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Tuesday Trend Watch: Straw Pendants

Did you watch “Get a Room with Carson and Thom”? If you didn’t, not only did you miss some great entertainment, but also some stunning interiors. Thom Filicia and Carson Kressley reunited fifteen years after the original Queer Eye with Thom as mentor and Carson as interior design intern. The pair were hilarious which made their design projects almost a subplot. I binge-watched the series. But it was during the ninth episode when they installed an over-scaled straw pendant over a dining room table in a Brooklyn apartment that I had an a-ha moment. Scale is a biggie in interior design, and the ability to judge appropriate scale is a tool in the interior designer’s skill set that is often lacking in ordinary consumers’. In this particular project, the scale of the pendant relative to the table was a departure from the norm. Yet it’s what made the room.

Jillian’s dining area in Episode 9 of Get a Room with Carson and Thom

Jillian’s dining area in Episode 9 of Get a Room with Carson and Thom

That pendant was everything! My antennae have been on high alert, and now I’ve been noticing more of them in the marketplace.

Images left to right: CB2 Archer Black Pendant Light, Selamat Large Cordial Pendant in Natural, and Serena & Lily Headlands Round, Oblong and Ring Pendants and Summerland Outdoor Bell Pendant.

Images left to right: CB2 Nessa Basket Pendant Light, and Palacek Green Oaks Oversized Pendant in Natural.

Besides the generous scale of these pendants, I love that they add texture to a space and bring an element indoors that is typically installed outdoors. And because they’re more commonly used in seasonal spaces, they’re great for warming up spaces in colder climates. Their pricing is very affordable too.

The trend is spilling over to fashion as well. Here’s a page from Bloomingdale’s Spring/Summer catalog.

LaurieGorelickInteriorsBlog Bloomingdales Catalog.JPG