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Rising above Covid19 and growing stronger in the process

It is a vast understatement to say that this year has been challenging. Our business, along with practically every other business across the spectrum, found ourselves in uncharted territory. Mandated store closings, grounded sales teams, new work-from-home initiatives, and disrupted supply chains were all unwelcome hurdles to successfully sustain business though the last several months. 

Stress and uncertainty were at an all-time high. Hard decisions were sometimes required. Painful realities had to be faced. 

However, amid the chaos of bleak projections and strategy reinvention, arose signs of encouragement and optimism. We found ourselves learning, adapting, innovating, and appreciating things we had once taken for granted. Our “new normal” became a more supportive model. Our teams grew stronger and closer because of it. We developed more understanding of each other’s challenges from both a business and personal perspective. 

The weariness of doing business without handshakes, through a video screen, and/or six feet apart - if the customer is even open to taking the call, seems to be better tolerated when everyone is enduring the same issues. At the same time, it is a moving experience to watch our younger team members stepping up and helping those that may have been less ready for the era of online meetings. Kind gestures and real gratitude (along with a few “user error” jokes) have found their way into our virtual workspace.

Now we can honestly say that we’ve seen each other at our best and our worst, and it is nothing to see a furry friend or hear a crying baby in the background of a meeting. But we are better teammates because of it. “We are all in this together” may be a cliché, but it is a truth none the less. 

While the demands and expectations never ceased, this did seem to be the moment to have deeper conversations. Discussing everything from health and business fears to our big ideas on how to move the needle more firmly into the black, we talked and listened. Then, we started planning to take small steps toward the change we would like to see.

As each person or team experiments with new ideas or processes, the successes are shared, and the failures understood (after some good laughs). While frustration is ever-present in any business, true appreciation for those willing to put themselves out there is real. We have found that we are all in sales; we are all in marketing; we are all in customer service; we are all in a support position; we are all doing our best; and we are all getting better at this.

 

What comes after Mid Century Modern?

As the pendulum of interior design inevitably swings, we hold our breath to see what will replace the clean, beautiful lines of the last Mid-Century Modern rebirth. This trend has dominated for so long that it has created a design fatigue, of sorts. Too much of a good thing is still too much.

Of course, the principles of Mid-Century Modern design are still relevant. Beautiful materials and simple, functional shapes are timeless. Retailers are still in overdrive selling reproductions of the original Eames, Florence Knoll, and Heywood-Wakefield pieces. However, consumers are leaning towards more bespoke environments.

No longer will we commit to a one-dimensional design, creating a space that feels like a time capsule. We long for a more curated home.

RETRO ECHOS is the inevitable evolution of MCM. It is a hybrid design that intersects modern aesthetics with softer, more eclectic aspects to create a look that is more customized and personal. It is a reimagining of MCM through an ultimately more sophisticated lens.

While its overall style is defined by clean spaces, RETRO ECHOS offers up personality with patterned floors, stylized fixtures, and trending metallic tones. Updated colors and lush textures help to complete the facelift. Layers of eclecticism and modern bohemian can be found everywhere.

Gone are the orange and brown tweeds of the original MCM movement. They have long been replaced with cooler colors and softer finishing. With this latest iteration, we see updates that include the hottest trending pastels – mint green walls and millennial pink cushions. Parquet and/or ornately tiled floors coupled with cozy rugs are options that give this trend a touch of interest and Victorian drama.

The tulip tables that were once staples of the original trend are being replaced with larger, more solid colonial tables yet paired with Eames chairs. The opposite is also happening. Tulip Tables are found with Queen Anne chairs to create a more elegant setting. Both ideas give the space a more timeless feel, rather than a strictly retro one.

Saying “goodbye” to the nearly kitschy “Mad Men” look, RETRO ECHOS is a nod to the styles of the past-reborn with fresh colors and an elegant mix of period pieces redesigned for today.

We want to hear from you!

We want to know if you are into this trend. Do you love it? Do you hate it? Would this work for your home or project?

Do you think this trend is on-point? Show us your RETRO ECHOS spaces! Send photos to us on Pinterest!

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Check out our Interior Design Board to our take on current design trends.

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See the Florida Tile products that we think fit into this beautiful and inspiring trend.

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9/19

 

Design that helps us feel connected.

In today’s world we have a 24/7 connectedness that opens our minds to a melting pot of cultures and where the constant interaction of ideas and attitudes can, at times, lead to friction. But when embraced, these same elements can generate an energy and optimism that can be harnessed for inspiring solidarity and a sense of belonging in the world – a “COMMON GROUND”.

As we search for those things that link us together and make us realize we are more alike than different, we also long for a space that welcomes us in - a refuge that allows us to be ourselves while encouraging our spirit of adventure. Design that blends different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives helps us to create a collaborative environment that proclaims our underlying unity.

Diversity is a necessary element for innovation, and today’s most inclusive trend in interior design takes inspiration from our large, fascinating world that is bound by unique styles and cultures. From the food we eat, to the clothing we wear, and the ideals we endorse, culture makes a huge impact on the way we choose to live and the environment we choose to live in.   

When working toward a COMMON GROUND approach, we reach for the elements that spark our interests and blend them with the pieces from our own heritage that calm our soul. Layer textures, materials, time periods, colors, and anything else to create a cohesive space that exudes a commonality and peace that welcomes you and your tribe.

This trend demands that you tell your story. Be creative and mindful that your home (or retail space, or hospitality environment, or, well you get it…) is a direct reflection of you and can be as diverse and daring as you are. Be prepared to write your own rules. 

Include photos and mementos from your past. Paint your traditional wood floor with an Asian inspired motif. Include your grandmother’s southern antiques next to mid-century modern acrylic pieces. Feature Moroccan art in Dutch minimalist frames. Tile your walls with exquisite Italian ceramics. Soften the scene with country roses grown in your urban garden. Then, serve Spanish sangria from a South African pitcher.

While it takes thought and a good deal of experimenting to make this eclectic and multicultural way of designing work for you, it will be worth it in the end. It is your haven, where you can exhale and feel good in every part of it. 
 

We want to hear from you!

Do you think this trend is on-point? Show us your COMMON GROUND spaces! Send photos to us on Pinterest!

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Check out our Interior Design Board to our take on current design trends.

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See the Florida Tile products that we think fit into this beautiful and inspiring trend.

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7/19

 

NEW CLASSIC -Traditional Style…refreshed, reimagined, and redefined.

Today's lifestyles are much less formal and far more hectic than in decades past. As a result, designers are challenged with helping busy clients create multifunctional spaces that are casual and livable. This informal style is called "NEW CLASSIC."

While traditional interiors of the past featured dark color palettes and heavy furniture, today's designs nod to the past, but are much lighter, brighter, and relaxed.

If you are of a certain age, you probably remember a room in your parents’ or grandparents’ home that was “off limits”. Maybe it was a dining room that was only used on holidays or a living room that was furnished with antiques and fabrics not meant for the “every day”. Formality and symmetry were important. There were probably matching end tables and/or lamps. Everything just went together. These rooms were most likely orderly, predictable, and dignified. These were not spaces that would work with a rushed and chaotic lifestyle.

Forget that formal, forbidden living room at your grandmother’s house!

As modern life has redefined the way living spaces are used, traditional style has transformed with it. Enter: NEW CLASSIC. Brought into the current era, this updated style puts emphasis on the comforts and conveniences of present-day life while still maintaining the refined elegance of traditional design. The decor is soft and inviting with a contemporary, sometimes eclectic touch.  

Furniture retains the curved lines and rolled arms of early period pieces, but with lighter, more practical fabrics. It still references historic shapes, but seats are now large enough for sinking in or lying down. It’s far more comfortable when entertaining family, friends, and, of course, snuggling with the family pet.

The saturated colors of yesterday’s traditional homes were rooted in English country style. Today’s NEW CLASSIC palette is refreshed with lighter shades of classic colors and creamy off-whites to keep the look familiar but updated. Layered onto that neutral background are natural wood tones and accents of warm metals throughout the home.

Floors still have the look of centuries old wood or stone but are moving toward materials that can stand up to heavy foot traffic and indoor pets. Porcelain tile that mimics the quintessential character of traditional floors are featured throughout the home and they are becoming a point of interest. Designers are ditching the oriental rugs and allowing the clean, elegant visual of the floor to make an impact.

You also see a move to repurpose formal spaces to better fit today’s lifestyles. A rarely used dining room can become a home office or homework space with the addition of a desk and focused lighting. Formal living rooms are being used as media rooms or game rooms.  It comes down to how you move through your home, how you entertain, and how you raise your family.  

Modern life has changed how we use our homes and what we expect from them. Traditional interior design needed a few modifications to fit this new reality. The answer is a NEW CLASSIC trend that feels welcoming, open, carefully curated, and warm. It is a style meant for today’s busy lifestyles. It is a style that refuses to be held back. It meets the future with time-tested elegance and a relaxed attitude.
 

We want to hear from you!

Do you think this trend is on point? Show us your NEW CLASSIC spaces! Send photos to us on Pinterest!

https://www.pinterest.com/floridatile/

Check out our Interior Design Board and our take on current design trends.

https://www.pinterest.com/floridatile/interior-design-trends/

See the Florida Tile products that we think fit into this beautiful and inspiring trend.

https://www.pinterest.com/floridatile/interior-design-trends/newclassic/

5/19

 

MOVE OVER MINIMALISM! Austerity has given way to boldness.

The most authentic trend in residential interior design has been labeled “TRUE YOU”. It is a celebration of uncensored self-expression and one-of-a-kind spaces.  

Minimalism has reigned supreme for more than a decade. Less is more. Keep it simple. Neutrals are the base for any good design. Everything should be balanced. There should only be one main focal point.

STOP…there are no rules!

Today, there is a movement to use home and office environments as a personal canvas. Dress the walls and floors with personality, take design risks, and create something that inspires. It reflects a shift in culture that celebrates true self-acceptance and the “perfectly imperfect” … with a hint of rebellion.

This is a maximalist response to the perennial minimalism trends, and it marches to the mantra “less is a bore”. It brings forth luxurious textures, bold prints, shiny fixtures, and raucous colors. Wall paper is back with dramatic oversized prints and fabrics that are textured and even three-dimensional. Everything is a conversation piece. Floors feature oversized and uniquely shaped tile. Furniture is colorful and visually enticing. Layered excessively in the space are emotionally evocative mementos and tchotchkes.

While a push-back on minimalism is a key factor, it’s not the only reason we are seeing this trend. Globetrotting generations with a desire for personal expression are experiencing more of the world and bringing back the fashions and decorations from these excursions. It is a bit of escapism, a beautiful distraction from the political and cultural climates that we face in the day to day. It becomes a reminder of the beauty and complexity in many parts of our world.

TRUE YOU is a trend that will have staying power. The rules and parameters of this look are undefinable. It exuberantly refuses restriction as it blends styles and ideas to encompass an authentic “dare to be you” mentality. There is no wrong direction, simply add more of what you love. Be generous with color and art. Strive for comfort with a smattering of glamor. Find pieces that spark interest and laughter. Perfection is not the goal, personalization is. Embrace your excessive side!
 

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Do you think this trend is on-point? Show us your TRUE YOU spaces! Send photos to us on Pinterest!

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