EVEREVE HQ was abuzz this week leading up to another great Happy Hour Live Instagram chat, this time with interior designer Kate Marker from Kate Marker Interiors. Known for her classic interiors with a fresh, modern feel, Kate has built a booming design business and home decor store while amassing nearly half a million Instagram followers along the way. Kate not only knows the latest trends, but she sets them, which is why we were so excited to hear what she’s forecasted for Spring 2022.
Kate, joining in from her Chicago-area studio, and our COO/Fashion Director Heidi got together on Tuesday. But in case you missed their chat, we’re breaking down Kate’s key trends for the season, which happen to tie in beautifully with themes happening in fashion right now. Read on!
Trend 1: Texture
Kate says the number one request her clients have is that they walk into their space and it feels warm, comforting and inviting, “like a big hug,” she says. To achieve that feeling, Kate suggests layering a variety of textures, found in fabrics, furniture and even the wall finishings. Kate says linen is the “tried and true fabric” her team uses all year long (she loves it for furniture and window treatments), while leather, woven cane and wicker are particularly on-trend right now. For the walls, she suggests a dimensional finish such as limewash (which creates a chalky-like look and texture), plaster or a raised wallpaper, like grasscloth. And of course, texture can be found in pillows, blankets and rugs, too.
On the fashion side, Heidi couldn’t agree more, especially when it comes to wearing neutrals. Look for fabrics or knits that are easy to layer and have interesting details—gauze, cable, weaves and more, all which exude a feeling of “warmth and polish without feeling stuffy,” she says. Try pairing the open weave cardigan sweater from John + Jenn with the Paige Carly pant that has a soft, canvas-like finish. Together they create a monochromatic look that’s beautifully layered, not flat. And if woven furniture makes your heart skip a beat, check out the Indy Braided Sandal from Dolce Vita (paired with the French Connection dress below) which have soft, raffia straps for a chic touch of texture.
Continuing with the feeling of warmth, Kate is incorporating rich, earthy tones into many of her homes right now. Trust Kate: “brown is back!” Her favorite variations of the shade? Carmel, terracotta and burnt umber, hues she’s using everywhere from leather furniture to styling accents and tiles for backsplashes. She’s even seeing the shades in wallpaper patterns, which she says really “pop” in smaller spaces, such as a powder bathroom. An easy way to make the earthy tone trend your own: a terracotta pot with greenery.
This stunning palette is easy to find throughout our stores right now, and Heidi loves the approachability of terracotta, especially in a versatile, effortless top like the Emilia Drama Sleeve Tee from Nation LTD. “It has fun fashion details but you won’t feel like you’re trying too hard,” she says. To play up the trend while incorporating pattern, try this breezy wrap by Tolani, which instantly elevates denim thanks to its striking pattern—it’s the fashion equivalent of a great wallpaper moment.
Kate is seeing vintage come through in a few ways: first, through ‘70s inspired patterns, like bolder geometric shapes on pillows, rugs and wallpaper, and secondly, through thrifted vintage pieces or using reclaimed materials, such as wood, in new ways. Her team goes on trips twice a year to scope out one-of-a-kind items like rugs or the stunning bench, above. “Vintage pieces really bring in that natural, inviting, cozy look,” she says. With either interpretation, Kate stresses that vintage is best used as “an accent or a pop, you don’t want a space to feel too dark or old.”
She did her best to keep her cool but Heidi was giddy with excitement over this trend: “I love a good ‘70s moment!” she says. Thankfully, you don’t have to scour thrift stores; EVEREVE has great pieces with a distinct vintage nod, but designed, of course, for today. Heidi loves the new Wild Night sandals from Dr. Scholls, which have a great, retro-inspired sole but are light as air and super comfortable—they’re the perfect “touch of vintage without feeling costumey,” she says.
Denim is also experiencing a huge vintage influence. Flares, a classic vintage silhouette are officially back, says Heidi. The 7 For All Humanity B(Air) Ali Flare are uber-flattering and elongate the legs, but Heidi notes they’re best for those with a bit of height. If you’re petite, try the Citizens of Humanity Annina Trouser Jean (as seen on Kate), which have a higher rise and of-the-moment wide leg, but less of a kick at the bottom. And for a fun, one-and-done piece, you can’t go past the jean jumpsuit Heidi wears—serious Charlie’s Angels vibes.
Kate was gracious to finish up the chat with a few reader questions.
Q: Favorite white paint colors?
A: Oxford White and Swiss Coffee, both from Benjamin Moore
Q: Where to spend and where to splurge?
A: Spend on a good quality upholstered sofa with a great foam core. And a rug that can be used for years to come. Save on side tables and ottomans.
And we loved Kate’s best advice for designing a home, because it rings true for fashion styling, too. “It’s ok to ask for help, but always trust your gut.” Whether it’s a sweater or a sofa, don’t invest in anything that doesn’t feel like ‘you’.
Don’t miss our giveaway!
To watch Kate and Heidi’s chat, click here! You don’t want to miss it, especially because we have an amazing giveaway: a $500 EVEREVE gift card + $500 Kate Marker Interiors gift card
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