Pattern Mix Like a Pro

Whether you are trying to put together a fashionable new outfit or a fun new room design, pattern mixing can seem like such a daunting task.  You may love the look of mixing patterns, but where do you even begin?  How can you tell what patterns will work together, and which will clash?  

Once we show you a few of our favorite tips, you’ll be mixing patterns together like a pro!

 

A great way to start with your pattern mixing is by pairing florals and stripes.  Here, you can see that the vibrant floral wallcovering meshes so nicely with the striped rug in front.  They’ve even gone the extra step and added more patterns in their throw pillows to tie the look together using two common colors: pink and black.  The wallcovering, rug, and pillows all have these two colors in common, which creates a nice harmony between the three very different patterns.

Cole & Son, Lee Jofa

 

Again, we see a strong harmony between the colors in each pattern in this bright, beautiful space.  The floral print on the wall is complemented beautifully by the boldly striped couch, and framed by curtains using the same pink and orange hues.  Stunning!

Diane Von Furstenberg, Kravet

 

Another beautiful way to mix patterns is to go monochromatic, using the same color in each one.  By using the same light blue in each pattern, this bedroom is simple and in perfect harmony.

Curated Kravet

 

If the monochromatic look is too mellow for you, pairing complementary colors is a great way to introduce different colors together.  Again, you can see how beautifully florals and stripes mix!

Surya

 

I love this dining room from Serena & Lily for so many reasons, and the way they’ve mixed blue-based patterns together is definitely one of them!  The napkins draped from the chair backs show you how versatile the look is when you have a base of stripes and polka dots to build off of.

Serena & Lily

 

If you like the feel of a monochromatic space, but want to add small pops of color, here’s a great example of how to pattern mix in the same color family.  Here, you see several different patterns and textures all meshing together perfectly because they are all soft, cool tones. 

Jeffrey Alan Marks, Kravet

 

This bright and sunny living space shows off a more complex mix of patterns, but the commonalities are still the same.  The wall, couch, and rug, while all very different in design, still have the same vibrant pop of blue that threads them together.

Anthropologie

 

A classic mix, bold black and white stripes work great with a patterned rug.  I especially love the way that the black stripes really make the rug border pop!

Anthropologie

 

Another classic style, black and white is one of the easiest ways to mix several different patterns.  Bedding, lamps, and accessories are all tied together by the same two bold colors.  Not to mention, the options for adding in pops of color are endless!

PB Kids

 

 

Hopefully you’ve learned a few tricks to start pattern mixing on your own- start simple, and the more comfortable you get with it, the more fun you’ll have mixing different patterns together!  What will you try first?  Let us know in the comment section!

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Palm Springs Inspired Design

I just returned from a fabulous (and oh so warm!) trip out to the west coast to see Jillian.  After some San Diego fun time we headed East to Palm Springs for a little desert getaway.  There is so much beautiful mid-century modern design, at times I really felt like we traveled back in time!  We also stumbled upon an exhibit from Desert X – a house made entirely of mirrors, inside and out.  It reflected the mountains and desert in such a unique way!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Palm Springs is a beautiful, funky little town amidst this grandeur.  From the hotels, to the houses, shops, and art galleries, it seemed that everywhere in Palm Springs was rocking that amazing retro look!   Combing the mid-century style with bright colors, prints, and shiny metals, really ties the look together and gives it a more modern flare.  

You don’t have to go to Palm Springs to get the look.  Here are some of our favorite vendors and their takes on mid-century modern.   What do you think of these looks?

 

West Elm

 

 

Jonathan Adler

 

 

Curated Kravet

 

 

Williams Sonoma Home

 

 

World Market

 

 

Tempaper

 

 

Graham & Brown

 

 

Urban Outfitters

 

 

Anthropologie

 

 

Langdon LTD

 

 

Crate & Barrel

 

 

What’s your favorite?  Would you bring some of this Palm Springs style to your home?  Let us know in the comments!

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Holiday Gift Guide: LUXE EDITION

We all have that one friend or family member that really enjoys the “finer things in life”, and they can be so hard to shop for!  What do you get the person who has everything?  Maybe you’re looking for a nice gift for your husband or wife, your children, or the newlyweds who could use something beautiful for their new home.  Here’s our gift guide for those more luxurious items you may be shopping for this holiday season.

 

You really can never go wrong with bartop accessories, especially ones as fun as these.  Jonathan Adler always knows how to add a little funk to every item!

Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler

 

 

Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler

 

We love handcrafted Arte Italica products, and this pitcher is no exception.  It’s festive, yet understated, and would go with so many different styles of decor!

Arte Italica

Arte Italica

 

What a beautiful cake stand by Michael Aram.  This would make any dessert a real showstopper!

Michael Aram

Michael Aram

 

 

The holidays are the perfect time to cozy up to one of these comfy throws.  They’re all so gorgeous, we couldn’t pick just one!

Surya

Surya

 

 

Serena & Lily

Serena & Lily

 

We just couldn’t come up with a list of splurge-worthy gifts without having something on here from Christopher Guy.  These amazing candlesticks would be the absolute definition of luxury!

Christopher Guy

Christopher Guy

Christopher Guy

Christopher Guy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you follow our blog, you probably already know what an incredible artist Connie Kolman is.  These trays are just so stunning, and would be the perfect (and such a unique) gift for anyone!

Kolman Artisan Glass

Kolman Artisan Glass

 

When we look for fine linens, Matouk and Sferra are our first stops.  It really doesn’t get much better than these two- so splurge on some quality hand towels or tabletop linens, and your luxe-lover will be glad you did!

Matouk

Matouk

 

 

Sferra

Sferra

 

 

What’s your favorite splurge-worthy gift this year?  Is there something you found and just love?

 

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Holiday Gift Guide: FOR THE ANIMAL LOVER

Whether they have pets of their own, or simply love animals in general, we’ve got something for every one on your list!  It can be hard to find creative gifts that won’t break the bank, so we’ve decided to do it for you.

In our family, we’ve got a German Shepherd named Rocco, a Pit mix named Millie, and two fluffy kitties, Jamie & Moe.  We think all of these holiday gifts would go great in their homes, and we hope you like them too!!

Rocco

Rocco

Millie

Millie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jamie

Jamie

Moe

Moe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who couldn’t use some fresh, new, kitchen towels?  And festive ones, at that!

West Elm

West Elm

 

These oven mitts are so cute that they deserve a place hung up on display, not just stuck in a drawer by the oven!

Anthropologie

Anthropologie

 

If the cat lover on your list has the wall space, this clock is just adorable.  Perfect for a bedroom!!

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters

 

We all have someone on our list who is a bird lover- and with this Kate Spade print, how could you go wrong?  We’ve even used this Kate Spade print as a wallcovering!

Kate Spade

Kate Spade

 

 

Admittedly, these woodland creatures are my favorites items on the list.  I saw these little cuties in the store and knew they had to come home with me.  How can you resist those faces!?

World Market

World Market

World Market

World Market

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Festive, and perfect for the holiday table.  Your friends and family will go crazy over this partridge in a pear tree salt & pepper set!

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

 

Any farm lovers on your list?  Target has the cutest little pig mat for their kitchen!

Target

Target

 

 

For all of those animal-loving yogies, this mat and S’well bottle are the perfect combo.  I have a S’well bottle for myself that keeps my water ice cold all throughout the hottest yoga classes, and my coffee hot all day at work!

S'well

S’well

KESS InHouse

KESS InHouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the dog fanatics out there, you simply can’t resist this bedding.  And maybe with a little bedside Bulldog lamp?  Now THIS is a bed Rocco would love!

The Company Store

The Company Store

 

 

Target

Target

 

 

 

What’s your favorite animal on our list this year?

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Top 5 Design Trends for 2017

HighPoint Market is always a great opportunity to see the new lines and trends in home decor.  Vendors try out their new products at Market to gauge the response from buyers and designers.  My favorite part of Market is visiting as many showrooms as I can fit in (both favorites and new finds), and trying to come up with the trends that are emerging.  This year, I was so happy to have Jillian join me- she has joined the team at Susan Hayward Interiors, and together we have come up with our 5 Design Trends for 2017!

 

1. Quartz

Stone has always been popular, but this year we saw so much quartz.  It appeared in everything from lighting, to case goods, to decorative items.  I think we liked it on lighting best, as it gave the quartz a shimmer that was much more subtle than crystal, but not any less beautiful!

 

Couture Lamps

Couture Lamps

Surya

Surya

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anthropologie

Anthropologie

Visual Comfort & Co.

Visual Comfort & Co.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Global Views

Global Views

Currey & Co.

Currey & Co.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Gold

Sorry everyone, but I think the days of brushed nickel finishes have been “outshined”.  We saw lots of polished nickel, silver, and gold.  The gold was what struck us the most- it had such a beautiful tone to it, not the brassy look of the 80’s!

 

Studio A Home

Studio A Home

 

Worlds Away

Worlds Away

 

Currey & Co.

Currey & Co.

 

 

3. Tassels

Home decor follows fashion, and nothing has been more evident in fashion as have tassels.  We’ve seen them in jewelry and on clothes, and now they’re on lights, bedding, and furniture.  We loved the look:  Bohemian with a classy edge!

 

Eloquence via Bella Cottage

Eloquence via Bella Cottage

 

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters

 

Wisteria

Wisteria

 

 

4. Distressed Finishes

Yes, distressed finishes have been around for awhile.  This year there were a lot more creamy whites and softer colors, making the look much more European, and less rustic.

 

Eloquence

Eloquence

 

Classic Home

Classic Home

 

The Bramble Company

The Bramble Company

 

 

5.  Velvet

Nothing else feels quite like velvet, and this year velvet was everywhere.  The new velvets are much more user-friendly with teflon-type finishes to roll that glass of red wine right off (and on to your beautiful rug?).  Oh well, can’t have everything!

Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler

 

House of Hampton via Wayfair

House of Hampton via Wayfair

 

Company C

Company C

 

Overall, we came away from High Point with a feeling of classy elegance.  Quartz, gold, tassels, distressed finishes and velvets – beautiful and luxurious, but also welcoming and fresh.  I can’t wait until 2017 to see if we were right!  What trends are you most looking forward to seeing?

 

 

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J’Adore Décor!

Author: Jillian Hayward Schaible

 

If you read our blog often (or saw pictures from my wedding), you probably already know that vintage, romantic décor is my absolute favorite style.  What I love most about it is the warm, cozy feel that it brings to a room.  Often paired with calm, neutral tones, this style can have such a soothing effect.

I also love the idea that the style reflects the rich history of its era, and breathes such life into the design.  Sometimes, this style can be a bit difficult to achieve on your own… But, here are a few of my favorite looks to hopefully inspire you and give you some new ideas for how to get this look in your home, too!

 

I love a sturdy, rustic farmhouse table paired with neutral linen.  This is classic French country design, and a timeless look for your dining area.  I like to pair mine with a big bouquet of hydrangeas or peonies- simple, elegant, and soft.

Kathy Kuo Home

Kathy Kuo Home

 

With lots of neutral tones, it’s nice to add in pops of glitz like gold and silver to add a bit of sparkle to your décor!

Kathy Kuo Home

Kathy Kuo Home

 

Bella Cottage is one of my personal favorites- their pieces are simply beautiful.  I love the tufting here- it would be so comfy to lean up against if you like to read in bed, like I do!

Bella Cottage

Bella Cottage

 

Often in French country décor, you will find ornate, glamorous lighting paired with rustic or distressed pieces.  This adds so much depth to all of those neutral tones, and really steps your design up to the next level!

Bella Cottage

Eloquence via Bella Cottage

 

For a more casual room, you can channel that country look from nature, and use it in wallpaper and fresh flowers.  This Tempaper wallpaper is not only perfect for the style, it’s also temporary so that you can easily add or remove it any time you want to switch it up!

Tempaper

Tempaper

 

Stools like these from Frontgate have it all- I wish I had a counter like this in my house so that I could get some of my own!

Frontgate

Frontgate

 

 

Frontgate

Frontgate

 

I love the look of this wire basket chandelier!  This could be so fun for a big table outdoors, maybe even with some vines or ivy wrapped around.

The Painted Cottage

The Painted Cottage

 

It is so common to find distressed or “shabby chic” furniture to capture this look.  Annie Sloan chalk paint is easy enough to use yourself, and the best quality out there to get the style of paint you see here!

Soft Surroundings

Soft Surroundings

 

 

Annie Sloan

Annie Sloan

 

 

The Painted Cottage

The Painted Cottage

 

 

Shabby Chic Couture

Shabby Chic Couture

 

 

Shabby Chic Couture

Shabby Chic Couture

 

 

What’s YOUR favorite style?  Would you try this French country décor in your home?

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How to Create a Small Space with Big Style

I spend a lot of time helping my clients downsize into smaller spaces.  Selling the big house and moving into the condo in the city sounds great, right?  But what do you do in a smaller space with all of your stuff??  Finding ways to incorporate storage into everyday pieces has become easier thanks to a little creativity in your furniture purchases.

Cubes and floating shelves can store a lot and can do double duty as wall art.

IKEA

IKEA

 

Bookshelves don’t have to be built-in.

IKEA

IKEA

 

And desks and tables don’t have to have legs.

Anthropologie

Anthropologie

 

A simple shelf under a table can store magazines and books, as well as decorative items.

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

 

Add drawers and your “stuff” is out of sight.

Bassett Furniture

Bassett Furniture

 

Not enough room in your bedroom for anything but a bed?  Get one with under the bed storage and attached nightstands.

West Elm

West Elm

 

A simple wooden ladder can be the perfect place for linens.

Anthropologie

Anthropologie

 

 

 

What other tips and tricks have you learned over the years to save yourself extra space and reduce clutter in your small space?

 

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Funky Front Porches

Author: Jillian Hayward Schaible

 

With all of the gorgeous summer nights we get to experience here in San Diego, I’ve been thinking about redesigning my front porch to be able to enjoy each sunset from the comfort of my own home.  There are so many ways to design a beautiful and functional porch regardless of how large or small your area may be.  Do you prefer to lounge out front in a rustic Adirondack chair?  Or perhaps cozy up to a nest or hammock?  There are so many options to choose from that can work in even the smallest of porches!

 

My husband and I live right by the beach, and love to spend our evenings outside grilling and enjoying the evenings from our porch.  Having a smaller area to work with, we’ve been looking for the perfect little bistro set to have a drink and some munchies on without using up too much space!

Breakwater Bay (Via Wayfair)

Breakwater Bay (Via Wayfair)

 

These hanging nests are so fun and look just absolutely cozy!

Serena & Lily

Serena & Lily

 

If you’re looking for something more traditional, you can never go wrong with paired rockers.  Brighten it up and add some personal style for each season with fun pillows like these!

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

 

When I see nests as comfortable-looking as this, I just want to curl up with a good book for hours, don’t you?

West Elm

West Elm

 

Personally, I’m a huge fan of whites and neutrals in the home, and I especially love the fresh, bright look it gives this porch.  I love the way they incorporated a little pop of color with that gorgeous turquoise bench!

Frontgate

Frontgate

 

Always a favorite, Kouboo knows how to add some serious style to a porch!  If you prefer to lounge in the backyard, try making a bold statement with tropical plants out front!

Kouboo

Kouboo

 

I love this idea for a family beach house.  Although they are the same style rocker, the differing colors add a fun edge- not to mention that each person can pick their own color.

Grandin Road

Grandin Road

 

If you like the hanging nest, add a little uniqueness with a design like this seahorse or a hanging bench with funky throw pillows!

Pier 1 Imports

Pier 1 Imports

 

 

Hayneedle

Hayneedle

 

 

Which style front porch do you like best?  We always love to see your pictures!

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Which Bed Is Right For You?

Do you watch tv in bed?  Or sit up and read?  Maybe you need an upholstered headboard.

Does your bed face a window with a beautiful view?  Maybe a headboard with a mirror.

Do you want your headboard to be a feature wall?  Try something unusual and artistic.

Are you short on space for nightstands?  Perhaps a headboard with attached small nightstands may fit in your space.

These are the first questions I ask my clients when I am designing a bedroom.  Your bed is one of the most important pieces of furniture in your home.  We spend 30% of our lives in bed.  After a good mattress, a solid bed to put it on is critical.  Once you’ve determined the function of your bed and headboard, then you determine the style – and there are so many to choose from.  Here are some of our favorites that just may inspire you to have the form that follows function and to get the perfect bed for a good night’s sleep!

 

Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler

 

 

Serena & Lily

Serena & Lily

 

 

Christopher Guy

Christopher Guy

 

 

Christopher Guy

Christopher Guy

 

 

Serena & Lily

Serena & Lily

IKEA

IKEA

 

 

The Bella Cottage

The Bella Cottage

 

 

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters

 

 

Ballard Designs

Ballard Designs

 

 

South Shore via Wayfair

South Shore via Wayfair

 

 

Hooker Furniture

Hooker Furniture

 

 

Hooker Furniture

Hooker Furniture

 

 

Bassett Furniture

Bassett Furniture

 

 

Old Hickory Tannery Horchow

Old Hickory Tannery Horchow

 

 

Haute House via Horchow

Haute House via Horchow

 

 

Restoration Hardware

Restoration Hardware

 

So, which bed is right for you?

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Wacky Woods

There was a time when a wood floor meant oak strips, and a wood wall meant planking headboard.  Now we are finding all species of woods in all different places.  Installation can be as easy as peel and stick!  Veneers come in every species imaginable.  Here are some creative uses of wood to get your imagination flowing!

 

Log Cabin Directory

Log Cabin Directory

 

 

Brewster Home Fashions

Brewster Home Fashions

 

 

Stikwood

Stikwood

 

 

Stikwood

Stikwood

 

 

Anthropologie

Anthropologie

 

 

Anthropologie

Anthropologie

 

 

Wisteria

Wisteria

 

 

Curated Kravet

Curated Kravet

Curated Kravet

Curated Kravet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Calvin Furniture Studio

David Calvin Furniture Studio

 

 

Global Views

Global Views

 

 

Global Views

Global Views

 

 

Kouboo

Kouboo

 

 

Avanity

Avanity

 

 

Armstrong

Armstrong

 

 

Photo by: Kai Nakamura via Arch Daily

Photo by: Kai Nakamura via Arch Daily

 

 

We love these fun and funky wood creations!  What’s your favorite?  Would you try one in your home?

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