Trending Now: Botanical Sketch Prints

I’ve noticed a lot of goods coming out of retailers these days that use botanical sketches in cool ways- from bedding to rugs to personal accessories. I have always loved using botanical prints in my work, such as in my guest room below, but haven’t used them in any other application other than wall art.
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photo by Sarah Winchester

I came across this adorable bedding from IKEA in the new O Magazine and think it is perfectly darling for a little girls room (I’d pair the set with bordered sheets in green or pink and a solid blanket, to keep it from getting overwhelming!)

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Predicting Home Trends for 2017

I thought I’d take a stab at predicting what we’re going to be seeing more of in 2017 in the design world.  Of course, the best look for a home is the one YOU love, so buck the trends as you see fit– but if you are looking for some inspiration for change, here it is!

SOFT COLOR PALETTES

2017 is setting up to be a very uncertain year, so I think people are going to crave peace and comfort in their homes– which means less jarring color and more soft, pastel tones and grey-ed down colors.  I’m thinking of going this route in my own living room (if I ever get around to doing it). I am not one who thinks the Pantone Color of the Year is correct (acid green? WHY?)
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One Kings Lane (Mark Cunningham)

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Going Gingham

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(room by Kate Marker Interiors)

On the spring 2015 runway one of the big trends was gingham- and this look easily translates into the home as well!  Many may thing of gingham as only for country homes or during the winter or fall months, but that’s just not the case.  I especially am loving overscale gingham patterns on upholstery and even painted on walls!  Take a peek at these home and fashion inspirations and see how to incorporate the look into your own life!

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2014 Home Trends to Ditch (& to Keep!)

A new year means a whole new set of home trends. And while some things that became popular in 2014 are now “modern classics” there are others that have run their course. Let’s take a look.

CHEVRON

The pattern most overused it 2014 has to be this one.  Everything became covered in chevron- from bathmats to crockpots.  Now, not ALL chevron patterns are “out” (keep reading), but I’d skip on the bold colored, smaller scale printed items.

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Trending Now: Black Kitchens

While white kitchens will always be the most classic choice for cabinetry, black cabinetry is having a BIG moment right now. A little bolder than the popular gray, black is still traditional but with an edge.  This choice works especially well in bright, open kitchens, but can also make small kitchens feel more special and interesting.  One thing I wish I had done with my own kitchen renovation is be braver with the lower cabinet color- I went with a light/medium grey when I REALLY wanted to go charcoal.  But I was scared and went the safer route, since my kitchen is small and on the dark side.  Perhaps in a couple years I’ll repaint the lowers if I still like the idea.  In the meantime, take a peek at these inspiration images utilizing black cabinetry in big and small ways and let me know what you think about black cabinetry in kitchens!

These windows are so fantastic and made the focal point by the black cabinetry.
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Another shot of the kitchen above, I adore this space! The high ceilings keep the black from being overwhelming.

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