Whether you love Valentine's Day or dread it, there is no stopping February 14th from rolling around again. It can be a day to lavish your sweetheart, a day for you to indulge in sweet treats, or it can be a day when you practice kindness and do something sweet for someone else. Here are a few ideas to make this day your own.
Surprise Your Sweetheart - Sign up for a cooking class and learn a new skill together. Central Market has a month long chocolate themed series of classes. For more info, click on the link, be sure to check more than one location, as classes fill up quickly. Sur La Table has a wide variety of cooking classes as well, from the romantic to the exotic!
Entertain Your Love-Dallas Culture Map has a variety of events listed for an unforgettable Valentine's Day. The list is grouped by time, there are some standouts that would certainly make "the cut" on our list. Try The Dallas By Chocolate, The Vintage Valentine's Tour, consisting of chocolate and jazz, well, you had me at Vintage.... or may we suggest the Cirque du Soleil performance of Amaluna? Either way, this eclectic list has something to offer everyone.
Adventure With Your Better Half- Explore your community and plan a romantic adventure. Ride the McKinney Avenue Trolley in Uptown/Downtown Dallas. Check out the website and select a few key destinations, (like the Dallas Museum of Art) to hop on and hop off for dinner, drinks and dessert. If you crave live music, make sure to stop at The Rustic! If your address happens to be further North, visit Downtown McKinney, for an afternoon of wine tasting at Landon Winery, on the square, some shopping, and a wonderful, locally sourced, farm to table meal at Harvest. If your zip code is somewhere in between, check out Legacy Food Hall's event Sweet Pairings for Sweethearts. This event features curated flight of pairings of wine and dessert by Blush Wine Bar.
Cozy Up At Home With Your Cutie- Surprise each other by picking up each other's FAV take out and cuddle at home with a movie or two! Better yet, use FAVOR, DoorDash or Grubhub to do the driving FOR you! Find each of these services for download either in the apple app store or google play.
There is a reason I chose to begin this article with Jonathan Adler's quote about design trends. It is a direct confirmation from a respected interior designer, that the most important element in home design is selecting what you love and making it work within your space. We say that each year in our design newsletter, because it is always worth repeating. Design trends are great to explore, to study, and to peruse, but use what you love in your home and let that be your guide. Now, on to our annual overview of what those Design trends are for 2019!
Style- according to Elle Décor who interviewed Jonathan Adler, 2019 will see the same playful mixing of styles that continues to be popular in our ever-changing, fast-paced, chaotic society, "The one “trend” I think will continue is that we live in a chaotic, anything-goes world and the same is true for décor and design. People mix high with low, new with vintage, hyper-sleek with hyper-layered, and I wouldn’t have it any other way."
Color, Accents & Materials- Pantone's Color of the Year was recently announced, and for 2019 it is Living Coral, described by Pantone as, "An animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge." It is no wonder, too, that designers are pointing to warmer, richer, bolder color palettes and hues making their way into 2019 design trends. Earthy reds, tonal blues, rich greens, along with velvet, florals, mixed metals for fixtures, copper accents, and natural elements such as stone, granite and concrete serve to ground our spaces and provide a deep and peaceful balance to the frenetic way in which we live. According to Décor Mag, 1970s Chic encompasses many of these trends, so don't be surprised if you notice a bit of plush and groovy inspiration from this by-gone decade in magazines and stores.
Technology- How can we live our lives without it? Technology is an ever-present feature in both our lives and increasingly our homes. The kitchen is a perfect spot to feature this synergy of how we live with technology. Appliances continue to integrate the latest smart features, such as voice assist and video chat, and are really the stars of the kitchen, rather than that boxy thing you want to hide.
FAVORITE TRENDS- Tuxedo Kitchens. Say what?!!? Megan McDonough of The Washington Post refers to adding elements of black to the predominately white kitchens that have been so popular as of late. Island accents, mixed metal fixtures, range hoods, and base cabinets are ways in which this trend is incorporated. With busy families this might just be a great way to hide "wear and tear" on arguably the most used area of the home. Backsplash as Focal Point, and geometric patterns, along with the continued use of subway tile and open shelving endure this year. These trends can work beautifully in either kitchens OR bathrooms.
As THE PRZADA TEAM's lifestyle blogger, THIS is most certainly my favorite newsletter topic to research of the year! I absolutely LOVE interior and home design, but what I love most about it is, that it can serve as a guide to refresh or remodel, but really what counts is that I surround myself with what I love and items that speak to me. The trends can inspire me and help me figure out how to do that in a way that is modern and fresh. May you have a wonderful start to your new year and may you always surround yourself with what brings you joy!