Trend Alert: Woven Works

As we transition into the colder seasons, some of us are desperately clinging to the last remains of summer. Decorating your interior with woven textures is a great way to add warmth and comfort to your home.

Often associated with a bohemian style, woven furniture and decorations feel laid back and a little rustic. In fact, some of the materials originated in the tropics. Rattan, one of the most popular deco materials today, is made from a climbing plant found in the jungles of Asia. Similar to bamboo, it has been used in furniture making for generations. These days, rattan is being used to create some truly unique and intricate pieces.

However, woven doesn’t have to mean tan or brown. If it’s a rug, blanket or hanging decoration, adding a splash of color can give you that contrast you need to complete a room. 
You might not expect it, but woven materials also work great for making sturdy tables and chairs. Because of its durability, rattan and wicker pieces are often placed outdoors, but they also work great in the kitchen or living room. 
Whether you go big or you go small, you’re always going to want to go home to these woven decorations.

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AIA 2017 Second Quarter Trend Survey: Home Features

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AIA (American Institute of Architects) recently released their second quarterly survey on Home Design Trends for 2017. The second quarter focuses on home features. Here are some highlights.

  • Outdoor Kitchens

Of rooms increasing in popularity, outdoor kitchens is at the top of the list. Some others include mudrooms and home offices.

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  • Multi-generational Living

We are now thinking about aging in place much more when building/remodeling. We are asking the question, “Will I be able to live in this space when I am older?”. Or many of us are taking in our elderly parents. Some popular features of a multi-generational home include: first floor master suites, wider doorways and hallways, and easy-to-use features (e.g. single handle faucets).
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  • Ease of Maintenance and Wireless Features

This is the age of technology. Wireless and home automation controls are always growing in popularity. We are often looking for those with an ease of maintenance. Some common wireless/ ease of maintenance features include: energy management and efficiency (e.g. solar panels and tankless water heaters), sound systems, smart thermostats, motion sensor lights, etc.

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  • Home Improvement

Home remodeling and improvement trump new builds these days. And first-time home buyers are way up! Also, the condo market is rising (this may have to do with our movement towards ease of maintenance?). Something we have really seen decrease is the purchase of vacation homes.
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Trend Alert: Bathroom Plants

When you need a place to hang your plants, what comes to mind? The living room is probably the first thing you think of, but what about the bathroom? A lot of folks don’t realize the bathroom can be an ideal home for most floral friends.

Primarily, plants love the humid air created by running hot water. When caring for your plant, simply placing it near or above the shower can eliminate the need to water regularly.

Furthermore, some plants can actually serve as air purifiers, killing bacteria and toxins in the air and making your bathroom feel even cleaner. Keep these ones close. Hanging eucalyptus in your shower can even reduce stress and promote respiratory health.

Consider your approach. Some prefer the one-and-done/minimalist style in which a single plant can suffice. Others go for the “bathtime oasis” and form a miniature jungle around the bath or shower.

Whichever style you choose, do some research on the plants you keep indoors. Some species can be harmful to pets and children, so make sure you know what’s in the pot.

In the end, no room should be off-limits for your plants. To see how our floral friends can work in other indoor spaces, check out our blog post on indoor plants!