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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Something Old, Something Blue

trends 2014
We all love trends. They start off slow and build up speed. Before you know it, there’s something old and something blue. And although these latest trends may not relate specifically to the garden and landscape design world, it’s my belief that just like flowing water, these trends trickle through to everything we do.

Here’s an interesting prediction for the 2014 spring fashion world – let’s go retro. When it comes to fashion, doesn’t every style rise up from the closet ashes again? Yes, there’s always the classic that outlives any current trend, which is why I guarantee that ‘heirloom’ (not necessarily retro) becomes the biggest buzz word with what we plant in 2014. Speaking of retro, you may spot some outdoor furnishings from those earlier years finding a new home in our terraces and urban rooftops. What do you think? Shop around at those last minute tag sales and flea markets as you might just kick off this retro outdoor furnishing trend.

Then there’s this thing with color - something blue. When it comes to paint, Benjamin Moore revealed its ‘Breath of Fresh Air’ a few weeks back. Just the name alone resonates ‘outdoors.’ The funny thing is, blue is the same color ‘moving up the ranks’ as a 2014 car color choice. Like I said, trends start to trickle, then slowly flow into our everyday lives. It just does what it does – trends. Then everything seems old and blue.

So there you have it. My prediction (besides the Red Sox taking the World Series): that these trends make their way into the garden and design world. So let’s get creative. Name an heirloom plant you might try next year or better yet, a retro furnishing you would incorporate into your outdoor spaces. And when it comes to something blue, can you envision a ‘Breath of Fresh Air’ making its way into your garden?

As Friedrich Nietzsche once stated, “There are no facts, only interpretations.” How true, especially when it comes to trends. But one thing is for certain - get a breath of fresh air today. Winter is coming soon. And Red Sox, let's take game two!

Image by Ann Bilowz © Something Old, Something Blue

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