Indoor/outdoor fabrics are quite the rage these days. With their stain, mildew, bacteria and moisture-resistant properties, staying stylish has never been so easy!
These high-performance textiles are making their way inside the house as well, thanks to their durability, bold colors and fun patterns. I’ve used outdoor fabrics in kids’ rooms and playrooms for years, and as they continue getting softer and add more versatile styling, I can see them being used in an even wider range of rooms (think kid-and-pet-friendly sofas and dining room chairs).
1. Cheetah, 2. Awning Stripe, 3. Umbrella Stripe, 4. Giraffe
Cowtan & Tout recently added a line of indoor/outdoor fabric. Made of 100% solution-dyed acrylic, you’ll still find plenty of awning and umbrella stripes, but you’ll also be pleasantly surprised with softer geometrics and animal prints.
Mixing and matching performance fabrics creates an exciting look. Instead of upholstering all of your dining chairs in the same fabric, mix up the patterns in the same color family for a little flair.
Erinn Valencich has been a long-time friend of HGTV, hosting shows like 25 Great Holiday Ideas, doing exclusive video series on kitchen and bathroom lighting and sharing photo features like Fall Table Settings and Centerpieces.
So it’s with a great big “yay” that we announce she’s coming on board as Design Happens’ industry/trends blogger. Every Tuesday, Erinn will cover noteworthy happenings in the design world, adding her insider perspective to the mix. Check out her first post on knits (I love the crocheted poufs).
Judith Balis founded Nest Instinctual Interiors to provide her community with design services for those who love interesting finds and spaces that reflect each individual’s personality.
See more rooms by Judith in Designers’ Portfolio.
Read on to learn more about Judith’s creative approach to budget decorating and what brings her to the big city twice a year.
1. Which designers influenced you?
My top contenders would have to be Barclay Butera and Erinn Valencich. I could move right into their homes with nothing but my toothbrush. I love David Hicks for his use of deliciously saturated colors and Billy Baldwin for his belief in taking the time to collect and surround yourself with things you truly love. Jonathan Adler inspires me with his brilliant use of shape, color and form while Kelly Wearstler‘s mere existence makes me smile. In addition to these big-name designers, I admire my mother-in-law, a long-time New York design veteran, who taught me that beige is not a swear word.
2. What’s your favorite design style?
Judith’s Answer + a funky room
Erinn Valencich is a sought-after designer who’s worked for Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jaime Pressly and Antonio Saboto Jr. She’s done prop styling for Target and she is one of the most popular designers on HGTV’s Designers’ Portfolio. In this week’s tour, Erinn guides us through a beach house in Los Angeles’ Venice district. Her clients live in Denver but wanted a place to relax near the husband’s Southern California office. They bought this house and chose Erinn to decorate it from top to bottom.
That’s right — we have 25 creative, clever tips to share with you guaranteed to make decorating your home for the holidays and preparing for seasonal celebrations a snap. Designers-extraordinaire Erinn Valencich and Angelo Surmelis bring on the stylish solutions in this one-hour holiday special. Get 8 of Erinn and Angelo’s best tips, see how HGTV fans just like you get crafty when decorating for the holidays and share your own fabulous ideas.
Does the languishing economy have you vacationing at home this year? No worries — a lazy week spent around the house is the perfect time to make a few small but key updates for a home that is a stylish haven year round. Get started with these 14 inexpenive ideas by one of our favorite designers, Erinn Valencich of Omniarte Design. Erinn has teamed with TiVo for the Staycation Sweepstakes; register now for the chance to win an assortment of prizes sure to make your living room into your favorite entertainment destination.
Get started on boosting your home’s appeal with these tips from Erinn:
Easy Update 1: Trade traditonal bell-shaped shades for a more current drum or box shade. The modern shades give even dated lamps a fresh, new look.
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