According to Michael Boodro, Editor in Chief of Elle Decor, there are five hot trends that will define the year ahead including: brass accents, the color green, embellished walls, lace details, and the color beige. Here I share with Boodro's design predictions for 2013.
1. Brass Accents
(and lots of it)
"With its rich gleam and sculptural weight, this metal is experiencing a
resurgence. With so many designers looking to the '70s, it's inevitable
that brass and bronze will show up more—from accessories by Carl Aubock
to cocktail tables by Gabriella Crespi to virtually entire rooms by
Kelly Wearstler, brass is the metal of the moment."
(in various shades)
"Pantone named Emerald the Color of the Year for 2013, but we're seeing
all shades of greens and expect more in the future, from bright spring
greens to olives, and especially lots of different blue-greens and teal."
3. Embellished Walls
"[Boodro] expects this trend, already strong, to continue at full strength. The
options now are limitless, from simple grass cloths to hand-painted
papers to coverings embellished with glass beads and crystals.
4. Lace Details
"...Already big on the runways, lace is showing up in the home collections
of Zara and H&M, so you know it's ready for its close-up. Count on
seeing lots more see-through in the months ahead."
"A surprise, but it's showing up more often, and in quieter room
settings. The danger here is going corporate bland, but very talented
designers are using a variety of shades of cream, off-white, and yes,
beige in a variety of textures to create serene settings."
Recently, I visited the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.; I heard about the “Roy Lichtenstein: A
Retrospective” exhibit that would be on display there from October 14, 2012 to
January 13, 2013 and I wanted to see it before they closed it.
Yet, ironically the highlight of my little escapade to the
museum was not the viewing of the “Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective” exhibit,
but Chuck Close’s “ Fanny” finger-painting. I've seen copies of it before, but it’s
nothing like seeing it in person.
According to the National Gallery of Art “Fanny” is “a
portrait of Close's grandmother-in-law, [it] represents one of the largest and
most masterly executions of a technique the artist developed in the mid-l980s.
That technique involved the direct application of pigment to a surface with the
artist's fingertips. By adjusting the amount of pigment and the pressure of his
finger on the canvas, Close could achieve a wide range of tonal effects.
Typically, he worked from a black and white photograph which he would divide
into many smaller units by means of a grid. He then transposed the grid onto a
much larger canvas and meticulously reproduced each section of it. The result
is a monumental, close-up view that forces an uncomfortable intimacy upon the
Seen from a distance, the painting looks like a giant,
silver-toned photograph that unrelentingly reveals every crack and crevice of
the sitter's face. Closer up, the paint surface dissolves into a sea of
fingerprints that have an abstract beauty, even as they metaphorically suggest
the withering of the sitter's skin with age...”
The contrast in viewing the painting from a distance and
close up is what had me in awe for at
least 10 minutes. After, admiring the piece for so long, I was done. I knew that nothing else I would see after could compare,
so after a long day and one amazing piece I finished my day at the National Gallery of Art with a smile.
If you follow my other blog, Pure Love, than you
most likely know that I recently completed a custom handmade design for a
returning customer of mine. The design incorporated amazonite, black agate,
black glass, and sterling silver. With the permission of my client I modeled
her set, "Blazing," for you all to see here.
Some say monarch butterflies are the most lively and most
beautiful of all butterflies. They are considered the “king” of the
butterflies; hence the name “monarch.” However,
as much as “we delight in the beauty of the butterfly, [we] rarely admit the
changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” – Maya Angelo
We had a great year here on Belladonna. As a collective group we empowered and inspired one another, while keeping each other informed of trending issues; we fulfilled our mission. As the New Year begins I am confident that we will have another great year. I look forward to discussing the latest fashion trends, health issues, nutrition, lifestyle, beauty tips, and other topics of 2013. Yet, I would like to take a moment to recap 2012. Afterall, in order to move forward you must look back.
Here are some of
Belladonna's most memorable posts
- in no particular order - of 2012.
1.Roses - This beautiful poem accompanied by some lovely artwork truly highlights what women are not. Every woman who read and commented on this post loved it - one particular individual wrote, "BEAUTIFUL paintings! The poem is nice, I really like the
2. Little Girl - This transcribed spoken word piece is very graphic. Yet, it's powerful description of a "little girl" in need of guidance makes it worth the read.
3. Robed & Caped - Here I share a snippet of my day on May 18, 2012 where I received my Bachelors degree in Psychology from George Mason University.
4. Saving Super Women - This extensive post highlighted political issues concerning women, while examining pertinent research that suggests that men face fewer challenges than women in
balancing work and family due to society’s ideas of gender/ gender role
5. Get The Picture - Since, "the first cases of ...AIDS were reported in the
United States in June of 1981," one would think that by now - decades
later - more people would be aware of the disease and would take preventative
actions; yet, this is not the case. Surprisingly, one in five living with HIV
is unaware of their infection. This post brings awareness to AIDS through controversial
AID campaigns from around the world.
6. Virginia Beach - Here I share with you a few pictures from my family vacation to Virginia Beach.
7. Beauty Redefined - This beauty post went international with numerous responses from around the world. Side Note: This is one of my favorite posts.
8. Stars & Stripes - Trend Alert! The American flag has been seen printed in various
forms from Jeffrey Campbell's popular Stars & Stripes Lita platforms to
Balmain's controversial American flag tank. However, the most catching form is
the shorts form. The American flag shorts have been spotted on some of the most
stylish celebrities and some of the most influential fashion bloggers. Check it
9. Breakfast Worldwide - This popular post highlighted 15 breakfast dishes from around the world.
10. Own It - Karl Lagerfeld once said, “There is no beauty without
strangeness;” this post emphasizes just that – the beauty in defying mainstream
beauty. Also, I share with you one of my “best” features.
11. The Fishtail Braid - This is one of Belladonna's most popular posts of all time with over 4, 000 pageviews. It demonstrates how easy it can be to do a fishtail braid in your hair.
12. Trayvon Martin - This popular post - receiving almost 10,000 pageviews - discusses the popular case of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old Florida high school student, who is found shot and