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.
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!
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.
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!
Are you tired of wearing heavy-duty winter coats that look like you’re about to go shovel away snow from your front driveway? I am. Luckily, there are other outerwear options available. One of which is faux fur–arguably the most popular trend for this season. Whether it be a clutch, coat, or vest, faux fur makes a great addition to any winter ensemble. If you’re not sure how you want to wear faux fur, then take a peek at these looks. Who knows? Maybe you’ll gather a bit of inspiration!
How stunning is this faux fur clutch? I am in LOVE with its brilliant eggplant hue.
photo courtesy of The Glitter Guide
Keep your ears out of the cold with faux fur earmuffs. Find a bohemian-inspired pair like this one or a more classic version here.
photo courtesy of Free People
3. Pull Over
Isn’t this faux fur pull over sensational? Plus it makes a great in between seasons staple.
photo courtesy of Atlantic-Pacific
4. Infinity Scarf
Nothing says “fall” like a good scarf. Take your look up a notch and opt for one that’s faux fur!
photo courtesy of Vanilla Extract
5. Statement Coat
Jewel tones were flooding the runways this fall. Incorporate NYFW’s latest craze with a brilliant dose of emerald.
photo courtesy of Style Carrot
6. Russian Hat
Possibly one of my favorite pieces–the faux fur hat. If you’re looking to make a statement, this Russian hat brings a dazzling dose of drama.
photo courtesy of Fashionsy
This faux fur demonstrates how color doesn’t have to take over. The subtle pink hue of the vest sweetly complements the neutral outfit.
photo courtesy of Sirma Markova
8. Cheetah Print Jacket
If animal print is your thing, then this cheetah print jacket is the perfect faux fur for you! Keep cheetah print from becoming overwhelming by pairing it with traditional cuts and simple hues.
photo courtesy of Sortra
9. Colorful Coat
Snap. Crackle. Pop! This vibrant coat does just that. If you’ve got this whole faux fur thing in the bag, then go a step further and mix it with pattern and color!
photo courtesy of Style Carrot
If faux fur seems a little daunting at first glance, then try to incorporate small amounts into your daily ensemble–perhaps ear muffs or a clutch? I guarantee after a few days you’ll feel like a regular.
Finding the right rug can do so much for you space. A rug can provide the jumping off point for which you build everything around in the room. Using a rug to anchor and define a space is essential in an open room that serves multiple functions. You can also use a rug as a featured statement piece in a room just in the same way as you would use a piece of art work. Clearly the right piece underfoot can truly work to pull an entire look together.
Kilim rugs are everywhere right now. This look is the latest iteration in the global and ethnic inspired pattern trend. They are great because they are so versatile and really provide amazing color and texture into any space. If you are looking for a more traditional classic looking rug, remember that you have more options beyond orientals! I love the range of looks that are available today. You can find both very traditional patterns and colors and also very bright and fresh options as well. Next time you are on a treasure hunt at an antique or flea market, keep your eyes peeled. You will find amazing pieces or remanents of restored vintage rugs. Sometimes they are even over dyed in fun bright hues.
I love this style of rug because it can live in any space. It is a flatweave rug meaning it has no pile, so they are just as great to anchor a seating area as they are as a splash of color as a runner in the kitchen.
Kilims are fantastic off the floor as well! You can find beautiful pillows made from pillow weaves and use them to bring a little bit of a bohemian feel to your space. They are also fantastic as decorative wall hangings.
Have you ever been jealous of the mom who seems to be good at just about everything–including sewing? I have. No matter how hard I try, I’m just not a natural seamstress. The farthest my sewing skills take me is putting a button back on.
However, I’ve recently found a new passion that I’ve begun to enjoy very much–weaving. I’m constantly amazed at the countless things you can make and the vast variety of materials you can choose to work with. If you’re like me and you aren’t loving the whole needle and thread thing (or even if you do), then take a peek at these 5 trendy woven projects. Who knows? You might just discover a hidden talent!
Okay, yes there isn’t a lot of weaving involved here, but for those who want something simple (and inexpensive) to spruce up a blank wall then check out I Spy DIY‘s Wall Hanging. It’s colorful. It’s fun. It’s bright. And I can’t think of a reason NOT to love it!
Give weaving a whirl! You never know, it could become your latest obsession.
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Last month I had my entryway wallpapered with a deliciously bold navy and white paper that I agonized over for weeks. I love to switch up my decor a lot, so could I really commit to a pattern, especially in a single color? The answer is yes – and with my love of pattern (not to mention navy), I’ve found it pretty versatile. So I thought I’d show you how to get three different looks by just switching out accessories. After all, accessories are always the easiest (and often, inexpensive) items that bring the most life and personality to a room.
A quick note on the color schemes: by using navy as my primary color, I’m able to pair practically any other shade with it. Navy is great if you want something friendlier than black but more interesting than brown or beige. It’s a warmer and preppier color that plays well with red, yellow, green, aqua, pink, … I could go on and on! And in the case of certain shades like pink, yellow, or aqua, it provides a little bit of grownup polish to a color that’s more juvenile.
In all 3 spaces, I’ve kept the basic furniture the same: a vintage white campaign desk that I bought on eBay (a similar one here) a few years ago paired with a white circular mirror from Crate & Barrel. But the rest of the accessories are fluid, depending on what color scheme you go with. I can see this vignette working in an office, a nook in your bedroom, or as a study space for a student.
AQUA & NAVY
First up, an aqua and navy look, (which is the primary color scheme of our home, by the way). It’s bright and fun, and anchored by that geometric Robert Abbey lamp in robins egg blue. I’ve accented it with various accessories including the Madeline Weinrib runner that I bought several years ago (obsessed). I stacked the lamp on some of my favorite design books, which is another easy trick to introduce color and personality into a space.
YELLOW & NAVY
But for a whole new punchy spin on things, how about yellow? I adore a bold pop of citrus. It’s always happy and it tampers down the seriousness of navy. A lucite chair provides a traditional spin with its design in an unexpected material, and made more comfy with a silk twill pillow (from Target, years ago). Play with mixing and matching patterns, like the large scale stripe throwbed from Hedgehouse pictured here (perfect for tossing onto a sofa for extra comfy lounging). A yellow tassel hangs from the campaign hardware, and a stack of yellow books rounds out the look.
HOT PINK & NAVY
But for some all-out girly glamour, hot pink can’t be beat. This is an eclectic look with a whole lot of style: a modern Eames-inspired chair with hairpin legs is a fun contrast to the gold lamp. A hot pink pouf is great for extra seating or for a footrest (I use this one in my office!). Throw pillows, artwork, and decorative objects keep the continuity of the color scheme going.
So what do you think? Could you commit to a bold wallpaper? I’m loving how surprisingly versatile this floral wallpaper is, and I can’t wait to decorate for the holidays with it (white Christmas tree!!!).
Season after season, painterly finishes are making a splash in a big way! Colorfully painted patterns can frequently be spotted on the catwalk in the world of fashion, on windows, sofas and beds through textiles, on canvases displayed on the walls of our homes and inside of the finest galleries, and even in the storage and organization market.
Whether you prefer dip dyed, brushstrokes, watercolor or painterly; these prints are creating playful and bold statements in homes all around the world. Even when used in small doses as a throw pillow on a side chair, a notebook on the desk or salad plates at the dinner table, these prints create a grand moment. What I love most is that they are promoting creativity within designers, and the patterns can provide instant impact in either large or small scales, single or multiple colorways and in either flowing or geometric patterns. The ability to use such forgiving and abstract patterns is also taking the DIY world by storm, as many individuals are feeling confident to grab a paint brush and bring bold life to their creations.
Today I am rounding up my favorite products to inject bold color into your daily organizing projects. So whether you have laundry to sort or notes to jot down, your work will give you something colorful to smile about.
gift wrap | laundry sorter | cosmetic case | daily planner | page flags | canvas bin | dish | storage box | personalized notebook | mini binder | lucite tray | desk calendar | woven basket | ring dish | canvas tote | market tote | zippered pouch | decorative tape
How have you been splashing these prints around your home lately? Any additional favorite prints or storage product sources you would like to share?