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  Hi everyone.  I hope your Monday is going dandy and that you are doing good things.

Detail of Pillows

Today I wanted to share some thoughts on what can sometimes be one of the most challenging aspect of designing a living space…..pillow selection.  The good news is that there are so many stylish pillow options available from every home décor, big box and online retail shop.  The bad news is that there are so many stylish pillow options available from every home décor, big box and online retail shop.  Sometimes having more options available to you can make the decision-making more difficult.

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I’m working on a design project that will involve some new pieces of furniture but the real changes that will take place in the home will come from the accessories and accent furniture we’ll be adding.  These two elements alone play a big role in giving a room its personality and building a strong design theme for a space.

When I’m creating a design plan for a client, there are several key questions I ask that help me in picking the accessories and accent furniture to be used in their home.

1)  What is your favorite color?

2)  Do you have a favorite pattern…flowers, stripes, geometries etc?

3)  If you had to choose between linen and velvet which would you choose?

4)  What at the favorite things you and your family like to do in this space?

5)  What things don’t you like when it comes to décor?  This is a question  I think many designers assume their clients know the answer to.  But when forced to really think about it there the answers might even amaze the homeowner themselves.

If you’re decorating or re-decorating a space in your home, answering these questions will help you understand your likes and dislikes and how  you want to the space to feel.

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Accessories and accent furniture pieces can help create a feeling of calm and relaxation if the lines of the furniture are simple and clean and if the fabrics and natural and subdued in color.

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You can use accessories and accent furniture to create an eclectic and vintage feel by incorporating pieces from different eras along with aged finishes.

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Furniture and accessories can communicate a whimsical feel if painted in bold colors or if they have curvy and geometric details.

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Even in a fairly neutral room, accessories can communicate your love of color.  A colorful lampshade if a great way to introduce a pop of color in a small way.

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The way you place your accessories and accent furniture can convey your need and comfort with order and balance.

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And accessories and accent furniture are a great way of creating a fun and vibrant personality within your home.

When it comes to creating a home you love, the things you put into your home central to the way it makes you feel so choose what you love and love what you choose.

Next week I’ll share a design plan I’m working on so you can see the power of accessories and accent furniture.

Shelly

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The right balance of pattern, color, scale and texture!

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Crate and Barrel Beaded Pillow, Z Gallerie Elton Pillow, Crate and Barrel Cozy Yellow Pillow
Pier 1 Cabana Geometric Pillow, West Elm Love Bird Pillow, Cost Plus World Market China Garden Floral Pillow

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 Etsy Blue and Grey Chevron Pillow, Etsy Blue Floral Pillow, Home Decorators Delaney Pillow
Etsy Geometric Floral Pillow, Etsy Black and White Trellis Pillow, Etsy Black and White Houndstooth Pillow
XO Shelly

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I’ve been knee-deep in projects (resulting in this late Friday post) and all of them keep leading me to a design trend that just keeps gaining steam.  Trellis Patterns have been on the top of the design “it” list for a while now and with the fresh, modern and classic feel they give to a room design, I don’t see them going anywhere soon.
Here are the trellis looks that have provided my most recent inspiration…
 While this bold black and white pattern makes me a bit dizzy I still love the impact is gives!  In a small bathroom, on a focal wall or lining the back of a closet, a trellis pattern is just about all the décor you’ll need.
Kelly Wearstler Imperial Trellis
The Imperial Trellis pattern, the most popular in this pattern group is perfect as an accent on pillows…
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as curtain panels…
roost | marissa waddell interiors: imperial trellis curtain panels
on a chair…
living rooms - orange gray drapes white foo dog lamps black Chinese altar end table charcoal gray velvet sofa French brass tacks Kelly Wearstler imperial trellis accent chair orange ottoman
or covering an ottoman!
living rooms - Kelly Wearstler Imperial Trellis Fabric - Mandarin blue floral drapes turquoise blue lamp orange turquoise blue pillow tan walls white table
I also love the look of a trellis pattern lining the backs of bookcases.  The pattern draws you in but still allows the decorative elements to stand out.
wall length shelves + wallpaper...    Add a Splash of Color  For visual interest, back your shelves with a contrasting wallpaper print or colorful paint. This gorgeous bookcase by Samantha Pynn {decorator, stylist and host and principal designer of Pure Design on HGTV} is backed with Schumacher’s Imperial Trellis by Kelly Wearstler  in Charcoal.
A trellis pattern can really spruce up a space by adding a bold graphic but not an over whelming pattern. Use it behind shelves or as an accent wall. All kinds available at walnut wallpaper #wallpaper
Here are a few more trellis pattern styles that are inspiring.
I really like this trellis pattern - maybe you could replicate it with a sharpie?  Looks great with the starburst mirror.
I love the look of this reverse color trellis  design, still bold but in a more subtle way.
trellis pattern | wallpaper | Pattern "Grata" on homedit.com: Pink Living Rooms Ideas That Are Not Overbearing
In a non-traditional color,  a trellis pattern is a great option for a ladies dressing room, closet or home office.
 gold trellis pattern on a cane back chair.   sigh.
And in a classic green color, the trellis pattern provides a perfect contrast to classic black and gold.
Classic * Modern * Edgy * Timeless * Fresh * Dynamic * Bold===What’s not to love about Trellis Patterns?
In doing a little research on the trellis pattern, I learned that the first trellis wallpaper design was originally printed by William Morris in 1864 in England. It was supposedly inspired by a trellis in his garden at Red House in Kent, England. I also learned that Morris lived by one of my favorite mottos…“Have nothing in your
house which you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful”.
Wishing you a beautiful weekend!

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 Gotta Love Stripes! 

Fresh, Modern and Classic!

 

 

 Click on the items below to check out these fab Etsy products!

Striped Grease Bowl, Striped Spoons, Striped Ribbon, Striped Pillows, Striped Coasters, Striped Vintage Handbag, Striped Coin Purse, Striped Thank You CardStriped Holla ArtworkStripe Earrings

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Summer is mere days away and when the weather starts to heat up I love to pull out my Gingham pieces.  Gingham to me is a summer essential, just like ice cream and picnics.

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To get you ready for Summer, I’ve scouted the web and found a few gingham pieces you just may want to add to your summer wardrobe!

ASOS CURVE Exclusive Sundress In Gingham–$60.88

Gingham Linen Dress–GAP  $59.95

Multi-color Gingham Dress–Zappos  $70.00

Perfect shirt in mini-gingham

Mini Gingham Shirt–JCrew  $75.00

Gingham Clutch–Anthropologie  $78.00

Khaki Gingham Wedge Sandal–Lands End  $39.99

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Happy (early) Summer!

 

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I love designing spaces when patterns are involved but, patternwork can be a very personal thing. 

 Some people like florals while others like geometrics.  And, some people like traditional patterns while some like more contempoary versions.  However, when it comes to classic and timeless design style, there are FIVE PATTERNS that every home decor can benefit from. regardless of your design style.

  1. STRIPES–one of the most classic patterns of all which can be interpreted in so many color combinations and widths. 
  2. PLAID–a more traditional pattern which lends a classic feel to decor.  Smaller plaids take on a  more casual, country feel and larger plaids can feel a bit more modern.
  3. POLKA DOT–dots are a playful and whimsical addition to decor.  
  4. HOUNDSTOOTH–another classic pattern that lends itself to more traditional decor when done in black and white, and more contemporary decor when color is used.
  5. CHEVRON–chevron patterns are perfect for all styles of decor.  Depending on the width of the lines, chevron can feel classic or modern.

Here are a few inspirational images using the FIVE key patterns. 

Be inspired by their application, placement and color variety.

 

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Do you have one of these class patterns in your decor? 

And, which is your favorite?  Do tell!

  

Want to learn even more about how to incorporate patterns into your decor, check out the post I wrote on Pattern Mixing!

 

all images via the ConfettiStyle Pattern Play Pinterest Board!

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Simple in design, bold in appearance, Geometric patterns are all the rage for Spring 2012. 

 

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In wallpaper or stencil designs, geometric patterns create a modern backdrop within a room and are perfect for pattern mixing.

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Geometric patterns are the perfect fresh and modern accent to a  tonal outfit.

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Geometric carpeting will add drama and impact upon which classic furniture pieces can sit.

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A colorful and vibrant geometric pattern is an essential Spring wardrobe piece.

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Geo patterns are the perfect framework for a stylish space.

Derek Lam–Spring 2012

Chic and Sophisticated!

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Combine two or more geo patterns for an urban, eclectic look.

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Classic, modern and such a style statement!

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Subdued geo patterns set against all white create a modern vibe.

Narcisco Rodriguez Spring 2012

Bold and Dynamic!

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Classic and Traditional!

Ohne Titel Spring 2012

Color blocked geo patterns are hip and sporty…perfect for spring!

 

Are you loving the Geometric trend or is it too severe for you? 

Me personally, I love it !

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