It may surprise you to know that SGD tends to not pay a ton of attention to color and home decor trends. It's more of a "that's interesting to know but I'm still going to use turquoise" kind of design philosophy. But, as with the Pantone Color of the Year and previous trend posts, we like to let y'all know that we ARE on top of things and that we are there for you as a resource.
Last fall, Ochre was the color on the rise and friends, might as well embrace it because it's not going anywhere. This is not your mama's Harvest Gold from 1974. This is rich and earthy and spicy and you'll be surprised as to how it pairs with other colors. Ochre has also lead the way for a resurgence in the earth tones that were so popular in the 1970s. Olive and Terracotta are combined with ivory and charcoal gray for an updated, sophisticated palette. Throw in some Teal for a little coolness and you've got the recipe for warm and cozy surroundings that will last you all winter. Grab your pumpkin spice and settle in.
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I don't know about you, but I am hurting. Hurting for our country. Hurting for our fellow humans who are treated unfairly every single day. Hurting for the people of law enforcement who leave the house every morning with the intent and fortitude to do the right thing. Hurting for my daughter and her African-American boyfriend who live in the middle of Washington DC and are fearful to leave the house to take the dog for a walk. Hurting for our faith leaders who preach love and peace daily only to have it fall on deaf ears. Hurting for the business owners who might have seen light at the end of the tunnel when they were finally able to open after the pandemic restrictions were lifted, only to be vandalized and looted in the midst of chaos. Hurting for the journalists who are getting attacked for just doing their job. Hurting because I feel like I don't know what to do to make it better.
So. I decided that first and foremost, I needed to be educated. And secondly, I needed to give to organizations who are supporting advocacy and equality. Organizations that those in the know tell me need the funding. Not those that I, as a privileged white woman, feel are worthy of my money. If you are feeling the same way and want to learn and grow and know more, please continue reading. If you come here simply for beautiful pictures of homes, advice on design and home furnishings, or shopping tips and recipes, we are going to take a pause on those things right now. We hope that you will come back later because we WILL have great things to share with you, but feel it is necessary to address the bigger and more important issues in our world right now.
Thank you for your support and love.
The Shauna Glenn Design Team
1619--An Audio Series from the New York Times on how slavery has transformed America
Code Switch--An NPR podcast that tackles race from all angles
Seeing White--A Scene on the Radio podcast
Still Processing--Another series from the New York TimBoes focusing on culture
Jemele Hill is Unbothered--Featuring award-winning journalist Jemele Hill
Beyond the Whiteness of Whiteness by Jane Lazarre
White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown
Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
Raising White Kids: Bringing up Children in a Racially Unjust America by Jennifer Harvey
Just Mercy A film based on a civil rights lawyer's work on death row in Alabama
The Hate U Give Based on a YA novel about current race relations in America
Becoming The Netflix documentary that follows Michelle Obama on her book tour
When They See Us The Netflix documentary by Ava Duvernay about the Central Park Five
Selma A film about the marches during the Civil Rights Movement
Who to Follow:
@laylafsaad Layla Saad, Author of Me and White Supremacy
@blklivesmatter Official Instagram for the BLM global network
@taranajaneen Tarana J Burke, founder of the "Me Too" Movement
@rachel.cargle Rachel Cargle, author and lecturer
@mspackyetti Brittany Packnett Cunningham, Co-host of Pod Save the People
We compiled this list from sources including Medium.com. Click here for their complete list of resources
Organizations that support racial liberation, justice, and an end to police violence
Black Lives Matter Global Network
NAACP Legal Defense Fund
Black Visions Collective
There are also Black Lives Matter local organizations that have a need for supplies for the protesters. Items like masks, face wipes, hand sanitizer, bandages, first aid kits, water, etc are being collected so check their website for local needs. It takes a village, my friends, it always does. Be human, be kind, and remember that loves wins.
For design geeks like us, the announcement of the Pantone Color of the Year is akin to the Academy Award Nominations. It reflects not only on the direction of design trends, but the overall mood of the world in general. I know, some of you are rolling your eyes at that statement, but bear with me for a minute. Think of the 1970s with the emergence of the hippie, naturalist, conservationist culture. The first Earth Day in 1970 was the birth of the modern evironmental movement. What were the prevailing colors found in almost every home in the 1970s? Earth tones. Every single one of us had kitchen appliances in Avocado Green or Harvest Gold, and the earthy colors permeated throughout the home. Except maybe in the little girls' rooms where pastel Holly Hobbie bedding reigned supreme.
The past two Colors of the Year; Ultra Violet in 2018 and Living Coral in 2019 were enigmatic, thoughtful, and expressive. They spoke to visionary thinking and optimistic, joyful pursuits. They were about what is possible in the world. Now, in 2020, the future of our world might not appear to be so optimistic, and therefore, we need a color that assures us that things will be ok. Introducing Classic Blue.
According to the Pantone Color Institute, "We are living in a time that requires trust and faith. It is this kind of constancy and confidence that is expressed in PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue, a solid and dependable blue hue we can always rely on."
Blue has always been an integral color in the aesthetic of Shauna Glenn Design. It lives outside of the core neutrals of gray, brown, black and white, yet it has a neutral feel all its own. It can be adventurous or conservative and we love this Classic Blue hue because it makes its home somewhere in the middle. For color fans like us, Classic Blue is the perfect color to build on; playing well with coral, teal, chartreuse and pink. A blue chair in the living room, or a blue velvet headboard in the bedroom adds a great pop of color without feeling like you are committing to something super trendy. We love a great blue wallpaper too to brighten up a bathroom. Need some inspiration? Check out some of our favorite projects.
And check out our Feeling Blue shop for more inspo on how to add blue to your space!