Design Trends: Are we in a mid-century-boho rut?

If the pages of CB2 and West Elm magazines are any indication, we can’t seem to get enough mid-century and boho. I grew up with Pendleton and braided rugs, and love some layered Kilims and my vintage reproduction Eames chair, but I’m wondering if we’re not in a bit of a mid-century-boho-saturated rut?

a few things I’m Into Now:

1980’s Memphis-Milano Inspiration
And I do mean inspiration as I’m not suggesting you craigslist your walnut credenza and sheepskin pouf in exchange for a Pee-wee’s Playhouse living room. But the blockiness and bold colors are refreshing and unabashedly not mid-century modern. This 1980’s Italian design group sought liberation from modernist design and experimented with “unconventional materials, historic forms, kitsch motifs and gaudy colors.”

"Donald" coffee table by SottssassCentury chaise by Andrea Branzi '82"Palace" chairs by Sowden '82New York Magazine 1982

Maybe just a little sprinkle here and there.
After the Civil War (1865), wealthy Americans facing increasing complexities from industrialization, urbanization, and massive immigration waxed nostalgic about a simpler past. Gothic Revival was one revival style that manifested in furniture design characterized by Gothic arches, geometric ornament, trestles, turning and straight-line form. Get your Gothic Revival on with these pieces from 1stdibs:
On a recent trip to Japan, I stumbled upon a wealth of stunning, vintage kimonos at a market in Nagoya. The prints are vibrant and have an “earthy” vibe, but are simultaneously more sophisticated, and a decidedly distinct alternative to boho interiors. Would love to see these as throw pillows, curtains, and even area rugs and bedding. For now, I plan to stretch my vintage kimono purchase on a wall in lieu of wallpaper.

Buyer’s Agents: Why You Need One in Your Life

I am always surprised to meet a home buyer who is not working with a buyer’s agent. Now, in a previous life, I’ve been just as guilty as the next guy of casual Sunday open house browsing – pretending to measure the space where I’ll fit my grandmother’s library table – but I can’t understand why any serious buyer would be without a buyer’s agent.

Your Personal Real Estate Consultant!

Your Personal Real Estate Consultant!

OK, so you’re a serious (or even semi-serious) buyer without a buyer’s agent. Here’s the deal: That open house you attended last Sunday in Brooklyn where you spilled your guts to the agent that you have a pile of cash and already lost three deals? That agent represents the seller’s interests – not yours. You need a buyer’s agent to represent your interests – this is your person to confide in, consult with, and grab a drink with when the time comes.

And there is no fee to a buyer for working with a buyer’s agent. Let me repeat that: there is NO fee. So how do I keep vintage designer in my closet? The seller’s broker and the buyer’s broker split the commission. Why wouldn’t you want a free personal real estate consultant to help you get into your new home? Of course you do! Help clear the confusion around buyer’s agents and tell your friends: Friends don’t let friends buy real estate without a great buyer’s agent. Please visit me here for FAQs and about working together to find your new home.


Catskills: First Time Second Home Buyers

Some New York City renters are skipping the typical first rung on the urban homeownership ladder: Instead of investing in an apartment, they are buying a country house. Disappointed by what their budget will buy in the city, they are still living the American dream of having a place of their own, if only on the weekends, in the Catskills…

Cabin fever? Here’s the cure: Catskills Catskills Lake House – $151K for winter and summer fun!