I feel a change a comin’. For the past 10 years or so,
we’ve worked hard to make our homes more sophisticated, more
updated, more organized, more practical and more contemporary. We’ve
lived through and learned all about preparation and the slogging it
takes to renovate or build. Even if we’re still in the process, it’s easier
than ever before with solutions and resources available at every turn —
TV and magazines are filled with inspiration, Web sites offer design
advice and you can get great-looking products at every price point in
almost every town.
So what’s next? Well, I can feel it: there’s a movement afoot, and it has
nothing to do with modernity, efficiency or making “informed” decisions.
It has to do more with fulfillment, happiness and fun. Colour and pattern
are back. Now don’t get upset because you just bought a tasteful taupe
sofa. Decorating trends don’t rush in and out as fast as fashion trends —
they roll in and slowly ripple their way through our homes like waves at
sea. But I think this is going to be a big wave, so hold on.
Of the 10 trends in our lineup this year, at least half involve colour or
pattern, which isn’t surprising — it’s time! After all our hard work, it’s
time to put down the hammer and saw and let the party begin. So what
does that mean? Well, we just need to get our rooms dressed, turn up
the volume and show some personality. It’s time to enjoy ourselves and
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stop feeling like a house has to mean
only serious decisions and chores.
There’s a home in this issue (“Mix
Factor,” page 84) that shows exactly
what I mean. I have yet to meet the
owner, designer Anne Hepfer, but just
by looking at her house I bet she’d be
fun at a dinner party. Her rooms
express a lively and fresh attitude
that’s virtually contagious.
If you do anything with your home
this year, make sure it’s something that
puts a smile on your face. Paint a room
a rich, unexpected hue just because
you love it, buy a serape in gorgeous
colours and drape it over your neutral
sofa, buy flatware with different-coloured handles so that you can fight
over which one is your favourite. Let
loose a little bit. If you’re having fun
and feeling happy about your place,
you won’t go wrong; in fact, your house
will show it just like your smile does.
Photography by Gabor Jurina/Art direction by Barb Woolley/Hair and makeup by Gregory Graveline/Styling by Joan Bald