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BRIANA: What about monograms/initials for this week? I was cleaning out some of my email folders and remembered this newsletter from C. Wonder. It was actually an April Fool’s joke that redirected here (ha!), but they totally do have tons of monogrammed decor stuff

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LIZ: Bring it on! I think people monogram things far too often. No one needs their initials embroidered on socks, toilet paper holders or underwear. And yet

BRIANA: Haha, oh, it is so on! Opening this thread wide right now. Folks, are monograms and initials a capital (letter) idea or just excessive branding?

JESSICA: When I was still in school, my friend’s mom sent him monogrammed sheets, and to this day, we are still making fun of him for it. They’re cute and make sense for weddings, though.

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5 Fabulous Faceted Fox from HGTV's Design HappensClockwise from top left: Depst | Megan Lee Designs | Gingiber | SketchInc.

It’s Friday and I’m feeling fox-y! But not in the Cleopatra kind of way.

I love the minimalistic look of facets. Their clean lines can instantly modernize a room and make it feel more organized. The geometric trend has been around for years, but designers keep finding fresh new ways to incorporate it into their work. You can get your facet fix with big furniture pieces or in small doses with lamps and appliances. One of the latest facet fads is foxes, and they’re so darn cute, you’ll forget all about that terrible “What Does the Fox Say” song.

What do you think of these faceted foxes? Are they fabulous or faux paus?

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The road less traveled is not in all likelihood in reference to our Silk Road of the Orient, which happens to be not only well traveled, but cycled through often as far as trends are concerned. The good news here for those of you who already own any variety of Oriental rug, or would like to own one in the near future, is that a well-made version never really goes out of style and always looks glamorous in a space.

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With so many zip codes (or the regional counterpart) calling the Orient as home base, there are quite naturally a great many varieties of rug included under the umbrella term of Oriental. The ever so fabulous Persian rug and many Turkish styles of rug, of which there are more than I can count on my two little hands, are currently enjoying quite a design moment, especially if they happen to be of the vintage variety.

Orient

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I have found that some of these specimens come in some oddly sized pieces, and some may not do much in the way of covering any actual surface area, though virtually all of the designs are spectacular and complex, not to mention typically hand knotted and made from gorgeous natural materials. If you happen to have an aversion to faux fibers, this might be a route you would do well to consider, assuming you can find a size that suits your space. Many styles of Oriental rug actually seem to stick to some semblance of habit when it comes to size. Some tend toward larger sizes on the whole, while others seem to produce a very consistent array of the most beautiful oversized door mats you have ever seen. If you are looking for accent pieces, this might be perfect, but if you need a full sized rug to fill your family room you may need to consider this in your search.

Orient

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While this trend has moments of rise and fall in popularity among the masses and in particular the young, given the propensity for these pieces to keep their ‘cool’, it might be safe to say they are worth the investment. Since you can track down some mighty fine rugs at stellar prices on the second hand market, that investment may turn out to be one that deals more in time than dollars. With such a wide variety of styles, colors, patterns, and regional differences that set these rugs apart from one another, perhaps while one is on the rise and trending, it just might be time to focus your energies on another region’s goods and get your dollars’ worth while no one is looking.

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From slouchy to sleek and safari, oh my! Whether cushy or chrome, and maybe even both, the sling chair runs the gamut, and this hot little number has indeed reentered the design world in a big, big way.  If you like a good romp through a second hand store or flea market every now and again, chances are you will find yourself drawn to these deconstructionist leather supported pieces at some point in the very near future.

Sling

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So when did we last see these beauties? The safari style variety of sling chair, with all of its belts and buckles, was in great demand during the days of the great campaign wars and was made to move and pack with relative ease. To credit the design of the chair, it actually accomplished this with fabulous success. Truthfully it is not such a surprise that this item is on the design radar right now, given the relatively recent adoration of other campaign style pieces. In fact, it seems a rather natural evolution.

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For the Scandinavian style inclined and vintage lovers the world over, the Swedish furniture master, Arne Norell, designed his own version of the safari chair along with a great many other versions of the sling chair. Most, if not all of them, have similar features with leather or canvas supports that rely on a frame system, which make his pieces strong contenders for those who lean toward this vintage, textural, and luxe material driven style.

Sling

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The sleek chrome or cantilevered versions of the sling chair might play on the industrial and mass produced era of the midcentury or the glamorous aspects of the sixties and seventies depending on the design you happen to be coveting. Regardless, if you appreciate a bit of design history this chair will take you down the lane and back with all of its possibilities, varieties and interpretations. It is quite literally the chair that continues to morph, and I cannot wait to see how modern day designers continue to reinvent this design chameleon. If the past is any indication of how it will change and adapt with the times, then we are in for a wild ride filled with a great many different modifications during this chair’s time in the spotlight.

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If you’re a design fan, you’ve likely heard of High Point Furniture Market. Every spring and fall, the city of High Point, North Carolina fills to the brim with designers, furniture buyers and exhibitors, all ready to see the hottest trends in home decor.

Camille and I logged several miles a day walking around the many gorgeous showrooms in High Point last week, and I’ve gathered up the top 10 trends we spotted at this spring’s showing.

Bejeweled and Bedazzled
Think of this as the upscale version of that bedazzling gun sold on late-night TV. The agate trend continues this spring both in real-life slices, like this stone-covered sconce from Emporium Home inspired by the classic Sputnik chandelier, and agate-inspired fabrics, like this custom print spotted at Design Legacy.  This trend also starring: quartz and crystal.

Agate Decor From Spring 2014 High Point Market
Deep Blue
From Shibori-inspired rugs to floral fabrics to geometric patterns, indigo and navy blue were everywhere at this spring’s market.

Indigo and Navy Blue at High Point Market Spring 2014

Vibrant Orange
Along with all that blue, a complementary color was also on display: lots and lots of orange, like this lush bedding display from de Medici by Eastern Accents.

Orange Color Trend at High Point Spring 2014 Furniture Market
Shades of Purple
Though we didn’t spot as much of Pantone’s radiant orchid as we expected, the displays we did see featuring this hue were stunning. Our favorite? This painterly vignette at Design Legacy.

Radiant Orchid at High Point Market Spring 2014

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BRIANA: The nautical look has been sailing along for a while, but it seems like it’s really made a splash lately. Liz and Camille’s photos from High Point are full of aquatic creatures (sea see below) and Target’s new Coastal Collection sports stripes, boating motifs and plenty of navy blue. What do you think about this wave of nautical home decor? Is coastal style beachy keen or is it a sinking ship?

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Design Legacy by Kelly O’Neal display at High Point Market

ALYSSA: This is blindingly awful for so many reasons, the first starting with the patchwork denim couch! A few items could stand alone in a beach house, but everything together is just too much. We ran a story about tropical style in the suburbs from the May issue of HGTV Magazine, so I could sound like a hypocrite for saying I like some of the looks in that home, but I think it’s all about not turning a design style into a design theme. AND YES, I know the difference between tropical and nautical. Also, I love a good navy and white stripe (like in Kayla’s mood board) and a big floral print — that’s the kind of preppy southern vibe I’m into.

BRIAN PATRICK FLYNN: Coastal style has timeless appeal because of its relaxed, casual and vacation-like vibe. It will always be in style and relevant as long as it’s played down, relying more on textures and finishes and shapes rather than literal nods like shells, fish and tons of anchors. One weathered anchor will do the trick, then just fill the space with tons of beach textures and muted coastal tones like blue-grey and seaglass green.

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The tides have officially turned, and while a custom experience is still the end goal, the actual manner of getting there is oh so very different. You see, it was not a great many moons ago that tricked out Billy and Besta shelves, made to look like custom built-ins, were all the rage. A “choose your own adventure in configuration and layout with a bit of your favorite trim and some fancy nail gun action,” and truly it was difficult to tell they were not in fact built right in. This current trend toward modular shelving, however, while still entirely customizable in most cases, celebrates that experience in a much different manner.

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From the iconic String Shelves to some very clever IKEA Hacks, these mod shelving wunderkind let it all hang out, quite literally. In fact for many of these units the parts are in fact a great deal more important than the whole, and are to be celebrated right alongside the clever functionality of the systems in general. From industrial strength brackets to wing nut fasteners that adjust to hold the shelves in precisely the location you desire, the machinery and inter-workings are on display just as much as the items that will ultimately live on those shelves later.

On Display

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So what gives? Are we becoming more in tune with our orderly instincts and honing our color coding skill-set? I would love to think this all stems from a society that simply cannot wait to deck the walls in perfect organizational bliss, but somehow I think we are simply channeling our gypsy inspired selves, wanting a more carefree lifestyle with a few less permanent fixtures holding us down. I suppose the answer could be much simpler for a great majority of us and maybe we only seek a budget friendly option to house our wares.

On Display

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Regardless, while the more DIY friendly seeming versions of these customizable systems might be a bit easier on the wallet, this is not so for the vintage cado shelving units, some of the modern floor to ceiling beauties, or the designer systems from our Danish and Swedish friends from colder climes. So while the style itself may seem less than permanent in all of its adjustable glory, the investment cost for many of these pieces may be anything but. In fact, a few of these systems might actually set you back for something akin to the price of an entire living room set of furniture and perhaps even a bit more. So the question begs to be asked, how do you feel about this style? Does it feel modern and functional to you or solve for your quirky storage and display needs like nothing else has? Or maybe it feels fleeting and not as favorable as a good solid built-in unit? Inquiring minds want to know…

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Yep, it has happened. Rattan is back with something to prove and the trend has spread to every corner of the design world. It has been on the creep for many years now, a slow methodical takeover perhaps, and it has managed to get its spindly tendrils wrapped around virtually every variety of taste-maker out there.

Rattan

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From the scantily clad Scandinavian crowd (ahem, I wasn’t referring to their clothing) to the desert mod movers and shakers, no design stone has been left unturned by this organic material and its clear and present quest for world domination. So what gives? Well, I think this trend is right on track with several of our other recent trends and feeds societies’ basic need to focus on a more gentle and handmade aesthetic after coming out of a more mass produced period of time.

Rattan

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I think the texture that these pieces add to a space is something we seem to be craving right now, and the unique qualities these pieces offer don’t require us to sacrifice that show-stopping nature we have become accustomed to in our recent glam-loving past. If we can’t have those shiny objects, we will at least have a rather tall peacock chair or a hanging egg chair to ease the pain of our loss.

Rattan

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Those who covet that vintage vibe will be excited to know that there was wicker and rattan well before there was the wicker and rattan of the nineties. Normally I might say, “This ain’t your mee maw’s wicker,” but in this case, that’s precisely what it should be. It might just be your mama’s wicker you should avoid this particular go around, depending on her age of course. True vintage rattan furniture will come at a premium, and will be difficult to find for the average person, but the modern take on these pieces can be both fun and budget-friendly with retailers like IKEA getting in on the textural action these days. So what do you think, do you love it or hate it? Will you be partaking in some wicked, wicked wicker? Or is the Papasan chair better left in the past?

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Happy spring, friends! To celebrate, we have a refreshing, colorful and totally inspiring home makeover you’re going to love. A few months ago, our design team got to work (and even battled a southern blizzard!) to redo an Atlanta bungalow, inside and out. The result is a home ready for alfresco lounging and spring soirees. I can’t wait for you to see all the ideas and inspiration we have to share, from sprucing up your patio and boosting curb appeal to styling bookshelves and picking the best window treatments.

Outdoor Living Room Ideas

Shake out the area rug and refresh outdoor furnishings to create the perfect alfresco living room. SEE THE PHOTOS + GET IDEAS >>

Outdoor Dining Room Ideas

Transform an underused deck into the ultimate outdoor dining space. SEE THE PHOTOS + GET IDEAS >>

And the winner of our Spring House Blogger Challenge is — Marianne! Her casual, midcentury-modern styling fit in perfectly with the exterior decor picked out by the design team. Plus, they loved her chevron ombre artwork and integrated it into the final design, along with other fun accessories. SEE THE BAR CART PHOTOS >>

Outdoor Table Settings

Take the party outside! Host a spring shindig even after the sun goes down. SEE THE PHOTOS + GET IDEAS >>

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BRIANA: We’ll call this one “Defend the Downward Trend”: The microwave is a kitchen staple, but Jessica alerted me to the news that its sales in the U.S. have been flagging for almost a decade. How do you feel about microwaves? Are you attached to your “science oven” or are you more into toaster ovens? Do you think they’re an ugly waste of kitchen real estate or would you be lost without one?

Would  you miss your microwave?

FARIMA: I am a stove/toaster oven girl. I can’t remember the last time I used a microwave  — I’ve even switched to making popcorn on the stove (It’s so much tastier than microwaveable popcorn!) If it wasn’t built in, I would definitely get rid of it!

KERI: I’ll be the first to admit that I mostly just use my microwave for heating up water for tea in the morning. If I didn’t have it, I guess I’d just move right along to the stove. Plus, this year, I finally learned to pop popcorn over the stove. (Farima’s right: SO much tastier and healthier, too!) Wait, why do I have a microwave again? Oh wait, I steam vegetables in there, too. It has a purpose!

KELLY SMITH TRIMBLE: I’m with Farima. Ours came with the house and I rarely use it. I say take it out and bring back the appliance garage.

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