Making things pretty on a penny is always a subject of interest to me, clients, friends, family and judging from the emails I receive, most of my readers.
The summer retail season is heating up, and the stores, outlets and online sights we love to call favorites are rolling out seasonal finds much to the delight of decorators, designers and gotta have it guys and gals. Seasonal decorating is nothing new, but the items in which to accomplish this mission of home decor beautification are. Summer style spotting with pen, paper and bookmark icon ready to jot and save is proving to be successful on the summer finds front. Here is the first round of the Gotta Have It List summer 2015 edition.
H & M continues to impress with decorative accents big on visual quality and style at an affordable price. You just can’t go wrong with an accent piece in the decorating darling duo of black and white. A classic color combination paired with a trending pattern in pop of zebra detail places this ceramic jar accent at the top of the Gotta Have It list summer 2015 edition.
Named after English architect Charles L. Eastlake, the design of this late 19th century style of furniture is one of my least favorites. This mass produced style is actually more of a “in the style of” interpretation of what American professional cabinet makers serving as master furniture designers deemed an authentic replica of Eastlake’s design. Charles Eastlake was not impressed with the results. Mr. Eastlake and I are of the same school of thought. His words say it far better than mine.
“I find American tradesmen continually advertising what they are pleased to call Eastlake furniture, the production of which I have had nothing whatever to do, and for the taste of which I should be very sorry to be considered responsible.”
~ Charles L. Eastlake
That being said, the Eastlake style chair in the above image from Style Me Pretty demonstrates how a chic update can transform an otherwise dated piece into a hip and happening accent chair focal point. Not all antique furniture pieces are prime candidates for paint, but in the case of Eastlake furniture I say pick it out, shake it up and paint it pretty.
Late summer means treasure hunting days at one of my favorite haunts, Korner Shoppe Antiques. This gem of a joint is full to the gills with my kind of treasures, trinkets and trash. Inspiration struck as I perused the shoppe’s Facebook page so I did what all deal dreaming decoristas do- I sketched out plans for an upcoming project around copper pots and pans.
One very brilliant episode of Mad Men placed Howard Johnson’s back into the thoughts of a generation of hungry Americans who ordered up cups, plates and scoops of American fare under the iconic bright orange roof.
Paging Friday, March 20th. I don’t believe I’m going out on a limb here when I say most of us are more than ready for the first day of spring 2015 to make an appearance in weather reports, gardens, flower beds and home decor accessories. Gloomy days and frozen nights of late make a very good argument for the hurried anticipation of spring’s arrival. North, south, east and west- it’s time for spring to get to springing. I’m for less of this…
and much, much more of this. Blooming trees, color on parade flowers and budding plants, warm temps, sunny afternoons and swing time works for me!
This silly rednecks on a road trip resonates with our crowd in a we know people exactly like that kind of way. One particular dialogue exchange between Billy Bob Thornton (as Lonnie Earl Dodd) and Patrick Swayze (as Roy Kirkendall) in regards to the customized Chevrolet Suburban they would be traveling in hilariously hit home.
Lonnie Earl: Nothing’s too good for my friends. We’re gonna be ridin’ and stylin’ and profilin’.
Roy: It smells loud.
Lonnie Earl: That’s probably that Corinthian leather, is what that is.”
My uncle, a Southern gentleman of few words and good taste, was in the carpet and flooring business for years before embarking on his career as the cinnamon bun king of central Florida. Loud was his word of choice when describing busy colors, bold fabrics and pungent foods.
The MacKenzie-Childs Flower Market Outdoor Butterfly Chair is exactly that, loud. Subdued in its statement it’s not, but then again, neither is the beauty of spring. This chair captures the iconic look of the brand with the perfect amount of funky fun, live out loud color flair, and unique interpretation.
Old Man Winter has dropped his bags at the front door of 2015 for an extended stay, but a fabric color, pattern and trim pick-me-up provides all the decorative lagniappe necessary to lift a decorative spirit out of the winter doldrums. Mardi Gras and the calls of Throw Me Something, Mister ring thick in the mild Louisiana winter air, taking the sting out of the fact we’ve got a ways to go before spring, sprang and sprung of spring. With the word throw being the star of the Mardi Gras Carnival parades, and bright, bold and anything but boring color draping the entire state in pops of party shades, color me inspired.
Decorative throw pillows remain a great choice of decorative accent for instant and affordable pop of color, pattern and trim. The colors, pattern and fabric durability of outdoor fabrics are making the transition to indoor home decor accents. Recently I came across a very informative feature by Stephanie Nickell in the Fashionable Fabrics for ’15 edition of Casual Living Magazine. Exclusive to Casual Living Magazine, the 2015 Fabrics Survey shows fabric color, pattern and trim choices projected to be the best sellers for 2015 by outdoor retailers and designers who responded to the survey. Categories include cushions, slings, decorative pillows and trim predictions with percentage comparisons between the 2014 and 2015 results listed. Let’s take a look at the numbers in the 2015 preferred pillow colors category.
Interesting predictions. To take a look at the complete 2015 Fabric Survey click here. In what category do you find your preferred fabric color, pattern and trim choice in?
It is said that a gambler usually doesn’t realize he or she is in a run of good luck until it is over. Dave the Builder and I have been known to play a game or two of blackjack, and we can attest to that theory. My skills of recognition are far better honed in the game of decor and design. I’ve addressed trends before, and although I don’t go all in on trends, I do pay attention to the run and the factors of popularity, the traction of the trend and the staying power of the look. My spot on spot print observations of late have zoomed in on a look that is not new however, dare I say improved?
The pairing of black and white and variations of white (winter white, beige, cream, dover and the entire off white family) is nothing new in the color combination world, and the spot print thing definitely is nothing new, but the decorative interpretation and implementation of these trend favorites into home sweet home design and decor freshens the spin.
Like inspiration, this spot on spot print look is everywhere I source, pin, tweet and like.
About the time I think it’s time for a blog vacation, I see something so gorgeous, so share worthy, my blog writing, sourcing and general gabfest battery is recharged and DIY project inspiration is born. Thank you, Better Homes and Gardens. The summer months can be as hectic as they are relaxing, and with that in mind I am tailoring my blog posts to suit the on-the-go set. Pretty is as pretty inspires.
Leopard prints are spot on style. This timeless look falls into the category of classic in the interior design and decor fabric hall of fame. Don’t share the leopard love? Here’s a suggestion. Introduce leopard print in a small but statement making way like the upholstered chair bottom in the above image. It will either make a bigger impression on you than you think, or it will only be a small bump in the decorative road to change. Vintage chairs can be found for cheap or free at second-hand shops, thrift stores, garage sales, flea markets and curbside boutiques (one man’s trash is another man’s DIY project).
Pick a fabulous designer color in your favorite brand of paint or spray paint and chalk it up, distress it down or go glam. Fabric remnants are a do it yourself upholsterers best friend and find. Upholstering a chair bottom is about as easy as a DIY project comes. Link love: how to reupholster a chair seat.
Low cost DIY projects keep beginners anxiety and buyers remorse at bay and spells D-I- Why not?
I received an email last week inquiring about two fabric samples featured in a recent blog post. In the endless world of inbox inspiration, these are the kind of emails that rate open immediately status. It’s great to connect my readers with lovely things, so keep them coming. Fabric, a self-admitted passion, remained on my mind for the rest of the day. I thought it may be time for an all fabric post.
Outdoor living spaces is a hot and trending topic, so I’ll go with it and offer up my current favorite outdoor fabrics selections. The durability of outdoor fabrics is reason enough to consider bringing the outdoor chic indoors.
Why fabric? Texture rules, patterns reflect classic designs and seasonal themes, the resistant twins- stain (pet owners, are you listening?) and fade upholstery options for chairs, sofas, banquette cushions and accent pillows. A collection of examples to further prove the point follow. Click on the images to enlarge.
Color, texture and pattern are essential to a home decor portfolio. One of the quickest ways to take indoor or outdoor drapes, accent pillows, furniture, ottomans, cushions, vintage revivals, ceilings and walls from bland to brilliant is with fabric. Fabric has got fabulous covered!
I’m wild about the power presence of leopard print and all its spot on spotted glory. A classic pattern in both fashion and interior design, leopard print love is based on the look, texture and ability to add a punch of decorative prowess to the piece it adorns. Leopard is the shake it up, style it up friend of fashion, fabric and space.
I’m still standing by my unwavering opinion in regards to interior design and decorating. I’m not wired for complication or confrontation, nor am I a fan of rocket science philosophy when it comes to our homes and what we associate beauty and style with. It’s your home, your money, your tastes and your traditional, shabby, simple, extravagant, over-the-top, funky or fabulous decor choice. My opinions and suggestions provide an idea to guide the course. Let’s look at leopard prints as an example.
I don’t profess to remotely be on the same level of fashion or style expertise as Coco Chanel, but I will build upon her words. Once the space is “dressed”, and before the “it’s perfect” stamp of approval is awarded, take one accessory out of the total equation. Once removed, look at the space with a discerning eye and decide if the absence of the removed accessory makes or breaks the look.
Too much of a good thing can be a great thing or a tacky thing. I’ve got loads of experience with this life application. My darling mother is wholeheartedly convinced if one of something is good two must be absolutely fabulous. This logic works at certain times in limited situations. Off the top of my head I can think of one situation where two is better than one. In most instances, two days of vacation is certainly better than one. Okay, I’ll give her that.
My design and decor rule for leopard print love and the use of it is straight forward. A well appointed space will only further impress the eye when there is a spot of leopard print present. I get a kick out of referring to leopard print pieces as the ultimate spot accent.