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Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Hello! This week is very exciting for me, today I’m in NYC at the Better Homes and Gardens Stylemaker Event, follow along on Instagram with the hashtag #BHGStyle to see what dozens of bloggers and designers are up to today. My sister is flying in tomorrow and we’ll be spending a few days together in Manhattan and Brooklyn, I haven’t seen her since our last trip – we’re going to have a blast!

In honor of today’s events I found some very inspiring galleries over at Better Homes and Gardens, definitely click worthy!

Tour the 2015 Innovation Home.

bhg dining room


Find budget kitchen renovation inspiration – hey I recognize this space ;)

bhg kitchen centsational girl makeover


Be inspired by 25 real life bedrooms.

real life bedrooms


I’m smitten with this backyard makeover.

backyard makeover


A builder basic home gets a makeover with a variety of exotic tile.

builder basic makeover


Find some great exterior makeovers in this gallery.

exterior facelift


Get your fall craft on with ideas in this gallery.

dipped wineglasses


And some outdoor fall décor inspiration here.

fall outdoor decor


One small request, if any of you have had any extra special places you’ve visited in NYC or Brooklyn in the past year, let me know! We’ve done all the touristy stuff, we’re looking for insider or lesser known gems. Please share! Especially Brooklyn, we’re spending all day Sunday there.

I’ll be back tomorrow afternoon with some favorite weekend links!

Pattern of the Month: Dotty

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

September is my most favorite month of the year since we still enjoy the warmth of summer but fall is just around the corner. It’s harvest season here so the region is busy testing the sugars and bringing in the grapes when they’re ready. I’ve been taking walks in the evening just to enjoy a bit more time outdoors before it cools down.

I had ambitions of pulling together a collection of fall fabrics inspired by the season but realistic demands prevented it. In lieu of a collection I’ve switched things up and decided to release one per month for the rest of the year. September’s pattern is a medley of imperfect dots arranged in a geometric repeat, appropriately named Dotty and now available in 13 colors in my Spoonflower shop.

krd dotty samples

The palette for fall is warmer, so I introduced several earth tone colors like Olive, Slate, and Wine, but you’ll also find Leaf, Teal, Berry, Mustard, and Indigo among the colors available.

dotty kitchen towels and grapes


The pattern makes lovely curtains, pillows, and table linens too.

krd curtain


krd tablecloth


krd pillow


krd dotty pattern napkins

To design my own fabric patterns, I taught myself Photoshop and Illustrator several years ago. If you’re a beginner and interested in designing your own fabrics, I think the best two books out there to help you get started are Mastering the Art of Fabric Printing and Design by Laurie Wisbrun and the just released Spoonflower Handbook.

color chart fabric design books

I also recommend purchasing the Spoonflower Color Map in a full yard, it gives you the RGB hexidecimal codes for several hundred colors which is a great starting point for digital fabric printing.

As always the patterns are available as fabric, wall paper, and gift wrap too, view all my designs on my portfolio site.  Cheers!