{the triumphant return of mauve}

Pop culture and paint colors return to the 1980’s

“Mrs. Johnson, the 1980s called and they would like their mauve colored wall back.” That’s right, like many other pop culture fixtures, colors are also coming back. “Ladies and gentlemen, please stand and join me in welcoming the triumphant return of mauve!”

Martha O'Hara mauve paint

Martha O’Hara Interiors

What do you think? Is it too soon for mauve to make a comeback? If you’re of a certain age you still may experience flashbacks from the 80’s and agree with the Facebook comment, “Too soon to bring that color back!” It will be interesting to see if a younger generation is as passionate about mauve as they were in the 80s.

I’m looking forward to seeing how the 80s mauve is used in 2014. In the above photo the wall color is unexpected and feels fresh and new and exciting. The 80s aren’t coming back — they’re already here!

flame stitch from the 80's

Flame stitch – 1980’s

Flame stitch design is another trend from the 1980s making its way back in 2014. Interestingly, many experts say flame stitching has a history that predates the ’80s significantly, reaching all the way back to the 13th century. There aren’t many trends from that period that are making their way back into popular design, however, flame stitch design is back on point.

Scion Spirit and Soul book

Flame Stitch – 2014

Raise your hand if you remember “Garanimals!” You may have been too old to wear them in the 80s however, the “matchy-matchy” way of the times came through in children’s clothes back then. It was also prevalent in design. Of course, today, the colors, fabrics and designs may be somewhat different, but the idea of matching design certainly seems to be on the way back.

Matching wallpaper and bedskirt

Matchy-Matchy – 1980’s

Hampton's Designer Showcase 2014

Designer Tobi Fairley does “matchy-matchy” in the Hampton Designer Showhouse 2014

There are some who might contend that Southwest design never went away – especially those who live in the Southwest! Today’s version adds vibrant color and daring patterns. The designs today may not be from your relative’s adobe in New Mexico, however, it is still distinctively Southwest.

Additional photos from this gorgeous home with interiors designed by Martha O’Hara Interiors can be found here.

Becky Harris, Houzz contributor, wrote a great piece, “Pop Culture Watch: 12 Home Trends from the 80s Are Back.” It’s a fun read with references to Facts of Life, Charlie’s Angels and Miami Vice!

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{friday finds: october color of the month}

Color of the Month: Glacier Bay H0054

Sophisticated, cool, clean and high-end looking. Today’s blue will add “pizzazz” to any room in your home and our Color of the Month for October is no exception. Meet “Glacier Bay” (H0054).

Historic Glacier Bay H0054 paint

Historic Colors of America

You could say that “Glacier Bay” is “peaking” right now in the trend cycle. Look around and you’ll notice blue in a number of different settings – in fabrics and paint color as well as wallpaper and floors.

Kathy Basil from Hirshfield’s Design Center has noticed the trend with her clients,”Over the past six months or so, more and more designers are requesting blue fabrics and wallpaper.” Basil cautions that blue can be bold and depending on its use, a little can go a long way, and yet, “blue is a color loved by many.”

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{elegant and affordable window treatments}

Tips for adding elegance without breaking the budget

Are you one of those people that shops for home furnishings and is somehow automatically pulled to the most beautiful items that also happen to have the biggest price tag? You’re not alone and unfortunately, so often elegance and affordability do not go hand in hand. This is the case for window treatments as well and finding elegant and affordable window treatments is a real challenge. We consulted Hirshfield’s Window Treatment manager, Shannon Scarrella, to get her tips for adding elegance to your window treatments without breaking the budget. Shannon says yes you can have elegance and affordability and shares a few tips:

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{bachman’s fall ideas house 2014}

Outside the Bachman's Fall Ideas House 2014

Welcome to Bachman’s Fall Ideas House 2014

Where did the time go? There’s only one week left to tour the Bachman’s Fall Idea’s House.

A neutral wall color is the background throughout the entire house with mixes of warm fall colors, textures, and patterns creating this season’s theme “Next Generation Fall” and making it a welcoming retreat.

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{spirit & soul wallpaper and fabric collection}

 

Scion Spirit & Soul Wallcovering

A whole lotta love from the Spirit & Soul collection.

axis_wallpaper from Scion

Axis wallpaper

 

Wallpaper Wednesday: Spirit & Soul Collection

The third Scion collection, Spirit & Soul, released in the UK this spring finally arrived in the states. Vibrant colors and strong patterns give this high-energy collection a 70’s hippy-hippy-shake vibe. This new collection has its’ own distinct look just like two previously released Scion collections Melinki and Wabi Sabi.

Spirit and Soul Wallpapers is a show stopping collection of statement wallpapers. As well as interpretations of a number of the fabric designs, it also incorporates the ever-popular Mr. Fox in a wide range of colours and two different scales.

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{why wallcovering works for baby’s bedrooms}

Wallpaper for baby brain development and beautiful design

Every new parent has to confront the daunting decisions that go with decorating the baby’s nursery. Will you use colors that traditionally align with boys or girls? Will you stay neutral? Will you paint or wallpaper the baby’s room? Do you decorate for the first 3 months or the first three years? So many things to consider, and we’re not even going to tackle furniture and toys for the crib in this blog. Instead, we’ll try talk about one thing – why wallcovering works for baby’s bedrooms.

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{window treatment wednesday: picking the right window treatment}

Shop at Home to find the Right Window Treatment

In the store or on the pages of a magazine they seem so perfect, so beautiful and ridiculously simple to install and yet like so many things, do-it-yourself window treatments are not always what they seem. There are so many variables to consider when selecting window treatments and there is no manual that tells you how to pick the right window treatment for your room. In the absence of professional advice, we increase our probability of selecting the wrong blind, installing it and then living with these window treatments, convincing ourselves each day that they’re not as ugly as we think!

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