by Alex Klein

Does a home refresher top your short list for the New Year? A few of NEST’s favorite tastemakers are here to help, bringing you their ideas and predictions for 2016 home and design trends. Make this year your home’s time to shine!

Décor & Design
Can dreamy rose gold happily share a room with silver? Interior Designer Melissa Ward, owner of Ideas on Burke Street, thinks it can. She notes her biggest takeaway from the last markets she attended in High Point and Atlanta was the trend toward minimalism paired with a modern edge. She advises cleaning up your space as well as adding edgier touches such as fixtures with large chunks of quartz (which have even made their way to textiles) and mixed metals that glam up even the mostIMG_2470 traditional design.
Robbie Hoyme’s penchant for deeply saturated pops of color balanced by black, gray and other neutrals are on fleek for 2016, along with textural accents and mixed prints. Her shops, GAIA and Blue Lotus in Winston-Salem, have home goods you can’t find anywhere else, all equally brilliant in both color and form. Suzani throws with faux yak fur (yes, faux yak fur!) backing, a turquoise temple door from India, and throw pillows with screen-printed faces of tribal women assemble for a unique décor experience.

Landscape & Garden


Outdoor living is hot, especially in areas where the weather isn’t always. The temperate climate in the Piedmont makes outdoor entertaining possible through the fall and early winter. Jeff Allen of Jeff Allen Landscape Architecture, or J A L A, has noticed a steady increase in the popularity of gardens with outdoor living spaces. Outdoor kitchens equipped with a variety of grills, seating terraces with fire pits or fireplaces, and water features are currently trending and will continue to be highly sought after in 2016.

Real Estate
Older homes in established neighborhoods have been and will remain steady sellers, but according to Frank Brooks of Tyler Redhead & McAlister, even if you’re fortunate enough to have one of those on the market, that won’t give you license to slack off on presentation.1446082396010_Parlor Buyers have been extremely particular recently and Brooks has witnessed potential buyers reject homes over minor flaws. His advice? Have your home inspected before you put it on the market, and make sure it looks “like a showroom.” Check the photos to the right and below for one of Brooks’ current listings, an elegant example of showroom-quality staging.

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