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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Trends at the Las Vegas Market 2018

Are you familiar with the Las Vegas World Market Center? Twice a year it is host to one of the county's largest gift, home decor and furniture shows. This convention is only open "to the trade" meaning you have to work in the design or retail businesses focusing on home decor, furnishings, gifts, tabletop, jewelry, or seasonal items.

I've come for many years and it is always so fun to see the latest trends. This is what I saw this week.

Farmhouse is still going strong thanks in part to Chip and Joanna. I saw lots of "shabby" country items from farm animals on dishes to rustic serving pieces and linens. There were wicker gathering baskets and rag rugs, rusty pails and cotton bolls. 

 Next to farm animals I saw lots of  honey bees. Several showrooms featured bee themed  dishes, dish towels, napkins, aprons, artwork, and  bee skeps. I love decorating with honey bees (twice I've done events with the theme) so I was happy to see this as a new trend. 

Pillows are always a favorite design accessory and I saw many colors and styles, but the color that kept popping out to me was navy. In fact navy and white was the strongest color trend I saw.
 (Sorry Pantone color of the year - Ultra violet.)

  Dishtowels were everywhere! I can't tell you how many beautiful dishtowels  were on display. 

Maybe you've tried your hand at making some velvet pumpkins. These gorgeous creations are embellished with Swarovski crystals!  Plus I was told the artist grows her own pumpkins for the stems. They also make velvet pomegranates and corn with real corn husks.

There were two strong trends I saw in the Christmas showrooms. First red & white with black & gray. It's a very "cabin-y" look .

I started seeing "Scandinavian" gnomes  two or three years ago. They are so cute!

The other Christmas trend that was featured in many showrooms was a soft color scheme of 
turquoise and silver. It is so pretty and looks very much like a winter fairyland.

 Oh, and there were some darling Christmas decorations made of  wool felt. I bought some felt flowers in the cash and carry booth.

Because we are building a new house this year I was on the lookout for the latest in lighting. I may come back and order some  industrial chic pendants for my kitchen. 

While neutrals are still strong I saw several showrooms awash with color!

Coming to the Las Vegas Market is truly a shop till you drop experience. I logged 7 miles on my Fitbit yesterday!
What is your favorite new trend?

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Top 5 Posts of 2017

It's been a crazy, busy year finally moving from Arizona to Utah and that hasn't left me with much time for blogging. Right now I'm visiting with kids and grandkids in Pennsylvania which makes it even harder to find time! But the big kids have gone back to school, mom and dad are at work and the baby is napping so I'll squeeze in a moment to share with you my most popular posts of 2017.

#5   Charmed

It seems many of us have charm bracelets that we have loved over the years.

I was tickled to be featured in a national magazine this year.

Just a few ideas I shared on how to personalize your new home. 

These are my favorite places to shop!

My number one post of the year was technically posted in 2016, but it was at the end of the year so most of you saw it in 2017. I shared my Fontanini nativity at this year's creche exhibit in Midway.

Thanks to all of my followers. I do think of you as my friends! Have a happy and blessed new year!!

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