Winter HOME – 2020 Trends Issue

Among other trends, there is a big emphasis on custom-designing a space that works best for your lifestyle

I took a very personal interest in this issue.

Let me walk that back, I take a personal interest in every HOME issue, but the Baby to Big Kid Room feature was particularly close to my heart — and that’s because of my older daughter, Aurelia.

At the start of the 2019-20 school year, Aurelia began kindergarten (I was nervous — her not so much). I think that’s when it struck me that she’s not a baby anymore. And while she has evolved so much in her almost six years (walking, talking, reading, etc.), the decor of her room — besides going from a crib to a bed — has stayed pretty much the same.

Clearly, it was time for a change. So I paid close attention when April Johnston — a mom of a similarly aged-daughter — asked local interior designers for their tips on how to transform a nursery into a forever space.

In keeping with advice from the story, I found a big, beautiful floral wallpaper mural, which my husband (grudgingly) hung on one of Aurelia’s bedroom walls.

We still have more decorating to do, but the blush-and-ivory wallpaper already has added an elegant, but still girly, vibe to the room. Aurelia and I both love it.

Change — both in the house and in the community where it was built — also was the impetus behind the revitalization of the Yingling Mansion in Wilkinsburg.

And, of course, the start of the new year traditionally is a time for new beginnings, and that includes in your home decor. Writer Rachel Weaver LaBar finds out what’s trending for 2020.

Interestingly, design often reflects what’s happening in the fashion world, and as we enter 2020, I found it worth noting that as dress styles becomes more casual (I love me some yoga pants — and not just for working out), home decor also is embracing a more “comfortable minimalism.”

There is also a big emphasis on custom-designing a space that works best for your lifestyle. In other words, you should do you — and I think that’s great advice to follow in life, not just home decor.

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