2014: A Few of Our Favorite Things

As 2014 winds down, I thought it would be fun to look back at some of our favorite design things from this year, from lighting to wallcovering & everything in between!  We were able to incorporate some of these into our projects in 2014, but I would love to use more of them during the coming year!

*If you are looking for an overview of 2015 trends, we showed you some of the new releases and trends from HighPoint Market here.*

Furniture: Upholstery

Furniture introduced this year goes from traditional to contemporary and everything in between.  In general, most of the furniture we are seeing has clean lines and simple shapes, which I love.  Higher backs are also popular, which is a great way to add drama and varying heights to a space.  Stools and ottomans are becoming increasing popular — they can be used everyday for putting your feet up but then give the ability to change your space around for entertaining and extra seating.  I also love doing a bench in the dining room (as seen in this post).


Furniture: Case Goods

Case goods vary so much in style, but I have noticed how much importance has been placed on merging function + style.  Case goods are being built for the things we use everyday, like flat-screen TV’s and incorporate storage that we all need.  Furniture that serves multiple purpose (like the wine console table seen here) means that small spaces can do double-duty.




Some of my favorite textiles this year incorporate pattern in big ways! Southwest-inspired patterns are really fun and add some rustic character to a space.  Fabric that mimics marbles and stones have also been seen this year.  I love this idea in small doses to create a focal point or pop of pattern.  I am also loving the fabrics that are more tone-on-tone but really add that bit of texture & interest to a space.




We often choose wallpaper that will add a subtle texture versus a busy pattern.  I love the grasscloth & grasscloth-inspired vinyl that has been popular this year.  Along with the wood and wood-look wallpaper, which is another great way to add subtle texture & interest.  Of course, in the right space, patterned wallpaper is so fun! As evidenced by our showcase house room this year, seen here.  All of these wallpapers would be great in small doses – a powder room, ceiling, one wall in study or bedroom, etc.

The lighting this year echoes some of the overall design trends – brass is back!  For those of you who are worried that brass seems too 1980’s — the brass we are seeing is more muted and subtle.  Think matte instead of gloss. Mixing of brass and oil-rubbed bronze or black is also seen throughout.  This is a great way to pull in the brass even if you have mostly oil-rubbed bronze or black fixtures.




Furniture: Upholstery  1: CR Laine | 2: CR Laine | 3: Lee Industries | 4: CR Laine | 5: Lee Industries | 6: CR Laine & F Schumacher

Furniture: Case Goods  1: Lillian August | 2: Charleston Forge | 3: CFC | 4: Bausman & Company | 5: Bausman & Company | 6: Kindel

Textiles  1: Pollack & Associates | 2: F Schumacher | 3: F Schumacher | 4: Pindler & Pindler | 5: Weitzner | 6: Pollack & Associates | 7: Holly Hunt

Wallcovering  1: F Schumacher | 2: Phillip Jeffries | 3: Phillip Jeffries | 4: Innovations | 5: Weitzner | 6: Weitzner | 7: Weitzner | 8: Phillip Jeffries | 9: Phillip Jeffries

Lighting  1: Jonathan Adler | 2: Feiss | 3: The Urban Electric Company | 4: Alison Berger for Holly Hunt | 5: Holly Hunt Studio | 6: Feiss | 7: Jonathan Adler | 8: Visual Comfort

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