What Themes will Rule Supreme in 2015 - ShopLadder Virtuosos

So, 2015 is upon us and everyone is asking what design trends and themes will lead us into the New Year. We have taken the time to survey some of the leading designers across the country how they see 2015 panning out. We call these leading designers our ShopLadder Virtuosos. Expect to see more from these and other leading designers in the coming months as we ask top interior designers the important questions.

Sarah Stacey | (512) 796-7388 | Austin, TX

Luxe Minimalism - this is a nice break from all of the busy décor from the past few years. With a focus on texture and colors there will be minimal patterns on textiles. Instead, pattern comes through in color blocking, contrasting lines in furniture and architectural materials.

Allison Jaffe | (512) 343-4553 | Austin, TX

I am doing a lot of eclectic projects where the home may read more traditional but the client’s taste is more contemporary or modern. Its been fun to mix and match the two styles. Its unexpected and may have less of a chance to tire the rest of the year

Paul Kairis | (800) 835-8299 | New York, Newport, Palm Beach and Waverly

MIX is the new MATCH

The trend for the year is that the MIX of styles is more important than the MATCH so you can create your own personal STYLE.

The trend in mixing styles started years and years ago in the Fashion world. People stopped wearing ONE designer " head to toe " and began mixing them to create their own "style".

This has firmly moved into the Interiors of Homes as well. We now don't define a house as just classic, modern, retro, euro, country etc. We now define it by the Personality of the owner, by the mix of design, furniture, art and accessories that allows each house to resemble the people that live in it.

This of course doesn't mean throwing away basic good design skills of proportion, scale, balance, color and just plain good taste. It instead allows for the true Freedom of a House to become a HOM. And express the Personalities of the People who live there.

Pamela O'Brien | (713)-880-1934 | Houston, TX

I am seeing Mid Century Modern look very strong for 2015. Architects are incorporating it more and more into home and building design and mainstream furniture companies are creating full collections for every room in the house. No longer just for trendsetters and Mad Men aficionados, Mid Century Modern’s clean lines and graphic style are back and better than ever.

Sunny K Merry | (510) 207-9198 | San Francisco, CA

I'm really loving the quirkiness of the Memphis Milano movement of the 1980's. Geometric shapes in ice cream colors. Wonderfully timed with the coming of spring! Here are some examples!

Beverly Vosko | (713) 464-0055 | Houston, TX

In my opinion the most important trend in 2015 is the use of more color. For the last few years, everyone has been designing monochromatic rooms in white or off white or gray. I think people are finally getting tired of monochromatic rooms and are interested in a fresh look. And color is the way they are freshening up their rooms- color on the walls be it paint or wallpaper, and color in their fabrics and curtains and accessories. What colors are popular in 2015. Purples and teal blues are making a statement and look fabulous alongside the whites and grays that we have been using. Yellow is another popular color and is being mixed with gray and white. So if you want a fresh look, add some color to your rooms. The easiest and least expensive way to add color is to paint one wall. Or add some colorful pillows or accessories. Try adding some color to your rooms and see what a wonderful change it can make.

Amanda Nisbet | (212) 860-9133 | New York, NY

Minimalistic Design, i.e. Black and white with a hint of glam

Suzi OBrien | (619)-964-7716 | San Diego, CA

Global Infusion of Artisans taking historic skills and time honored designs and making them fresh and new. With so much online ... Designers can source up and coming textile designers and artists abroad! Exciting Time. I'm working on a Spanish Mediterranean Home and am sourcing tile, textiles and art from new artists in those countries.

Alex Dahlgren | (214)-432-6596 (Dallas) | (213)-291-9558 (San Diego, CA & Los Angeles, CA)

I believe that restrained luxury will be leading trend of 2015. Rich materials used in ways that make a clear statement will be the common thread seen in the new year.

It appears that 2015 will be yet another year of thoughtful, diverse design options for consumers. It seems that there is at least one consistent theme running through all our designers' responses: that there are options to fit nearly any taste. Think you have the design chops for the ShopLadder Virtuoso program? Reach out to Jayson Alexander to show off your portfolio and apply to the program.

Paul J. Kairis - Meet the Designers

Paul J. Kairis Interior Designer

Designer: Paul J. Kairis
Contact:(800) 835-8299
Location(s): New York, Newport, Palm Beach and Waverly
Years of operation: 15

  1. What made you interested in interior design?
    This is a Hard question. Who knows what ever makes us do the things we do? The easy answer is PASSION. I LOVE what I do. But, if I have to say what may have been the catalyst for my Passion for Interior Design, it might come down to my Aunt and Uncle. When I was a little boy, every year during the 4th Of July week I was sent to my Uncle and Aunt's home in Washington D.C. I remember being so fascinated by their home and them and their friends. They had a Classic Brick Washington house. The inside, though, was very unique to me! It had classic lines, fireplace, molding, etc... BUT... it was washed in white paint...which was very unusual for the time. There was Large, Big, Bold Art; there were Antiques mixed with Mid Century Furniture; there was always Music Playing, the Clinking of Glasses, and People Talking, Laughing, and Smoke Billowing around... quite Auntie Mame meets Mrs. Robinson. It was EYE CANDY for a little boy. Many of the people were Famous (even though I didn't know it at the time!!). As a matter of fact, there was One Painting in particular that I TRULY always loved. It was titled "The Cocktail Party". It was an abstract painting of an actual Cocktail Party, not unlike the ones I had been observing on my visits. There was an image of Jackie Kennedy  as part of the painting. The artist was the wife of a VERY famous Washington person who was best friends with my Aunt and Uncle. To add to the whole impact of my visits with them, and how those visits inspired me to become an Interior Designer come full circle to this moment, when they died I inherited "The Cocktail Party" painting. I cherish it and the impact of those visits to this day!

  2. How would you describe your design style?
    That is almost the Perfect question for me. I know this may sound corny or it may sound even a little vain to some people, but I am very proud of the fact that I like to say, " I have STYLE, not ‘A' STYLE". I guess that sounds a little confusing, but I like to think that I have Good Taste, Good Design Sense, Good Scale, so I just like to apply those Sensibilities to each client and each project. If I walk in with MY style then the client would get lost. It would not be their HOM. Then all of my projects would look the same and have "A" Style. Instead I apply my Talents and coax the Style out my Clients and Their residence. I make every house personal and rather try to make their home reflect their style... not mine. Thus the name of my company is NOT my name, but rather the way it should be- HOM. Personal Interiors.

  3. What is your favorite piece you have ever placed?
    WOW! That is truly a tough question. I always like to think of the Future and say, the next piece I Place!! But, to be truthful, it will ALWAYS be the Art!! In EVERY project we wind up creating at least one original piece of art for a Client... usually many more. But, I always tell clients, a Paint Color, a Sofa, a Light Fixture, almost anything can be bought by someone else. BUT, the addition of the Art and the Accessories is the magic that is impossible to duplicate that makes your HOM. personal. So, I truly Emphasize and Encourage clients to really think of these purchases as THE Most Important!! I firmly believe that it is the last 10% of the pieces, meaning the Art and Accessories, that makes their HOM. a 100% "HOME" RUN!

  4. What should people look for in a designer?
    They should like their Designer. They should like their Designers work. They should trust their Designer. Without trust, their project will never turn out special. You trust your doctor, your dentist, your hair stylist, You have to trust your designer. They should take your home to a place and level you never dreamed of. They should not "push" you far out of your comfort zone, but a good designer should take you much further than your imagination can take you, or what really is the point? So combine TRUST with Talent and you have your Designer!

In closing, I always like to say to people, "There is no right or wrong in design". You should apply Creativity, Curiosity, and a little Courage. You should try to move beyond having your home look like everyone else's home and make it your own HOM. There are so many options to choose from... we now MIX and MATCH. We Use HIGH with LOW price pieces together. The only rule is there are no rules. And if you ever find it hard to do yourself, well then, just call HOM. There is no place like HOM.

Sarah Stacey - Meet the Designers

Sarah Stacey Interior Designer 
Designer: Sarah Stacey
Contact: (512) 796-7388 
Location(s): Austin, TX
Years of operation: 5

  1. What made you interested in interior design?
    My parents hired a designer to work on their home when I was a teenager. I found it fascinating to watch her and to see what she selected. I decided to decorate my room while she was working on other rooms in the house and had so much fun doing it. I’ve thought about design just about every day since then.

  2. How would you describe your design style?
    Happy, light, personalized.

  3. What is your favorite piece you have ever placed?
    I’m not sure I have a favorite. It is a toss up between a custom geo light fixture and a metal coffee table, both made by local craftsmen.

  4. What should people look for in a designer?
    Look for a designer whose work you like and resonate with. This is the style they do best and is their aesthetic. Also, you should really like the designer as a person, you'll be working with them pretty closely for about 8 months!