Full disclosure. I am a new mom to the most wonderful little boy who is six months old this week. Am I becoming that designer who is now obsessed with all things kids design?? Maybe…a little. Even though I have a background in kidswear design, something changes when you have one of your own. The good news is that design for kids has reached new amazing heights as of late. There are some seriously lucky little people out there! Some of the spaces we see for kids today would be equally amazing for any grown up! This is what I love about the current landscape for kids – there is a new playful sophistication available if you have a more modern aesthetic. These fresh looks are more likely to be able to grow with the little ones and fit into the overall look of the home. Don’t be surprised if the big people in the house find themselves gravitating to these fun spots in the home too!
Pattern drives the core of my design aesthetic (surprise) so let’s talk about all the amazing options available for creating a colorful, pattern filled, and super stylish space that any little person would love. Geometrics for kids are really leading the way. Simple patterns of circles and triangles in fresh colors are great because they are ageless. Executed in fresh colors they are flexible enough to read gender neutral which is a bonus for many families. Woodland and safari themes have turned up the chic factor when expressed in two color or more grown up palettes. There is something intriguing about the juxtaposition of juvenile themes colored in sophisticated palettes.
Don’t be afraid to use a few dark features in a space for kids. High contrast patterns are great for them! This woodland wallpaper would look equally great in a nursery as in a big kid’s room. Depth and lots of highs and lows create big of visual interest!
Layer, layer, and layer some more. As always vary the scale and ground colors of your pieces with pattern. Wall decals are a great low commitment way to add some unique pattern to your walls or spruce up old furniture.
What a great way to add a splash of color and pattern to a simple piece. This is easy to do with contact or decorative paper.
A classic never gets old. Stripes are such a great go-to for pattern mixing. They can create balance in a mix of patterns of any style from traditional to modern. The freshest crop of stripes can easily stand alone as a statement pop of pattern in any space. I love a good stripe as it can help to create movement, make a bold graphic statement or serve as subtle texture. Stripes are always a fantastic, versatile pattern pop!
Welcome to September! I can’t wait for the leaves to start changing color, the days to get chillier, and the return of jackets and leg warmers and mittens! It’s been far too hot for my taste these past several months, and I’m so excited we’re finally in the home stretch. Among many other things, fall is the beginning of the holiday season. Use these clever tips and tricks to get your home ready for all of those holiday visitors!
Entryways are one of the rooms that most often get overlooked. Nalle’s House adds a spunky spin to their entryway with an unconventional design approach! I can’t even tell you how much I love that wallpaper. Guests will be amazed as soon as they step foot into your home!
If you’re impressed with that, take a look at this bathroom revamp by A Beautiful Mess. An easy-to-create geometric stencil, a few paintbrushes and some of your favorite paint colors are all you need to transform any room in your house into a visual hotspot.
I am absolutely amazed by these LED Mason Jar lights I spotted on Sarah Hearts. Add a hand-spun twist to your home with this chandelier that is guaranteed to impress! Imagine how perfect that would look in any high-ceiling entry way–your guests would be rooted to the spot!
Eating a meal with your family and friends is often times one of the most memorable experiences people have together. These fall-themed painted burlap place settings from A Night Owl will be perfect for any upcoming family get-together.
And lastly, I love the delicate homemade feel of these DIY teacup candles from Hey Gorgeous. Whether you take a trip to your local dollar store or use old cups lying around the house, the handmade touch of these cuties will soften any space in your home, just in time for the holidays.
Until next time! Have a wonderful week!
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Fall is on its way and I have to admit this is my favorite season of them all. I love seeing the leaves change, feeling the crisp air on evening walks, and of course I love pulling out the cute jackets and scarfs. If you love the fall transition too, here are some easy, fresh ways to make your living space feel as cozy as your new fall boots.
Want a super easy, quick, cheap and chic way to bring some of the festive fall feeling into your home? Bring the elements in by grabbing a few small branches from your yard to create a dramatic fall centerpiece. Voila! Instance change of mood for your space!
Can we say enough about the power of pillows? I just don’t think we can! Changing up your pillows or even just pillow covers is one of the easiest ways to transform your space for the season. It is great because the cost is so low and there is no commitment. For fall it is nice to really go for that cozy feeling by layering and refreshing throw blankets as well.
Craving a rich color change for fall, but not willing to commit to a new wall color just for the season? Take on a more manageable lower commitment color splash by repainting a great piece of furniture. Take an old piece of furniture to wow buy painting it in a rich saturated fall hue like this gorgeous navy piece.
Changing out and layering window treatments are great ways to create that warm cozy fall feeling in your home. Love the drama created by using these drapes at the entry to the room!
Gallery walls are meant to be free flowing, expressive and changed often! This is a perfect place to refresh your space for fall. Change out the artwork, frames, or both to reflect warmer tones and any subject matter that give you that warm fall feeling.
Don’t be shy! Bring the outdoors in! Inviting what is happening outdoors indoors is a sure fire way to get your home into the spirit of the season. Re-purpose treated stumps as end tables, ottomans and more like this fun entryway installation.
Living in a rental home has long been a standard of living for many who reside in large metropolitan cities like New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. More and more people are now increasingly making rental living a way of life. No matter if you rent or own you home, it is your sanctuary and should be comfortable and a reflection of you. Adding a little color and pattern to your space will instantly give your dwelling a lift and the jolt of personality it needs. Don’t shy away from picking up a few patterned investment pieces that are specific to your space. Thankfully there are also many great removable products out there to help transform your space from boring builder grade white to patterned perfection!
You can always make a bold patterned statement with area rugs. These are actually Flor tiles pictured. I love using Flor tiles! They are durable and you can always resize and re-purpose them in your next space.
Accessories like fun patterned shower curtains and towels are an instant inexpensive way to give a tired bathroom some personality.
Removable wallcoverings have come a long long way! There are loads of amazing patterned options out there like this fun zebra print perfect for a kid’s room.
A patterned headboard is always a win This is an easy project you can do in a weekend and it is 100% customizable! Just pick a pattern you love and go for it!
Be bold and take your pattern play up a notch by mixing in a great textile for your bedding. Even if the wall behind the bed were a standard rental white this room would still be high impact.
Removable wallpapers are good for more than just the walls. Think playing up a drab furniture piece or embellishing closet doors. There are endless ways to play!
Dots and gold?? Yes, please! This is such an easy way to give your wall some life in your rental. Easy to apply and easy to remove – this is an instant patterned face lift for any space.
How fun are these decals for tile? Good bye terrible back splash. Hello patterned goodness!
Window treatments are always a good investment. Find a fabric you love and work with a local seamstress to really finish off your space. Hint: There are many talented and affordable options on Etsy!
Recently, I participated in a Summer Tour of Homes with some truly fabulous home decor bloggers. It was a rewarding experience because it made me clean my house and it allowed me to see my place as a whole rather than as individual rooms. When we decorate our homes, we want each room to look great, yet it’s so important that it all work together as well. This doesn’t mean that things need to match, but styles and colors should work together harmoniously.
I’ve learned over the years that my house tends to look best with more neutral colors on the wall. I’ve embraced this fact and have found so many beautiful neutral colors that allow the architecture and details to take center stage. However, as you may know, I love color, so painting gray walls is often difficult.
This is where color and pattern come in. Take my living room, for example. While the walls and furnishings are mostly neutral, I’ve made the space come alive with bold color and pattern. And although there are a lot of different patterns, they play together nicely against the neutral background. Mixing patterns also works for me because it’s an excuse to buy unique home accessories, something I love to do.
Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm