Weekend Reading

December 21st, 2012

Christmas weekend hellos to you all, time to enjoy the last few days before the big holiday.  I’ve got most of my shopping done, but a few stocking stuffers remain.  We’re entertaining a crowd tomorrow so I’m in full party mode, but before signing off for the weekend, I wanted to share my latest articles over at the Better Homes & Gardens blog

I rounded up plenty of holiday inspiration this month, but also shared some tips on introducing color and creating storage, enjoy!  

seasonal staircases

storage

festive outdoor displays

storage

color in low doses

merry mantels

No doubt you’re feeling the winter chill, so don’t miss my picks for staying cozy this winter with style. 

 

Also, a few other informative and inspiring posts I found this week

“Roots Before Shoots” (great insight on reducing stress)

Ten Ways to Entertain a Toddler on a Plane + more tips in comments

Hotel de Glace – beautiful!

A Wall of I Love Yous

50 of the Best Little Black Dresses of 2012

Colorized Historic Photographs

How to Take a Leap of Faith

  

Have a great weekend! 

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Design Trends of 2012

December 20th, 2012

Today’s topic is one of my favorites and that is the conversation about trends in DIY and interior design.  Last year I featured a group of very talented ladies who discussed the Design Trends of 2011, and this year I bring you a new lineup of bloggers who I adore!  Each one of these fantastic women has a knack for stylish DIY and a fabulous eye for great design. 

I follow all of their blogs and love their fearless attitude when it comes to decorating their own homes and those of their clients.  All of their spaces are inspiring!  Please welcome Emily of Emily A. Clark, Kristin Jackson from The Hunted Interior, Camila Pavone from Effortless Style, and Jenny Komenda of Little Green Noteboook to the blog today for . . .   

design trends of 2012

I asked each of these ladies the same question and their answers and insight are fascinating.  I weighed in with my thoughts too (before I read theirs!).  Enjoy the interview and be sure to share your responses to any of these questions too. 

 

Here we go . . .

1. What was your favorite interior design trend of 2012?

Emily:  I love the use of deep, saturated color that we’ve seen in most of the major shelter magazines.  Jewel tones were popular on walls and on furniture, and I think they make for a happy space. I love that more people are embracing bold color – if even on just one piece.

Kristin:   Pattern mixing.  While this was nothing new, I felt that my clients were more open to bolder patterns being paired together in 2012.  Adding in multiple patterns creates depth in a space and provides that layered look that you see in all the magazines.

Camila:  Orange has been my favorite color for a couple of years now and in 2012 I got to see the interior design and fashion world embrace it.  It’s just such a happy color.  It instantly lifts my spirits. I loved seeing it paired with a bold pink or an unexpected lilac.

Jenny:   The marbleized pattern trend hit mainstream in a pretty major way this year, which I couldn’t be happier about. There are fabrics, pillows, art and accessories and even furniture you can find marbleized. I just love when a pattern can feel modern, traditional, glam and organic all at once.

Kate:   I love the growing popularity of painterly effects!  Watercolor prints are so lovely and you can’t deny the impact of large scale abstract paintings on the wall.  I adore just about any home accessory with a random splotch or swash of color as if an artist randomly embellished it with his or her paintbrush.  I hope we’ll see more of it in 2013, especially in fabrics.

kriste michelini bedroom with mixed patterns

Kriste Michelini

      

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