UPHOLSTERED HEADBOARDS show no sign of waning in the bedroom. Retailers like Home Sense feature ready mades at affordable price points and furniture companies like Decorest and Restoration Hardware, for example, feature them in their bedroom options. For a custom presentation, go to your upholsterer. Some, like Custom Covers in Exeter, can supply the headboard frame and upholster in the custom fabric of your choice
The CANOPY BED has been given pride of place in many magazine spreads and is the bed of choice for many designers. Many upscale designs are available now from painted and stained wood to metals. A couple of caveats to consider if choosing this option. Because it does make a big statement, the size of your bedroom will dictate whether it will be an anchoring feature or overwhelms the space. Price points vary greatly, so use due diligence when you are shopping.
OCCASIONAL TABLES: They are moveable and multifunctional. Opt for one with a bottom shelf and double your options for display.
This trend includes artisan metals, castors and X shaped base. No longer is it desirable to 'match' your coffee table and end tables. Mix it up and your space will show you a little more attitude (always a good thing)
Organic shapes and glass bases whether clear or mercurial continue to be on the must have list.
LOCALLY, Artist GILBERT VANDENHEUVEL crafts bicycle parts that transcends their original use.
Local gallery owner, JUDY STEPHENSON of MARTEN ARTS GALLERY, BAYFIELD ( www.martenarts.com
) represents Gilbert and says his crafted art 'sells itself'. 'Basically', she says, "Gilbert's work appeals to cyclists and family and/or friends of cyclists whose numbers continue to grow exponentially. Each object is well made, durable and seems to have melded itself into this new and useful mirror, table or chair." Needless to say Gilbert's works of art are selling well!
GILBERT VANDENHEUVEL……a great, local example of the ARTISAN TREND
Artisan Trend, Pottery, texture, metals and old mixed with new. The ARTISAN trend is a welcome stage in our home design history. It is historic itself. Think WILLIAM MORRIS and the ARTS AND CRAFTS MOVEMENT.
Morris and his group worked diligently to keep the industrialized aspect out of items for consumption. Handcrafting guilds were re-created and the skill of the artisan valued. There is so much organicity, beauty and tactility to products created 'by hand'. We may have to spend more per piece but perhaps we don't require the vast numbers of things we mindlessly purchase now?!
I cannot bring up the name WILLIAM MORRIS the design icon without mentioning, for your reflection, one of his most famous quotes:
"HAVE NOTHING IN YOUR HOUSE THAT YOU DO NOT KNOW TO BE USEFUL OR BELIEVE TO BE