Saturday, June 19, 2021

10 Steps to Achieve a 'Cluttercore' Aesthetic (More is always more)

Let's get beyond the 'clutter' and get right to it shall we?

"Cluttercore as a design aesthetic where, you can tell that the objects have been chosen and displayed with love, their owner keeping them for reasons that may not matter to you, but matter utterly to them." - i-D Magazine

Cluttercore:  "An 'organized mess', a place full of personality and where you feel good, like you're surrounded by a big hug. Minimalism is over. It's time to fill our homes with the things we love!" - MARIE-EVE LAFORTE

1. More is always more!


2. Bold Colour

3. Tell Your Story

4.  Showcase your books

5.  Mix Textiles, Paint Colours and Wallpapers

6. Feature some extra large abstract art

7.  Create Considered Collection Vignettes Everywhere!

8. Velvet & Tufting

8a. Get a Yorkshire Terrier Puppy (half joking not joking!)

9.  Chandeliers, Mix Up Frames (Ornate to Modern) and Fresh Flowers

10. A place, space, wall or room that allows the eye 'to breath' and rest 

Cottagecore VS Cluttercore

Cottagecore is an escapist aesthetic. It takes you to a place where there are no phones ringing, no errands to run, and the pie on the natural wood countertop is always baked from scratch. Think of an English countryside where all you have on the schedule for the day is baking bread, picking wildflowers and finishing up your tiresome tasks with an afternoon-long picnic (and perhaps some slow stitching before bed). It is the beginning of the fairy tale before the villain shows up. - The Providence Journal

If cottagecore is sunbeams peeking through fluffy clouds and a lazy afternoon, then cluttercore is sitting by a warm hearth after a quick walk in a fall rainstorm. The art of achieving a cluttercore aesthetic is to create an organized mess that feels like a big hug. This movement takes to heart what I have always believed: Less might be more, but more is certainly better! I find comfort in (organized) clutter and think filling your home with beloved sentimental objects is both creatively stimulating and creates a "homey" atmosphere. - Katie Laughridge 

The most controversial trend of the season – if not the year – has revealed itself in the shape of a minimalist's nightmare. Aptly-named, the maximalist 'Cluttercore' craze celebrates the quirkiness of mismatched belongings and permits us all to fill our interiors with assorted goods that celebrate our memories, interests, and personalities – and we're not afraid to admit that it's our new guilty pleasure. - Megan Slack 

Caution: minimalists and Marie Kondo fans – look away now - House Beautiful 

Clutter should be a joy, not a burden – things you love, things that have meaning – whether architectural prints or pink luster china. - Ros Byam Shaw

To keep your home looking Cluttercore cool, rather than a yard sale tabletop, opt for a coherent color palette, curate collections into displays, and leave a few calm areas. One clear surface or a blank wall within your maximalist decor is all it takes to create breathing space. - Andrea Childs, Editor of H&G's sister magazine, Country Homes & Interiors

The 'Cluttercore' home decor trend makes sense of a mess and frees you of guilt. - The Toronto Star 

I am an Artist who carries a paintbrush, camera and notebook. Instagram: @pattifriday

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

14 Steps to Achieve a Grandmillennial Aesthetic

Who is a Grandmillennial?  

Ranging in age from mid-20s to late-30s, Grandmillennials have an affinity for design trends considered by mainstream culture to be "stuffy" or "outdated"—Laura Ashley prints, ruffles, embroidered linens. 

"Grandmillennial is just pretty design with floral fabrics, chinoiserie, scalloped edges, natural fiber rugs, topiaries,  wicker, rattan and bamboo furniture and accessories, floral patterns and chintz, monograms, all things chinoiserie, blue and green rooms, and trim. While the late 2000s were the white farmhouse, shiplap look of the Gaines, the 2020s will be the Grandmillennial years." - Cote de Texas

Grandmillennial style is a generational rebellion against the sleek minimalism of midcentury modern design. While the trend has been around for a year or two, we're seeing it spread from living rooms and bedrooms to kitchens and bathrooms.” - Rebecca Breslin, Wayfair Professional

“Taking fringe, trim, chinoiserie, drapery, skirts on furniture, slipcovers, wallpaper—all of that–and updating them to be convenient for today's 30-year-old” - Becky Boyle, Interior Designer 

“There’s such a beautiful nostalgia to the trend—your grandmother probably inherited her furniture from her grandmother.  There’s this element of storytelling where people are looking to emotionally connect to their interiors, and this trend is a reaction to that.” - Christiane Lemieux

'History often repeats itself, especially when new generations rediscover decorating trends from decades past. If you ever admired your grandmother’s needlepoint pillows or coveted your great-aunt’s china, you’re not alone. Many young designers (and their clients) are embracing classic design, combining elements of traditionalism and prep to create something entirely new—an Instagram-approved aesthetic called “grandmillennial style.”' - Gabby Home

1.  Think: Your Grandmother's Living Room with a Fresh Modern Twist (a sense of history)

2.  Big doses of pattern and texture

3.  Old China

4.  Skirted Table

5.  Floral Wallpaper

6.  Patterned Upholstery

7.  Richly dark stained wood furniture

8.  Toile, Chintz, Plaid

9.  Ruffles, Pleats, Tassels, Fringe

10.  Contemporary Abstract Art

11.  Metallic accessories

12.  Earthy colour palette

13.  Collections

14.  Layer on Personality

"In general, the trend of the 2020 decade is all about what is called the Grandmillennial style or Grannie Chic.  It’s Veranda and Southern Living and Southern Home and Atlanta Homes magazine all meshed together.  It’s traditional looks with antiques and chintz usually in pastel colors.   Think pretty." - Cote de Texas

I am an Artist who carries a paintbrush, camera and notebook. Instagram: @pattifriday

Sunday, May 23, 2021

The 10 Best Ways to Quickly Set a Dinner Table

What does it mean to 'set the table'?
Definition: to put all the dishes, forks, knives etc. needed for a meal onto a table. 
I don't know about you but once I take the first sip of my morning coffee and I begin to wake up, I think 'What's for dinner?'.  It seems to be a dreaded question for so many of us.  Even those who love to cook and spend most of their time in the kitchen.  

I would like to add another question to your thoughts. I propose a throwback to the days when we actually 'set the table' for every dinner.  'What's on the table?'

Perhaps it is a lost art but I hope it returns as a meal time tradition - even if you are single and are eating alone. Elevate your dining experience! Kids love to help 'set the table'.  Let them put their tabletop ideas into the mix!  

The principles are very basic.

Here are the 10 best ways to quickly set our dinner tables!  

1. Storage

Get organized and find a spot to store your tabletop decor items.

Whether its a cupboard, plastic bin, pantry shelf or party closet, find the place you will keep everything handy.

2. Collect Table Linen

Be sure to have some basics like a traditional white tablecloth, a feminine & masculine, some fun/quirky selections and one for each holiday you love. Don't forget some basic white linen napkins.

3. Candles and Candle Holders

Unscented candles work best.  Holders of various sizes and shapes.

4. Vases/Containers for Flowers or Plants

5. Simple glassware that will match everything.
A nice touch is an ice water decanter.

6.  Dinnerware and Flatware/Silverware/Cutlery 

7. Salt & Pepper Set

8. Butter Dish

9. "High Low & Interesting" Object to Pass Around the Table

Youngest to oldest shares there low of the day, the best part of their day and the most interesting thing that happened or they saw.

Who ever is holding it, they have the floor. 

10. Add Personality 
Throughout table or near the centerpiece
Something unexpected, fun, quirky or a novelty accent
These will be conversation starters
The ideas are endless.  It could even be a hand drawn place card or a vintage pickle dish

HAVE FUN! Gather and make memories around the dinner table. 

I am an Artist who carries a paintbrush, camera and notebook. Instagram: @pattifriday
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