It’s All In The Details: Pleated Lampshades

Hi everyone!  I have been in the market for a new lampshade for a lamp in my daughter’s room. While on my search, I was inspired by lamp shades with pleates and patterns.  Done right, I think they add such a chic element to a room.  If done poorly, they look boring and dated.  I think they key is picking a fun pattern with lots of color.

This Ikat pattern in blue and green foots the bill!

This one in white works because of the blue and white pattern on the bedding and walls.  It makes this lamp stand out like a bride in this photo.

How dainty is this red shade on the swing arm sconce?

The pleates on this red shade give an element of texture to this vignette.

This pleated shade has a metallic sheen that I am loving!

I could curl up in bed and read all day with this beauty by my side.

I love these shades in particular on sconces.  It adds such an element of whimsy.

This one had me at hello.  Many of you know my love of navy and blush!

And for the grand finale.  This entire kitchen is swoon-worthy, but the simple pleated black shade combined with brass add such simple touch to this Parisian-inspired kitchen.

What do you think?  Gorgeous or granny?

I hope everyone is doing well.  I am already starting to gear up for the holidays here in blogland. Everything happends a little earlier around here.

Until next time  . . .

Top 10 Design Trends for 2017

Hi everyone and Happy New Year!!  I am really jazzed for 2017.  As I looked back and reflected on 2016,  I realized that this little blog of mine was not my priority in 2016.  Between kids, a job, activities and sickness, I definitely put the blog on the back burner this last year.  Well, that is going to change and I hope to be publishing more frequently and will be especially trying to publish meaningful content for you all.  I have thought about giving up writing the blog all together, but I know at the end of the day, that would make me sad, as design is my passion!

So, in that spirit, today I have for you my predictions for the top 10 design trends for 2017.

  • Terracotta.  This is a trend I am loving.  Terracotta is so warm and rustic.  It reminds me of traveling to Italy.  My BFF also had terracotta floors in her kitchen growing up.

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  • NAVY.  Navy is the new black.  Whether you paint an entire room, a bathroom vanity or kitchen cabinets, navy is definitely on trend.  There are so many beautiful navy paint colors out there.  I just painted my long entry hallway navy and I love it.  I am glad to report, that despite the dark tone, it does not make the space feel smaller.

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  • ACRYLIC FURNITURE. It can be modern, but comes in traditional silhouettes.  It is the perfect material for small spaces as it completely opens up a space.

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  • JEWEL TONES.  If any of you saw my Christmas Home Tour, you know that jewel tones are near and dear to my heart.  Definitely a trend I can get on board with.

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  • BUTTERFLIES.  Ohh la la.  I so want this in a powder room, like the one featured below.  They are a symbol of spirit and optimism.  Not just for kids rooms anymore!

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  • ARTISINAL OBJECTS.  Apparently, there is a trend toward artisan goods, especially rustic white ones. Apparently, gone are the days of my cheap Target finds!

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  • DARK GREEN.  In line with the jewel toned trend, dark, emerald-green is back in a big way!

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  • ANY GREEN AGAIN.  Yes, you heard that right.  Light green is going to be big as well.  In fact, Pantone’s color of the year is called Greenery.

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  • MARBLED WALLPAPER  I have experimented with framing marbled paper, but wow what a statement marbled wallpaper would make!

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  • OLIVE TREES.  The olive tree is apparently the new house plant of choice.  Don’t tell my Fiddle Leaf Fig that I have managed to keep alive that it is on its way out.

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What do you think of these trends?  For the most part, I love them!  Time will tell and there are trends that hang on for years.  In fact, I read that marble and copper are on their way out, but I think they have a few years of life left in them. 🙂

Until next time, friends!

xo,

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Currently Coveting: Burl Wood

Hi all!!  I have been a bad blogger.  I am sorry I have been MIA on the blog these days, but life has gotten the best of me.  Since school started in August we have had every kind of sickness possible. I am just now getting over a 3 week cold that required antibiotics to get over!  But enough complaining, today I am here to talk about burl wood.  I know, you might be thinking “Burl what?” You may know it when you see it.  The cabinet in this photo is burl wood.  The patterns in the wood just make me swoon!

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Burl wood actually wood from a tree in which the grain has grown in a deformed manner..  How can something considered deformed has such a beautiful end result??  In my opinion, it is classic and modern at the same time.  It is such a showstopper in any room.  I really want to get my hands on a piece, but it can be super pricey, so it may have to take the form of an accessory or mirror.

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An entire island of burl wood?  Yes, please!!

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I love the octagon shape of the mirror below paired with the burl wood.

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Here are some ideas of products for bringing some burl into your life.

This burl wood mirror from Wisteria is simple, yet elegant.
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If you have some extra dinero lying around, you may consider this burl wood console from Zinc Door.

Well, there you have it.  My current obsession.  It has been a trend for a while, but I can’t get it out of my head. What do you think?  Too busy or mesmerizing?

Hoping to pop in more next month to share some fall decorating tips!

xo

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6 Ways To Use Trendy Tropical Prints in Your Home

Hi all!  Happy Friday.  I don’t know about you, but for me, this was the longest 4-day week EVER!!

Call it palm print or banana leaf print, but this trend has been around for a while and is still going strong.  No need to book a tropical vacation when you can have a taste of the tropics all year round. This tropical print is bold, but you can incorporate it in smaller doses with smaller decor items such as a pillow or a print, as in the photo below.

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A powder room is the perfect space to experiment with bold wallpaper.

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Incorporate a pillow, or two, or three!

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Why stop at a pillow when you can deck out your entire bed in this bold pattern.

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What a pop of color the print adds to this neutral space.

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The trend goes preppy when patterned with pink and white.  I adore this space!!

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Custom upholstered headboard, anyone??

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If you are looking to add a dash of this trend to your space, here are my picks for home decor options:

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Round Towel / Wallpaper / Pillow / Shower Curtain / Tray / Clock

What do you think?  Too trendy or a new classic?  You can definitely go bold with this fun print.

Have an amazing weekend friends!

xo

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Kitchen Trend: Tuxedo Kitchens

Hi everyone!  Hope you had a great weekend.  I made a trip to San Francisco with my kids and picked up a major Craigslist score!  More details to come.  It made the long day at the Exploratorium with five kids worth it!

You may have not heard of the term “tuxedo kitchen,” but you have likely seen the color-blocked images. The style is relatively simple, usually with white on the top, and a darker color such as black or dark gray on the bottom of the kitchen.  I am a huge fan of black and white and we recently renovated one of our bathrooms using that design scheme.  So obviously this trend in two-toned tuxedo kitchens is right up my alley.

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One of these days, we hope to renovate our kitchen and I am Pinning these tuxedo designs left and right. I love the simplicity of the plain white subway tile and cabinets on top and black on the bottom.

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My favorite spot in this space is the black cabinet.  Love how it looks open and with the white dishes. The beautiful black and brass stove is not too hard on the eyes either!  It is like a piece of art.

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I love the slight pop of gold in this space on the inside of the pendants.  The natural wood stools balance out the glam vibe of he black and gold.

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So elegant, simple and balanced.  Even the clock is black and white.

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The artwork and accessories work to keep this space feeling interesting.

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The vintage rug adds just the right amount of color, interest and texture to this space.

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The brass and marble combination- enough said!

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What do you think?  Simple and elegant or too basic?

Until next time . . .

xo,

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Currently Coveting: Amorium Jewelry

Hi friends and Happy Monday!!  If you know me well, you know that I hoard accessories and jewelry is no exception.  I was recently contacted by Amorium Jewelry in New York. They make silver jewelry by hand in elegant and modern designs.  Let me tell you, if you love to layer and coordinate pieces of jewelry, Amorium is for you!  They sent me their Ires ring in rose gold to try out.

The ring is so beautiful.  Timeless and modern at the same time.  It also comes in silver and gold, but the rose gold is so on trend!

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Here is the ring on.  It is very challenging to photograph yourself wearing jewelry.  I had to have my husband help, so you can thank him for the photos 🙂

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Here are a few other pieces from Amorium that I adore.

This V Pendulum necklace could be layered with so many pieces.

 

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Their Mimosa bracelet is like three bracelets in one with the multiple layers.

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This arrow necklace is so fun and whimsical.

Armorium Arrow Neklace Amorium also offers unique pieces such as stackable rings and ear cuffs.  Head on over to Amorium to check out all of their unique pieces.

xoxo.

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**This is not a sponsored post.  Amorium did provide the ring.  All opinions, as always, are my own.

Design Trend: Moody Florals

Hi friends!!  I apologize for the radio silence around here, but I have been a little burnt out after the One Room Challenge reveal.  Speaking of the ORC, did you have a chance to check out the featured designers?  Their spaces were amazing.  In case you missed it, I plan to have posts featuring my favorite ORC rooms.

One of the rooms in the challenge by Madeline over at Teal and Gray got me thinking about using some moody floral fabric on a window treatment in one of my black and white bathrooms.  If you don’t know what moody florals are, take a look at the images below.  Think dark, large-scale and oh so chic!

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One obvious way to incorporate moody florals is to use wallpaper or a mural.  Another, subtler way, is to use pillows with the pattern. Fabric could also be used to create window treatments as well.

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I am thinking about doing some custom roman shades in a moody floral like Madeline did in her ORC space below. Although, I might have a hard time convincing the hubs, as our current window treatments are fairly new.  Good thing his opinion really doesn’t count when it comes to the design details of our home 🙂   Doesn’t he know that design is never done??

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I hope to post again real soon and get back on my regular posting schedule.  I am really looking forward to a 3-day weekend.  I am loooong overdue for some spring cleaning 🙂

Until next time.

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6 Ways to Decorate with Pantone’s 2016 Colors of the Year

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Hi lovely friends!  I hope that 2016 is off to a wonderful start for you.  I was sooo sick over New Year’s Eve and the first of the year that I feel like I am getting a late start on things already.  Isn’t that just life sometimes??

So, those of you who follow design trends know that Pantone (THE authority on color) announced its color of the year in December.  For the first time ever, it has selected two colors.  They are two complementary colors called Rose Quartz and Serenity.

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Many people might find them very pastel and too sweet to use in their homes, but see how they are used in the spaces below.  They might just change your mind and have you dreaming of these bubble gum hues.

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They need not be limited to children’s rooms and work with a variety of color pairings.  I like how they are paired with browns and dark teals to tame them down a little bit.

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There are ways to incorporate these distinct colors in more subtle ways.  No need to go and get a can of pink paint!  These accessories can help you add that pop of pastel without a major commitment.

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What do you think?  Yay or Nay?  I think they are fun and am probably going to use a variation of rose quartz in my daughter’s big girl room.  I definitely like them better than last year’s wine-colored Marsala.

You can read all about Pantone’s prior colors of the year here and here.

Until next time.

xoxo,

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Our 2015 Holiday Card

Hi friends!  I recently had a friend ask on Facebook if we thought the internet had killed the Christmas card.  With all of the digital options these days, I could see how one could think that might be true.

However, one of the things I look forward to each holiday season, is getting the mail and seeing Christmas cards with our smiling friends and family on the cover.  Given our busy and hectic lives these days it is nice to connect with people we don’t see all the time.

I love doing a card each year.  Here is our 2015 Holiday Card.  I tend to prefer jewel tones for Christmas rather than traditional red and green.  Hence, our card is “Merry and Bright.”  It is from the Tiny Prints holiday card collection.

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In order to make sending the cards a breeze, I used these coordinating personalized address labels.  One less thing to do!

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As if sticking a sticker on is not easy enough, I also have this personalized address stamp I will use.  I have wanted one of these for years and now that we are finally in our “forever” home, I can justify it.

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What do you think?  Do you like to stray from red and green once in a while?  Do you think the internet killed the Christmas card?  Do send cards every year?

xoxo

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Bathroom Renovation Update: Black Trim

Hi friends!  Well, our bathroom reno is coming along very slowly, but very surely.  One final decision I have pending is paint selection.  I am going for a black, white and brass look, similar to the photos below.

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After seeing the tile go in, I have decided on white for the walls.  We lost a window in the renovation and I really want the space to feel bright and clean.  I don’t want the entire space to feel stark, so I am toying with the idea of using black on the trim.

I am really drawn to how it is used in the spaces below.

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What do you think?  Yay or nay??

I am so used to white trim, that I love how bold and unique the black is.  I am in the process of re-thinking all new paint for our entire home, so I am going to need your opinions.  I am surprised at how indecisive I am being!

Until next time . . .

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