Listen up, HGTV lovers. If you've been feeling like your home decor is stuck in a rut or are starting fresh in a new space, grab your pens, notepads, and color swatches and head over to Lowe's of Scottsdale this weekend to get some style tips and tricks from Emma Magazine's Sarah Hubbell.
As a part of its Style Saturday series, Lowe's is bringing the local style maven to share budget-friendly design tips, personal consultation, and a hands-on project with guests. The event is free to the public and guests will go home with a potted succulent they will plant during the event.
Though Hubbell's interior designs have been featured by West Elm, Design Sponge, and Apartment Therapy, she is completely self-taught. All her of experience has come from decorating her own, friends', and family's homes, starting with her now-husband's apartment in Brooklyn. But, she says, her taste has evolved from the red and green walls she thought looked so good back then.
"Design is always about what you love and about what inspires you," Hubbell says.
We sat down with Hubbell last weekend to discuss some of her favorite design trends that are not only hot this season but will also last for years to come.
1. Midcentury Modern
Hubbell says that this style includes pieces with tapered legs, open spaces, tweeds, and visible wood grains to give a space an appealing vintage look. She says she also loves how many mid-century modern homes use large windows to lessen the separation between indoors and outdoors.
2. All White
Sometimes, simplicity is all you need to turn a room into something worthy of its own feature on Design Sponge. Hubbell says she loves this look because it offers an airy, open feel to a room and has even made a room in her own home completely white.
3. Farm-Style Tables
With a young son herself, Hubbell loves this trend because it's great for kids. It allows for plenty of room for children and child-like adults to spread out, get messy, and be creative. Often the reclaimed look of these larger tables means that scuffs and scratches are hidden easily in the already distressed finish and sometimes add to the look of the piece.
4. Subway Tiles
These long, rectangular tiles are often used as back splashes in kitchens but can also translate to other parts of the home. "Everyone's doing it, and it looks so great. . . crisp and clean," Hubbell says. She jokes about how she just saw the origin of this hip kitchen trend down in the actual subway on a recent trip to New York City, and it was anything but clean. "It was so gross, but still, I mean, it's classic. . . It won't go out of style."
5. Bringing Arizona into Your Home
Full disclosure: Hubbell did not say this was one of the trends this season exactly, but she did agree that there are design-savvy ways to bring pieces of Arizona into your home besides the stereotypical Kokopelli and cactus. She encourages people to get inspired by the color palette of our sunsets, use photos or art of the desert scenery, and bring greenery like succulents into your home.
Start with your own succulent and get more tips and ideas at Style Saturday, August 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lowe's of Scottsdale, 16285 North Scottsdale Road. The event is free, but guests must reserve a time slot by e-mailing [email protected]