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What's New in Interior Design

Two of the Area's Top Interior Designers Share Their Top Trends

Article by Melinda Gipson

Photography by Christy Kosnic, Michelle Lindsey +

Originally published in Leesburg Lifestyle

Julie Hoffman of J&L Interiors (http://www.jandlinteriors.net/) and Jennifer Jenkins of Bummer Lamb (https://www.bummerlamb.com/) are two of area’s top interior designers. When we sat them down to discuss today’s trends, we had so much fun that we decided to video the conversation. See http://vimeo.com/leesburglifestyle. Here are their key take-aways:

1.     Personalize -- to a point. Incorporate unique items you may have collected in your work or travels. Says Julie, “The right, impactful item raises a question, ‘Gee, I wonder where that came from?’”  Too many can be a distraction. 

2.    Minimalistic design with more comfort. Organic materials long ago replaced chintz and silk, but today’s trend favors durable “performance" fabrics that can look great longer.

3.     Multifunctional spaces are bringing Dad’s office or the kids’ study rooms closer to the living room or kitchen. Families want to feel more connected and less compartmentalized.

4.     Color is on the upswing. "Organic fabrics and rugs can be impactful even in neutral tones, but if you're looking for a pop of color, it's definitely coming back," says Jennifer.

5.     Antiques accents are back, typically with more contemporary finishes.

Before shopping, consult a pro who can help create a cohesive look to suit your lifestyle. 

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