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.
Daytime sequins and a short patterned skirt. The petite scale of the sequinned top contrasts perfectly with the larger scale of the patterned skirt.
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.
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...
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!
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!
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.
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!
Lacquered chocolate brown walls in the dining room paired with updated lantern-style fixtures make the room feel modern and elegant.
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.
A second Venetian mirror adds a glimpse of the light blue and white master bedroom with grasscloth walls. I would love to see more!
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.
5. WHAT IF SOMEONE SEES ME WALKING DOWN THE SIDEWALK WITH A CHAIR?
6. BUT: "WHAT IF IT'S MILO BAUGHMAN??"
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?
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.
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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