Today is the first day of Spring and that usually means a lot of our thoughts will turn to warmer days and brighter colors. A quick and easy way to get a fresh jolt of color this time of year is to change out the pillows in our living rooms and bedroom, change out the deep, rich colors of Fall and Winter for bright and lighter colors of Spring and Summer. I recently received the latest Pottery Barn catalog and PB has a ton of new and beautiful pillows, when I was putting this post together I noticed myself continually drawn to the embroidered pillows and those done in crewel stitch. I always love these kinds of pillows because all of the handwork done on them gives another dimension to the pillow as well as fun patterns and colors. Join me today for a peek at some of the beautiful pillows from Pottery Barn and get inspired for Spring, Enjoy!!!
March 20, 2017
October 6, 2016
We’ve talked about Damask patterns on the blog before but the new ones from Cole & Son in their latest wallpaper collection, Mariinsky Damask, are stunning. I think it’s wonderful when companies take something old like a Damask pattern and breathe new life into it and bring it into the 21st century with bright colors and metallics. Cole & Son also have a wonderful tile pattern in this collection as well as some stripes. I can totally see these patterns being used in a dramatic space, whether it’s a powder bath, a dining room or even a bedroom. I also love to use old patterns like Damask and pair them with contemporary furniture and art, the juxtaposition of an old pattern in a bold color with current furniture and accessories creates beautiful tension and beautiful rooms. Here’s a sampling of the new patterns available from Cole & Son, to see all their beautiful papers visit their website. Enjoy!!!
September 29, 2016
I haven’t done much with Grandin Road, I know a lot of people who get their catalog and I always look through it when I see one and really like what I see. So I thought I would take a look at their Fall merchandise and I like it. They have unusual stuff that you don’t see everywhere and they have a lot of great merchandise to use outside, I’ll definitely have to come back soon and take a look at their Halloween merchandise. Let’s take a look at all the choices they have in pumpkins as well as topiaries and garlands to use outside and around your doors. Enjoy!!!
August 25, 2016
I was shopping this week for a client and I was in one of the local design centers and kept noticing these really cool collage art pieces throughout the center, I inspected a little closer and found out they are all by the same artist, Alex Zeng. Zeng is a Chinese artist who is taking pages from magazines and art books, cutting them into the shapes he needs, layering them and creating these wonderful pieces of Collage Art. Viewing these Zeng creations comes in two parts, first, you stand back and enjoy the created image as a whole then you get closer and begin to notice the details of the paper used to create the art, the more you look the more detail you see and the more amazed you’ll be. Zeng is represented by Empire Art Direct which is a wholesale only company but you can contact them through their website and find out the closest retailer in your area selling Zeng collages. For now, here are some images to give you a better idea of what Alex Zeng does. Enjoy!!! (above image via)
August 24, 2016
Yesterday I shared some bedside wall sconces that I’m thinking about doing in our Master Bedroom and I mentioned doing some wallpaper as well. I’ve always had a soft spot for wallpaper, even though it seems to come and go as far as being in style I always like that you can get a whole new look with color and sometimes texture from installing wallpaper. I think I’ve decided on a wallpaper from York Wallcoverings that has the look of cork and the feel of suede, thus Sueded Cork Wallpaper. The paper has the colors I’m using in the room of mostly gray with accents of brown and some metallics and will look great with our tall brown leather headboard in front of it and gray and brown bedding, I also like the natural look of cork. I’ve gathered a few pics of cork wallpaper as well as an example of what I’ve picked out. I’m looking forward to sharing the completed project with you, Enjoy!!! (above image via)
August 15, 2016
It’s always impossible to visit and see everything you want to do on your first visit to a new city or country, one thing I wanted to do was visit the city of Delft in the Netherlands but we just couldn’t squeeze it in. Lucky for us though there are several shops in Amsterdam that sell the beautiful blue and white creations from the city of Delft. Delft pottery is also known as Delft Blue, it’s made by applying a white glaze to pottery pieces then painting designs with metal oxides that turn blue when exposed to high heat in a kiln. I was amazed at the different price ranges on pottery, one shop we were in had a vase that had the clerk say sold for over ten-thousand euros and we saw some pieces to hang on the wall that were priced at eighteen-thousand euros, then there were smaller pieces for five and ten euros. The pieces are beautiful and brighten any space they’re in, especially the tiles that depict scenes of Dutch life. Here’s a peek at Delft Blue, Enjoy!!! (above image via)
July 19, 2016
This time of year when the heat is on and the temps are reaching 100 degrees it’s hard to even think about turning on the cooktop or the oven so we eat a lot of salads in the Summer. After a while, of course, salad can get a little boring but it doesn’t have to be especially with the colorful bowls and salad serving utensils from French Bull. French Bull has some wonderfully bright and colorful patterns to choose from to brighten up any table or patio this Summer, the products are made from high-grade melamine that’s scratch and shatter resistant as well as BPA free and heat resistant up to 356 degrees. Join me for a look around the French Bull website and all the fun ways to brighten up your Summer meals. Enjoy!!!
July 6, 2016
I have always liked Gingham plaid, I like the pattern it creates, I like the traditional red, blue and green colors it has come in, I like the newer versions in black, gray and more muted tones and the larger patterns referred to as Buffalo Check. Gingham kind of gets a bum rap since most people view it as a “country” fabric and only think of it for picnic blankets and square dance costumes. Gingham plaid is one of those fabric patterns that mixes well with other patterns and can definitely be made more glamorous, there’s nothing more chic than a mixture of gingham plaid and French toile fabrics as well as gingham and florals, polka dots and complementary solids. Nowadays you can find gingham patterned flooring in exaggerated sizes, wallpaper in a wide array of colors, bedding and accessories. Join me for a look at Gingham and how to mix and match it to add a simple classic to your home. Enjoy!!! (above image via)
June 21, 2016
Recently I’ve seen Antilocarpa pop up on blogs and in magazines, while this isn’t the Latin name for a genus of the species it is the name given to a pattern of carpet and it’s beautiful. Antilocarpa is from Stark Carpets and it’s meant to mimic the coat or hair of the Antelope, and I’m thinking this may be my new favorite “neutral”. This pattern looks great with everything, it can be used in conjunction with modern home decor as well as traditional decor and design. An Antelopes hide has browns and gold in it with white spots, the Stark Carpet version has several colorways available that I’ll share with you today plus show you how it’s being used in homes. I would love to have this as a living room rug or a runner down our hallway, it’s definitely something to add to the “must have” list, Enjoy!!!
June 7, 2016
I grew up using placemats on the kitchen and dining table and it’s something I still do today in my own home. Placemats are great because they keep the table from getting scratched, catch spills or drips off the plate and I like how they “define” your space at the table. I have seen paper placemats around for quite a while but decided to do a post on them after seeing some of the latest designs from Plat du Jour. Plat du Jour says they have “fresh, modern, and iconic designs for the table,” with the designs ranging from elegant mats done in antique china patterns to ones decorated with simple black silhouettes. Plat du Jour placemats are perfect for however many people you’re feeding or entertaining and when you’re done just gather them up and toss them in the recycling bin, Plat du Jour also has selections in matching cups, trays, place cards, and napkins but we’ll save those for another day. Check out some of the awesome designs here and visit the Plat du Jour website to see all their offerings, Enjoy!!!