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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


It’s not secret how much I love dots. I mean, borderline obsession here friends.  They are graphic, play well with many pattern friends, and add a touch of whimsey to any design.  Dots do not have to be reserved for sweet nurseries or the craft room.  You can easily work dots into the most sophisticated of decor. The trick is to expand the possibilities of what you would traditionally think of as a dot pattern.  Dots that are perfectly round, and evenly spaced may have a more juvenile feeling to them.  However when they have a bit of texture or a not-so-perfect shape they instantly jump up the grown up ladder.  There is not so much of an in between place for me on working them into a room.  Dots are great for those go big or go home moments, and they are equally nice when added for just a little hint of pattern.  No matter your approach your dotted touch will add a bit of movement and play to your space.

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The stunning color of this room screams sophistication and glamour.  This “dot” rug says I’m fun and don’t take myself too seriously.  What a wonderful juxtaposition!

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A touch of a dot give this room just the hit of pattern it needs to give it a little lift.

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Wall decals are big right now and so easy to work with.  Remember to think outside of your traditional dot box to create a fresh unique look.

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Trend: Gold Polka Dots

The blogging world has gold dots on the brain. Anything and everything we can get our hands on: add gold dots. I’ve collected a few of my favorite gold polka dot DIY’s and shared them below. This may inspire you to head home and put gold dots on everything you own.

Gold Confetti Dish from Vitamini Handmade

Gold Dot Lampshade from Honest to Nod

Metallic Dotted Vase from Smitten Studios

Suede and Gold Leaf Polka Dot Mouse Pad from Lovely Indeed

Gold Polka Dot Chair from The Paper Mama

Gold Polka Dot Art from Veronika’s Blushing

Gold + White Polka Dot Tray from For Chic Sake

 Polka Dot Mason Jar from With Lovely 

 Gold + White Mugs from The Fox and She

Gold Leaf Polka Dot Pot from A Fashion Gal and a Fireman

 Polka Dot Jewelry Tray from Life Sweet Life

 Happy Thursday!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


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