10 Home Design Trends Emerging For 2017

10 Home Design Trends Emerging For 2017

 

Here’s what we will see much more of based on what I’ve been tracking from a wide range of sources including Houzz, Pinterest, Architectural Digest, the Property Brothers, and the British Institute of Interior Design:

1. Smart Home Technology (Source: Property Brothers)

2.Un-hygge your home with lagom (pronounced lar-gom)

  • Still Scandi but stripped back.
  • While hygge was all about cozying up under a mountain of blankets, lagom is luxurious in a “less is more” way.
  • Lagom is about keeping life simple and achieving more,” per Nina Kullberg, founder and creative director at NinaKullberg.com.Edit your color palette to just a few key colors, pare back accessories and add indoor plants. They offer an element of sustainability perfectly aligned with the lagom outlook.”

3. Warm Grays & Whites (Source: Houzz)

  • Gray is the most popular wall color with millennials (43% vs. 22% of baby boomers).
  • White cabinets top all age groups, but millennials are twice as likely to extend to the backsplash as well.

 4. Navy blue suddenly feels modern, edgy and fresh (Source: Standard UK)

  • “Navy has been creeping back into the interior consciousness for the past couple of years,” per Susie Rumbold, president of the British Institute of Interior Design.
  • Originally used only as an accent color, it’s started to become a main-event neutral.

Read on below for more on DIY projects, new home layouts and top Pinterest trends.

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Atlanta’s Alternative Art Scene Is First-Rate!

Atlanta’s Alternative Art Scene Is First-Rate!

 

Huge surprise to find so many great art destinations in ATL. You have to be willing to do a little digging around to figure out hours, locations, schedules for special events but totally worth it.

Here are my top recommendations:

Goat Farm Arts Center (1200 Foster St. NW)

My absolute favorite find of the weekend. Which is strange, because being greeted by a slew of signs warning us NOT to take photos or video, is normally not my thing. However, despite that less than warm welcome, the buildings and the art installations are sensational. And yes, there are real goats on premise, as well as llamas.

Highly recommend doing some research on open studios or available tours before you come. We just wandered in and it felt a bit like we were trespassing. Nevertheless, we saw amazing outdoor art installations including a file cabinet piece (upper left) by David Baerwalde.

The Goat Farm may look familiar to some of you. It has been used in the filming of The Walking Dead and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

The history of the buildings is fascinating. Link (here) for details on background and current status.

 

See below for Art On The Beltline and Hambidge Creative Hive.

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100 Gates Project: More Cities Need To Do This!

100 Gates Project: More Cities Need To Do This!

 

Have loved this project since its inception in 2015. The first few gates in my neighborhood were by Buff Monster (above lower left) and are still among my favorites.

  • The project connects local artists and merchants to collaborate on original murals that are painted on roll down security gates on the outside of these businesses. Over two years, the project has installed 100 gates in the Lower East Side. This year, they’re going to expand to other areas of the city. Harlem and Staten Island are next.
  • The project was initiated in 2014 by Billy Rohan, a local artist and pro skateboarder. The next year, it was brought to life by the Lower East Side Partnership (LESP), a not-for-profit economic development organization on New York’s Lower East Side.

I’m not sure how many other cities do this – but I highly recommend it. I’ve seen firsthand how it beautifies neighborhoods and creates community. For the most part, taggers and other graffiti peeps leave the works alone.

See below for current work up on Orchard Street and elsewhere downtown. Also, found a great rotating mural series displayed on the wall outside of Tictail Market at 90 Orchard Street. Currently featured: Miza Coplin, a Brooklyn-based illustrator. Images below.

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LOVE Street Art – But Has It Jumped The Shark?

LOVE Street Art – But Has It Jumped The Shark?

 

Huge fan of street art (still!) and love how the exterior of 39 Spring Street (above) was muralized by Hektad this week. But then I uncovered this instagram from realtors at Apartments of NY, and while I am happy that Hektad makes a living doing art commissions, the fact that his work was being used specifically to dress up the building for two weeks until it gets demolished to make way for the “coolest storefront in Nolita” made me just a little bit sad.

On a more positive note, Hektad is also part of the amazing art installations at First Street Green (part of First Park) on the northside of East Houston Street between 2nd and 1st Avenues (entrance on 1st Street). Totally worth checking out if you’re in NYC or if you’re planning to visit sometime over the summer.

 

FABnyc commissioned the current artwork at First Street Green – back in May of 2016 – as part of its FABLES series. It was timed to coincide with Lower East Side History Month.

Many first-rate artists featured , and a top instagram spot. If you’re lucky, some artists may be on hand as well.

I could not readily find info on all the artists but some of the names I was able to get: Peter Missing, Cyril Mazard, Aaron Schraeter, Ex Vandals, Hektad, Laia, Rock Steady Crew, Marcelo Ment.

The art park has received additional funding over the years from both the BMW Guggenheim Lab and from Intuit.

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Washington DC Art Scene: Kusama and Blind Whino are Must-Sees

Washington DC Art Scene: Kusama and Blind Whino are Must-Sees

 

The BIG ticket in DC is the Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors retrospective at the Hirshhorn Museum. It will be up until May 14 after which it will travel to Seattle, LA, Toronto, Cleveland and Atlanta.

We had attempted to get tickets online but they sold out within 3 minutes. We made our first attempt to get walk-up passes on Saturday. Got there at 9am to find several thousand people already on line. Impossible to get in. I felt a need to try again on Sunday. We got there at 8am – and luck was on our side. We got passes for the 11:15 time slot.  If this weekend was any indication, Sunday is the better day – the crowds were half of what we saw on Saturday.

Now to the show: It’s fabulous, definitely a must-see. But, it is also a huge ordeal: 3 hours waiting outside and then another 2 hours inside, mostly waiting in various lines to see the 6 room installations – all of which are timed to allow you between 20 to 30 seconds in the installation. So for a grand total of perhaps 10 minutes of seeing the work, you spend 5 hours waiting in lines.

Here’s a tip: Join the museum where you will see the show – well ahead of time – to get member tickets. Not only does it ensure you will get a ticket but you can just roll up for your time slot and breeze right in. In DC, demand has been so great that they stopped selling memberships until the show is over – and I’m sure the same will hold true in other cities. So get your membership early.

Read on below for Blind Whino, my other favorite art experience of the weekend. And big shoutout to dcist for putting it on our radar when they wrote that excellent piece on Kusama alternatives. Also, more photos from the Kusama show at the end of the post

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PHILADELPHIA Art Scene is Outstanding: Eclectic and Vibrant

PHILADELPHIA Art Scene is Outstanding: Eclectic and Vibrant

Philadelphia doesn’t have a gallery district (a la NYC’s Chelsea) as far as I could tell.  However, the city more than makes up for it with a gorgeous and vibrant amalgam of street murals, mosaics, folk and visionary art, the most exquisite Victorian Gothic architecture and, of course, the new Barnes is not to be missed.

Here are my top picks:

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens (1020 South Street)

This was recommended to us by Warren Muller of bahdeebahdu and I am so thrilled that we followed his advice. This is an example of the best of the best when it comes to folk and “visionary art.”

The Magic Gardens span three city lots, and include indoor galleries and a large outdoor labyrinth. The mosaics are made up of everything from kitchen tiles to bike wheels, Latin-American art to china plates. It is the largest work created by mosaic artist Isaiah Zagar. (See more of the work at the very end of this post.)

Isaiah and his wife Julia moved to South Street in 1968, when the area was being slated for demolition to build a new expressway. They opened the Eyes Gallery at 402 South Street, which was the first property that Isaiah would mosaic. He bought the building that currently houses Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens in 1994. In 2002, he purchased two vacant lots next door and “Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens” was born.

Read on below for PAFA, the Barnes and photos of some of the best street art we found during our neighborhood explorations – as well as additional photos of the Magic Gardens.

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ALICE NEEL: Inspiring a new generation to take up portraiture

ALICE NEEL: Inspiring a new generation to take up portraiture

 

Excellent painting show at David Zwirner (525 West 19th Street, NYC) of Alice Neel’s portraits made over the five decades she lived uptown, first in Spanish Harlem (1938-1962) and then the Upper West Side (1962 until her death in 1984).

She’s known for her intimate portraits of family, friends, writers, activists, and other everyday people from her neighborhood.

The show is beautifully curated by Hilton Als (photo lower left), writer for The New Yorker. The New York Times called the show nostalgic. I disagree, it feels fresh, young and vibrant to me.

What struck me immediately upon entering the gallery was the crowd: it was really young.  Alice Neel’s work casts a mighty spell and these young artists and art lovers were hooked by her paintings – and her writing – many were poring over her diaries. Judging by how intently many were studying the color and form of her paintings, I expect Alice Neel to become a  major art world influencer for a new generation.

There’s also going to be a screening of the Alice Neel documentary on April 3. Check with Zwirner Gallery for info on tickets – although I hear they are sold out.

I’m going out on a limb here, but I predict this show will kick off a movement to small-scale portraiture – and especially to portraits that include a more diverse array of people. The scale of this work is perfect for artists today who are working in smaller studios and who are inspired to paint their friends and neighbors. Who knows it might also be the beginning of a new collector class who will want to buy small-scale portraits for their apartments.

More photos of the work below:

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Whitney Biennial 2017: Best Ever, A Masterpiece

Whitney Biennial 2017: Best Ever, A Masterpiece

The first biennial at the new Whitney Museum downtown is absolutely stellar. It feels young, fresh and totally of the moment. Bravo to the two curators: Mia Locks and Christoper Y. Lew for having such a strong vision. There are 63 artists and collectives in the show. Highlighted below are the 10 that stand above the rest.

Three themes run through the show making it feel perfectly attuned to the culture of this particular time and place and explaining why, as a whole, it feels more relevant than any other biennial before it.

  • It’s Installation-focused – all highly interactive and experiential e.g. The Work is Repellant by Jordon Wolfson which is a VR experience (very graphic and violent. I couldn’t watch it – too squeamish).
  • It’s Tech-Forward – Jon Kessler’s two pieces were amongst my favorites. Beautiful and quirky.
  • It’s Highly Instagrammable –the standout is Raul de Nieves’ gorgeous installation piece consisting of stained glass windows and beaded sculptures on the 5th floor. JUST WOW!!

The biennial is on the two upper floors of the museum, in the stairwell and there’s a beautiful piece outside on one of the balconies (don’t miss it, like I did!). It runs through June 11.

See below for photos and videos of 10 must-see pieces:

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