Design Trend 2015 :: Indoor Gardens

It’s Monday, and already I want to bury my head underneath a pillow before I face the design disasters of last week. You know Project :: Disaster Bath, which now involves cutting a huge hole in our living room ceiling to access the upstairs plumbing? Luckily our bathroom will be downright gorgeous thanks to Kohler (they have truly been our saving grace), it’s what you find behind the walls that’s always a surprise like plumbing issues, or finding out that your shower pan has been leaking forever. But, as with all design related challenges things improve, projects are finished, and the residents of Casa B. will be happy, until the “next one”comes along. Yes, there will be a “next one” this year. That’s right; I decided to bite off more than I could chew. Because along with the bathroom project, I am also re-doing our Guest Bedroom in conjunction with Taylor Burke Home and Cotton and Quill with the reveal on One Kings Lane in January. What could go wrong with that project? Besides the wallpaper falling off the ceiling? How bad would that be?

What’s not bad, is one of my favorite trends for next year. Yes, it’s bringing the outdoors “in.” People want to live in forests, at least if they can fit inside their homes. A dream of mine is to find a house with a conservatory complete with an inside waterfall and a grotto. A tropical paradise right here in Cumming, Ga, sounds a lot like the Atlanta Botanical Gardens (which, unfortunately, isn’t going to be for sale even if I had a Bill Gates sized fortune). Gone are the days of sun-rooms overflowing with tropical greenery planted inside a variety of random & mismatched pottery. We are going to see pocket gardens carefully cultivated in sculptural vessels. Or simple bowls of moss, mixed with other natural elements lending color and texture to a tabletop. As a design blogger & trend-spotter, I have seen some truly inspired uses of greenery, giving a new meaning to the term “living green.” I do consider myself to have a “light green” thumb because plants live in Casa B. for at least a few months before getting destroyed by our resident rescue cat. Of which, obviously feels that she better kill the plants before I do. So in a way we are partners-in-crimes-against-plants.

This year I was extremely fortunate to have met some stars of the botanical world. Such as Tess Casey in NYC, of whom is a floral & plant designer extraordinaire for film and television. In fact, when I have the opportunity to watch television I now find myself looking more at the greenery on set than I do the plot. Time to rewind. I thought I’d share some of my favorites including a gentleman who lives in Germany that I have been following. At least I think he lives in Germany, unfortunately being bi-lingual is not something I own bragging rights to, and I was unable to translate the language on his website. Thankfully, “a picture speaks a thousand words” and his do.


 It’s all about bringing in a little greenery..or a lot.


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He is another one of my Instagram followers, and I followed him back for the reasons pictured above. He has a website (again I think in German), but the photos of his botanical works of art are worth looking at. They remind me of the Japanese art of Ikebana, simple, beautiful  arrangements. Visit


Photo Sebastian Scutyser

This indoor garden is truly one of the most inspired examples of bringing the outdoors in.



Half garden and half  living space. 



This is one of the most brilliant ways to incorporate an herb garden in a kitchen. 



The Mandarin Oriental in Atlanta has some of the most beautiful indoor garden arrangements, as you walk in there is a living wall of greenery. Unfortunately, I am unable to locate the picture, but when I do I’ll post it, but this is certainly an honorable mention.


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This picture is from a person I follow on Instagram, and all his garden creations are truly works of art.  This is one that I’m  particularly fond of maybe because it’s a horse, or maybe because it’s stunning. 


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One of his fabulous horse sculptures/planters in a room setting.

I hope you are inspired to bring a little green into your space. The next Design Trend? It’s bringing colour into the kitchen.

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Design Trends 2015 :: Hot Metals

Is anyone out there? At least anyone who isn’t attending High Point Market, WestEdge Design Fair or the D&D Building in NYC? Yes, it’s a busy time of year if you’re a designer or a Design Blogger. Where am I? Right here snug inside Casa B, soaking in the fall weather and enjoying a nice cup of Java while looking out over Greens Pond. Minus sore feet. Okay, that’s not entirely true, because I have been walking up and down three flights of stairs like it was a scene from “Groundhog Day” over and over (bringing up the boxes of tile). Yes, the saga of the bathroom remodel continues, complete with design disasters. All fixable, all aggravating, and all making me wish that I could have drowned my sorrows at the closest Neiman Marcus shoe department. So that’s what is keeping me from attending any of the signature events happening right now. Combine that with the fact that I am in the midst of a hush-hush project (involving a film crew and a network) and you’ll find me grounded right here in Cumming, GA.

As with any “disasters of the design kind,” there is Plan B. It was a week that had me thankful that I became a full-time Design Blogger, as I told someone this week, I love the process of design, it’s the execution that I’m not fond of. So if you are working with a Designer, be kind, because it’s truly one of the most frustrating and at times “thankless” jobs. Everything can and will go wrong, and it does. But, what won’t be going wrong are some of the Design Trends-2015. Like the color blue seen in my last post or hot metals…which will be warmer in the new year including brass or warmer shades of gold. These hot metals will pair nicely with some of the colors trending. Yes, it’s going to be a season of copper, brass and warmer toned golds. Making me wish I had never thrown out my brass accessories from years ago only after I tried to treat them with a solution to make them age (a bad DIY decision). A little can go a long way to giving a room a bit of dramatic flair…so here are some inspiration photos to heat things up in your home…


Design Board/ Courtesy- Lisa Gabrielson

Lisa sent this to me after I saw it on Instagram. It is the perfect example of how to incorporate gold into an interior space. Of course, you may remember that Lisa was one of my “Top Ten Southern Tastemakers” (Tastemaker Series)this past summer. This designer has natural god-given talent. You can follow her here:


Photo credit/ Megan Winters

Black and white is the perfect color scheme to introduce a little gold…Megan happens to be the recipient of my latest designer obsession. She pushes the design envelope in a way that is nothing short of refreshing.



A little gold in an entryway introduces sheer metallic perfection.



I love to entertain (which is why we are starting a new section-The Ace of Entertaining)…this gold table setting is simply timeless.



Black, gold and drama in this masculine office…


 Photo credit/ Cetra Ruddy

If you haven’t seen the work of Cetra you Gold is a chameleon that can also add dramatic flair to light, neutral pallettes.


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This kitchen is gold, glossy & sexy…

Stay tuned for the third in the series on Monday…all about what’s cooking in the kitchen for 2015.

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Design Trends 2015 :: Blue

It’s a flurry of activity over here at Casa B. the bathroom remodel has begun. It’s been two years in the works, and quite frankly I wish that we had negotiated a two-week stay at the Ritz Carlton in Buckhead, or better yet Lake Oconee. Let’s face it there is nothing more painful than a bathroom or kitchen remodel, except maybe a root canal. Or finding out that my favorite pair of Tory Burch boots were sold out in my size. (That was painful). But, seriously nothing comes close to living under a shroud of drywall dust for three weeks. The final result will be fabulous, complete with some up-to-date fixtures. Not trendy, but timeless. Which brings up the point of trends, and more specifically what design trends we can expect moving forward into 2015. A few I already predicted like Olive Green paired with Orange, which is featured in this post- Muddy colors are making a resurgence in palettes reminiscent of the muted tones in a Renaissance painting. Then there are metals, but don’t mix them because in 2015 mixing gold and silver is going to be a “no-no.” Which is fine with me, because I think metals in the same tone seem like they belong together (like wine and chocolate) rather than mixing that seems just a tad contrived. Colours, like blue, greens and grey’s are going to be diluted and understated in nuanced neutrals. What about white kitchens? They’re out like factory carts as coffee tables (who didn’t see that coming?). Someday, I’ll devote an entire post to those products that should never have happened, why? Because once the trend is over you may find yourself with a 3-4K investment that you sell for pennies on the dollar…(sadly) at a garage sale. I usually tap dance around a trend, unless it has serious “legs.”

What about color? I used to think I was the only one in the northern hemisphere that had a blue sofa, until I saw that blue was going to be hot next year. Now I feel like I’m going to be a part of the “it crowd.” This makes me feel very happy, and also I feel like somewhat of a trend-setter. I have always loved blue. So knowing it’s going to be the year of “blue” in 2015 makes me want to sit back and enjoy the ride from the comfort of my beloved sky-blue sofa. What are some sure bets for 2015? Well..over the next five posts, I’ll be covering the trends that I think having staying power. Hopefully, they won’t end up a sad reminder of mis-spent dollars…but for now I’m sharing the “muy caliente” color for 2015.


 Photos/ Via Eclectic Trends


Image credit/ Kirsten Kelli Interior Designs

This interior leaves me breathless from the walls panels painted in azure tones to the gold accents, and what room wouldn’t be complete without a little leopard?


Image credit/ Cynthia Mason Interiors

Yes, this is an office. Classic, timeless & blue. Stunning…


Image credit/ Mecox Gardens-Dallas

Totally turquoise.  Let’s simply enjoy the view…


Image credit/ Kelly Werstler

Red, white & oh-so-stunning blue.


Image Credit/ Betsy Burnham Design

Layers, upon layers of beautiful blues…I don’t think that Ms. Burnham has ever designed anything that I wasn’t positively infatuated with…


Image Credit/ Vicki Gladle Bolick

Finally, my sofa colour is going to be hot, hot, hot in 2015. This is where I curl up at the end of a long day…


Photo Credit/ Michele James

This room wrapped in blue is in the home of Lighting Designer, Michele James and it’s one of the most creative spaces ever designed for a seven year old..


Photo Credit/ Port 68

The wall colour reminds me of the Aegean sea….and I’m happy to say we’ll be seeing alot of it in 2015.

Over the next week, I’ll be covering the rest of my “Trend Picks” for 2015. For more inspiration and design happenings follow us on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.

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