NY NOW 2015 Home Show Recap – Design Trends Continue On Familiar Ground

Well, let’s start by saying – oops!  Little did I know that the NY NOW 2015 show would only be open for 5 hours today.  I arrived at 10:30am, ready to tackle the aisles and aisles  of textiles, rugs, furnishings, accessories, linens, lighting and art but only managed to cover about 1/3 of the show.  Enjoy the recap:
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Moroccan and ikat patterns are STILL hot, as was seen in pillows and coverlets from Kevin O’Brien Studio.  These ombre, velvet pillows add a luxurious layer to any sofa or bed.  While the leopard and dots were my favorite patterns, the moroccan tile was also very eye-catching. These are not inexpensive pillows, my friends.  At ABC Home’s flat iron store, Kevin O’Brien’s crushed and burned out velvet creations can cost between $275 and $350 a piece.  And it is very hard to stop at just one!

Metallics in textiles are also still in-style (actually Kevin O’Brien introduced a decorative pillow in ivory with gold metallic accents – very tasteful).  As for color trends, the range was enormous: we saw pillows in bright Izod-inspired hues to handsome and regal navy blues and deep chocolate browns to creams and beiges.  Basically whatever your primary color is for a staging plan can be found in textiles. One of my favorite houses for pillows continues to be V Rugs & Home based out of Miami.  I just love how simple and elegant their pillows are, and this year they added some whimsical poof ottomans to the booth.

Stagers who handle terraces and patios are endlessly searching for realistic shrubs and hedges.  I found a great resource at NY NOW.  New Growth Designs based out of North Carolina displayed an assortment of boxwoods, from hedges to balls to topiaries as well as beautiful orchards, hydrangeas, roses and ferns.

The warm metals are still HOT, and was proudly displayed by vendors such as Emporium Home.  Mirrors, furniture and lighting all featured warm gold and brass tones.  Check out the sputnik chandelier with rock crystal bulbs – what a statement!

NY NOW 2015 TrendsAnd Mr. London also featured warm brasses in their booth.  I am so happy that this trend is still on fire.  It gives Stagers so much more flexibility when designing a room!

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And another metal was very popular at Shiraleah (based out of Chicago) – COPPER!

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Last year my favorite find in accessories were trays and mugs in Pantone color ways.  So fun and add a great splash of color when staging a kitchen or dining room.  This year, I had a few faves.  One of them is the line of linens, trays and high ball glasses from August Morgan.   Kate Hersch, originally from the north shore of Long Island (like me) created a line of affordable accessories that will certainly add a bit of whimsical humor to a staging design. Here are some of her napkin designs:

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My assistant and I were ready to take a nap when we felt the premium bamboo linens from Cozy Earth.  Temperature regulating and hypoallergenic . . . . and as soft as silk. And for backgammon fanatics, you must check out Vive Designs based out of Brooklyn.  The boards come in either acrylic, snakeskin or lacquered finishes.  Stunning!  And Made Goods won my heart with their teak and resign blocks that be used as decorative objects or book ends.  They also have accent tables to match.  I love how these 2 materials work together. It is a marriage of Organic and Modern.  Doesn’t get much better than that.

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Don’t THESE nesting tables look familiar?????

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Continuing trend BrassI called it! As reports trickle in from the Las Vegas Market, and MSN casts about for “1- Home Trends That Will Take Off This Year“, I am patting myself on the back for the calling the 2015 Design Trends — the trending brass fittings in bathrooms, particularly, but kitchens, too.  What has already become popular  in the  NYC home Staging is now morphing into a widespread, perhaps nationwide, trend.

Organic Modern gaining strength and identity as a movement.  Eggs?  “The first trend is a farm-fresh surprise. Though I suppose with hip urbanites harvesting eggs from their backyard chicken coops, it was only a matter of time before eggs caught on as a design trend.” writes Shannon Ggem from Vegas. Urbanites with backyard chicken coops, who are these people?

What kind of backyards do they have and which city has an ordinance that allows for that kind of noise, mess and smell? Mind you, dogs make a lot of noise too –  and NYC is FULL of them!


I absolutely LOVE the teak remnant tables that are filled with resin that looks like quartz!  The organic trend continues – albeit with EGGS.

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Aren’t they gorgeous?  I’ve seen Holloway Teak and Cracked Resin; I’ve seen tamarind wood in layers of clear acrylic resin. Here is a set of nesting tables with barely any wood and frankly, I think those are even more remarkable: –

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The organic source – the color and texture of the wood – preserved in plastic (essentially another word for acrylic) epitomizes the “organic modern” movement for me. Spectacular, exotic woods are made timeless in this kinds of pieces.

Another advantage of these side tables is that they have see-through sections. I use a lot of acrylic pieces in smaller apartments because they don’t fill a space like a solid piece would.  By keeping the sight-lines open, buyers can see the functionality of a space and still feel like there is room for more. It has served me well, and I couldn’t be more excited about these items. Anthropologie is already sold out. Hopefully there will be options costing less than $3,000 available to the trade soon.

What are you seeing as far as 2015 Design Trends go where you are?