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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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I always seem to have one too many frames. Whether they’re on sale at Target or marked with a 50 cent sticker at a garage sale, for some reason I continually feel the need to purchase more and more picture frames. Maybe it’s an addiction…who knows?

If you’re like me and have 10+ picture frames laying around the house at any given time, it’s time for a change. Say goodbye to the forgotten frames bought at a thrift store far, far away and say hello to refreshing DIY projects of the here and now.

 

Little Inspiration gives her favorite Instagram photos a more permanent home with an old frame, floral wire, clips and a glue stick.

 

Don’t throw out the old, rusty silverware just yet! Instead, repurpose it with white spray paint. Spunky Junky shows us how to transform ordinary silverware into one-of-a-kind artwork with frames and upholstery (found at a thrift store btw).

 

While They Snooze transforms cheap-looking file cabinets into personalized (and more expensive!) cabinetry. You’re only a fresh set of hardware and a few white frames away!

 

Save money on paper by making your own dry erase board out of an 8 x 10 picture frame, scotch expressions masking tape and a white piece of cardstock. Two Twenty One shows us how it’s done.

 

One-of-a-kind artwork doesn’t have to break the bank! Apartment Therapy creates something exciting and new out of an ordinary piece of thrift store art by dipping its canvas and frame in paint.

 

Learn how to make your own pin cushion with Craftaholics Anonymous‘ easy tutorial! All you need is a frame, paint, fabric and batting.

 

Who says that picture frames belong on the wall? Instead, use them as magnets on your refrigerator for chore lists, weekly schedules, the kids’ artwork and more! Props to Vintage Glamorous for the idea.

Oh Crafts serves desserts on recycled frames. Convert any old frame into a tray like Lindy’s with a coat of spray paint and textured paper placed between the frame and glass.

 

Provide function for frames and style for shelves by combining the two. See Shanty Chic for a quick and easy tutorial.

Photo via Porch.com

Frames are fun! You’ll be surprised at all the cool things you can do.


If you’re a Mad Men fanatic like myself, then you still haven’t come to terms with the show’s sign-off in May. After religiously watching the show for several years, I quickly became fascinated over the costumes. Lucky for me, right now ’60s inspired clothing is one of the hottest trends in women’s fashion.

 

In celebration of the season finale, I’ve put together four retro looks inspired by Mad Men’s leading women.

 

1. Peggy Olson

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Peggy is first and foremost a business woman, and her wardrobe matches her go-getter personality. Her dress is modest, functional and practical. Think textured fabrics like gingham, tweed, wool and plaid, and warm colors like mustard, orange, red and brown.

 

Get Peggy’s Look:

1. ’70s Belted Duster Coat – Topshop

2. Large Scale Checked Shirt – Topshop

3. Etched Medallion Pendant Necklace – Urban Outfitters

4. Floppy Brim Fedora – Rag & Bone

5. ‘Baker’ Leather Strap Watch – Marc by Marc Jacobs

6. T-Logo Huggie Hoop Earrings – Tory Burch

7. Debutante Perforated Hobo Messenger – Henri Bendel

8. Miranda Nile Crocodile Continental Wallet – Michael Kors

9. Orange High Waist Straight Wide Leg Palazzo Pants – Moda Wardrobe

10. Mr. Seymour Women’s Toe Cap Oxford – EKOCYCLE

 

2. Joan Holloway

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Everything about Joan screams va-va-voom. Her signature style features figure-flattering garments like Bodycon dresses and wrap tops that perfectly complement her hourglass silhouette. Rich jewel tones such as emerald, ruby and sapphire look absolutely stunning against her fair skin.

 

Get Joan’s Look:

1. Gramercy Mini – Kate Spade

2. Weekly Write-Up Dress In Navy – ModCloth

3. Horseman Print Scarf – Hermes Vintage

4. Pebble Grain Willa Zip Satchel – Dooney & Bourke

5. Red Stone Gold-Tone Clip-On Earrings – Monet

6. Tassel Lariat Necklace – Vince Camuto

7. Toerless Muse Suede Triple-Strap Pumps – Christian Louboutin

 

3. Megan Calvet

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Everything about Megan is new, young and exciting. As an aspiring actress waiting to be “discovered,” Megan is always eager to sport the latest trend. Groovy, colorful and bold pieces match her lively personality. Her wardrobe consists of psychedelic prints, monochrome ensembles, statement jewelry and mini shift dresses.

 

Get Megan’s Look:

1. Alexa High Collar Shift Dress – Lilly Pulitzer

2. Straw Hat – H & M

3. Gazebo Chandelier Earrings – Lele Sadoughi

4. Tassel Pearl Bangle – Topshop

5. Twist Wrap Arm Cuff – Topshop

6. Semi Precious Cuff – Topshop

7. Brushed Bangle Pack – Topshop

8. Bel Aire Sunglasses in Pearl White – Wildfox

9. Huey Mule Sandals – Topshop

10. Small Soho Canvas Top Handle Bag – Gucci

 

Betty Draper 

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Betty is the lady your mom always wanted you to be. She’s the perfect hostess and housewife. Her style is feminine, delicate and appropriate — think Grace Kelly. Betty’s makeup consists of subtle, cool tones paired with a bold lip. Her go-to garments are consistently composed of neutrals, soft creams, floral prints and baby blues.

 

Get Betty’s Look:

1. Mint Green Floral Print Sleeveless Shirt – New Look

2. Pearled Dandelion Drops – Elizabeth Cole

3. Pearl Necklace – Tiffany & Co.

4. Emerson Place Phoebe  - Kate Spade

5. Meet Me At Coral Island Ultimate Nail Lacquer – CATRICE

6. Vegas Volt Lipstick – M.A.C.

7. Redd Lip Pencil – M.A.C.

8. Kiersten Sunglasses in Camel Tortoise – Kate Spade

9. Pigalle Follies Patent-Leather Pumps in Nude – Christian Louboutin

10. Big Star Luna High-Rise Short in Tribe – Big Star

 

Craving more Mad Men style? Check out these retro-inspired rooms to get your mid-century modern decor fix.


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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!

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Who doesn’t love a good stripe??  If you are like me, stripes have been a big part of your look this summer.  They are fun, flattering, and timeless.  The perfect combination for all things fabulous, yes?!  Get excited because all those great stripes you’ve been shopping are not going anywhere any time soon.  In fact look for them to evolve into fresh innovative patterns, full of movement and great color!  Here are some stripe trends to look out for and some fun products to get you inspired to be bold!

How fun is this DIY striped head board? Learn how to make it happen here.

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I love these looks don’t you?  Time to rethink your definition of a stripe.  Stripes can be so much more than two colors, even and straight.  These garments use stripes to contour the body, create interesting shapes and create a sense of movement.  These gorgeous pieces for home accomplish the same by keeping your eye moving.  Somehow they are bold and subtle at the same time – that perfect mix of unbalanced, balance.  Love!

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We love that earthy, ranch southwestern feeling.  It is warm and inviting and somehow always feels very familiar.  This take on stripes goes far beyond the poncho look.  These feel fresh and new and really convey that handmade organic feeling.  What is great about pieces like this is that you don’t have to go full on ranch hand to make a bit of a statement.  All of these would work as interesting accents in a variety of styles including contemporary and more modern spaces.

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In my book, the bolder, the better, who’s with me?!  These stripes definitely do not disappoint.  These bold classic stripe layouts are great because they always have a timeless feel.  It is the color of the stripe that can serve to make it feel up to date and fresh.  These bold stripes look great as upholstery, area rugs, wall coverings and wall art – really just about any creative use you can come up with!  Strong stripes are sure to make a big impact in any space.

What is your favorite way to incorporate fun stripes in your space?


TREND: Nautical stripes and colors, plus natural textural elements

The dining room above is mixing two great trends to great effect. Nautical stripes get a traditional nod in the throws and a playful jolt in the rug, and the color palette is a classic navy blue and white (plus a little warmth from the red side of the color wheel). The room also has natural elements at play though, from the cool marble of the table top to the woven chairs and wood blinds. You can get a similar look with the items below.

  1. Fiddle Leaf Fig, Check Local Nurseries
  2. Woven Wood Shades, Blinds.com
  3. Saudades Pillow, CB2
  4. Favorite Striped Throw, West Elm
  5. Como Pendant Lamp, Crate & Barrel
  6. Genevieve Gorder Junction Rug, Hayneedle
  7. Seagrass Bucket Armchair, Pottery Barn
  8. Isabella Wallpaper, Graham & Brown
  9. La Coupole Bistro Table, Williams-Sonoma Home

 

– Nicole Balch, Making it Lovely


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