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Home Decor Trends for 2018

The blog world is rife with predictions for 2018 home decor trends right about now and a friend asked me what I thought was coming down the trend pipeline. I appreciate that she was interested in my own leanings and so I gave it some real thought.

Some of my list items were just things that I was personally into, but many of them were list items that I was seeing reoccur on the many lists that pop up all over the internet at the new year!

Here goes.

2018 Colors & Vibes

We’ve been slowly trading up the cool, bright whites of 2016-17 that feature pops of vibrant color (think Emily Henderson) for rich warmth, colorful backdrops and moody hues. Less cool grey, more warm greige, less bright white, more aged ivory, less dark as night black lacquer and more matte faded blackish brown. We will still see plenty of neutral rooms, as SoCal Minimalism is going strong, but people are going to begin feeling an itch for warmth, and when they do, I think these colors are going to be there to scratch.

Blue & Green Velvets
This wasn’t really news in 2017 and isn’t for 2018 home decor trends either, in fact these velvet hues have been at play for a number of years now, but they topped many a list at the beginning of 2017 as a trend for the year. I expect to see more in 2018, as interiors move from light, bright and happy to rich, layered and aged. Velvets in “jewel tones,” words that are music to my ears. I must have been bitten by the velvet bug myself, as Sarah and I’ve been toying with the idea of adding a number of solid velvets and we’ve already added velvet ikats to the TEOT pillow collection.

This is the 2016 way. A nice pop of sapphire blue against all white walls.

This is the 2018 way that popped up in my IG feed this week, still utilizing some of the same game plan.

Getting a bit moodier.

Matte Black
Black had a huge come uppance in interiors and exteriors alike in 2017. To think that my black frame windows at my own home felt like such a risk when I moved in 2015, it is almost laughable now. Every new build that is going up in my Pacific Palisades neighborhood is going in with black window frames. Also, black finishes in kitchens, lighting, trims and furniture is a must for all of these modern rustic interiors and is something we kept our eye on all year, and expect to see more of in 2018 home decor trends.

 

 

 

Speaking of The Natural & Organic

Rope, Hemp, Fur, Handwoven textiles, Baskets, Rattan Furniture, Leather, Nubby Neutrals, Plants galore, all of these elements combine together for a strong organic 70s vibe. Betsy likes to call it California Nomad which I like and whole heartedly endorse. Knit turtlenecks, 10″ minimum inseam on my jeans, indian paisley wrap skirts, plants and lots of earthy speckled ceramics. These layers may seem well lived in and totally naturally occurring, but they are best executed in restrained, well edited and blended environments, which in simpler terms means no themed rooms, i.e. this is our Jetsons house, we looove mid century modern and nothing is permitted here that was made after 1965.

Erica Reitman‘s One Room Challenge from 2017 went totally neutral with an emphasis on organic textures.

This fits the bill and still going strong in 2018, the 70s vibe is strong here

Rustic Pottery Glazes
The Seventies produced a ton of arts and crafts style elements into homes across the nation. We’ve seen the onslaught of renewed interest in crafty projects like macrame, but we’re also seeing tons of Seventies pottery glaze trends sneaking their way onto modern planters, candles, kitchen tableware and more. I think this speaks to the appreciation for earthy layers in the home, which we are sure to see more of in 2018 home decor trends.

 

A display at Nickey Kehoe

Pattern & Material

Global Textiles
Hand dyed and hand woven still reigns the high end, artisan and indie design markets, making more and more of an impact on mass retailers. We watched indigo as well as mud cloth patterns and motifs make their way into every mail order catalog and even the aisles of Target. We expect this interest to began to wane now. Keep an eye on block prints from India which we think will surge again.

Tropical Foliage
This tropical foliage pattern suits the sensibilities of the traditional, the themed and the bohemian. While I do enjoy a solid application, I’m not putting it in my own house anytime soon. I prefer my tropical foliage to be outside my window. I’m sure we’ll continue to see this kind of pattern play throughout at least the spring of 2018, as we carry on our nationwide obsession with greenery and plant life. My favorite applications lean commercial, like Leo’s Oysters. The palm leaf print harkens an eighties era Golden Girls.

 

Gosh, this happened in 2015… but Emily Henderson applied this maddening wallpaper to blogger Nicolette Mason’s living room and I guess I was still thinking it was gonna happen some more around the 2017 mark.

I have yet to get on the reservations list before I’m sitting in San Francisco on a Saturday afternoon wondering what to eat for Saturday dinner, but Leo’s Oysters looks like a spot where I want to dine.

Furniture Silhouettes

by Commune for George Smith, and utilizing a vertical channel tuft

Channel Tufting
Inspired by all things SEVENTIES, this is another look that is making its way into shelter magazines and catalog products. Reminiscent of the bench seating in muscle cars and the serpentine commercial design of the Studio 54 lounge. We are loving the 1970s for 2018 home decor trends.

The Leonelle by Anthropologie is a great example of the modern silhouette. Slim Deck, Bench Cushion!

Slim Decks or No Deck on your Sofa
The chunky fat base of a sofa in proportion to the cushion lacks a timeless look. Keep a look out for this on sale sofas at big box retailers and national furniture stores like Ashley and Rooms to Go. There is a reason mid century holds strong in time, and it has everything to do with the ratios.

Chunky sofas
Aside from the slim deck to fat cushion movement, there is also a complete elimination of the deck altogether in favor of a more chunky shape. This is also pulling from the seventies. I’ve been very tempted by this look as there is something masculine and very casual about it that I dig, but I’m a bit too afraid to pull the trigger.

In the Kitchen

Painted Cabinets
Folks have gone green with their kitchen cabinets before 2018 sure, but maybe this year we trade in our blue/grey painted cabinets for a fresh, organic artichoke green. TEOT is certainly behind it, we painted our shop cabinets a garden herb green. Is it the updated avocado green of the 70s?

Jenny Komenda mixes stainless appliances, with matte black cabinet hardware and brass light fixtures, proving the prediction below is dead on.

Going green at Leanne Ford Interiors

More Green!

Mixed up Metals
While I fully believe the mix of metal finishes will reign supreme in 2018, I think we’re moving away from the bright bling of brass and more toward a brushed, aged bronze. I ventured a guess into some oxidized copper finishes making their way into some high end fixtures. Aged copper and brass will be the more exciting spectrum of metal finishes for furniture, cabinetry, bathroom fixtures, lighting and more. This look lends itself to aged luxe, and paired with the organic for the casual sophistication that everyone is after. Look for more copper pots hanging on the racks in kitchens.

Copper pots, bronze hardware, brass pot filler, black enameled sconces living in harmony

The take way

It certainly seems as though the 1970s is weaving it’s influence through home design trends for 2018. It’s easy to say, ugh the 70s was tacky with polyester in excess, disco, giant lapels, ochre and avocado green and on and on and it was but with the bad there’s always some good and I think what we’ve extracted now in 2018 is the good stuff.

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The A-frame Cabin

The A-frame cabin you knew from the 70s and 80s or your adolescence at the lake or maybe in small mountain towns visited on family trips to New Hampshire could be one of your next Airbnb stays or maybe even your vacation hideaway investment.

I’d say…do indeed, call it come back.

We have some great a-frames right here where I live in NC, in a local lake community called Seven Lakes. I toured a 70s a-frame house last winter, it had a free-standing wood stove in the living area with a stack that went up through the wood plank ceiling…good stuff.

The imagery of this post could literally scroll for ages but at some point I’ll cut it off. But how bad do you want one of these things? Imagine solid windows on one end with a view, wow. I know a couple of people who might want to build simple cabins with a river view, huh?

There are so, so many good ones, but I like this one because Mama a-frame has a baby a-frame.

 

 

 

Platform a-frame with balconies and a dormer,

 

 

 

Because people are a-buzz about black exteriors, will you say you like the black a-frames the most?

 

 

 

 

Whats your favorite one, do tell.

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A Serene & Modern Living Room Design

These elements fall together with so much ease to create a serene, relaxing and modern living space.

 

So livable and here are the ingredients:

Wooden Bead Strand  |  Puppis Floor Lamp  |  Ceramic Geometric Planter  |  Custom Reupholstered Flair Arm Sofa  |  Woven Leather Chair  |  Table Lamp | HAYDEN  |  Moroccan Cactus Silk Lumbar Pillow | POLLY 14×24  |  Benton Coffee Table  |  Alanis Side Table, Teak  |  Vintage African Mudcloth Pillow with Pom Poms | JUSTINA 20×20  |  Ceramic Flower Pot | SKY  |  Pugh Yellow Pottery Bowl  |  Vintage Turkish Oushak | MUTED  |  Throw Blanket, Order through ShopTEOT  |  End Table, Order through ShopTEOT  |

 

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New Tribal Persian Rugs in Shop

Winter is a good time to rethink your home because you’re generally spending more time in it.

With two snows here in the South in January, I’ve had extra time to do some looking around and I’m thinking it’s time for a change and I’m making plans.

One easy and quick change can be a new rug, and some new rugs just arrived at the shop. They are bold and beautiful.

Our newest selection of vintage wool rugs are mostly from the 1960s and the 1970s (my favorite decade right now.) Each is consistently a tribal Persian style with rich colors that will look so right in an entry, a bathroom, kitchen or bedroom. They are smart layered over a natural rug or on their own.

To help get your creative, home refresh juices flowing, here are some similar rugs in the wild.

Try it out in the bathroom with our Vintage Tribal Persian Rug | Georgia

 

Or the living room with Vintage Tribal Persian Rug | MAURA

 

What do you think about the double layer… Start out layer one with Vintage Tribal Persian Rug | KAREN

 

And, they are always good in a foyer, try out Vintage Tribal Persian Rug | ALAINA in yours.

 

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Streaming on Sofas

Gotta pick the right sofa because everyone likes to #netflixandchill.

 

Better Things + Aelfie

I’ve always liked Pamela Adlon since the days of Marcy Runkle (of Californication,) but now I worship her. Based loosely on her own life and experiences, she plays Sam, a single parent to 3 girls, each amazing in their own rite. There are truly hilarious moments, raw moments, incredible longing and sad moments. There is unconditional love and samples of the sacrifice that parenthood brings, especially the difficulty of being a single parent. But then there are more hilarious moments that keep you battling through and rooting for Sam and her girls. Better Things is brilliant and we can’t help but wonder where does show creator and actress Pamela Adlon go from here… to the moon? Pile a lot of pillows on the suitably bold & fun Alfie sofa, grab a blanket and watch this magic. Bonus – Sam’s categorically LA Spanish casa is pretty great looking, especially the art.

Find BETTER THINGS on Hulu.

Ozark + Kathy

Ooh, we love a crime drama. This one features Jason Bateman in a serious role as a family man/Accountant who has found himself desperately trapped in a life-or-death deal when his partner messes over a client who happens to be a latin gangster. The family runs off to rebuild in the foggy landscape on the banks of “Magic Dragon” Lake in the Ozarks, an idyllic vacation community where you’d least expect the kind of crime that led them there. It doesn’t take long for the family to find their foothold among the local flavor and before you know it, you’ve got a captivating series. Sink in to Moss Studio’s skirted Kathy sofa (one of my long time faves) and see if Bateman and family make it another day. Bonus here too – You are sure to love the architectural detail of the lakeside midcentury where they find residence!

Find OZARK on Netflix.

Big Mouth + Monroe

An animated series by Nick Kroll that is a hilarious and raunchy look at puberty and the changes we go through in early teen years from a male and female perspective. It’s a coming of age series, complete with hormone monsters and in our house, we’ve watched twice through already.

Find BIG MOUTH on Netflix.

 

Like the Streaming on Sofa Series, or looking for more great TV recommendations? We have more, here.

 

 

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We’re Motor’n

 

Ever since staying at the Ace in Palm Springs a few years ago, which by the way was a super experience, I want to go back to another motor lodge turned boutique better version of itself. Here are some spots on my list.

The Saguaro, Palm Springs

The Drifter Motel and Swim Club, New Orleans

Casa Morada, Islamorada, Florida Keys

Phoenix Hotel, San Francisco

Thunderbird Hotel, Marfa
During Betsy’s honeymoon trek back across the USA, she ate at the restaurant here, Capri. It was a delicious dinner with creative mezcal cocktails and they brought out a huge lovely blue and white ceramic bowlful of water for the pups.

 

 

 

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