Spring is the time of year when design and fashion trends refresh and those in the industry set out seeking what’s new and next. Many make voyages to markets across New York City, Atlanta and High Point Market in North Carolina, and designers always return feeling inspired and motivated to welcome the new season’s finds.

Whether it was particular print or a certain style of decor, we were curious about what really made an impact at this season’s markets. So, we asked some of our favorite voices in the city’s retail scene what they’re looking forward to bringing to Pittsburgh this spring, including the products you should shop if you’re looking for a bit of a home or wardrobe refresh.

Cyd Mello

Cyd told us that this season is all about the modern bohemian look, including natural materials, sculptural elements and texture galore. “The Modern Bohemian trend is all about the art of layering. These layers consist of clean silhouettes and frames dressed in heavy textures and patterns. We like to start with something like a boxy sofa or an iconic Italian chair and mixing in various pillows, colors, rugs and art. The more you mix it up, the better!

Bamboo / cane furniture

Sculptural pieces

Vintage textiles 


Shawn Aversa
Von Walter & Funk

Shawn is feeling vintage vibes and pops of color this season. “Right now, I’m loving everything 70s & 80s — the colors, clothes, design, furniture… [even] fonts!” he told us. “I’m obsessed, and I’m finally seeing it in the marketplace: this 70s & 80s modern approach to basic (and sometimes not-so-basic) design and style.”


“It’s epic right now and it’s here to stay… at least in the discernible future. The biggest add-on to this are the removable tiles. Spoiler: all wallpaper paste today has a universal solvent, so taking it off is super easy.” said Aversa.

Areaware (brand)

“[The brand creates] modern, geometric home goods and accessories for fun and playful living. Another theme we’ve been searching for and are all over right now — modern, colorful, playful home accessories. So what if you have some old granny Victorian you’re working with? Adding modern touches and finishes to a classical home is right where you need to be — at least it’s where I am. Again, a throwback to the 70s, for sure.”

Brianne Conley
No. 14

For Spring fashion, we turned to Brianne from No. 14. We dubbed this Lawrenceville shop the most photogenic in our 2017 superlatives list, and ladies continue to flock to this feminine, flirty boutique for party-perfect dresses, swingy skirts and everyday tops. She told us that this season, she’s loving fresh, fruity colors, graphic, printed pieces and statement accessories that make the whole outfit.


Fruit prints

“Fruit is being used in a few different ways. A lot of brands are using adjectives like ‘grapefruit’ ‘lemon zest’ and ‘key lime’ to describe the colors of their fabrics.  It is also being used as actual graphic print on tons of items. Lemons, strawberries, cherries — you’ll see tons of them this coming spring and summer!


“Gingham is always something that comes around for S/S, but this year it has absolutely exploded.  We are seeing gingham everywhere and on everything, from shoes to dresses and handbags.”


Statement Accessories

“Accessories have always been a way to complete your look, but right now it seems like accessories are the look. Chunky and colorful earrings are really on trend right now and headbands/neck scarves are making a massive comeback. I am loving the headband/neck scarf trend because it’s one piece that can be used several different ways. I’m really excited about the textiles coming to No.14 to complete the headband game!”


Image credits: Cyd Mello, Betapet on Etsy, Areaware, The Chriselle Factor