Tuesday, March 22, 2016

HGTV Blogger Block Party - Design Trends for 2016

I am a little bit late getting this blog post finally published!  Last summer while I was attending the New York NOW show, I had the opportunity to get invited to the HGTV Blogger Party at the HGTV offices in New York City. So fun! (excuse the cell phone images - was so excited to be there, that my picture taking skills may have suffered from celebrity sightings!)

All about Design Trends for 2016!

Met the absolutely adorable, Sara Peterson, Editor in Chief of HGTV!

Thanked her and her staff for including our store and products in several different HGTV Magazine issues over the past few years.  Sara was so incredibly gracious - love her! (even though I might have been slightly tongue-tied...)

And then the star of the show - Genevieve Gorder! Design Trends for 2016

Genevieve talked quite a bit about the Scandinavian,/Viking/Game of Thrones design trend that is happening right now.  (note her cute outfit!)  Includes unique woven textures, like chunky knits, rope and braiding, mixed with natural materials of bleached shells , driftwood, and sea grass, blended together to create a warm neutral decorating style. 

After listening to Genevieve talk about this design trend,  I was inspired me to create our Beachcomber Decor Collection last fall. 
"A little bit Scandinavian, hints of the Nordic with more than a dash of Northern Californian, this is one of our go-to coastal styles to welcome our friends and family to the beach!"  

Nordic beach style was fun, but, the Cuban island influenced style is the one that I am the most excited about!

 See Genevieve's slide above for a hint of the colors of this re-discovered Caribbean nation; shades of aqua, cerulean blue, deep turquoise, royal blues and emerald green. This design trend is tropical with a definite twist of  incredible Spanish and Moorish influenced art and (think Barcelona!) architecture. Imagine medallion circles and intricate tile shapes.. . So cool!  

We've been seeing this design influence  in just about everything from rugs,to pillows, to lamps to wall decor. I do not expect this rich with color and captivating historic trend to go away anytime soon, especially since the USA is now opening up all kinds of doors to Cuba and to the Cuban people.  I love it. 

Selfishly, I really would hate to see Cuba become something else and lose the true art that exists there...

Here are just a few of the new items that we've collecting in a new Coastal Style category that we will be calling Havana.  Hope you all enjoy!

Havana Coastal Style

Artisan Large Palm Rug - love the varying shades of blues in this!  (available in more colors too)

Blue Parrot Pillow - fun vintage shapes and bright colors!

Ten Palms Area Rug - love the blue palm leaves mixed with a "tiled" pattern

(image source - MyDomaine)

See what I mean?  I am totally captured by the romance of Cuba!

Look for this new re-vamped Caribbean island inspired design trend to be everywhere this year and continuing into the next several years!

P.S. We've been collecting all kinds of inspiration on our Cuban Art Pinterest Board - come take a look!

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