Tuesday, January 10, 2017


2017 will be unlike any year we have experienced for a long time! New trends are percolating and are beginning to be seen. I'll share some trends we'll see for the home and in fashion. One business trend I am hearing talked about is "Self-Care" time.  This is separate from "sick leave" and is a day or two throughout the year to rejuvenate. Think spa time, a long bath to decompress, and playing like a young child again,...if only for a day! Hold on tight as 2017 has begun with a bang! 

200,000 techies and electronic executives attended the gigantic CES Show in Las Vegas. At the Consumer Electronics Show, TV's are always the biggest news! Everyone is talking about the new OLED TV from LG which attaches to the wall and is thinner than an iPhone! The resolution and clarity is amazing!

This shot shows how thin the TV actually is. The protruding box contains speakers and the receiver.

The industry is also talking about Samsung's "Lifestyle TV." The TV looks like a picture frame and never turns off! When the TV is not on the screen may show a still image, or a video, etc.

Digital assistants will be more popular than ever! The AI-powered (artificial intelligent) personal assistant called "Google Home" and the Amazon Echo with Alexa appear to be leading the pack. You can ask them to play a particular type of music, ask for news updates, and even ask for the name and address of the nearest Italian restaurant! This just the beginning of AI in the home, and Google is a leader in this arena!

Color forecasters launched their 2017 home furnishing predictions, and it is always interesting to see what "sticks" in the marketplace! Pantone and Benjamin Moore are leaders in the interior color forecasting area, but I also enjoy seeing what "Design Options" presents for the year ahead. "DO" predicts more color while others are seeing more whites, often combined with blues.

Texture is a strong 2017 trend. Love the Abaca bed from Bernhardt! It goes so well with taupes and grays!

Healthy eating will be front and center for 2017. Restaurants will offer more healthy options and portion control as well.

Look for a renewed emphasis on Cyber Security both nationally and in the home! We are just now seeing the tip-of-the-iceberg on the pervasive Russian hacking to influence our election and influence our democratic institutions!
"OK, hold on to your seat!" Fashion shows in Paris and New York featured 1980's inspired fashion! "Say it isn't so!" The color magenta was hot along with deep fuschias and shocking pinks!

If 80's fashion gets traction in the market it will be "Dynasty" all over again

I laughed out loud when I saw this image of men's fashion from the 1980's! Sorry,...NOT going there!

Speaking of the 1980's, Guns'N Roses will be back touring at big arenas in 2017. How about the big hair!

2017 will be a fascinating journey! 

Images: Dick Gentry, Design Options, Wired, BGR, Stuffed, Fashion Gone Rogue, Global Leader Summit, Men's Fashion Magazine, Glory News, Stylecaster, PC Magazine

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