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Home & Interior Design Growth Trends

I recently read an article in one of the leading to-the-trade magazines that three home & interior design growth trends are larger homes, accessibility, and outdoor living spaces.  While the demand for outdoor living spaces have been increasing every year, what somewhat surprised me was the larger home trend.  Being an advocate for universal design & accessibility in the home, I knew that this trend would become more and more popular as the Baby Boomer generation began to age.


The article’s findings are from a poll taken by over 500 architectural firms that focus on the residential sector.  I wanted to spotlight these three trends because I find them interesting and accurate.  While most of the U.S. economy struggles, many reports say that the housing market is slowly growing.  The majority of entry-level housing purchases are not increasing in size, but it’s the upper-end housing and additions to existing homes that are increasing in size.  Architects are seeing about 25% increase in these two areas of the housing market.  One of the ways volume of square footage is increasing is by higher ceiling heights & two-story spaces.


As I mentioned above Baby Boomers are aging and wanting to make their existing homes or new homes easily accessible as they age.  We are seeing accessibility in home layouts, such as open floor plans with the living area open to the kitchen.  This is the most significant trend architects are seeing: accessibility (55% report increase in accessibility into and out of the home).  Typically there is an informal living space open to the kitchen due to the increasing popularity for informality in design and lifestyle.  With the large open floor plan, the design for larger walkways make it easier for future walkers or wheelchairs if needed.  Also, one-story homes or homes with minimal amount of steps is increasing in popularity.


Let’s extend the interior living spaces to the outdoors.  Outdoor living spaces are often adjacent to the interior living rooms or kitchens.  The outdoor living spaces can include anything from decks, porches, grilling areas, or complete outdoor kitchens or fully furnished outdoor rooms.  More and more people are spending more time outdoors.  Many people are designing these outdoor spaces to be a combination of indoor/outdoor spaces–allowing the homeowner to enjoy their backyards when inclement weather occurs.




Happy Labor Day!

I hope you all have had a wonderful Labor Day weekend.  I’m sad to see the last of summer end.  Enjoy this last summer holiday and safe travels!  We will be back to regular posts tomorrow.

Happy Labor Day

photo via Christy Davis




Fabulous Finds #120: Interior Products to Love

Happy Friday friends!!  It’s the first Friday of football season; I know you all are very excited, I sure am!  If you are traveling to see your team play, safe travels.  I hope you enjoy your weekend since it’s almost upon us, and enjoy this week’s Fabulous Finds roundup!

Belle Queen Poster Upholstered Bed by Alexa Hampton for Hickory Chair is a gorgeous traditional four-poster bed with upholstered headboard and footboard.

Donna's Blog: fabulous finds |Belle Queen Poster Upholstered Bed by Alexa Hampton, Hickory Chair

Belle Queen Poster Upholstered Bed by Alexa Hampton, Hickory Chair


This Vietri Umbria Deruta Antipasti dish is hand-painted on terra cotta and perfect for entertaining.

Donna's Blog: fabulous finds | Umbria Deruta Antipasti, Vietri

Umbria Deruta Antipasti, Vietri


CR Laine’s 1515 Maddox Chair is a perfect addition for any living or family room.  I love the turned legs & stretcher detail.

Donna's Blog: fabulous finds | 1515 Maddox Chair CR Laine

1515 Maddox Chair, CR Laine


Crossroads Bamboo Mirror, by Guild Master, has a hand-carved frame (to resemble bamboo) with a beveled mirror.

Donna's Blog: Fabulous Finds | Crossroads Bamboo Mirror Guild Master

Crossroads Bamboo Mirror, Guild Master


Councill’s Maurice Console has a serpentine form with mahogany veneers on the top & drawer fronts with a contrasting white finish–a striingly gorgeous piece!

Donna's Blog: Fabulous Finds | Maurice Console Councill

Maurice Console, Councill