Pura Vida – 2016 Design Forecast

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A phrase commonly used in Costa Rica, “pura vida” is Spanish for “pure life.”  A yearning for simplicity, lightness, peacefulness.  Unplugged. Natural. Wellness. Spiritual. Here is Pura Vida . . .

Unplugged

Not uncommon to many of our households are multiple technological devices, all beckoning us to engage. The result is technological exhaustion. Do you yearn to unplug? One rule in our household is no devices at the dining table. When our family sits down to eat dinner, I want us all to look at each other – not a screen. This simple change contributes to our family’s relational health.  What about you? What’s one way you could unplug from technology this year for relational health?

With technology comes visual overload, so Pura Vida scales down the noise to therapeutic neutrals and natural elements. The palette is comprised of warmer grays, versatile khakis and creams, blushy beiges, and an adaptable bronze.

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Natural

We are bombarded by images on our technological screens, so we naturally (pun intended) have a growing desire to touch and see actual natural objects.  Sheer fabrics softly diffusing the morning light.  Sleek marble countertops displaying varied depth of texture – a perfect backdrop for your morning cup of coffee. With an increased desire to surround ourselves with unique natural items, companies offer us furnishings such as this Himalayan salt block (for versatile meal prep, yet a beautiful stand-alone serving piece), river stone vase, travertine & metal coffee table, and a pendant diffusing light through iridescent crackle glass.

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www.arhaus.com
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www.birchlane.com
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Wellness

The hospitality industry contributes to the Pura Vida movement with wellness resorts to further help us relax in a tranquil setting.  The Sunrise Springs Integrative Wellness Resort in Santa Fe, New Mexico “is an ideal respite for people seeking healthy living and enhanced personal wellbeing.”

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The MGM Grand Stay Well rooms offer guests amenities such as a shower infused with Vitamin C, blackout shades and a dawn simulator alarm clock, aromatherapy, and healthy lighting to “help you recover, boost your energy, and reduce jet lag.” Valerie Griffin Design can assist you with blackout shades or drapes, but I’ll have to look into the Vitamin C infused shower . . .

Spiritual

The experts say that this Pura Vida trend includes a desire for things spiritual.

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I’m going to go off the “expert” path here and say that people have always sought things spiritual.  This is not new for 2016 or any other year.  It is the nature of our humanity.  We long to know our purpose for the undetermined set of days we live on this beautiful planet.  We yearn to connect with some power greater than ourselves.  And dear reader, we cannot fill these longings with decor or clothes or cars or education or even with family and friends or volunteering or noble pursuits.  Our longings are met when we believe and trust in the God who made us, loves us, and sent His son Jesus to save us.

“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” – A.W. Tozer

So what do you think about God?  Do you know Him?

The world of design fascinates me.  I love watching trends rise and the revealing of products that reflect the color palette our Great Creator displays throughout His creation.  Design is a big part of my life and I’ve enjoyed delving into the drivers behind Pura Vida, but here’s the disclaimer:  abundant life is found in Jesus.

Jesus said, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” John 10:10 ESV

Thanks for joining me.  If you’d like paint samples of these colors or have questions, email me at valerie@valeriegriffin.com.

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