3…2…1… Happy new year! As far as design resolutions for 2017 I bet you’re seeing all the usual suspects in our favorite magazines and on Instagram. The hot color for 2017. The next big trend for next year. The revolutionary new way we will arrange furniture that will leave 2016 in the dust.
As you know, I don’t exactly believe in trends. But, that doesn’t mean I can’t put my own stamp on this season with a list of design resolutions I make every year in the name of timeless style. Case in point: my Chicago kitchen, shot by Pieter Estersohn, from over ten years ago! Will you join me? I promise they doesn’t involve repainting your favorite room in the color du jour…
1. Try something new. It’s easy to get stuck in a routine, but what we don’t always remember is that switching things up can lead to a really beautiful tension. You can create that by combining periods, like buying a modern lamp to place on an old chest of drawers, or a contemporary photo to go over an antique sideboard. You don’t even need to buy, really: this is the perfect opportunity to take the things you love and move them around your home!
2. Trust your gut. Why? Because the best interiors, historically, are the ones where people chose to create a space that was deeply personal and ignored all the “rules.” Jeremiah and I are working on our own renovation right now, and we’ve had several situations where we question ourselves: Are we going to be sick of that wallpaper? Is that REALLY the right fabric? But know what? We’re going for it. And it’s all going to be things we love. So I know it’s going to be great.
3. Frame something 3D. For many years we felt like we were beholden to the picture frame. But it’s a lot more interesting, visually, to have three-dimensional pieces in a space. My old powder room in New York was filled with things we’d collected from travels, all hung on grasscloth walls. And here in LA, Poppy’s room has plenty of pieces of all textures that tell a story. You would walk into that room and it was like a cabinet of curiosities. Why not bring that kind of life to your walls, along with framed photos and artwork, of course. We have some ideas right this way.
4. Purge. Did you really think this double Virgo was going to let you go without reminding you of the importance of cleaning up? When you look around your home and stop appreciating the things you own, you know it’s time to do a massive edit. The truth is, when you look at three things on a table, you can really appreciate those pieces. But 50 things on a table? You can’t appreciate all that. Use my advice on decluttering to help your home feel calm and beautiful in the new year.
5. Give in to playfulness. Design should make you happy. Period, the end. You should be surrounded by beauty in your home, but also know – it doesn’t all have to be serious. Whether it’s a trash can shaped like an animal, salt-and-pepper lion heads, a more-cheerful-than-usual basket, or anything that makes you smile. Whimsy and fun are so important. And will make your home feel lived in, and lovable.
Fabric pictured throughout: Facette in Paramount Prism from my collection available at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores.