COTE DE TEXAS: Cote de Texas: Trends for 2019

Cote de Texas: Trends for 2019

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2019 TRENDS


It’s that time again for the “What’s In & What’s Out” list for 2019.    I’m a little late but honestly, I’ve not been inspired to do one this year.   Trends in interior design change slower than fashion design – in interior decorating, trends tend to come and go in ten-year cycles.  But, there are always some interior design trends that go out of favor quicker than that decade interval.

To write this story each year, I look for ideas and inspiration at my usual haunts – the decorating magazines and blogs - but that gets harder and harder to do each year.    The typical Cote de Texas reader is not going to like what fills the décor magazines today: technicolor-bright interiors filled with busy fabrics and patterns that don’t match or relate in any discernable way.   Such as this:


A high-priced, art-filled apartment in Elle Décor this month.


The state of interior design today is sad to me.  Gone are the days when you could open Veranda and find 3 or 4 houses inside the issue that you loved and were obsessed with.   These days, it’s rare to find even one house per issue that speaks to you.  Driving all these changes is the younger set.  They grew up on neutral interiors and now when decorating their own houses, the youth crave color and pattern and modernity.

Let me just say that I really, really dislike all the bright colors and the cacophony of patterns that today is called design.

Researching this story, I was shocked to find two of my favorite southern, female designers who succumbed to the colorful, contemporary trend.   What a disappointment.

 

This look, above, uses all the trends, the grays, the velvet, the curved shapes, the gold,  the patterned carpet.  I can appreciate it, no doubt, but I miss the décor this same designer, above, also creates, like this interior below:


The same designer.    Just beautiful!  Yes, this is updated and current, but it’s also pretty!!


I think I just prefer “pretty” rooms.  Anything else, just bores me.

Just because one prefers pretty interiors doesn’t mean you are out of style, quite the contrary.

For this story, I’ve collected rooms that are feminine and are definitely up to date and on trend. For instance - a huge trend is in fabrics such as chintz and patterns.   Miles Redd, Mark Sikes, Leta Austin Foster, and Cathy Kincaid all use chintz in a fresh way:


Leta Austin Foster – gorgeous chintz in Palm Beach.  With stark white walls, the room looks modern and on trend.



Cathy Kincaid used chintz to pop this room - here, in Dallas.  The rug and modern art keep the room looking fresh.




Randy Powers, Houston, used a chintz in this living room.  I’m obsessed with this room – it’s trendy, but classic at the same time.  The rug is a bit contemporary, while the fabrics are traditional.  

Oh this is just gorgeous!!!



Bunny Williams used chintz throughout this house.  Gorgeous chinoiserie desk in the corner!!



Miles Redd, for a Texas farmhouse, used chintz throughout the large family room.

 


 


Jenny Rose Innes in Australia used chintz in all her rooms, mostly at the windows. 


Another large trend that has exploded is fabrics inspired by Indian and the Middle East – fabrics that Lisa Fine, Carolina Irving and Penny Morrison, amongst others, create.

These fabrics are seen everywhere now and they look fresh, young and on trend.


Lisa Fine’s apartment is awash in her fabrics.



Here in a breakfast room, more Indian inspired fabric.




Cathy Kincaid used the Indian inspired fabrics in this dining room, creating a gorgeous room.  Fabulous!!!

Want to update without spending a fortune?  Chose new pillows and cushions made of chintz, velvet or Indian fabrics!



The more Indian inspired fabric in one room, the better!  C. Kincaid.



In his last project, Mario Buatta used ethic patterns for the skirted table and chairs.


Besides florals and chintz and Indian/Mid Eastern fabrics – velvet is trending.  It’s everywhere and for good reason.  Velvet wears so well.  A cotton velvet can be washed.  I toss my velvet pillow covers in the machine once or twice a year.  Silk velvet is glorious and allowed to fade and age, it will only get better.

Here, this red velvet mixed with gilt furniture mixes the trendy bright colors with the luxe velvet.



Here, is a soft lavender velvet with different colored velvet pillows. A contemporary interior mixed with antiques – it is a beautiful way to be modern and pretty, a classic for today.


Another use of velvet, mixing modern design and antiques together in a very pretty way.


Houstonian Ashley Goforth also mixes antiques with contemporary furniture for her clients.  Here, a blush pink on antique chairs and pillows is simply beautiful!! 

Trend spotters declared pink was over and peach was taking its place, but all I see is pink everywhere – especially this softer blush shade.

 

In this gorgeous house – Susan Zises Green updated a living room by using the trendy blush pink.  Instead of looking old and like a grandmother lives here – the pink rug, the pink Indian inspired prints, linens and silk look young and beautiful.

This all pink room is simply gorgeous!!!!


Another view of the room shows trendy lamps and contemporary artwork – more reasons that show you can have a pretty interior, filled with antiques, and still look stylish.


Wallpapers have been trending for a few years, but the mural and handpainted papers have exploded – they are everywhere.


Mario Buatta used the paper in his last project.


This lake house used several trends – the curvy furniture and the handpainted wallpaper to enliven this large, fabulous space.


Tufted velvet sofas and trendy banquettes mix with the handpainted paper.


The robins egg blue is a favorite background.


Love this room!!!!


Miles Redd used mural wallpaper in almost every room in this Texas farmhouse.  This is the dining room and across is the breakfast room – both with handpainted papers.


This grisaille paper from Anthropologie very popular. 


Can’t afford to do the entire room?  Do an accent wall.


Or…paint it yourself, or hire a local artist to do it.


Colored silk lampshades are classic decorative elements.  But thanks to designers like Miles Redd, they have made a huge comeback – especially when paired with a Spitzmiller lamp.

This lamp is located at the Queen Mother’s private castle in Scotland – The Castle of Mey.  Notice how that one shade makes everything else pop and look fresh!  Of course all the antiques and the painting don’t hurt, either!


Miles Redd – to die for!!!



The cover of this month’s House Beautiful showcases red shades and green velvet.


Green shades look especially great with blue and white porcelain lamps.


Red, black, and white.

Want to quickly update?  Change your lampshades.


Green and blue.   Tiny shades looks especially cute when colored silk is used.


Fabric shades – beautiful pink opaline lamps and Indian inspired fabric!!!


Photo Example of Graphic Elements

Miles Redd sells these shades through Ballard Designs.  Other trends seen  here, fringe is back in a big way!  And, plaster chandeliers and faux plaster fixtures are trending. 


Phoebe Howard uses a faux plaster chandelier mixed with the Indian inspired wallpaper.


And another.


The white chandelier is mixed with the handpainted wallpaper.


The round chandelier shape is also popular, here yet again with the wallpaper and fringe in the sofa.

I could show more and more of rooms like this – with the mural paper, the velvet, the fringe.


This type of shade on a chandelier is starting to trend, thanks again to Miles.  OK.  I’m sorry I keep showing this farmhouse that Miles did – but it’s just so well done!!!!!



And another fabric chandelier shade.  LOVE!  (Miles again, I’m embarrassed to say!)


Trim on curtains has been trending for a while, but now – add long fringe to skirts, chairs, and sofas.


Velvet and fringe.


And more fringe.


Wall treatments are popular – shiplap has been trending since Joanna Gaines made it a household word.  But other choices are gaining on that type of paneling.


Board and batten or block paneling is a more sophisticated look than rustic shiplap.


In a bedroom, molding was used to simulate the paneling.



Another old trend is back – trellis and it’s very popular again.


Here is a more modern take on trellis.


The glass and steel doors have been gaining popularity, they are a must if you are updating your house.  Kathryn Ireland chose to use only one pair – she said they have more importance when you feature just one set.  Another trendy place to use them is at the front door.


Again, more doors.   And notice here yet another trend I’ve been seeing over and over – vintage and antique oil portraits mixed with contemporary furnishings.  


Cutie Mark Sikes poses in front of yet another trend.   Using the steel doors inside at special places.  Here, they dress up a butler’s pantry.


The doors are also being used as room dividers. 


Another example – dividing the kitchen from the family room - which is a great idea.  The doors let in light yet keep out the cooking smells and the noisy hustle and bustle during a party!!


There are a few trends in kitchens that have been around for a while.  But walls of tiles are gaining popularity.   Instead of stopping backsplashes at counter height or appliance height, running the tile to the crown molding is trending.   Here, a matte subway tile was used mixed with white marble.


Here, a beautiful blue tile was raised to the ceiling.


White subway tile was raised to the ceiling on all walls of the kitchen.   Love this kitchen!!!!


Ceiling high tile is one trend, another is using tables instead of elaborate islands.   The typical kitchen of today always has a substantially built island with one or two hanging pendants over it.   But, some designers are starting to be bored with that look and are exploring other options.


Instead of an island, designers are placing dining tables in their stead.  Here a rustic wood table mixes with the sleek cabinetry.


Here, in a sleek kitchen another rustic table is added. 


Christopher Spitzmiller’s country house has a table in place of  an island.


And again.


Blogger favorite Jenny Rose-Innes also opted for an antique table and chairs instead of an island.  Love!!!!






Forget whitewashed furniture – dark is back.   American or English, brown furniture is coming back. 




Jenny Rose Innes used a brown chest in her powder room.  Love!


And brown stained furniture looks wonderful when mixed with antique oil portraits.


And here.


More!


I love this vignette on the mantel.  LOVE!


A gallery wall of old oil portraits.

Seriously, this makes me want to go shopping on Ebay!!!!


More trends, brick floors.


Chunky textured rugs, like matting.



Another chunky matting rug.

And – notice the plant.   Fiddle leaf plants are going out of favor. Different types of plants and trees such as lemon and orange trees are shown more and more in interiors.

And don’t forget the obligatory topiary.  


And while tubs have been trending, even hotter are fabulous tubs such as this marble version by Mario Buatta.


Another gorgeous marble tub.  The more expensive the tub, the trendier.


Of course this Trend List is tongue in cheek.  I’m looking around at my own interiors and NOTHING is on trend!!!

But if I was going to redecorate, would I use colored lamp shades?  Yes.   Would I use chintz?  God yes!!!!!  Would I choose chunky seagrass?  Hmmm.  I might have to draw the line at that one!!!!!





374 comments :

  1. I think the trend is 'jewel tones' and I agree with your observation that this trend is (in part) a reaction to the preceding beige trend- and I like it! Velvet jewel toned sofas! Fresh traditional!; minus the showy, moderne, mid century sputnik, (another overused trend that can go away now) of course.

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  2. Vi por aqui algumas inspirações interessantes. Feliz semana.

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  3. I love so many of these photos. I think the thing that makes a place look modern, regardless of the furniture, is the lack of clutter. The more modern rooms are stripped down.
    I love a big table instead of an island in the kitchen. But brick floors in a kitchen would be hard to clean, even if they're sealed, because they're so uneven.

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  4. Your insights on trends is spot on. At the fabric stores I have longed to find the flowery chintz or toile from a decade ago. It’s getting harder to fine online unless you really have a big budget. Veranda has lost its appeal to me. Using a table instead of island is practical. But the big marble islands will be around for long period I think. I am going to add a deep fringe to my round table cloth for my great room. Green lamp shade-remember; the green bankers lamps in libraries and home studies? They added the cozy depth to the richness of the room with the soft glow of the green light. Even houseplants fall in and out of favor. But the change is very slow to come popular
    Don’t get me started on brown furniture.

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    1. What's wrong with brown furniture? I have several pieces and love its warmth!!! lol The furniture HAS to be nice, otherwise, what's the point.

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    2. the problem is with the term "brown", which makes the furniture sound cheap, drab, and ugly. What ever happened to the glow of mahogany, or the grain of cherry or black walnut? --Jim

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    3. Yes, Parnassus, I agree. It sounds so silly and stupid to call wood varnished furniture "brown furniture." It needs to stop. It must be a term coined by millennials since they don't seem to be aware of anything that happened before five years ago. Stop it, Joni! You know better than that.

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  5. Bless you for saying [out loud] what so many of us feel! Circus colors and geometrics can often leave one feeling like you just left a pre-school classroom...��

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  6. Thank you for this post!! As I was flipping through the latest issue of Elle Decor, I yelled, “There are no pretty rooms in there that I’d actually want to spend time in!” I thought it was just me not “getting it”. I’m glad I’m not the only one who doesn’t just love rooms that look like a visual riot!

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    1. It's not just the colors, it's fabrics that don't make sense together. I get that its modern, but I hate it all.

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    2. Totally agree! The rooms look as though they were designers were blindfolded. I guess it’s supposed to be “modern”, but I just don’t get it or like it!

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  8. The first room is not just awful. It's Wrong. Wrong.

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    1. And the couple has more money than God. It has nothing to do with money. But it's the ugliest thing ever.

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    2. Uh-oh. My lame joke about the artwork fell flat.

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    3. I appreciated your joke, and also agree with it! --Jim

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    4. Where is the joke? I don't see it.

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  9. Thanks so much for this post - and all of your hard work on this blog!

    Feel exactly the same way about current interior designs - as mentioned above "circus colors and geometrics" are jarring to me! Veranda magazine (and the long-missed Southern Accents magazine!) were treasures - now it is so hard to find a wonderful charming and welcoming home in any of the magazines -- and even books!

    Yes - designers are changing to table/chairs instead of kitchen islands - but what about having space to prep, create and set up serving areas - if everyone is sitting at the table IN THE MIDDLE OF THE KICHEN?? Just a question!!

    As always - I still hope to see your work (especially your favorite Top 10 lists from your blog) in a design book - and I will be in line for your autograph!

    Jan at Rosemary Cottage

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    1. Agreed about the table/chairs. It might work in a bigger room but not in the ones pictured.

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  10. Thanks! we never had islands before, what did we do then?

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  11. I flipped through Elle Decor at the drug store yesterday and left it behind because there wasn't a single room that I liked. I'm so tired of bright colours, mid-century modern furniture (a.k.a. that fifties crap) and mismatched fabrics that make homes look like they were furnished from the side of the road on garbage pickup day. I used to buy all the decorating magazines every month. Last year I think I bought 8 issues for the entire year, most of them Veranda.

    I love (LOVE) chintz, French and English antiques and blue and white porcelain. I pair them with modern artwork, double gourd lamps, traditional sculpture, tons of books and objects from nature. I never liked the fiddle leaf fig trend, but would like to find a large (6 feet or taller) rubber tree for my study and something equally tall but more delicate for my bedroom.

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  12. Excellent Post! I discontinued my subscription to several magazines for this exact reason. These rooms are so warm and inviting as compared to some of this new wave decor. I often refer back to my collection of older magazines that displayed rooms like these.
    Thank you!!

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  13. I, too, love beautiful. I miss seeing it. There are many of us magazine readers out there who want to see beautiful come back. I am not saying the room has to be "feminine". When I walk in, I want to say "this room is beautiful and I never want to leave".

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  14. I agree with you Joni. It's nice to know others are thinking the same thing about Elle. I'd add House Beautiful, Architectural Digest, and Veranda. I still prefer House and Home, a Canadian mag. Home trends are like clothing trends in that not all trends that come down the pike are right for each person. I think knowing what you are comfortable with and what type of space you want to spend time in is key. Then do your thing and don't worry about the ugly pictures. Occasionally I get inspiration from a portion of the crazy room decor but I agree with you, most of it is hideous. I look to Instagram from my favs like Chateau Dominique, you, and Patina. There are so many beautiful posts on Instagram and you can follow your favorite designers and avoid the undesirable.

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  15. Tables in kitchens are pretty standard in Euro kitchens, as I've seen in lots of older British and French tv shows. While mine isn't centered as an island in the kitchen, it's just to the side due to space issue.

    To each his own, with the saturated circus colors. Just not my thing.

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  16. Trendy...ugh, I hate that word. Who was it that said after trendy comes tacky? I don't agree with tacky but I do agree with dated. Sliding barn doors inside the house come to mind, but that's just me. I much prefer a traditional interior because it doesn't age, imo. If you watch "The Philadelphia Story" (1940), "Holiday Inn" (1942), or "Father of the Bride" (1950), you'll see gorgeous interiors that are timeless. I'll take classic over trendy anytime.

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    1. It's not just you, Tartan! Those barn doors were dated before they were even installed. What a stupid idea. People have removed beautiful original doors in a lot of cases to put those ridiculous monstrosities in. You can buy them now at the big box stores now; I'm laughing my but off. I can now buy beautiful old doors at the recycling store for a few bucks!
      And I, too, watch the 1940's to early fifties movies for the interiors; so beautiful! All that woodwork, staircases, bookcases, great furniture-love it! And amazing to think that most of those were actually just sets back then.

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    2. I couldn't agree more with your comment, Tartan. I recently watched Father of the Bride and was admiring the classic decor. The Sound of Music and Annie are two others that come to mind.

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  17. Great blog post!!! Enjoyed reading every word and the pictures were fantastic. Love the new look!!! My new favorite magazine is Southern Home. It seems the old faithful ones ( House Beautiful, veranda AD, Elle) have gone crazy!!!!

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    1. I agree! I've let my HB, Elle and AD subscriptions go. Your post was a beautiful collection of the best out there right now. Great work! Maybe you should charge a subscription fee.

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  18. I don't think all of that modern furniture will be that popular much longer because I noticed that Walmart has a huge display of it on their website. Once a style makes it to Walmart or Target, it is usually on its way out.

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  20. I am just grateful that grey interiors are on their way out.

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  21. Thrilled stained antique furniture is coming back. Personally, I think it adds a collected "history" and depth to any space, making it more interesting. We've just inherited brick floors in our recent move, I suppose our 1935 house is trending. Like you, I couldn't be less interested in the curved, modern bright fabric mix and furniture, it feels as though its being done more for rebellion than aesthetic. I find it confusing. Interesting post Joni. I look forward to it every year.

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    1. Happy to hear this, as I have lots of stained furniture.

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  22. Your posts are like a breath of fresh air. Luckily the majority of people can’t afford to redecorate their dwellings too often, so I am hopeful that many of these monstruosities will quickly dissapear. Although, it doesn’t necessarily mean that other awful trends won’t show up like commets. As with the fashion trends, I watch, wonder , but stick with my classic style and implement only carefully discerened items. I will never change my dark wood furniture that I absolutely adore, nor do I plan to bring any barn door inside. It makes me wonder, what’s next? Bringing in the trough? Only time is the real validator of value, the rest is just noise. So please continue your search for timeless beautiful interiors.

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  23. Thank you for your much needed honesty. I want to live in my house comfortably. Maybe it’s my southern roots but I want my home to be welcoming and I don’t feel that In Most current shelter magazines. Just when I was ready to cancel my subscription I saw the Portola Valley house by Mark Sikes in the March issue of Elle Decor. I could live there. Maybe there is hope. ‘Til then I’ll keep on polishing my cherry wood and maple bedroom furniture I’ve had since I was. A child.

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  24. Wonderful post! I once worked with a young woman in Los Angeles whose goal was to be "different." She wore quirky, mismatched clothes and shoes which looked ridiculous but in her mind, she was being inventive. There was NO consideration for whether she was employing good taste. Is this what is happening with the young designers? Their need to stand out is eclipsing any efforts toward good design? I’ll take great taste, quality, restraint, and PRETTY over these new trends any day.

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  25. Maria Killiam shared a recent post of a black and white interior which I thought was starkly cold and uninviting. I am so glad chintze is back!I ripped out the brick floors in my kitchen because they hurt my feet and back. Not to mention tripping over the brick edges! Oy. I love color and pattern but tend to veer to softer tones. That said,I will never tire of blue,green and white with a little beige and a touch of black.

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  27. Another fabulous, in-depth article - one of the many reasons I started following your blog 7(!!!!) years ago! I am a 32 year old millennial and I LOVE a pretty room, just as you described. 'Pretty' doesn't have to mean dated, or fussy, or un-original. The designers you continually champion and showcase are the ones I admire, and try to emulate when decorating my own home. Thank you, Joni! xo

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