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Tuesday, January 14, 2020


I recently came across this article where Better Homes and Gardens lists what they think will be the biggest design trends in 2020.  Of the 8 trends that made their list, I already have 6 in my home!  I don't think that puts me in the "trend setter" category at all, rather I think all of these "trends" are actually design elements that have stood the test of time and are actually quite classic and timeless.  So I'd dare to say they're just coming to the forefront once again but in a new and fresh way. 

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Velvet furniture is SO classic and although it might seem fussy, it's actually quite durable.  Today's velvets especially are made with fabric blends meant to stand up to family life full of snacks, pets, and lounging.  I couldn't be happier with the velvet I chose for our second hand chairs that I had recovered last Fall.   Those leopard pillows just happen to be velvet as well, so you get a 2-for-1 example here!


Definitely not a new design, caned furniture has been around for centuries. With it's most recent mass popularity likely in the 1970's, it's coming back in more modern furniture designs with lighter wood tones.   I've chosen to update most of my vintage pieces with bold, glossy color.

cane furniture

blue and white curtains, gingham furniture, breakfast nook, cow hide rug

I'll step out and say that caned furniture won't be the only trend, we'll see lots of caning on accessories as well.  I made some simple DIY cane covered vases several years ago, such as easy way to try the trend without committing to a large piece of furniture.


We've definitely got the statement headboards covered around here, and both of them in our house just happen to be green!  Even years after I made my headboard, I am still so happy that I went with a bold color.  I shared a tutorial here on how to make these upholstered headboards, they're really not that difficult!

I made a statement headboard for my daughter's room as well in a slightly different shape-

more details on this room here


Again, botanicals are definitely a classic design element, but I think we'll see more bold, botanical art rather than just the leafy green collections, and see more oversized statement pieces.  I shared here how I made my botanical collection wall for less than $100 (although the price of the book I used for the artwork fluctuates).  There are lots of sites online where you can also print off free botanical artwork if you'd like to try this trend in your home.

This wall has since changed, but several years ago I also had a bird/botanical art wall in the Dining Room.  Such a great way to fill a large wall with cohesive artwork.


I think the article was referring to wallpaper treatments like grasscloth, embossed or even flocked velvet papers,  but surely textured walls like the planked wall in my son's room would fit this category as well.  Wallpaper of all kinds is definitely back! 


I'm already a huge fan.  There are so many plug in sconce options available now as well that they're super easy to add to a room without requiring hard-wiring or an electrician.  Even if you come across a hard-wired style that you love, with a few extra supplies this trick makes it super easy to use one even without breaking into the wiring in your wall (I used it for the sconces in the Dining Room)!

I love the sconces we added in our bedroom, they're perfect for creating an evening glow where there was no room to add traditional lamps.  These are just plug in too, I used a cord cover that sticks on the wall and painted it to match the sconce.  

What do you think about these predicted design "trends"?  Do you already have any of them in your home?  Check out the article here to see what BHG named as their last two hottest design trends for the year.

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  1. You are definitely a trend-setter. :) I always enjoy these trend articles. It just reaffirms some of the things we're seeing out there in homes today. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Jennifer, I've just recently found you on Pinterest, you're amazing! I love your style, tips, and bold colors! I'm bored with so much gray and white around... you're tres chic!

  3. Your home is magnificent; lots of prints and colors and not the least bit overdone! Sheer creative talent, I admire your sense of style. I fell in love with a green velvet sofa when I was a little girl. Corabelle, an elderly friend of my grandma's had one in the parlor of her elegant Victorian home. I told my grandma I was going to get a green velvet sofa when I grew up; she laughed told me Corabelle's was old-fashioned and I'd want something much prettier when I was old enough to get my own sofa. Well, when I became "old enough", I bought a gorgeous green velvet sofa and I've cherished it for years. Somehow, it always goes with everything! Wonder what my grandma would think about this 2020 velvet trend?

  4. Love this post! Thanks for providing great content. :)


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