Up until recently, I put very little thought into home décor. This was probably due to the fact that no vase in the world could negate the cinder block walls of a dorm room, and when living with five roommates, a cashmere throw somehow turns into a doormat. But as I move into my first “big girl apartment” I have become consumed with decorating. I now realize that the things you choose to live with says just as much about you as the handbag or outfit you choose to wear.
As somewhat of a novice in the home category, I turned to the insightful review of the New York International Gift Fair on Heather Clawson’s Habitually Chic for inspiration. Clawson surmised three major trends: textual vintage designs, bright splashes of color, and nautical themes.
As Clawson says “Given the popularity of texting and tweeting, it’s no wonder that symbols, letters, and numbers have made their way into the home”. At first I was mildly taken back by this trend, but I realized that it can translate into something incredibly spectacular like this oversized wine bottle that reads “Vin De Pommard”.
Another great example is this Antique English Dog Bowl that I would purchase in a heartbeat if my five-pound dog could actually see over the top of the bowl. I also love these Vintage Apothecary Jars, and can’t wait to scatter them throughout my apartment.
As someone who loves white – everything from walls, to linens to sofas – I was thrilled to see that bright splashes of color were a major trend this year. These green speckled martini/margarita glasses, wine glasses, and tumblers are great for summer entertaining (and on a sweet note, are made by a company that employs predominately handicapped people).
I have great appreciation for hand-blown glass items, since the few attempts I made at the craft failed miserably. These hand-blown transparent tumblers are great for entertaining, and a fantastic splash of color my white kitchen so desperately needs.
Equally colorful are Jill Rosenwald’s handmade ceramics. Recently featured in Elle Décor, her vases, cylinders, and bowls are perfectly preppy, and a gorgeous graphic addition to any home. My favorite design of hers is this navy and white large utensil holder. Navy and white is my all-time favorite color-combo and after growing up on the beach, I love anything nautical, which not so coincidently, is the final theme.
Even if you’re land-locked, there is something so classic about nautical colors, flags, and anything beach-influenced. I’m currently lusting over these fantastic limited edition Giclee Prints, full of beautifully colored shells and bits of coral.
Now that I’ve learned that what you put in your living space is just as important as what you put on your body, I’m having a great time indulging on home decor – and i bet you will too! Anna.