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Modern Decor Finds That Celebrate the Year’s Top Trends

While wrapping up my Christmas shopping last night, I found myself wandering away from the holiday merchandise and drooling over the modern decor at West Elm. It occurred to me that I’ve been so wrapped up in shopping early for the holidays, I’ve missed a slew of new products that debuted throughout the fall. Today I’m sharing some of my very favorites, from furniture and bedding to tabletop accessories. Soon the spring collections will be making an appearance, but let’s take one more look at the best of 2014. Whether you’re on the hunt for a new vase or you’re looking to add another side table to the living room, check out the amazing design finds below…

Modern Furniture Finds

2014 has been a fabulous year for furniture design! Modern reinterpretations of antique forms are continuing to grow in popularity, which is one reason the Tayabas Cane Side Chair with Black Cushion from CB2 caught my eye. Rattan with a mahogany frame, this piece evokes a hint of Victorian style but can work well in today’s contemporary spaces:

Cane side chair from CB2

The Caracas Side Table from Jonathan Adler combines a polished brass-plated steel frame with a green penshell top. Brass continued to make waves in 2014, and no one showcases brass quite like Jonathan Adler!

Brass-plated side table from Jonathan Adler 

Earlier this year, the designs of Eric Trine caught my eye, so I was thrilled to see that he’s collaborated with West Elm to create the Octahedron Side Table in Black. The piece also comes in white, and both colors beautifully showcase the geometric steel base and round top of the design!

Octahedron table by Eric Trine

Modern Textiles

One major trend to take flight in 2014 was brush stroke style. From paintings to bedding, abstract designs inspired by watercolor strokes generated much interest among design enthusiasts. Below we see the Organic Paint Palette Duvet Cover + Shams from West Elm, complete with a modern pattern on organic cotton.

Organic bedding from West Elm

Speaking of watercolors, the Flora Duvet Cover + Shams in Horseradish were inspired by a watercolor created by a West Elm designer. The softness of the pattern is perfectly on trend, and the bold flowers evoke a bit of ’80s glam style! Let’s hear it for cotton sateen!

Floral duvet cover from West Elm

This year I became a bit obsessed with Ferm Living, a design studio that seamlessly merges Scandinavian style with innovative new design motifs. This Splash Table Cloth in Grey is the perfect contemporary statement for the table. Bonus: it’s 100% organic cotton.

Splatterd style on a tablecloth from Ferm Living

Vivid textiles made a big splash in 2014, especially those featuring geometric designs (and anything channeling Memphis-Milano style). These pillowcases from Baba Souk are the perfect eye-catching statement for your sleeping space.

Colorful pillowcases from Baba Souk

Bold graphic designs on pillows were also a consistent style statement this past year, and these Kelim Cushions from Ferm Living epitomize the trend. Wool and cotton create the perfect surface for designs in pastels, as well as black and white:

Kelim cushions from Ferm Living

These Wool Throw Pillows from Jonathan Adler put a retro spin on the bold pillow trend. In fact, the mod designs below channel a ’60s vibe, making them timeless!

Throw pillows from Jonathan Adler

Sleek Lighting

Ah, lighting! You’ve always been there, but somehow this past year you seemed to soar to new heights! Our current infatuation with sleek modern lighting shows no signs of letting up. Why would it, when perfectly simple designs like this Marble Pendant from West Elm showcase modern materials such as marble and brass?

Marble pendant light from West Elm

2014 was also the year I came across the lighting of onefortythree in all of its pared-down glory. And I was hooked! This Wood-Block Swing Lamp from onefortythree is a swinging wall lamp that swivels 180 degrees. A variety of color options await you. As you can see, I’m drawn to the red:

Modern swing lamp from onefortythree

Powdercoated metal can be seen on many of our favorite lighting fixtures and lamps from 2014, and this Atomic Aqua Table Lamp from CB2 celebrates the trend to the fullest in a retro-fabulous shade of aqua.

Aqua table lamp from CB2

Decor and Accessories

I’ll end today’s post with some showstopping pieces of small decor that prove a little addition can make a big statement in your home. Love sculptural vases? These items from CB2 showcase architectural design and a range of hot colors:

Vases from CB2

Porcelain and gold combine in luxe style, thanks to the always chic designs of Jonathan Adler. Somehow I just can’t seem to forget about these vases, as they celebrate the return of gold tones in grand fashion!

Porcelain and gold vases from Jonathan Adler

Geo style made a big impact this year, and this trend shows no sign of letting up. I’m quite smitten with Ferm Living’s Half Candleholders, partly because their sculptural forms, and partly because of their perfectly chill yet powerful hues!

Sculptural candleholders from Ferm Living
Sculptural candleholders from Ferm Living

And last but not least, I’ll shine the spotlight on the Max Brass Sculpture from CB2. I ordered 15 brass cubes from CB2 last year and created an installation on my dining room wall. I’m still a little brass crazy, so you can see why the amazing geo find below caught my attention. So many facets, so many angles!

Brass geo sculpture from CB2

Thanks for joining me as I took a look back at some of the year’s top trends and showcased a collection of amazing design finds. Are you planning a redecorating project for 2015?

Kate Simmons

Kate Simmons is a freelance writer and design blogger with a love of all things decor. She spent her childhood writing stories and working on interior design-themed DIY projects. Kate’s published writing reflects her special interest in how design has changed through the decades. Her blog Mirror80 ( http://mirror80.com/) explores the fashion and [...]

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