I love finding inspiration in my travels. I have been home one week from my latest adventures on the road, and I must say, I love what I do! To be able to travel, select the goods and décor that I want to carry in the shop and to see the trends in the home décor business, what could be better? I travelled from Seattle down to Oregon, over to Utah and then through Arizona, and I was made aware once again that we decorate and style our homes and patios based on our environments. We are heavily influenced by what we see out our windows, whether the view is a mountain range, the ocean, a river or the desert, we want our homes to reflect ourselves and our surroundings.
The coast has the trends and Seattle was very mid-century mod with clean lines and lots of industrial and Steam Punk! Utah has a blend of shabby chic missed with traditional antiques and just a bit of industrial. Arizona was very western, lots of strong, vivid colors to balance the intense light and sunshine and not a pastel shabby chic item in sight! There is a return to the popularity of mid-century lines, Danish Modern and repurposed factory pieces, steel and wood work benches, metal racks and lots of chrome, galvanized and steel. These looks also fit well in the Montana vernacular as they enhance the myriad woods we use here to decorate our homes.
Of course being in the warm weather made me crave our spring and even though I returned to heavy snow, I was invigorated for the change of season! I returned home even more passionate about the spring season but must say the sunshine in Arizona made me yearn for some color in our wintry landscape. What better way to start the season than with some mossy greens, bright yellows and cheery pinks and blues! I know that in a few weeks, Montana will be enjoying some warmer and spring like days as well, so now is the time to ready ourselves for this wondrous season.
I returned with dozens of new ideas, an entire trailer loaded with pieces that will work with any décor and focused on selecting pieces that are both functional and fun. I crammed the trailer with huge metal typography letters that once were part of the lettering on a building front, metal storage racks that once held important office or government files and even mid-century metal patio chairs that are just waiting to be placed in an entry or patio! I can’t wait to set up new vignettes using mossy greens, yellows and blending the functional metal pieces in. In order to create some springtime inside, I love layering in moss, potted plants, robin’s eggs and lots of natural branches this time of year. It is a rebirth with the trees starting to bud, the vivid greens returning and Easter just on the horizon. Using lots of moss, eggs, branches and bird motifs is what springtime is all about. Using natural and faux birds’ nests is perfect for table décor for gathering of family and friends.
It may be too soon to bring out the patio furniture, but it is definitely appropriate to lighten and brighten our homes as we head into warmer temperatures. One way to brighten our entry and welcome spring is by changing out the porch décor or entry vignette popping some tulips, freesias (faux is okay) or other bulb beauties nested in pots on a colorful chair or small table. What a way to celebrate our springtime and bring some charm to your home! Stop by and help us welcome spring!
All the best,