Trending for 2022: Biophilic Interior Design

Okay, you don’t have to plant a tree in your living room this year to be trendy! That said, the hot topic of 2022: “biophilic interior design.” Marrying science and design, biophilia is a human-centered, holistic approach to design, based on a simple concept: incorporating more elements of nature in interior environments can yield benefits for our health and well-being. More than any other trend I’ve seen, this one feels like an antidote to the times we live in. As we all reel from the chaos of the past two years, there is a collective acknowledgment that we must tend to our own physical, mental, and emotional needs. Simultaneously, technological developments have increasingly alienated us from the natural world. We now spend an estimated 80-90% of our time indoors (between home and the workplace), often in urban environments far removed from the soul-quenching influence of nature. Enter the concept of biophilia — “the idea that humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature,” noted Eric Baldwin in his 2020 article, “Biophilia: Bringing Nature into Interior Design” on the architecture website ArchDaily. He explains how imbuing built spaces with characteristics of the natural world, such as water, greenery, [...]

2022-01-11T11:13:40-05:00

Top 10 Home Décor Trends for 2021

It is unlikely we will ever forget the year 2020 – and its reverberating effects will carry us well into 2021. Many are facing serious financial repercussions – others the heartbreaking loss of loved ones. For those fortunate enough to ride this out by hunkering down, homes have become the hub of all family activity – often including school and work – and a sanctuary to buffer us from an uncertain world. This pivotal year has transformed how we view our living spaces, according to home furnishings and décor experts. Here are a few home décor trends they are forecasting for 2021: Spaces do double-duty. We will continue to need multifunctional spaces that fulfill a variety of purposes. There is an increased focus on creating spaces (nooks!) designed for both relaxation and productivity, without sacrificing aesthetics. Comfort reigns. We’re gravitating toward furnishings that evoke comfort and livability, according to Modsy’s annual trend report on Insider.com. This means overstuffed furniture with softer curves; and textural, grainy, reclaimed woods.  Old feels new. Insider.com is seeing a resurgence in antiques and repurposed, salvaged, and retro pieces that can be found in flea markets and antique stores. Modern, ‘80s décor also is enjoying [...]

2021-08-19T09:09:52-04:00

Surviving the New Normal at Home

Home is being redefined in 2020. Who would have imagined that home would become where just about everything is, subbing for the office, classroom, gym, restaurant, vacation destination and countless other places that, sadly, we may never view quite the same way again. There is no sugarcoating the fact that many are enduring unbearable personal loss and financial hardship during the pandemic. If you have the good fortune to be healthy and still have a steady income, now is a time to consider donating to one or more of the deserving charities working overtime to fill unprecedented need. Before donating, you may want to research the organization's worthiness on Charity Navigator, a nonprofit that evaluates charities.  Those who do have the means are investing in their home life right now. Housing sales are booming—up a record 24.7% in July despite an otherwise troubled economy, according to the National Association of Realtors. Spending more time at home is prompting many people to look for larger places in which to work remotely. Other market factors, such as a shortage of available housing and low interest rates, are helping to fuel the boom. Those of us staying put are looking for creative [...]

2021-08-19T09:07:05-04:00
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