Podcast, Bonus Episode: 2016 and 2017 Trends

We're talking what's in and what's out for 2017 with designer Erika Ward

We thought we’d leave you with a bonus episode before the end of the new year, and what better note to leave off on than to discuss the trends that are officially over and ones to look for in 2017? We discuss Million Dollar Decorator Mary McDonald’s trends that are out and trends that are in for 2017 … and we also turned our discussion into a drinking game!

What You’ll Hear on This Episode:

  • Which trends Mary McDonald says are officially out
  • Which trends she says to look for in 2017
  • Which trends we’re all guilty of committing

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Alright, we’ll see you in the new year, podcast listeners!

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Caroline McDonald

Caroline lives for pairing together patterns, mixing furniture styles, and oogling over our newest furniture pieces. As you can imagine, her little 1920's craftsman is in a constant state of flux. Here on How to Decorate, it's her goal to help you turn your home into your own little slice of paradise.


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    January 2, 2017

    I have just discovered your podcasts.. loved them. Played them all in one day. You are all so entertaining.. It is like we are all at the same table as friends..really relaxed and fun.. love the lasagna story, the pink chair story and I think the idea of cloth napkins is wonderful and will adopt that. I am looking forward to many more..

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      Caroline McDonald

      January 3, 2017

      Thank you so much for your comment. We love hearing that! It’s funny you say it’s like we’re all friends sitting at a table. That’s just what we wanted. We want it to feel like you’re having a girls night and just talking about decorating and sharing your best ideas with each other. Keep listening, we’re so happy you’re tuning in!

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    December 29, 2016

    Hello! I just found your podcast and have been overdosing on episodes. They are great! Thank you for sharing such good info.
    I would love to know where/how to get the blue planter that in in the bottom left corner of the picture of Karen’s kitchen. I need one just like that;)

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      Caroline McDonald

      January 3, 2017

      Thank you so much for listening. I’m thrilled to hear you’re enjoying the episodes! I asked Karen about that planter and unfortunately I think it came from Home Goods several years ago, so she’s not sure where you could find that exact one. I would suggest going to maybe a local outdoor or plant store. They usually have a big selection of planters to choose from.
      Best of luck,

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    December 28, 2016

    Hey Ladies!! I’ve tried emailing you my question for the podcast, but the mailmaster keeps rejecting my email. Is there a different email address I should use? I’m so excited to hear your thoughts!!
    the email:

    I’ve started listening to your podcast and I’m in love! I recently bought a couch from Ikea that I’m in love with! https://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50242997/#/80300759 The color is “skiftebo dark orange” and I’m excited to make it the color focus/pop of my living room. But I’m very new to decorating and have no idea what to do! (side note if it’s helpful, the only other piece of nice furniture worth keeping in the living room is my tv stand https://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50300628/ )
    1. What colors would complement my couch?
    2. What 5 colors would y’all suggest as my living room color palette?
    3. What ideas do you have for throw cushions, coffee table, lamp or a room rug that would complement it?
    My living room is in a 110 year old building, so hanging items is difficult (old plaster that chips, so I can only hang things under 16lbs with those heavy duty command hooks), and my walls are currently tan with off white trim. One wall the plaster has been chipped away to expose the beautiful brick. My floors are the original wooden floors, very dark, maybe black walnut? The entrance to my bedroom off the living room is a set of gorgeous glass panel French doors.
    4. A curtain for privacy would be nice, but how do I pick one that works for my bedroom color scheme and my living room?!

    I’ve attached a picture of my couch and the living room, laundry and all!

    Thank you!! I already subscribed to your podcast!

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      Caroline McDonald

      January 3, 2017

      Thanks for letting us know about the podcast email not working. Should be fixed now 🙂 We are recording another episode next week, so we’ll discuss then! Do you think you can wait a few weeks before we answer your question?
      Thanks for listening. I’m so happy to hear you’re enjoying the episodes.