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Preventing Trend Fatigue

I'm looking forward to sharing some pieces in the workshop later this week, which led to some person reflection.


I find it interesting how quickly trends come and go these days. It may just be me, but it seems as though they change with each passing season. One minute store shelves are packed with straight-arm transitional pieces, the next farmhouse industrial is everywhere.


I recall a particular chair from a television series I used to watch called "Revenge'. The main antagonist would sit in this beautiful winged chair with a black and white print on it. Victoria Grayson's french-print chair was something that I fell in love with. However, within the year everywhere I looked, reproductions of the chair were popping up. I resisted the urge to refinish a chair in the pattern and I'm glad I did because it didn't take long before I experienced what I like to call trend fatigue.


What is trend fatigue? It's when you find a design, pattern, or color you love but then it's quickly ruined by overexposure. Millennial pink is one of the most recent examples that comes to mind. That one came in and out of style before I even knew what the name of the color was.


Although it's great to see what design style and colors are becoming trendy, it's always a good idea to surround yourself with what you like. I find that mixing old and new is a great way to prevent trend fatigue. There is nothing wrong with a good reproduction, either. When I was searching for a new bedroom set, I wanted an iron bed but certainly not the lead that accompanied the paint in the original beds. After some effort, I found a reproduction that's new but looks every bit as old as I wanted.


I am an admirer of all decades of design (except for maybe the 80's) and appreciate the beauty of a waterfall dresser, a mid-century dresser, a Victorian marble-topped sideboard, a 1930's wardrobe, a tanker desk, and depression glass. Lots and lots of depression glass.


I've found the key to avoiding trend fatigue is as easy as pairing both new and vintage pieces you find interesting and beautiful.


Join us later in the week for our reveal event. It's our first one, so I'm not entirely certain what's going to happen. You can find out more here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1447662915443583/

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