Watching the trends but staying true to you

Its all about trends, what is hot now can be out of fashion in an instant if it falls out of favour on social media.

Sometimes trends are regional with one place in the country feasting on a trend that another area has never even heard of!

Trends are fickle and finite and absolutely based on people’s opinions and preferences. I thought that since I have my own group of loyal readers right here in Red Deer, I would share with you my personal trending list.

My trending list is silly and random and begins with cranberries, yes cranberries.

Dried cranberries – for some reason over the past few months I have been obsessed with dried cranberries, they just make everything better! From cookies to salads, muffins and in my famous wild rice lemon turkey stuffing, cranberries are the must have dried fruit for 2014! Even the colour of cranberries stirs my soul, that delicious jewel tone makes the best feature paint (try Benjamin Moore AF-300 Dinner party for your next cranberry inspired wall).

White towels – I have spoken before about my goal to replace all towels in my house with the purity of white fluffy large towels. Impractical? Probably but it is very deluxe for me to open a closest and see all perfectly stacked towels with no frayed edges.

I feel like I have stepped into a boutique hotel when I look into my basement bath closet. Sometimes I will go and look into this space just to see the beautiful new towels, some of them are even tied in bundles with white satin ribbons – it is a lovely closet and I think everyone should have at least one space in their home that is so joyful!

Flat shoes – I am channelling my inner Audrey Hepburn this season in skinny legged pants and patent leather flat shoes with flashy buckles. For years I have forced my feet into heels and I have recently made the break from these uncomfortable toe traps and will begin to re-vamp my shoe wardrobe.

I can’t tell you how many times people have said to me ‘I didn’t realize you were this short!’

It is a small price to pay, giving up my illusion of height for non-aching feet at the end of the day. On a side note I have also lowered the height of my hair so the combination must make me look truly short!

Over shopping – And by this I mean stopping this trend. For the past few months I have strapped in on a savings plan. Whenever I feel the urge to shop to make me feel better or just to pass the time I reward myself instead with a deposit in my savings account. I have to tell you that the satisfaction of the savings account growing is much more significant than any trendy shirt I could have purchased on a whim.

The shoe purchases are of course the exception to this trend, nobody is perfect!

What is trending in your life or in your home?

Are you mad about a new paint colour or find yourself constantly drawn to a certain colour when shopping for home decor? You are probably trending certain colours or styles and do not even realize what is at the top of your mind. It may even be cranberries!

Kim Meckler is an interior designer in Red Deer with Carpet Colour Centre.