What’s ‘in’ for 2021? For interior design, look to contemporary style and bold colors.

Ask an interior designer about trends and he or she will look at you like you’ve just uttered a dirty word in church.

We all know what trends are — shelter magazines and home makeover reality TV shows specialize in them. And while designers are more about classic styles that will last their clients more than a few years, they all know when something is “in” or “out.”

Here’s a round up of what’s trending right now, either fully formed and in homes or on the cusp of ubiquity.

1. Transitional and contemporary homes

Transitional and contemporary homes dominate new construction. Except for the occasional Mediterranean-style home, it’s rare to find anything that can’t be described as more contemporary, with clean lines. Even older homes are being remodeled to be transitional — a term for somewhere between traditional and contemporary.

I’m listing this as my top trend for 2021 because it drives everything else on the list. When you want your home to be less traditional, everything inside needs to be, as well — from paint colors to furnishings and hard finishes.

What’s “out” in this category? I’m predicting we’re at the start of the rustic farmhouse style winding down

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Kitchen updates that won’t go out of style

We talked to designers about how to make classic updates that will stand up over time. Here are their suggestions.

Use marble counters

Whether you’re doing a whole-kitchen remodel or making savvy moves to refresh the space, Wendy Blackband of Blackband Home & Design in California likes marble counters. “It’s been around for a long time, and you see it whenever you’re traveling through Europe,” she says. Blackband suggests Calacatta, a whiter marble with veining.

Marble is an investment, at $40-$100 per square foot. But Leanne Ford, a Pittsburgh-based interior designer and HGTV star, says it’s worth it. “Being that the kitchen is the most-used room in the house, anything you love is worth the investment,” she says. “Scrimp somewhere else.”

If you want a similar look with less expense and upkeep — marble requires sealing every six to 12 months to prevent stains and acid etching — Blackband also likes the engineered Neolith countertop material.

Quartz countertops from companies such as Caesarstone and PentalQuartz are another good option. Blackband recommends sticking with white or, if you don’t like white, a neutral color, such as tan, beige or ivory. Go with a subtle pattern and low veining

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Style at Home: Add panache with pillows

 A new year is upon us, and that means fabulous new fabrics we handpicked at market are finally arriving. With new textiles comes fresh bedding, upholstery and so many exciting pillows that I feel like a kid in a candy store. I am always switching out my throw pillows in my living spaces and adding so many to my bedroom I am surprised my husband can still make his way under the sheets each night. To this day, when we order pillows, we keep in mind Mary Carol Garrity’s three rules of pillow panache. Take it away, Mary Carol! — Katie Laughridge

They may be featherweights, but as decorating tools, accent pillows pack a powerful punch and can instantly give a room loads of panache. Time and again I’ve seen the right pillows take a nothing room and make it fresh and fabulous.

You can do the same in your home by trying these three simple steps. I like to reinvent my living room on a regular basis. I don’t get a roomful of new furnishings or paint the walls a new color. I simply switch out the accent pillows.

This little switcharoo, performed during the changing of the seasons,

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19 fun ways to light up your garden in style

Looking to brighten up your plot? Try these festoon light ideas – they will instantly add sparkle and style to your space. Whether you’re after a cosy outdoor living room or an atmosphere that’s fit for a party, it’s easy to see why they’re such a popular go-to. Effective, affordable, and easy to string along a fence or hang from a pergola – what’s not to love? They’re the perfect choice if you’re on the lookout for garden lighting ideas.



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‘When it comes to styling your festoons, there are so many options,’ says the team at Lights4fun. ‘For a subtle illumination around your garden we recommend swagging the lights along an exterior wall or fence, or for the ultimate wow-factor create a festoon canopy overhead, this looks particularly effective over an outdoor dining table or seating area and adds an inviting warm glow to your space.’

Thalia Shaw, owner of Sparkle Lighting, adds, ‘Festoon lights are a great affordable option to create atmosphere in a garden. They are brilliant for emphasising a focal point such as a barbecue area, dining area or sitting area,’ or ‘for creating a zone.’

Sounds perfect,

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Chai Style Home: A Designer’s Design

“An artist is not paid for his labor, but for his vision.”
-Picasso

Interior designer Stuart Pliner and wife Barbara Bing felt the timing was right to downsize from their 1920s Georgian Manor home where they lived for over 20 years on North Muscogee Avenue to high-rise living two blocks away.

Here Pliner gives us a rare look inside his private world, a careful tableau of responses to space, reflecting his creativity, tasteful design, and constant attention to scale and proportion.

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“After thinking about it more and more, we felt the timing was perfect to do this project for ourselves versus an investment opportunity,” he said. “It met our key objectives of an original condo never renovated, high floor and beautiful views. We redefined our lives, ridded lots of unneeded “stuff” and set out for a new adventure in two different places. We traded one home for a condo in the city and a house in the country.”

Barbara added, “The concept of downsizing was refreshing, and we made it fun. That’s not to say that it was perfectly orchestrated and easy, yet it all

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11 ways to shelter your outdoor living space in style

These covered deck ideas are a fabulous way to add style and shelter to your plot. Whether you’ve just installed a shiny new deck or are looking to update your existing one, you’ll be sure to find all the inspiration you need here.



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As you may already know, decking is a wonderful way to level out a space in your garden for a relaxed seating area, plus it looks super smart too. Just take a look at our decking ideas to see for yourself. There are occasions, however, when your decking needs a boost to up the ambience and provide extra shelter.

Debs Winrow, Creative Director at Garden House Design, says how adding a cover ‘ensures that your investment in building a beautiful deck reaches its full potential. It allows you to stay outside for longer, keeps your furniture covered, and also enables you to dress areas, for example, with lighting.’

‘A deck cover gives a sense of purpose to an otherwise wide-open space,’ Debs continues. ‘It defines an area in a garden’. Debs also explains how covering a deck allows you to enjoy an indoor-outdoor living space throughout the year, enabling

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Water Cooler: Hone in on your interior design style

If you want your home design to feel cohesive and intentional, it can be helpful to hone in on a specific design style as a guide for your decor choices. Learning a bit about each style will help you decide which one is for you.

Traditional interior design is for lovers of antique and old world items, such as classic wingback chairs, curved and intricate wood details on furniture and a color palette made of dark, rich colors like deep reds, greens and browns paired with beige, white or cream. This design style takes cues from the 18th and 19th centuries and has a lot of European influence. Patterns are typically intricate and floral, but it is important that they match. Furnishings will usually be made of dark wood and other natural materials and ideally the wood tones will match. Furniture arrangements are typically symmetrical. Overall the style relies on a well-furnished look with intricate details in accessories, trim and paintings, but everything must be orderly and cohesive.

Farmhouse style has a bit of variation, depending if you prefer classic farmhouse or modern farmhouse. Classic farmhouse sticks primarily to rustic furnishings that emphasize simplicity and utility, such as paneled walls,

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Downtown Charleston chef and sculptor meld old-world design with new style of meal service | Raskin Around

Restaurants across the country have set up outdoor seating areas, sometimes grudgingly, in deference to municipal regulations and customer demand. Downtown Charleston chef Robert Berry has taken the format further and constructed what amounts to an en plein air kitchen, with stations for prepping, cooking and washing up.

The centerpiece of the Cannonborough-Elliotborough project, designed to facilitate small-scale weddings or the family festivities connected to grander affairs, is a wood-fired oven.

Unlike the Neapolitan ovens which have emerged as standard equipment at high-end pizza joints, the oven that Berry and local ceramicist Fiorenzo Berardozzi are building is meant to be multifunctional. Berry will be able to bake bread in it one day and then shovel out the ashes to grill a goat alongside it.

“There are endless possibilities,” says Berardozzi, who also constructed the brick oven at Husk. He makes his own kilns to fire the tableware that’s a favorite of Charleston restaurants. “This is like something you see in the Italian countryside.”



Downtown Charleston chef and daughter deal with pandemic by baking bread for those in need

Since the start of the pandemic, countless food-and-beverage professionals have fled the industry, while others have decided to stay on the path they were following prior to the public health and economic crisis, albeit

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19 ways to add style and function to your plot

Are you on the lookout for some modern garden ideas? Whether you’re ready for a complete outdoor overhaul or just after a few quick tricks to make your space more welcoming, you’ve come to the right place.



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From outdoor living rooms, kitchens and even cinemas, to ambient lighting and stylish colour schemes, we’ve collected the best modern garden ideas out there. It’s all the garden inspiration you need, all in one place!

Just take a look at our garden design ideas below – there’s sure to be something that’ll catch your eye.

1. Be bold with shapes

A garden is a perfect place to get creative. After all, it’s your space, so have fun making it exactly how you want it to be! And, one way to create a bold yet playful effect is to experiment with proportions and form. 

This contemporary garden designed by London-based Harrington Porter ties a huge backdrop hedge together with clipped topiary balls, drawing the eye around the space. The round globes of purple alliums carry the spherical theme and add an intense shot of purple to the mix. 

These shapes beautifully balance the more angular lines used

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Condo loft merges contemporary style, industrial design elements

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a large brick building with a clock tower: Located within the historic warehouse district of downtown Dayton, the 1,470-sq.-ft. unit is located on the second floor. The building has a lobby entrance with shared stairwell and elevator to the other levels. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY KATHY TYLER


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Located within the historic warehouse district of downtown Dayton, the 1,470-sq.-ft. unit is located on the second floor. The building has a lobby entrance with shared stairwell and elevator to the other levels. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY KATHY TYLER

215 ICE AVE., UNIT 205, DAYTON

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Downtown Dayton living

Updates made to this condominium blend the contemporary with the historic industrial design elements.

Listed for $248,000 by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Professional Realty, the condominium within the Ice Avenue Lofts has about 1,470 square feet of living space. The Ice Avenue Lofts, at 215 Ice Ave., is centrally located downtown Dayton and within walking distance to RiverScape MetroPark, Day Air Ball Park, the Montgomery County Library, the Schuster Performing Arts Center, the Victoria Theatre and the Oregon District.

Views from large windows of unit 205 are to the northeast. The unit includes one assigned parking space within the basement garage, which is accessible through an automatic overhead door.

A street-level, public entrance opens into a lobby with an elevator and staircase access to the other levels. Entrance to this unit is from an interior hallway.

Formal entry opens directly into the kitchen with

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