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  • Decorating with the Trellis Pattern

    Outdoor Garden Trellis Pattern

    Lately I've been obsessed with decorating with the trellis pattern.

    I've always wanted a trellis.

    A vintage trellis.....the kind I've only read about in English novels.

    Layers of white wood entwined with tiny roses or colorful morning glory or graceful wisteria.

    So this year I've planted a trellis with clematis and every time I see it....my heart smiles.

    If you love trellises like me....why keep them limited to the outdoors?

    Trellises are everywhere in home decor this season.

    Just take a look!

    Trellis Pattern Lighting and Decor

    1. Oil rubbed bronze trellis light with a beautiful Moroccan styled-frame.

    2. An eye-catching trellis design in a terracotta rug from the Courtyard Collection.

    3. Let your trellis shine with this patterned mirror in silver with a classic black frame.

    4. This trellis patterned lampshade is perfectly styled in spa blue.

    Here's a little tip: decorative patterned lampshades are a great way to introduce the colors and patterns of the garden indoors!

    Trellis Rugs and Decor

    1. This flush mount light features a sparkling silver nickel trellis pattern.

    2. A bold graphic trellis pattern covers this Surya pouf in a vivid papyrus color.

    3. This square pouf also comes in a variety of colors including aqua or red.

    4. Add pattern under foot with this classic rug in a gray and cream trellis pattern.

    White Trellis in a Garden

    So enjoy the beautiful season with it's gardens and blooming flowers and green grass.

    But when the summer storms come....you'll have your own trellis pattern decor inside.....to enjoy the outdoors.....

    ....without ever getting wet.

    Photo credit: Photo 1:  Traditional Home  Photo 2: bhg

  • Coastal Decor: Bringing the Beach Home

    Coastal decor can encompass a lot of looks, from the kitschy - seashell animal figurines (no thank you) - to sparse minimalism, which can be altogether dreamy.

    The palette tends toward blues, any shade will do, dipping over into greens and sometimes including yellow too (can't forget about the sun!). Red also makes an appearance, especially when paired with navy, as nothing says nautical like all-American red, white, and blue. As for pattern, geometrics play well, as do stripes, and actual coastal representations, like fish, coral, and ships, if done in moderation, ocean-inspired rooms tend to have plenty of texture too, calling on seagrass, sisal, ropes, and sand.

    We've pulled together a few living rooms with seaside schemes, unified in their tasteful restraint from going overboard with too much of a good thing. You'll find coastal themes in moderation, from model sailboats to sea creatures, in relaxed, elegant settings.

    Coastal Chic Sun Porch with Hanging Lantern


    This cheerful enclosed porch looks to be perched right on the beach. A nautical-inspired lantern hangs from the breadboard ceiling painted a watery blue. Splashes of color are worked in with bold stripes and the piping on the cushions of the rattan porch furniture. Interior image: Southern Living.

    Shopping guide: 1 Casa Sierra Hanging Lantern 2 Tabs Bright Accent Pillow 3 Jamie Young Natural Jute Urn 4 Red Chenille Throw Blanket 5 Riviera Outdoor Sofa 6 Fishtail Fern with Black Metal Stand

    Beach Living Room with Seaside Accents

    Pale blue painted paneled walls paired with a sofa upholstered in white duck and casual white curtains on a stainless steel rod is a sure way to score a casual coastal decor feel. The sailboat clinches it. Interior image: via Completely Coastal.

    Shopping guide: 1 Newport Sloop Replica-Model Sailboat 2 Natural Light Cordage Square Jute Table Lamp 3 Admiral Set of 3 Navy Throw Pillows 4 Rachel Classic Natural Slipcover Sofa 5 Loop Mohair Lake Blue Throw Blanket 6 Nautilus Fossil Shell Sculpture

    White Coastal Living Room with Red and Blue Accents


    This well-sized living room has ample seating, including a cozy armchair in blue ticking. Nautical-inspired lanterns hang from the beamed ceiling, while sturdy floor lamps and a colorful table lamp adds extra light for reading. Coral pillows and fish prints stamp it "beach." Interior image: Jupiter Riverfront Homes.

    Shopping guide: 1 Arteriors Home Cassidy Coral Orange Porcelain Table Lamp 2 Pinebrook Round Accent Table 3 Blue and White Striped Kids Armchair 4 Coral Accent Pillow 5 Wrass and Rudd Set of Two Framed Fish Prints 6 Uttermost Set of 2 Gloss White Coral Bowls

    Pale Blue Coastal Decor Living Room

    This great room is obviously located in a beachy-locale, given the sea fans, coral, and hydrangeas, but rather than go with the expected baby blue or navy, the palette gets a little zing with a zestier sky blue. Interior image: Better Homes & Gardens.

    Shopping guide: 1 Judith Edwards Designs Silver Sea Star 2 Natural Sea Fan with Base 3 Rivoli Porcelain Faux Bamboo Table Lamp 4 Turquoise Bonded Leather Parson Chair 5 Rattan Accent Storage Trunk 6. Caleb White Linen Arm Chair

  • Red, White and Blue Decor for Summer

     Red-White-Blue-Design-Summer

    There are two big excuses to break out some super chic red, white and blue decor this summer season: Memorial Day and the Fourth of July.  These two days have become a symbol for the classic American summer holiday party.  With the all American home embracing the design culture however, many design savvy people (like our readers) have learned how to incorporate new designs for the summer to accent these fun, patriotic colors.  Here are some great inspiration ideas for everything from a patriotic holiday party to a summer filled with red, white and blue decor.

    Red, White and Blue Decor for Summer Decorating

    Changes do not have to be drastic to re-design your space for summer.  Since much more time is spent outside, incorporating mood-setting outdoor lighting will definitely elevate your patio or backyard.  Small additions like chic outdoor accent pillows and comfy throw blankets in a red, white and blue color scheme also add a patriotic pop without over committing.  If you do wish to go big with this fun, summery color scheme, remember that mixing in pattern and texture is a good way to bring the bold colors without too much saturated color overload. 

    Red, White and Blue Party Decor for Summer

    If you are planning a Fourth of July soiree, I say go all the way with the design.  From plates, napkins and outdoor serveware to red, white and blue-themed desserts and drinks, you can really be as creative and thematic as you wish.  After all, this is a one night event planned around the most patriotic day of the year - your guests will only be delighted to see the efforts you put in to decorate all aspects of your get together.

    However you incorporate red, white and blue into your summer decor, make sure to have fun with it. Start small and see where the inspiration takes you.  Happy summer, readers!

    All Images: Pinterest

  • Design Basics: Linen Home Furnishings

    Linen Home Furnishings

    Linen home furnishings are the most simple and elegant way to decorate. It’s like the whispering of design...understated, muted and timeless. Linen can cover your walls, windows and furniture so it’s one of the most useful and versatile fabrics around.

    I love linen because it can be super modern if tightly fitted on furniture or traditional and romantic if gathered on a bedskirt or ottoman. Linen also doesn't discriminate by seasons. White linen is perfect in the summer, while a warmer taupe or brown linen looks just as chic besides a fire in a colder climate.

    Linen Furniture

    1. Zuo Dogpatch Beige Accent Chair

    Slipcovered linen chairs have been around for quite some time, and for good reason. A linen covered chair can go anywhere and look divine. You can always jazz up linen with a patterned pillow or throw, but I say still stay neutral to maintain the calm. The classic Parsons chair in linen can go from dining to desk as well as kitchen to vanity.

    Linen Accessories

    2. Winema Down-Filled Taupe Linen Throw Pillow

    Linen accessories can soften the hardest or most tired looking furniture. Hate you dining table? No worries, a linen tablecloth can cover that up and look beautiful at the same time. Adding linen pillows and throws an are an affordable luxury that infuses a room with soft texture and elegance.

    Linen Lamp Shades

    3. Ceramic Sea Urchin White Table Lamp 4. Cream Chandelier Shade

    Lighting can even benefit from linen. A simple bedside lamp can be elevated with the addition of a linen shade and even dining room chandeliers can cast a softer glow if the bulbs are covered by linen replacement shades.

    Linen Sofas

    5. Zuo Pacific Heights Beige Sofa

    Linen sofas will look chic for a very long time. I love the look and it always reminds me of those serene Belgian interiors you see in magazines. One key thing to remember when it comes to linen home furnishings is that they can stain and do wrinkle. I don’t mind the wrinkles as that is the “look.” Stains, however, I mind. That said, keep the linen away from little kids and pets to ensure long life and high style.

    Photos: Belgian Pearls.

  • Decorating Inspiration: A Fresh Take on Fourth of July Decor

    Decorating Inspiration - A Fresh Take on Fourth of July

    The Fourth of July brings with it tons of summer decorating inspiration: picnics in the park, memories of family celebrations past, and of course the patriotic palette of red, white, and blue. But don't feel that you have to reserve this palette to the stars and stripes, and definitely don't limit your enjoyment of these hues to a single holiday weekend! The traditional color trio looks crisp and fresh all season long, especially when you take liberties with how you use it.

    Bedrooms with Fourth of July Color Palettes

    Mixed patterns are a huge trend lately, especially in bedding. Pair a striped throw blanket with floral decorative pillows in shades of cherry, ivory, and cornflower for a contemporary interpretation of old-school Americana. Introduce table lamp styles in red, white, or blue. Or incorporate global influences with cobalt ginger jars and crimson kilim rugs. After all, Independence Day is a chance to honor all the influences that make our country great!

    Red White and Blue Living Room

    Shopping Guide: 1. Teal Midcentury Table Lamp 2. Blue Ceramic Tableware 3. Red and Blue Outdoor Ottoman 4. Red Metal Kitchen Stool

    Images: Lamps Plus Guest Blogging Pinterest

  • Beach Cottage Basics

    Beach Cottage Basics

    Beach cottage basics can be applied whether you live at the beach or if you live far from surf and sand. The “beach” look is casual, cheerful and easy to maintain.

    Woven Rugs

    Most beach-inspired interiors have hard wood floors which mean the need for some form of floor covering. The most classic type is the woven, striped variety. Whether in multiple colors or simply the always-chic blue and white, a classic striped rug epitomizes the beach cottage floor, though the choices abound for chic and cozy area rugs.

    Decorative Throw Pillows

    Playful patterned pillows and soft furnishing are great for beach houses. As walls tend to be simply painted in the classic cottage, patterns will liven up a room. You can also try lamp shades in bold patterns to perk up your bedside lamps.

    Beach Wall Art

    When it comes to the actual decor you place around your house, stick with weathered signs, nautical themes and objects like fish, whales and coral. One inexpensive way to add beach-inspired decor is by finding shells on the beach and fill glass bowls and hurricanes until they overflow with the beauty of the sea.

    Slipcovered Furniture

    Because there are sandy feet and wet bathing suits at the beach, most furniture should be upholstered in easy to clean slipcovers. Your best friend at the beach will doubtless be your washing machine! Another handy piece of technology in the beach cottage to stay cool in the summer heat is the ceiling fan. It's the best way to enjoy your new beach cottage getaway.

    Beach Home Decor

    Shopping Guide: 1. Nantucket Whale Framed Vintage Wall Art 2. Outer Banks Blue Stripes Collection Area Rug 3. Faux Nautilus Shell White Table Lamp 4. Lomasi Embroidered Turquoise Throw Pillow 5. Rachel Classic Natural Slipcover Loveseat 

    Photos: House of Turquoise.

  • Decorating with Cacti

    Cacti Dining Room Centerpiece

    Whether it's the warmer weather, or the revival of mid-century style, decorating with cacti has become an extremely popular trend in home decor! Gone are the days when grouping plants were associated with grandma's bad decor decisions! The succulent rage has taken over and decorating with are spiny friends has never been hotter!

    Living Room Cacti Display

    The easiest way to get the look is to dedicate a place in the home, be it a shelf or window sill, to show off your plant collection. It's when you have greenery all over the place that it becomes more of an unsightly jungle inside, rather than an intentional vignette.

    Cacti Arrangement in a Sunroom

    Another thing you'll want to keep in mind is to vary the plant species. Look for different shapes and heights, as well as varying shades of green. It's fun to add a cactus that has a beautiful flower to break up the green monochromatic look!

    Decorating with Cacti in Planters

    1. Large Euro Box 12 1/2" High Square Planter 2. Set of 3 Natural Circular Planters 3. Bell Jar Terrarium 


    Just as you want to mix and match the species when decorating with cacti, you also want to mix and match your pots! Think outside of terra cotta pots and go for a modern concrete or wicker planter! Baskets and glass bell jars are great to use because they will add an unexpected touch to your indoor garden. Plus, they have multiple uses around the house!

    Image credits: Via Pinterest, Weekday Carnival, via Pinterest.  

  • Exciting New Kitchen Renovation Ideas

    Exciting New Kitchen Renovation Ideas

    What would your dream kitchen look like? For many people, the answer to that question is more personal than most.  While the era of monochrome, commercial grade kitchens had a long run, it is refreshing to see some life, color and pattern coming in to the kitchen world and making us reconsider the way in which we see a “perfect kitchen”.  Here are some inspiring and exciting new kitchen renovation ideas.

    Unique Kitchen Backsplah Tile

    It has been a long time since fun backsplash has been popular – probably due to the horror that was the 70’s and 80’s backsplash tile.  These days, there are some amazing tile mosaics and designs that are funky yet modern, cool yet classy.  If you have a classic kitchen, adding a bright, fun backsplash can add an interesting flavor to the space. 

    Chalkboard Walls in Kitchens

    For a few years now, chalkboards in the kitchen have been super popular, so it is natural to take chalkboards to the next level.  Not only fun for kids, chalkboard walls are a really unique way to display in your kitchen.  Beyond shopping lists, these chalkboard walls can feature menus, art and memories from dinner parties past. 

    Colorful Kitchen Renovation Ideas

    Color is back in the kitchen!  The reign of grey, white and black has come to an end.  Well, it hasn’t quite come to an end but color in the kitchen is booming again, infusing life and excitement back into a room that is so deserving of it.  From appliances to cabinetry to colorful kitchen pendant lighting, adding a pop of color to your kitchen will bring in an element of beautiful energy.

    These kitchen renovation ideas are only a handful of the endless possibilities for designing your kitchen - the sky really is the limit when decorating this space! 

    All Images: via Pinterest

  • Retro Desk Lighting

    Retro Desk Lighting

    Retro desk lighting can take many forms and be interpreted in many ways. I happen to like going with lamps in a darker-toned classic metal, exhibiting a light dusting of dumpster dive patina. There are ways to get modern lamps that look retro saving you time hunting around flea markets and endless auction sites. Lamps Plus has a wide array of classic lighting designs that will create an instant retro feel to any workspace.

    Vintage Lighting Inspiration

    Thankfully, modern desk lamps will throw off enough light to actually get some work done and look good at the same time. While the images above show retro work spaces and lamps,retro desk lamps can look great in simple contemporary rooms. The aged appearance and lines of a timeless desk lamp can look almost sculptural on a clean-lined desk in a white room. Retro-style lighting can still be energy efficient - just look for LED table lamps in retro styles.

    Along with using retro-style lamps on traditional desks, they can also add style to a bedside. After all, don’t we love working on the old laptop in bed? Who knew the old nightstand was the new desk?

    Retro Style Desk Lamps

    Shopping List: 1. Robert Abbey Astro Brushed Chrome Desk Lamp 2. Jamie Young Large Steampunk Table Lamp 3. Kichler Cylinder Bronze Finish Desk Lamp 4. Kenroy Hanger Antique Brass Finish Desk Lamp 5. Draper Mid-century Modern Desk Lamp 6. Benza Bronze Adjustable Architect's Desk Lamp

    Photos: New Victorian Ruralist, Style Saloniste.

  • Fresh Interior Color Combinations at a Hotel in Historic Newport

    A historic town might not be where you'd think to look for fresh interior color combinations - but think again! Seaside towns can be quaint, or even elegantly upscale, but it's not often that New England inns channel a boutique hotel vibe. Until now.

    Boston-based interior designer Rachel Reider undertook a total redo of the Attwater Hotel in Newport, RI last year. She transformed all 12 guest rooms as well as the public spaces, into a breezy haven. Drawing on nautical elements, like shades of blue from ocean to sky, grommets, rope, and coral, Reider infuses the coastal theme with punchy color and geometric prints. Find furnishing inspirations below, then click over to StyleCarrot for more interior photos.

    Fresh Interior Color Combinations at the Attwater Hotel

    Reider starts with a neutral base of grudge and mustard, then pairs it with a seaworthy turquoise. The barn door harkens back to the New England vernacular, while the ikat print pillows hint at global adventure. Photo by Rare Brick

    Shopping guide: 1. Microsuede Slipcovered Bed in Sky 2. Feiss Helena Mirror 3. Petra Ikat Armless Chair 4. Hager Potteries Adrift Ceramic Tear Drop Table Lamp 5. Lattice Ceramic Garden Accent Stool 6. Light Ikat Throw Pillow 7. Surya Fallon Yellow Rug 8. Surya Tobias Teal Throw

    Navy and Coral Hotel Room in Historic Newport

    In this guest room, Reider turns the classic preppy palette of navy and coral on its end with an infusion of chartreuse to create this fresh interior color combination that's definitely unexpected. She expertly blends the geometric (Greek keys and chevrons) with funky ethnic flair (the headboard pattern) and the traditional (floral chair). A neutral metallic table lamp provides a soothing contrast. Photo by Rare Brick.

    Shopping guide: 1. Microsuede Slipcover Bed 2. Burlap Print Semi-Flush Ceiling Light 3. Milan Navy Zig Zag Armless Chair 4. Ellie White and Mirrored Chest 5. Resort Tangerine Chevron Rug 6. Brighton Hammered Pot In Brushed Nickel 7. Ikat Cyan and Coral Pillow

June, 2013