• Tracy Bulla

Spring Forward

Fresh, revitalized designs are rooted in nature

Design LegacyMulticolored dots traverse Design Legacy’s pillow with exuberant, abstract appeal.
Celebrate the season with revitalizing and renewing introductions for the home, conveying a fresh approach to design. All roads lead to Rome as they say, as our connection to nature continues to inform the major style themes for interiors this season.

Look to colorful flora and fauna to lend a playful touch to more transitional offerings. Palm leaves and pineapples pack a tropical punch, giving a shout-out to the continuing Havana trend and infused with vivacious pinks and corals, oranges, blues and yellows. Classic stripe and dot patterns enhance the springtime celebration, modernized with bold, bright colors and minimalist interpretation, alongside preppy plaid and check patterns.

The season also promises plenty of coastal references per usual, but this time with a more sophisticated perspective. Streamlined, pared down offerings incorporate modern materials like acrylic and rope, while sculptural coral motifs are downright elegant. Indigo and white make a crisp, eye-catching statement in batik and block-printed soft goods, complementing the nautical theme.

On the contemporary side, eloquently simple designs reference nature with unadorned purity. Sustainable, eloquently figured woods boast incredible depth, elevated by the addition of patterned stones such as marble and alabaster. Heavily textured ceramics resemble faux bois or stone, and faux bois patterns also are prominent on other accents this season. Letting the outdoors inside is a recurring theme, reflected in a plentiful showing of terrariums and cloches. The palette is understated and neutral, played out in white, cream, taupe, gray and black, popped by unexpected and welcome bursts of citrusy green.

Currey and CompanyBountiful botanicals and other tropical imagery make a bold statement on the Antoinette chair by Currey & Company.
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Both the color and skillfully sculpted renditions of real coral make a sophisticated seaside statement


Cheerful stripes and dots, alongside checks and plaids, exuberantly usher in spring


Painterly abstract patterns celebrate color, form and light


Cuba remains relevant this season with bountiful botanicals and vintage style


Nautical style gets a modern makeover in acrylic and rope, best shown in crisp blue and white

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Get into the groove with cozy macramé, hanging planters and other retro offerings


A symbol of welcome and hospitality, the iconic pineapple packs tropical allure


Our connection to nature is revitalized through stone, wood and other organic elements


Art glass conveys contemporary eloquence this season


Verbiage-embellished home accents play a key role in the farmhouse trend

Tracy BullaTracy Bulla | Product Editor

Native North Carolinian Tracy Bulla has been Home Accents Today's product editor since 2002. As a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill's School of Journalism, Tracy's first foray into reporting involved covering the financial markets. This short-lived enterprise resulted in no great loss to the world of finance when it became apparent that the reporter could not balance her own checkbook. Tracy then followed her lifelong passion for fashion into the glamorous world of design where she is continuously in thrall to the lure of beautiful, well-designed objects of desire. Lo, Tracy's pampered Pekingese, shares her appreciation for exquisite style by choosing to only chew up the most expensively embellished Italian shoes.

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