Winter Blues

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

What's In...What's Out this winter 2010

Go with what you like, right? That's what my mama always told me. But these days, sometimes we need a little guidance when decorating. Perhaps an inner voice leading us in the right direction in creating our nests. Do I listen to the trends? When I like what I hear. Like clothing fashion, there are the new & wow-e-wow ideas out there but for your home it's a little more complicated. You are going to spend a little more money on your furnishings than the new skinny jean or bright-colored wrap.

Our store just got the latest trend list of what's in and what's out this winter- 2010. I'm sharing it because you may get a kick out of it. You might agree with it. You might not.

Do you want the good news or the bad news first? Let's go with the bad news...what's out!

In home design, what's out according to Home Retailers: Red, Blue & Browns (aka chocqua), Pink, Anything too shiny, Formality, Tea accessories, Antique gold, Matchy-matchy bedding ensembles, Exaggerated arms on upholstered seating, Fussy florals, Black lampshades, Tuscany, Contemporary, and Overstuffed.

What's in according to the same folks: Purples in all hues, Primary colors, Greens with blues, Muted tones, browns & grays, Oranges with red tones, Linen, Black and white, Monkeys, Cashmere blankets, Honeybees, Animal prints, Bird themes, Dogs, Silvery blues, Character, Understated chic that's comfortable, & Homey, "we've had this old expensive thing forever look". Vintage, and anything Monogrammed is in!

Lately we've been seeing a lot of color omitted from rooms and layering with texture and special keepsakes. It allows you to enjoy the furnishings throughout the year and pops of color could be added, but you certainly will not get tired of one particular color in your room when the neutrals are your base. Sounds a lot like dressing your own self, doesn't it? This winter I think it's important for your home to feel inviting and a come in and take a long winters nap right here sorta look! Comfort & relaxing this winter should be what's in. And of course surrounding yourself with things that you LOVE.

Take a look at the list and if there's anything you'd like to add to or suggest, I'm all ears. I'm curious what your favorite things are right now in your home or anything special you've been on the hunt for.


  1. Perfect timing to come out with a blog Whit! I'm moving into my apartment next weekend :) hint hint. Excited to follow you on your blogging journey!

  2. Don't you love design these days? My favorite word in your (great) essay: "character". Ethnic, vintage, keepsake, custom....all self-expressive. My own bias, of course: art is always in!

    Congratulations on the new blog! It's a great addition to the dialogue.

  3. Welcome to the wonderful world of blogging! I would add "ambiance" to your fine and fabulous list, which is as simple as a lit candle, or a new lamp to add light and sparkle to a spot. There is nothing like having dinner with candle-light on the table even if the meal is left-overs!
    I hope my sons appreciate the job for years to come as my "candle-lighters!"
    Wishing you a Happy New Year full of love, warmth, light and a happy home.

  4. As a new blogger myself, I was delighted to find your new blog! And the paisley bed cover - too cute!