While most of us who work in the design community like to stay up-to-date on the latest trends and hottest new looks, styles and products, we all have a few guilty pleasures we return to over and over again. I’m of two minds about “guilty” pleasures. First, I don’t think guilt should actually enter into the equation at all (most times): because if it’s something you love and it’s in your home, that’s all that matters. Who cares if it’s overdone or in everyone’s Instagram feed? Your home is about creating a space where you’re surrounded by things that make you happy and you definitely don’t need to share that with anyone or change out your home decor so it’s current and seasonally appropriate. You do you, basically.
That said, I love digging deeper and figuring out what design secrets or trends people still indulge in long after our community at-large deems them “over.” Whether a much-reviled (but still popular and hot-selling) “Keep Calm” poster or flocked wallpaper, or just an obsessive gallery wall of pictures of your pet, I wanted to know what design elements our team was secretly hiding at home and let them out into the open. Hopefully that will encourage YOU to share some of yours, too. At the end of the day, the term “guilty” is being used here with a healthy dose of sarcasm. Each one of us here loves and celebrates quirkiness, individuality and character in a home — no matter what shape, size, color or pattern it comes in. So I’ll get this started below… xo, grace
Grace: Hi, my name is Grace and I’m completely and totally obsessed with floral chintz patterns. Think “early Laura Ashley.” The softer and powdery-pink the better. Maybe it’s because my mom dressed me in Laura Ashley jumpers until one fateful day when I switched schools and realized all the cool kids wore Stussy (I felt like some invisible DJ yelled “REMIX!” and I ran home to change). To this day, these prints will always be my weakness. I let myself indulge in these patterns in the form of (sometimes scented — oohh) drawer paper liners.