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Stylish Spaces: What's Hot in Home Design

Modern, contemporary, rustic, traditional, coastal—there are home décor styles to match every personality. Since trends are always changing, it can feel nearly impossible to stay current yet classic and timeless. You would never want to embrace every single new trend every single season. To help guide us on which ones to test, we asked local experts for the styles, furniture, materials, and décor they’re loving right now.

Photo by Allison Pheletia


Lauren Jacobsen, principal designer/owner at Lauren Jacobsen Interiors (, says the world of design is endless and there’s no shortage of inspiration to draw from. “Trends are ever-emerging, yet through the use of natural materials, shaded woods, marbles, stones, and sculptural silhouettes, you can create a space that incorporates the latest looks with a more timeless approach,” she says.

Jacobsen likes to combine the prehistoric past with modern present. “Fluid shapes with carved detailing, ripples and waves, and balanced neutral color palettes are some of the most prominent design trends to date,” she says. “Many of the newer introductions focus on warmer walnuts and stained oaks, providing visual warmth and inviting qualities to any space.”

Photo Georgia by Hudson Valley Lighting


To create the look at home, Jacobsen recommends adding a mix of old with new, texture, and lots of natural wood tones, as it makes for a trendy yet timeless space without compromising character.

“Some of my favorite local small businesses to shop for treasures encompassing these elements and trends are Antique Trove, The Warped Table, and The Shop by Design Shop Interiors,” she says. “Don’t forget to also peruse your favorite local farmers’ market to grab a bouquet or greenery!” which are surefire ways to spruce up any space.

Photo courtesy of Terra Outdoor Living


Michelle Houx, marketing director at Lighting Unlimited (, sees a growing interest in statement lighting, due in part to the extra time we’ve spent at home over the last couple of years. “The past few years brought a new appreciation to the spaces we live and work in every day,” Houx says. “People are craving individuality in their homes through unique lighting that’s larger-than-life and possesses a custom, handmade appeal—think woven materials, plaster, aged brass, gunmetal, and matte finishes.”

Heading outside of your house, Whitney Critchley, creative director at Terra Outdoor Living (, shares three trends. “These days, having an outdoor space where you can relax and recharge is more important than ever. Whether it’s a big backyard or an intimate balcony, it’s essential to have a place to catch some sun, gaze at stars, gather with your favorite people, and just breathe. Ropes are having their moment and [can be found] everywhere: wrapped around metal and wood frames, woven into poufs, and more. We love the way it softens angles, creates visual interest, and provides comfortable, breezy support,” Critchley says.

Photo courtesy of Terra Outdoor Living


For color themes, olive green is the star. “Olive is the sophisticated new neutral, and we’re smitten with it,” Critchley says. “It echoes the green tones of the surrounding foliage to create a seamless, serene setting. And just as leaves complement flowers, the versatile hue plays beautifully with pops of color, so you can change the look of your outdoor seating with the toss of a pillow.”

To make your outdoor space comfortable in every season, she suggests adding a fire table as a focal point and place to gather with friends and family. “The single most effective way to make your outdoor space a year-round destination is to add a fire table. We’re seeing huge demand for them in every size and style, from ski chalet rustic to modern industrial,” she says. “Most are customizable with your choice of fire media, including natural lava rock, realistic river stones, and vibrant colored glass. And with the addition of a burner cover, many fire tables can double as coffee tables between blazes.”

by Kourtney Jason
Top photo by Allison Pheletia. Bottom photo Georgia by Hudson Valley Lighting; photo courtesy of Michelle Houx. Photos courtesy of Terra Outdoor Living