Want to know what the next big things in home decor and design are?  Well I’ve just come back from the World’s largest marketplace, the Atlanta Gift and Home Show. This home decor trends mea is where pretty much everything you’ll see in stores is displayed in a massive three building mega complex. Not only are there gifts and furniture, but carpets, jewelry, apparel, antiques and just about everything else you can imagine. For the past 25 years I have been heading to the AmericasMart  shopping for my family’s floral and gift store Wisteria Flowers and Gifts. I help scout out what’s cool, attend design and trend seminars and scour every single floor for unique home decor.  I’m here to share with you the inspirations that move me.  

Forecasting Design Trends

You all know that I am a total color nut and can talk about it for hours, so I will write another post about my favorite colors trends for 2017 later on this month. Let’s get down to the nitty gritty and talk design…


We’ve seen a heavy metal presence for a while now and I sound like a broken record but it’s still hot and heavy for 2017. Mixing Metals where these warm tones take on a matte and weathered finish with hints of brown, champagne and all the way to black. Gold is still super popular but look for more of an aged texture in the future.

warm bronze home accessories and furniture

SHOP these Home decor TRENDs:  Bronze candle votives   round hammered side table  glass and bronze console table sequined accent pillow  retro industrial pendant light bathroom faucet  mini touch lamps  amber glass and bronze cabinet hardware  pineapple cocktail shaker copper fire pit



fall home decor includes metallic finishes


This cream and gold flocked wallpaper is both metallic and retro inspired. It’s clean look is anything but old fashioned and is the perfect bridge to my next trend.


Layering multiple colors and graphic patterns can never be too much. Global designs and textures are everywhere. From soft pastels to bright concentrated hues to black and white; pattern play is key. Along with the global designs there is a resurgence of retro mod patterns in home decor trends. Colorful tie dyes, ombres, dip dyes, fancy florals, hand painted brushstrokes and block prints add to the mix and match approach. Below featured Natural Habitat bedding and accent pillows.



Matte black and rich moody hues add to this tablescape.


Global Patterns

Colorful graphic floral reminiscent of Cuba. Look for Havana Style. Think vintage cars, parrots, cigars, pineapples, and banana leaves are everywhere in home decor trends.




Global inspirations in a rainbow of colors at ABC Carpet and HOME in NYC.





We are so completely overstimulated and plugged in that we are looking for places and things that remind us of a calmer time. Call it nostalgia, we crave comfort in our lives and are looking to seek refuge from the 24 hour treadmill.  Garden getaways, She sheds, tiny reading rooms, cozy corners and quiet nooks give us a place to renew and refresh. Look for porch swings, banquettes, dinner parties at home, game nights, vintage inspired dinnerware, epherema and anything that gives a nod to our simpler past.


Colorful modern and fresh banquette by  The Glitter Guide


She Shed by Insieme House is rich with pattern, warmth and color. If you’re not familiar with Astrid’s A-frame home you need to follow her and get inspired. 


Decorating with vintage books. A stacked tower by Timothy Oulton at ABC Carpet and Home



Turning the spines around is less about what book it is and more about the texture, shape and color.


I could spend all day on this porch swing. A no wi-fi mini vacation.


Handmade backgammon set. This family room is a cozy spot to relax and spend quality time with family and friends.


Vintage suitcase inspired side table that opens up for storage!

Statement Lighting and Chandeliers

Lighting has been around for ages, well hundreds of years but lately lighting is shining a brighter light than ever on home decor. As a self proclaimed lighting junkie I am drawn to a beautiful lamp, chandelier, neon light like a moth to a flame. Unconventional material and ways to shed light on a subject has never been more stunning!


Hand pressed pendant lights. Look at the beautiful shadows they cast onto the wall.


European industrial chic mixed metal pendant lights.


Floor and table lamps made from steel support beams are made modern with a high gloss red lacquer paint.



Modern clover shaped pendant chandeliers cut from cardboard boxes.

Over the top jelly fish pendants from Currey and Co. How great would these be in a Seafood restaurant?


Pendants made from upcycled globes.

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Adventure is calling. Shop neon art here.




Super flirty and whimsical dyed feather lights.




Weathered wood, copper and tin bring in nautical charm to these pendant lights. Perfectly acceptable to mix and match.



Large handmade recycled paper with guided gold leaf interiors organic pendants.


The natural wood is still trending but the eco consciousness is stepping it up. More and more items are being made from sustainable materials. Wickers, grasses, cork, flax, seaweed and other biodegradable natural materials are providing us with a healthier living environment all while being used in artful curated design. Living walls and the quest for more green space prevails.


Rattan squiggle art by Palecek.


Sustainable and eco friendly design at its finest!


Tassels, fringe and pom-poms. Layer on the warmth.


Organic clean lines and an all natural approach to bedroom decor. I can never get sick of stripes!

I just love this clay pot wall created in the A and D showroom! Can you imagine this outdoors on a patio with moss and ivy growing all over it?


No windows, no problem. Bring the outdoors in with this green ivy removable wallpaper.  Where was this when I was renting an apartment?

Furs and Animal Prints

More faux furs, leathers, mohairs, angora, suedes and animal prints in not the typical color schemes. Bright colors, moody textures and mixing with metallics. Not just for cowboys anymore.







Traditional styles with a surprise element or application. Oversized wing backed chairs, high gloss painted vintage inspired mirrors, lucite legs, embellishments and creative fresh designs. You name it.  Below a director’s chair goes GLAM.



Chrome birdcage swing from Two’s Company.


Gorgeous lucite chrome, and brass window treatment hardware by Design Legacy.


A traditional barrel chair goes glam with a dusty mauve tufted suede and brass and glass legs.


Loius IX meets his ghost at Global Views.


And finally how about this stunning lucite baby crib! If you need to “get a clear view”  shop here for more more lucite home decor.


Has the New Year left you wishing to clean house and pair down. You’re not alone.  A quest for a more minimalistic life is on the rise. Have less and what you have has and tells a story. Hand made items and one of a kind purchases add to the sentimental value. After all we can’t take it with us when we go so love what we have now.  Make your surroundings unique and unique to you. Here’s just a few things that I fell in love with.


One of a kind hand made ceramic bud vases. Mixing metals and and soft pastels. No two pieces alike. Perfectly imperfect.


Framed art created on vintage torn book pages. Life is a beautiful ride. Shop upcycled vintage book art here.

 colorful woven basketsColor and pattern will send you spinning with these woven dyed baskets and bowls.


Boho chic macrame wall hanging by Hitch and Cord.

While some of these home decor trends may not be for you, don’t worry. Trends come and go  and if you hold onto what you have today it just might be back in style. At the end of the day you should love the space that you spend time in. Your home is a reflection of you and what a perfect way to express your style and personality. If you are looking for more trends head on over to these insightful pages and maybe you can jump ahead of the curve.

Design Leaders


As always I’d love to hear what you think. Let me know what your favorite home decor item is for 2017. For me I,  just could’nt pick one.  Read my 8 Things You Can’t Live Without in 2017 post here.

xoxo Amie




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    January 22, 2017

    What a great post Amie!! Love how you’ve put this together!

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      January 23, 2017

      Thank you Amy! So much fun eye candy to take in all in one month!

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    Rita Freling

    January 22, 2017

    Great job Amie! I love all this trends you picked out. I see me in one of the pictures! I love that showroom.

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      January 23, 2017

      Thank you Mom! I learned from the best. Thanks for being my biggest fan and my toughest critic. Always.

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    January 23, 2017

    Amie, just seeing this now! Thank you SO much for sharing my little she shed…I really appreciate it! Absolutely loved this post!

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      January 23, 2017

      Astrid! HI sweet friend. You know that I have been an huge admirer of your design style for a long time now. You are so on trend girl and way ahead of the curve. Some day I will be knocking on that she shed door! xo

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    Troy Kyler

    March 27, 2017

    The perfect combination of simplicity and elegance, this is what I want my dream room to look like. I appreciate the efforts you people put in to share blogs on such kind of topics; it was helpful. Keep Posting!

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"Life's too short for white walls .." Amie Freling-Brown, a Rochester, NY-based designer and artist who transforms ho-hum spaces into works of art. Her creative designs can be found in many fine homes, restaurants and businesses. Her work has been featured in national magazines, on HGTV and has been sold through retailers nationwide from True Value Hardware to Nordstroms. She proudly offers such professional services as design, staging, color consultations and fine art.

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