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Real Simple Reports: Mixing Florals

I really enjoyed the feature in Real Simple on mixing florals with patterns; I think they nailed it when they said, “Mix them with colorful stripes, polka dots, and gingham checks in complementary tones.” That really sums up the process, the key word being ‘complementary’.

Many fear the process of mixing various patterns and prints in a room. Layering is actually quite painless. Grab a color wheel and a good book on color combinations, and/or take a color theory class at your local art school. Introducing yourself to new ideas via classroom instruction enhances your life in so many ways, especially in the cold months, it helps fight creative stagnation and feelings of depression. You’ll also make new friends and tap into parts of yourself you never knew existed.


Of course, visual learning through the pages of your favorite magazines doesn’t hurt, either. The more you expose yourself to beauty and good design, the more your brain starts to pull all the pieces together and you find your own creative voice, you develop your own ‘eye’ for style. I do believe that people are born with talent, but I also think developing a good eye can be trained if you’re not one who was born with the ability to effortlessly throw things together to result in something pleasing. Try, try, try, again!


(images from real simple)

Posted in Color Inspiration, Decorating Tips, DIY, tips on February 28, 2007

Bev Hisey *New* for Spring

I noticed a Bev Hisey rug on the cover of the March/April Blueprint, only because I had written about it in January in my Mad About Morocco trend report. So pretty!


It’s such a great rug, don’t you love the bright yellow pattern against white? Striking. Bev has other new items for Spring just added to her already stunning collection of home accessories… Here’s a sneak peak of some of her latest pillow designs.

(images from bev hisey)

Posted in Objects, shopping, travel on February 28, 2007

Pop Cling – Adhesive Art!

Jason wrote in about Pop Cling, an adhesive wall art company, and I couldn’t wait to show you some of these wild ‘n wacky wall decals. Totally fun, what do you think?


Pop Cling is always seeking work from both established and emerging artists, so if you’re an interested artist, contact Jason here. I can totally see my friends in Berlin, Mike and Bloody Bunny, doing this kind of thing because they are both so talented and already have a following…


Thanks Jason for the tip!

(images from pop cling)

Posted in Rooms on February 27, 2007

Spiegel: Home

Some may consider Spiegel a bit old school (or oldskool, depending on your age), but I find some unique home decor items on their website from time to time. Have an open mind, sometimes the places where you least expect to find something great is where you really do.

For instance, Spiegel has a fantastic selection of lamps with graphical shades that speak very much to the patterned shade/solid base trend we’ve been seeing. Since shades are so easy to swap out, it’s actually a great idea to purchase a lamp base you love and simply swap out the shade from time to time, alternating between patterns and solids, to give your space an all new look. Spiegel also has some nice floral salad plates and these fabulous mirrored stars for adding the perfect touch of sparkle.

(images from spiegel)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, Handmade, Objects, Rooms on February 27, 2007

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