Furniture Trends That Need to Go Bye Bye | Market Preview Fall 2015

There’s just no other way to say it. I mean, I’ve had it with some of the furniture trends. And now that I’m going to High Point, maybe I’ll be able to report some good news back to y’all.

The other day, I found out who the other nine design bloggers are that will be on the Highpoint Market Fall 2015 Blogger’s Tour.


design-bloggers high point market fall 2015 - Join Laurel Bern and colleagues October 17-19 #hpmkt #designbloggerstour come see the latest furniture trends
Just in case there’s some confusion. We’re not the “style spotters.” They have to work far harder than we do. hehe… We just have to suck up, shmooze, take lots of instagram photos, and of course tweet our little fingers off!

In other news, I am working feverishly on “Laurel’s Rolodex.”

Get this. There are over 450 vendors/manufacturers/sources! In that, I’ve counted some 70 vendors on the list that designers can buy from—WHOLESALE, not some wimpy 10% off of retail, but net, net, net. I’m not talking fabrics. This is for furniture and all the rest! More deets coming soon.

In the meantime, the aforementioned style spotters did a little google hangout yesterday. One of the topics was:

“What furniture trends are you hoping to see at the High Point Market Fall 2015?”

This always makes me laugh because the word “furniture trend” is something of an oxymoron in my vocabulary. Or at least if there’s a trend, it shouldn’t be on steroids, right? It’s easy to go too far. I made a couple of bad mood boards to show you two examples of what I’m talking about.

bland furniture trends

Beige Barf

—with the ubiquitous iron and wood coffee table paired with a touch of gold and a chevron rug. Oh, and the swooping floor lamp.

Let’s have a show of hands. How many of you have  seen this snooze of a mood board a zillion times already? It’s the e-decorator-throw-away. Really? This is not decorating. It’s herd mentality at its finest.

And then, there’s this…

pink furniture trends

Pink Barf

Oh, it would be cute if the girl was 14, but she’s not. She’s 34.

And don’t get me wrong. I love pink. Just not done like this.

And then there’s this…

The plethora of mausoleums masquerading as sofas and chairs.

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These behemoths are both 42″ Deep, 37″ high and 91″ long.

I’m thinking a daily dose of probiotic enriched shakeology along with a regimen of P90X.

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Horrid, just horrid.

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Oh, stop it! That is some serious strange.

As I always say, “just because you can, doesn’t mean you should!”

What happened to human scale?

one_kings_lane_barbara barry_diningroom furniture trends

image via One King’s Lane

Barbara Barry designs, in the manner of Jean Michel Frank are the epitome of sophisticated glamour. (Oh man do I love those sheer Roman shades on the casement windows!)


I long for more of this.


How beautiful is this simple mid-century influenced sofa by Mod Shop

Take the back cushions off and put down a sheet and it’s large enough for most people to spend a night or two on.


Miles Redd-Showhouse Furniture TrendsMiles Redd from his wonderful “The Book of Chic”

Miles is the master at modern-traditional. And I do spy the classic Lee Jofa Hollyhock chintz! It’s all, just so gosh durned pretty!

fantastic-miles-redd-living-room furniture Trends

More from Miles. Love the chintz on the Billy Baldwin-style slipper chairs. The mid-century sleek arm chairs are perfect. That little primitive stool reminds me of something I picked up for my son at Pottery Barn 17 years ago. The brown sofa grounds all of the blues and greens and flouncy drapery ruffle.

But most important. Please notice that in all of these photos, the upholstered furniture is human size– not Avatar size!

Product_WWH10387_Image_1-oklClassic tuxedo sofa by Robin Bruce


Miles Redd again– and Bunny Williams lamps–again! They really are amazing!

little-green-notebook-retro-sofaLittle Green Notebook

emily-henderson-fig-house-vintage sofa Furniture trends 2015Emily Henderson’s cool room for Fig House

Beautiful reupholstered vintage pieces

One thing I’m starting to see is toooooo much mid-century. It’s always good to mix things up.



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