7 design trends for 2017

Happy New Year everyone!!! Wow…2017!

We have made it and we are out in full force. The resolutions have been set and the home projects are underway. If you are like most home decor enthusiasts, you are looking for ways to integrate and update your home with some fresh, new design trends.

Look no further, because I am here to bring you my top 7 design trends for 2017!! I don’t like to follow the crowd & create a top 5 or top 10 list, so top 7 it is. If you’d like to see what I think will be trending this year then keep on reading:

1. Black & Timber

I love the Scandinavian, yet modern look of black and timber together. It’s clean. It’s regal. It showcases strong lines with natural timber and this combination is a beautiful one. I have seen this look more in Australian interior design, but this is one design trend you do not want to ignore.


2. Jeweled Tones

It’s like Aladdin in real life! These beautiful rich, ornate tones splash their way into home decor in 2017. I love the lushness, yet striking hues that are available in each jeweled piece. You can see from the images above that jewel tones can be available in wall colors, decor and accessories or pieces of furniture. How will you incorporate jewel (not the singer) in your home?


3. Copper 

There is always a metal of the year and I am not just talking about rings and bling…
Copper is making yet another statement in the world today and this time, we are marinating it into home decor. Unlike the starkness of silver or platinum, copper is a more muted metal tone which makes it easy to pair with other color palettes in your home. I love pairing copper with neutrals to give it a bit of stage presence in the home.


4. Mid Century Modern

Mid-century modern has my heart in every way possible. All your curves and all your edges…yes John Legend, you were right about this one! There is something about mid-century modern design that I gravitate towards. It opens up the realms of possibilities when decorating. It gives you a statement piece without taking anything away from the other pieces in the home. This design style isn’t going anywhere!

5. Marble Wallpaper

Feature walls. The new trend that is taking the place of brick or stone walls and making a bold statement. I love the simplistic yet refined quality that these marble feature walls give. If you are more of a traditionalist decorator, then this trend won’t be for you but it looks like feature walls, and especially one with marble are sticking around for a bit.


6. Navy is the new black

Orange might be the new black in politics but navy is the new black in home decor. My favorite color has always been blue – various hues of blue for as long as I remember and one of my go-tos is navy. I was pleasantly surprised to see navy making an appearance in kitchens. I love the boldness of navy and how is mirrors well no matter where you place it. How do you feel about the navy trend?


7. Upholstered headboards

One of my favorite trends for 2017 is the emergence of upholstered headboards in the bedroom. Headboards are not a new trend – in fact, most people had headboards that matched well with the nightstands and dressers. Today, headboards are becoming statement pieces all on their own. Nailhead trims are a staple in headboard design & these pieces are ones you want to invest into for quality! Do you have a statement piece in your bedroom?

If you’ve made it this far through the post, then I know you are just as excited as me for design trends to start popping up throughout this year. What was your favorite trend? Leave a comment down below with your favorite or least favorite piece.
Stay tuned, because all this month, we will be blogging about home renos and how to best tackle the desire to renovate!

The Freshmen 10: Creating a dorm room space that you’ll love

imageYou’ve done it!
You’ve gone and graduated high school and you are on your way to get your degree.
But depending on where you are headed to college, you may be downsizing from your own room with a full/queen sized bed and plenty of space to a bunk bed or twin bed (or if you are lucky, a twinXL) that you share with roommates.
College is a great place to meet some of the friends that you will have for a lifetime and it is also a place that you will establish your own identity. So how do you prepare yourself for 4 years in a small space that is cozy yet comfortable for the 3.5 hours of sleep you will be cramming into your nights between social hours, lecture halls & study groups?
Keep reading moms & dads for my top 10 dorm room essentials for your college freshman and learn how to maximize space & comfort in the resident halls.

[1. Bedding] A nice neutral comforter works wonders and you can pair them with any sheet set underneath. Speaking of sheets, I recommend 2 sets of sheets (pillows, fitted sheet & flat sheet). Check with your college or university for bed sizing before you head out to the stores and fall in love with a set, only for it not to fit your bed.

[2. Throw Blanket] There is NOTHING like a warm throw blanket that is soft and comfortable to remind you of mom’s hugs! Even if you are moving to a warm part of the world to attend college, grabbing your throw blanket while studying or watching Netflix is a great addition to your packing list. Always go for the soft, yet oversized blanket when making your selections. You may just find your friends trying to sneak your throw onto their side of the room!

[3. Storage boxes/rolling storage] Sharing spaces at any point in your life involves compromise. Who’s side is who’s and what can I snag for available space? With storage solutions, you can maximize space and minimize confusion. I love rolling storage options with different bin sizes so you can store multiple things in one area. You can also purchase long storage bins that slide underneath your bed to tuck away items that you may not use often.

[4. Laundry baskets ] If “doing your laundry” meant leaving dirty clothes in the washing machine for mom to deal with, then this will be a new step for you. You don’t have to worry Mom, there are different options for laundry baskets to keep your student from calling you on speed dial everytime they run out of clothing options. My favorite options are the baskets that separate your clothing into different piles for easy washing. Check them out!

[5. Desk Organization] The last thing that you want to forget while midway through the semester is organizing your desk and class information to make study times easier to get through. If you have a desk, I recommend a desktop paper organizer that you can organize by “to-do” and “completed” to make your study time effective.

[6. Desk lamp /table lamp] Lighting may not be the best in dorm rooms, so instead of straining your eyes to read through chapters on microbiology, invest in a desk lamp for optimal lighting. You can select from clip on options to standard desk lamps. When it comes to selecting between halogen lamps and LED lamps, I would choose the LED lamp. Because you will most likely be working with this lamp for tasks, LED lamps will control the light source and help you to concentrate on studying.

[7. Photo frame options or collages] Being away from home can emit several emotions and you may miss your family. What better way to bring a piece of your heart and home to your dorm by hanging a photo frame on the walls with pictures of those you hold dear to your heart. You can select a few frames or purchase a large frame where you can change the photos as often as you’d like.

[8. Dishes/Tupperware Sets] Late night snacking and meals are the focal point of every college students day. When can you eat? What can you eat? If it’s the middle of finals week and you haven’t had time to eat a good meal, the best thing to do is to stock up on Tupperware so you can store meals in your mini fridge or snack throughout the day. Another great option to have is a set of dishes in your room for those moments that you need a late snack and don’t want to wander down to the cafeterias.

[9. Laptop] Most students own their own laptops for school, but if you don’t, I would shy away from relying on the school computers to get your work completed. There is nothing like needing to do some last minute research and having to run across campus to the library to get it finished. You don’t have to drop hundreds of dollars on a MacBook to be set for school, Google Chromebooks are another great option for laptops and the great thing is that they are relatively inexpensive to get you through the college years.

[10. Tool kit] It never fails! When something breaks, you can never find the right tools to fix it. With a small portable tool kit, you can have all the essentials (hammer, screwdrivers – Phillips & flathead, wrench and tape measure just to name a few). This was one of my favorite purchases during my time in college. I used it more times than I imagined and was always handy!

So there you have it! My top 10 list of dorm room essentials for your college freshman!
Let me know which items are your favorites and which items you would add to the list.

Join us next Thursday as we discuss how to create an inviting entry way to your home or apartment! Stay tuned!

6 Months in the Basement – Creating the Ultimate Man Cave

We have finally made it! The month of September has to be my FAVORITE month of the entire year (besides my birth month). Fall brings about leaves changing, sweaters, bonfires and FOOTBALL!!!

I am a diehard New England Patriots fan (please do not come for me) in NFL and an Alabama Crimson Tide fan (Roll Tideeeee) in College Football. Because of the passion that overtakes me during the games on a Saturday or Sunday (or any other day they decide to broadcast sports), I found a great spot to watch all sports with other diehard fans like myself.

However, it is good to come home and relax with some wings and snacks and drinks of your choice all while vegging on the couch or relaxing in a comfy recliner all the live long day. How do you create a great man/woman cave with all the elements of your favorite sports bar in the comfort of your own home?

Keep reading ladies if you want to win major brownie points with your guy or if you are the die hard sports fan and want to veg out in your own cave!

No man cave is complete without the five basic elements of sports season survival. You can always add to this but you never take away from them. They are, in no particular order:

– A comfortable spot to plant yourself in 4 hour intervals…ie: a couch or a recliner
– A semi large television to catch the action…essential!! Bonus points for surround sound
– A spot near the couch or recliner to set down drinks and food when it gets too intense
– A refrigerated device to store cold beverages & snacks
– A ton of paraphernalia, posters, jerseys and more to make your man cave feel authentic

[GREAT! I gathered all of my supplies….now what??]
Finding the perfect space to host football Saturdays and Sundays within your home may not be the easiest task, especially if you do not have a lot of space to commit to a complete man cave. But you can always create a great space no matter what the budget.

Just remember the 5 essentials to every man cave and you cannot go wrong. I will show you three different options below that tick all the boxes but show different ways to create your own man cave space – especially if you hibernate for 6 months out of the year during sports season.




Hope you all enjoyed this post! Stay tuned next week as we discuss Dorm Room essentials & how to not make your college/university dorm look blah 🙂

Wanderlust Entrepreneur

Welcome to the start of a new chapter for me – as I explore life in the entrepreneurial lane. This is such an exciting time as I dive into my true passions, becoming an interior designer and owning my own business.


Dedon Interiors. The name dedon was a nickname given to me by my little sister when I was younger, because she couldn’t say “Deon” properly and it has stuck with me ever since. I wanted to name my business something that was personal and special to me and therefore, dedon interiors came to life.

My style of design is not formal, but rather an extension of my personality. I am a big people person and want to get to know the person behind the designs I am doing to create their new haven. I studied a bit of environmental psychology ,which is the study of how people relate to spaces, along the way and utilize that into every project that I complete. I would call myself a transitional designer – I love to mix modern styles with a hint of classic pieces in every space.

Currently, I am living in Australia until March of 2017, so most of my designing will be virtual until I return to the United States, in Tampa, Florida where I will be located. So you are in luck if you are living in the Sydney, Australia area 🙂
Don’t worry though, with virtual interior design, I can help you anywhere you are located in the world.

Dedon Interiors became official on September 1st, 2016 and I could not be happier.
Interior Design was always something I saw myself involved in. I have a very creative side so as a child, I was constantly rearranging something in the house. I used to make “model homes” out of diaper boxes, using packing tape as windows and bendy straws as plumbing.

All of this creativity developed over time and became a part of my everyday life & after receiving my degree in Interior Design I started to develop my personal design philosophy. Essentially, interior design is more than just using creativity to make things aesthetically pleasing. Rather, interior design has a purpose; to effectively communicate thoughts and ideas into functional spaces.

I attended The Art Institute of Tampa and received my Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Interior Design in 2011 & that began my career as a designer. Over the last five years, I realized how much design was an integral part of my life and how much I was passionate about it. Through various jobs, I saw my sketches turned into real life construction and my ideas sparked to life.

Shout out to all of my bosses; those people who I asked for a ton of advice along the way! Without you, I wouldn’t be where I am today – 25 years of age, pursuing my passions with a business to call my own. I appreciate you more than you know!

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I started dedoninteriors because I know there are many people out there who are looking for interior design advice, ideas and suggestions to make their space less of a house or apartment and more of a home but maybe don’t know where to start. Dedon Interiors is all about YOU! So ask all the questions, seriously! I am here to help answer them and help you create your haven.

Take a look around the website, check out the blog where I will be posting every Thursday at 10am & browse dedoninteriors design services. Send us a message and follow us on social media FacebookTwitterPinterest & Instagram for all the latest info.