Week of June 29th, 2020 – American Design

Top 5 Design Posts of the Week

As June comes to an end, we enter July – the month of humidity, hot dogs, and of course some American spirit. As the 4th of July is only a few days away, we’ve turned to our resources to find some fun and exciting ways to celebrate the patriotic holiday, while still being conscious of everything current in today’s world. From virtual firework shows to social-distance grilling, there are more ways than ever before to get in the American Spirit while staying safe and healthy. Check out these top 5 design posts of the week, all selected to make sure you’re equipped with all the tools necessary to celebrate your day of independence, 2020 style!

1. Finding Space in the Crowded Capitol

Bookshelves Conceal Hidden Rooms in This Secret-Filled Backyard Studio, Dwell

Anyone familiar with the DMV area is familiar also with traffic, housing costs, limited space, a long commute to work, and living so close to your neighbors you find yourself running out of small talk! Finding a space and time to call your own in the can be a real challenge, but Architect Bulent Bayadar of Harrison Design created a dream space for work and relaxation in the bustling city of Arlington, only 10 minutes outside of our Nation’s Capitol for screenwriter Matthew Michael Carahan. Check out this amazing design and the utilization of such a small space, and immerse yourself in a getaway so close to the hustle and bustle of life in the city.

2. American Design and Trend’s Over the Decades

What America’s dream home looked like every decade in the last 100 years, Insider

It’s no secret that America’s taste in design varies from location to location, but there have certainly been trends that come and go, influencing design all across the country. Insider’s look into the top designs of the past 100 years showcases styles and trends from the past that’s sure to make your inner childhood come out and remember the feel of a certain day and age. Enjoy this fun read and take a stroll down memory lane, and appreciate some of America’s past design trends!

3. African American Influence on American Design

7 African American Designers on How They’re Pushing The Design Industry Forward, Interior Design

It’s important to appreciate all Americans’ influences to design. Take a look at Interior Design’s highlight article on 7 African American designers and how their work and visions create truly stunning displays of design and style. It’s worth noting that Black architects make up only 2% of all licensed architects in the U.S. Principal Architect of Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects states “if you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else.” Words to think about while checking out these 7 African American designers, and admiring their designs while thinking of ways you might have been inspired by their ideas!

4. American Designers and their Favorite American Designs

25 Designers On Their Favorite American Designs, Surface

Continuing the theme of American design, what better way than looking through some favorite projects and trends. From Surface, check out 25 American designers as they discuss and show off their favorite design trends. From classic Levi jeans to discussing detailed, hand-painted rugs, there’s something for everyone to appreciate in these 25 designer’s choices.

5. Every State’s Most Popular Design Trend

This Is the Most Popular design Style In Every State, According to Instagram, House Beautiful

Instagram is a wonderful tool for sharing those pictures of the kids on the beach, a favorite new recipe, and everything else imaginable. After diving into the world of hashtags, House Beautiful was able to compile data and show every state’s favorite design style. Architectural Ceramics’ HQ state of Maryland finds itself among the #CoastalLiving category, which is a common theme for a lot of other east coast states. Moving more Midwest we see more #RusticDecor trends, and #ModernHome trends as well. Take a look at this fun read and see if you agree with your state’s pick!


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