By Annette M. Callari, Allied ASID; CMG
Happy Autumn! Don’t you just love the crispness in the air and the beautiful fall colors? It’s such a gift from nature and still amazes me yearly. For those of you doubting that California has changing leaves, I can tell you that we do. Not to the extent the East coast enjoys, but nonetheless, autumn does weave its magic. This prelude to winter always inspires us to cozy-up our interiors and get ready for rainy or snowy days where we can enjoy our homes. That’s what inspired me to share with you “Your Nesting Place”.
In previous blogs, I’ve been quite vocal about the direction of interior design. There are no more clear-cut design rules. Design modes are being artfully combined and cross-matched to produce interesting, PERSONAL interiors. I’ve discovered a designer boutique that absolutely ascribes to this philosophy. If you are lucky enough to live in proximity to Milford, Michigan (Detroit area) you can discover this furniture boutique for yourself.
What I love is the affirmation I’m witnessing from designers, across the country, all on the right track as to interpreting trend-forward design. Chris Meredith, owner of Your Nesting Place put it into these words: Our interior design store mixes vintage, nature, modern, and a little glamour….to produce signature, eclectic designs. That is spot-on as to where design is headed.
Mixing styles is good. But the trick to doing it successfully is using a unifying element. For instance: a continuity of colors from room to room, or choosing one broadloom carpet or hard surface floor to use throughout the home. This ties everything together. Adding Aunt Catherine’s antique rosewood secretary to your contemporary-sleek living room is okay! It’s more than okay because it adds an heirloom feel to the design. Personal collections (but please don’t overdo it…) are another effective way to bring meaning to your interiors. As long as you have that unifying design “thread” we’ve talked about, you are free to mix and match.
Going back to what you might see at Your Nesting Place, expect art-centric furniture and accessory lines that offer unique pieces from manufacturers such as:
Art Classics • Arteriors • Aidan Gray • Abigails • Archipelago • Bailey Street • CBK • Design Workshop • Imax • Fringe Studio • Gallery Designs • Guildmaster • Kalalou • HomArt • Howard Miller • Park Hill • Powell • Ultimate Accents • Uttermost • Shaw • Surya • Timeworks • Wesley Hall • Zentique
Now THAT’s intriguing. They are on a non-stop search to find extraordinary vintage pieces and bring in something new each day. Even if you are not in the Detroit area, you can explore their ideas at www.yournestingplace.com.
It’s really the design “movement” towards eclectic that I want to make you aware of. Evolving design trends can be personalized and implemented wherever you are in the country, using edgy home furnishings boutiques or antique havens in your own area. Have fun with it—do a little research, and bring “nesting” home in your own, unique way.