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This month the focus is on traveler’s finds and today’s topic touches on global textiles. Our western design sensibilities have been heavily influenced by many of the exotic fabrics produced abroad, we know a great pattern when we see it! Introducing that “well traveled” look into your home decor is easy when you include any of these iconic patterns.
No need to venture to the countries where their origins are traced, capture the look of having visited an exotic souk or bazaar with just a few cleverly placed home accents such as these.
Ikat (pronounced “ee-cot”) means “to tie” or “to bind” and comes from the unique method of weaving threads that creates the iconic pattern of irregular and imperfect jagged geometric markings. In modern times, the motif is created through either woven or printing methods, and is readily available many colorways. This photo by Fawn Galli is a great example of incorporating ikat into your home.
1. Set of 2 Ikat Orange / Blue Square Decorative Boxes 2. Set of 2 Safavieh Bardot Tribal Ikat Throw Pillows 3. Tangine Khandara Jewel Armless Loveseat 4. Blue Ikat Giclee Apothecary Clear Glass Table Lamp
Suzani patterns include embroidered or printed tribal textiles from Uzbekistan, traditionally made by Central Asian brides for their dowry. Motifs include nature and circular medallions in repeating contrasting colorways, and in this hemisphere we now embrace these patterns in everything from printed bedding to exotic-inspired art shade lighting. The Sandberg Home (via Houzz) pictured below incorporates an exotic Suzani as a bedspread.
1. Adline Santa Maria Desert Flower Square Cocktail Ottoman 2. Set of 2 Safavieh Turquoise Sunder Needlework Pillows 3. Set of 2 Suzani Textural Natural White 18" Throw Pillows 4. Rangoli Sunrise 52" High Tapestry with Hanging Rod
Moroccan inspired styles have been popular for a few years and you’ll recognize the curved trellis and lattice patterns that appear in a rhythmic geometric medley. ‘Moorish’ is another label used to describe the inlay or intricate mosaics that trace their history to the architecture of Islamic structures in the Middle East. Taylor Borasi used Moorish riles and an intricate inlaid wall mirror to capture to Moroccan look.
1. Outdoor Collection Florin Blue Area Rug 2. Lauren Collection Accent Table 3. Moorish Pattern Ceramic Table Lamp 4. White Casbah 45" High Decorative Wall Mirror
Kilim patterns come from tapestry carpets woven in exotic motifs, combining warm tones or vivid contrasting hues in geometric patterns. Popular as prayer rugs and carpets, they also make durable textiles for upholstered ottomans and poufs. Kilim prints inspire the nomad in all of us; layer your home with any of these chosen accessories to capture the same traveler’s spirit. A kilim rug is a unique accent when layered over a neutral sisal or jute rug, as shown in this image from Amber Interior Design.
1. Set of 2 Bedouin Textural Earth Hues 18" Throw Pillows 2. Classic Home Sara Kilim Red Area Rug 3. Kilim Collection Salima Pouf Ottoman 4. Hidden Treasures Kilim Rug Bench
Whichever exotic fabrics you choose to inspire your home decor, any one of these global textiles is sure to bring the vibe of world traveler into your cozy and humble abode.
Image credits: Fawn Galli , The Sandberg Home via Houzz, Taylor Borasi, Amber Interior Design.
Styling a country kitchen will turn the most used room in your house into the most stylish room in the house with only the addition of a few design flourishes. Small touches can have a tremendous affect when decorating a kitchen. You might be surprised how inexpensive adding these touches can cost and that much of what you can use is probably already in your cabinets.
If a full kitchen renovation is out of the question, you may want to invest in decorative mini pendant lights or updated adjustable bar stools around an island or peninsula to set the tone and fill in with other cuisine-related decor, as seen in these inspiration photos featured on Belle Maison.
When it comes to taking advantage of items you have, the sky is the limit. Informal kitchens now have embraced open shelves which turns your dishes and glassware into immediate works of art. Colorful bowls or wonderfully shaped canisters can be displayed and show off your knack for interior design.
Along with dishes and glasses, water pitchers can become last minute vases for flowers and well-worn cutting boards can be propped up as sculptural accessories. It’s a known design trick that bowls of fruit and citrus adds color and texture to counters, but mounting decorative platters to a backsplash or wall can add a similar pop of color.
Shopping List: 1. Cuisine II Wall Art (currently unavailable) 2. Set of 2 Fun Factory White Serving Bowls 3. Kichler Hayman Bay Antique White Mini Pendant 4. Natural Finish Solid Wood Dining Table 5. Set of Three Ceramic Ruled Pitchers 6. Ivory Fleur-de-Lis 10-Piece Teapot Set
Image Credits: Belle Maison.
Mismatched kitchen islands and cabinetry seriously up the style quotient in your eating space. How? Finishing a kitchen island in a different color from the main cabinetry, in a hue that either complements or contrasts, lends a custom look in a room that's all too often overly matchy-matchy.
Going with a mismatched island in a daring shade that infuses a pop of color lets you experiment without fully committing (or going overboard). It's also quite practical, as seen in these images from Ali Schwarz Design Group, Elle Decor, JAS Design Build, and House Beautiful.
White is the classic kitchen color of choice, but when it comes to the island, which gets a lot of wear and tear, it rarely remains pristine. Opting for a kitchen island in a darker, more versatile wood tone, just makes sense.
Hayley Hayes and Tracey Leeson of Brisbane-based interior design firm Porchlight Interiors strive for a timeless, classic style with a modern twist. That is certainly the case in this black and white kitchen. The black island grounds the white space, while its white marble countertop keeps it from becoming weighed down. Stylish black pendant lights punctuate the white walls. The result is crisp and clean, and upkeep is probably pretty easy too.
Shopping guide: 1. Possini Euro Enzo Black Pendant Light 2. Lexington Steel Top Black Buffet 3. Bermuda Swivel Counter Stool
Manhattan-based interior designer Anthony Baratta, know for colorful, high end, and sophisticated spaces, brings his impeccable contemporary interpretation of classic design to this kitchen. The center island is done in pale wood with an oval silhouette and a celery green glass countertop, and an inset teal ceiling with an array of fantastic pendant lights hover above. It's an obvious showpiece, but one with plenty of function.
Shopping guide: 1. Spectrum Multi-Color Glass Ceiling Fixture 2. Cornflower Ruffle Hand-Blown Glass Bowl 3. Stainless Steel Top Wood Drop Leaf Kitchen Cart
This Hamptons kitchen featured in Elle Decor belongs to husband and wife Interior design team Amy and Todd Hase, who found inspiration in the French countryside, where they spend much of their summer. The 18th-century table with bottom shelf, which they purchased at a Paris flea market, makes a perfect center island, providing storage, a workspace, and warmth to the otherwise white room.
So after seeing these great examples, why not mismatch your kitchen island to create a whole new look?
Shopping guide: 1. Artcraft Heath Espresso Retro Island Pendant 2. Cast Iron Steamer Pot with Lattice Top 3. Americana Cottage Oak Finish Wood Kitchen Island
Image credits: Ali Schwarz Design Group; decorated by William Diamond and Anthony Baratta and photographed by Simon Upton for Elle Decor; JAS Design Build; designed by Gideon Mendelson and photographed by Eric Piasecki for House Beautiful; Porchlight Interiors; Anthony Baratta; Roger Davies for Elle Decor.
The heat of summer has dissipated, the deep freeze of winter has yet to arrive, and there's a feeling in the air of breathless energy. This is a season that invites updates in your home decor, so look to all the reasons to love autumn when searching for fall home decor inspiration!
If it's fall fashion you love, incorporate materials like leather to reflect your best boots, or plaid to echo your softest shirt. Perhaps you favor the changing colors of the foliage? Even a few thoughtful touches in crimson, vermillion, or rust will pay homage to the trees' yearly transition. Colorful outdoor lanterns can warm up your decor when the nights get cool.
Finally, if you have a soft spot for the flavors of fall, your home can honor the abundance of the harvest with a bounty of unique and eclectic home accents that create a collected sensibility. Whatever your reasons to adore autumn, use them to inspire your decor as in these images found on Pinterest, and you'll make the season that much better!
Shopping Guide: Cozy Style: 1. Oak and Leather Coffee Table 2. Midcentury Wood and Brass Lamp 3. Modern Denim Armchair 4. Plaid Throw Pillow Colorful Style: 1. Orange Bamboo Throw Blanket 2. Graphic Orange Throw Pillow 3. Orange Candle Lanterns 4. Autumn Colors Striped Rug Eclectic Style: 1. William Morris Coasters 2. Abstract Silver Candleholders 3. Green Ceramic Table Lamp 4. Floral Wall Art
Image Credits: 1. Moorea Seal 2. Abigail Ahern 3. Bookends and Daisies 4. Interior Design 4 5. Canelle et Vanille 6. sfgirlbybay
Wall sconces add function and style to a home library. As we head into fall our interiors become more important and the den or library is the perfect place to study, read and generally enjoy a respite from the cooler weather. Like your kitchen and office, lighting is key to making the most of any room. Creating a mood by offering the right task lighting is key to this type of space, as shown in these inspiration images from A Perfect Grey.
1. Hudson Valley Exeter Antique Nickel Swing Arm Wall Light
Adjustable lighting is great. The ability to move lights around allows you to direct light where needed, like for reading and hobbies such as sewing and knitting. This type of light an also be used to illuminate artwork and collectibles when mounted above a bookcase.
2. House of Troy Greensboro Antique Brass Torch Wall Lamp
The fixed scone with shade is time-honored and chic. You can’t go wrong with this style if your goal is an attractive way to add light without the need for task lights. You can always jazz up a wall sconce with a small decorative lamp shade in various colors or trim.
3. Chase Collection Bronze Swing Arm Wall Lamp
Swing arm lamps, like adjustable sconces, are multi-functional. I love these lamps in libraries as well as in bedrooms. They are perfect for creating a soft overall glow to a room but offer ample light when reading.
4. Weathered Brass Black Shade Hardwire Swing Arm Wall Lamp
Traditional library lighting in brass and black is as old as Colonial Williamsburg. No worries if you like this look but want it a tad more modern. A major trend in home design is aging brass to look funky and industrial. The color combination is classic yet the styling “on point.”
5. Feiss Argento Collection Wall Sconce 6. Hinkley Congress Brushed Caramel Wall Sconce
Brass lighting has a warm patina that is so elegant. The antique look can replicate the industrial look which is so popular or a great take on Art Deco. Either way, thye are great wall sconces for the home library.
Image Credits: A Perfect Gray
I’m a blue jeans and boots girl but I never liked blue in my home.Too traditional, too typical, too boring … I thought.
Then a funny thing happened that had me singing the blues in my house. I found a pair of fabulous, blue velvet, mid century club chairs. (See them in all their glory in my living room at Eclectically Vintage.)
I’m right on trend too, because Dazzling Blue has been named Pantone's top color of spring 2014.
According to the Pantone Color Institute, Dazzling Blue is a shade that’s more vibrant than traditional navy – in fact, it’s the color of Facebook.
While I love the vibrant blue walls in this den from Amanda Nisbet Design, you don’t have to commit to such a grand scale of blue. Small touches can update any room whether it’s a simple blue drum lampshade, an accent pillow with dazzling blue accents, or a vibrant blue table lamp.
Blue painted stairs in this lake house are young and hip and anything but boring thanks to the design skills of Emily Henderson.
Get dramatic in a small powder room with statement-making blue wallpaper used by Hazardous Designs.
Shades of dazzling blue on this layered bedding lend a beachy vibe to this dramatic bedroom by Kim Armstrong Interior Design.
Here’s to being dazzling in blue.
Pantone is really on to something with their color of spring 2014...
Image Credits: Pantone, Amanda Nisbet Design, Emily Henderson, Hazardous Designs, Kim Armstrong Interior Design.
Fountains bring a calming, natural element to your decor year-round, and we're pleased to announce the launch of our collection of exclusive indoor fountains with Bluworld. Each design features natural slate that is crafted by fusing genuine Indian Rajah slate with composite material for an extremely lightweight design that can be installed in 30 minutes or less.
Soothing water cascades gently down the slate panels, while bright white remote-controlled LED lighting allows you to adjust the light level to create a relaxing ambiance that's unparalleled.
With an average lifespan of 10,000 hours, these exclusive indoor fountains from Bluworld are a beautiful investment for your home. Shop our collection of Bluworld fountains here, and for more options, view all of our indoor fountains.
Home Decor Inspired by India - Part 2 - Shape!
The amount of attention paid to architectural detail in India is amazing! It's easy to be inspired by India and translate the beautiful details into your own home decor. Buildings standing across this vast country have undulating curves and finely distinctive geometric shapes, lending to stunning visual moments. As in the pictures above from Conde Nast Traveler and An Indian Summer, there may be no more beautiful architecture than across India.
There are so many opportunities to bring the beautiful architectural shapes of India into your own home decor. As you will see throughout this post, and in the images above from Flickr, the shapes takes center stage and color (the beautiful color we focused on in Part 1) fades to the wayside. These shapes are easily integrated into your home design whether you favor a more streamlined, modern look or a funkier, eclectic style. Because the colors remain neutral, including these Indian-inspired details will add depth to your space, but not overwhelm your existing style.
The image above from Flickr is a gorgeous example of the neutral geometric detail of Indian Architecture. Adding a graphic accent table or carved arched wall mirror can really make that necessary pop in your space.
Shop the look to add some Indian-inspired accents to your home: 1.Bailey Street Side Table 2.Portici Wall Mirror 3.Rustic Storage Chest 4.Hampshire Gold Square Pillow 5.Charlotte Mirrored Accent Table
Image credits: CN Traveler, An Indian Summer, Flickr, Flickr
There is nothing more exotic and exciting than the multicultural design inspiration to be found within the various travel destinations of Asia. I have selected India and China as two fabulous examples. These ancient cultures are rich in history and filled with amazing artisans. From carving and textiles to painting and architecture, there is a feast for the senses.
India strikes an interesting pose. This design aesthetic is thoroughly unique combining stunning local, Moorish and Colonial British elements into the soup. India’s love of color and pattern is world-famous and challenges our traditional notions of design. Even when modern Indian interiors are monochromatic, one can usually eye an intricate wall mirror or finely punched hanging lantern for indoor or outdoor use.
India is the type of country that can unfold in layers and offer new design ideas around every corner. Just observing how a turban or sari is wrapped can be the catalyst for upholstery or window treatment. It’s just endless fabulosity.
Shopping List: 1. Brushed Nickel Metal Candle Lantern (currently unavailable) 2. Multicolored Glass Antique Copper Lantern 3. Surya Fallon Brick Area Rug 4. Surya 22" Wenge with Blue Haze Jute Ottoman Pouf
China is another travel destination to find inspiration, albeit in a very different way. My impression is that the China we are so fascinated by is the “Old China,” the pre-revolution china that seemed as forbidden as the Forbidden City. There tends to be more nuance and control to Chinese design versus the earthy Indian look above.
Contemporary Chinese interiors are a marvelous combination of simple, almost disappearing furniture as the backdrop to intricate antiques such as screens, sculptures, inlaid cabinetry or textiles. This clean aesthetic can work beautifully in both modern or traditional homes.
Shopping List: 1. Left Foot Chinese Dog Outdoor Statue 2. Frederick Cooper Imperial Mentor Red Jade Table Lamp 3. Asian Inspired Crimson and Pewter 5-Drawer Sofa Table 4. Red Dahlia Grey Pillow
Image Credits: An Indian Summer, Habitually Chic, Style Saloniste.
For many of you out there, fall has started. The leaves have started to turn, it's starting to cool down and you're breaking out your fall weather essentials in your closet and your home. Unfortunately for those of us in LA, we are battling 90-100 degree weather days and laughing at the thought of having a HOT pumpkin spice latte. It is HOT here. When the AC isn't enough, or on the off chance that it actually breaks down, here are 3 stylish desk fans to help you cool your space down:
1. The 'Little Bit of Vintage, Little Bit of Industrial' Fan:
Cinni Textured Bronze Desk Fan and Cinni Chrome Desk Fan
2. The 'If Jay Gatsby Designed a Fan, It'd Look Like This' Fan:
Fanimation Fitzgerald Oil Rubbed Bronze Desk Fan and Fanimation Fitzgerald Satin Nickel Desk Fan
3. The 'You Don't Really Want a Fan That Looks Like a Fan' Fan:
Deco Breeze Calla Lily Figurine Fan and Doggie Painted Finish Figurine Fan
I love having items in your space that have a dual function or things that don't typically look stylish - giving them a much needed upgrade. There's no reason you should have that mini hand-held fan you bring to a baseball game at your desk. Try one of these more fun, unique, and stylish desk fan choices for this brutal late summer.
Are you ready for the fall?
Image credits: Lamps Plus.