In my last decorating article, How to Transform Old Furniture, I showed you the before and after of how my old mahogany bedroom furniture was updated with a brand new look. I love the idea of using old furniture, updating it with a fresh look and incorporating it differently in your home. This week I wanted to share with you the before and after of my desk transformation.
Twice a year the world supporting and creating furniture gathers at the High Point Market in NC. This year, the spring market, highlighted the following five trends in furniture:
- Fringe and geometric patterns.
- Gold elements – simplified and elegant.
- Natural elements – fun material compositions.
- Neutral tones – texture – colors are more neutral with warm gray overtones fitting into traditional designs.
- Organic and refined – natural forms – whimsical and unique accessories.
You can look forward to seeing more of these design elements in furniture and home decorating décor in the upcoming months.
There are two takeaways about this show that I wanted to highlight. The first one is amazing! Print the Future, currently looking for investors, envisions the possibility where you can print your furniture “ideas on demand.” They are using 3D printing technology to create side tables, coffee tables, whatever you can imagine. How cool is that! To see how this works, click here for a video from the Market Show.
The second highlight worth noting is that the furniture industry is looking for big growth as a large group of millennials are settling down in homes, and purchasing furniture. I mention this takeaway as it has an impact on the real estate business. You can expect millennials to be the largest home purchasing group in the upcoming years. If you plan to sell your home, you will want a designer aware of what millennials want to handle your home staging to get top dollar!
Each year the Pinnacle™ Awards are given out after the fall market, which will be held October 14-18, for excellence in retail home furnishings. Stay tuned for the results! Also, I put together a Pinterest board of some of the beautiful displays and products from the spring show, click here to view.
For all your home decorating, color consultations, or home staging needs, give me a call 610.955.8202 or email. If you or a friend are interested in pursuing a business in interior redesign and home staging, now is a fantastic time since it is a burgeoning market! Click here to view my upcoming hands-on schedule, all training located in Glen Mills, PA.
By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram.
Are you planning on renovating an old deck or creating a new one this summer? If so, you may want to consider an eco-friendly approach. Here is a great explanation of what it means to be labeled environmentally friendly decking, “For decking to be described as being environmentally friendly it must be produced in such a way that it does not have a negative impact on the environment. This means that the wood must come from a sustainable source that the production process uses the minimum of energy and that materials are recycled where appropriate.” (Definition from Greenliving.LovetoKnow.com.) Whichever option you choose find out if your deck builder is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Trex is a decking product that is made of 95% recycled materials, and it looks very elegant! (Click here to read more about Trex Recycling Facts.) They also offer an online color visualizer tool, where you can play around with the color options. Click here to see that tool.
Don’t have the view you wish you had on your deck? While researching this blog, I found a fun idea – outdoor murals! I know it sounds crazy, but these peel and stick murals are capable of being removed and put back up multiple times, and will stick to any surface! Check out the many options from MuralsYourWay.com.
Use solar-powered lighting for your deck! Plow & Hearth offers these beautiful mission style lights that can be attached to your railings. Many home decorating stores offer solar powered lighting options inexpensively like Target.com or you can purchase a variety of designs of solar-powered railing caps from HomeDepot.com.
Here’s a terrific idea! Use an outdoor rug that is made entirely of recycled plastic, and is mold and mildew resistant and extremely durable! To view the outdoor rug options, click on the website Outdoorrugsonly.com.
Many companies are offering a line of eco-friendly decking furniture. The store Crate and Barrel offer a comprehensive explanation of their products, click here to read more.
If you want to cover some existing pillows or purchase new ones, consider the new Renaissance Fabric Collection from Sunbrella® which uses 50% recycled material from post-industrial waste. To check out the many design options and read more about this line, click here. This company also has a program where you can send in your old Sunbrella fabric to be recycled, click here to learn more about that program.
Have fun this summer on your new and improved deck! Happy decorating and if you need any help with a redesign, contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com!
Debbie Correale is founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, and Google+.