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BRIANA: Today’s trend comes to us from the HGTV Home Studio Home & Garden Headlines newsletter: Black fences. I’ve heard what you think about black walls, but what about these hot garden backdrops cropping up everywhere? Are they a great contrast for all the flora and fauna or too dark and dreary for the outdoors? Do you prefer fences of the white picket variety or are you ready to embrace this trend? Talk to me!

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Photo: The Landscape Architect Garden Design Consultancy via Gardenista

MARIANNE: I love the contrast of a deep charcoal fence against lush greenery. In fact I love the color combo so much we are contemplating painting our modern house in the woods almost black! The darker tones in this Brian Patrick Flynn design are my inspiration:

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You might be willing to tolerate a smattering of the seventies here and there, from some of the more glamorous light fixtures, to a few of the iconic furniture pieces that have begun a new day of celebration, but I’m curious how you feel about the resurgence of fiber art and weavings that have become the trend du jour? Quite often, as we see trends reemerge there is a slight trickle-down effect and the end result only hints at the original. Once in a while we see the full look and style revisit under virtually the same terms and conditions it did previously, and this is definitely one of those times.

Fiber

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Big, bold, and utterly handcrafted, the vintage varieties of these pieces are highly sought after by a crowd that happens to include the likes of the designers sourcing for ACE Hotel, and always on the forefront of the design scene. Where they go, many a designer will follow, but it seems this is precisely where the design world was heading regardless.

Fiber

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The seventies appear to be back in full swing for the moment, right alongside a few of the other decades that are still enjoying a bit of their prime.  In fact it seems much of the second half of the last century is up for grabs right now and designers and makers alike are flocking to the past for inspiration if not directly for the resources themselves.

Fiber

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While all things vintage are current for the moment, it’s interesting to see the skillset behind these works become a target for the more hands-on community. Weaving and the arts surrounding the loom are taking an upturn in the world of craft and I for one can’t wait to see where this particular aspect leads.

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If there ever was a product that screamed: “Please, just leave me to my function and forget my form. I’ve got a job to do!” it’s the lowly doormat. And who could blame it? Its sole purpose is to be stepped on with dirty shoes. When Briana suggested we look for some mats that were not-too-kitschy yet not too plain I knew I’d have some hunting to do. I think I’ve found some good options in a range of styles that meet the aesthetic requests and don’t shirk their function altogether:

door mats

1. Anchor West Elm; 2. Tvis round mat IKEA; 3. Wink Orange Rug; 4. Oceanstar Bamboo; 5. Branch Door mat; 6. Magical Thinking Southwest Geo Rug; 7. Turkish Doormat

I have to admit, at my own apartment, I go for pure function in my entryway. I’ve got a recycled-tire doormat that you can stand on with dripping, snowy boots and just wipe down later. However, these are all so pretty that I might reconsider my choice of pure utility leaving me, as usual, with a case of the wants.

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Making its debut as early as the 1930’s but not truly popularized until the 1960’s, this former military application isn’t so much an emerging trend as it is a look that seems to be habitually hip. Perhaps with an occasional ebb and flow in mainstream popularity, Lucite remains on the design radar and readily available in decor and accessories, even despite some of its less than stellar uses in the past. This barely there material never ceases to bring that sense of coolness to a space, and designers are always finding new and clever ways to add this stealthy staple to the mix.

Love of Lucite

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From commercial signage applications in a residential space to fully stocked bar carts that are light on their feet, this industrial strength ‘upstager’ is constantly turning heads. Once a game changer always a game changer I suppose, since the general design of Lucite pieces doesn’t seem to have changed much over the years. In fact, aside from the more extreme examples from a particular era, it would be quite difficult for the average person to guess which pieces were made in the 60’s and 70’s and which might have been made today.

Love of Lucite

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So what is it about Lucite that remains forever young and timelessly chic? It might be the modern vibe it brings to a space, or its weightless and futuristic nature, maybe it’s that extra bit of unexpected something special that ties it all together — I really couldn’t say, but I know I enjoy seeing it happen — as often as possible, for now. So how about you? Do you have a love of Lucite or could you leave it at the door?

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Pantone’s Fashion Color Report for this spring is drool-worthy. From Placid Blue and Paloma to Dazzling Blue, I was — well — dazzled. My favorite, however, is Hemlock. It’s a more subdued version of mint green and the perfect spring-inspired hue. Pantone says, “Similar to the verdant shade of springtime foliage, Hemlock, a summery, ornamental green, provides a decorative touch that’s very different from the greens of recent seasons.” What’s your take on this versatile pastel?

Mood Board Monday: Pantone HemlockVignette | Arrangement | Paint | Runway | Pantone | Shake | Cookie | Drink | Print

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No one but Hannah replied to my first proposed Defend the Trend topic of chunky knits (which are a real trend), maybe because we had done macramé and it was just too similar? Maybe because this winter has slowly crushed our spirits and sapped us of our collective will to live? (It’s been tough here in NYC.) Anyway, here are some of our thoughts about marshmallows, marshmallows with Instagrams printed on them and other things with Instagrams/pictures printed on them instead. Enjoy! And eat some marshmallows. Or don’t. I don’t know anymore.

LIZ: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/87609155225659761/

(NY people, just roast them over a radiator in your cubes.)

BRIANA: I’ve seen this with Oreos, but Thin Mints is next-level. Good thing I’m allergic to Thin Mints, because I feel like I’d eat a ton of these.

LILI: This looks delicious, even to someone who hates marshmallows.

LIZ: YOU GUYS: https://boomf.com/

FARIMA: Whaaat? That’s awesome. I wonder what else you can put your Instagrams on.

KAYLA: Probably the biggest waste of money ever.

LIZ: OR is it the best waste of money ever?

ALYSSA: This is NOT okay. Even my food instagrams aren’t appetizing as a boomf marshmallow

KAYLA: Depends. Unless I got BOOMF marshmallows that say: “M-A-R-R-Y M-E?” in hot chocolate or on SOMETHING chocolate, I’m not interested.

LILI: I want to instagram a picture of marshmallows and have them boomfed.

BRIANA: Meta BOOMF! Inception BOOMF! (I really like saying BOOMF!)

KELLY SMITH TRIMBLE: Decorating with Instagram photos is a great topic. We should all be investing in companies that make 4 x 4 frames. (Note: Pottery Barn.) I recently ordered a stack of Instagram prints from Printstagram (who has some nice related products, too). I kinda dig the giant frame with many, many Instagrams, like this:

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Although, is Instagram pics in general what you’re talking about? Maybe not. Oh well. Instagram stickers are cute.

BRIANA: We can talk about anything we want! I am enjoying this very mild anarchy!

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I’ve been on a hunt for “ugly things that aren’t ugly,” since last week’s post about modern filing cabinets. I received some really great requests to be on the look out for and I’ve added them all to my list. (If you’ve got a request, let me know in the comments!) This week, Liz wants a good looking ceiling fan. Challenge accepted. Since I wasn’t quite sure what style she might have in mind, I found a variety that could fit well into almost any setting. Here’s what I came up with:

attractive ceiling fans

Top Row, L to R: 1. Stella Ceiling Fan by Dave Ellis; 2. Flyte by G Squared; 3. Haiku Fan; Bottom Row, L to R: 4. Lit Modern Ceiling Fan #4; 5. Avian Ceiling Fan; 6. Plum by Modern Fan Co

RELATED: How to Install a Ceiling Fan

The key to finding a really beautiful ceiling fan, unfortunately, is looking beyond some of the big box home improvement stores. They’re so convenient, but their selection can leave the design enthusiast unsatisfied. And sadly, a lot of the better looking fans come with an equally “impressive” price tag. If you think of them as an investment — one you’ll be staring at every day — perhaps it’ll help get you over the sticker shock.

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It’s no secret that brass is back. From hardware to lighting and decorative accessories, this luxurious leaning metal has gained a firm foothold amongst design enthusiasts everywhere during the last 5 years. Regardless of which side of the fence you happen to stand on in regards to this trend, there can be no doubting the brass loving design sprawl that has taken place. It seems to have enamored everyone from your neo-trad trend setters to your vintage loving mid century connoisseurs. Those of you paying attention may have noticed that more permanent fixtures in the home have made their way onto the latest list of things to don a brassy finish.

Brass Fixture

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Given the somewhat close proximity of our last go around with this phenomenon, I must admit it’s not entirely surprising that this option hasn’t been leaping off the shelves in droves, just yet. Many of us are still fresh from the experience of ridding our homes of the last remaining vestiges of those 90’s builder grade fixtures and trimmings, with all the orangey gold shine you could hope for. Not to worry, this most recent and modern take on this recurring brass theme doesn’t have much in common with our last gold laden fling. In fact, they are hardly recognizable as being related when you take finish and context into account.

Brass Fixture

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That’s right — this go around hearkens back to the more Victorian variety of brass fixture adoration, with more muted, almost antique tones, and a definite nod to antiquity in terms of shape and style, yet with a decidedly modern manifestation of these traits. Many of the brands touting a brass finish for their fixture product lines have gone with a matte or brushed finish in similar fashion to how we have seen stainless or nickel most recently. It’s not as bright, certainly not as garish, and happens to have the absolutely modern added benefit of being much less apt to collect fingerprints and hard water stains.

Brass Fixture

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The modern accessibility and functionality of these pieces gets my vote right out of the gate, but is it risky to choose a definitive color for such a permanent fixture in your home? I suppose the shades of silver found in the abundance of stainless steel appliances and brushed nickel fixtures are more common today, are also a specific color, yet somehow over the last many years of society adopting this finish as a general standard, we have rendered this particular metallic a neutral. Will brass fixtures be the next neutral, and will they follow suit by expanding into high end appliances? Or is brass perhaps destined to be kept at arm’s length, and remain solely in the world of hardware and decor with merely a momentary dalliance into fixtures for the kitchen and bath?

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If there is one thing we know for certain, it’s that trends are cyclical. Just how frequently those trends cycle seems to be a matter of how often popular sentiment shifts back and forth between excess and simplicity. Following a period of excess, it’s only natural that people tend to seek a more organic and handmade aesthetic, along with a more minimal lifestyle. That is precisely what we seem to be experiencing in the world of design at the moment, as we recover from the glitz and glam that ran rampant during the previous years.

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As we nurse our shiny object hangovers we can revel in our hoarder tendencies and rejoice that we didn’t toss out our early attempts at ceramic crafting from school-aged art class. It just so happens that those oversized, bulbous and haphazardly glazed creations are trending like Justin Bieber’s mugshot pics.

Last seen in the years following the infamous Summer of Love and encompassing all that was both loved and hated about the 70s, this trend has definitely morphed over time to include some very modern takes on this relatively ancient craft. Yet, it appears as though this fabulously retro-inspired accessory seems to be enjoying a moment of almost exacting similarity to its original predecessor. Of course, this means those vintage versions, commonly overlooked during your visits to the local thrift stores, are now going to become something of a highly sought after addition to your decor. What is old becomes new again, inevitably, and this trend is no exception to the rule. The question is — are you ready to embrace this trend in its new form, that isn’t actually new at all? Or do you prefer to avoid anything that even remotely hints at lava rock and gold-flecked faux marble surfaces?

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Does this guy look familiar to you? He should. This is fashion expert and celebrity stylist Brad Goreski whom you’ve likely seen on Bravo’s The Rachel Zoe Project and It’s a Brad, Brad World. His celeb clients include everyone from Jessica Alba and Rashida Jones to Demi Moore and Stacy Keibler. NBD.

Brad recently partnered with Post-it Brand to launch their brand-new Colors of the World collection inspired by destinations around the globe in four fresh palettes. “Trends in fashion, design and pop culture are taking on more global influence, and of course, one thing that’s always in style is color,” says Brad.

Design Happens interviewed Brad and asked him about upcoming fashion trends, fashion faux pas, colors and everything in between. Check out our chat below.

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Fashion expert and celebrity stylist Brad Goreski

Design Happens: What are the colors to look for in 2014?

Brad Goreski: Right now, I’m all about bright and vibrant colors, especially blues and reds. I’m loving the blue shades from the Post-it Brand World of Colors Mykonos collection. The blue is the same hue as one of my favorite suits, and it’s one of those standout colors that always makes people feel happy and smile.

The new collection of color palettes just introduced by the Post-it Brand features the hottest colors of 2014. They include colors inspired by the world around us, including four of my favorite destinations: Bangkok, Mykonos, New York and Rio de Janeiro.

DH: Fill in the blanks when it comes to your color picks for spring: More ____ and less ____ .

BG: More vibrant and less dull.

DH: What is the number one fashion faux pas you’re seeing right now (men or women)?

BG: Enough with jeweled headbands; I think we’re done with that moment.

DH: What are some timeless or classic pieces in fashion?

BG: Marilyn Monroe is my go-to, because she, to me, is the epitome of glamour. On and off the red carpet, everyone remembers her. I’ve seen her “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” dress in person and almost fainted. I have a photo of her in my bedroom where she’s in a Lee Strasberg acting class and she’s sitting with a trenchcoat wrapped around her with the collar up, smoking a cigarette. There’s something so elegant and timeless. I also love her mixture of textures, like a short-sleeved mohair sweater with a pencil skirt, a pair of heels, a red lip and that iconic hairdo. I wear a lot of mohair in my own wardrobe and that’s probably from her, but that’s just a style I go back to. I also love a pencil skirt look.

DH: When you’re at New York Fashion Week, what shows or designers are you most excited to see?

BG: I love Christian Dior, Versace, Oscar de la Renta and Altuzarra.

DH: Clearly you’re a man of style when it comes to fashion. Have you ever thought about getting into interior design?

BG: I’ve had so much fun decorating our new home, so yeah, sure — why not! I like to leave all doors open!

DH: We’ve seen your home on your show, but describe your aesthetic. What design style do you prefer?

BG: Our house is a traditional 1930’s house but the inside is very modern, so I like to mix the old with the new. I like the sound of the creaky floorboards and the wrought-iron railing going upstairs, but then we have, for example, Christian Lacroix furniture and my living room is the perfect example of using your decor to incorporate color. We have a black couch and two grey chairs with a crazy, colorful Paul Smith rug underneath. That’s basically my entire personality in one room.

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