I don't pretend to be a particularly prescient trend-watcher, but one shift I’ve watched with interest over the last little while is an increasing appetite for pattern and graphic elements in our homes. I love seeing it in both wall tattoos, like the one shown above from a company called Mur Mur, and which is available at Rona (look for groovy tattoo skins for appliances in 2011.) I also had a ton of fun working with stencils from Stencil1 last fall. But I also love the use of text as graphic, a development that I think relates to our changing relationship with the printed and written word. The loveliest example I saw last year was in fabric by Pierre Frey, which has the word “peace” printed on it (shown below) in all the world’s languages. Peace. Now there’s a trend I could really get behind. Happy New Year.