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Design Trends 2017

It’s finally 2017 and so many we are glad to say good-bye to a year that in numerous ways has been uneasy and stressful, to say the least.

The New Year always gives us a craving to reinvent ourselves, a growing desire to improve, refresh and renew.  Out with the old, and in with the new. With that in mind, as we do every year, we scoured our reliable sources for new home design ideas.  We’ve consolidated and compiled predictions from “the experts” that heavily research and assess the mood and state of the world, such as Pantone, Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, our successful domestic and North American and European suppliers, reliable shelter magazines, top news reporting agencies and more.   And so, in the words of Heidi Klum, “One day you’re in and the next you’re out.”  Auf wiedersehen 2016!


Brass Overkill – Old Fashioned Edison Bulbs – All White Rooms – Indigo Everything – Sharp Edges – DIY Everything – Brushed Metal – Smooth Sleek Rooms – Over-sized Furniture – Chevrons – Strictly Antique – Cool Grey Tones – Copper Overload – Reclaimed Wood – Geometric Tiles – Moroccan Poufs – Artwork with Quotes – Open Floor Plans


Mixed Metals – Wallpaper – Moody Blues & Greens – Navy is the New Black – Rounded Edges & Circular Furniture – Artisanal – Art Deco – Butterflies – Modern Minimalism – Dark Green Paint & Bright Greens – Pottery – Raw Chalky White – Nailhead Trim – “Kit-Kat” Tiles – High Lacquered Wood – Defined Living Spaces – Decorate with Worldliness


Jewel Tones – Hand Dyed Fabrics – Matte Appliances – Seamless (flat) Cabinets – Smart Home Features (the Internet of Things) – Furniture as Art – Upholstered Headboards

Overall, the biggest “thumbs-up” in design is to do what you love.  If you love your home as it is, even if it goes against the trends, embrace it.  There’s no need to chuck something simply because it’s on the “out” list.  However, if something about your space is bugging you, and you’re ready to make some changes, be aware of the trends.  Look over the “ins and outs,” see what appeals to you and your lifestyle, then move forward with confidence!


Let’s break down the “trend” color stories that transcend not only on your walls, but on fabrics and home goods in general.

2017 Color Trends

Pantone is usually the first one out with their Color of the Year, which is Greenery for 2017.  This is not just any old green.  It’s a bright yellow-green, the color of the first new shoots of spring emerging from the earth.  Although their choice is somewhat arbitrary, they didn’t simply pluck it out of thin air.  They explore industries collecting “proof points” from places like car shows, runways, decorator showcases, celebrity sightings, and at some point, one shade achieves critical mass.  And then they ask themselves what message that color brings, and how it shapes our experience.

In the case of 2017’s Greenery, they started noticing it on the runway beginning in 2014, and saw it building through the spring 2017 shows.  They noticed tech companies using the leafy green in their offices, the new Mercedes-AMG Roadster comes in leaf green, green walls are becoming architectural staples in the form of vertical gardens, and Dior has a new lip shade called “Clover”, the list goes on.  If the fashion theory that three is a trend is true, this is a tidal wave.

Pre-election 2016, it was thought that Greenery reflected the possibility of a new beginning with the first female president.  In the wake of Mr. Trump’s victory the meaning may be even more significant.  This green is an unusual combination of yellow and blue, warm and cool, a complex marriage, which is probably putting what is going to have to happen in the current political climate mildly.  It is also the color of hope, nature and renewal, and gives us something to look forward to.

Don’t despair if Greenery simply isn’t your color.  The major paint companies also come out with their 2017 pallets, and there are plenty of choices that are fresh and new, and will lift your mood out of the 2016 doldrums.

Benjamin Moore chose Shadow (2117-30) as their 2017 color of the year.  It is a dramatic, deep, greyed purple.   “It ebbs and flows with its surroundings, and light brings it to life.  Rich, royal amethyst can fade into the soft lilac-grey of distant mountains or morph into a lustrous coal.  Indulge your mysterious side.  Let Shadow set the mood,” says Ellen O’Neill, Benjamin Moore Creative Director.

A diverse group of designers explored art fairs, exhibits and studied cultural influences, both national and global to develop Benjamin Moore’s 2017 color pallet.  Significantly influenced by the arts, they titled their selections The Theater of Light, and grouped hues based on light during specific times of day:  Morning Light, Afternoon Light, Sunset, and Evening Light.

The colors range from very pale shades like Chalk White, Iceberg, Pink Bliss and Cloud Cover, mid-tones like Amulet, Etruscan and Sea Star to deep shades like Shadow, Night Shade and Ebony King.  Notably absent is the leafy green of Pantone, but green is represented by Guacamole, Knoxville Gray and Salamander.


Sherwin Williams says, “The state of color has never been more restless. New spirituality, cultural flux, feisty self-expression and soulful nostalgia are combining to paint an emerging portrait of our shared future.”  They divided their 2017 colors into four pallets, Noir, Holistic, Intrepid and Unbound, based on what influences all of us, even without our knowledge… the world around us, culture, spirituality, nature, diversity and even nostalgia.

Poised Taupe is the Sherwin Williams Color of the Year, and it is a part of the Noir pallet.  Poised Taupe is an earthy brown combined with conservative grey that results in a weathered, woodsy and complex neutral that is cozy, easy to live with and will certainly have mass appeal.  The rest of the Noir pallet is a mix of Nordic blues, moody neutrals, vine-ripe grape and golden yellow, perfect for creating a dramatic, romantic, dark and sensuous refuge from streetlights and glowing screens.

Sherwin Williams Holistic pallet is experiential, influenced by travel, social consciousness, nature, sustainability and adversity to obvious consumerism.  Acquiring experiences is becoming preferable to buying more things, and “doing good” is the new looking good. These colors are more pastel and range from arctic neutrals to blush rose and wild browns.

The third group from Sherwin Williams is Intrepid, based on our fluid identity, from feminism and diversity to 70’s and 90’s nostalgia.  “You do you” is the mantra of a generation primed for self-expression, cheered on by their own #squad and tossing aside old categories. There’s a feisty energy to this collection, arriving in fiery tones and vibrant, kimono colors.

Sherwin Williams final pallet is Unbound, influenced by global immigration, blending cultures and diverse design.  Overconsumption is, well, over. We’re more likely to invest in the best we can afford — crafted and customized — and then keep it forever. This collection is earthy and more saturated hues of mustards, ocean blues, corals and mud.

Which brings us to the longtime mission and philosophy of our store:

Over the years, we have pioneered and still embrace the current trend of buying quality products that are meant to last and not to be discarded. After all, it’s been practiced by Europeans for centuries and that’s why they still have beautiful country landscapes, clean water and cities that keep on renewing themselves.  Quality never goes out of style, whether in the home or personal accents.  It is good not only for your budget, but it’s the best thing we can do for the environment, and can be enjoyed year after year by just adding a few new accessories.


2015 Symphony Designers’ Show House

The 2015 Symphony Designers’ Show House has recently come to a successful conclusion.  This was the 46th show house presented by the Kansas City Symphony Alliance.  For many years Terrasi Living has participated the show houses, either by partnering with a designer, or by taking on rooms as our own projects.  This year we supplied bedding, towels and accessories for five of the six bedrooms, two bathrooms, the staircase landing as well as dishes for the carriage house.

Here is how it works:  The design teams awarded a room in the show house may come to the store where we help them select the items they need to complement their design plan.  While the designers get busy on all of the other details in their room, we get all of their bedding and accessories gathered together.  We press and prepare everything and on the appointed day we help the designers install the bedding they chose on the beds.

This year we worked with:

The Kansas City symphony Alliance – Master Bedroom

Prairiebrooke Arts – Grand Staircase/Landing

Madi Mali Homes – Second Floor S. E. Bedroom & Jack & Jill Bath

K is for Kitty – Little Girls’ Room

Johnson County Junior College – N. E. Bedroom Suite

Décor by Design – Carriage House

Here are some photos of the finished rooms:


Johnson County Community College


K is for Kitty


KC Symphony Alliance


Madi Mali Homes


Prairiebrooke Arts

The Gracious Guestroom

As the holiday approaches, so do the guests.  Holidays are about friends, family, food and experiences.  If you are expecting a huge influx of guests from out of town you’ll want to keep the experiences as free from stress as possible.  After stocking up on the very best food and wine, it’s time to prepare the guest bedroom.  As the least used room in your home becomes very busy, we have developed a checklist that will leave you fully prepared and confident that your guest bedroom deserves a Five Star rating.

anali tailor made

The Bed – The most important element in the room should have:

  1. Soft, smooth, freshly laundered sheets
  2. Fabulous goose down pillows (medium firmness is best for most guests), and firmer feather euro pillows to provide support for those who read in bed
  3. Warmth – a down comforter or snuggly blanket
  4. Lovely top-of-bed ensemble that is neither too feminine nor to masculine
  5. A throw for mid-afternoon naps.

A Place to Sit – If you have the room, a comfy chair in the corner with a small side table that will hold a lamp, book and cup of tea is an inviting place for guests to rest.  If you don’t have the room for chair, a bench at the foot of the bed is great for sitting down to put on shoes or stacking unused pillows and bedding.


A Place for Luggage – a small luggage rack or even a low table of appropriate size is a fabulous addition.  It will be convenient for your guests and save your bedding and other furniture from luggage that has been tossed, handled and may have seen more than a few hotel rooms.

luggage rack

Adequate Lighting – a bedside lamp with a 3-way switch is a must, even if you have overhead lighting.  Small night lights that illuminate s the floor for sleepy shuffles to the bathroom in the middle of the night are inexpensive ways to show your guests that you care about their safety and well-being.

bedside lamp

Reading Material – A little light reading; the latest magazines that are appropriate to your guest’s interest or other books can create a personal retreat for your guests.

stak of books

Scent – Softly scented candles or a scent diffuser (keep it light… nothing too heavy) will keep the room smelling fresh and welcoming.

bitter orange dif

Robes – A pair of one-size-fits-most robes kept freshly laundered and hanging in the guest bath or closet invite your guests to get comfortable.

fairfield robe

Stock the Guest Bath – In addition to a stack of fluffy towels, on your next trip to the drug store stock up on the necessities that your guests may have forgotten to pack:  small guest soaps, a bundle of new tooth-brushes, small travel sized tooth pastes, cotton balls, a hair dryer, assorted bandages, aspirin or other headache remedies, facial tissue, plenty of bathroom tissue, disposable razors and body lotion.

bathroom necessities

Bedside Carafe – A lovely carafe of fresh water with its own drinking glass will make it apparent that you have thought of everything.

bedside carafe

Guest Book – A small guest book is fun.  Guests can jot down the date of their stay along with some notes that make each stay memorable.

guest book

Treats – There’s nothing like a few chocolate chip cookies wrapped in cellophane and tied with a bow to make your guests feel at home.

stack of cookies

Visits always give pleasure — if not the arrival, the departure.

~Portuguese Proverb

Scents of the Season

The Scents of the Season…

Close your eyes and inhale.

Unique, intoxicating and evocative, nothing is more memorable than a smell. A scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting, yet conjure up a childhood Christmas, fresh baked apple pie or the memory of someone dear.  Find your must-have scent in one of our beautiful candles or diffusers.


spicy apple

The Spicy Apple botanical candle is the scent of apple pie cooling on a window sill – a blend of Macintosh apple, cardamom, nutmeg and cinnamon with sweet tonka bean, vanilla extract, cloves and forest balsam.  As the candle burns a warm glow radiates from within.  Candles are $55 and $88.


nest pmpkn chai

Nest’s Pumpkin Chai Candle – You can sip your pumpkin chai latte, or save the calories and scent your home with it – wild pumpkin, spicy Madagascar chai, cardamom, ginger and cinnamon.  Candle $34


ej fireside

Woody, smoky and warm, the Elton John Fireside Candle is the scent of smoldering fireside embers, a mix of Madagascar vanilla, exotic woods, smoky embers and juniper berry.  Candle $38


ej holiday

The Elton John Holiday Candle is a blend of evergreen and balsam fir needles with rich woods and sparkling citrus.  Proceeds from Elton John’s candles go to his AIDS foundation.  Candle $38


nest holiday

Nest’s elegant Holiday collection is a heady combination of pomegranate, Mandarin orange, pine, cloves and cinnamon with a hint if amber and vanilla.  A personal favorite.  Prices start at $14



Thymes new Gingerbread candle mixes spicy cardamom, crystallized ginger, golden amber with fresh ground cinnamon  for a candle that evokes memories of Grandma’s home baked gingerbread.  Prices start at $12.50


nest birchwood pine

Nest’s Birchwood Pine collection is the scent of a majestic winter forest… white pine, fir, balsam and birch wood over musk and amber.  Prices start at $14


frasier fir

Thyme’s Frasier Fir collection is the quintessential Christmas tree scent with a blend of crisp Siberian fir needles, cedar wood and relaxing sandalwood.  If you don’t have a ‘real’ Christmas tree, the scent of this collection will fool everyone.  Prices start at $12.50

branche vermeil

Voluspa’s Branch Vermeil is like an icicle encrusted branch of winter spruce with hints of balsam, citron and sugar in a silvery mercury glass covered jar.  Candles range from $18 to $60



bitter orange difbitter orange cndl

Bitter Orange from Agraria is like s sip of spicy tea with a zest of bitter orange.  The New York Times called it “…uplifting, mysterious, and androgynous in its appeal”.  An elegant and memorable gift for yourself or someone dear.  Candle $55  Diffuser $120


sea pines

Awaken your senses with the Mer-Sea Sea Pines candle.  The crisp scent of pine brings the outdoors in. Perfect everyday, but especially for the holidays.  Candles are $15 and $32.


forest cndl

The botanical Forest candle is a complex mixture of citron, golden raspberry, shaved ginger, clary sage, fallen leaves, scotch pine, red cedar, white musk and sandalwood.  The lighted candle glows from within as it burns through its core.  Candles are $55 and $88.


Trapp-holiday-candle (1)

Trapp’s Holiday candle is almost drinkable.  An intoxicating blend of cinnamon sticks, spiced rasisns, gingerbread, burbon and vanilla… yummy.  Candle $25



Trapp’s Orange Clove candle is a blend of juicy orange, freshly ground clove and cinnamon, like a plump cinnamon roll and a glass of orange juice in one delicious and calorie free whiff.  Candle $25



Not traditionally categorized as a holiday candle, Trapp’s Frankincense and Rain evokes memories of stepping out of Midnight Mass on a frosty Christmas Eve as a chorus of Silent Night floats on the air.  It’s a blend of frankincense, incense, balsamic spice and Meyer lemon.  Candle $25



Lafco’s Feu de Bois (Ski House) candle will whisk you away to a ski lodge perched on a mountain slope.  Outside the wind is blowing the snowflakes side-ways, but you are snug and warm by a crackling fire.  Inhale the scent of burning wood with a hint of mountain spruce… transporting.  Candle $60



Pop the cork on Lafco’s Champagne (Penthouse) candle and you won’t mind staying in on New Year’s Eve.  The clean and sparkling scent has notes of ginger, grapefruit, lemon and raspberry.  Cheers!! Candle $60

Too few choices?   This is only the beginning.  Stop in if you can and experience the myriad of forms and fragrances we have to enhance your abode.  You’ll probably find a favorite for every different season.