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Sweet Freedom! We are now free to dine, read, explore and just plain watch the world outside now that spring is finally here! Priority number one – refreshing the place where you will want to spend all your time in the coming months. The fun in refreshing your outdoor area is to think of them as extensions of your living space. There’s just something about outdoor spaces that allows us to be less rigid and much more playful. With easy-to-please greenery as a backdrop, outdoor rooms are the perfect place to experiment with color!

Layering a bevy of patterns with varied scales, textures and colors will create a place that invites everyone to linger. I love, love this image because of all the subtle things going on with pattern here. There is pattern in the pillows, the candle holders, the baskets, the rug, and even in the lighting. This is all creating a very rich look with a ton of depth. If pattern has not quite been for you in the past, this is an amazing example of how you can embrace pattern without feeling too bold.

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Keeping to a tight color palette is also a great way incorporate lots of great pattern without feeling like the pattern is overwhelming the space. Be sure to vary the scales of the patterns you will use in the same space. It is always a good idea to mix in some solid and textured pieces as well so that the eye has several chances for some visual rest.

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Don’t neglect those toes! Outdoor rugs are a wonderful way to bring some pattern to your outdoor space. Have fun here! Be bold! Do something you may not necessarily do inside your home. Do consider the texture as well if you are like me and spend most of the season without shoes! This is a great example of how to pair something very rich and dense (the rug) with a pattern that is more open and airy – the pillow.

Whether your outdoor room craves a little color or a lot, even a few well-placed hits of texture and pattern can infuse your space with winning charm.

For more inspiration, visit the IKEA Spring brochure


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There is nothing like the fresh color of spring after a long gray winter! Want a quick and colorful way to easily refresh your space for spring? Of course you do! The most amazing way to usher in the season, make your party pop, or lift the spirits of bar cart is to let the ingredients shine. I love using glass pitchers, carafes, and bowls so the color of the ingredients we’ve been longing for all winter long can take center stage.

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Stations are truly the name of the game for spring entertaining. They keep the party flowing and create conversation starters as well as invite guests to move around the space. Creating a drink station that inspires your guests’ inner mixologist  is easy when the color of the ingredients is on full display. Bonus: this little trick frees up the hostess to enjoy the party too! This is great for pre-made signature drinks. This is also a fun way to invite guest to participate in the joy of experimentation.

I am always sure to have plenty of glass carafes and bottles with the stoppers on hand. They are fantastic to use every day as well as when entertaining. Fill them with water or your favorite beverage for the table during everyday family meals. I love having these on the table to get that dining out feeling at home.

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Mix it all up! Everything does not have to match exactly. You will already have a coordinated look because the glasses and carafes are made of the same material and pull it all together. The focus will be on the ingredients, and the color will set a lovely bright tone.

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Keeping all the pieces of the puzzle visible in glass jars makes for great saturated color and texture against the blooming background of spring. Whether you are displaying mixers or accouterments for a bloody Mary or breakfast bar, letting the ingredients shine is a good bet any time!

For more inspiration, visit the IKEA Spring brochure.


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This year was full of pretty pattern! This make a pattern loving girl like me very very happy! Here’s a little highlight reel of the patterns that really got our attention.

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What’s old is new again. This year the print made famous by the old Hollywood Regency Hotel was everywhere and it is easy to see why. So much impact and so versitile, these banana leaves pack a huge punch in any space. I love this print because every space needs something living and green. If you are like me and you don’t exactly have a green thumb, this is a great way to interject something organic into your space. You can go big and use this amazing wallpaper to fill the room or you can have just a taste and use the print on the back of a bookshelf. Either way these iconic leaves will always be a conversation starter.

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How can you not love a dot?? I can never have enough. Good thing there were lots of good ones to choose from this year. Whether you want organic and playful or structured and architectural, there were lots of choices for all you fellow dot lovers. Dot’s are such a great easy pattern to use when you are experimenting with pattern mixing – and they are just happy! Love!

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Stripes have been going strong and continued to be a big part of decor trends in 2015. I love the versitility of a great stripe. They work in traditional and modern settings. We’ve seen them on floors and ceilings and certainly in textiles and in all instances they are a great way to add some movement into an room.

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Raise your hand if you are loving all the pretty florals in the market! I have a secret romantic streak and just can’t get enough of the incedibly sophistocated and lush florals on wallcovering, textiles, rugs, paper – they are everywhere! Florals although inherently feminine can work well in any space. Work in perhaps a pinstripe or plaid or leather accents to help balance with space out.

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feastive decor for small spaces

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year. You know how the song goes! (Now you will be humming it all day – you’re welcome!) This is the time to gather and be with our friends and family and we love our spaces to reflect the festive feeling of the season. What if I live in a small space, you ask? Live in a lovable little bungalow or charming city apartment? Have no fear. There are lots of ways you can get into the spirit without being overwhelmed by decor that is too big for your space. These ideas are sure to get you inspired to add a little touch of the season to even the smallest of spaces.

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feastive decor for small spaces

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My biggest tip for getting festive in a small space is to bring on the glow! Nothing makes me get into the holiday spirit more than lots of twinkling white lights. There is something about that warm glow that gets us all in the mood. If you have a mantel or entryway table, you can do something as simple as putting some ornaments in a glass bowl and add some white lights to the mix. Bonus points for adding a little bit of garland to the table and wrapping it in white lights as well. This idea is very simple, but is high impact in any space. It is very inexpensive to do as well which is always a great thing!

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Even though you may be in a small space, don’t be afraid to layer items on a surface. I always like to work in odd numbers when adding objects to an area. Use mirrors and glass and metallics to bounce light around the room and for a little shine. This effortlessly says holiday and these are pieces that you likely have already around the house.

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feastive decor for small spaces

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When you are working in a small space it is a good idea to keep the color palette tight and repeat similar elements around the space. This is going to keep things from looking cluttered.

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feastive decor for small spaces

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Gift guide for the home

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The gift giving season is upon us. I am sure there is a pattern loving betty in your life (or maybe it’s you!). The thing I love about pretty patterned gift items and accessories is that they really are great to give all year round. These gems work great as bridesmaid gifts, hostess gifts, office gifts, and even little somethings for those occasions when you need to get something pretty for yourself!

Even the most minimalist design can use a bit of pattern and texture to complete the space. Not a minimalist? Go for full on saturated color and interesting pattern in your accessories. Go on, you will be happy you did! This is often the kind of thing someone may not do for themselves unless given a little gentle nudge. Help someone you love get inspired to experiment with a little pattern with these lovlies for the home.

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I love to go pretty basic (and chic) for a lot of my clothing. It is in the accessories that the pop and personality really come through. Patterned accessories are such a great gift because you don’t have to worry about sizing and the person can really make them their own. They can pair with something simple for a pop or work into a more pattern on pattern ensemble. You can never have enough patterned accessories to mix into your wardrobe!

gift guide paper enthusiast

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We all love our devices. I am the queen of to do apps and productivity apps. However, there is still nothing that replaces the feeling and the connection when I take pen to paper. This is true absolutely for the administrative things that need to get done. This is also true for the times when I get to daydream. This especially true when I want to connect with someone and share something from the heart. There is just nothing like a hand written note on something pretty and inspired. It is breath of fresh air.

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Subscription box lovers this one is for you! Have you heard of the latest? You’ve got to check out Box of Chic from noted interior designer Jennifer Wagner Schmidt You get a curated and of course super chic array of items for the home in a great box. This one is totally gift ready! You will probably want to grab one for yourself too!


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It’s officially here. The holiday season is really upon us. What a perfect time to play with a little pattern! (If you are like me, you didn’t really need an excuse!) It is likely that you will be creating lots of lovely interest on your tables in the coming weeks by layering a variety of textiles and accessories. Adding pattern to the mix will help to create even more depth, texture, and color. As always you can elect to go big and bold and make the pretty patterned accessories the star. A large scale patterned tablecloth or serveware with a painterly pattern will do the trick. Or, you can use small touches for just a little pop and personality.

Playing with Pattern at the table

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Playing with Pattern at the table

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Playing with Pattern at the table

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Mixing patterns on a table is so fun because everything is in such close proximity that you can really see how the patterns compliment and play together. Because the eye will be taking in so much in such a small space remember to vary the scale of your patterns to keep your eye moving from piece to piece. It is also a good idea to interject a few moments of negative space or breathing room for the eye. You can do this be mixing in some solid color items or accessories that are a little less heavy on pattern and perhaps instead have an interesting texture.

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If you are new to working with pattern, test the waters with some fun place cards or play with two color patterns. Keep your palette fairly minimal or play within a tight spectrum of colors like burgundy, merlot, a spicy orange and a mustard yellow. Ground your palette with a neutral tone like a warm gray or sand. Becoming a pattern mixing pro is a lot about trial and error. Just keep in mind that the optimal word here is play!

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