Design trends: What’s ‘out’ in 2010

January 28, 2010

It’s that time again  to look around the house and be sure you are not dating yourself with your design elements.

According to Christy Scanlon, COO, of Masterpiece Design Group in Winter Park, Fla., here’s what’s out for 2010. 

  1. Heavily textured rugs.  Flokati and shags hold a lot of allergens.  With the new trend of green and healthy living, the focus is on a  healthier home environment.
  2. Entertainment armoires.  With the current sizes of LCD televisions and flat screens, the traditional entertainment armoires are being replaced with low storage consoles.
  3. Dark rustic kitchens.  Kitchens are taking a cue from the industrial kitchen.  Kitchen designs are sleeker and streamlined, which in turns creates a “clean” look.
  4. Painting your trim darker than your walls.  This was a very popular trend for the past couple of years that is now dating your design.
  5. The traditional living room.  We are finding that the room people once called a living room on a floor plan is now being called a “flex room.” The buyer now wants to use every bit of square feet, therefore the room that housed beautiful furniture you rarely stepped foot in, is now being used as a family game room or home office.
  6. Less clutter in accessorization.  Use large, bolder accessories in lieu of the small, dust gathering items we have seen in the past.

Interested in “what’s in for 2010” and which colors to use to create a cozy, soothing home for your family? Visit the Jan. 28, 2010 issue of The Hestia Report.

Who Cares?

September 17, 2009


From disrespect of the nation’s Commander-in-Chief and the ranting at town hall meetings to the music and sports world celebrities going wacko, it is getting harder to concentrate on a magazine I am deeply involved with right now.
We CareIt’s called We Care, but lately I wonder if we really do. It seems like the compassion once so prevalent in this country — especially after 9-11 — is melting as fast as the polar ice caps.
The other day, within a matter of minutes, my wife and I watched a woman throw a can on the ground as she was walking to her car — a garbage can only 50 feet away. Around the corner, a young man was throwing rocks at snake birds near the shore of a lake.
Were they reprimanded? Of course! But deaf ears and insubordinate attitudes seem to have become  everyday traits.
Maybe that’s why I have become so engrossed in We Care. Each day, I get to hear people tell me heart-warming stories of caring for another. It helps restore my faith in society that all is not lost.
Let’s at least hope so.