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Friday, August 31, 2012

Friday Vignette

Turquoise and green

Pinned Image

via Pinterest (I wish I knew the source- curtains look like Phoebe Howard)

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Mixing Patterns

Mixing patterns.  I do it all the time in home decor.  But I have never been brave enough to do it in fashion.  When doing it in a home, there are a few rules, like making sure the two (or more) patterns being mixed have different scales.  You also need some "solids" in the equation, to keep the patterns from overwhelming the design.  Finally, the patterns need to have at least one color in common.

Do the same rules hold true when mixing patterns in fashion?  Maybe not to the same extent, but I do think the same rules can apply.

Here are some examples of successfully mixing patterns.

Stripes and flowers.  Sounds odd, but since both pieces use the same navy and cream color palette, they look great together.
via Sartorialist

Daytime sequins and a short patterned skirt.  The petite scale of the sequinned top contrasts perfectly with the larger scale of the patterned skirt.
via Sartorialist

Stripes and polka dots.  This look works because the color palette is so restrained, and the patterned pieces are paired with solid shoes and a solid bag.

My style icon, Whitley, perfectly pairs a batik-inspired jacket with striped shorts.  An orange scarf ties the pieces together.

If you are in the market for some mixed pattern pieces, look no further than Tory Burch.

This look from Kate Spade mixes 3 patterns (dots on the shirt, checks on the pants, and a large-scale stripe on the coat).  I would love to wear something like this.  Of course, it's about $1200 all in, excluding the shoes and bag...

Are you mixing patterns in your clothing?  I'd love to hear your tips and tricks for how to do it successfully!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Antelope Look-alike!

Stark's Antelope carpet adds sophistication and style to any room.  It functions as a chic neutral and compliments virtually any color palette or style.  It really is the perfect carpet...  Except for the price. 

Alexander Todd Romano

A few weeks ago while browing on Pinterest (follow me here), I spotted this Antelope look-alike from Myers Carpet in Dalton, GA.  I happen to know that Stark has mills in Dalton.  Is it from the same mill?  We will never know.  But it looks pretty close to me!

And the price is $5.85/sf.  Check it out here

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Tuesday Marketwatch

We have lots of fun new listings this week on MoS Marketplace!  To see them all, click here!

A few highlights include:

Gorgeous Hand-knotted Persian Rug, perfect for a kitchen or to layer over seagrass!

Just in time for setting your Fall table, a lidded brass pumpkin

And, last but not least, a fab copy of I Married Adventure.

Check out these listings and more at!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Playroom Bookshelves

If you have little ones, you know how easy it is to pile stacks of children's books everywhere and have bookshelves that look like this:

Let's be honest- sometimes it feels like every surface in my house looks like that!

I have long felt inspired by Dale Chihuly's book wall in which he has the front covers of his book collections facing out.

Wanting to achieve a similar effect in my playroom, I went to Ikea and bought some Ribba picture ledges. 
RIBBA Picture ledge IKEA The picture ledge makes it easy to vary your favorite motifs as often as you like.

I planned to place the shelves on both sides of our playroom tv to hold books, covers facing out.  Not only would they be functional, but displaying the colorful covers would eliminate the need for purchasing art for that expansive wall.  Win/win.

I started out with the blank wall, a level, and my drill.  I planned out where the shelves should go and marked where to drill the screws.  (I did this before I painted the walls, by the way.  I hadn't decided on a final paint color at the time but was antsy to hang the shelves.  So a couple weeks later after I finalized the paint color, I had to take the shelves down to paint.  But it was easy to put them back up in their already marked holes.)

I made sure that at least one of the screws was going into a stud, just to be safe.  Then, using the level constantly, I screwed the shelves to the wall.

A little strawberry blonde helper assisted on the project.

The top shelves are the perfect place to display special books that are off-limits (now) to little fingers, like ones that belonged to my parents when they were little. 

Sure, it's a little less dramatic than the Chihuly wall o' books.  But so far, it is working great in my playroom!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Bar Cart Bonanza

Two fabulous vintage brass bar carts for you!

Number One:  Very sturdy, brass finish in good shape, 2 glass shelves, 4 original wheels in good working condition



Number Two:  faux bamboo style, brass finish is tarnished but could easily be sprayed with "brass" spraypaint (or gold), a bit wobbly but could be tightened.  Original 4 wheels, 2 glass shelves.


If you are in the Charlotte area and are interested, email me at!  These are priced to sell!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Friday Vignette

Subtle pattern perfection from Elle Decor

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Perfectly Peaceful

A soothing, peaceful color palette doesn't have to be boring.  The Ashley Whittaker-designed home in September's House Beautiful uses serene blues and greens in a fresh way that is both sophisticated and youthful.  Let's take a look:

A large-scale photograph over the living room sofa adds a touch of playfulness to the sophisticated room.

She mixes metals in the living room, with both polished nickel and gold gilt accents.  The box pleats on the chairs add a traditional element to the room, but the ikat pillows make it feel fresh.  The herringbone tile in the fireplace adds fabulous pattern and texture.  I never tire of Venetian mirrors.
September 2012 House Beautiful Color Issue

Adding lattice work to an interior wall is such a fun way to add texture and pattern.  I am dying to do this in a client's sunroom! 
House Beautiful September 2012 color issue

Lacquered chocolate brown walls in the dining room paired with updated lantern-style fixtures make the room feel modern and elegant.
House Beautiful September 2012 color issue

A teenage daughter's bedroom is fun and colorful but sophisticated and timeless.  For a youthful bedroom, roman shades trimmed with tape are a fresh alternative to billowing curtains. 
2012 House Beautiful September color issue

A second Venetian mirror adds a glimpse of the light blue and white master bedroom with grasscloth walls.  I would love to see more!

Do you love blues and greens?

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Nothing Ventured; Nothing Gained

The other morning on the way home from the gym, I was driving down a busy street not far from my house and spotted this by the road.

It might not look like much to you.  But as I was flying past I spotted what looked like a chrome chair in the pile of furniture waiting to be sent to the landfill.  I kept driving, thinking: 
1.  It's raining.
2.  It's probably junk.
3.  This road is really busy, so I would have to park on a side street somewhere and then walk down the busy street's sidewalk.
4.  It's rush hour.

I kept driving but then then thought to myself, "Nothing ventured; nothing gained."  So I turned around at the next intersection and went back to look.  Thankfully I was on my way back from the gym wearing gym clothes, so I could pretend to be jogging down the sidewalk rather than dumpster diving in Foxcroft.

I glanced nervously through the pile and decided that the chrome chair, while sadly not Milo Baughman, was a keeper.  There were probably some other good things, too, but I had too much pride to keep looking.  Like one of those moments where you see a celebrity but play it cool and don't ask for a picture because you don't want to look like an amateur.  Please.  Ask for the picture.  Dig through the pile.

I carried the chair down the street to my car and threw it in the back of my car.  Isn't the chrome frame fabulous?

After I got it home, I looked at it more closely.

Obviously the camel faux leather has to go.  But it has nice lines.  I'm thinking navy velvet?

Have you ventured and gained lately?

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Tuesday Marketwatch

This week, we have some exciting new additions to MoS Marketplace!

I am most excited about this collection of Osa Johnson books.  It includes the faux boise I Married Adventure, the impossible-to-find Four Years in Paradise with the giraffe cover, Jungle Friends in coral cloth with green letters and a fabulous zebra, and Jungle Babies in beige cloth with a giraffe on the cover.

A large chinoiserie brass cachepot is the perfect container for your fiddle leaf fig tree.

We also have some more vintage books-by-color in turquoise, green, beige, and gray.

A vintage chrome toast rack is the perfect way to organize invitations and stationary.

Chinoiserie brass wall hangings are a fab accent for any wall.

Check out these listings and more on MoS Marketplace

Monday, August 20, 2012

Powder Room Sneak Peek

As you probably know, client projects can take months (even years) to go from start to photograph-able finish.  I love taking pictures throughout the process to document our progress.

We just had wallpaper hung in my client's powder room, and I had to share a (dark camera phone) picture!

The wallpaper is Thibaut's Fishbowl, a pattern full of fabulous colors and chinoiserie images.

Doesn't wallpaper make such a statement in a powder room?  Can't wait to share more pics as we make progress!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Friday Vignette

Trompe l'oeil trim, coral walls, turquoise ceiling.  In a bedroom.

via Veranda

Thursday, August 16, 2012

H&M Home

It's FINALLY happening.  The long-awaited (3 years?) H and M Home line is finally make its way stateside for an early 2013 launch.  I am a bit surprised they didn't time the launch to coincide with students going off to college in the Fall, because it seems to me that college students will be a large part of the H and M Home clientele.

You might wonder how it will be different from Ikea- I wonder that, too.  The price point is a bit higher than Ikea's, and the line includes mainly accessories and soft goods instead of furniture.

Here are a few photos of current collections available in Europe.  It has a clean, midcentury feel but maybe a little less sterile than Ikea.  I do love the scarfy pillow covers.
image via casasugar

Some of the navajo-inspired elements are cute for Fall (too bad it won't be available here for Fall).

The "feminine bohemian" collection packs a lot of punch with color and could be cute for a college dorm room.

The "basics" are REALLY basic.  Maybe they make up in quality for what they lack in style.  Just kidding.

The children's collection is a bit cuter at first glance, but after looking a bit longer, I realize I just like the colors and props, not the actual offerings with the exception of that pink pom-pom blanket.

So what do you think?  Do you have high expectations for H and M Home?  And good news- the Charlotte Observer reported last week that at long last, H and M is headed to Charlotte!

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