image via Jamie Meares
I’ve been quite obsessed with all things Chinoiserie of late in part because it’s a design style that is super popular right now and also because I just love the eclectic feel the style lends itself too.
Chinoiserie also speaks to my love of color, vintage and bold pattern work. The Jamie Meares image above just says fun to me and really represent a collected home filled with unique treasures.
The Ralph Lauren image below is another take on Chinoiserie with a more subdues color and pattern statement but with just as much personality and visual interest.
Some of my favorite Chinoiserie styled decorative elements include blue and white pottery, bamboo styled furniture, mirror and lighting and also Asian motif pillows.
image via Ralph Lauren
Recently I went on the hunt for some Chinoiserie pillows for our bedroom. I started my search on Etsy and was thrilled to see that there are lots of pillows available on the site.
One of the things I like about shopping on Etsy is that you can get handcrafted items in designer fabrics for a great price. I also like that shopping Etsy is a way to support independent artist and small businesses, many of which are run out of the home.
Here’s just a sampling of the pillows I found…
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Books: NEW DESIGN & ENTERTAINING BOOKS
I love books and you all know that I am a
hoarder collector of design books. Yes it’s a function of my business but I also just love decorating and reading beautiful design books.
While I was at market in January, I stopped by my favorite book wholesaler to check out what’s new in design books. Here’s a look at my favorite new design and entertaining books being released as we speak or in the coming months.
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Today’s post is all about catalog shopping!
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you know that I worked in the retail/catalog industry for many years. I spent over 11 years working as a buyer and executive at Eddie Bauer in both the catalog and retail arms of the company. After moving to Atlanta I worked for a privately owned, national home decor catalog called Touchstone. Throughout my retail career I have learned the ins and outs of the catalog business and I am a fan of shopping from catalogs. It’s a good thing because I receive numerous home decor catalogs in the mail each week.
I know that catalogs aren’t for everyone and there are some cons to shopping from catalogs. But, there are also lots of PROS to shopping (and browsing) from catalogs.
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With spring knocking at the door and Easter just a few weeks away, my latest Product + Inspiration post is dedicated to pretty tables capes and a key component that makes each one great, Bamboo Flatware!
I’ve been on the hunt for vintage bamboo flatware for over a year and haven’t lucked upon any yet but have it on my shopping list for my big trip at the end of the month. When I reviewed my list with my husband he asked me what the big deal was. Well, let me tell you and remind him.
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Statement Tile In The Kitchen
Even though Pantone’s colors of the year and soft, subtle and pastel, the trend in kitchen design is bold and dynamic. You’re seeing more and more kitchens moving away from classic white subway tile and using larger design in big patterns and fun colors.
While patterned tile isn’t for everyone, it’s a great way to enhance your kitchen walls. Here’s some inspiration:
Pattern between the counter and cabinets add so much punch to a kitchen space.
Taking tile from counters to ceiling is a great way to add drama and impact behind the stove.
I recently went on the hunt for some patterned tile and found lots of great options.
Both Home Depot and Lowes have a nice selection of classic patterns and their prices are really good. Another great source is Overstock.com which I recently discovered has a large selection of decorative tile.
Here’s a round-up of some of my favorites…
#3 This Revival Memory tile is the perfect accent for a french country-style kitchen.
#4 I love the soft hue of Kings Seagate and think it would look great on walls or on the floor.
#5 This Agdal Blue and Grey Tile is just one of the dynamic patterns they sell on Overstock.
#6 If you love blue and white in the kitchen, this Somer Tile is great.
#7 The color combination in this Borough Mondo is one of my favorites for a kitchen.
#8 Black accent tile like this Argana Black and Grey is a classic that will work in any kitchen.
#9 And maybe my favorite black and white tile of all times, Medina Black and White Ceramic.
Design Tips for Tiling Your Kitchen:
- A complex or colorful backslash looks best with solid counters–that way they don’t clash with each other.
- Wrapping the backsplash around the entire room gives a sense of visual continuity, which can help a small space seem large.
- Changing the orientation of run-of-the-mill subway tile can create an expensive look for less. Run the tile vertically for a modern look or lay it on a diagonal in a place you want as a focal point, such as cooking areas.
- Before you install a backsplash, try “walking” tiles up a wall to make sure you aren’t left with a thin sliver where the tile meets cabinetry. Hold the tiles against the wall at the bottom of the backsplash area and move them hand over hand up the wall following your desired pattern until you get to the top. You may find you have to start with a half-tile at the bottom to be sure at least a quarter-tile fits at the top.
When it comes to kitchen design, is your style clean and classic or do you like a bold statement?
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