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Another season in Knoxville, Tenn. (home to HGTV Headquarters) means a brand-new design vignette by a talented pair of interior design students. Each quarter, HGTV’s Home Studio university co-op program allows up-and-coming talent from the top design schools in the country to work closely with industry experts to create interactive, educational and flat-out beautiful displays for employees and visitors. (Each vignette mixes a current design trend and an iconic piece.) This spring, University of Cincinnati students Jill Roebel and Kylie O’Keefe showcased the mod metallic and urban natural trends with a classic light fixture that you probably thought was more recent than its 1958 creation, the Artichoke Lamp.

HGTV Home Studio Design Vignette
HGTV Home Studio Vignette: Urban Natural and Mod Metallics
HGTV Home Studio Design Vignette
HGTV Home Studio Vignette: Urban Natural and Mod Metallics

DIVE INTO THE TRENDS

HGTV Home Studio Interns Spring 2013
HGTV Home Studio Interns: Kylie O’Keefe and Jill Roebel

Kayla Kitts for Design Happens: What influenced you to choose the mod metallic design style? What about the urban natural movement?

Jill Roebel: After researching an iconic piece of design and choosing the Artichoke Lamp, Kylie and I decided to take the natural aspect of the lamp’s form and the metallic in its finishes and base our trends off that. It was our approach to narrowing down all the trends that are happening this year.

MOD METALLICS >>

HGTV Home Studio Design Vignette - Mod Metallics

KK: What has caused, in your opinion, the current metallic trend?

JR: I think it’s because of all the great metallic products on the market. Metallic paints, papers and textiles have come a long way. These products make it easier to achieve a chic and expensive look on a budget.

KK: How much metallic is too much metallic in a room?

JR: I think it’s all based on personal preference. You can design a room where all the surfaces have a metallic quality or finish to them (like in the ‘Mod Metallic’ vignette). Or, you can take a more subtle approach and add metallic accents to your space.

KK: Can you mix various metals, or should you stay away from that entirely? If you can mix, how do you do it successfully?

JR: You can absolutely mix metals! The key to mixing is to use different colors AND sheens; this gives your eye a visual break from all the shininess and adds depth to your space. Pieces with a silver or chrome finish are great places to start when mixing metals. Because they reflect the colors around them, they mix with warmer tones of metallics almost seamlessly.

URBAN NATURAL >>

HGTV Home Studio Design Vignettes - Urban Natural

KK: What do you think has caused the rise of natural, unadorned wood pieces and raw, natural elements in the design world?

Kylie O’Keefe: The influx of natural, unadorned wood pieces and raw, natural elements reflects an increased desire for people to reconnect with the natural landscape. There is a great sense of warmth and comfort that natural materials can bring to a space, which I find to be one of the most appealing elements of the trend.

KK: What advice or tips do you have for people trying to mix various natural textures, like wood grains, hides, burlap, etc.?

KO: When it comes to mixing natural textures, balance is key. Using the environment as your inspiration, concentrate on showing a variety of different textures to create a sense of depth. It’s important to embrace the imperfection found in nature by mixing different wood grains and patterns within one space.

KK: How can people successfully achieve an “urban natural” look in their home?

KO: I would first encourage people to think about what natural environment inspires them. Nature already has a perfect balance of color and texture, so after defining your central source of inspiration, I would then encourage someone to search for accessories and furniture that incorporate similar natural textures, and in an honest and organic way.

HGTV Home Studio Design Vignette Area Rugs
Left: Melody Cowhide Rug, JossandMain.com | Right: Cato Rug, BOConcept.com

ARTICHOKE LAMP >>

HGTV Home Studio Design Vignette Artichoke Lamp

KK: Tell me about the Artichoke Lamp. What was your inspiration for choosing this fixture for your iconic element?

JR: The Artichoke Lamp was designed in 1958 by Poul Henningsen. Each ‘leaf’ on the lamp is perfectly positioned to hide the light source and decrease the amount of glare. Kylie and I chose this piece because it fits with so many different aesthetics because of its timeless design. It was the perfect choice to share between our two contrasting aesthetics.

KK: What can you tell D-Happ readers about the designer, Poul Henningsen, or the lamp that they may not already know?

JR: Poul Henningsen was actually trained as an architect but is only known for his light fixtures (his Artichoke Lamp being his most famous). The Artichoke Lamp was created in Denmark where it’s called the PH Kogle, which means conifer cone or pine cone.

Past Home Studio Vignettes and Posts:

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Summer’s here and you know what that means: it’s time for a brand-new season of HGTV Star! There’s a fresh, new name, 10 smiling faces to meet and a slew of challenges that will leave the judges with a tough (or not-so-tough) elimination each week. Tune into the premiere Sunday, June 9 at 8/7c as these designers each compete for a chance to win their own HGTV show. Looking for behind-the-scenes dish, full episodes and all things HGTV Star? We’ve got you covered.

HGTV Star Cast and David Bromstad

The 10 hopefuls of HGTV Star season 8, plus host and mentor David Bromstad.

HGTV Star Judges

The host and mentor of HGTV Star, David Bromstad, with judges Genevieve Gorder, Vern Yip and Sabrina Soto.

Check out the HGTV Star Blog, HGTVersus. Throughout the season Liz Gray and I will be sharing post-episode recaps, behind-the-scenes photos, sneak peeks, contestant interviews, candid opinions from the judges and more. It’s the only place to get exclusive show info you can’t get anywhere else!

Get social. Follow along before, during and after the show with HGTV Star fans like yourself by using the #hgtvstar hashtag on Twitter.

Help your favorite designer get an HGTV.com show. Help one lucky HGTV Star contestant win an online show by casting your vote up to 10 times daily. By voting you can win prizes like a $25 One Kings Lane gift card or $25 gift cards from Visa or Mastercard.

Watch our online videos. Prepare for the new season by checking out our behind-the-scenes footage, meeting our online HGTV Star host, Dan Collopy, and catching a sneak peek of the premiere episode. Miss an episode? No DVR? That’s OK! We’ll have full episodes available right here every Monday.

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Can you guess which patterned wallpaper belongs in this sitting area?

Decorate This Space

Type A, B or C in the comments section, and we’ll reveal the answer tomorrow.

Choose A, B or C

We’re switching things up this time — one lucky winner will win an issue of this month’s HGTV magazine. You don’t have to guess correctly for a chance to win.

HGTV Magazine Jan/Feb Issue

You may only comment once to be considered, and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited by law. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S., D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 years of age to win. All entries (comments) must be entered between 10:00 a.m. ET on January 30, 2013 and 12:00 p.m. ET on January 31, 2013. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $5. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.

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Can you guess which sofa belongs in this loft-style living room?

 Decorate This Space

Type A, B or C in the comments section, and we’ll reveal the answer tomorrow. One person will win an HGTV notebook — you don’t have to guess correctly for a chance to win.

Choose A, B or C

You may only comment once to be considered, and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited by law. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S., D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 years of age to win. All entries (comments) must be entered between 10:00 a.m. ET on January 23, 2013 and 12:00 p.m. ET on January 24, 2013. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $3. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.

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Can you guess which area rug belongs in this basement family room?

 Decorate This Space

Type A, B or C in the comments section, and we’ll reveal the answer tomorrow. One person will win an HGTV notebook — you don’t have to guess correctly for a chance to win.

 Choose A, B or C

You may only comment once to be considered, and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited by law. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S., D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 years of age to win. All entries (comments) must be entered between 10:00 a.m. ET on January 16, 2013 and 12:00 p.m. ET on January 17, 2013. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $3. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.

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Aside from meeting David Bromstad, seeing the latest in gifts and accessories was the highlight of the Atlanta Gift and Home Furnishings Market. One huge trend that I noticed was inspirational quotes.

ATL Market Trend - Inspirational Quotes Clock by DENY Designs :: Accent Pillows and Rugs by Natural Life :: Frame by Courtney Jack

Designers and companies put uplifting words on just about everything, from clocks to accent pillows and rugs. Many accessories had heart-warming messages, while some of them were more lighthearted.

ATL Market - Favorite FindsAppetizer Plate by Lunares Home :: Wine Glasses by JKC Studio :: Bamboo Birdhouses by Rosso’s International :: Polka Dot Tableware by Aesthetic Movement

My favorite part of market was all the innovative tableware ideas. This plate with a built-in wine glass holder is genius for cocktail parties, and I would love the quote wine glasses for my next girls’ wine night. Bold colors were everywhere — the polka dots on the ceramic tableware really catch the eye, and the eco-friendly bamboo birdhouses are top on my list for the gardeners out there.

What do you think about these trends? Would you use any of these accessories in your home?

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