Trends of the Future

artwork, interior design, sustainability

When you think of the future, what do you picture? Flying cars, shiny clothing, the ability to teleport? What do you picture for your home?

That answer could go so many directions. Design is such an intensely personal thing, everyone’s picture is different. I can tell you my husband’s mental image is streamlined and heavy on technology. My sister loves the classics. My father wants sustainability. My mother favors designing with handmade items and antiques. For me personally, I picture a feeling more than anything. I want family and friends to feel comfortable in a space and for everything to be functional.
I think the future honestly has an amalgamation of all of these.
1) Technology: There has never been such a great time to introduce technology to your home. Do you remember Disney’s Smart Home? You can basically have that, minus the manic episodes. Control can literally be at your fingertips. From your phone or tablet, you can start the laundry, dim the lights, lock the doors. You can speak with delivery people from great distances. You can change the thermostat, check for water leaks, make sure you turned the stove off, water the plants, check to see if your dog is on the sofa when you leave (the answer is always yes). Honestly, I can’t even list all the different ways your home can embrace smart technology, but it’s definitely a trend that will only grow in the future.
2) Art: With websites like Etsy and Minted, it’s easier than ever to find meaningful, personal artwork for your space. You can lounge on your sofa and find art that speaks to you and your home without breaking the bank or settling for a mass produced piece that maybe isn’t your favorite. And you get the bonus of helping up and coming artists get their work out there. And you’re not limited to art. What’s not to love? Look at some of these fabulous pieces I’ve lusted after:
3) Accessibility: As people are becoming more and more aware of disabilities. designers are embracing creating spaces that are functional and beautiful. You can get an ADA approved design without breaking the bank or sacrificing style. Hallelujah, it’s about time and may it spread.
4) Environmental Design: It used to be when you said you wanted to go ‘green,’ your options were incredibly limited. Now, so many home designers are on point, you can stay environmentally conscious without losing any style points. Have you looked at Pottery Barn’s eco-friendly home line? West Elm has committed to sustainable sourcing.  Companies like Crate and Barrel and Target have come out with green initiatives. Some key things to look for when shopping include certification by the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council), furniture made from reclaimed, reusable or recycled materials, and furniture that will be long lasting (thus reducing your carbon footprint). Go be a mean, green machine!
I can’t wait to see what other fantastic things the future of home design holds. No matter what your style, you have a lot to look forward to!
This blog post is a part of Design Blogger Competition organized by CGTrader

Finally Friday… Kinda. Well it used to be.

artwork, Baby, Family, Finally Friday

This week’s Friday post got such a late start that it’s happening on Saturday! Because that’s how we roll here in the shire. 

1) I’ve been a busy bee in the studio working on some paintings commissioned for a little one’s nursery. Here’s a sneak peak of the series in progress:

Artwork by Mollie Quarles of Moqqup Studios


2) My fabulous husband has been very supportive and understanding recently of my crazy schedule. This week, he surprised me with some fabulous new mixing bowls from Costco. How gorgeous are these?

Now we just have to figure out where to store them…


3) We belatedly celebrated my birthday with my family and I got these beauties. Don’t you just want pet them? I’ve been in the market for a new wallet for quite awhile. 


4) Look at this little nugget. I didn’t get to visit her this week but she makes excellent faces for the camera that I get to enjoy. 

She was asked, “are you ready for bed?” Nope.

Game face on!

Getting her Saturday morning nap in

Ok I’ll stop. For now. Maybe. 

Y’all enjoy your weekend! We’ll be here, splattering paint on our clothes and cooing over baby antics.