2023 has seen some wonderful decorative trends. With the evolution of the ‘Minimaluxe’ movement came a wave of beautiful decorative pieces; in the world of decorative lighting, we’ve seen a renaissance, and we’ve embraced a whole new range of textures and materials. It’s been a great year for decor, so it’s no wonder the interior designers have been doing some serious shopping.
We’ve all got a favorite home purchase of 2023 (mine is my pair of wall sconces that sit above my bed), but the tastemakers’ purchases are really telling of what interior design trends have made an impact and what is here to stay. To find out, I caught up with three of my favorite designers to find out their favorite buys of 2023.
1. Fireplace accessories
If there is one major takeaway from 2023, it’s that we want our homes to be cozier than ever before. A key pillar for coziness is warmth and lighting, both of which are covered by open fires or log fires. Fireplaces have experienced a renaissance, and homeowners are enjoying the opportunity to decorate mantelpieces and purchase fireplace accessories that reinforce the cozy living room aesthetic.
Christoffer Du Rietz of Du Rietz Design.
‘Our new open fireplace was made in a Calacata marble we had saved for five years back and designed with some nice details to match the house. It came just in time for fireplace season. Apart from looking great, it helps a lot when lighting the fire, which is many times a week on cold winter days.’
Jumbo Wicker Log Basket
Wrought Iron Fireplace and Hearth Tool Set
For Melissa Warner Rothblum of Massucco Warner, this sculptured marble vanity box by west elm made a beautiful impact on her living room shelf. ‘I think this little box is so chic and is a lot of bang for the buck,’ she says. ‘It’s also perfect for tucking away keys on an entryway, remote controls, bedroom trinkets, or garage clickers.’
Chelsea Cement Box
Marble Vanity Box
Large Marble Box
Stoneware coffee cups that have that handpainted feel have proved popular, used as decor as well as for a functional kitchen necessity, while interior designer Corinne Mathern takes pride in the pair of glass espresso cups she has in her kitchen. ‘One of the best things I bought for under $50 this year was two vintage Art Deco glass espresso cups on a trip to Italy this year. They make my early morning coffee time with my husband really special and they’re so beautiful,’ she says.
Espresso Double Walled Cup
Cast Black Espresso Cup
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Dave DeMattei and Patrick Wade, retail veterans for home and fashion giants including J. Crew, Coach, West Elm, Williams-Sonoma, Gap, Banana Republic and Lucky Brand, have opened their first home decor and accessories boutique, Mood Indigo, in La Jolla.
The Bird Rock store offers furniture, art, lighting, accessories, books, candles, tableware and gifts.
Mood Indigo carries brands and artisans including Casa Lopez Paris, Juliska, Tensira textiles, Monets Doggett pottery and more. Vintage art also is offered, along with vintage furniture and accessories.
DeMattei and Wade lived in New York City and throughout California before settling in La Jolla last year.
DeMattei answered questions from the La Jolla Light to provide more information about Mood Indigo.
Q. When did the business start? What is its mission?
A. We signed our lease in June 2023 and opened Sept. 21. We have always wanted to have our own shop. We have been doing retail for many years for large businesses. … I have always been involved in the financial/operations side and Patrick has always been involved in the creative.
Our mission was threefold. One was to have a creative project that we could do together in retirement. Secondly, fulfill our lifelong vision of having our own business. And lastly, since we live two blocks away, was to invest in our neighborhood.
Q. What services do you offer?
A. The store offers a curated product assortment for the home. We are all about adding the finishing layers that make a house your home. We offer lighting, textiles (pillows and throws), unique art, tabletop and decor. Mood Indigo includes new items as well as vintage pieces that we have been collecting over the years. We offer friendly, knowledgeable service, free complementary design advice on your home, as well as design services.
Q. What makes you and/or your company unique compared with similar businesses?
A. We are a locally owned and operated business with nationally recognized experience. With our knowledge, we believe we offer a special understanding for the customer, whether it be a neighbor, tourist or designer.
Q. What’s new with the business that you want everyone to know about?
A. We proudly offer new and vintage products that we are well-curated, so it makes it easy to shop. We have a unique point of view that complements the casual coastal lifestyle.
Q. What are the advantages of living and working in La Jolla?
A. Since we live two blocks away, we can walk to work! But seriously, the beautiful environment, the friendly neighborhood, the wonderful weather and the casualness of the community are all advantages of being in La Jolla.
Mood Indigo is at 5670 La Jolla Blvd. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. To learn more, visit moodindigolajolla.com and follow on Instagram @mood.indigo.lajolla.
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With a three-dimensional cubist design, the Ezra natural rye wood bar cabinet is a functional piece of art. $2,299 at Crate & Barrel, 4820 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.; 202-364-6100; crateandbarrel.com
Snuggle up on a chilly fall evening with this handwoven corded throw. $60 to $65 at West Elm, 951 Rose Ave. (Pike & Rose), North Bethesda; 301-230-7630; westelm.com
Handcrafted and hand glazed, the ceramic Frasier bowl adds an organic element to a coffee table, nightstand or side table. $129 at Pottery Barn, 4750 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda; 301-654-1598; potterybarn.com
Up Against The Wall
Textured wallpaper—and natural grass cloth-inspired designs in particular—have made a big comeback in recent years. York Wallcoverings’ Line Stripe, from the New Origins collection, features a metallic thread in a horizontal design. $130 per double roll through Sherwin-Williams, 4809 Auburn Ave., Bethesda; 301-654-7955; sherwinwilliams.com
Cozy velvet bedding is a fantastic seasonal switch for fall. Rich in texture and color, the Delwood quilt is made from washed cotton velvet with channel quilting and features a lightweight linen backing. $348 to $448 at Serena & Lily, 7121 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda; 240-531-1839; serenaandlily.com
This story appears in the September/October issue of Bethesda Magazine.
October is officially one week away, making this week the best time to shop for and refresh your space with Halloween decor. Pottery Barn, Anthropologie, Target, IKEA, and West Elm all have some of the most fun and viral Halloween decoration ideas, but my absolute favorite place to find stylish and spooky home decor items is at JOANN. Not only does JOANN have some of the most festive, spooky season home decor, but it also has amazing prices, with sales starting super early in the season.
With JOANN’s current Lowest Prices of the Season sale, you can get between 50 and 60 percent off fall and JOANN Halloween decor, just in time for trick-or-treaters. Plus, this week’s JOANN coupons include a $1.99 shipping perk with promo code SHIP199SAVE at checkout.
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The market is awash with Halloween pieces at the moment and at this time of year you rarely find them on sale. Halloween pieces at competitors can be incredibly expensive for decor that you’ll only use once a year, so it’s smart to find finishing touches on markdown. What I particularly like about JOANN’s selection is that a lot of these pieces are made with iron instead of plastic, so they should hold up for years, saving you even more in the long run.
Place & Time Halloween Metal Moon Phase Candle Holder
Candlesticks are one of the biggest home decor trends of the season, and this moon phase option puts a spooky spin on the style. Constructed from 100 percent iron, this candle holder of moon phases is heavy-duty and built to last for seasons to come. It would look so cute on a tablescape with the viral DIY ghost candle from TikTok or added to a spooky fireplace display with flameless taper candles.
Place & Time Halloween LED Haunted House
Illuminate your mantle or bookshelf with this adorable Halloween LED Haunted House from JOANN’s Place & Time Crypts and Cobwebs collection. This haunted house is constructed from a durable mix of stone powder and resin, giving it a ceramic-like finish. We love it on its own on an entry table next to a tablescape of pumpkins and gourds or paired with other haunted houses from the JOANN collection.
Place & Time Halloween Metal Spider Bowl
Whether you’re shopping for a Halloween candy dish or are looking for unique serving dishes for an upcoming spooky party, the Halloween Metal Spider Bowl is another fantastic spooky addition to your Halloween decor. This 9-inch bowl features long, creepy crawly legs and a full spider body and head with plenty of room for candy corn, pub mix, popcorn, and other Halloween snacks.
Place & Time Halloween Black Metal Bats Wall Accent
If you want to deck out your walls for Halloween but are looking for something slightly more elevated than your traditional party decor, this chic Black Metal Bats Wall Accent from Place & Time is worth considering (and its sale price makes it a definite add to cart). The durable Halloween wall decor is constructed from 100 percent iron and would look spooktacular placed above a fireplace mantle, entryway wall, or even outdoors in a patio area.
Place & Time Halloween Orange Pumpkin & Ball Felt Garland
Autumn means festive garland, starting with this craftcore style felt garland featuring plush orange pumpkins. This 6-inch long garland is a fun and whimsical way to dress up your home for the spooky season and would look great placed along a mantle, wrapped around a wreath, or added to a children’s room bookshelf.
Place & Time Halloween Figural Ghost Pillow
If you love the viral Gus the Ghost pillow from Pottery Barn but are looking for a more budget-friendly option, consider the Halloween Figural Ghost Pillow from JOANN. This 14 x 17-inch ghost pillow is somewhat of a Pottery Barn dupe and features that same plush material and spooky spirit. It’s the perfect throw pillow for that living room accent chair, but it would also look adorable nestled up with other festive pillows on an entryway bench.
If JOANN’s sale items aren’t quite doing it for you, we’ve also covered the best places to buy Halloween decor so that you can welcome trick-or-treaters in style.
House & Hold: At House & Hold’s Labor Day sale, save up to 20% off brands like Tom Dixon and Four Hands.
IKEA: The Swedish retailer is celebrating 80 years in business with a mega anniversary sale running between now and September 5, where you can shop over a thousand deals all over the store.
Industry West: One of our favorite places for kooky modern furniture is throwing a 25% off Labor Day celebration sitewide. Just use the code “LABORDAY” to partake.
Jayson Home: On Labor Day only, clearance items at Jayson Home will be a whopping 70% off, so strike fast if you see something you like.
Joybird: Plenty of Joybird’s couches-in-a-box are marked-down up to 45% off for Labor Day, along with a rousing 35% off sitewide otherwise.
Sixpenny: Big spenders can take 20% off orders of $1,000 and up at furniture company Sixpenny (where muted linen slipcovers are the name of the game) with the code “WILDFLOWER” at checkout.
Sundays: Take up to 25% off at Sundays’ Labor Day sale, including the GQ Home Award-winning chubby dining room table, cozy boucle beds, and much more.
Wayfair: Wayfair recently dropped a massive Labor Day clearance sale, offering markdowns of up to 70% off furniture, cookware, and bedding.
West Elm: West Elm has also kicked off Labor Day with an up to 60% off sale on thousands of its modern furniture designs.
Urban Outfitters: Don’t sleep on all the furniture and home deals going on over at Urban Outfitters, including stylish velvet seating, carved-out entertainment consoles, Space Age-y shelving and more. They’re not just for teens!
ABC Carpet & Home: Whether you’re shopping in-store or online, ABC Carpet & Home’s slashing up to 40% off everything, including plenty of colorful rugs, pillow shams, throws, and more.
Food52: Food52’s having a massive Summer Sendoff event right now where you can take 20% off orders of $250 and over, or 25% off orders over $500. Just use the code “SAVEBIG” at checkout to, ahem, save big.
Jiu Jie: Jiu Jie’s Instagram-famous knot cushions will be marked-down through Labor Day starting today. Take 30% off, no code necessary.
Lumens: Save up to 50% off design-y lighting and fixtures at Lumens’ massive sitewide Labor Day sale.
Little King: One of our favorite small businesses in the upstate New York area is throwing a summer sale, where you can find markdowns on everything from Marimekko towels to tiger rugs.
Lulu & Georgia: Lulu & Georgia’s Labor Day sale has officially dropped, offering 20% off your purchase—including existing clearance deals on on rugs, storage baskets, and pillow shams.
Matches: A small selection of tasteful home goods are marked-down over at Matches’ High Summer sale, including wavy candles, ceramics, and glassware.
Rugs USA: Hunting for a specific kind of Persian or jute rug? The world is your oyster at the online emporium Rugs USA, where everything is an extra 20% off.
It’s high time you bring a spooky vibe to your home. Fall and Halloween are right around the corner. Spruce up your space with Halloween andthat’s sure to impress. Incorporate classics like ghosts and pumpkins to add a some ghoulishly good fun to any room in the house.
Below, the best Halloween and fall decor for your home. From a spooky village to a ghostly pillow, these items will get you in the spirit of the season. This reviewer-loved decor works within a variety of budgets. Also be sure to shopto make your outdoor space feel more festive.
The best Halloween and fall decor for your home
Find this Halloween and fall decor at Pottery Barn, Williams Sonoma, Terrain and more.
Concordville spooky village
Buy each piece to this delightfully spooky village. There’s a mausoleum, a chateau, a gate, a haunted house, two half houses, tombstones, an iron tree and more.
Prices for each piece run from $18 to $78. You can buy a gilded leaves table to display it for $1,198, but it also looks great on a space like a mantle or coffee table.
Why we like this spooky village:
This spooky village is delightful to adults and kids alike. Pair it with color-changing lights to up the magic factor.
Gus the Ghost with pumpkin pillow
This adorable throw blanket/pillow hybrid is named Gus. This soft ghost who holds a pumpkin makes an excellent addition to your couch or bed.
See how other shoppers styled it on the Pottery Barn site.
Why we like this pillow:
This comfy pillow reads more cute than spooky.
Peanuts Halloween tableware
Find a selection of Peanuts Halloween tableware at Williams Sonoma. These practical items double as decor, featuring Halloween-ready characters from Snoopy to Charlie Brown.
Find mugs, platters, plates, bowls, juice glasses and more in this collection. The glazed stoneware is microwavable and dishwasher safe.
Prices range from $15 to $60.
Why we like this tableware:
Kids will love this tableware that incorporates a Halloween classic. Bring it out each year to signal the start of the season.
West Elm glass pumpkins
These chic recycled glass pumpkins from West Elm make for ideal display pieces on your mantel. They’re available in three color variations, two sizes and to be purchased as individual pieces or a pair.
Prices range from $30 to $85.
Why we like these pumpkins:
These pumpkins aren’t too flashy but add a festive touch.
The Pioneer Woman 10-inch ceramic pumpkin pie plate with lid
Check outtake on the fall season at Walmart. This 10-inch ceramic pumpkin pie plate with a lid doubles as decor. It’ll make an excellent fall centerpiece on your table.
This pie plate comes in an orange and a cream color. It’s also dishwasher safe.
Why we like this pie plate:
You’re getting great bang for your buck with this pie plate that doubles as decor.
Brush pumpkins (set of 3)
There’s no such thing as too many pumpkins. Use these brush pumpkins as decor accents.
Choose from two color directions in this set of three pumpkins. One has neutral hues while the other features purples.
These sweet pumpkins are handcrafted and intended for indoor use only.
Why we like these pumpkins:
You can add these pumpkins anywhere, from your mantle to your tablescape, to offer a fall touch.
Rifle Paper Co. Halloween trick-or-treat garland
Add this cute, handmade trick-or-treat garland from Rifle Paper Co. to a kids’ room, or use it as decor for a party. This 84-inch-long garland is made from wool and is adorned with festive jack-o-lanterns and stars. There are loops on each end of this garland for hanging.
Why we like this garland:
This sweet garland announces that trick-or-treat season is here.
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Moving home is such an exciting time. I am a bit of a moving addict actually, it comes with the territory of being a serial renter. I would get so excited about starting over with my interior design style, choosing new sheets, picking out new prints, and deciding what style of rug would suit my new place best.
And after years of moving, I have worked out what pieces are the most important. I have noticed what pieces come with from home to home, and what’s made it out of the rentals and finally into my own space with me.
interior trends, so it can be tricky investing in pieces for a new home that will stand the test of time. But as both a pro home mover and the Head of Design at Homes & Gardens, I feel equipped enough to share with you the new house decor buys I have never regretted buying. And yes, they are purely aesthetical decor, and of course, you want to be making practical investments like the best mattress, and good quality kitchen appliances too, but I think investing in decor is equally important when shopping for a new home.
What to buy for a new home
Moving into a new home can be a stressful time, so I do think it’s important to allow yourself to get a bit excited about investing in new timeless pieces and treating yourself to decor that’s going to instantly elevate your home and make the new space feel more like you.
Some of these buys are ones I think have longevity and will stay with you move after move, but I’ve also pieces I think are key to making a house feel like a home and for me are the first things I pull out of the boxes when I get to a new space.
West Elm Jute Boucle Rug
Anthropologie Gleaming Primrose Mirror
Case in point, the Anthropologie Gleaming Primrose Mirror. It lived leaning up against a wall in one of my apartments and it still worked.
Pom Pom At Home Chatham Cotton Matelasse Coverlet
I like that this set as it has a subtle texture to it, it adds interest without the need for color or a bold pattern. It would love wonderful layering up with both soft neutrals and brighter colors depending on the look you want to achieve.
Amber Lewis for Anthropologie Marana Table Lamp
CB2 White Picture Frame
Anthropologie Glenna Platter
A Table Full of Love by Sky McApline
Crate and Barrel Edge Drink Glasses
Diptyque Feu de Bois Candle
Diptyque candles instantly elevate a space, and when moving I always unpack them pretty quickly and dot them around surfaces to make the chaos feel slightly calmer and more sophisticated. Diptyque’s ‘Feu de Bois’ is ideal for this time of year, smokey and woodsy and delicious.
So there is my list of new home buys I think are essential. A mix of both investment pieces that every new home should have, and small items that you should treat yourself to to instantly make your space feel more like home. I will say when moving into a new home, do spend a bit of time in the space before buying anything new, the pieces I don’t regret buying are ones I have mulled over, or have had a vision that I know I will love for years to come, not just panic bought because something is on trend or because I am desperate to fill a blank space.
MILAN — For the first time, designer Joseph Altuzarra’s upscale style can now be found in the home and for a moderate price.
West Elm, a portfolio brand of Williams-Sonoma, revealed Monday the launch of a new West Elm Kids collection in collaboration with the founder and creative director of the Altuzarra women’s ready-to-wear fashion brand. The collaboration marks the French American designer’s entry into the home furnishings sector.
With celestial elements and elevated handcrafted finishes and upscale textiles, the Joseph Altuzarra for West Elm Kids collection features furniture and decorative accessories that are infused with Altuzarra’s own hand-drawn motifs of moons, stars and hot air balloons.
West Elm said the line was created as “a love letter to the designer’s two daughters and celebrates the signature artistry of Altuzarra while maintaining kid-friendly functionality.”
“When I became a father, I discovered a white space for chic, sophisticated interiors that were both beautiful and functional. Together with West Elm Kids, we created pieces that harmoniously blend style and practicality, capturing the whimsy and wonder of childhood,” the designer said in a statement.
Altuzarra tested the waters in 2020 with a collaboration with a handful of Etsy artisans to create limited-edition home decor items including tie-dye silk pillows, dog beds, ceramic vases, woven baskets, candlestick holders, notebooks covered in silk tie dye and woven placemats.
Sector-wide, fashion brands are making a splash in home decor and interiors, driven by the nesting and home entertainment trend sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic. In June, West Elm and L.A. fashion brand Rhode launched a collaboration for the home with decorative accessories, plates, glasses and colorful textiles.
In April, Marni unveiled tableware with Belgian design label Serax, and an upscale wallpaper series with Italian wall covering-maker LondonArt.
In July, Ulla Johnson made her first home décor foray, with a summer tablescape capsule made in partnership with Cabana and sold exclusively on Net-a-porter.
The Joseph Altuzarra for West Elm Kids 42-piece collection includes key items like an upholstered crib, priced at $1,199; a seven drawer dresser at $1,599, and a pendant light priced at $299. The collection is available on westelm.com.
Quiet luxury, also known as “stealth wealth,” is one of the latest trends taking fashion by storm. Now it’s entering the home space.
The minimalist aesthetic can be summed up by the phrase “money talks, wealth whispers.” Quiet luxury replaces ostentatious displays with subtle high-end staples, eschewing gaudy accents and logo prints typically associated with the upper class.
Gwyneth Paltrow channeled quiet luxury in her court case earlier this year over her skiing accident, while the conniving cast of characters on “Succession” dressed in understated, yet expensive basics by brands like Ralph Lauren, Max Mara and Loro Piana.
The versatility of quiet luxury makes it easily translatable into interior design. Here, WWD explains how to bring the trend to your home.
Rather than going for bold shades, focus on neutral tones of taupe or beige, balancing them with lighter shades like white and cream. Darker hues including navy, olive green, brown, gray and black are also synonymous with quiet luxury.
Embracing comfort is a key aspect of quiet luxury. Cozy fabrics such as linen, velvet and shearling can be incorporated in upholstery, curtains and bedding. Adding some knit blankets to your sleep and living spaces will also get the job done.
For solid surfaces, lean into stone and wood finishes. Textures such as marble, travertine, oak and timber can modernize any space while simultaneously referencing classic aspects of design.
Nothing says quiet luxury like quality investment pieces. Rather than giving into current trends, seek out furnishings that will stand the test of time. Crisp, clean lines are a focal point of this aesthetic, so leave behind any standout accents — read: gold leaf and baroque moulding.
Quiet luxury decor, much like the rest of the aesthetic, relies on simplicity. Pick out simple, abstract prints to cover your wall or accent pillows with minimalistic patterns. To up the comfort factor, opt for soft lighting.
Retailers like Restoration Hardware, CB2 and West Elm have plenty of furniture and decor options in line with the quiet luxury trend. If you want to get the quiet luxury look on a budget, home lines at Zara and H&M offer simple, yet sophisticated decor options at affordable prices.
Vintage pieces are also a great way to channel quiet luxury. Search for midcentury modern and postmodern styles to achieve a sleek look.
In our latest real estate tech entrepreneur interview, we’re speaking with Manuela Seve and Renata Thomé from Alpha’a.
Who are you and what do you do?
Manuela Seve (CEO): I have a background in finance, having worked as an equity analyst at Gávea Investments, one of Brazil’s most reputable investment management firms. My trajectory in the art world began at an early age; coming from a long line of art collectors with a foothold in the Latin American art market.
Renata Thomé (COO): I’ve built an extensive network of collectors, artists and dealers over the years. Before joining Alpha’a, I spent time working for major New York City galleries and auction houses including David Zwirner and in the Latin American art department at Christie’s. I also worked as an art consultant for the online auction house Paddle8.
What problem does your product/service solve?
Filling walls at scale whilst maintaining affordable pricing and high design standards is a massive challenge. Current options are expensive art galleries and art advisors, or posters that are detrimental to design concepts.
Alpha’a is an online, community-oriented platform offering tailor-made art collections for businesses across all industries including hospitality, tech, interior design and more — and makes artists’ works, primarily limited-edition prints, accessible to audiences all around the world through cutting-edge technology. With a network of more than 7,000 artists, we have spearheaded initiatives with notable names in contemporary art such as Ernesto Neto, Jarbas Lopes, Alexandre Arrechea and Nelson Leirner. Alpha’a streamlines the supply chain process by printing pieces directly in the originating country of each client’s business. Clients include Airbnb, Gilt, West Elm and Zola.
What are you most excited about?
We recently opened a new $2 million round, which is well on its way to closing. The funding will be used for the continuing growth of the Alpha’a team in numbers and talent across our business units. This will result in creating new design tools, additional platform tools, more partnerships with local creators and an Alpha’a scholarship program in Latin America.
What’s next for you?
Our goals for Alpha’a are simple and powerful: To become the back office used by every artist in the world, to be the largest global source of art without inventory and to use technology to bring artists and companies together everywhere and anywhere.
What is a cause you’re passionate about and why?
As co-founders we share a passion for saving the world’s ecosystem. Using the arts, including other disciplines such as music and dance, we have created campaigns for a number of sustainability projects. In doing so, Alpha’a has partnered with prestigious NGOs such as Ocean, Globo and The Rainforest Alliance to effectuate change through our global artists community.
Thanks to Manuela and Renata for sharing their story. If you’d like to connect, find Manuela on LinkedIn here and Renata here.
We’re constantly looking for great real estate tech entrepreneurs to feature. If that’s you, please read this post — then drop me a line (drew @ geekestatelabs dot com).