When it comes to interiors, Brooklyn-based store Claude Home is one I always turn to for inspiration. A quick glance at its Instagram feed, @claudehome, and you’ll see a steady stream of beautiful spaces designed with cult vintage pieces like Jeanneret chairs, serpentine sofas, brumbury lamps, and waterfall coffee tables—items that you’ll often spot in the homes of fashion insiders. So it came as no surprise that owner Maggie Holladay got her start in fashion before moving into home décor.
Chatting with Holladay, I was interested to learn how she ended up in interiors after beginning in fashion. “Right when I turned 21, I landed my dream job with a stylist I looked up to for years,” Holladay explained. “After about a year there, I mentally was drifting away and started to realise that working in fashion was no longer my dream job, so I ended that.” Instead, interiors became a point of passion for Holladay, which is when she launched Claude Home. Without any official background in the field, she dove into the world of home décor. “I started Claude as a hobby, not really knowing much about the world of interiors,” she told us. “And as I learned more about the field from reading books and constant research, I fell in love with it more and more.”
At this point, it’s clear that Maggie Holladay has impeccable taste and a particularly good eye for what fashion people want. Curious to find out which interior pieces are on her radar, I asked her to share the popular home décor trends to look out for now. Ahead, see the five that made her list.
"In every home inspiration post in your saved folder, there is a vintage wooden stool in the photo. Charlotte Perriand's tripod stool is everyone's dream right now and every collector's favourite item. They’re so chic, simple, and, honestly, so handy to have. They’re a great way to start introducing wood items into your home and making your space look more timeless."
"I think wood is going to make a huge comeback. Five months ago, everyone wanted everything marble—marble dining tables, coffee tables, sculptures, bowls, cups—literally everything. But there’s something so beautiful about wood and how it ages. I'm starting to get more requests for wooden pieces, which I'm excited about. I think many people are starting to see the beauty of a vintage, worn wooden coffee table, appreciating the craftsmanship and the story behind it."
"Right now, everyone is obsessed with bouclé, shearling, and velvet, which I am also. But there is something so amazing about an old leather chair or sofa with the perfect patina."
"Everyone is making mood boards for their homes, but the inspo chosen is often photos of empty rooms with minimal furniture, which is beautiful but not very realistic—at least for me. I love going into peoples' homes that have photos of their family hanging, shelves that include souvenirs from vacations, or even a bowl of matches from your favourite bars. It makes your space feel homey and welcoming instead of stark."
"Abstract sculptures are always a home décor trend and always will be, but in the last four months, I’m seeing them everywhere and a huge demand for them. I think many sculpture artists are extremely inspired right now and pushing themselves to create something new and unique but also referring to past works of many greats like Jacques Couëlle, Valentine Schlegel, and Constantin Brâncusi. Clients are also appreciating the look of items slightly unfinished, maybe crooked and an odd shape, which, to me, I love and makes the artist feel like they can take creative control, not feel a pressure to be perfect, and, in the end, make their best pieces."
Next up, the biggest autumn/winter 2020 fashion trends to know.
This piece originally appeared on Who What Wear U.S.