Now that we are in March, this is the time of the year where “spring cleaning” takes on full force, but not necessarily in the traditional sense. After months of grey, dark winter weather, we long for more of a spring renewal than just a spring-clean of our homes. To add that extra bit of spring punch in our home décor, along with tips on how to incorporate the hottest design trends, I sat down with the talented Janette Ewen at the recent BC Home and Garden Show. You may know interior stylist and décor expert Janette from her work on television with some of our favourite home renovation shows, but she also is a working designer running her studio Parker Barrow with her business partner Jef Hancock.
It was so fun spending the afternoon with Janette getting inspiration and ideas from the BC Home and Garden show, where her and Jef were presenting on the main stage. We visited some of her favourite booths that encapsulated some of the tips and trends she shared with me in our interview, while having some laughs along the way. Here are the highlights:
What are your top 3 interior design trends for 2014?
Janette: The first thing I would say is WELL TRAVELED. Almost like archaeological, fun things that you would find that kind of have a vintage look but look like they come from somewhere foreign and fabulous. Marrakesh is a big design inspiration. It’s about taking things back from those travels; think of the Nile, or Paris in the 1800’s.
Next, MODERN AND HOLLYWOOD GLAM MIXED. I know we’ve seen Hollywood Regency and mid-century modern but we’re seeing now a great combination of both. Very Palm Springs, designers like Jonathan Adler is leading the way…it kind of got over glam for a while, but it’s come back down now.
My next big one is BRASS IS BACK. Brass and navy are two of my big colour and material trends, think masculine, James Bond films/nautical. I think for a long time it was that 80’s/90’s brass and we just didn’t get it, but now the way it’s being repurposed is really amazing.
What’s the easiest way to transition your space for Spring?
Janette: First thing I would do is wallpaper your ceiling, especially if you are in a small space or high up, it gives you kind of an escape. And wallpaper comes off really easy now so it’s non-committal. All of sudden your eyes goes up, it feels more open. Then, swap out your throw pillows, bring in some bright shots of colour, I love chartreuse for spring it’s so beautiful and fresh. I would even look at swapping out your accessories, get rid of your heavy rugs; bring in an outdoor rug or a sisal rug instead. Switch out heavy, dark woody accessories for glass and a little bit of sparkle.
If someone wants to incorporate some of your tips on a budget, what advice can you share?
Janette: First one is DIY- something like sowing a pillow is just four seams, and even Jef can sow a pillow! Use bright fabric scraps from other projects, and one side can even be a flat colour. Second, make your own stuff! I made a light fixture at our studio in LA with tree branches we found and LED lights, which became an amazing hanging light fixture, and it has that very eclectic feel. Also, look at garden stores out of season, you can find those big sculptural looking pieces or pieces that have that well traveled look which are for the outdoors but with some spray paint you can transition them for inside. Shop salvation army, Jef is really into going to scrap yards to find treasures. It just takes a little more digging and a little more elbow grease but I really think there’s nothing you can’t do, plus you’ll love it more because you’re not just looking for the trend, you’re making your trend.
A big thank you to Janette Ewen, Lumin Concepts, Reformation PR and the BC Home and Garden show. Also, thanks to the talented team behind the Living Melodies garden for allowing Janette and I an up close and personal look at this gorgeous exhibition, detailed post coming soon!