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Trend of the Month: “The New Naturals”






TREND

Ever noticed how weaving texture into a room makes it feel more inviting? Martyn Lawrence Bullard, interior designer to the stars in Hollywood and beyond, puts it neatly: “Texture is really important…in every form, from brushed brass tables to light fixtures to fabrics and wallpapers.” Combining raw and smooth natural materials in organic tones instantly creates a fresh and relaxing atmosphere that says: “I’m home!” The watchwords for this look are “authentic”, “subtle”, “luxurious”, with a light and airy palette of pale ochre, flax and string. Accents of glistening metallics, rich wood, and warm, toasted earth colors work provide highlights.

We’re not about doing a complete overhaul—just refresh what you’ve got with beautiful textured accents: a ceramic tray embellished with off-center crystals, or an artisanal soap tray made of natural wood, industrial metal, and crystals that add flashes of light. And don’t forget to put yourself in the frame: echo the atmosphere by wearing beautiful earth-child bangles made of unbleached string or basket weave adorned with cleverly positioned crystals in harmonious tones. Aaah…now relax…

TECHNIQUES

Gluing: Put all the tools on a table: crystals, tweezers, a tube of glue, and a soft cloth to wipe away excess glue. Make sure the surface is completely clean, dry, and free from grease or oil. Using the tweezers, pick up a stone, carefully place it in position, and press down gently. Curing time and final gluing strength depend on ambient temperature: it takes 24 hours at room temperature, but you can speed up the process by placing the item in a warm oven (100ºC / 212º F max.) for up to 1 hour.

Stitching: By far the easiest method of attaching crystals to a base material, all you need are a needle and thread, and off you go!

Crocheting: It’s incredible how a simple hook and a ball of yarn can be transformed into something spectacular. • The yarn you choose will determine the hook size you need—generally, the thicker the yarn, the thicker the hook (check the yarn’s label for recommended size). • See which position is the most comfortable for holding the hook. There are two ways: Over-the-Hook position: Have the handle resting against your palm, like a pencil. Your hand should go over the hook with your thumb and index finger placed so that they are grasping the thumb rest (an indentation in the handle.) OR Under-the-Hook position: Hold the hook like a spatula. Your hand should be under the hook with your thumb and forefinger placed on the thumb rest.

SPARKLING INSPIRATIONS

Check out our board on Pinterest to get into the mood for this month’s special trend.

Designs

The Create Your Style Trend & Design team created the designs inspired by this month’s “The New Naturals ” trend. As usual, they come with easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions. Each week we’ll come up with a new design, so stay tuned.

  • Bangle Sparkling Crochet

  • Wooden Soap Dish Pure ...

  • Bangle Baroque Mirror

  • Tray Jumbled Triangle

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