As we drift closer to prime season for home renovation, it’s time to look at what’s happening in the everchanging world of interior decorating and design. While some trends have come and gone in the blink of an eye, others are still going strong. Thankfully, the painful clutter of the “found artifact” scene is fading away while concepts like Zen-like white minimalism and the subtle influence of mid-century modernism remain popular. With this in mind, here are a few of our favorite items for renewing your living space. Ligne Roset When it comes to living room furnishings, the days of choosing between ultra-modern and tastefully traditional are long behind us. Combining the new and old can be tricky, and certain furniture lines have it figured out perfectly. A quick skim through the Ligne Roset sofa and armchair catalog reveals a broad selection of sleek home furnishings that clearly pull influence from some of the Danish design greats without coming across as purely vintage pieces. In particular, the Cosse sofa, designed by Philippe Nigro, features a gorgeous blend of clean lines and interesting textures that add an air of warmth to an otherwise stark exterior. Sofa from $5,205, loveseat from $4,230 and ottoman from $1,465. ligne-roset.com © Leona Mozes Lumid/Firelab The modern and minimalist fireplace is by no means a new trend, though interior designers continually push the boundaries of how large a footprint one can take up. Curved fronts, flames that rise through water and sealed units that shed next to no heat to the outside of the glass are just a few tricks modern fireplace builders have up their sleeves. In business for 25 years, Lumid/Firelab worked on custom fireplaces in all sorts of applications from the massive private residence install seen here to the roaring cauldron of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. Its in-house R&D team spent countless hours developing proprietary systems to ensure no matter how large a client’s demand, the end product will reach if not surpass high expectations. firelab.com
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After pushing through the dark and dreary winter months, nothing is more rewarding than a warm spring day spent wearing an elegant piece of jewelry with a seasonally appropriate splash of color. White gold and diamonds are all well and good through the frosty months, but once spring has sprung many of us are itching to dig into something a little more colorful. Whether you’re a fan of the more delicate pastel palette or your tastes run a bit bolder, sample our options for brightening up your accessories this season.