Fall 2014 home decor: An en­sem­ble pro­duc­tion

The Progress-Index - At Home - - FRONT PAGE - BY KIM COOK

Are you a fan of mid­cen­tury mod­ern? Drawn to clas­sic el­e­gance? Does the hand­craft of global dé­cor grab you? There was an era when ex­perts said to pick just one, but now we can mix and match or go all in. Each sea­son brings up­dated ver­sions of suc­cess­ful pieces, plus an in­ter­est­ing ar­ray of new looks. This fall’s no ex­cep­tion. “Keep an eye out for ver­sa­tile ac­cent pieces, the kind that can work in a myr­iad of places, and con­sider ma­te­rial and color com­bi­na­tions,” says Beth Kush­nick, set dec­o­ra­tor for CBS’ “The Good Wife.” “These are some of the eas­i­est ways to re­fresh any space, and there’s a ton of stylish op­tions out right now at a range of price points.”

Af­ter her so­phis­ti­cated sets drew an on­line fol­low­ing, Kush­nick has cre­ated her own fur­nish­ings line, which de­buts this fall.

She says fall 2014 is about find­ing pieces that pro­vide max­i­mum im­pact with­out a lot of ef­fort.

Some themes this sea­son:

Touch of Fall

“Look for tex­ture-rich ac­ces­sories — like a box with stone in­lay or a wooden sculp­ture — that add an el­e­ment of na­ture to your space. Mix in a va­ri­ety of met­als to add a sense of lux­ury,” Kush­nick ad­vises.

Says Los An­ge­les-based de­signer Trip Haenisch: “I’m see­ing a lot of fab­rics with luxe tex­tures this sea­son. Linen vel­vets and wo­ven fab­rics are re­ally in. You can quickly and in­ex­pen­sively in­cor­po­rate tex­ture into your space through the use of pil­lows and throws.” (www.triphaenisch.com)

At fall pre­views, re­tail­ers were show­ing soft throws shot through with metal­lic threads or em­broi­dered with sub­tle se­quins. Rose gold is the in­génue on the metallics stage; its soft, pink-tinged fin­ish looks new, and you’ll see it on table­top ac­ces­sories, lamps, even sil­ver­ware.

Warm brass con­tin­ues to play a big role, trim­ming ta­bles, em­bed­ded in wooden trays, formed into curvy or lin­ear vases and lamps. It picks up the mid­cen­tury vibe but suits tra­di­tional spa­ces too. Chrome and acrylic hit con­tem­po­rary high notes.

On ce­ram­ics, you’ll find re­ac­tive and dip glazes, and more matte fin­ishes than ever be­fore.

Mer­cury glass, a dé­cor dar­ling for the past few sea­sons, gets a few tweaks with etched pat­terns and added color.

Light it up

High-end light­ing de­sign has found its way into the mid-range mar­ket, which means pricier styles at mass-mar­ket re­tail­ers.

Look for shades with crisp geo­met­rics, nubby tex­tures and crewel-work pat­terns to up­date lamps for not much money. (www.tar­get.com )

Pierced metal is show­ing up in many ac­cents, in­clud­ing light­ing. Milky glass pen­dants look coun­try-mod­ern. You’ll also find matte-fin­ish shades with foil in­te­ri­ors that catch light dra­mat­i­cally; Ikea has ta­ble and floor lamps with cop­pery lin­ing. (www.ikea. com)

Ata­pered ta­ble lamp like the Mel­rose from Crate & Bar­rel pro­vides mid­cen­tury flair. (www.crate­and­bar­rel.com ) Con­i­cal, brusheda­lu­minum sconces and pen­dants have spaceage style.

And for a luxe look, think about acrylic and crys­tal lamps. (www.re­ju­ve­na­tion.com)

Chan­de­liers get freshly in­ter­preted at Restora­tion Hard­ware.

Arus­tic iron Fou­caults orb en­cir­cles an or­nate crys­tal fix­ture; tiny ball chains veil the crys­tals like the fringe on a flap­per’s dress. (www.restora­tionhard­ware.com)

Color Cor­ner

Play with color, Kush­nick urges. “There are some gor­geous grays and sub­tle greens out this fall, and 2014’s ra­di­ant or­chid and co­ral add a lush pop al­most any­where,” she says. “You can make a big splash just by up­dat­ing a wall color or bring­ing in a few vi­brant ac­cent pieces.”

You’ll also see car­rot, purple, lemon­grass, ocher, clove, mo­lasses and olive in throw pil­lows, bed­ding and up­hol­stery. Homegoods has a but­ter­scotch leather ot­toman, a pretty pink side chair, and a pea-green ac­cent ta­ble in its fall col­lec­tions. (www.homegoods. com)

Pat­tern Play

Om­bre, tile, zig­gu­rat, cinque­foil and fili­gree pat­terns grace lamp­shades, rugs and drap­ery. Naïve wood­land mo­tifs and ‘70s-era kitchen prints dress wall art and napery. The new­est geo­met­rics and tra­di­tional prints are over­scale.

Re­spond­ing to the mid­cen­tury trend, Ethan Allen has re­leased a col­lec­tion of Mod­ern Art Mas­ter lith­o­graphs, in­clud­ing ones by Cha­gall, Miro, Matisse and Calder. (www.ethanallen. com)

Kush­nick is en­joy­ing wall­pa­per’s come­back. “The new tem­po­rary wall­pa­pers are a great op­tion for apart­ment dwellers,” she says.

Chas­ing Pa­pers has hip ver­sions of geo­met­rics, an­i­mal prints and flo­rals. (www.chas­ing­pa­pers.com ) And big, bold geo­met­rics high­light Tampa-based de­signer Given Camp­bell’s An­dover col­lec­tion. (www.given­camp­bell.com)

Style Sign­posts

Af­ter a few sea­sons in a sup­port­ing role, mid­cen­tury mod­ern takes the lead this fall and win­ter. Ac­cent chairs are arm­less or lower-pro­file, and fur­ni­ture has ei­ther a Cal­i­for­nia-chic or Dan­ish-mod­ern vibe.

New York fur­ni­ture stu­dio Miles & May has a col­lec­tion of dressers and cab­i­nets at West Elm in wal­nut ve­neer, and that fin­ish is also on the Grasshop­per of­fice desk. (www. west­elm.com)

Up­hol­stered fur­ni­ture gets its shirt tucked in. No more slouchy, sloppy slip­cov­ers — the new­est pieces tend to­ward trim and tight, but in com­fier, softer fab­rics.

We’re see­ing a lot of side and cof­fee ta­bles with metal legs. West Elm’s Wal­dorf cof­fee ta­ble is a slim rose­wood slab perched on skinny brass legs.

Cyan De­signs’ Port­man end ta­bles are lacy, laser-cut iron drums.

You’ll see faceted pieces across the ac­ces­sory spec­trum, in mir­rors, con­tain­ers and trays.

Pop cul­ture from the ‘70s and ‘80s shows up in vi­brant retro-print pil­lows, fur­ni­ture and ac­cents.

Check out Jonathan Adler’s sher­bet-hued Brigitte chair and Holli Zollinger’s up­beat wo­ven rugs for Deny De­signs. (www.jonathanadler.com ; www.deny­de­signs.com)

Global tribal mo­tifs main­tain a pow­er­ful pres­ence, with In­dia, the Amer­i­cas and Africa strongly rep­re­sented. World Mar­ket’s got a col­lec­tion of well-priced round, carved tribal ta­bles. (www.world­mar­ket.com)

In bed­ding, drap­ery, rug and up­hol­stery fab­rics, look for more new wood­block, pais­ley and medal­lion prints.

Ikat, kan­tha print and medal­lions grace tex­tile col­lec­tions at Pottery Barn, and there are Mex­i­can tile print ce­ram­ics there too. (www.pot­tery­barn.com)

Ac­ces­sories like carved an­i­mals, wo­ven art, sculpted pa­per and ce­ramic vases, and iron­work and glass items draw from dis­tant cul­tures.

Vin­tage-style globes, steamer trunks, map art and travel ad­ver­tis­ing con­tinue to in­ter­est home dec­o­ra­tors. There’s her­ring­bone, tweed, plaid, Fair Isle knit pat­terns and lots of new takes on faux fur — Nordic and Dan­ish de­signs in tex­tiles as well as kitchen and dining items.

The rus­tic ro­man­tic look also has stay­ing power, with out­doorsy pur­suits in­form­ing ev­ery­thing from art to dish­ware. Na­tive Amer­i­can mo­tifs have graphic style; DGoods crafts a trio of wood nest­ing ta­bles with a de­sign rem­i­nis­cent of a Navajo blan­ket. (www.pure­home.com)

Look for feathers, cam­per vans, ar­rows, foxes and trees, and ex­pect this look to be rep­re­sented in hol­i­day dé­cor as well.


This photo pro­vided by West Elm shows a Clover cof­fee ta­ble that takes an iconic mid­cen­tury shape and of­fers it in a va­ri­ety of fin­ishes, in­clud­ing red. It is also avail­able in teal blue.

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