Returning recently from High Point Market in North Carolina, I couldn’t wait to share my Boomer Bests with you all!
My 4 main takeaways that resonated so loud and clear to me were:
Persimmons, coral, watermelon, red, colors were everywhere as well as the lovely shade of blush that works almost with anything and anywhere. Also on the color hit parade were greens, and I mean lots and lots of greens. To my delight, being a blue and white girl forever, blue is also still big, thank goodness! But actually, I never plan on changing my life color combo but some folks want to have what is in or at least know what is in or trending now.
I loved the lighting selections this market! Lamps are the jewelry of a room and there were the loveliest lamps this market that I have ever seen. The chandelier now so popular, to bring not only functional lighting, adds a layer of drama or an unexpected statement that says this is a special space. Wall sconces are becoming more and more popular and varied I believe, partly to the challenges of open living spaces. With an open floor plan, lighting is a definite challenge to achieve intimacy that cannot be had with ceiling cans or fixtures … even with dimmers. But lighting is for another post.
Everyone is posting on the extraordinary uses of metals, woods, lucite and lacquers in addition to other textural treatments. I love lacquer! There is something so appealing to me about the smooth and shiny and often colorful finish that I cannot resist. So not to be ignoring others finishes, I am selfishly showing you my favorite lacquer pieces. And as we Boomers or 50+ ‘ers want to show how sassy and definitely not old we are in our interiors, lucite and lacquer is the perfect accent to “kick it up a notch!”
LIFESTYLE FURNITURE AND FABRICS
If you have followed me for any length of time you have heard or read my 3 essentials of good designing. They are comfort, safety and beauty. Therefore, happy camper was this Boomer designer observing our furniture market responding to the way we are living in our spaces today. Durable and beautiful fabrics, chairs that swivel or rock, ottomans with casters, stacking tables, armoires for storage not just for the TV, technology being addressed in furniture with outlets, night stands and coffee tables with open shelves, all these very relevant options are a slam dunk winner for our lifestyles of today.
The Mary Lou dresser for 42nd Street furniture with Kerrie Kelly at Wesley Hall had everyone buzzing! Other options available but design with a purpose is now what we want, no matter our age or stage!
Of course there were other trends by all levels of experts sharing their vast understanding of how our culture, politics and economic climate all most definitely influence everything we are seeing today. Nothing is random if we really know the why of what we are seeing today both in fashion and in the home industry.
However, my purpose was to give you my Boomer Bests simply to share some of the excitement and drama coming out of the High Point Furniture Market, spring of 2016.
I hope my thoughts and examples can inspire you to look at your own spaces to evaluate what could bring some loveliness and newness to refresh your spaces with some of these trends. I would love to know.
Living and loving life together,