I just returned from an indulgent trip to Atlanta. Many of my very favorite things shared with my favorite friend. Eric Clapton, a meal of a lifetime at the Woodfire Grill and lots of lots of spring shopping. I saw some must have trends for spring, including several shoes styles in cork!
Natural, green, renewable materials are everywhere in interior design. There are some renewable materials that are not new to the design industry, but are being reinvented in all new ways.
I have always loved a kitchen with a cork floor. This look is still everywhere in both residential and commercial applications. One of my favorite cork flooring manufacturers is Expanko. They have the traditional standards and many fun newer styles as well. Cork looks great in traditional and contemporary style spaces.
Cork is popping up in all kinds of other places. Cork wallcovering is fabulous. Thibaut makes a great one, in natural tones and metallic gold and silver. I am dying to use this and am pushing it hard to a friend who’s 1960′s bathroom has tile in great condition, but needs a new fun update. She has grey and brick-red tile (lovely combination!) and the silver from Thibaut looks modern and amazing. The texture in the paper actually picks up the deep brownish red tome and brings it current.
Another great way to incorporate this trend is in lighting and accessories. Below is a great table lamp from Seascape lamps that is a great touch of this cork trend.
Bath accessories from cork are unique. But even more interesting is using cork in the floor of your bath, including your shower.
Even Martha Stewart has suggestions on how to reuse cork form your old wine bottles. A trivet for hot pots that makes an eco friendly statement in you kitchen, without looking like your child’s craft project.
Inspiration, green fashions…Realization, renewable materials at home.