Love it or hate it: nautical-themed rooms, ikat, and balloon shades? Nate Berkus and Chairish co-founder Anna Brockway hosted the LEGENDS’ Blogger Breakfast, where we played the crowd-favorite design game, Love It or Hate It. A panel of leading designers and home bloggers joined us to weigh in on the top design trends and styles of the moment.
The roster of design pros who gave us their no-holds-barred feedback included: Anthony D’Argenzio, Paloma Contreras, Brittaney Elise, Holly Hollingsworth, Marisa Marcantonio, Danielle Rollins ,Sarah Sherman Samuel, Shaun Smith, and Will Taylor.
“It was such a great group of designers assembled, all with unique points of view. And with some strong opinions about things like bed ruffles, which I love,” says Nate. “Design really is a living, breathing, fluid thing and getting to talk about the it with such an eclectic and talented group was fantastic.”
Here’s a roundup of 10 trends: the most-loved, some that got mixed reviews…and a few that all agreed should be kicked to the curb.
See the entire game here:
These are the trends our panel almost unanimously fawned over.
RATTAN FURNITURE: 9 Love, 0 Hate
“My husband says that I have a problem with rattan furniture. That if left to my own devices the whole house would be woven. I love it.” – Nate Berkus
MILLENNIAL PINK: 9 Love, 0 Hate
“It was pretty pink before it was millennial pink. Just saying.” – Holly Hollingsworth
CHANNEL TUFTING: 9 Love, 0 Hate
“If anybody has a good upholsterer they’d like to share, please do! It’s really hard to find somebody to do it.” – Danielle Rollins
RUGS IN THE KITCHEN: 8 Love, 1 Hate
“People have a misconception about how hard it is to clean those rugs. It’s really easy.” – Sarah Sherman Samuel
MISMATCHED DINING CHAIRS: 8 Love, 1 Hate
“I think it’s so much better with mismatched chairs.” – Anna Brockway
ON THE FENCE:
Designers were split on…
OUTDOOR RUGS: 6 Love, 3 Hate
“I feel like the outdoor rug can just never hold up to its promise of being mold-free.” – Marisa Marcantonio
“I’m going home to throw mine away by the way…my daughter’s walking around on a petri dish! I learn something new every day.” – Nate Berkus
EDISON BULBS: 4 Love, 5 Hate
“There’s nothing original about them. I think they’re cool in a certain situation, but I wouldn’t recommend going over overboard with them.” – Paloma Contreras
“I just think Starbucks.” – Will Taylor
MEMPHIS STYLE: 4 Love, 5 Hate
“In moderation, it can be great. Handle with care.” – Anna Brockway
“Not for me. It’s Bauhaus meets Fisher Price.” – Danielle Rollins
These were the styles our panel gave the thumbs down to.
HERMES THROW: 2 Love, 7 Hate
“If you own it, great. But it doesn’t need to be out when your house is photographed. What are you going to then park your car on your bed as well?” – Nate Berkus
RUFFLED BED SKIRT: 0 love, 9 Hate
“No one! Wow..wow, that was a flat out no. What if it’s in an English country house and it’s beautiful?” – Nate Berkus.
“Then I love it!” – Will Taylor (our panel’s Brit)
Thanks to all our lovely contestants for playing along with us, and to Nate Berkus for being the perfect co-host! Love It or Hate It is a signature Chairish event: we go around the country to play it with favorite interior designers, bloggers and Instagram stars. Get on the list to find out where America’s favorite design game is coming next!
Photos courtesy of Chairish and JL Photographers