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Going Natural: The Wood Trend That's Staying
Image Credit:  Amber Interiors

Image Credit: Amber Interiors

It's time to lighten up. I don't mean go crazy and have your dessert before your dinner - not THAT radical - but perhaps "ebony" isn't the only option for your wood floors or furniture anymore. Designers all over the planet are skipping the dark stain colors and leaving wood surfaces alone to flaunt their natural beauty, and I'm one of them!

We just finished installing light wood floors in a client's home in the Clive Country Club, we'll soon be done installing light wood floors in a West Des Moines home, and in a few short months, we'll install some definitely-not-dark wood floors in a home just on the other side of Jordan Creek for clients who are renovating to SELL! The furniture we're pairing with them includes fully-upholstered pieces, painted pieces, and wood tones of all variations - but mostly light. ;)

 
Image Credit:  Amber Interiors

Image Credit: Amber Interiors

 

I can't speak highly enough about how low-maintenance, and high-style natural wood tones are in today's housing scene. The less yellow and the more "truly neutral", the better. They're a fast way to brighten up a space effortlessly, invite the sunlight in, and create easy and beautiful pairings with dark metals. Light woods hide dings, dirt and dust better than stained dark woods, and also open the doors to just about any paint color your heart desires for built-in woodwork; that is, unless you want to use a natural wood colors for your millwork as well, which I almost always support.

For all home types and styles, dark floors and furniture can still be beautiful and even preferred. Especially if you're more into a "warm and cozy" ambiance than the "light and fresh" atmosphere that Millennials are reaching to for spacial inspiration these days. For more info on how your surroundings affect your daily life, check out House Thinking: A Room-by-Room Look at How We Live by Winifred Gallagher. For the record, this is not a sponsored blog post, I just love that book and have very strong feelings about space and its influence on our lives. For proof of THAT, check out the Design Philosophy on my website.

 
Image Credit:  Becki Owens

Image Credit: Becki Owens

 

If you're not quite convinced, and need to see some more ~enlightening~ inspiration of light wood tones being used in residential settings, pop over to my instagram feed and see for yourself how this new trend is one to embrace. Natural = Beautiful.

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Modern Farmhouse: Trendy or Classy?
Architecture: Feldman Architecture | Photography: Matthew Millman Photo

Architecture: Feldman Architecture | Photography: Matthew Millman Photo

Yesterday, someone asked me "How do you feel about that modern farmhouse design style? You know, the kind that Joanna Gaines applies to all of her projects on Fixer Upper?"

My response was not lacking in length. With any trend, there's always a "right way" and a "not recommended" way to go about updating your own home. For my clients here in Des Moines, Iowa, I definitely think there's still a place for Modern Farmhouse design and that it's not on its way "out" just yet. In the Midwest, we admittedly see trends move through our community on a heavily delayed timeline and at a slower pace than the coasts do. With so many rural neighborhoods, and a cornfield being no more than 15 minutes away at any given moment, Modern Farmhouse is a look that's bound to stick around for a while. My feelings on "MF" are based on 2 big factors: 1) It's actually practical. People want a clean look, but in a cozy environment that FEELS like "home". Modern Farmhouse is practically the definition of that "home" feeling for the average Midwesterner. And 2) High contrast and high texture have always been highly regarded in the design community. Modern farmhouse design capitalizes on those principles and gives them a fun, stylistic flair. So go ahead - paint your walls AND trim white, install a natural or dark stained wood floor, splurge for the farmhouse sink, order black framed windows and go for those black or even gold cabinet pulls in your kitchen! After all, it does look darn good.

What Not To Do:

I do feel it's important to mention specific aspects of the Modern Farmhouse movement that I do NOT think will be sticking around, since some of the more specific motifs may very well become a bit regrettable.

  1. Reclaimed Wood Everywhere. It has a place, and "everywhere" is not that place. Use sparingly for a big impact.

  2. Sliding Barn Doors. These are purely decorative and serve very little purpose; they're inconvenient to operate, they take up a lot of wall space, and they don't provide sound, light, or lockable privacy like any other door would. Passing fad.

  3. Shiplap. Again, use this sparingly. If you put it all over every wall in your living room or kitchen, you'll likely soon regret it just like a bad wallpaper. Sorry Joanna!

  4. Taxidermy. Real or faux, animal heads, horns and antlers are a trend that is already on its way out, so try not to get too attached to layering a "hunting" theme into your modern farmhouse.

Designer: Sita Montgomery Interiors

Designer: Sita Montgomery Interiors

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