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I Am Thankful For…

Sometimes I feel like Thanksgiving gets the short end of the stick.

It’s so close to that “other” holiday, that every year turkeys seem to be overshadowed by decorated trees, music about snow, and lots of twinkling lights. 

…and is it me, or does it seem like “Black Friday” has just about replaced the post-Thanksgiving meal nap?

This year, I’ve decided to give Thanksgiving its due, and list the top five things I’m thankful for in the world of design (I thought that would be appropriate for me because I’ve never been very good at the “30 Days of Thankfulness” that everyone’s posting on Facebook these days).



You can probably tell from my living room rug to my DIY drapes – I LOVE a bold stripe!  I think that impact is modern and fun, but also has a touch of sophistication when paired with just the right accents.

Diane Bergeron Interiors

Gauthier Stacy

SchappacherWhite Ltd.

Patrik Lonn



Blame my Finnish roots, but the light and simple styling of Scandinavian design will always have a place in my heart.  I love the balance of form and function and the focus of beauty through minimalist elements (…and don’t forget the bright colors and quirky accents that offset the lighter color palette – LOVE!).

The style has evolved from rustic roots to a look of effortless style.  It includes some of the most iconic pieces of furniture (hello Saarinen table!) that are not only relevant today, but are a trademark of the ultra-chic.



Kjerstis Lykke



I love adding layers of texture to a space.  Whether faux fur (my current obsession!), weathered wood, plush carpet, or the natural fiber of a jute rug – texture adds an element of balance and depth.

via Lonny

via Lonny

Sara Tuttle Interiors



I was reading Design Manifest (one of my favorite blogs), and to my surprise todays post was all about oversized kitchen pendants.  I am loving this look SO much right now, and WISH I had a kitchen island to hang one of these over.

I second Naomi’s quote in saying that, “I DO declare blown-glass mini pendants OVER”!  Why not freshen-up an old look with something bold and unexpected!  (here, Naomi gives great advice to contrast your lighting with your kitchen style – like using a traditional / sparkly pendant in a sleek and modern kitchen or a pop of color in a kitchen that’s monochromatic).

You don’t even have to limit yourself to the kitchen.  Why not try an oversized pendant (…or two…or three) over the dining room table?

The key is – don’t be afraid to make a STATEMENT!

Kelly Hoppen Interiors

Reaume Construction & Design

via Coastal Living

via Luxe and Lillies

via Luxe and Lillies



An amazing combination.  What can I say?  I love gray.  I love aged brass.  And the thought of them together makes me SO happy (and why not have two awesome design elements together for my number 1 spot?).  I know that aged brass is having a design moment, but I feel that this time around it’s being paired in a more modern and classic way – and this will lend to greater longevity.  The gold tones soften any modern element (stone… glass… gray tones…) to create a balanced timeless look.

via Belaclair House

Twenty One Two

CWB Architects

Urban Grace Interiors

House & Home


What design trends are you most thankful for?

























7 Comments Post a comment
  1. Wow! All these pics are so inspiring. If only I had the creativity to come up with similar look for my place!

    November 19, 2012
    • It can definitely be a bit overwhelming. Just think about making baby steps… one piece you love at a time!


      November 19, 2012
  2. Color! It’s funny that I’m thankful for it, because there isn’t much of it in my home now. But, someday I hope to embrace it and live in a home full of color!

    November 20, 2012
  3. Skylar Merrifield #

    Great article about designs you are thankful for…makes me think…now what designs am I thankful for…mmmm…

    November 20, 2012
    • With your style, Skylar, I’d love to know!


      November 20, 2012
  4. Great post Tina. I’m most thankful for all those animal inspired rugs. Weather it be lambs wool shag, leopard prints, or leather with zebra stripes: they add so much texture and depth to a room.

    November 20, 2012
    • I second that, Benji! I’m hoping to get a cowhide for our living room and layer it over a jute rug. I love the depth that it adds!


      November 20, 2012

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