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Decorating Trends for 2011

Decorating Trends for 2011

One of the reasons I hate to follow trends is just about the time you start to follow one and think you finally know what is “in” you are actually out.  BUMMER! More significantly, I just like to be unique and do my own thing. I really don’t like the idea of someone else telling me what is in or out.

Decorating Trends for 2011

When I start to see the same types of accessories pop up in everyone’s home, I have to admit I cringe a little bit. Especially if it is pretty obvious it is done to follow a trend. I’d rather fill my house with things I love or that have significance to me, even if they are not on the current “hot list.”

Decorating Trends for 2011

It is hard though, because when you start to see everyone heading in a direction, it is easy to fall in love with the look and want to copy it for yourself. And there really isn’t any thing wrong at all with incorporating some trends into your own style, if you truly love them.

I am happy to see that the trends are moving away from the stark modern look (which I’ve never liked) to a more eclectic style that incorporates some richer and bolder muted colors, more textures, layers, antiques and items collected around the world. It seems like the current trend makes it easier for those of us who have been collecting things over time and through our travels to be somewhat “in” without even trying!

Decorating Trends for 2011

It is easy to get stuck in a rut of what you’ve always done and not really know how to update your look on a budget, even if you wanted to. By being aware of the trends, it is easier to shop and be able to pick out bargains that keep your style current, if that is important to you. You don’t need to shop at the high end shops when you know what to look for in the bargain or thrift shops!

Worn, vintage accessories and frames are also big. I absolutely love brass and worn metals — gilded, antiqued, rubbed — all of it! — Genevieve

I do appreciate seeing things in a new way, so it is worth looking over trends to see how you could use what you already have and see it with fresh eyes! And in some cases, you might already own some of the new trends! You might even think of them as out of date when really, they are back around again and even being used or paired in new ways.

So I guess if you already have something that is in, even though you’ve had it for 20 years, it makes you a trend setter! YES! Next thing you know, you’ll be able to pull out those mom jeans you’ve tossed in the very back of your closet.

Decorating Trends for 2011

Natural materials with organic textures and finishes will become even more popular — think wallpaper, upholstery and drapery in nature-inspired patterns and neutral colors.  — Candice

By being aware of what is out there, you can study what is being done and then shop your own house to update your style. I like to stretch my creative mind a bit to look at what I have in a new way.

Decorating Trends for 2011

I’m happy to see that blond wood floors are in, for instance, is that is what I already have! Yay trendsetting me! My last house had dark floors, which I loved. But here I am in this house with blond wood, and I’m inadvertently IN.

I’ve seen this trend coming for awhile now but haven’t had the heart to say it out loud for fear of revolt — I see people are still ridding themselves of all things brass, but in case you didn’t know, brass is in again. Yes. You can stop spray painting now! Unless of course, you really don’t care about what is “in” and you do actually hate brass. Then spray paint away! And if you see brass at my house, don’t shake your head at me thinking I’m out. I am SO IN.

Brass is the new chrome! — Tommy

The following links and all the images in this post are from Canadian House & Home:

2011 Decorating Trends:

Trend Video at House & Home
2011 Decorating Must Haves
Designers Top Trends of 2011
2011 Reno Trends

So, what you do you think about trends? Is it something you prefer to ignore or do you like to look at what is new? Or like me, are you somewhere in the middle between enjoying seeing what is new and yet not not wanting to over think it?

Let’s discuss trends and how you deal with them!

Funny video on decorating trends! Put a bird on it!

The Paint Incident. Good and bad news.

The Paint Incident. Good and bad news.

An unfortunate incident.

So there was an unfortunate post-Blissdom incident at my house yesterday.
You might as well sit down for this. It isn’t pretty.

The incident involved:
  • A high ladder.
  • A bucket of Studio Taupe paint.
  • My husband.
  • A sofa and two ottomans with white slipcovers. Yes.
  • And our carpet.
The good news is:
  • My husband was painting our living room!
  • My seagrass rug was not in the room.
  • I hated my wall to wall carpeting anyway (it is now covered with paint).
  • In spite of being completely covered with paint, my two cute little ottoman white slipcovers washed pretty well and only have a few remaining splatters. I guess they wanted to experience their past life as paint drop cloths.
  • One more wall of swine is GONE.
  • I am COMPLETELY IN LOVE with how Studio Taupe is changing the way my whole house feels.
  • Having all the furniture pulled out has given me some new ideas for how to re-arrange my now paint covered furniture.
  • Winston was not in the room or he would no longer be a white dog.

The Paint Incident. Good and bad news.

Swine walls. Before the incident.

The Paint Incident. Good and bad news.

Behr All in One Studio Taupe.
After the incident (sorry about the dark night time photo, more photos to come when we finish)

The bad news is:
  • My sofa slipcover will always have a smattering of paint stains on one arm and the skirt, and one cushion will have to remain upside down forever more.
  • My favorite (and naturally most expensive) bird pillow will have a few token paint smears to remember this incident by.
  • My jeans have paint on the knees from kneeling on the floor in a puddle of paint, trying to rescue my slipcovers.
  • The paint splatters unfortunately did not cover the remaining swine walls and more painting and high ladders will still be required. Darn.
  • I did not have our video cam running at the time of the incident.
Inquiring minds want to know:
  • Yes, we had a drop cloth down, and no paint fell on it. Of course. The paint went right for my drop cloth SLIPCOVERS instead.
  • Yes, we had pulled the furniture away from the painting wall.
  • Yes, the paint fell from the top of the ladder and splattered across the room to the furniture and floor.
  • No, my husband was not physically hurt in the incident.
  • No, I don’t have pictures of the all the damage from in the incident. I ran to save my white slipcovers and bird pillow.
  • Yes, I know that not running for the camera first was NOT a normal blogger reaction.
And, more importantly won the last two weeks of giveaways?
Longaberger Basket Giveaway

The Paint Incident. Good and bad news.

Home Depot Giveaway

The Paint Incident. Good and bad news.
Congratulations to both winners!

Want to win a $100 AmEx card? I’m asking for advice on my dining room light, leave a comment to enter! There is still time to win that one so don’t delay! You do NOT have to have a blog to enter or win.

Have you ever had an unfortunate paint incident?

Related incidents:
The Pre-Blissdom Super Glue Incident
The Pre-Thanksgiving Dead Rodent Incident
The Post New York Plane Incident