What do YOU see?

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Home Stager with Perceptions AdverStaging(TM), LLC

A new year brings excitement for me; it's much like I remember shopping for school during the hot, lazy days of August when I was a kid.  Anticipation begins building for the upcoming year sometime around Thanksgiving; something about that first big holiday gets me in gear and I start mentally reviewing where I've been and where I'd like to go - if I'm lucky I get to bring along a few for the ride.    

My biggest personal commitment for 2008 is to spend more quality time with family and friends.  It's important to me that our time together be fun, warm, bright, cheerful, sometimes bold and always authentic.  I would like to stay away from the dull, dry and sterile routines of yesterday, but certainly our history together is important so I'm sure we'll be including a few traditions, just as long as they're easy and low maintenance and fairly simple.  I've found we have more fun when we just enjoy each others company, rather than get caught up in the to-do.

Bringing my goal into focus was a whole lot easier this year than previous years, because the design trends for 2008 happen to have perfectly lined up with what I wanted to identify with.  The whole process was interesting really.  Because I'm so visual I see my goal, or what I want, in my minds eye in color.  It was fun to expand that visual goal based on the experts color predictions.  The same with authenticity, it turns out green design could be the biggest design trend of 2008, as long as it's done right and not to fit a trend, according to Claire McGovern of McGovern Design House.  It appears savvy buyers are also looking for authenticity.  I'll include a few predicted design trends for 2008 and you can let me know if you see my goal embedded in that list.

•·         Bye-bye to the minimalist! Colors, textures and layers are in!   And that includes the backyard - we want to enjoy every inch of our living space.  Word has it, according to Architectural Digest that our outdoor living space is becoming increasingly important to us and we want it decorated.

•·         Mixing it up.  Blue pairs with camel and tan, pale green and yellow.  Look for warm red tones, such as watermelon and carrot orange.  Black and white combinations will stay for 2008, but will be combined with yellow, lime orange and fresh green.  Lime yellow, kiwi and tangerine are expected to be popular in the kitchen.  This all according to Janice Simonsen, design team spokeswoman at IKEA. 

•·         An old dog learns new tricks.  Furniture designers have put new looks on old favorites.  Keep your eyes open for restyled wicker chairs and bentwood rockers and expect to see them in modern settings.

So, what do you think?  Do you see my goal?  Can you see any of your own goals in any of those trends?  Actually....now that I think about it, maybe I'll make a few changes around the house too.  How about you?   

Jackie

 

 

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Rainer
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Jackie Peraza
Home Stager - Framingham, Massachusetts
Perceptions AdverStaging(TM), LLC

Susan - I agree with you, orange can be a terrific accent color.  Thanks for stopping in!

Renee - It is nice when everything lines up, isn't it?  I appreciate you stopping in to comment.

Jackie

January 06, 2008 12:36 PM
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Elizabeth Nieves
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JACKIE-  I LOVE those color trends...absolutely LOVE them. YES...I can see how these design trends line up with your personal and family goals. Isn't it wonderful when your world comes into allignment? GBU!
January 07, 2008 08:58 AM
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Julianna Hind
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Jackie - your 2008 sounds absolutely fabulous! Hope you are doing well! Julianna
January 10, 2008 07:06 PM
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Julia Fedak
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Happy 2008, Jackie. Glad I came across this blog.

Great goals...wishing you a fantastic year.

Julia

January 10, 2008 07:52 PM
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Jackie Peraza
Home Stager - Framingham, Massachusetts
Perceptions AdverStaging(TM), LLC

Elizabeth - They are terrific colors, aren't they?  So fun and light hearted!

Julianna - I'm doing well :)  Happy 2008 to YOU!  

Julia - Thank you for the well wishes for the year

BEST WISHES TO YOU FOR 2008 - Hoping the Year brings you much Joy!

Jackie 

January 10, 2008 09:40 PM
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