Trends

On Trend: Marbled Patterns

Wednesday, 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

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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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Watercolor Florals for Spring

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

When I was a girl, I would water down my tray of Crayola paints and create a little garden of petals and leaves with a single brush on a pad of paper. To this day, watercolor florals appeal to me as a reminder of those late spring afternoons spent at the table or on the floor attempting to capture in an artistic way what I was observing outdoors.

The painterly trend in textiles and design continues in 2014 with watercolors having a big moment in the spotlight. Spring is just around the corner and today the focus is on delicate blossoms in watercolor form. I believe so much what appeals to us in interior design comes from our fondest memories, both adult experiences and those from childhood, from exotic travels abroad to something as simple as your grandmother’s dishes.

Watercolor florals appeal to me in that same way. They remind me of the wild field of poppies that grew in the open space behind our backyard fence, the ones I tried to paint as a girl. 

watercolor fabrics

textiles by blue bell gray

watercolor floral bed pineconehill

pine cone hill watercolor floral duvet

 

Whether your style is bright and bold or soft and subtle, if you’re as drawn to watercolor florals as much as I am, here are a few accessories to bring them into your home.

watercolor floral home accents

from top left: peony wallpaperbouquet pillow cover / flower art / watercolor triptych / poppies print / watercolor petals in orange / watercolor upholstered chair / shower curtain / pink floral pillow / peonies clip art

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The Stud Trend

Monday, September 16th, 2013

Ever since my recent trip to NYC, I’ve been crushing on studded trim. Maybe I’m feeling a little edgy or just craving a bit of glam as the holidays approach. Studded trim is a cousin of our favorite nailhead – it adds a raised textural and metallic touch to accessories which is why I’m drawn to it. 

Studded trim is everywhere in fashion and it’s one of my favorite trends right now on handbags, shoes, belts, and jewelry. I love that studs are appearing in home decor too, so after I discovered a stash of studded trim last week, and I couldn’t resist embracing the trend in a small way with my own version of a striped studded accent pillow.

diy gold studded pillow

The pillow is a combination of a simple zippered linen pillow cover and some trim I found last week. More details below, but first a peek a few ways studs are appearing on other pillows.

Jess Lively’s bedroom is a favorite in shades of white and gold, featured here on Design*Sponge. Notice the trim on the accent pillows on her bed, you could mimic the look with gold pyramid studs and plain white pillow covers.

studded shams withintention

 

West Elm has a collection of velvet studded trim pillows in yummy colors.

west elm studded pillows

 

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