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Home Furnishings Trend #1: Nature Reflects Back Indoors

Living in Florida means we can incorporate inspiration from the beautiful landscape around us into our home decor. Owner Suzan Decker Ross elaborates, “The natural elements in design reflect the beautiful waterfront location in this case.” Examples include a Nautilus shell art, coral lamp, and succulents nestled amongst the silver-leaf branches. Refracted light disperses through the crystal prisms in the chandelier, and a silk slub running through the grass-cloth wallpaper adds an element of sophistication to the room.

A bedroom is another perfect space to bring the soothing coastal flair indoors. This sophisticated and elegant design features soothing spa blue and neutral driftwood color tones, reflecting the home’s waterfront location right on Clearwater Beach. Incorporating visual interest is key, like adding in a variety of textures, including silk,wood, metal and shells into the space.

Home Furnishings Trend #2: Nautical Nod to Cording Outdoors


Cording is a big trend in outdoor furniture, adding such rich texture to your outdoor space. And, Kettal from Spain leads the trend, but you’ll see other examples hitting the market. “Bitta is characterized by a combination of aluminum frames with seats of braided polyester and comfortable cushions,” says General Manager Eric Cross. “The aim is to create dense braiding that would still let the air through, reminiscent of the boats.” These cozy nests —available in natural colors — are perfect for sitting back and relaxing. Check out the Bitta sofa in the Sarasota showroom today.

Home Furnishings Trend #3: No Glass Ceiling Here

A beautiful custom ceiling adds that extra special something toy our space, and really makes your home stand out from your neighbor’s. While custom ceilings are not new, homeowners are adding unique touches to add extra emphasis on this feature.“Geometric fretwork in the faux wrought-iron recessed ceiling detail adds a unique design element to this modern tropical waterfront home,“ says Decker Ross. The crystal chandelier has a hint of the tropics with the silver-leaf palm frond detail, and custom-made designer draperies accent the ceiling with a fun, colorful tropical floral print of mustard, citrus, blue and mint.

Home Furnishings Trend #4: Going Rustic with Barn-Door Inspiration

If you’ve been on Pinterest in the last year, you’ve seen the rise of Mason jars, barnyard gatherings and pastel colors, but more Tampa Bay residents are incorporating this rustic trend into their home with statement furniture pieces. Interior Designer Lydia Mason ex-plains, “This piece is very popular for us. Our clients love the sliding barn door–style and whitewashed wood with the wood top.” Not ready to swap your entertainment center for the trend? Consider adding it in with a smaller piece like a side table or throw pillows.

Home Furnishings Trend #5: Transition By Blending

Homeowners are paying special attention to the flow of their home’s interior and exterior spaces, thanks to well-respected interior designers. This is especially important for homes that open to an exterior space, which is quite common here in Tampa Bay. Principal Enrique Crespo elaborates, “I have one house I designed that opens to the exterior, so I continued the same colors out there to tie the areas together. Outdoor spaces have been evolving over the years with fabrics, furniture and area rugs that look more and more like products used in the interior, which helps create an extension of the inside and doubles as living and entertaining spaces.”

Home Furnishings Trend #6: Being Bold With Balance

There’s a right way to go bold in your home decor, and there’s a wrong way. Some homeowners can make the mistake of going too bold with too many colors, several texture selections and mismatched style. Instead, be bold in one element, like your art selection, but then keep the rest of your space on the classic side. “We developed a sophisticated, clean-line, contemporary yet minimalist design”explains owner Decker Ross. “The neutral color palette enhanced the room’s bold, colorful art selections, as the homeowners support local artists.” The custom-designed wine bar was also made by a local craftsman.

For more home furnishing trends visit:

Decker Ross Interiors

1445 Court Street, Clearwater  | 727.442.9996 | www.deckerross.comHome


Central Avenue, Sarasota | 941.366.6690 |

Tampa Bay Furnishings

3034 9th St. N., St. Petersburg | 727.821.4100 |

Crespo Design Group

3119 Bay to Bay Boulevard, Tampa | 813.831.0949 |

By Melinda Tam Orlando



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