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I’ve been on the hunt for a few fabrics and decided to take a spin through Forsyth Fabrics here in Atlanta.  Forsyth is one of my go-to sources for moderate priced designer fabrics and you’ll always find the latest fabric trends in their aisles.  Because the fabric industry is changing and manufacturers and retail stores are producing less fabric, more and more of the fabrics carried at Forsyth have to be special ordered.  Even so, they still have a good selection of cut and take fabrics so this is where I shop for personal projects I’m working on.

Let’s take a look at see what’s trending in designer fabrics…

Malachite patterns have been around for decades but really resurfaced a few years ago in textiles and decor.  This was the only malachite fabric I could find at Forstyle and even through it has to be special ordered, its definitely worth the wait.

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I’ve been seeing military green showing up in fall fashion so it makes sense that it’s a big trend in upholstery fabric.  I can’t jump on this color bandwagon just yet but it might grow on me.

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The emerald green trend is also continuing with muted variations showing up in classic fabric patterns.

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I don’t think teal will ever go out of style or paisley prints for that matter.

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These bold colors can always be found in upholstery fabrics but they feel a bit ‘past their time’ to me.

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One of my favorite color combinations lately is orange and grey.  I would love to design a bedroom around these colors.

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The with popularity of blue and white in decor, I totally expected to see lots of navy fabrics and I did.  I really loved the middle batik inspired print which would make a beautiful pair of drapes or a chair fabric.

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Classic black and white with a touch of neutral, always timeless.  The zebra print is just begging to be on a pair of footstools or made into pillows.

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Raised relief designs are popping up more and more and these embroidered looks felt really fresh.

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I may be the only one but I’m kinda liking that this golden rod color is coming back into style.  That top fabric had lots of texture and was really beautiful.

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Forsyth Fabrics also has a clearance room where you can find short lengths of fabric and trim at great prices. I snagged remnants of these two fabrics to hoard use on a future project.

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It’s good to have Forsyth just a short drive from my house so I can indulge my fabric habit whenever I want.

If you’re not in Atlanta, don’t worry.  You can shop all of the fabrics available at Forsyth on their website and get delivery right to your door.

Shelly

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Hello there!   I’m so giddy about my latest diy project and although it’s not revolutionary, it’s the kind of project that puts a big smile on my face.

After spending boat loads of money over the years buying fancy notebooks and journals, I finally decided to get crafty and make my own designer notebooks.

DIY Notebooks by ConfettiStyle1

 Since I have a deep love for beautiful paper, this project centered around some of my favorite patterns, colors and designs.  I used geometric prints, damask patterns, leather and snakeskin designs and of course bright colors were part of the mix.

DIY Notebooks by ConfettiStyle7

The snake skin and embossed croco embossed papers below are actually sheets of vinyl that I found on sale at Michaels for .75 cents.

DIY Notebooks by ConfettiStyle

These diy notebooks were super simple to make and required just a few supplies:

*  Notebooks–most of the notebooks I covered I found at HomeGoods but I also covered Composition Notebooks which you can find at any office supply store, Wal-Mart or Target for around .50 cents.  The mini notebooks came from Ikea (2/$1.00). This Etsy shop also has a great selection of plain kraft notebooks.

*  Decorative paper–you can use scrapbook paper, thick wrapping paper, vinyl sheets and even pages from a book.  Most of my decorative scrapbook paper came from Micheals.

*  Permanent glue tape–I use my Glue Glider Pro which made applying the tape quick and easy–available from Amazon

*  Exacto Knife and Scissors

*  Blank Labels and Sticker Letters–available at Michaels

DIY Noteboooks by ConfettiStyle

How to:

To cover each book, open the notebook, lay it flat and trace the outline of the notebook onto the backside of your paper.  Cut the paper with your scissors.

Apply glue tape to the front of the notebook first and adhere your paper to the front cover.  Next, apply glue tape to the spine of the notebook and wrap the paper around towards the back.

Apply glue tape to the back cover of the notebook and secure the paper in place.  It’s that easy.  You can also cover the inside of the front and back cover if you want.

Finally, apply a label to the front of each notebook and add a sticker monogram to personalize it.

DIY Notebooks

DIY Notebooks by ConfettiStyle6

As an added detail, I UpStyled the larger notebooks with metal corner protectors.

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I’m on a notebook making marathon because halfway through making a few for myself I realized what great handmade Christmas gifts they’d make.

DIY Noteboooks by ConfettiStyle5

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you’re inspired to make your own designer notebooks.

Shelly

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Thanks to everyone who’s submitted a question of the Design Chat series.  Keep them coming.

In today’s installment of Design Chat I’m addressing a question from Sheila related to her sectional sofa.  Here’s what Sheila asked…

We have a Large sectional sofa. It has been in the same position for 11 years. I like to rearrange things, this is the first time I have not rearranged!! So I divided it… Much to my husband disapproval . I have one complete couch four seats with arms, and the other part is three seats with a corner. I have them facing each other. I love how it looks! Makes our large living room look cozy, and don’t feel the need to shout to have a conversation. If I could I would attach a picture…. But not sure how on this new device!
What are your thoughts? Thank you in advance.”
Sheila

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Well, based on Sheila’s question and some of the other questions I’ve received, finding the right decorating solution involving a sofa is a big challenge.  And when you have a sectional, the challenge can be even greater.

Before I answer Sheila’s question, let me address the pros and cons of a sectional sofa.  

PRO:  Sectional sofas can be really functional in large rooms when lots of seating is needed, especially for TV viewing.  And you can find or order just about any configuration in a sectional that you need so creating a custom layout to fit your space is easy to do.

PRO:  Becasue sectional sofas are made up of different sections, it’s easy to move the pieces apart to accommodate guest or a party set-up.

PRO:  Sectional sofas are good for small rooms since they can be pushed up against a wall and into corners while keeping the center of the room open.

PRO:  Sectional sofas can be less expensive than buying a sofa and multiple chairs to fill a room.

CON:  Sectional sofas don’t give you a ton of re-arranging options.  If you like to rearrange your furniture often, know that you probably won’t be able to do so with a sectional. It will probably only work ONE WAY due to TV viewing, door openings etc.

CON:  If you ever want to re-upholster your sectional it will be considerably more expensive to re-cover vs a traditional sofa.

CON:  Picking the right color of fabric for your sectional is key because there is so much fabric making an impact in your room so picking the wrong color could become a major eye-sore.

Sectional Sofa via Crate and Barrel

via Crate and Barrel

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So now to answer Sheila’s question…I think separating your sectional is a great idea!  Not only does it create a more intimate seating and conversation area but splitting up the sectional will give your room a less boxy feel and make it feel larger like you noted.   Also, splitting up your sectional could allow you to bring in additional side tables which would actually make the area more functional for guest. A few other things to keep in mind…

♦  To maintain the lounge feel that the sectional had when it was all one piece, consider adding an ottoman or footstool so your husband can prop his legs up.

♦  If you have the two sectional pieces flanking a TV or fireplace wall, it will actually create a much more dynamic focal point within the room.

♦  Make sure you have the right size rug under the furniture to anchor the seating area and the room.

♦  You can get creative with the pillows on the two sectional pieces as long as you have a few common pillows on each side.

So Sheila, separating your sectional sofa gets my vote.

Here are a few inspirational photos is case the hubby needs more convincing.

Facing Sectionals via CB2via CB2  

Facing Sectional Sofas

via Basset Furniture 

Sectional Sofa with ottoman

via Wayfair

Facing Sofa via Domaine Home

via Domaine Home

Facing Sofas via DecorPad

Munger Interiors via DecorPad

 

For more tips on styling your sectional, you can view my sectional design guide post here:

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If you have a design question you’d like to me give input on, you can email me at shelly.confettistyle@gmail.com.

Shelly

 

 

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Butcher Paper--Reliable Paper

I have had lots of fun sharing these Product + Inspiration post with you and I hope they’ve inspired you to look at products in a new way.
Today I’m sharing one of the most versatile products you can buy and decorate with.  It doesn’t involve going to Goodwill or shopping at Ikea, but can be found in the paint aisle at your local hardware store or online from any craft supply shop.  

Today I’m sharing decorating inspiration using butcher paper.  

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Washi Tape Gift Wrap by ConfettiStyle5

Over the weekend I shared a photo on Instagram of items I’m sending in a care package to a good friend.  As I do with all the gifts I give, I wanted to created a special wrap for the gift.

I looked through my wrapping paper stash but didn’t see anything I wanted to use so out came the washi tape and in no time flat I had my box wrapped.

Washi Tape Gift Wrap

Washi Tape Gift Wrap by ConfettiStyle3

I’ve professed my love of washi tape on the blog before but I have to tell you again, it is one of the best crafting supplies you can own.

The beauty of washi tape is that it can be used in so many different ways and it’s perfect for gift wrapping.  To keep things simple, I used the tape instead of ribbon and layered different patterns together to fancy up the box a bit.

Washi Tape Gift Wrap by ConfettiStyle

I also made a cute gift tag accented with washi tape.  I folded lengths of washi tape together to create flags and then angle cut the ends.  Using double-sided tape, I attached the washi flags to the gift tap and finished it off with a silk flower.

Washi Tape Gift Wrap by ConfettiStyle6

Washi Tape Gift Wrap by ConfettiStyle1

Washi Tape Gift Wrap by ConfettiStyle5

Happy wrapping!

Shelly

p.s.  the white gift box was part of a box set I purchased from Michael’s.  I love that the lids and bottom are separate and that the boxes are thick and sturdy.  There are 4 different size boxes in the set and they are on clearance right now at 70% off, so the set only cost me $2.99, less a 20% coupon I had.

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Floral Design by ConfettiStyle

Hello friends and happy Friday!

I’m popping in late to share what I was up to today.  One of my good friends has recently started a boutique catering business and she asked to me create a couple floral arrangements that will be used in her marketing materials for fall and holiday.

I love flowers and creating flower arrangements is something I love to do so I jumped at the opportunity.

The day started with a trip to the wholesale flower market where I was overwhelmed with all the beautiful stems.  If the cooler wasn’t so darn cold I could have stayed and played with flowers all day but I had to get busy arranging flowers.

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I had a general color theme in mind before I went to the wholesaler so I narrowed in on the stems that would work best for the idea I had in mind.

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In addition to flowers and greenery I also had succulents and apples to work with.

The trick to really dynamic flower arrangments is the mix of flowers, the texture, an unexpected pop of color and unique elements like fruit, pinecones, berries etc.

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I took me about an hour to make two arrangements and here they are:

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The first arrangement is in a vintage brass bowl and really played up the texture within each stem.  I snipped the hydrangea at the last minute from a bush to add volume to the arrangement and is you look closely you can see a succulent tucked amongst the flowers.  Red and green apples are also part of the mix.

The other flowers used include Ranunculus, Dianthus, Bra Viburnum Berries, Veronica and Dusty Miller.

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I love Ranunculus and their fluffy petal added a lot of softness and elegance within the flower mix.

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The second arrangement was built on a 3-tiered galvanized metal stand.  This type of arrangement would be perfect for a buffet setting or larger banquet table.

Floral Design by ConfettiStyle5

What really makes this arrangement special is the succulents.  Succulents add so much dimension and to flower arrangments because of their colors and texture.

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I tucked a few larger leaves around the edge of the stand and let some of the berries and Veronica drape over the edge.

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The red and green apples really add substance and visual impact and the Dianthus (spiky green flower below) adds a touch of whimsy.

Floral Design by ConfettiStyle4

Floral Design by ConfettiStyle

My friend Ande and I will be creating more flower arrangments as the holidays near and I’ll be sure to share it all with you here.

I also recommend that you follow Ande’s catering business on Instagram @YumCulinaryGifts to see all of the amazing food, style and graphic images she shares.  And if you live in Atlanta and are looking for a caterer for your next event, give Yum Boutique Catering a call.

Yum Culinary Business Card

Have a great weekend!

Shelly

 

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Flowers--Ruche

Back in the day floral rugs were all the rage.  Then the design trends move to geometric designs and then to solid natural fiber rugs.  As with all design trends, what goes around comes around and floral rugs are now back in vogue.

Here’s a little flower power inspiration for you…

Floral Rug--Design Sponge

Design Sponge

Floral Rug--Anthropologie

Anthropologie

Floral Rug--Cocokelley

Cocokelley

Floral Rug--AbigailHern

Abigail Hern

Floral Rug--Gabbagab Bagorg

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Decorating with floral rugs can be challenging so keep these tips in mind:

♥   No matter which room you decide to put a floral rug in, keep in mind that the other furniture and decor should be simple, so the patterns don’t compete.

♥  Pick one or two accent colors from the rug and use it around the room in accessories and textiles.

♥  Brighter floral rugs tend to have a more contemporary feel to them while darker floras have a more old-school sophisticated feel–pick a style and color palette that works with your design style

♥  Floral rugs are make great accent rugs in a foyer, bathroom or kitchen so if a small dose of floral feel best, try these areas.

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Now that you’re inspired, here’s a round-up of some of my favorite floral rugs from one of my favorite rug sources,  RugsUSA.

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top row:  Prescot / Couture / Feizy Harlow
middle row:  Surya Mount Perry / Catalina Paradise / Satara Savannah
bottom row:  Satara Leaves / Herat Oriental / Suyra Alhambra

Happy decorating!

Shelly

 

flowers in bucket via Ruche

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After showing the gold foil quote art I found at #HomeGoods on Monday, I went looking for some fresh gallery wall inspiration.  While looking through images a really perplexing questions came to mind…what frame color is best for a gallery wall display–white, black, gold or a mix?  

While that might sound like an easy question to answer, there are decorating pros and cons with each frame color making the decision a tough one.

So to answer the question and to give me an opportunity to share a few design tips with you,  I thought we’d tackle The Great Frame Debate once and for all!

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