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Posted: Thursday, May 8, 2014 12:00 pm | Updated: 12:12 pm, Thu May 8, 2014.

2014 Home Décor Trends

Check out the newest design trends, fresh from designer markets across the country, including High Point Market, the world’s largest to-the-trade home furnishings event. Some of the looks making news are firmly positioned at the top of the trend curve, while others are just starting their ascent. A few, like Art Deco, had their moment at the top years ago, but are making their way back for yet another tour in home décor.

Game-Changer

If there is a single piece of furniture introduced at the spring High Point Market that epitomizes the new mood in interiors for 2014, it’s the new Jet Set Buffet from Bernhardt Furniture. Definitely not your grandmother’s sideboard, the glamorous design is optimistic, chic and positively exudes joie de vivre. Just imagine how fresh this sideboard would look in a dining room, circa 2014. Simply put, Jet Set and pieces like it are game-changers. Available through Shubert Design Furniture.

Warming Trend

It wasn’t long ago that silver held sway in interiors. The cool metal turned up everywhere---on lamps, light fixtures, faucets, furniture and accents. For 2014, however, interiors are definitely heating up. Warm metals have reappeared en masse after a long absence, with brass and burnished gold finishes making design news. A great example of the trend is the Hampton pendant fixture from AERIN, Aerin Lauder’s new brand. The design creates a lit-from-within effect, while the intricate craftsmanship evokes the natural world. Available through your designer.

Luxury Redefined

The post-recession concept of luxury is not defined by the old standards of exclusivity or price. Just ask Millennials, who are happy to explain that, for them, true luxury simply is a matter of creating a home that supports their personal concept of living well. It might be as uncomplicated as a fabulously scented candle, or soft, freshly laundered and pressed sheets like these from Matouk. More than ever, it’s quality of lifestyle that dictates our choices in home décor. Available through Sallie Home.

The New Organics

Organic motifs and materials remain top choices for interiors, creating a look that feels elegant, modern and natural. From simple raffia, linen and sisal to faux bois, agate, quartz and natural-occurring crystal, designers are imbuing rooms with organic elements that bring even the most high-end luxury space back down to earth. 4 Regina Andrews table lamp with sliced agate inset available through Metro Lighting

True Blue

Associated with loyalty, goodness and truth, blue is a perennial favorite among Americans. Even so, the appearance of blue in interiors has experienced a major resurgence and dominated the interiors business for the past year. While almost all variations of this hue can be found in home decor, navy and indigo are the shades making the most design news. Casual and easygoing, dark blue has replaced black as a base color and is an ideal complement to white, pink and orange. 5 Braxton Culler’s Elliston bed by Libby Langdon, available through Carol House Furniture

Asian Persuasion

Chinoiserie is back; but then we wonder, did it really ever truly go away? This charming style seems to be popping up all over the place—as pattern on wallpaper and fabric and also as a design motif—think pagoda-style lanterns, chairs with Chippendale fretwork, etc. In every case, however, it’s the colorway that makes Chinioisserie feel fresh and modern, as in the case of this crisp teal and white wallcovering and fabric from Thibaut.

Fit for a Raj

Speaking of foreign influences, Americans are having a long-lasting love affair with home décor made in India, where crafts are based on centuries-old techniques. From hand-woven and stamped fabrics and rugs to hand-hammered silver and woodworking, we can’t seem to get enough of the subcontinent’s subtly exotic style. One of our favorite new pieces inspired by the style of India is this four-poster bed recently introduced by interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard, who also designs fabrics and wall coverings for Schumacher. Available through your designer.

Contemporary Glamour

Glamour never goes out of style in the interiors industry, especially the Hollywood version. Today’s most daring designers are casting rooms with a look and feel that’s larger than life. Key to the look is dramatic lighting and art, such as the pieces shown here.

Echoes of Deco

Following its premiere at the 1925 International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts in Paris, Art Deco became a flourishing global decorative style, epitomizing the modern luxury and glamour of that era. Characterized by lavish ornamentation and bold geometric shapes, Art Deco reflected the rapid industrialization that transformed the cultural landscape following WWI. Circa 2014, Art Deco is once again capturing designers’ imaginations. It isn’t for everyone, but for those who appreciate its idiosyncrasies, Art Deco can put a unique spin on interiors.

Transformative Wallpaper

Wallpaper is more popular than ever. But not just any wallpaper. The most sought-after designs aren’t the milk toast patterns and colors of the past, but statement-making looks that you simply don’t find everywhere you turn. One of our favorites right now: the Cargo pattern in blue and gray from Andrew Martin International, the UK firm that pushes the boundaries and designs out of the box. Available through your designer.

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Brook Dubman Shops the High Point Market

St. Louisans have been hearing all about Carol House President Brook Dubman’s buying trips to Dallas for years. So, what’s new? Well, plenty of things, including the fact that he’s not going to Dallas anymore. We caught up with Dubman recently to find out what ‘nice things’ he’s bringing back from his (new) favorite market.

How long have you been shopping the High Point Market for Carol House?

I’ve been going to market in High Point for quite a few years now. I’d probably still go to Dallas if it wasn’t for the fact that the High Point, N.C., furniture market has become the biggest in the world. I work long days there for a week, twice a year, buying all of our furniture placements for our 3.5-acre showrooms. People say, I bet that’s a heck of a trade show and a big convention center. It’s hard for them to imagine that there are 20,000,000 square feet of factory showrooms and more than 1,000 manufacturers around the world. And it’s only open to the trade two weeks of the year. It’s kind of overwhelming, but it makes for great style and quality choices for various St. Louis tastes.

What trends did you see at the April 2014 market?

The trend overall is warm, cozy, inviting lifestyle furniture that people are comfortable using every day. Furniture isn’t as formal as it once was, and a whole room full of matching pieces is not as popular. Instead, we’re adding an accent piece of furniture with a contrasting distressed finish or hand-painted finish, which makes a room come alive. While classic finishes in casegoods are still available; heavily distressed finishes in various shades, including gray, are very popular. Eco-friendly furniture made from reclaimed wood and metal is a hip, high-fashion statement. Earth-toned body cloths on upholstered furniture with bright pillows are eye-catchers and can be easily changed with the seasons or just to keep up with new styles. The latest colors are bright blues, yellows and every shade of gray. Many designers are making statements with solid-color linen sofas, and others are using tone-on-tone fabrics with four or five complimentary patterns. Home office furniture is a really big hit, enabling people to make good use out of an extra room in their home. Area rugs in natural fibers such as jute and hemp that are hand woven in various patterns and dyed in many colors are also very popular.

What new things did you bring back from High Point Market?

We purchased exciting ultra-contemporary upholstery from Jonathan Louis. You’ll find sleek looks, some with sharp edges and others with cool curves. Chrome bases and legs add high style.

Do you place custom orders for customers?

We stock everything for free delivery within one week, but we also custom-order furniture for those who prefer to choose the exact leg, arm, edge, cushion, size, color or pattern they want. Or our licensed designer will come help at your home for free.

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44th Annual CWE House & Garden Tour Is a Must-See

Interior design aficionados, architecture and history buffs, as well as those simply looking for a great way to spend the long Memorial Day weekend will want to put the 2014 Central West End Association House & Garden Tour on their calendars. Slated for May 30 through June 1, the 44th annual CWE tour will feature five noteworthy homes on Portland Place. It is the first time in a decade that residences on this street have been on the tour.

Along with neighboring Westmoreland Place, Portland Place was designed in 1888 by noted St. Louis private place surveyor Julius Pitzman. Special features include a wide boulevard, landscaped median and architecturally significant homes, which made Portland Place a draw for wealthy St. Louisans wanting to escape the noise and pollution of the city’s crowded core. On this self-guided tour, visitors will get a glimpse of what life was like for St. Louisans who lived here during the city’s Gilded Age.

The tour kicks off with an opening night preview party on Friday, May 30, from 6 to 9 p.m. The evening will feature cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in a Portland Place residence, along with entertainment and an intimate first look at the homes on the tour before it opens to the public the following day. Preview party tickets are available at thecwe.org or by calling 367-2220. The regular tour will be held Saturday, May 31, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, June 1, from noon to 4 p.m. Tickets are $22 in advance, $25 the day of the tour; and are available for purchase at all Pulaski Bank branch offices, Coffee Cartel and Left Bank Books, or online at TheCWE.org, or by calling 367-2220.

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