Fashion Friday: Buy Now, Wear Next Year!

I’ve been following fashion week closely and have found so many patterns in what designers are showing as the “trends” for fall 2015.  By assessing what’s going to be hot NEXT fall and winter, you can buy some great items NOW that will still be chic in 12 months!  And with all the fall/ winter sales going on you can get some great stuff for low prices too!

FUR, FUR and MORE FUR (Faux, preferably)

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Fur was everywhere on the runways.  There was hardly a designer who DIDN’T show fur, especially fur collared coats and blazers.  Now, real fur is not for everyone (I do my best to not buy it personally) but there is such good faux fur now that you can get this look without sacrificing your beliefs.  In my opinion, this was the number one trend of fashion week shows!

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Is Brown Back?

I saw this room designed by the fabulous Celerie Kemble on Pinterest the other day and fell madly in love. I’ve been dying to use this wallpaper on a project for a year or more, and this application is just perfection! It also brought up this question- is brown back? After years of grey and black ruling walls and upholstery, is this warmer color due for a resurgence in decor? The answer is yes (in my opinion)- as long as it’s a modern day version of brown, like this wallpaper, which is a grey-brown or “cool brown”.  Warm, medium browns still remind me of the early 2000’s when I had a chocolate dining room AND a chocolate sofa.  But I think grey-brown tones are going to be the hot dark wall color this year, mark my words ( I’m struggling not to say “50 Shades of Brown”…ooops, there I go.)

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Winterizing Your Interiors!

I know you lucky folk out west are having a super warm winter, but on the east coast and in New England, it’s been brutal. If it’s not eight feet of snow it’s -20 degree wind chills!  We’re spending a TON of time in our homes so I thought I’d offer up some suggestions for making our spaces more enjoyable during these frigid months!

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velvet curtains // LL Bean comforter // flannel sheets // humidifier // sheepskin rug // matches // fireplace screen // wood basket // firestarter kit // Feu de Bois candle // Cowshed candle // wood planter (large) // wood planter (low) // 15 best plants for air purification // blanket //  fuzzy pillow // crewel pillow // mugs

Also, if you feel so inclined, I’d love it if you voted for EOS on the Better Homes & Gardens Blogger Awards! Thanks!

DIY Art

A few of you have mentioned being curious about my tips for creating your own art for the home as I have for some of the rooms in my house.  Creating art, especially abstract, is challenging.  I have trouble with it and my bachelors degree is in painting and fine art!  Abstract painting is really hard; harder than painting a still life, in my opinion.  You have to find the balance of a feeling of randomness with a carefully planned and purposeful composition.  It’s SO HARD! I have such respect for artists who paint this way!

That doesn’t mean it’s impossible, it just means you need to have patience!  Here is a shot from my book that shows a large canvas I painted for my guest room. This took me a while and a few tries.   I let a couple versions dry before painting over them and trying again!  I like to use acrylic paint for this reason, it dries rather quickly and is easy to clean up if you get too into it and make a mess.
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