On Trend: Marbled Patterns

April 16th, 2014

I love the daily conversation about what’s happening in design and it’s so fun to see what trends come and go. I think back on when chevron and ombre were everywhere and now the one that’s taken over is marbled (or marbleized) prints and patterns. This one has been popular for a year now, it started in fashion and has moved to home decor.

I’m drawn to fluid painterly strokes and swirls, so I’m a big fan of this trend. Many of these patterns are similar to ones found in nature and I find their randomness  beautiful. Marbled prints are officially having a moment, but the motifs aren’t new, the marbleizing technique has been around for centuries. Anyone remember creating marbleized paper in elementary school or summer camp?

Our love for all things marble related complements the current painterly craze (hello watercolors and brushstokes) and the popularity of motifs found in stone (agate and malachite).

marble tile wallpaper


marble shower curtain

west elm /  schumacher / ferm living

Marbled patterns are popping up everywhere from wallpapers to textiles and home accessories. We’ve seen so much ikat and chevron it’s nice to see these marbled prints offered by big brands and small Etsy businesses with products handmade by creative artists.

marble silk pillows

marbleized chair

west elm / urban outfitters 

Add a touch of the marbled look with these home accents …

marbled home accents

pillow / tote / art print / storage ottoman / journal / contact paper / duvet / lampshade / pillow / chair / planner / rug

Marbleized papers possess those beautiful random swirls that are so appealing. Get artistic by applying them to the walls or displaying in large scale frames. With an IKEA frame, I added pretty marbleized paper with pink and black tones to a collection of art in our living room for spring and I’ve used gold papers in autumn for a mantel display.

marbleized paper diy

lovely cupboard framed marbled paper

marbleized paper

diy art framed marbleized paper

framed marbled paper centsational girl

daily candy /the lovely cupboard / dick blick / moi

Marbleized papers are handmade and are available in so many styles and colors – their prices range from $5 to $8 for sheets that are 2 x 3’ so you get big impact for little money. Craft with them (I made these boxes) or use them as art! pretty marbleized papers

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And then of course you can always DIY your own version of marbleized paper! I’ve yet to try it, but I’d like to create some linen or silk marbled fabric soon. Even Martha featured paper and fabric marbleizing techniques in the March 2014 issue of her magazine. Pillows are fab, but how cool is the wall hanging! 

marbleized fabric martha stewart


What do you think of these trending marbled patterns? Have you incorporated marbleized prints or papers into your decor?   .


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Art for Your Walls: A Giveaway

April 16th, 2014

Midweek hellos! Who out there is looking for a few more unique art prints to decorate your walls? I’m always on the hunt myself! A gallery wall has the appeal of combining favorite prints you find in stores or online with your existing collection in a curated grouping that showcases your personality and taste.

Today I’m delighted to introduce you to Artfully Walls, an online source of art prints hand picked by a professional team with a great eye for creative pieces that appeal to everyone’s tastes. The modern collections include photography, illustrations, landscapes, abstracts, watercolors, and eclectic prints, plus framing options.

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For those who crave the look of framed prints along a wall but are frustrated by the process of hanging them in an interesting display, Artfully Walls has a helpful gallery wall tool to help! Plan your layout and envision the final look even before you buy.  artfully walls tools for hanging

I’ve picked out some new favorites myself for some upcoming art displays. . .

new favorites

mistletoe plate / watercolor ikat chevron / porcelain / something wonderful

Today Artfully Walls is offering two winners a $250 shop credit to get started on your personal gallery wall made up of your favorite prints. 

Eligibility to be one of two winners of a $250 online shop credit to Artfully Walls:

1) Visit Artfully Walls and pick a print from a favorite artist, then name it in a comment on this post.

2) For a second chance to win, link to this giveaway on either Facebook or Twitter and leave a second comment naming where you linked (FB or Twitter).

Two winners chosen at random, giveaway ends Sunday April 27th at midnight PST. By entering this giveaway, you agree to this site’s giveaway policy and Official Rules of Entry

Good luck!


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Takeaway Tuesday: Versatile Dining Space

April 15th, 2014

I was admiring the design work of Terra Cotta Properties recently and stumbled across some spaces in their portfolio that are really wonderful. One favorite is this versatile dining space and I loved everything about it, then I remembered I started a “takeaway” series last year and for unknown reasons (I forgot?) I stopped those weekly features, so let’s revive it again!

Dining rooms come in all styles from dark and dramatic to bold and colorful to light and bright. I prefer the latter since it allows you to easily change up your table setting and accents without serious redecorating. And don’t we all love a great seasonal tablescape! A neutral palette won’t compete for attention with a colorful table setting.

Homes with larger square footage have the benefit of two separate dining spaces that are formal and casual, but so many smaller homes don’t, or people with formal dining spaces are smartly converting them into home offices or dine in libraries. Function is key!

The best thing about dining spaces is their purpose: to gather with family and friends around good eats, it’s not about fancy shmancy decor. Mixing casual and formal elements in a single dining area makes for a versatile space that works for both elegant brunches and lazy suppers. Bonus points if it functions as a place for homework, school projects or working on a laptop. Which is why this dining space is so great, it can do all of that.

Here are five takeaways from this very versatile dining room!

takeaway tuesday versatile dining space

In the image above, the space looks fresh for spring and summer, but in autumn, can you see pumpkins scattered on the console and table? And during the holidays evergreens, bulbs, and winter berries? Perfect!

Read the rest of the “takeaway” posts here, more coming soon.

Image via Terra Cotta Properties


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