Keep an Eye on These Unexpected Interior Design Trends in 2019

March 13, 2019

In partnership with Decor Aid raphael and optic living

The tides have once again shifted with the New Year and interior design’s most innovative and intriguing frontrunners have started to emerge against the redundant and tired decor trends of the past. There is no one direction for 2019—in fact, trends are sprawling across different avenues, from bold additions to pared-downed solutions. And while there are shifts in popularity to be expected, some of these trends are downright surprising.

 

Keeping up with new introductions in the interior design world is a full-time job, which is why we’ve consulted our designers. Read on to see what they’ve been keeping an eye on, what they’re currently fascinated by, and what we can expect to see more of this year. Consider using these in your 2019 renovations to be ahead of the curve when designing your chic new space. 

 

Terrazzo

Most know terrazzo as the sterile, outdated looking flooring that lines hospitals, government buildings, and offices, in which stylish interior design would not be the first phrase that comes to mind. Terrazzo of the past was hit or miss, with the hits being far and few between, but it has made a comeback with a fresh perspective on patterns and materials. Many designers have incorporated terrazzo prints into their upholstery, wallpaper, and even reimagined classic terrazzo flooring and countertops. “Terrazzo was very of its time, but it’s making an appearance in tile, flooring, and decor in a refreshing new way. It’s a pattern that really speaks for the aesthetic of the whole room. You easily get a sense of who the homeowner is”, says designer Aliana F.

The ideal color scheme to give these flecks of color a new life is a warmer, more earthy palette. Look for apricot and peach shades that incorporate green and blue to bring a true retro look to your space. This pattern is cheeky, with a vintage throwback feel that is undeniable. Including a terrazzo floor, wallpaper, or print into the space can bring a playful reference to the past with ease.

 

Bright Velvets

“Velvet brings an unimaginably glam addition to any room. There is no other fabric that delivers the same effect at first glance”, says designer Francesca R. And it’s true—velvet brings an old-glamour, vintage touch to a room, even if it is a contemporary piece. And while we typically envision velvet in dark and decadent shades, our designers have noticed an uptick of loud and proud shades using this fabric to mix this old school glamour with contemporary shades.

Designers are making bolder choices with vivid jewel tones and primary colors, and it’s been able to effectively reimagine the ways in which velvet can be used, as well as create some visibly striking, unique statement pieces. You’ll notice velvet couches or accent chairs made of cobalt, red, or mustard as pieces used to really define the style of the room.

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Wallpaper Backsplashes

“I will always, always, always love adding wallpaper to small and unexpected places. There’s nothing that adds the same visual punch”, gushes designer Kelli B. What to do with small spaces that seem to serve no design purpose? Add a touch of wallpaper. We’re talking about areas like the inside of your bookcase, inside kitchen cabinets, as a countertop backsplash, and in other areas that are set back. This also works in home or apartment layouts that have an alcove or recessed walls that could use a little punch of style. This gives your space an added pop of style in an unexpected and surprising way. Most of us wish we could find the right way to incorporate a beautiful print to our space without overdoing it, and with areas like this, you may have found your match. Use wallpaper in smaller spaces to further the look of your design in a unique way.

 

Black Kitchens

Sleek, dramatic, and sophisticated—three words that are more prone to be used to describe a bedroom or living room than a kitchen. This year, black kitchens are in, making kitchens more elevated than ever.

Black never goes out of style. And while we typically think of kitchens as bright and airy spaces that use palettes that inspire warmth and comfort, black just brings a timeless chic sensibility that we can’t argue against. You’ll find black kitchens to be extra popular in cities around the globe, as it’s an excellent way to work with what might be limited space and still inspire that stylish, cool feel.

Our designer Christine M. is a long-time fan: “I’ve been into darker kitchens for a while now. And is there anything more chic than a matte black kitchen? Our expected palettes for specific rooms are changing, and this is one of my favorite new trends to emerge from that. I’m glad the rest of the design world has caught on.”

Decor Aid’s interior designers also recommend adding different colors and finishes into the mix so that the black doesn’t feel all encompassing and make your kitchen appear smaller. Look to white marble countertops and brass or gold hardware to really get the most from this trend.

Keeping it Fresh with Field & Social

March 6, 2019

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Established in the bustling city of Vancouver in 2016, Field & Social has quickly gained a name for itself in the gastronomical scene. Field & Social is a health conscious eatery that prides itself on its thoughtfully crafted creations made from fresh, seasonal ingredients.

Here at Moe’s Home Collection, we’ve got a crush on Field & Social. One of the perks of working with us are our monthly staff lunches most often catered by Field & Social. We believe that if you eat well, you’ll feel great–and we’re all about our employees feeling good while doing the work they love.

We’re passionate about collaborating with like-minded people–we even helped co-design Field & Social’s downtown space! Many of their pieces, like their free-standing bar stools and communal wood tables, were furnished by Moe’s Home Collection. The salad shop was styled to perfection by interior design company Janks Design Group. Mixing natural and industrial elements, they were able to create a space of Scandinavian simplicity that is fresh, like their food, and modern, like their approach.

We sat down with Barbora Samieian, co-founder of Field & Social, to find out more about our favorite salad shop and its design influences.

 

What inspired you to open Field & Social in Vancouver?

We saw a need for quick-serve healthy options that marry delicious food with a thoughtful aesthetic.

 

What inspires your dishes? How often do you rotate your menu?

Our team is inspired by the food we eat when we travel, the seasons in BC, and our customers! We have 5-6 core salads and rotate the rest every 8-10 weeks.

 

How did you come up with the design for your store? Was there certain inspiration behind specific pieces?

We always envisioned the space as a place for the community to gather and collaborate, not only over a meal, but through events such as workshops and pop-up lunches. The communal tables were an important center piece for the space. We also wanted to encourage bar seating to take advantage of the bright natural light streaming into the space. The copper fixtures we have in the store bring some warmth, making the shop feel more inviting.

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We’ve heard Field & Social sources all of its ingredients locally. Tell us about your reason for wanting to work with local producers? 

We try to source local as much as we can, and we’re proud to work with many local producers, such as: Tempea Tempeh, GRAIN for our Canadian sourced grains, Blue Heron Creamery for our vegan cheese, and of course, Dickie’s Ginger Beer, the Juice Truck, and Culture Craft Kombucha for our drinks.

We are very fresh based–we make all of our dressings in-house and cook our grains and veggies fresh every day. The quality of the ingredients, as well as the relationships with suppliers in our community, are really important to our team and customers. We source our local ingredients for two main reasons: their quality, and our commitment to being environmentally sustainable.

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We love your focus on collaborations within the community. Can you tell us more about some collaborations or initiatives Field & Social is passionate about?

Chef Canada finalist Mark Singson, to registered dietitian Lindsay Pleskot–we love collaborating with friends in the community on both menus and events. In the past we’ve done a brunch series with Juno Kim, cocktail making workshops with Max Borrowman, and had flower arrangements created by Celsia Floral. We also support the community through Mealshare, where $1 from every Smoked Salmon + Dill salad we sell is donated to their amazing program to provide a meal for a youth in need.

 

Field & Social just celebrated their two-year anniversary. What can Field & Social fans look forward to in the years to come?

We’re excited to continue growing, experimenting, and collaborating! Also, we have a new location that just opened up downtown!

 

Visit Field & Social:

415 Dunsmuir St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1X4

214-1055 West Georgia, Vancouver BC V6B 0K9 (now open!)

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A CONTEMPORARY TWIST ON A CLASSIC G&T

December 20, 2018

It’s Friday night. The end of your hectic workweek has finally come to an end and you’re ready to sit back, put your feet up and binge watch your favorite Netflix series.

In my house, that usually means it’s time for Friday night G&T’s. I’ve always loved a good Gin and Tonic. They’re refreshing and versatile. Recently, my overgrown basil plant lead to the creation of the Blackberry and Basil G&T. Refreshing and fruity, the basil’s botanical aroma’s perfectly complement the juniper base of Gin.

Moe’s has brought in a plethora of new bar carts that are perfect for small and large spaces. The Manhattan Bar Cart perfectly pairs copper detailing with a charcoal finish on solid mango wood.

The two levels of the cart provide ample space to mix your drinks and store your bottles for a clutter-free surface. Easy glide wheels allow you to move it from space to space. Place behind your sofa to create a new space or along a wall.

Ingredients

  • 1 oz of your preferred gin
  • 3-4 oz of your preferred tonic
  • 3-4 fresh basil leaves
  • 2-3 fresh blackberries

Method

Place your blackberries into the bottom of your glass, and use a muddler or fork to squish them into a paste. Add in 2 basil leaves and muddle again to release the fragrance. Add your ice and measure 1 oz of gin and 3oz of tonic in your glass. Give a stir and place the remaining basil leaves on top for garnish. Sit back, relax and enjoy!

virgin blackberry & Basil soda

Ingredients

  • 4 oz of your preferred tonic water
  • 3 drops of old fashioned bitters
  • 2-3 blackberries
  • 2-3 leaves of fresh basil

Method

Place your blackberries and bitters into the bottom of your glass, and use a muddler or fork to squish them into a paste. Add in 2 basil leaves and muddle again to release the fragrance. Add your ice and fill your glass up with tonic. Give a stir and place the remaining basil leaves on top for garnish. Sit back, relax and enjoy!

Even though these G&T’s may just become a new crowd favorite, please remember to drink responsibly.

Holiday Floral Arrangements

December 18, 2018

Whether it’s a holiday dinner, or a boxing day get together, we are all bound to be hosting or attending a dinner party this season. Our dining tables become central to all gatherings with family and friends. This year, as you’re putting a holiday table setting together, or getting reading to head to another dinner party, don’t hesitate to make a holiday floral arrangement. Adding a floral element to your table is an easy way to elevate your space. By adding a pop of color, your table is not only brighter, but the freshness of the spruce, cedar, and eucalyptus will add a wonderful fragrance to your home. I’ve also found that giving my friends and family a holiday arrangement is better than a gift!

Flowers have the ability transform a space. Whether you want to make a specific centrepiece for your dinner setting or simply liven up your table throughout the season, having the right shape of arrangement can make all the difference.

We prefer to match our style of arrangement with the table we have. For instance, if we have a rectangular table, like the Florence Rectangular Dining Table, we’ll make a longer arrangement to take advantage of the table length.

For this arrangement, we opted for an oval vase. Starting with foliage, we placed pieces of spruce, cedar, eucalyptus and pine together to form a sturdy base for our flowers. We then added in red daisies, white chrysanthemums, and freesia’s. Our final touches were some red winterberries for an added festive feel. Feel free to use your own variety of flowers and foliage- after all, this is all about customizing your space for the holiday season!

The same process can be used when creating a circular arrangement. You can determine the size of your arrangement based on whether or not you want your arrangement to be on your table during the main course. We opted for a smaller sized arrangement for the Fenwick Round Dining Table so that we could have space for our place settings.

When making circular arrangements, I find it best to start with a making a tape grid. I do 5×5 sections across my vase. This will aid in arranging the flowers and keep them in place afterwards! If you do choose to make a grid, pour in your water after creating the grid. This will ensure that your tape sticks to the vase and does not peel off.  Now, you can add in your foliage base. We used the same foliage as above (cedar, spruce, and eucalyptus). When you are happy with your foliage base, you can begin to add in your larger flowers (in this case the red daisies). Follow up with some more delicate flowers (freesias and chrysanthemum) after and add in your winterberries as the final touch!

Happy Holidays!

SMALL DETAILS THAT MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE

September 24, 2018

Sometimes our spaces just need a little bit of TLC.

In my house, spring cleaning has always been very important, but whatever happened to the fall refresher? Our living rooms are where we spend a lot of time with our family and friends. Over time, these spaces can get a little bit too lived in. However, this doesn’t mean that we have to go about redoing the entire space. Sometimes, adding some TLC can make a world of a difference. There are several ways to approach refreshing your space- one of the best is by looking at what you use and what you don’t use. Most often, we find things that we have outgrown and they’ve ended up collecting dust and adding unnecessary clutter to our spaces. Think about what you need versus what you don’t. For instance, adding a side or accent table can give you an organizational hub and a pop of color to your space that might be feeling a little bit too cluttered these days.

Tobin Living Room

Paintings are a great way to establish a color palate or tie your room together. We chose the Euphoria Wall Décor because it brought together the golden hues of the Kettel Accent Table. Adding a painting that has hints of gold into a room that is already defined by the warm wooden tones, draws your space together giving it a sophisticated and finished feel.

Kettel Accent Table

Table top accents are also a great way to add life to your space. Working with the warm tones of our painting, we added the Titan Vase and this Sax Player Statue. As decorative elements, both these items work well within the space as they tie together the natural tones of our chosen color palate.

Sax Player Statue

Throws, pillows, and poufs are also a great way to add style to your space, especially on a budget. Our Lamb and Goat Fur Pillows and Poufs (yes, we really do have it all), come in a variety of colors that are perfect to mix and match to achieve your perfect style combination. We chose light natural tones to add texture, while maintaining this design’s organic feel.

Tobin Coffee Table and Accents

We also find that by adding a few tabletop accents, we are giving our spaces an artistic flare, while maintaining a simple design. We chose to add pieces from the wooden animal collection as well as Iron Orb Black Marble (pictured above), because they complement the natural and industrial elements of our room.

Wooden Rhino and Elephant

The last thing we did was add a new floor lamp. The Spotlight Floor Lamp was the perfect addition to this living room because its black exterior matched the Kirby Sofa, while its light brass interior pulled out the warm hues of the Tobin Collection.

Tobin Living Room

You don’t have to go all out and buy a new living room set. Accessories are a great way to add pops of color for a fraction of the price. Add a painting, some new plants, pillows or a new lamp to keep your space bright during the fall season. If you find yourself having a hard time with finding a solution that works for you, take a picture of the room you want to accessorize and one of our sales associates will be sure to help you find you some incredible options that suit your style and personality.

Conversations: Moe’s Home Collection with Furniture Today

March 31, 2017

Publisher Dean Horowitz chats with the Samieian family, where they started, where they are and where they’re going. See how they manage a family owned business, working together and continuing to grow. See the conversation on Furniture Today, you can find it here!

Shop This Look | Modern Industrial Dining Room

February 26, 2017

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” -Virginia Woolf 

A dining space has to be functional and useful, but you can bring a lot of style into the space where eating is the main event. Bring in bench seating on one side of the table to save space and pull together a casual dining style. Soften modern industrial furnishings with pastel and metallic accents. Let your dining room inspire you to celebrate your signature style. Find out how to get the dining room below with these nine easy pieces!

1) Rossana Pendant Lamp
2) Murmur Wall Décor
3) Brooklyn Dining Table Large
4) Charlie Side Chair Grey
5) Tangled Rectangles Sculpture Gold Large
6) Jitterbug Rug 8X10 Sea Green
7) Brooklyn Bench Large
8) Segments Wall Décor
9) Brooklyn Open Bookshelf Small

Why Home Staging Is The Key To A Successful Sale

January 30, 2017

Selling your home can be a stressful experience, but there are a few factors that can make a big difference to the final experience. Home staging is one of the key elements of a successful marketing strategy for selling your home. Home staging gives the buyer the visualization of living in the space without the added distraction of a messy and personalized home. It can make a difference between the value a buyer then puts on the home, and how much it can be sold for. Too many colors, furniture and possessions make it difficult for people to concentrate on the property. Potential buyers become interested in a property when they walk in and feel, “I could live here.” They imagine it as their home.

Moe’s Home provides a home staging service that can help you with the styling and decoration of your space, please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information at info@moeshome.com

How to Style Your Home For Instagram

December 22, 2016

You don’t have to be a professional photographer or stylist to show instagram worthy details of your home. A helpful tip is to concentrate on specific corners and sections, so you don’t get overwhelmed with the whole space. Design magazines and books have plenty of cues of how to style spaces if you only take a closer look and notice the separate elements. Notice how a dining space is made warmer and lived in with accessories like a baguette freshly cut on a cutting board, perhaps a glass of wine sitting nearby. Or a living room corner with an open book that sits with reading glasses on top, or shoes laying on the carpet, illustrating the relief of coming home after a long day at work. Fresh flowers are always a perfect touch, keep the palette neutral, white especially works well so it simply complements the various decor elements without being the sole focus. All of these show a personal touch in the picture, and make a space seem warmer and more lived in. Take inspiration from the following photos and try this in your own space. It’s fun to share your interior design skills on your social media, and these few little tips can take you from a regular photo to truly capturing a moment and mood.

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Metallic Accents for Your Home

October 31, 2016

Adding just a touch of glimmer, can make a space infinitely and instantly more glamorous. The trick to using the accents succesfuly is to mix them with different, softer textures throughout your space. Keeping a neutral palette throughout your room will make the metallic pieces stand out and literally shine. Add a touch of glam to your space with our selections below.

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