Trend Alert — Rockin’ Decor

As studded-up shoes stomp down the fashion runways, watch for more ways to out
your inner rocker with your home accents.

Side-Studded Faux Suede Pillow at Overstock

Spot On Studded Leather Boxes

Studs and nailheads are leaping off edges, moving from trim to the featured decoration. And the pyramid stud—formerly punking only leather cuffs and collars—is going mainstream.

Pyramid Studded Mirror at Lamps Plus

Rory Nailhead Faux Suede Pillow at Overstock

 

Beyond studs, add a little ‘tude to your decor with a strum of chrome, leather, or some rockin’ hard lines.

Pilke 36 Pendant at Finnish DesignChrome Lamp with Embroidered Silk Shade at Terry's Fabrics

Faux Croc Studded Trays at Z Gallerie

Ceramic Chrome Stool at  Atom Designs

Studded Black Lacquer Nightstand

 

How are you rockin’ your decor? Do tell…

Contemporary Crewel Embroidery

A traditional handicraft can add warmth and character to a space. A graphic Amish quilt suspended as a headboard, a braided rag rug anchoring the coffee table, Grandma’s crocheted, zig-zag throw draped over the arm of a club chair.

Or colorful, textural crewel embroidery.

As a young girl, I spent many an evening cranking out chain and satin stitches, and flocks of french knots. You’d often find me enveloped in my bedroom’s lime-green beanbag chair, my airport-marshall-worthy headphones pumping out a disco beat, while I speed-embroidered a palette of yarns onto my latest pillow or wall-hanging.

Lately, I’m reminded of the beauty and impact of crewel embroidery, by some fresh and fun contemporary examples like Janlynn.com’s Sunburst pillow kit.

Janlynn Sunburst Pillow Kit

Or the comfy crewel and felt embellishment on Mudandtwig’s nest pillow.

Mudandtwig Nest Pillow

Humble yarns explode into fantasies in color and line, in the hands of Toronto textile artist Odile Gova.

Woolly Fabulous Doodling in Crewel

Odile (aka Woolly Fabulous) creates original designs based on her doodles. She told me, “I’m a sketcher and a doodler…I wish I had more time to devote to my sketch books.”

“I was a floorcloth maker for many years and that involved a tremendous amount of designing and painting. I developed a strong graphic style….”

Woolly Fabulous Contemporary Crewel Doodling

“I wish I had more time to design and do more crewel work,” Odile said. “I really love it. The opportunities for bold design and colors are endless and that’s very exciting for me. Painting with a needle and thread!!!”

Here’s a retro motif in progress, inspired by the pattern on a bowl she picked up at the thrift store.

Woolly Fabulous Crewel Motif Inspired by a Thrifted Bowl

You’ll be treated to more of Odile’s Crewel work at her Flickr pool. And don’t miss the textile wonders at her Wooly Fabulous Etsy shop (zipper-and felt brooches and OMG will someone please buy me that evening bag!)

If a mod, riot of hues isn’t your cup of tea, traditional crewel designs in clean color schemes can spark a space. Like this crewel-print fabric covered chair from
Neiman Marcus
.

Neiman Marcus Print Crewel Chair

Or these crewel-look rugs from Ballard.

Ballard Crewel Design Rugs

And HomeMaker Movement’s Crewel Boudoir Pillow at Etsy.

HomemakerMovement Black and White Crewel Boudoir Pillow

This all makes me want to go scare up a beanbag chair and some Bee Gees.

Think you’ll break out your own needle? Check out The New Crewel by Katherine Shaughnessy

The New Crewel by Katherine Shaughnessy
 
What handicraft takes you back? Thought of reinventing it for your present space?

Lexi’s Paint Chip Dresser — Makeover

So simple, yet effective.

When I found Lexi Adams’ dresser transformation, I pounded my forehead – why didn’t I think to do that? Here’s the Before and After and the scoop on the fresh look this Brooklyn, NY photographer got with a little paint, elbow grease, and good advice from Dad.

Paint Chip Dresser After

Paint Chip Dresser Before

HomeWorkshop (HW): Are you a design-diva, big into DIY and decorating, or was this a fluke? How did you score the dresser?

Lexi Adams (LA): I’m not a design diva! But I am a carpenter’s daughter, so when I was having trouble finding a dresser I liked, I was definitely keeping my eye open for something cheap I could fix up or paint myself.

I scoured Craigslist listings, worrying about bedbugs all the while, only to have a free wooden dresser fall into my lap on a walk in my neighborhood in Brooklyn. My amazing little sister helped me carry the dresser from the curb where it was left to my apartment and up four flights of stairs.

HW: What inspired the graduated-colors scheme?

LA: Benjamin Moore paint strips. I had some graduated green ones from the hardware store tacked up in my kitchen, and they gave me the idea to mimic the look on the drawers. Luckily I had white paint and green paint already from other projects, so I mixed the two together to make the different shades of green.

HW: How would you describe the room decor where the dresser lives?

LA: Today, the dresser lives in a very small bedroom, which has lime green as an accent color. The decor of the space is in transition. I moved in with my girlfriend, who has more traditional taste, and my interests are a bit more eclectic, from Mid-century Modern to Postmodern rustic design like Nightwood (Editor’s note: Cool stuff here, Design Junkies).

So, we’re going piece by piece, from sofa to dresser to wall art, mixing items together that feel like us.

HW: About how long did it take you to complete the makeover?

LA: Around two or three afternoons, lazily spread out. As you can see on the before picture, the dresser was real wood, probably of IKEA-ish provenance, but it had some scratches and gouges — perhaps from a dog. It was also finished with poly.

I sanded thoroughly it with an electric sander, and painted it with B.I.N. shellac primer. My first time using this primer, which my father recommended, and it was amazing. Great adherence and it sealed in the pine knots to keep them from bleeding through the paint.

Then I painted with a semi-gloss white paint and different mixed shades of green for the drawers. I planned to buy new drawer knobs, but the painted wooden ones are working for now.

HW: Any challenges?

LA: My main challenge is probably wishing I had a workshop — it’s hard to use power tools and high-VOC solvents in a small Brooklyn apartment!

HW: What’s the next creative project you’ve got planned?

LA: My next project after the dresser was getting some of my own photography prints framed, and hanging them at home. Next, I’m also having a fantasy of replacing my kitchen cabinet doors — but I live in a rental and acknowledge this is probably a ludicrous idea.

Lexi translated the design from simple paint chips into a furniture makeover. What’s something around your house that might inspire your next transformation??

Nursery Trends for 2011

by Sherri Blum

Here’s the latest decor forecast for the little ones’ rooms, from our Nursery and Kids Room Design Expert and Contributor, Sherri Blum. A pioneer specialist for children’s-room interior design, Sherri designs for celebrities, and for the baby next door.

Happy New Year! Besides recovering from the holiday madness festivities, the beginning of each year usually means I’ll be interviewed by several Web sites, blogs and magazines about my predictions for nursery trends of the New Year.

I wanted to share some of those predictions with you, so you’re among those in the know.

Iron Crib with Plaid Bedding from Bratt Decor

We’ve already seen plaid regain popularity in fashion during the fall of 2010, and this year I believe we’re going to see it more frequently in home decor.

Interior design always follows the trends of the apparel runways. The mood of consumers is reflected in what they are purchasing. With a weak economy in 2010, consumers are longing for a simpler life and we are looking to craftsmanship and style trends from the past for a homey, comforting, vintage appeal.

Plaid Gabe Bedding from Caden Lane

Mad About Plaid Pink Bedding by My Baby Sam

As for fabric, we’re mixing it up with lots of patterns! Plaid is strongest in 2011, and stripes and polka dots will be seen more frequently. Floral is always on the scene for the girls but is mixed in with plaids or stripes to keep it from being too stuffy.

We will continue to see lots of texture in kids’ rooms with pleats, puckers and frayed edges on the fabrics. Denim is also strong in 2011, consistent with the vintage trend.

Corals in one of my Recent Kids Room Designs

Honeysuckle - Pantone's Color of the YearAs for the hot nursery and kids rooms colors for 2011, coral will be strongest. It took a backseat to turquoise for 2010 but will be seen everywhere in 2011! In fact, Pantone named “Honeysuckle” —a sweet pink/coral color—its color of the year.

Other strong colors: lemon yellow, mossy green and purple. We will continue to see lavender challenge the ever-popular pink in girls’ rooms. Gray will remain a popular neutral as it was in 2010, however it is going to warm up and will lean towards brown a bit. White and tan will be popular neutrals of 2011 as well.

Plaid Bedding on Newport Cottages Bed

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What will parents seek in terms of furniture? Raw, aged or hand-hewn wood will be a popular look in furnishings, especially for boys. And eco-consciousness is more important than ever. Therefore we are mixing old in with the new for a heavily traditional look, but pared down by blending in some contemporary accents.

Parents are choosing transitional furniture (crib that converts to a full size bed), and multi-functional furniture such as the dresser that has a removable tray on top so it is also a changing table for the first two years. Iron cribs do remain strong, and are eco-friendly as they last many generations. As for furniture aesthetics, traditional but not too fussy, and dark wood are the most popular looks for 2011.

Stripes and Denim in one of my Recent Kids Room Designs

When it comes to storage, we’re reusing furniture such as the now obsolete television armoire once used in the family room – and are now putting them in our kids’ rooms to be used as computer stations, gaming areas or a space for arts and crafts. Rather than buying a new glider, we’re using in the nursery repurposed chairs from the living room, or Grandma’s attic. Reusing and recycling is definitely a trend that is here to stay.

Overall, MIXING is the key word. Mixing of patterns, mixing of traditional with contemporary, mixing of old and new!

 

Designer Sherri BlumSherri Blum loves putting her talents to use designing beautiful rooms for her tiny clients. Sherri’s designs are popular among celebrities and have been featured in numerous TV shows and publications.

Sherri shares with us trends, designer projects and advice for creating beautiful, yet functional kids rooms and baby nurseries.

Sherri operates her design firm Jack and Jill Interiors and she creates her signature line of children’s wall art, clocks and hand-hooked, wool rugs — Sherri Blum Designs. Sherri writes the Jack and Jill blog, and resides with her family in rural Pennsylvania.
 
 

Design Junkies, what are your plans for the kids’ room this year?

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