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In House Beautiful December/January 2013 on page 136 titled "The Last Words...Ten designers, ten predictions: You heard it here first!" Sara Story said "Everyone will be focusing on art - it's so much more approachable these days, with art fairs popping up everywhere."

I wanted to pass this on as a very encouraging outlook for our soon to arrive New Year!  Let's look forward to much success for all!  Happy Holidays to everyone. 

(Since founding her eponymous design firm in 2003, Sara Story has forged a reputation for imparting to all her projects an ineffable style she can truly call her own. Drawing inspiration from extensive travels, an active interest in contemporary art and fashion, and a rigorous lifestyle, Sara wields a keen eye to exact her aesthetic vision: crisp, elegant, and comfortable gestures that thoughtfully balance multiple elements of good design for an everyday, polished life.)

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Comment by Richard L. Sherer on December 17, 2012 at 9:37am
As long as Walmart continues to sell belts with cardboard cores, I will be helping the world keep their pants up. LOL
Comment by Connie Mettler on December 17, 2012 at 9:46am

Thanks for this, Archie.

Here's the link so we can see what the rest of the trends are: http://www.housebeautiful.com/shopping/decorating-trends/2013-inter...

Purists may disagree, but this is useful information as we focus on the new year. Designers of all kinds want to know what are the hot colors and what has caught the imagination of the consumers.

One of the trends was "computer generated fabrics." Does anyone see any application of this for the wearables people in our business? Would it be really expensive to have your designs put onto fabric?

Comment by Jacki Bilsborrow on December 17, 2012 at 8:45pm

Richard, those card board belt sound so substantial. 

This news is hopeful.  If the designers are talking about art as the new big thing in decorating, then hopefully it will make a difference in the art shows.  It has to turn around sometime.

Comment by geri a. wegner on December 18, 2012 at 4:12pm

Connie, check out Spoonflower.com re: fabrics. You can design your own and have it made or you can buy what someone else has designed.  Warning--you can end up spending hours on their website.

Comment by Geoff Coe on December 19, 2012 at 5:14pm

I love designers of interiors, architecture, and type, even though I must confess that half the time I don't know what the hell they're talking about. :-) 

That said, it can't hurt to keep on top of these trends.  Anything that gets you inside the thinking of your customer as he/she makes a buying decision is a good thing. 

I read the article and actually found the trend toward bold, saturated colors kind of interesting.  There is some recent scientific evidence to the effect that if, say, a photographer regularly tweaks color saturation to the point where it screams for mercy, he/she becomes desensitized to oversaturation.  Perhaps we're seeing the same thing coming true in the larger design world.  

Comment by geri a. wegner on December 20, 2012 at 5:58pm

Geoff, I have noticed that in the last few years I have been attracted to bolder and brighter colors.  I am currently replacing all my area rugs that, while geometric or abstract designs, are too dull for the artwork in the rooms.  

Now I don't know which is changing--my taste or my eye sight!!

Comment by sandhi schimmel gold on December 21, 2012 at 9:48am

A designer I know told me a year or so ago that the whole Tuscany landscape and southwest aesthetic would be replaced by contemporary and colorful art.

I just don't know how many designers are shopping art festivals for their clients...?

Comment by sean McDougal on December 21, 2012 at 4:04pm

Connie, as far as computer generated fabrics.I am not sure of exact costs.But if you have your images scanned to a digital file you can have your fabric printed.I don't think it is that expensive, but the amount you must commit to might be larger than most artists doing shows on the weekends can use.I deal with a company that is going to do linings for jackets of images of an artist the owner found.

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