Spring 2013 Fashion Trends For The Home

Although we’re well on our way into the fall season, just last week was New York Fashion Week, and we have some of our favorite trends for Spring 2013 ready for your wardrobe and your home! Interior trends typically follow fashion trends, so check out what the next big looks are sure to be along with our tips on how to incorporate them into your home.

One of the biggest trends for next spring is the use of muted floral patterns. This pretty floral pillow and three door chest would be a great way to tie this feminine trend in with your home!

Another popular style choice was to go sporty. Our convertible Klick Klack with contrast white stitching and red swivel chair combine sporty mobility with a polished look.

The tangerine trend isn’t going anywhere, and this vibrant hue is easy to work in with a few fun textile pieces, such as these eye-catching pillows!

Leather is a loved option for dresses, pants, skirts, sofas, and chairs. We suggest buying your upholstered pieces in leather, such as the Sullivan Collection and L4050 Steel Leather Sofa, for a sleek, classic look you’ll love.

We just recently blogged about using metallic items in your home, and this just happened to be one of the big trends for spring as well! A little silver and gold will not only look great in your closet, but also mixed into your home furnishings with items such as the glamorous silver bedroom chest or metallic jewelry armoire.

The last big trend we loved for Spring 2013 was the use of funky, digitally-inspired prints. These eclectic patterns were seen all over the runway and can be easily mixed in with your decor without being too showy. The pixel patterned rug is a great example of using a digital print in neutral colors for a fashion-forward look that is still understated and sophisticated, and the black nailhead accent chest shows that pattern isn’t just for textiles – it works well on case pieces too!

What Spring 2013 trends to do you want in your wardrobe and home?

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Five Great Finds For Your Home

 

Since our economy has undoubtedly seen better days, many people are opting to buy furniture that will last them a long time, is affordable, and will work well with the rest of their furniture.  Here are some of our top picks for classic, stylish furniture that has a timeless look perfect for your home, starting with the Larissa Sofa above.  This sofa has a traditional style with rolled arms, bun legs, and neutral upholstery that’s easy to coordinate with and works well in both formal living rooms and more casual family rooms.

 

 

This upholstered cocktail table is a great compromise between a coffee table and ottoman.  Handy pull-out shelves allow for an extra place to set your drink, the bottom shelf is ideal for books and magazines, and the top is a fantastic spot to sit or rest your feet!

 

This accent chair is perfect for giving a room an item that’s a little more playful without being too loud.  The print of the chair is whimsical and stylish in colors that coordinate with many hues, and the smaller chair proportions make it perfect for placing in a bedroom, living room, or anywhere else you want an extra place to sit!

This reclaimed console table is a great piece for both behind a sofa or against a wall.  The look of the console is a mixture of modern, organic, and industrial influences, but it still looks in place with other more elegant pieces.

Rather than setting your TV in an oversize entertainment center, we love the idea of using this reclaimed cabinet to place it on.  If you don’t have a TV, this cabinet also works great in a front entryway to sit on and store items (shoes could fit in the middle and hats, gloves, and scarves could go in the sides).

What’s your favorite piece of furniture you can’t let go of?

Desert Home Design

The crazy heat wave we have been experiencing has made us all feel as though we’re in the middle of a desert – not the Pacific Northwest!  However, since we’re always thinking of design, thoughts of the desert lead us to thoughts of the homes there. Whether they have a rustic and warm appeal in the high desert , or a midcentury modern vibe in a desert oasis, desert homes often seem to be among the most stylish with their floor to ceiling windows, architectural details, and beautiful surrounding scenery.  Below are a some inspirational photos of a couple different directions you can go to achieve a stylish desert home, as well as suggested items from the Furniture Connexion to give your home a similar look.

The items below combine to create the perfect combination of rustic charm with a modern sensibility, ideal for a home in the high desert to create a look similar to the ones shown above.

These photos have a fun, retro vibe that makes us yearn for a trip to Palm Springs!

Combine vibrant colors, modern shapes, and bright white upholstery for a fun and youthful desert oasis style!

Do you prefer a more rustic high desert style, or a retro desert oasis vibe for your home?

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The Architecture Olympics – Gold Medal Design!

The Olympics are in full swing in London, and the whole world is tuning in.  To celebrate the games, we put together a post with some gold medal-worthy design from the countries with the most medals so far.  Scroll down to see some of our favorite historical and modern buildings from these diverse parts of the world.

Japan

The Kenchō-ji temple, shown first, is a Rinzai Zen temple which ranks first among Kamakura’s Five Great Zen Temples  and is the oldest Zen training monastery in Japan.  This temple is in stark architectural contrast to the Yoyogi National Gymnasium, built for the 1964 Summer Olympic Game in Tokyo.

Russia

The colorful architecture of St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow is unforgettable, but so so is the super-modern Moscow School of Management.

Italy

Although Italy has so much incredible architecture, the Colosseum is so famous and historic it had to be mentioned.  The design of the Roman Colosseum is in stark contrast to the fluid, modern design of the MAXXI National Centre of Contemporary Arts in Rome.

France

France’s Eiffel Tower is one of the most iconic monuments in the world, and the tall structure looks very different but just as stunning as the curvaceous and modern Centre Pompidou-Metz.

China

The Forbidden City, or Imperial Palace, is a must-see in Beijing for its historical significance, while the OCT Design Museum in Shenzhen is a must-visit to experience the surreal yet striking modern design.

South Korea

The royal Gyeongbok Palace in Seoul has a much different sense of design than the Galleria Centercity in Cheonan.

United States

Last but certainly not least, the United States isn’t old enough to have buildings nearly as ancient as the other countries, but the neoclassical U.S. Capitol Building is an important part of our history and famous piece of American architecture, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall is striking with its sinuous steel curves.

What building is your favorite?

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Favorite French Interiors

In honor of Bastille Day this weekend, we thought it was a great excuse to post some of our favorite images of French interiors (and a few others of gardens – we couldn’t resist!).  The French are known for their exceptional wine and cuisine, amazing artists, and tres chic style, so scroll through to see some inspiring photos of why we should all be celebrating French culture this weekend!

What’s your favorite thing about French design?

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10 Dining Spaces We Love

We have a hard time limiting ourselves to one particular style when there are so many that we appreciate and enjoy! This is especially true when it comes to dining rooms. Sometimes we like to imagine it as a place where we could host an elegant brunch or afternoon tea, while other times we picture ourselves eating pizza with friends, or having a fun dinner party.  Here are some of our favorite dining spaces, from ultra-elegant to modern and organic to glamorous and glossy.

Which is  your favorite dining room? What would your dream dining room look like?

Check out www.furnitureconnexion.com for some fun dining room ideas!

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