Two “Traditional” Spaces That Caught My Eye

I’ve been totally impressed with Traditional Home magazine as of late. It’s one of the few shelter magazines that I feel really has upped it’s game instead of losing my interest. And I think the word “traditional” in decor is no longer a dirty word for “hip” designers.  I predicted a while ago that traditional decor is going to have a big comeback in 2015 and these spaces are proof that we can take spaces and furniture of traditional design and mix them with more modern items to create a very interesting and layered look.

This month’s TH magazine has great examples of this look, especially this house designed by Summer Thornton. I LOVE the rustic modern vibe of it, and all the details that feel collected over time, not all bought in one swift shopping trip. And there is a cute story behind it too- the man who bought the home and was renovating it with Summer ended up falling in love with the previous owner’s daughter and they ended up getting married! Quite the meet-cute. :)

Those windows! The log holder opening (doubles as art!) SIGH.

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Hot Fabric: African Mud Cloth

I’ve noticed that this year’s hot textile trend seems to be African mud cloth. I saw it here and there last year on Etsy as pillows and didn’t know much about it. Now I’ve seen it quite a bit more and really love the natural meets geometric sensibility it has. Real mud cloth is handmade in Africa using thick woven cotton fabric with the patterns painted on using mud, clay and tea dyes. Each symbol means something different and tells a story of the maker or a specific village. No piece of mud cloth is the same if it’s authentic.

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Fashion Friday: Spring’s Hot Sandal

I know it’s still really cold and miserable in a lot of the country, but let’s be positive and look forward to spring (and for those of you who live in warms spots- lucky you!) So I’m noticing that for spring/ summer the biggest trend in footwear is going to be jeweled flat leather sandals- big, no apologies bling applied to casual, laid back styles!  I’m all over this look- I love how a blingy shoe when paired with a casual outfit just makes me feel hipper. Here is a roundup of the best ones I’ve found- from Sam Edelman to Marni! Click on the hotspots for links or the numbers below!

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New Budget Friendly Decor Finds

There is SUCH a wealth of affordable home decor out there these days. It never ceases to amaze me- a trip to Target can result in the perfect basket for a tree in my living room and a jaunt through Ikea can bring about the most fabulous light fixture! No matter what my clients’ budgets are, I always mix in some affordable finds, because sometimes it makes NO sense to pay more even if you can! Especially with finds like these! Below are some new finds from four of my favorite budget friendly sources!

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Artist Crush: Heather Day & Claire Oswalt

I am ALWAYS on the hunt for art for client’s homes. I really prefer using original art because there is such a wonderful sense of uniqueness and personality that only original works can bring to a home.  We use plenty of giclees and prints too when budgets require, of course, but knowing that something hanging on your wall is truly one of kind is really special.

So I am always thrilled to find up-and-coming artists and share them!  Two of which I’m delighted to shine some light on today!

Heather Day’s works are AWESOME. SO much energy, movement and gorgeous color combinations! I’m so very into them- thinking maybe a large one would be quite fetching above my sofa!

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