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The Hottest Trends for You and Your Home

Floral

Florals are a huge trend for spring, and naturally so – what’s a better way to celebrate the season than bringing the outdoors inside? But these aren’t your typical traditional granny chintzes. Florals are surprisingly versatile and thoroughly modern when used in unexpected ways. I’ve pulled together some great inspiration shots from IKEA to help you get the look as we transition to spring.

Look for color inspiration in a palette inspired by nature. Pantone’s Color of the Year Dusty Quartz pairs beautifully with deeper emerald green shades for an unexpectedly modern spin on a classic look. Balance the feminine look of a floral pillow with solid colors and natural wood accents in accessories or furniture.

Make a modern centerpiece out of a stainless steel bowl in a floral design – isn’t the contrast beautiful against the nesting wood tables? This is a great way to integrate the floral trend into your home, especially if your style is more streamlined or masculine.

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A great floral plays well with many other patterns. Try pairing floral pillows with stripes, solids, and plaids for extra texture and visual interest. Look for smaller-scale prints to allow the floral pattern to really shine.

Floral bedding in a handpainted botanical illustration print is the perfect inspiration for the overall design of your bedroom. Pull the colors used in the print to create repetition and a harmonious design: warm, inviting whites with pale spring green and pops of daffodil yellow would feel fresh and bright. But if your aesthetic leans more towards the industrial, go more dramatic by pairing florals with darker hues like black and deep mossy green. Think high contrast to get an edgier, moody vibe: industrial-inspired cabinets and lighting are stunning when paired opposite the flowing lines of floral bedding. Bring in solid pillows in differing shades of green to create depth and repetition.

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If green isn’t your thing, don’t fret. Try monochromatic floral patterns in greys and black like the Alvine Kvist duvet cover. Tailored and subdued, you could easily pair any print or solid with it to create a one-of-a-kind look for your room.

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Here’s to the warmer months ahead. Will you be decorating with florals? Share in the comments!

 

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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Say goodbye to summer in style by throwing a late-summer soiree. Think about it: One last chance to show off your tan and catch up on some much-needed girl time before the temperature drops and the kids go back to school. Let’s get this party (pardon me, soiree) started, shall we?

 

First thing’s first. Decor. Decorations are a key component to throwing a successful summer soiree. Summer-inspired centerpieces, floral decor, colorful tabletops and elegant place settings will set your soiree apart from other sunny season extravaganzas. I’ve put together 10 easy decor ideas to get your creative juices flowing!

 

1. I’m officially in LOVE with these DIY Oversized Tissue Paper Flowers from A Blissful Nest. They’re beautiful, dramatic and oh-so-chic!

 

 

2. Check out Making Home Base‘s  Citrus Stamped Tea Towels for a quick, colorful and cheap update to any white linen.

 

 

3. Songbird‘s Easy Summer Arrangement is a refreshing take on a classic centerpiece.

 

 

4. How stunning are these DIY String Chandeliers by Ruffled?! With balloons, glue and twine you can make these beauties yourself.

 

 

5. Dessert anyone? Let your candy creations shine with a DIY Tissue Paper Flower Backdrop. See Project Nursery for step-by-step instructions.

 

 

6. Stylize your dishware with Sugar and Cloth‘s DIY Pineapple Plates tutorial.

 

 

7. Instead of flowers, opt for a succulent/cactus centerpiece. Add a burst of color to your table with these DIY Gold Dipped Plant Pots from The Style House.

 

 

8. Add instant fragrance to drinks with Petal Ice Cubes courtesy of Express – O.

 

 

9. I didn’t know this was possible! DIY Decoupage Palm Frond Balloons ?! Get the deets at Balloon Time.

 

photos courtesy of Studio DIY

 

10. Fruit made pretty! 100 Layer Cake does a Spray-Painted Pineapple Centerpiece flawlessly.

 

 

Happy Summer!

 

xx madison


Trend:  Going Bold With Florals

I have always been a fan of playful colors and patterns and really love seeing bold florals being used more frequently as upholstery, wallpaper, window treatments, throw pillows and area rugs.  Of course, what really gets me excited is when I can incorporate floral patterns into my organizing and storage solutions as well.

I have been a long time believer that organizing projects are more likely to be maintained when you add a little extra detail and love to the mix.  For me, that typically involves using decorative storage pieces that I either DIY or purchase.  Whether that be a beautiful basket, a pretty label or patterned paper to line the kitchen drawers, selecting storage solutions that blend with our style and our home is was excites me to get organized and even more importantly, stay organized.

Here are a few ways that you can incorporate the beautiful floral trend into your daily routine and with storage solutions around your home.

  • Use a piece of your favorite floral fabric to sew up some new liners for your baskets around the home
  • Update a piece of storage furniture with a floral stencil or piece of floral wallpaper

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  • Add work-happy floral stationery to your desk for keeping track of your daily thoughts and To Do lists

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  • Corral loose change, pens and pencils, makeup brushes or kitchen utensils within a floral dish, vase or coffee mug
  • Use floral washi tape for labeling gadget cords, file folders, leftovers in the fridge and on the faces of decorative storage boxes

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  • If you love to utilize technology for organizing, add a floral case to protect your gadget
  • Select reusable shopping bags in a playful floral pattern to make trips to the market much more fun
  • Bring a little extra joy to your organizing projects by lining the backs of bookcases, cabinets and the insides of drawers with pretty floral papers

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  • You can also use those papers to up-cycle food containers which can be used as small storage all over your home

  • Cover empty cardboard boxes with wallpaper, fabric or gift wrap to give yourself high end looking storage on a budget

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How have you been bringing bold floral patterns into your daily routine?

 

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We’re Holly Becker and Leslie Shewring, two friends and colleagues who live in opposite sides of the world who came together thanks to the internet, frequent flyer miles and Skype to forge a friendship and to work on projects that we love, like Decorate With Flowers. Below is one of our DIY projects from our book. It’s a quick, easy way to bring color to castoff jars and make your flowers appear as works of art.

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Make Chalky Pastel Jam Jars

 

You will need:

  • Recycled jam jars
  • Latex paint in a variety of colors
  • Smaller bottles to fit inside

 

Method:

  • Hardware stores often sell small sample-size containers of latex paint. This is an inexpensive way to get a wide variety of colors for this project as you do not need much paint for each jar. Pour a small amount of paint into a clean glass jar.
  • Coat the inside of the jar by tilting it to move the paint around as you cover the inside. Add more paint as needed.
  • When the inside is fully coated carefully pour out any excess paint and wipe the rim and outside of the jar clean. Let dry. This may take a day or two.
  • You cannot get the inside of your painted jars wet as the paint will peel off, so place smaller bottles inside to hold the water for your flowers.

 

Flowers used in this project:

  • Garden rose
  • Lavender
  • Dahlia

 

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Photos and project from Decorate With Flowers.


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