The oil market crashed in Houston, the years have been lean lately – but if not, would I be tossing it all out and starting over again to look trendier? When you decide to stop buying – unconsciously or not – you look at what others are doing and your house begins to feel a bit stagnant. Or cover up all your sheetrock with plaster if you can afford it – or shiplap. Wood ceilings and wood beams add a warmth to what can traditionally be a cold space. My thoughts are – they probably are great for bathrooms and kitchens, but then, what? For most in America though – this seems to be THE shades they are living with. Every New Farmhouse has a written sign or two or three.
At what age do you stop restaining your wood floor from dark to light and back again. Or paint your red walls yellow, then gray, then white, then wallpaper them? They are probably best for a beach house or a house in the country where real wood floors might be more easily ruined. Go on Zillow and look at houses newly renovated for sale – and I promise you, you will see this floor with white walls and gray walls. The magazines and market says color is in – and it is, for some. But, the other day, I saw a house with the dark gray vinyl and it was just awful looking. Another element of the New Farmhouse is the hand-written sign. Handpainted wallpaper is being seen everywhere – in all the magazines.
Of course trends don’t start on January 1 of a new year, but they are more a slow ebb of changes of what we choose to live around.
I would rather clean out my storage closets filled with old collections that I stowed away years and years ago. I must admit I was green with envy when I saw theirs. So here it is – my choice for the biggest trend item in a kitchen - the Lacanche range, or the La Cornue – either one. The Cornue is a bit more, but the smaller Williams Sonoma version is less and you can get it really fast. They sell much larger units with 9 burners and more, but now their are the smaller versions for the United States market. If I were renovating a kitchen and had the budget – this would my choice. Another item that has gained strength are these spot lights – in kitchen, bathrooms, and libraries.
But I’m not remotely judgmental when people decide that they value their freedom and independence over marriage. This is what spurred Helen Croydon to create her own dating site, Part Time Love.
“Croydon asserts that a low-maintenance or part-time relationship is distinctively different than the eloquently named “booty call,” or the even more lucid “casual encounter” in that the goal is lasting love. She envisions her demographic as users in their mid-to-late 30s and early 40s who are set in their ways and might find it difficult to adapt domestically to a new partner.
They installed a French range and it hit me – this is probably THE appliance to have now. Upper cabinets – white with white countertops – this lessens a too dark look. I love seagrass, always have and probably always will. It’s chunkier than seagrass and adds a lot of texture.
That seems like such a waste, a feeling that might be either financially motivated or emotional. My brother & sister –in laws recently moved to a new house that they totally renovated, and which I hope to show you one day!! Green cabinets are trending too, mixed with brass and marble or white Quartzite, which is very popular now instead of marble. Deep Russian blue mixed with contemporary large hardware in matte brass. This owner is also a dealer of these signs which is why she has a lot on display.