Episodes

The November 2020 Episode

It’s November again, Thanksgiving (arguably the best holiday for food of the year) is approaching, and you’re wondering what design trend to highlight on your family table. Spoiler alert: it’s dowdiness. How to turn a negative into a positive? Pretend it’s cool! You could also throwback things (like the Throwback feature, which is back, sorta) to a trend you embraced a loooonng time ago, like the one we highlight as our “last page.” (Boycotting the Stylemaker feature.) Rob goes all-in on 90’s female musicians and J. flips for hex tile floors. You know things are weird when one of our favorite (and agreed-upon) tags for love is for the article about composting. Never fear, magazine lovers, this is our penultimate episode so you won’t have to disagree with us for too much longer. So take a new look at Lace (the 80’s miniseries), dried flowers, the color pink, International Male mesh sweaters, and crafts, pour a Thanksgiving cocktail or four, and join us for another episode. Signature cocktails: apple-cran-pumpkin sour, pear-ginger tart martini. Music by Bensound.com.

J’s apple-cranberry sour with pumpkin spice vodka. You wouldn’t think it would work but it does! Tbanksgiving in a glass.
J.’s Throwback is the 1970s mushroom trend, which was HUGE. It was everywhere!
For proof, see this whole PAGE of an old Sears catalog. So many different shroomy options! My aunt had ALL of this.
J.’s favorite duvet cover and shams, from West Elm, featuring a modern update on the mushroom trend,
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Tag for Hate: Forecasted 2020 Colors

Since we are days away from a new year, everyone in the design industry is making their predictions for the hot colors of 2020. And these are definitely NOT hot colors, in that once again, for ANOTHER year, we have a lot of pastels and washed-out colors. Case in point, paintmasters Benjamin Moore, who give us not one but TEN pastel shades. Except for Cushing Green and Blue Danube, I for one would be hard pressed to find a spot in my home which would accommodate these colors.

Image courtesy of Benjamin Moore

And for the record, First Light is the color of the year, following up on last year’s Coral Reef.

Can anyone say millenial pink?

Guess how I feel about this! Haven’t we done this, for, like, five years now? Is there anything new out there? How about a return to Gen X beige for a change?

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Tag For Hate: Gen X Beige

With all this talk about Millenial Pink and Gen Z Yellow, our March episode finds us on the hunt for a signature color for our generation: Generation X.

Ascribing colors to generational cohorts appears to be based on the popularity of a color among young adults and the application of the color in their personal fashion and home décor. Following that logic, it wasn’t too hard to uncover the most popular color among Gen Xers in their early adult years. Sherwin Williams Color Through the Decades confirms it, (see also here) the signature color for Generation X: BEIGE!

We all know this house. Also note the ubiquitous Tuscan elements!

How dreadful! But true. Throughout the 1990’s as Gen Xers were coming of age, furnishing their first apartments or buying their first homes they turned to the color beige over and over again. Beigey Beige Beige décor was everywhere. Top colors of the era had names as uninspiring as the color itself. “Whole Wheat”, “Basket Beige”, “Urban Putty.” Fibrous not fun!

Blame it on our being raised in households full of dusty rose, country blue, and mauve. Or maybe we were so oversaturated with neon and color blocking that we rebelled…with beige. Whatever the reason for Gen X’s love affair with beige, it lasted longer than most of JLo’s marriages. Indeed, well into the 2000’s we couldn’t get any more exciting than “Latte”–how very Central Perk of us!

We may not love Millenial Pink or Gen Z Yellow, but we definitely hate Gen X Beige!