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2012 Trends for Interiors

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A whole new year means a whole new list of trends that designers and experts have forecasted to make their way onto shelves and into your homes in the coming months. As usual you’ll see a lot of crossover of fashion into interior design, so the colour you might be wearing might also be on your walls (I’m looking at you tangerine tango). Today I’ve compiled a condensed list of a few of the newest trends and some ideas on how to add them to your space straight away.

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Unfinished Wood

The unfinished wood trend is one that isn’t going anywhere this year. With people still looking for furniture made of reclaimed wood, and wanting to avoid toxic finishes, the warmth and texture of bare wood is definitely appealing.

How to add it now: A dining room table with an unfinished wood top. It’s a long lasting piece that will add natural beauty.

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Gold, silver and bronze paired with greys, blacks and neutrals will be everywhere in the coming months. We are also seeing far more coloured metallics in home accessories. Metallic wallpaper also seems to be popular right now.

How to add it now: Accessories like throw pillows, vases and ornamental decorations are the way to go with a trend like this; with a look that may or may not last a few seasons you may only want to make a minor financial investment to implemented the style you’re after.

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The past will be a big source of inspiration for interiors this year; eighties glam, seventies futuristic and sixties palm springs will be showing up in both furniture designs and paint colours.

How to add it now: There is a lot of retro inspired lighting out there and it can be easily added to most of your existing decors with striking effect.

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Pantone’s colour of the year is called tangerine tango and you can expect to see it popping up everywhere. I love it when Pantone releases their colour forecast because it gives a great overall idea of the general mood in design.

How to add it now: Orange isn’t a colour that most people can handle in large doses, but it can be fun in a small space like a bathroom or a guest room. Try pairing it with white and light coloured woods.

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Industrial details like castors and roughed up metal are big this year in furniture. Picture a New York warehouse space with heavy duty furniture and oversized art. However, industrial doesn’t have to mean humongous, it can still be incorporated in smaller spaces by adding details of concrete, metal and wood.

How to add it now: A tarnished metal light fixture or an object like an industrial fan displayed as art are fun options for adding this look on a small scale.

Natural Linen and Cotton

It is fitting that natural textiles are in vogue, because like unfinished wood they exude calm and a return to nature.

How to add it now: If you don’t want to commit to a whole linen-upholstered couch, draping a linen throw over your existing couch will give you a similar effect.

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That’s it for our list. The nice thing about many of these styles is that they are very open to interpretation and can be implemented in small and big ways.  What do you think of these trends? Are there any that you could see adding to your home?

Happy Friday everyone!

How To Make A Paper Leaves Wreath

It’s How-To Wednesday

The other day I was thinking our front door could really use a little holiday spirit, and it seemed like a perfect time to attempt making a wreath. I was having a hard time choosing from the millions of wreath ideas out there so I came up with my own. Bibliophiles and librarians everywhere, I do apologize.  That is a cut up book you’re looking at. I’m always a little torn when it comes to using books for crafting, but I love the look of type and I figured up-cycling an unwanted book into something my family will enjoy for years is a forgivable offense.  Feel free to use any kind of paper you like however. I think some textured Washi paper would also look phenomenal.


one metal coat hanger


paper or an old book

thread to match your paper


craft scissors (I used a set with a serrated edge)


Step 1: Using pliers or your hands to bend coat hanger into a circular shape. Use pliers or strong wire cutters to clip off the hook at the top of the hanger (I saved this step for the end). 

Step 2: Pour yourself a glass of eggnog (or something stronger), put on your favourite holiday movie and start cutting paper leaves using craft scissors. Don’t worry about making them all the same size, a little variation is perfectly okay.  You need tons to get a full looking wreath, so cut out way more than you think you’ll need.

Step 3: Using a needle and thread attach your leaves to the wire. My approach was to knot my thread to the wire, and then I attached one paper leaf at a time, wrapping the thread around the wire after each leaf. Attach leaves in alternating directions (see photo).

Step 4: After you’ve attached ten or so leaves, gently bunch the leaves together. Keep attaching leaves and bunching until you’ve reached the end of your circle.

Step 5: Gently fold leaves in the centre making them more three dimensional, and fan the leaves out until you’re happy with the fullness and shape.

Step 6: Tie a bow out of ribbon for the top of the wreath.

Step 7: All finished! Hang and enjoy.

This was absolutely a satisfying and cost effective project that can be modified in any number of ways. Feel free to experiment with materials or the process. If you need any help with your wreath feel free to comment below and I will try to help.

All images by Eric Cator

Baubles and Balls

Antique Silver Baubles. Image via Dee Puddy.

I’ve got a thing for Christmas balls.

I’m generally fascinated by circles and spheres because of their symmetry, their mathematical perfection, and their arcs and curves that just go on and on. Add some sparkle and flash to that equation, and suddenly there’s light reflecting and refracting in infinite splendid ways!

So why confine all that fabulousness to the Christmas tree? There are a lot of other places that could use the sprinkle of shimmer that these brilliant orbs could bring. Here are but a few.

The Ceiling

There’s always a wow factor in beautiful things that are above eye level. There’s an element of surprise, because we don’t see them unless we look up, and there’s a sense of awe and big-ness, even if they look small. I think it’s related to our love for the sun, moon, and stars, and everything else we see up there — clouds, airplanes, rainbows.

Image via Create

Image from Little Sealed Packages

The ceiling at Rolf's German Restaurant in Manhattan. Image via Mille Fiori Favoriti.

Image by Nathalie Mariano

The Table

Baubles make awesome centerpieces! Put a number of them on a plate, bowl, or glass globes and cylinders, and you’ve got instant festive air.

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Image via Words, Words, Words

Image via Design Muse

The Wall or Door

These magnificent spheres make unique and lovely wreaths. I mean, how fantastically apt is it to use round ornaments to create a circle?

Image from Fingerprints on the Fridge

Image from Eddie Ross

Via House to Home

The Gifts

A ball or two (or three) makes even the most mediocre gift-wrapping extra special.

Image from Woman's Day

In the Showroom with Greg – Bookcase Basics

Greg Laciak is Greentea Design’s lead designer.  When Greg’s not helping clients plan their dream kitchen he’s often in the showroom giving it that quintessential Greentea vibe.  With an unmatched eye for what’s beautiful and how it all fits together, The Design Tree is delighted to have Greg as a guest contributor.  This month is Steps and Storage Month at Greentea and Greg demonstrates how to prop your bookcases so that all your treasures get the spotlight they deserve!

A lot of us are guilty of just cramming things into bookcases, not realizing that we are wasting serious design potential. Shelves are hefty pieces that draw the eye and can provide that punch of wow-factor to your room. Each partition is a frame within a larger space; and these blank spaces are inviting you to fill them with your treasures to create something extraordinary. Using shelving in this way is an excellent way to display your collections. Do it right, and you’ve got your own unique, personal wall art  - your curated life, created and informed by your travels, interests and experiences.

Here are some tips on how to properly prop your shelves:

Use books to add weight and pattern to shelves. Choose from your favorite tomes, those that have interesting looks that would look cohesive together.  Display your design books together, or those antiquarian encyclopaedias you inherited.

Next add your most cherished collected items. Position the bigger pieces first. This helps you ensure that the entire shelf remains balanced as you go along.

Go for a mix of materials and shapes. Let the pieces play off each other — square with round, light with dark, smooth with rough.

Add smaller items last and keep your collections together. This adds quirky contrasts with your bigger pieces and brings delicate elements in.

Pour a glass of wine, relax and enjoy your stunning shelves. Relish the fact that they are totally you!

Clean Slate – Decorating with White


Are you thinking about freshening your home up with a coat of paint this spring? One option to consider when choosing your paint colour is simple white. The benefits of keeping things white are numerous; it can maximize light, help furniture and artwork standout, and highlight the architectural features of your home.  I came across this beautiful gleaming white Malaysian apartment on Bloesom the other day and it had me wanting to give every room in my home a clean slate.

Style at Home

Just taking a look at your local paint store you will see that there are no shortage of options when it comes to shades of white. You can go warm or cool, or add a hint of colour depending on the room and mood you’re trying to achieve. In the kitchen above a warm white has been used on the walls, cabinetry and window coverings, making a welcoming and relaxed environment. The pale walls and counters also play nicely off the light floorboards.

a beautiful living via house of bliss

This eclectic apartment belonging to Amelia of A Beautiful Living illustrates how white paint can be used to accentuate interesting architecture. Using a more vibrant colour in this room might draw too much attention to the intricate molding for the wrong reasons, but by painting everything white the contours are subtly enhanced with light and shadow, while the room remains cohesive and  beautiful.

Stadshem via makingitmystyle

White is probably not the first colour you would think off when designing a kids room, but this high contrast bedroom/playspace may have you thinking differently. I love the way the patterns and artwork pop out in this all white space.

This is Glamorous via apartment therapy

One of the wonderful things about sticking with a neutral wall colour is that it allows you to bring your own personality into your space. White can be anything you want it to be; eclectic, minimalist, traditional, country or hopelessly romantic like the glamorous bedroom above.

Designed by Jonathan Adler via House Beautiful

As you’ve seen, white does not need to be boring. There is something I absolutely adore about painted white floors, and the way they add instant Scandinavian cool to a space.  This stunning foyer, designed by Jonathan Adler, goes to show that by using the right details and colour accents white can have just as much personality as any shade of the rainbow.

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