Pineapple Happy

Is it me or have you noticed everywhere you look ~ there are pineapples?  It began slowly last summer and thru the fall, quieted down over the holiday and early winter, I think is picking up speed the closer we get to Spring. If it wasn't on your radar, now that I mentioned it you'll notice it: you're welcome  : )

Pineapples are the traditional expression of hospitality and welcome throughout the South. and Eastern seaport.  This spiky, funky fruit represents warmth, welcome, friendship, tradition, graciousness and hospitality.

In fashion everyone from Altuzzura to J. Crew is showing this sweet fruity treat.

Altuzarra, ph:Yannis Vlamos

Kudos for combing the pineapple with banana or palm leaves. Leaves have become an important statement as well.

Dolce and Gabbana


Think it's kitchy?  Well it can be, but it also has a sophisticated side.  Its history is no joke. It is said that Christopher Columbus gave it to his men after the discovery of Guadeloupe (their 2nd voyage of discovery) and brought it back to Europe.  Pineapples became extremely popular with the wealthy in the second half of the 18th century because exporting them from the West Indies was difficult.  King Louis XIV began growing them at Versailles.

The Dunmore Pineapple in Scotland, Otter/WikiCommons 

St. Paul's Cathedral 

 Soon they began showing up everywhere. Pineapples were used as a popular theme in design and decor, in centerpieces, hung over doorways, on door knockers, carved into wood and more!

 Its design is subtly sophisticated when silk screened on wallpaper and it's kind of  wow in graphic black and white. 

similar to Bernard Thorp

Studio Printworks

Its history makes it ideal as an antique with provenance into today's decor or as a quirky element in a contemporary space.

This would be an appropriate container for a refreshing Stoli Doli

or just chill'in at the bar

I'm seeing these tropical fruits with fresh eyes ~ they're not just vessels for drinks!

Talking Trends...

... Color Trends.  My friend Tamara Stephenson, NYC residential designer, textile and wallpaper designer of Root Cellar Designs and blogger extraordinaire has been traveling the world discovering the trends coming out of Europe that we in the United States will see in the next year and a half or so.  Tamara gave an informative talk based on her trips to Heimtextil in Germany and Paris Deco Off, as well as Maison et Object.  Not unlike fashion week, these internationally acclaimed European trade shows set the trends on all things home decor that we'll see in the stores and showrooms the following year.

Tamara identified 5 color trends to look for based on her sightings ~

PLANETARY BEAN ~  gemstones, minerals, wood, nature inspired, respect for the planet, washes, cerulean blues mixed with sandy neutrals.

Pierre Frey

Stephan Jones

EXOTICA, MAXIMAL ~ vibrant, worldly, optimistic, layered, a worldly melding of colors and textures. Stains from China, earth's clay from Mexico, stains from India.  Think orange, fuchsia, emerald, cobalt, saffron.

Fromental  Wallpaper

Pierre Frey

Jim Thompson

ARTISANAL, HISTORIAN ~ handprinted, handmade, painterly;beauty in a brush stroke. Timeless color with intensity pared down by patina. Richly layered antiques mixed with modern. Color combinations include:prussian blue, gold, pear, plum, ruby.

Robert Passel

Root Cellar Designs

de le Cuona, Dragonfly

MOODY, SLEEPY ~ black is still hot mixed with deep colors in matte as well as high gloss. We are dark obsessed, we want to cocoon. Glamour, mixed metals even on wood.  Digital printing continues to open possibilities.

Christian Liege


Lisa Mende

TECHNO LIGHT PLAY ~ LED light is infused into fabrics, 3D feel, opal, aqua, foils, shimmer and shine has an effervencet feeling.  Copper makes a comeback.

Victoria Hagan




POLITICS, bad weather, mind chatter, social media, terrorism, traffic, toxicity of any kind really reek havoc on our souls!  I have two words for you ~ Self Care.

I can't remember a time when there was so much collective stress, except maybe the economy in 2008.  We need to take a pause, and there really is only one way to do it ~ Self Care.

From the east coast to the west coast, from north to south, we coexist, we raise families, we all want the same things: to be happy, to be heard, to be loved.  We are more alike than we are different.  We're living in challenging times and we feel like we have no control.  Do you know what we have control over?  Self Care.

Rituals are a means to help create calm.  Whether it is a bathing ritual, a tea ritual, meditating, getting a massage, or getting together with friends on a regular basis.  We  need to make sure we take care of ourselves.  That we have control over!

Our homes are sanctuaries.  Make yours as calm a space as possible.  Whatever brings you joy within that space, by all means include.  Look at your home room by room and ask yourself, "Is this room balanced?"  Symmetry and balance create calm.  Does each room make me feel good?  Does it make me feel nourished?  Do I feel safe and cared for under this roof?

Double points for being able to bring the outside in.  Nature immediately helps quiet all the inner noise.