I may be a little late on this discussion…but I thought it would be worth a quick blogpost. In January, Elle Decor magazine asked 5 designers to talk about the 5 worst trends of 2011 that have overstayed their welcome. You can read the article here.
One designer, Sheila Bridges, said that DIY was one of them. Just because a piece of furniture could be reclaimed doesn’t mean it has to be. I think that if something is about to fall apart, or if it’san ugly piece to begin with – without any shape or style – then I think that it should be left at the garage sale, thrift shop orcurbside. But, with all of the people who are writing DIY blogs and their countless readers – I think that DIY has never been stronger, more creative – and wonderful. Sheila may be the designer to the stars – and, most notably, Bill Clinton, but I think she may be a bit mistaken in her assessment of a trend that has really taken hold and I don’t think it’s going to go away quietly.
DIY has probably grown in recent years due to the recession. People cannot afford very pricey furniture and they looking for budget-friendly ways to decorate their homes. I have always been a fan of re-doing furniture and will probably keep doing it even after the economy rebounds. It’s a beautiful craft and, if I must say so modestly, it’s something I do well. It also saves a ton of money for all of my clients and in this day of ever-increasing squeezes on our pocketbooks – I am glad that I can give them a beautiful home without them spending a fortune.
A $20 bamboo vanity/desk that I found in a Port Jefferson NY thrift shop!
Here it is in another staged home I did
Some of the bamboo wrungs were missing but my husband found a few “look-a-likes” around our house (stem supports from faux orchid pots) and replaced them. When I found the piece it was sitting right outside the basement of the shop in a natural but very grayish state. I cleaned it up and I spray painted it with gloss white – and voila – a lovely little accent piece. I use this a lot when I’m staging because it’s very light and transportable and I think it looks beautiful. In the future, I’d like to do an etched design on the glass – I think that that will really be lovely.
Our JC Penney entertainment unit – revamped. You can read about how I did this here
A garage sale find – quickly revamped with Annie Sloan Chalk paint and stencils
These are just a few things that I have done that I have some photos of. I have to begin photographing the many things I’ve done over the years.
Using Books in Interior Design is on the List of the Worst Trends (but not on my List!)
The other design trend that’s supposedly due to die out is the use of books in interior design. I agree that it should not be done willy nilly but if you have lovely books just collecting dust in a bookcase – I think they should be stacked on a coffee table or placed on a console behind a sofa…or even stacked next to a chair in a reading area. I do this all the time in my own house and guess what? People pick the books up and start reading them! Just yesterday two of my friends picked up design Mary MacDonald’s recent book and said they would probably buy it! If it was just sitting in my bookcase – it wouldn’t have had any attention! If you’d like to read my blog post on using books in interior design, go here.
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