Interior designer Bennett Leifer agrees, and often helps clients in New York City apartments create a proper mudroom.
“Matte is having a moment right now,” says Donna Garlough, Joss & Main’s style director. “Especially in white, black, chalky grays and pastels. It works because accents and lighting in a matte finish pair so naturally with some of the furniture trends we’re seeing.”
Then there’s the reclaimed wood wave, popularized by celebrity renovators Joanna and Chip Gaines of HGTV’s “Fixer Uppers” series. The couple frequently uses rough-hewn boards from old barns and farmhouses. Fans of their Waco, Texas, store Magnolia Market can buy T-shirts hash-tagged “shiplap.”
Although these still aren’t items most people seek out, they’re catching on. Research firm Strategy Analytics estimates that the number of U.S. households with some form of smart-home system grew 30 percent in 2015 to 27 million, or about 1 in 5.
When you go gray, you can design with just about anything
Sometimes the newest look comes from moving the same old things to a brand new place.
But when properly constructed, a bar can transform a space into a popular meeting spot — not unlike a kitchen — where friends, family and guests can gather and be entertained
“The main thing is balanced fitness. A lot of people think they only need cardio or only strength, but they need both,” Harwick said. “Balanced fitness is the key. Sometimes people think the strength side is so much harder that they need a trainer.”
To vary the look of her fresh Christmas tree from year to year, Angello weaves different colored ribbons among the branches that change the color scheme so even the exact same set of ornaments look brand new.