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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A Black and Blue Room

No, not a room you’ve given a pummeling to, but rather a room which combines these two colors that so often are thought to be impossible to combine. While in Jamaica I got to thinking as I looked out at the ocean, how HAPPY the water makes me, and yet I have NO BLUE in my house! I love blue! Why is this? So I decided I want to add some more into the house somewhere, and the most obvious place for me is the living room. I purposely did all the main pieces in neutrals for this reason- being a designer I constantly want to change things in my space. It’s a laboratory for me, of sorts!  However, since I have my black stripe chair (which I adore and wont change), the black and white greek key on my drapes and my black buffet/bar I starting thinking I couldn’t use blue in here instead of the green.  So I did some Pinterest research and hot damn, yes I can!

Here are some great examples of combining blue and black together in various ratios and shades.

I adore this blue shade on the chair.
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