Blog - Grace Home Design
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Just like a fashion magazine’s Do’s and Don’ts column that highlight those caught in the act of wearing clothes that make them appear criminally insane, today I am going to expose some major home fashion crimes that need to stop. Actually, they need to do more than stop—here are 5 interior design trends to avoid at all costs.

There has been a serious crisp in the air when I wake up in the morning. Fall always comes earlier to Jackson Hole...bringing with it the hint that in just a few weeks snow will cap the peaks and we will cozy up inside with a fire, thick sweaters and weighty down duvets. After all of the bright colors and light textures of summer, I suddenly felt the need to find some inspiration for something a little darker. A little more moody. A little something like this…

One of the most frustrating components of interior design is lighting. There are (literally) millions of options and so many different directions to go—traditional, transitional, modern, industrial, etc. And, unfortunately, for anything above an IKEA price point, you are also paying a very pretty penny for something that you can’t necessarily give a test run and try before you buy. The other problem with lighting? The mass market dominates the middle price range. From Home Depot to Crate & Barrel, you pretty much have sea of light fixtures that are all pretty much the same. Lighting should be fun, a little frivolous and daring. Think about it like jewelry or shoes. An outfit is only pants and a shirt till you toss on a fabulous necklace or a great pair of boots right? That said, fabulous doesn’t have to mean expensive.

Back to school has me thinking books (and homework, and carpools, and crazy), which is why I went on a down-the-internet-rabbit-hole search for the most creative and totally bold bookshelves. If these don’t get you fired up to read (an actual real book with a glossy cover and pages you can turn down, not a Kindle or iPad)...nothing will.

Sunshine, butter, lemon, saffron, whatever you want to call it, yellow is serious ray of sunshine to just about everything. Bold, vivacious and in your face, it's no doubt the patron saint color of happiness. With the simple swipe of a paintbrush, it breathes life into tired spaces. Not ready for a commitment? Pillows, throws, lampshades, books, flowers, artwork...honestly, anything in yellow is going to immediately throw a hint of playfulness into the mix. I’ve recently fallen head over heels with canary yellow furnishings, particularly vintage wooden chairs, stools, bookcases—anything that can use a good coat of paint.

I’m ALWAYS on the hunt for totally original design. With so much cookie cutter on the market, it’s refreshing to witness the kind of jaw dropping work from artisans like Tracy Kendall,, who creates intricate handmade wallcoverings that are anything but ordinary. Yes, you read that correctly, handmade. With everything from feathers to buttons to large screen print, and other totally unexpected materials.

Danielle Cookie cutter design bores us about as much as this months #DesignerCrush Danielle Wallinger of Studio D in Denver, CO. Gorgeous and sassy (just look at that head of red hair), she recently moved to Colorado after splitting her time between New York and Arizona, bringing with her a signature style, which blends modern organic elements with edgy glamour, splashes of color and lots of textures, layers and sophisticated finishes for a fresh take on transitional design. “I love to take the ordinary and do something different...unexpected,” says Wallinger.