by William Perugini

Simple pleasures like bike riding are inherent in Hygge. Don’t you love the wagon with four children?

Hygge is a close knit configuration, so it might be difficult if you aren’t native. But put out good food and light the fire and I’m sure you’ll do okay. Making others comfortable and being able to relax yourself is a huge part of hygge. There is no hostess that does everything. Everybody gets involved.  Hygge emphasis is on people and ‘hugging’ which leads to high doses of oxytocin. It’s a win/win/win. Good food, warmth, friends = good time (oxytocin/hygge)

These events don’t have to happen only at home. You can have the same good time with friends and candles anywhere (below). You can make your office cubical hype with socks in your drawer or leaving chocolate for your cubby neighbors. Have a potluck Friday lunch – what a grand idea!

I’m getting these tips from Meik Wiking’s Little Book of Hygge. I must add that Hygge is very often a conglomerate. Compound words like Hyggekrog is a Hygge nook. Pastries are hyggelige. Anything that takes a long time to prepare is hyggelige. The longer the more hygge. Surprise. Surprise. Kaffehygge  – guess? Coffee is everywhere. “Live life today like there is no coffee tomorrow”. I’m so there!

Summer or Florida Patio by Getty




by Duralee

Fabrics are more beautiful than ever. Duralee is one of my favorites. (Above Photo) But everybody has something wonderful going on. Geometric bold patterns are big in the world of fabric. Remember we said geometrics were big in the way of tile? Everything happens at almost the same time. Technology reigns. No reason for lag time, what’s possible here is possible there.

Color is raging. Adventure is king. Break the rules.

by Laura Gonzalez – Paris

Geometric makes it’s way into furniture as well. (Above) This fantastic console with sharp lines and bold color speaks to the adventurous spirit. Nothing faint-hearted here.

Adventurous orange or bold green, if you haven’t tried color – by all means give it a try. A pillow is a good way to start.
Paint a small room if you are a bigger risk taker.

by Haver Skolnick Architects

Can you see the truth in this photo? In this gorgeous room by Haver Skolnick AIA? The carpet is full of bold colors and boasts a strong geometric pattern. And this is for a bedroom. A place of repose and dreams. If it’s a craze in one discipline, it is or will soon be in the others. Innovation is a wonderful process. And the results are fantastic.

If we don’t take baby steps, or try something new once in a while, we are in a groove that remains safe. The same. Our minds are happier, excited with something new. We are happier when exploring. Get crackin!

by merwis_irosi

Palm trees are so plentiful, well over a thousand varieties, shop by size – small medium and large. Shop for ‘Container’ size Palms. Decorating with plants has so many benefits. Good for the eye. Good for the soul.  Here is a beginners list of palms that grow well as indoor plants. Decorating with plants doesn’t mean you are a farmer or that you are gardener. It means you know the value of plants as a design option and as a healthy feature. Smart and Sassy.

* Kentia palms (Howea forsteriana)
* Sentry palm (howea belmoreana)
* Fishtail palm (caryota mitis)
* Pygmy date palm (phoenix roebelenii)

This modern living room, has added curve to the straight lines with the selected palm trees. It’s a symmetrical arrangement which makes the room very calm. I’m not a plant expert, a plant lover. So remember this is for ideas only. Places and Ideas to explore. But not all palms need bright sunlight and they don’t all need to be outside so the can be as tall as a tree.


Now this room doesn’t make a Palm statement. It has one potted plant doing a good job of adding shape and form, texture and color to the room. Remember to decorate your way. A lot or a little of this or that. Next blog we will go for rooms that may infer you are a gardener and/or a plant lover.


pop-sugar Adrian Busse

Layering carpets is another ongoing trend for 2016. This room shared by Pop Sugar is another example of current design trends. Mixed metals, layered carpets and neutral tones throughout the room.

We didn’t talk about textures in Trends 2016 I, so let’s do it with this living room. Decorating with neutrals  necessitates a variety of texture. For nubby we have the larger carpet and the beige rattan chair in the foreground. For matte we have the leather seating and wood floor. Shiny surfaces include the metal side tables and the shiny sections of the fireplace. The foliage is always welcome and adds shape and texture to this room composition. The clay pots are a rough texture and add a lovely contrast to the matte and shine.

Notice that nothing in this room matches, except for the one black chair and it’s ottoman. The room is tied together without the convenience of a ‘set of furniture’. The room makes sense and is cohesive because of repetition of color and shape. The sandy sofa and rattan chair. The gold thread of side tables. The black stone fireplace and leather chair are kissing so they are so happy together. The green plants and the green pillows are another echo that holds this room together.

The view is the focal point, which is why there is no dramatic art or anything that would steal the real show. Yes, fireplaces are typically the focal point, but here they are working in tandem, and the view behind the glass wall has it during the day, the fireplace for the evening.

The outdoors is brought in with the one ‘clay’ pot on the outside, your gaze makes a triangle between the three pots and there is even Buddha giving his blessing.

Something about Autumn and cooler weather makes us want cozy. That is another popular feature of Trends 2016.  Crisp, clean and modern doesn’t make the same statement as cozy does. I believe our troubled times calls for cozy. Always surround yourself with what you love. Modern or cozy.



Patio city courtyard by Lichten Craig

by Lichten Craig



















Creating something beautiful in a tight spot, a difficult spot is applause worthy. This foliage framed patio, accented with architectural details and filled to the brim with texture makes a passerby smile and the inhabitants grin with delight. The soft green brambles against the rough red brick is convenient magic and the masterful design is evident with the window pane grid, letting the outdoor and indoor mingle.



Beach bytravelovia

Beach bytravelovia

Perhaps you love the colors of the ocean. Pairing these soft blues with a neutral sand is a good thing. Explains why so many love the combination, it’s beautiful.

by Gil Schafer + Eve Ashcraft

by Gil Schafer + Eve Ashcraft

Patio by Jamie Durie

Patio by Jamie Durie

This is outdoor living with no protective covering which is what makes patio’s a think a bit more difficult.
Of course, if you are in a temperate climate and have nothing too hot, too cold or too breezy then
this would work. This might be a second option for a large property as well. It’s smart to make good use
of your green lawn, rather than an expansive property that needs mowing only. When you add seating areas
like this you can enjoy the space from afar and enjoy the actual space. Notice the architectural elements in this
space, despite it being ‘a patio’. The wall with the three arches, the tile pattern adding color, the stone floor,
even the box-like seating makes this space powerful in character. It is softened with the pillows, bouquet and the tall green hedge.

Deck Boathouse by Country Living

Boathouse Deck by Posted by Country Living

















This deck is furnished simply. Enough seating for a nice group of friends.
Beautiful view. This is a good example of how not matching your furniture
pieces can work. The one chair and the settee are the same style, but the
Adirondack chairs and the coffee table do not. What they do have in common that
makes them work, is they are all rustic, they are all wood, they are all soft hues.

Trend # 5b Cobalt Blue

This is more cobalt blue than most of us can take for any length of time. It is a sun room. by Pantone