BRIANA: Balloons seem to be everywhere these days. Design blogs, magazine shoots, entertaining spreads, even engagement photography. (Especially engagement photography.) It’s starting to feel a little bit like the movie Up out there. So, are balloons fun or overdone?
KELLY SMITH TRIMBLE: Saw this project on an event-planner-friend’s Pinterest board and thought it was cute for an outdoor party in cold climates:
Otherwise, balloons outdoors freak me out a little. They remind me of the 1982 World’s Fair when I tragically let go of my red balloon and, through tears, watched it float to heaven. Plus, they always end up getting popped and becoming litter.
BRIANA: I usually strive for an air of impartiality in these intros, but I have to say straight out that I don’t understand the appeal of this trend AT ALL. However, several of you spotted it at High Point, so clearly it’s a thing! That’s right, I’m talking about baby heads.
I recently spotted this example on “Pinterest, You Are Drunk”, so at least someone else shares my sentiment about the phenomenon. But what do you think? Are baby heads sweet and offbeat or totally oddball?
MARIANNE: Ick. I don’t like dolls to begin with, so decorating with their eyeless, disembodied heads? No thank you.
KAYLA: This is my nightmare:
I don’t get it, I don’t like it and I want it to stop right now.
BRIANA: Wall decals can be fun and are definitely convenient (especially for my fellow renters, holla!), but when I saw them in my fiancé’s grandparents’ home over the holiday break, I knew they’d reached peak saturation. So, are you tired of this trend? Or are you still stuck on decals?
KELLEY: I loved them at first – so cute! So clever! I especially liked the chandeliers. Now when I see them, I shudder. They feel so two years ago. Oversaturation is right!
BRIANA: Credit to KELLEY for bringing this House Beautiful 2013 trend roundup to my attention. Camouflage is generally used for concealment, but it sure stood out on the list. CAMILLE says “h*ll to the no on the camo,” but I want to hear what you think. Is camo a bold and pretty pattern or do you wish it’d just disappear into the scenery?
Photo: Bob Hiemstra
KELLY SMITH TRIMBLE: When I first saw this pic, I thought camo was referring to the green color on the wall. But when I realized it was the pink and orange fabric, I was disappointed. I actually really dig the army green color, and I could see using a little green and brown camo for a campy style, but I’m not as keen on the re-colorized versions. They’re not offensive to me, just a little too cheeky.
BRIANA: Forget the whole real tree vs. fake tree debate. Let’s taste the rainbow. Do colorful Christmas trees make you say “Ho, ho, ho!” or “NO, NO, NO!”?
BRIAN PATRICK FLYNN: I prefer a bold-colored tree over the usual green. It sparks more creativity for putting together an unexpected Christmas color scheme. For example: Hot pink and seafoam ornaments on a hunter green pine tree make no impact and look stupid-ish. Stick those sassy mommas on an ultra-white, turquoise or black tree and KAZAM!, graphic, technicolor world peace.
BRIANA: Since it’s Black Friday, I thought we could rap about blackboards. They’re handy in the classroom, but the trend of using chalkboards and chalkboard paint at home shows no signs of slowing. So, spell it out for me: Are you bored with decorative chalkboards? Do you think they’re cool or should they stay in school?
LIZ: True, it’s not exactly revolutionary decor at this point, but I’m not ready to erase the trend quite yet. I mean, you get to DRAW ON THE WALLS (and refrigerator!) Do I really need to say more?
BRIANA: It’s fall and Thanksgiving is fast approaching, which can only mean one thing to many outfitting their home for the holiday: IT’S DECORATIVE GOURD SEASON, [EXPLETIVE]! (I shant include a direct link here due to the column’s use of strong language, but if you don’t get this reference, I suggest you coughcough search for it on McSweeney’s coughcough).
So, decorative gourds: Festive fall must-have or tacky tradition?
LIZ: Well…this is happening in my entryway:
So…yeah. As high-brow as I might try to be, there’s just something about buying a bunch of pumpkins and gourds that feels so…seasonal. See, there’s even a bird in my house! All my (alleged) principles evaporate when fall happens. I still skip the shellac and cornucopias, though.
BRIANA: Lili has pitched it as a Color of the Month in the past…and so have I. This couch caused quite a kerfuffle at the meeting. So take a stand and make it official. Is denim in the home jean-ius (sorry) or is it better on the body?
FARIMA: If you would’ve asked me this question a couple of months ago, I would’ve said no way. I’m not sure what exactly changed my mind, but I like it in small doses. I voted for Lili’s denim pitch, and I even featured a denim map in my color trends post.
The sofa is a little too much for me though.
BRIANA: Kelly Wearstler gave her walls a graffiti treatment, Keith Haring now comes in decal form and people are scribbling all over home accessories. So, what do you think of graffiti-inspired style? En vogue art or design vandalism? [Ed. Note: Check out Kelly also rocking two trends we've debated in the past in the pic below: Hand chairs and animal print! What a design daredevil.]
MARIANNE: The last time I felt the love for graffiti was the Stephen Sprouse collab with Louis Vuitton. On my walls? Not so much.
GRANT: Ah, memories. This trend takes me back to my street gang days. I say if you’re going to go for graffiti in design, GO FOR IT.
BRIANA: Leopards and zebras and Dalmatians?! Oh my! They’re all over the runways (and my nails), but do you want animal prints in your home? Sharpen your claws and let me hear you roar!
LILI: When I was in college, my roommate and I re-covered a wingback armchair in leopard print velour. It was the best thing that ever happened to that chair, or that apartment.
Lili on her leopard throne. "This is what the 90s looked like."
GRANT: We live in a Kardashian world — and the three sisters agree that animal print is in — and that we should be draped in it (on our bodies and in our home). If it was only Kim pushing the look, I’d question the trend. But with Kourtney and Khloe on board too, we should probably just embrace it.