Spring Forward With Your Design

With all of these crazy New England storms, I can’t help but dream of the warmer days ahead (hopefully sooner rather than later!).  Longer days and beautiful Spring blooms are on their way, and I can’t wait to bring these beautiful colors and patterns into my home with the season.

Floral patterns bursting with color are the easiest way to “throw” Spring right into your living room.

Wisteria

 

Surya

 

Playing with different textures can add a whole new dimension to your Spring-inspired rugs and cushions!

Langdon Ltd.

 

Not all Spring patterns need to be big and bold.  Sometimes a dainty look paired with crisp whites is just right.

Kate Spade

 

Serena & Lily

 

My favorite part about this season is that it feels like the perfect time to be extra playful with my decor.  I love this bath mat for a fun and feminine touch!

LC Lauren Conrad Available at Kohl’s

 

Garden parties, holidays, backyard barbecues… Warmer weather calls for an update to your entertaining essentials!

Kate Spade available at Williams Sonoma

 

Crate & Barrel

 

The Little Market

 

The Little Market

 

You’re going to need a beautiful vase for your blooms, and I love how different, yet simple, this one is.

Pottery Barn

 

 

Adding in a bit of rattan decor will carry that warm weather style right into Summer, and Kouboo has so many great options to choose from.

Kouboo

 

 

Who else is ready for some Springtime style?!

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!

Our Favorite Spring Tablescapes for 2017

My 2 least favorite months of the year are February and March.  I’m tired of the cold, sick of my winter tablescapes, and generally feeling gloomy.  Starting to “dewinterize” the house perks me up, and one of the easiest to do is the table.  

I love the soft pastels, vivd greens, flora, and fauna that come along with warmer weather and lots of sunshine.  So, with one foot still in winter and one on its way into spring, you’ll find all of these things in my favorite Springtime tabletops!

Whether you’re gathering ideas for your own table decor or just enjoy seeing all of these lively designs, we hope you enjoy our gorgeous collection of Spring tables capes as much as we do! 

 

Oscar de la Renta

 

 

Style Me Pretty

 

 

Williams Sonoma

 

 

Magnolia Market

 

 

Anke Illness for decor8

 

 

Isabelle de Borchgrave

 

 

Lauren Conrad

 

 

Midwest Living

 

 

Pier 1 Imports

 

 

Photo by Alison Bernier for 100-Layer Cakelet

 

 

Photo by Alison Bernier for 100-Layer Cakelet

 

 

Love of Family and Home

 

 

What is your favorite Spring inspired tabletop?  Would you try any of these this season?  Let us know in the comments!

 

Flower Power

Maybe it’s because it’s summer and there are flowers everywhere,  I don’t know… but I’m seeing flowers in a whole new way right now.  We’ve written floral blogs before, but the flowers have never been as creative and realistic as the florals we’re currently seeing.

 

Take this gorgeous wall covering-  look at those flowers!  Yes, it’s bright, but a little goes a long way.  Take a little powder room to a whole new level.. .or bring back the accent wall in a fresh, new way!

Candice Olson

Candice Olson

 

Okay, we’ve all seen pillows shaped like flowers but this one is really a flower, petals and all!

Global Views

Global Views

 

Even a traditional floral wall covering looks fresh in a beautiful color.

York Wallcoverings

York Wallcoverings

 

The flowers are practically popping right off the wall!

Anthropologie

Anthropologie

 

I love this bed from Anthropologie…and the bedding’s pretty, too!

Anthropologie

Anthropologie

 

If you’re making an investment in a beautiful piece of furniture, Lee Jofa furniture and fabrics are timeless (and a personal fav).

Parish Hadley for Lee Jofa

Parish Hadley for Lee Jofa

 

I know this picture is to show the floral rug, but the room is so colorful!  I want it all in my office – that sofa is my favorite color!

Lulu & Georgia

Lulu & Georgia

 

Okay, so we definitely like the new floral wall coverings, you think?

Lulu & Georgia

Lulu & Georgia

 

If Kate likes them,  then they must be beautiful!

Kate Spade

Kate Spade

 

Our Kouboo friends have joined the trend with this beautiful mirror that can find a home almost anywhere.

Kouboo

Kouboo

 

This reminds me of Capodimonte, but for 2016.  Love it!

Global Views

Global Views

 

 

How would you bring a pop of summer flowers to your design?

Romantic Bridal Bouquets

Here I am once again taking over for Susan in our wedding series to share with you some of my favorite floral inspirations!  No matter what type of wedding you have, flowers are sure to be a vital part of your decor, tablescapes, and of course, outfits!

Your bouquet should set the tone for the style and theme of your wedding.  My style is romantic, soft, and vintage, and so will be my bridal bouquet.  I’m not a fan of the “perfectly round” bouquets, but rather something with a little bit more texture and greens.  I wish I could choose ALL of these bouquets for my own wedding!

 

Photo by Erin Hearts Court, via Alex Flower Editor at Project Wedding

Photo by Erin Hearts Court, via Alex Flower Editor at Project Wedding

 

Riverland Studios via Style Me Pretty

Riverland Studios via Style Me Pretty

 

Colin Cowie Weddings

Colin Cowie Weddings

 

JMFlora Design| Stephanie Williams Photography, via The Bride's Cafe

JMFlora Design| Stephanie Williams Photography, via The Bride’s Cafe

 

Isari Flower Studio| Jen Wojcik Photography, via Wedding Chicks

Isari Flower Studio| Jen Wojcik Photography, via Wedding Chicks

 

Warmphoto via Fab You Bliss

Warmphoto via Fab You Bliss

 

Troy Grover Photographers via Glamour & Grace

Troy Grover Photographers via Glamour & Grace

 

Lovely Little Details | Stacy Hedman Photography, via Style Me Pretty

Lovely Little Details | Stacy Hedman Photography, via Style Me Pretty

 

Riverland Studios via Something Turquoise

Riverland Studios via Something Turquoise

 

What’s your dream bouquet?  Do you have a favorite flower that’s sure to stand out?

The Perfect Rehearsal Dinner

For this third post in our wedding series, I (Jillian) have once again taken over for my mom to share my wedding inspiration with you.  Although the rehearsal dinner for myself and Christian has been generously taken over by his parents, I’ve been hearing lots of ideas that my parents have in store for my brother’s in June!

Before you start coming up with fun ideas for décor, you’ll want to make sure you pick the right venue.  Whether you choose to have it on your backyard patio, a clambake on the beach, or at a restaurant, you’ll want to make sure that you find a space with privacy.  I say that because the last thing you’ll want is have your entire party in the middle of a restaurant where everyone else in the room with you is listening to every toast, joke, and story being told (you know there are sure to be some embarrassing ones if your family is anything like mine!).

Once you’ve found the perfect spot, you’ll need some decorating inspiration- that’s where I come in!  Here are some gorgeous rehearsal dinners and tablescapes that I think are just absolutely stunning.  Hopefully I’ll be able to provide you some inspiration for your event, or even some ideas for your next dinner party!  Enjoy!

 

Bluebird Productions

Bluebird Productions

 

Bluebird Productions

Bluebird Productions

 

Beth Helmstetter for Inside Weddings, via Inspired by This

Beth Helmstetter for Inside Weddings, via Inspired by This

 

Beth Helmstetter for Inside Weddings, via Inspired by This

Beth Helmstetter for Inside Weddings, via Inspired by This

 

Style Me Pretty, via The Sweetest Occasion

Style Me Pretty, via The Sweetest Occasion

 

Atelier Pictures via Project Wedding

Atelier Pictures via Project Wedding

 

Colin Cowie Weddings

Colin Cowie Weddings

 

Colin Cowie Weddings

Colin Cowie Weddings

 

Do you have any great ideas for hosting a rehearsal dinner?  How would you plan yours?

My 2015 Interior Design Predictions – Out With The Old In With The New!

I look at lists of “predictions” every year – some are dead on, some totally off the mark…  But they are an opportunity to look back on past trends and give pause to what could be.  With that being said, here are my thoughts of what may be making a bigger statement in 2015!

1.  Metallics – the last few years we’ve seen lots of matte finishes and more subdued fabrics.  Plan on seeing metallics in everything.  That little bit of shine will appear in fabrics and accessories as well.

Brit + Co

Brit + Co

2. Painted Finishes – we will continue to see the trend in painted finishes and glazes on furniture.  This will continue on cabinetry as well.  Mixing painted finishes in kitchens and bath will also become more apparent.

Carved and Painted Three Drawer Chest, Cottage & Bungalow

Carved and Painted Three Drawer Chest, Cottage & Bungalow

3.  Softer Whites and Warmer Grays – white and gray will always be popular, but I think they will be softer and the tones will be warmer.

House to Home

House to Home

4.  Outdoors Come Inside – Outdoor fabrics and furniture will come inside, blurring the lines of indoor and outdoor.  Outdoor fabrics have come a long way, and they will be appearing in your living room as well as your patio.  Outdoor chairs and tables will be multi-functional.

Kravet Soleil

Kravet Soleil

5.  Florals – the days of Mario Buatta and rooms full of chintz florals will make a comeback, but with a fresher more refined look.  Perhaps used on a chair or pillow, rather than wrapped around the room, but florals will be “back” in 2015.

Matouk

Matouk

6.  Softer Lines – we have seen a lot of chevron and linear looks the past few years.  I think the lines will be softer and less geometric.

Clicquot, Christopher Guy

Christopher Guy

7. “Greener” Products – a continued consciousness of materials and finishes will continue. Products made from recycled materials, furniture, fabrics, and finishes free of chemicals and non-organic dyes will see a continued rise in popularity.

EcoModern Design

EcoModern Design

8.  What’s Old is New Again – look for a combined approach to design – that antique chair may be covered in a non-traditional fabric and the contemporary sofa may appear in a lush velvet.  Traditional furnishes may be updated with a lacquer paint and glitzy hardware to bring it up to date in 2015.

Dyad Two Seat Sofa, Amy Somerville

Dyad Two Seat Sofa, Amy Somerville

9.  Lighting LED – a continued trend away from incandescent lighting to LED in everything including chandeliers and pendants.

Roomscapes Luxury Design Center

Roomscapes Luxury Design Center

10.  Ceilings as a 5th Wall – Ceilings don’t have to be white and they don’t have to be just paint anymore.  We will see a more conscious effort to decorate ALL the walls in your house!

Vivid Hue Home

Vivid Hue Home

 

Well, there you have it.  These are my predictions for 2015!  I can’t wait til this time next year to see how well we did!!  Happy 2015!!

Holiday Gift Guide, Day 2: For the Gardener

Day 2 of our Holiday Gift Guide is dedicated to the gardeners in your life – those family or friends that you know you can always find outdoors with their hands in the dirt!  At some point they have to come indoors, and when they do, help them make their indoors as “garden beautiful” as their outdoor oasis.

 

I love the neutral green of these pillows.  I think they would go with just about anything!  And don’t they just make you feel like you’re outside?

Banana Palm Pillow, Lulu & Georgia

Banana Palm Pillow, Lulu & Georgia

 

We can find almost anything from our friends at Kouboo, and we love the versatility of these Ripple Porcelain Vases.  You provide the vase… your gardener will do the rest.

Ripple Porcelain Vases, Kouboo

Ripple Porcelain Vases, Kouboo

 

I know I’m dating myself, but I remember the macrame days when we all had these hanging in our homes.  Fast forward to 2014 and they’re back, better than ever!

Woven Jute Planter, Anthropologie

Woven Jute Planter, Anthropologie

 

Give your gardener some help bringing in those tender herbs from their garden with this conversation piece.  Flashback to Julia Roberts and Richard Gere in Pretty Woman!

Fire Escape Wall Shelf, Urban Outfitters

Fire Escape Wall Shelf, Urban Outfitters

 

What’s old is new again, and that goes for the terrarium.  Here’s a new twist on a decades old treasure.  Add a few succulents, tie a bow around it, and your gardener will be so impressed!

Magical Thinking Geo Terrarium, Urban Outfitters

Magical Thinking Geo Terrarium, Urban Outfitters

 

Here’s a sweet bud vase that adds a little dimension.  Add a single rose for the traditionalist, or maybe a gerbera daisy or an orchid for something a little bit different!

Tower of Buds Vases, Wisteria

Tower of Buds Vases, Wisteria

 

Such a pretty mirror for that special someone!  Maybe your gardener could put it over their potter’s bench!

Decorative Floral Mirror, Pottery Barn

Decorative Floral Mirror, Pottery Barn

 

Gardener or not, this floral duvet is just sweet!

Bayside Floral Duvet Cover/Sham, The Company Store

Bayside Floral Duvet Cover/Sham, The Company Store

 

And this pillow and comforter just make me smile… think of how the gardener on your list will feel when they open it up!

Decorative Floral Pillows, LTD Commodities

Decorative Floral Pillows, LTD Commodities

 

Rosina Throw, Lush Decor (Available at Wayfair)

Rosina Throw, Lush Decor (Available at Wayfair)

 

I hope you found something from our collection of Home Decor ideas for your gardener.  Check back tomorrow when we post Day 3 of our Holiday Gift Guide: For the Free Spirit.

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