishes now it fills me with dread. What type of stove to buy; what type of fridge etc. etc. so much information out there it's daunting. Same goes for my living room furniture. I recently bought a new classic rolled arm cream sofa and some cream drapes. My dilemma now is I need some chairs do I buy the chairs that match the sofa & have them upholstered in a co-ordinating fabric or purchase something completely different. I just turned 70 & it's all a bit overwhelming. It's a pity I live in Southern Ontario I feel you would know exactly how to help me; the age thing is one reason why I haven't hired a young decorator, scared they will decorate a room that doesn't reflect who I am. I am fortunate that having lived a fairly frugal lifestyle & been a prudent saver I do have the money to spend. Love to hear your thoughts.

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  67. I wrote a post awhile back about over 55 decor and it remains one of my most popular. You and I are the same age and have the same mindset exactly in regard to our own homes. I try to shop my house instead of buying. I am so tired of those sheepskins, am not a big fan of bold wallpaper (I know I would tire of it too soon), and still like white kitchens. Does that mean I am old and dated? Love that William McClure and Mark Sikes. This was a fabulous post. I am working on a followup post on over 55 decor. I will link here because it is so well done as always!! Happy New Year Joni!

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  68. Hi Joni,
    First off, let me say how much I love your blog. I started a blog about a year ago, so I appreciate the time and attention to detail you take with yours. My post this week was on the same topic...design trends. And according to a recent article on My Domaine, much of what I love is OUT. White is out now? Really?? I lived in our CT house for 20 years with very traditional leanings. Having moved to Santa Barbara 7 years ago, we bought a midcentury modern home full of glass and light. I've embraced an entirely new (and very comfortable style) and I'm pushing 55 this year! My point is we are never too old to try new things and we may even like it! That said, live for yourself and what makes YOU comfortable! I love your style. Thank you for all of the inspiration... Best, Elizabeth

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  69. Hi Joni:
    I don't think I've ever pinned more from a blog than this one. Great photos and ideas I loved. Hadn't seen the new walnut counter tops from Ikea but certainly will consider and absolutely having the kitchen cabinets painted black! Stymied by the flooring. I detest vinyl faux anything but if an elderly person slips in the kitchen, hard surfaces can be brutal so I'm still pondering what's the right thing to do. If you ever wanted to pare down, I'm fairly certain that OKL would be delighted to have a dedicated sale for you and all your followers would over-pay for a little piece of your stunning home. Then you could buy new! But what to buy...? XO Simon

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  70. When I read this post, I had to chuckle! My friend and I had this exact conversation last week, down to every last thought and detail!! My house has always been one of the most important things to me. Partly because I grew up an Air Force brat and moved every 1-2 years. At least it is what I blame my compulsive collecting of things on! I find that as I get older (I too just turned 62) that I am drawn to a more simple environment with less things. I haven't done anything about it yet but time will tell if I find the energy to change my environment to match what is going on in my head. Your blog is one of my very favorites and I look forward to every new post. Much love! A misplaced Texan who now lives in Mississippi!!

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  71. My husband and I just turned 50 and still have teenage boys and a big dog. They still trash everything. Instead of following the trends and redecorating, I'm saving money for the beach house I've always wanted! Although not about decorating, I'm reading a very interesting book about middle life: "Life Reimagined." I highly recommend it.

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  72. I have a white kitchen with black countertops and black tile and I love it. had it for years and don't care if it's dated. It reminds me of all the old black and white Ginger Rogers and fred Astaire movies that I was obsessed with as a youngster. lol

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  73. I think this is the last decade of dictated style anyway so it might not be your age. Remember when skirts were so short you couldn't bend over? Remember when they got granny long, and you wouldn't have been caught dead in a short skirt? Skirt lengths were up and down for the next few decades but now you can wear any length dress, wear your hair curly or straight and your sleeve's puffy, bat winged or fitted. We still have high fashion but the way people dress now is more about self expression. Yes, decorating is still maddeningly strict but I can feel that tide is ebbing now that we all have more choices than ever. People are still using silver even if gold and brass are back. Sometimes silver just works better. I am in my 50s, and I am finally getting my dream kitchen, but the kitchen I really crave is like my late grandmother's 40s kitchen that never got upgraded. It had an enormous farmhouse sink with double drainboards, a big white stove, a blue green hover cabinet and one small countertop. Pots and pans were hanging on the walls. It was "unfitted" before unfitted was a thing, and I want to recreate that kitchen with modern appliances of course. By the way, when we were shopping appliances, the sales man knowing I really loved to cook wouldn't even let me look at the LaCornue ranges and said, "that is furniture."

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  74. My house is 33 years old and I'm 62 also. I still love my house which we built. I love my garden, my kitchen and my bathroom! It needs a little updating but parts of it are coming back in style. I am going to update paint colors this year and replace some drapes as well as artwork. I have looked for new pieces of furniture but they are not as well made as what I have so I will reupholster as I find what I want to replace. As far as cleaning out goes I did that last year and told the now adult kids to come get what they want as the rest is going, going, gone. It helped a lot and the house seemed lighter if that makes any sense. And I did have the kitchen and bathroom lighting redone a couple of years ago which made a huge diffence with dimmers on everything and more energy efficiency. It is a ongoing process really.
    Lu

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  75. Oh Joni, I so related to this post! I have two years on you, and we downsized two and a half years ago, moving into our 1400 square foot vacation home. Since it was already furnished, we had to combine the furnishings from both houses that we wanted to keep, and gave away, donated, or sold the rest. This included a lot of things we had inherited, and it makes you think about what you're leaving your kids to deal with after you're gone. (And don't count on your kids to take your stuff. Not only do they have their own tastes, they don't often have the room for it.) Our former vacation now full-time home is a log cabin in the mountains, so obviously, the furnishings have to suit the style and locale. I was able to incorporate some antiques I inherited, and managed to mix a little refined in with the rustic (some English transferware along with pottery; a few engraved silver pieces mixed with the birds' nests). I have found that my ideal aesthetic that I have loved since the 70's is an English/European country house feel (more cottage or farmhouse than manor). This is a timeless, collected look with aged, natural materials and is still popular today (example, the farm sink and reclaimed wooden beams, stone floors). It actually works in a log home with our beamed and planked ceilings and hand-hewn wood walls. (No cabin kitsch, thank you.) Our house is too small and I have too many things collected or inherited to go with the modern spare look, though I do like the rustic versions of this that are more wabi sabi than Bauhaus (see Axel Vervoordt). Alas, I am not that monastic and like my stuff. As others have said and I echo: find what speaks to you; make your home comfortable and a place you love to spend time in because it reflects you and what you love; invest in timeless pieces that you can afford, and don't chase trends. Kitchens are the most expensive room in the house, so plan wisely. I've never had the means, so I can't imagine ripping out kitchens and re-doing every few years. Find out what's important to you - if you value privacy and a view or a garden more than square footage, then you won't be happy in a big house on a postage stamp lot even if it's a popular neighborhood of trendy homes. Your needs will change as you go through life, especially if you have children. I understand how the white/gray with touches of black farmhouse look all over blogland and IG is so popular with a younger generation with families - it's simple, doesn't take a whole lot of thinking or mixing/matching (paint and upholster all the furniture white or gray), with a little bit of vintage and rustic as a throwback to an earlier time. No decisions about art, just buy calligraphy signs that warm your heart. I am surprised at the staying power of this look. I'm certainly tired of it, but I think of it as the country bumpkin to the chic Belgian look, with its muted greiges and faded chalky European antiques. I feel the LaCornue ranges are beautiful status symbols. Wonderful if you can afford them, but few of us can. I do find that I like the more artsy Boho look that many millennials have adopted - it's more creative, colorful, organic, and mixed, without any obvious status symbols, and has an energy to it that reminds me of the sixties. Not that it's for me. I have no need to shop for furnishings or accessories (I used to work in a high end furniture store and so it was in my face daily), but I'll occasionally browse antique stores, mostly for artwork, because I enjoy it. But I have to have room for it, or something else has to go out. Or I shop my house, bringing out things I've tucked away. I still enjoy looking at magazines, Pinterest, and Instagram, but I feel no desire to follow the trends. Only if I were selling my house would I feel any need to update beyond keeping things functional and maintained. Otherwise, it's what I believe to be beautiful (hints of William Morris).

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  76. I think what or whether a style or trend is chosen has a lot to do with class structure as well. Much of the embracing of Joanna Gaines' look is the middle and lower middle economic classes, where as French country or Louis XVI is usually embraced by people of higher means due to the cost of authentic pieces or quality reproductions. The French look is also much more timeless and classic, which is why one can reach a point of completion with their decor when choosing that look. The trendy "new farmhouse" look will be out in less than ten years, and then that group will have reached another level of life and will choose a more timeless and higher end look. I think the younger group is embracing it because they feel a sense of reusing and renewing of items, which feeds the recycling teachings that age group grew up with. Although, if one is going out to purchase mass produced items made to look old, that is the exact opposite of recycling and opposite the idea from which the new farmhouse look was born. And that is mostly what is being done via big-box craft and outlet stores.

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  77. That's my dream kitchen right there. I'm gonna make it happen. Thank you for posting such beautiful pictures.

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  78. I am in my early 50s. We built a new home 10 years ago. We live in the country on 95 acres. We looked for an old farmhouse for years before deciding we had to build one. We had our land logged, (not clear cut, trees that had to go) and had enough wood to "shiplap" the entire first floor. This was NOT a trend, I had never heard of Joanna Gaines, people thought we were crazy. Now all the young people come in and talk about Joanna Gaines, how they love our home. I just laugh and tell them, this house was an old farmhouse before old farmhouses were "in" and it will be exactly the same way when old farmhouses "out". It's our home and we love it! It suits our lifestyle and our surroundings. A French chateau would look insane in this neighborhood.

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    1. Translation, please. Most people who read this blog, I dare to venture, probably won't be able to read your comment.

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  80. Very beautiful interior design! Thanks for sharing..
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  81. I loved reading your musings above on your home of 24 years. And enjoyed the eye candy of trend pics. Thanks for sharing!

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  82. Joanna Gaines overdose... honestly you can't buy anything other than her colors... my shopping spree's are greatly diminished... just look at the towel section... what year are we on because,can't do ten years of this... I might need a red towel... or some art that doesn't have a positive life quote on it... okay... I've seen worse trends but they didn't affect me... you have clout, JONI DO SOMETHING! I have also discovered I don't like open floor plans. We need some serious intervention. Great post!

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    1. Lee,
      Ha! Thanks; that was hilarious. Maybe there are safe spaces for frustrated amateur decorators. They could even make therapy coloring books where one could color pictures of rooms in any and all riotous shades of your choice. Therapy dogs for this group could never be Weimaraners, of course.
      Seriously, though, Macy's for one, has towels in every shade of the rainbow. So does Wal-Mart, for that matter. You're just going in the wrong stores, apparently, for your own personal taste.
      Joni's probably not the one that will cause tons more color to come into the marketplace as I don't see that in her décor.
      That's not "art" that you see at these chain stores. Every town has local artists who are reasonable and who are so eager to sell their work. Or as I've said on here before, make your own art, or hang your children's work. Stuff printed off in a factory is also hanging in hundreds or thousands other houses. Venture outdoors and find something inspiring that you love and take a photo of it and have it blown up to any size you want; then frame it. This would be your own unique, conversation-inspiring creation.
      Sheila

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    2. Sheila,
      I have become an estate sale shopper... Patterns on towels are difficult to find unless it's a contemporary Chevron etc... I like a traditional damask... I am a second generation artist...I do create my own art, but gravitate toward the old masters, sometimes replicating them... I love Chinoiserie and jewel tones.
      I was exaggerating to some extent and glad you saw the humor in it, as it was a tongue in cheek comment... Thank for your response it had some very resourceful ideas... I loved it and Joni's post is spot on. Love the new "Wanderlust" book... Now if that flavor would trickle down to regular department stores I for one would be thankful! Thanks again!

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  84. We are about to move into a much larger house leaving behind a quaint Colonial that we have outgrown. I now have the fun task of needing to buy new furniture to fill the new house. The house has huge rooms which I think will be fun creating intimate spaces within. But, I'm with you, about the changing trends. I plan on shopping for classic pieces because that is what I like. I'm a Traditional Glam girl! I adore blue, white and green and am thrilled that it's making a resurgence. Thanks for the eye candy! Happy Weekend. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  86. Lots of pretty rooms on this post!
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