Written on May 18, 2012 at 9:00 am , by Kate
There are a lot of home accessories appearing in stores that are making one subject of science popular again and that’s geology. Geology is the study of the rocks of the Earth and what they reveal about its history and while some might consider it that uninteresting subject you skipped in college, one thing is true, geological rocks make stunning “jewelry” for the home!
The hottest rock right now is agate, a microcrystalline form of silica found in various forms of volcanic rock. It’s formed when cavities in the volcanic rock are penetrated with gasses and/or water that contains silica, and over time the layers and bands are produced inside the rock. One form of agate appears as layers of chalcedony on the outside with crystalline quartz on the inside. Another form is known as banded agate, and when cut transversely, it reveals a succession of dramatic lines in a variety of colors. But did you know that those saturated hues in brightly colored agate come from a unique dyeing process?
Petrified wood is another geologically formed fossil appearing in home décor. It’s formed when the organic stem tissue of a tree or plant has been replaced by mineral deposits but it still retains the appearance of its original structure. Quartz is another abundant mineral which comes in shades from rose to milky to smoky, and while often used for jewelry, can make a stunning home accent as well.
A few weeks ago I was shopping a popular discount store for designer goods and stumbled across two agate bookends that were so striking, I brought them home for my bookshelves. At $20 for the pair, they became the perfect piece of “jewelry” for my own home.
From top left: Eclipse Chandelier, Emporium Home; Silk Pillow Cover, West Elm, $20; Gavin Table, Mathew Studios, Agate Clock, Vivre, $85, Agate Stacking Boxes, Lille, $95-140, Petrified Wood Bookends, Anthropologie, $148, Quartz Lamp, Shades of Light, $499, Azure Spreaders, Vivre, $60, Decorative Finial, Chic Shop LA, $65; Green Agate Bookends, Phoenix Orion, $42; Pedra Coasters, Rablabs, 4 for $68; Carina Box, RabLabs, $168-260; Whorled Felt Rug, Anthropologie, $698
What about you? Got any geological formations posing as accents in your home too?
Written on May 7, 2012 at 6:44 pm , by Kate
One of the hottest trends in home design is the use of natural wood accents and textures in home decor. Coupled with the movement to be eco-friendly, the design world has embraced natural wood with much enthusiasm. Reclaimed wood is all the rage and is appearing everywhere from planks on the walls to furniture for the home.
Layering wood textures ties the indoors to the outdoors and is an easy way to enhance your interiors with nature’s own sculptures.
Green design embraces the beauty that exists in wood and places its character on display in the form of home decor. Here are a few favorites found online that will bring the trend of natural wood into your home too.
From top left: Isa Chandelier, Alice Lane Home, $3,325; Reclaimed Wood Mirror, The Cross Design, $1,680 CAD; Ubiquity Lamp, Anthropologie, $298; Dotty Wood Placemat, Crate + Barrel, $14; Napa Valley Candelabra, Anthropologie, $248; Timber Side Tables, CB2, $169; State Boards; Upwood Crafts; $39; Wood Ice Bucket, Chic Shop LA, $175; With the Grain Canister, Anthropologie, $148; Root Mirror, Haus Interior, $330; Twisty Stool, Viva Terra, $165; Acacia Wood Bowl, Terrain; $10; Weathered Wood Lamp, Terrain; $398; Reclaimed Wood Table, Pottery Barn, $1,299; Eames Walnut Stools, Home Office Solutions, $879 each; Twist Turn Console, Wisteria, $649
Are you a fan of the reclaimed and natural wood trend?
Written on May 5, 2012 at 11:52 am , by Kate
All children have a fascination with animals and for so many of us, that attraction sticks with us through adulthood. Our human attraction to animals extends to home decor as well, and many popular designers from Jonathan Adler to Thomas Paul are known for their whimsical interpretations of furry friends. Over the last few years faux taxidermy has been the rage in interior design and we see retailers featuring the heads and bodies of so many animals in ceramic, metal, and even paper mache form.
The reason for the animal attraction trend is clear – a room with an inanimate animal present has that dash of whimsy that makes a space (for lack of a better word) come alive!
In smaller doses, figurines like this pair of birds add a fun decorative element, as does the framed butterfly acting as a bookend on this styled bookcase.
The owl surged in popularity last year, and appeared everywhere from textiles to lamps to figurines, but this year there are other animals getting their fair share of the spotlight from the cunning fox to the flamboyant flamingo. Peacocks are in vogue for their exotic plumage and dogs continue to reign in popularity among home decor.
When choosing an animal for your home, consider the more contemporary options available instead of the multicolored glazed figurines of yesterday. You’ll find the modern interpretations appear in a single color or are reinvented with a new “skin” of recycled paper, carved wood, or other textural elements such as driftwood or twine. These pieces below guarantee you’ll create a conversation piece on your bookshelf, desktop, wall, or sofa.
From top left: Brass Squirrel, Etsy, $14; Cyrano Rhino, Currey & Co., $282; Monkey Paperweight, Vivre, $207; Flamingo Pillow, West Elm, $39; Colt Horse Head, The Cross Design, $840; Plumage Pillow, Anthropologie, $128; Wood Peacock, Horchow, $1,175; Thomas Paul Lobster Pillow, Design Public, $88; Bluebird Paperweight, The Cross Design, $45; White Whale, Z Gallerie, $70; Crocodile Magnifying Glass, L’Objet, $125; Blue Terrier Pillow, Fawn & Forest, $28; Ceramic Fox, Jonathan Adler, $138; Wood Elephant, CB2, $15; Sailfish, BassPro, $99; Arteriors Aluminum Skull, Candelabra, $885
Do you have a favorite animal on display in your home?
Written on April 23, 2012 at 6:00 am , by Kate
Last week we looked at installing classic beadboard, but today we’re taking a closer look at patterned wallpaper. One of the design elements that continues to be hot in interior design right now is the use of modern wallpaper in bold prints. Many who have had to remove the old now have an aversion, but it’s time to take a fresh look at wallpaper again, since today’s patterns are a designer and homeowner’s dream. Large scale florals, damasks, geometrics, and retro patterns offer one more opportunity to layer playful or sophisticated pattern in your home.
Say goodbye to granny’s miniature pastel florals or wallpaper borders of the past, this century everything from subtle tone-on-tone to textured to larger scale patterns are now available, and it’s the reason why wallpaper has made a huge comeback in the last few years.
Dining rooms are the perfect place to experiment with elegant wallpaper patterns on an accent wall like this beautiful golden feather pattern on a blue backdrop.
This blue damask in the entry is modern twist on a traditional pattern and makes a stunning first impression in the entry.
If your considering the idea of adding pattern to your home with wallpaper, but want to reserve it for a smaller space, the bathroom is the perfect place! A vintage inspired retro geometric adds panache to this bathroom suite.
And a beautiful modern floral in shades of deep pink and lavender adds whimsy and color to this fresh botanical inspired bathroom.
So perhaps you’re wondering where to begin your search for a pattern that suites your tastes? Here are 12 retailers to get you started, simply click the image for the wallpaper source!
If you’re afraid you won’t be able to tackle the installation yourself, fear not! Here’s an informative video tutorial for applying wallpaper that will help you install your favorite. In one afternoon, you can have a completely reinvented space with an fresh new pattern that’s sure to add plenty of personality to your home.
Written on April 16, 2012 at 4:00 am , by Kate
If you’ve popped your head into local retailers or opened the latest catalogs, there’s a color that’s getting a lot of attention this season and that color is indigo. This inky blue is appearing everywhere from textiles to accessories and one thing is true, while some might consider it the color of the moment, the combination of deep blue and crisp white has always been timeless. Whether it’s the paint on the walls, or the furnishings in your spaces, indigo is one color to choose to create a moody yet sophisticated feeling in your home.
On the color wheel, its complement is fiery orange, (or tangerine!) and together they make a bold statement.
Indigo gains feminine qualities when it’s married to more unexpected colors like coral and lime green. Add plenty of white and you’re looking at one of the freshest color combinations around.
If you’re seeking to introduce this classic deep blue to your home in a fresh modern way, here are a few statement pieces to consider.
1. Ferm feather wallpaper, Horne, $105 a roll 2. Harley Balloon Chair, Horchow, $3,199; 3. Paeonia wallpaper, Anthropologie, $148 roll; 4. Concentric Diamond Table Lamp, Shades of Light, $392; 5. Hemnes nightstand, IKEA, $100; 6. Louisa Settee, Anthropologie, $2,498; 7. Southport coffee table, Oomph, $2,295; 8. Skye Coffee Table, Crate + Barrel, $399; 9. Jonathan Adler Butterfield Sofa, $3,695; 10. Kidman Bergere, The Cross Design; 11. 5 x 8’ Blinov Rug, Overstocks, $198; 12. 6 x 9’ Pinstripe Rug; Restoration Hardware, $590.
If it’s smaller touches you’re looking for, consider these gorgeous decorative accessories!
1. Capri candle, Anthropologie, $28; 2. Herringbone pillow, John Robshaw, $190; 3. Medallion dinnerware, Target, $82 set; 4. Mimosa Frames, Z Gallerie, $29; 5. Modern Ikat pillow, Whitlock & Co, $42; 6. Provence kitchen mat, Williams Sonoma Home, $50. 7. Cocktail blueprint, Crate + Barrel, $399; 8. Elephant ceramics vase, West Elm, $29; 9. Octopus throw, Thomas Paul, $350; 10. Horchow pillow collection, $85-205; 11. High Neck Vase, Terrain, $40, 12. Gelato tray, Z Gallerie, $25; 13. Storage Ottoman, Crate & Barrel; 14. Richard Nixon throw, Jonathan Adler, $290; 15. Scales Rug, Zinc Door, $100.
Indigo is a very hot color in retail right now, but you can guarantee that if you incorporate indigo into your own home, it’s classic attributes will stand the test of time. Are you a fan of this inky blue?