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Home - Santa Fe Real Estate Guide - - LIVEYOURSTORY - Hand­i­crafts and any­thing off- thebench, off-the-wheel, or off-the-loom. Multi-pur­pose ev­ery­thing. HEATHER VAN LUCHENE STEFFANY HOLLINGSWORTH

As de­sign junkies in both our per­sonal and pro­fes­sional lives, we are con­stantly (and vo­ra­ciously) dis­cov­er­ing, cat­a­loging, and eval­u­at­ing great de­sign— from al­most ev­ery imag­in­able di­rec­tion. In­evitably, we need to make sense of it. What does any of it say about where the market is go­ing? What is use­ful for our work? What in­spires us? What makes our skin crawl? And what just makes us un­con­trol­lably en­thu­si­as­tic? And so, in the tra­di­tion of year-end lists, here is what is likely to make a go in 2019.


Part of the “Old Meets New” move­ment that’s been part-and-par­cel of the de­sign world over the last few years, this phe­nom­e­non is now well be­yond tex­tiles or ceram­ics and is show­ing in the ren­o­va­tion move­ment of old steel and brick ware­houses, the re­vi­tal­iza­tion of meat­pack­ing and fish­ing yards, and har­bor and water­front ar­eas. In ev­ery case, it’s about find­ing beauty in some­thing less than per­fect, and of­ten re­flects the skill­ful com­bi­na­tion of old and new.

This is more than min­i­mal­ism re­done. It’s tak­ing the de­fined, struc­tured spa­ces of the move­ment and fill­ing them with light, fur­ni­ture, and art. The con­cept of a “dec­o­rated space” is go­ing out of vogue, re­placed by cu­ra­tion.

As more and more peo­ple grav­i­tate to­ward city life, the need for smart, multi-pur­pose, smaller-scale fur­nish­ings that are adapt­able to dif­fer­ent spa­ces and needs, and are stylish to boot, is a chal­lenge, and one that makes this one of 2019’s big­gest in­te­rior-de­sign trends.

Com­pact fur­ni­ture cre­ations that demon­strate multi-func­tion­al­ity and flex­i­bil­ity have found a wel­come home in small spa­ces and dy­namic life­styles. We’re not liv­ing the way we used to, and in­stead are in­sist­ing that the old idea of five or six func­tional ar­eas in the house — like the kitchen or the din­ing room— give way to rec­og­niz­ing howwe ac­tu­ally use rooms. For in­stance, in an era of tablets, smart­phones, and Net­flix, do we still need a TV-fo­cused liv­ing area? 2019 IN COLOR The big news: the re­cently hot “Mil­len­nial Pink” (aka “quartz” and “so­phis­ti­cated blush”) is los­ing its ground to the “Red Wave.” Stay tuned for that. Else­where, pal­ettes in­spired by travel con­tinue to have a say. An­other in­ter­est­ing place to keep an eye on is Sher­winWil­liams’ “un­der­stated lux­ury” pal­ette, pulling bold Rock­weed and Char­coal Blue, lightly-tinted hues such as Mel­low Coral, Dusted Olive, and com­pli­mented with Vi­brant Voy­age, Limon Fresco, and Heart­throb to­gether to of­fer de­sign­ers a wide range of op­tions.

The Color of the Year 2019, coined Night­watch Green, is a mood­ier al­ter­na­tive to hunter and bot­tle green, and a nice al­ter- na­tive to to­day’s on-trend matte black.

Two of the pal­ettes high­lighted for 2019 by the Pan­tone Color In­sti­tute come from op­po­site sides of the color spec­trum: The shades in “Crav­ings” are meant to tempt the eye “as well as the taste budswith spicy reds, sweet flamingo or­ange and rich pur­ples.” Al­lu­sions to “fetish foods” such as pep­pers and choco­late are tem­pered by the warmth of a neu­tral Cap­puc­cino and grassy green shade.

The hues of “Clas­sico” skew more el­e­gant with a nod to style fun­da­men­tals. This is the pal­ette where “a grace­ful swan white” and shades of camel pair per­fectly with deep teals, gray flan­nels, bur­gundy reds, and caviar blacks.

Other high­lights: color gra­di­ents (think om­bre), pat­terns, and ‘80s shapes. We’re also see­ing botan­i­cals and big, in-your-face prints from ev­ery fab­ric house. 2019 IN MA­TE­RI­ALS Tra­di­tional or­ganic ma­te­ri­als aren’t go­ing any­where. But they cer­tainly aren’t all by them­selves. How can any­one have failed to no­tice the preva­lence of mar­ble? Mar­ble is ev­ery­where, and with the added ben­e­fit that some de­sign­ers are find­ing ways to make it look less palazzo and more moun­tain cabin. An­other great ad­vance is the num­ber of new ex­am­ples of in­no­va­tive uses for glass (in­clud­ing in fur­ni­ture).

The time­less yet in­trigu­ing na­ture of the ter­razzo is bring­ing this ma­te­rial back as a hot trend that is here to stay. Known for cen­turies for its dura­bil­ity, it is now mak­ing a come­back in a sig­nif­i­cant artis­tic man­ner.

We don’t be­lieve that you should fol­low trends. Un­less you re­ally, truly, au­then­ti­cally like the sort of world they evoke. As we have stated be­fore, trends, in our eyes, aren’t so much for what to fol­low; rather, they of­fer a world of new pos­si­bil­i­ties to in­cor­po­rate. Or not.

Heather Van Luchene, ASID, and Steffany Hollingsworth, ASID, are part­ners in HVL In­te­ri­ors, LLC, an in­te­rior-de­sign firm of­fer­ing pro­fes­sional res­i­den­tial and hos­pi­tal­ity de­sign ser­vices. Both are New Mex­ico-li­censed in­te­rior de­sign­ers. They can be reached at (505) 983-3601 or [email protected] hvlin­te­ri­


An artis­tic ter­razzo-like ap­pli­ca­tion fea­tur­ing Dzek’s Mar­mo­real, an en­gi­neered mar­ble, in a New York bath­room de­signed by RP Miller

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