Photos by Hillary Ehlen
I was in Chicago recently, checking out a few local markets and national trade shows to see innovations in home design and all-things handmade for 2019. A few trends to look out for this year will be merging styles, the use of contrasting materials and adding a bit of color. While in the heart of the city, I was surrounded by art, architecture, the hustle and bustle of the people and traffic. Unsurprisingly, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of familiarity when interacting with some of the local makers and small businesses. Like Chicago, Fargo has so many amazing local artists, makers and businesses who carefully curate unique, quality products for shoppers to enjoy. Here are a few local finds and ideas that you can incorporate into your home in the new year.
Tripod End Table
Take this sleek tripod end table ($179), created by Grain Designs, as a great example of mixing materials. This 14” square top with dark walnut stain paired and a metal tripod base makes for a great contemporary addition to your home.
Tara’s Tip: Pair this table with your favorite reading chair. The small square top offers just enough room to rest your book as well as a nice cup of coffee or tea. Did you know things taste better when sipped from something handmade? Give it a try with this handmade mug from Catie Miller Ceramics and see what you think.
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Ceramic House Sculpture
Catie Miller Ceramics
Another great find from Grain Designs was this teak and marble tray ($72.50), a great combination of wood and stone. Take it a step further and create a full display by adding in some metal with this galvanized vase ($24) from Eco Chic Home and a small ceramic house sculpture ($25) by Catie Miller Ceramics.
Tara’s Tip: It’s that time of year when we start thinking about packing things away, organizing, anhttp://iloveecochic.com/d starting fresh. When choosing accessories keep it simple and arrange items that inspire you. Small groups of three work great, consider material, size, and color when choosing your objects.
Mini Corbel Bookends
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Vintage Library Books
Eco Chic Home
Merging Styles & Adding Color
Combine vintage finds, like these mini corbel bookends ($32) from Eco Chic Home, with a contemporary element like a glass shelf or marble countertop for a unique display. Add in some coral colored vintage Library books ($3 each) from Eco Chic Home to complete the look.
Tara’s Tip: Pantone introduced Living Coral as this years color of the year and I’m loving it. Pantone explained in its official announcement that the color represents “innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits.” While you are considering your resolutions for the new year and setting goals, add a little coral to your life for a boost of inspiration and motivation. Also, add vibrancy to your home to help get though our long white winter months by incorporating bits of color here and there
Tara Fermoyle has made her home in Fargo, ND, but loves to travel whenever she gets the chance. Since 2016, she has owned and operated Fermie Studios where she concentrates on Interior Design services and handmade ceramic art.