Jeffrey Alan Marks's 2014 Trend Forecast

(Photos: Courtesy of the designer; Douglas Friedman)

We asked Santa Monica-based interior designer Jeffrey Alan Marks, author of the recent book
The Meaning of Home (and former cast member of Bravo's Million Dollar Decorators), to fill us in on his vision for 2014. Known for his English-influenced coastal interiors and Hollywood clientele, Marks didn't disappoint; promising us a chintz revival and more.

1. Which interiors trend or trends will be big in 2014?
I think it’s definitely back to comfort. For me, it will be a modern take on that homey, "great room" English feel that was so popular in the '80s—only back then it went a little formal and stark. I’m definitely seeing florals and chintzes and those sorts of things coming back.

2. What trend would you like to see more of next year (even if you don't think it's going to catch on)?
More color, more pattern, and more accessories—I have a hard time finding [modern] trays and candlesticks and things to finish a room. 

Nantucket residence designed by Marks

3. If you could wave a magic wand to make a current trend disappear, what would it be?
That whole “mixy” thing is too jarring to my eye— just shoving a bunch of things in a room and hoping for the best. 

4. Which up-and-coming designer or designers do you think will prove zeitgeisty next year?
Matt Merrell. I just think he has a fresh architectural eye and an interesting aesthetic and character.

Los Angeles residence designed by Marks

5. If you had a design-centric New Year's resolution what would it be?
I’m trying to get back to quality of life: going to lunches, having friends over for dinner and drinking wine around my kitchen island, taking a hike in the morning—because that’s when I come up with my best ideas.

6. What is on your to-do list in 2014? 
I’m pretty proud of my new fabric collection for Kravet, which is out in spring 2014. I'm also working on a fly fishing lodge in Belize called Belcampo which opens in January—it's like a Swiss Family Robinson kind of escape into the jungle—a ski house up in Aspen, and a contemporary farmhouse in Brentwood. 
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