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May 2021

Leaning into Trends with Angela Tafoya, Editorial Director at Lonny

Chances are if you’ve ever scrolled through the inspirational interiors section of Pinterest or your Instagram Explore page, you’ve come across quite a few of the wonderful articles curated by our latest feature. 

Angela Tafoya is the Editorial Director at Lonny Mag, our go-to digital home and lifestyle magazine for design ideas and market trends. Previously, she worked as the West Coast Lifestyle Editor at Refinery29 with her work appearing in publications from Conde Nast's Traveler to Louis Vuitton City Guide. When not scouring the internet to bring us the latest on interiors trends, she can be found in San Francisco where she lives with her family. 

Keep scrolling to learn Angela’s favorite tips for creating an Instagrammable design refresh in your home.

First things first, what's your favorite Courant product?

I have the CATCH:2 in my kitchen and use it every single day. It sits on the kitchen island/counter and is great when I need a little charge — I throw it on there. I have it in the pretty dusty rose color. 

I have the CATCH:2 in my kitchen and use it every single day. It sits on the kitchen island/counter and is great when I need a little charge.

What home decor trends are you most excited about for this Spring and Summer? 

I have really been embracing the Cottagecore trend that's been around for the last year or so. I love the warmth and coziness it evokes, especially at a time where we're finding so much comfort and routine in our spaces. For spring, I will probably lean into this trend through pastel patterns and romantic textures in small ways. I love the idea of adding a few Cottagecore accents, whether that is something small like a light throw or a mug. Also, I don't believe this qualifies as a trend per se, but filling the house with fresh florals is one way to bring a little moment of beauty into the home. These little luxuries have been so important as we spend an unprecedented amount of time at home now, and there's nothing like having a beautiful bouquet on the table while you work, eat, hang throughout your day.

These little luxuries have been so important as we spend an unprecedented amount of time at home now... 

Angela's Trend Inspiration:

Heather Taylor Home

Hill House Home

Matilda Goad

What are a few of your favorite recent home product launches?

I really love Outer's new Teak collection, especially as I start to think more about spring and summer outdoor entertaining as things start to feel safe again — and the big deck project we're taking on this season. The brand is AAPI-owned and prioritizes sustainability practices in its products and business model — plus the pieces are easily the best outdoor furniture I've ever seen.

Kuu Pottery is a BIPOC-owned ceramic studio that drops the prettiest, funkiest mugs and vases (think curvy handles and cloud-adorned mugs). Her drops usually sell out pretty quickly, so I'm looking forward to her next release so I can add one to my collection!

I recently discovered Black-owned candle brand Reisfields. The new cement collection features stately, matte vessels in Earth tones that are made using recycled materials. The candles are all natural and chemical free and are a beautiful piece of decor on their own, but add in the fact they are actually functional (and great for the planet) — it's easily become my new favorite candle to burn during the day.

Are there any Instagram accounts that you follow for home inspiration? 

I think I would be pretty remiss if I didn't say Lonny Mag - ha! But, beyond Lonny, I am a huge fan of Athena Calderone's feed — everything she shares feels so timeless and has this beautiful touch of whimsy that I love. I also Mandana Blvd. and Tina Rich!

What’s one tip you’d give to someone who’s refreshing their home for Spring?

I think this might depend on what the revamp is but thinking about how the refresh works for your space (versus doing it solely for the 'gram or aesthetic purposes). Every space has its own quirks and considering how the project will enhance how you move throughout your space is very important. I don't think every refresh has to have this theme of extreme functionality per se, but I do think it's worth considering the practicality or to just evaluate the general purpose the refresh will bring to your space.

How are you planning to refresh your home for Spring?

Yeah, over the winter months, I did small tweaks to the bedroom to give it a more calming and serene vibe but for spring, we are going to tackle something a bit bigger...a deck expansion. It should definitely be a doozy but worth it. We live in San Francisco and are very grateful to have an outdoor space, and currently have a smaller deck that attaches to the kitchen, but we want to extend it so we use it more frequently and can easily step out onto it. Also, I'm planning on planting a few things in the backyard with the goal of keeping them alive this year (fingers crossed).

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