Dec 31, 2009

"must haves" for 2010

As we all know, 2010 is going to be an entirely different year filled with design opportunity and a literal windfall of new trends and fresh ideas. Here is a sneak peek at some of my favorite design elements which will undoubtedly find a place in my design repertoire and that of every hot OC/LA designer in the coming year.

Anything “concrete” by Hart Concrete Design (HCD)
The durability and eco-responsibility screams urban chic. Owner and artist Kyle has found a way to cleverly integrate concrete and aggregate into just about every design element you can imagine. Island counters, lavatory sinks, fireplace surrounds, dining tables, accent tables, and even flower pots have all become examples of Kyle’s handy work. To the delight of interior designers, every piece is made to order and can be customized making the line not only unique but versatile. Be prepared to see a lot more of HCD in all the right places in 2010.

Designer Lighting from Lightopia
If it’s modern, urban, retro-chic, or dripping with crystals you will find it here. The folks at Lightopia have gathered all things cool and placed them under one roof making them “thee” lighting destination / resource for designers and savvy consumers. My lighting pick for 2010… hand blown crystal sconces and pendants by Caleb Siemon. In a word: sexy.

Please give wall covering a second chance!
There is no better way to add texture and visual interest to a room than with “wallcovering”, formerly know as wallpaper. From grass cloth and leather to flocked damask, wallcovering can instantly transform a room from drab to fab! My pick or 2010 is silk screened grasscloth by Phillip Jeffries. A perfect balance of texture and pattern makes it perfect for feature walls, bedrooms, and powder rooms.

These are just a few items on my never ending list of design tips to make your home all that it can be. I hope they will intrigue and inspired you to begin a new design project in 2010.