1.      Color: Though Pantone’s color of the year, Emerald, is elegant, Graphite is my color pick for 2013, an earthy black with far richer and deeper qualities than the stoney gem. Like the rough textured strokes of a pencil, graphite is equal part color and texture. From smooth as glass to rough as crushed stone, graphite is actually a warm and welcoming color. 

   2.      Counter Tops: Quartz is replacing granite as the versatile choice for counter tops. It has a clean, contemporary look, and is available in a wide range of solid colors, patterns, and visual effects. Like granite, quartz requires little maintenance and is virtually indestructible. 

    3.      Flooring: Shag area rugs aren’t your grandmother’s long-haired dirt magnets of the past. The new shag rugs have a modern interpretation. The pile is shorter and neater. A single rug may have more than one pattern and texture. They work on top of any flooring material.

   4.      Wall Surfaces: Wallpaper is making a comeback, but not for every room in the home decades past. The more contemporary application is to install it in select rooms – powder rooms, entry halls, dining rooms, bedrooms. Three-dimensional surfaces, available in a variety of materials and patterns give a wall depth, texture, and a feeling of motion. I'm replacing traditional tile backsplashes, entire walls in residential bathrooms, and commercial and hospitality installations with these new materials.  

     5.      Lighting: LED used as ambient or as accent lighting added to bathroom mirrors, to highlight entries, subtly illuminate hallways, under kitchen cabinets and wall unit shelving. Low cost, highly effective, these little lights impact design in a big way.  

 6.      Kitchens: Whether contemporary, traditional, or transitional, modern open concept kitchen design remains the number one preference of home owners. The number one challenge for designers and architects is developing a solution to the area of transition from the kitchen to whatever room it opens to, living room, dining area, etc. Loss of storage space is another obstacle to resolve.

     7.      Wall Units: Sculptural minimalism is key for today’s wall units. Fewer shelves and cabinets and less clutter results in a more open feeling. Whatever extends from the wall surface seems to float without support. In their subtly is a seemingly effortless complexity.

8.      Teak: The wood of choice, teak has long been treasured for the beauty of its grain, color, and durability. In contemporary homes, the tendency towards starkness is tempered by incorporating the organic grain colorations and uneven texture of teak. I try to incorporate at least two pieces of teak in a design scheme for balance and proportion. I also like the idea that it blurs the transition from indoors to out when teak is the material of choice 
      for outdoor furniture.

     9.      Bedrooms: Bedrooms are going soft. Upholstered headboards, from leather to silk button-tufted in every shape conceivable are showing up in every bedroom. With bedrooms multi-tasking as spaces for more than just sleeping, other upholstered pieces are also finding their way there. Cozy chairs for reading, ottomans, chaises, benches, daybeds and settees for lounging or tea time with girlfriends.  

10.  Movement: Texture and shimmer adds life, light, and sparkle to any design scheme, and can be easy and relatively inexpensive upgrades. Mica wall coverings, metallic accessories, Swarovski crystals, glass lamp bases and table tops, and mirrored case pieces add dazzle to every room in your home, and can make a room appear larger. 

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