We're lucky enough to be constantly surrounded by inspiring images, spaces, and details. Hard as it was, we narrowed down our favorite trends of 2013 to five fabulous categories. From modern brass details to painterly textiles, we sought out our favorite recurring themes and selected gifts that reflect their characteristics. Click through our slideshow for a curated selection of spaces and shop our top gift picks.
We love a space with a sense of worldliness and a collected feeling. From hand-dyed ikats to Moroccan wedding blankets and Turkish kilims, we were constantly inspired by spaces that included pieces picked up from exotic locals that felt perfectly at home in a modern setting.
Endlessly versatile, brass was popping up everywhere this year. It's a timeless metal that can feel vintage, industrial, or modern, depending on the finish and setting. From furniture frames to lighting and hardware, it's hard to find a brass detail we weren't digging.
|Wide-Angle 35mm Camera, $35, Poketo
||Brass Hexagon Planter, $54, Leif
||Cobbler Shaker, $90, Umami Mart
Warm saddle leather, worn woods, and patinated details had us craving the cozy comfort of the country all year round. We love the sense of history and sophistication these pieces brought to our favorite interiors this year.
Nothing helps bring a space together like a fabulous piece of art. This year, we were constantly inspired by abstract pieces. Mixed with traditional furnishings, abstract art makes a space feel fresh, and when mixed in a gallery wall, helps lend a collected vibe.
From the gilded interiors of Versailles to the weathered treasures scored at a Parisian flea, we love a sophisticated nod to the past and no one does it like the French. Withstanding the test of time is no easy feat, but the delicate ornamentation, lines, and materials seen in vintage French pieces are always relevant and at home in a variety of interior styles.
Photographs: 1. Justin Coit, 2. 4. 6. Andrew Arthur, 3. William Abranowicz for Elle Decor