Thinking about what 2013 style is (I still don't
know) but I do know what screams 2012 and I'm buying all sorts of versions of
it for my new apartment (which comes with an expiration date, itself–I doubt
I'll stay beyond a year's lease). Yellow and gray, chevron, ikat, it's all
going to look dangerously dated, or rather it already is, as you could argue
once a trend shows up at Target. Whatever. I embrace cheap and throwaway over
timeless classics. So what if I get rid of a shower curtain or chair (not the
rug, couch or wallpaper) after a few years (yes, the environment hates me).
A $34 on sale West Elm shower curtain (and $20-somthing bath mat) which isn't
really cheap at all, even more so considering their horrendous shipping fees
(I'm irked both a consumer and an ecommerce analyst) which suck even harder
considering there's a physical store in Brooklyn that never has the things you
want in stock.
And a $700 (plus oversized delivery surcharge) rug, which I guess is par for its 8'x10' size,
but once again, not exactly cheap.
I haven't bought these Etsy pillows, but I just might to really push the 2012 style over the top.
In reality, I would go turquoise to break things up.
Oh, I forgot to mention that I bought a couch (I know sofa sounds nicer, but couch comes more naturally to me–at least I don't say davenport) on Thursday. With a sale, plus an extra discount, the Clare in ochre was only $620 (before shipping and taxes) at Macy's. Originally, I was thinking Room & Board, a Reese ($2,449, ouch) or the new Murphy (a more reasonable $1,399) in default emerald green, 2013's color of the year (green is actually my favorite color and I'm using it in my bedroom instead) but my thriftiness got in the way as it usually does.
I had bold mustard and silver wallpaper put up in
the condo kitchen and don't regret it one bit. And this was pricey from a
materials and labor standpoint. Graphic wallpaper, if I recall, started
reviving around 2004 so it's not exactly a new trend. And it's not as if I used
that now-a-design-cliche Woods wallpaper (I'd argue it peaked in 2007, not
2010, as this post states).
What's wrong with embracing a particular era? These time capsule homes are amazing.