Category: Decorating Guides

12 Decor Pieces That Kick Up It Southwest Style

From El Paso to Tucson, the American Southwest includes a unique and vibrant style that attracts homeowners and design buffs from all over the world. Its different decor — from Navajo rugs to cowboy boot lamps — could be found in houses from the Eastern Seaboard to the Northwest. Regardless of where your home is located, if you have any of these items, you might wish to consider reserving your next visit to the high and dry desert.

Nina Montenegro

Nina Montenegro

Nina Montenegro

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Guest Picks: Autumn Wreaths

Every year that I count the days before the New England foliage changes from emerald green to a kaleidoscope of fiery color. One of my favorite decor choices is picking an autumn wreath, but it’s often too hard for me to pick only one. As my wreath collection swells, I am discussing my favorites for fall and the approaching holiday season. — Erika out of Radiant Republic

Balsam Hill

Gourd Fall Wreath – $99

Authentic gourds and walnut leaves include stunning texture to this pretty piece. It is such a kaleidoscope of fall color.


Decadent Extra-Large Cranberry Wreath by The Wright Wreath

In New England, cranberries are a resounding sign of fall. Adorning a front doorway, they include a perfectly red punch of color.

West Elm

Paper Flower Wreath – $49

The combination of ivory and white paper blossoms is ethereal. This would be darling juxtaposed against my red front door or any doorway for that matter.


Fall Wreath by 2 Inspire You – $85

The hydrangea in my lawn have been trimmed back for the cold season, however, it doesn’t mean that I must go without them this Thanksgiving. I adore the trifecta of color in this fairly hydrangea wreath.

Mills Floral Company

Preserved Boxwood Wreath, Square

This square boxwood wreath is fairly on its own. I’d use it like an interesting frame for my favorite fall photograph.

Pottery Barn

Live Succulent Wreath – $99

This dwell succulent noodle takes the cake. With three kinds arranged together, it’s genuinely a one-of-a-kind piece.


Fall Wreath, Moss Monogram by Privileged Door – $89

Have you ever seen such a pretty monogram? I love the moss letters and burlap decoration. It may need to marvel this (nearly ) newlywed’s door this year.

Pottery Barn

Live Magnolia Leaf Wreath With Burlap Bow – $89

These hand-harvested magnolia leaves are reminiscent of a southern collapse. The burlap ribbon adds a welcome element of whimsy.

Contemporary Wreaths And Garlands – $49.95

If you are like me, you love pomegranates in the fall. Coupled with gold magnolia leaves, both combine the natural colours of fall perfectly.


Pumpkin Patch Wreath – $99.95

In the fall, I love to regular regional farms and pumpkin spots for color and decor inspiration. This wreath oozes the same rustic charm.


Grains Wreath – $49.95

This spectrum of fall grains is guaranteed to turn heads. I love the natural feel of this fairly wreath.

Garnet Hill

Red Pinecone Wreath – $108

This reddish pinecone wreath is a glamorous addition to fall decor. The pinecones are finished in a high gloss, which makes them shine like rubies.


Fall Fruit and Pinecone Wreath – $43.50

I love baking with fall fruit nearly as much as I love integrating it in my fall decor. The pears and apples on this wreath are subtly magnificent.


Star Wreath – $99.95

Step outside the box using a star-shaped wreath. This one will take a front doorway from collapse through the holidays.


Layered Wreath Mirror – $248

If you would rather maintain your wreath indoors, this chamomile wood wreath mirror is a charming addition to any area.

Pumpkin Harvest Wreath – $61.93

The colours of this fiery wreath allow me pine for pumpkin. I love the orange and crimson hues.



Fall Berry Wreath by Country Prim – $40

This twig-style wreath is almost too pretty to place outdoors. I love using a smaller wreath with an antique hurricane adorning the centre as a grand centerpiece.


Harvest Fall Wreath by DeLaFleur – $65

The foliage and berries adorning this wreath are fairly reminders of why fall is my favorite season. The colors blend beautifully.

Garnet Hill

Sparkle Pinecone Wreath – $58

The delicate appearance of this Sparkle Pinecone wreath makes me wax nostalgic for cozy nights and frost-kissed mornings.

Garnet Hill

Preserved Boxwood Wreath – $48

A wreath collage is guaranteed to be the envy of almost any neighborhood. The grouped wreaths add a whimsical touch to a fall tradition.

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Show Your Team Spirit With Colours

In Alabama, where I live, sports — especially college soccer — are king. Nearly every conversation eventually turns to the way (insert team here) appears at spring training, or how they will fare in the upcoming season, or the way they blew it at the big game last weekend. Therefore it goes without saying that folks here aren’t shy about putting their fandom on screen in your home, inside and outside.

From mailboxes to door wreaths and bookcase bric-a-brac to media rooms, team colors, logos, mascots and mementos feature prominently in my local decor. However, as faithful as I am to my alma mater, I don’t think I could bring myself to put my lover equipment out for public viewing. Rather, I’d take a subtler approach: team-appropriate colour combinations that don’t sacrifice style for spirit. It’s fine to take a few liberties with the palette you won’t get a stern letter from the alumni affairs office should you stray somewhat from the official college hues.

Take a look at the distances below for ideas on the best way best to pull off this particular tactic. I couldn’t feature every faculty team from the U.S. on the market, of course, so to narrow down it, I went together with the top 10 as chosen by ESPN in its annual Power Rankings. In case you have a chic space decorated in the colors of your own favorite group, post a photograph in the Opinions section — we would love to see it!

Rikki Snyder

1. University of Southern California Trojans: Cardinal and Gold

Warm, cheerful and lively, gold and red create natural decorating partners. In this cozy area, red tones from the carpet, pillows and other accents help ground those gorgeous, luminous yellow walls.

Tom Meaney Architect, AIA

With vivid reddish wicker furnishings along with a gold and red checkerboard floor, this terrace sizzles in the sun.

Throwing a football party? Think beyond helmet-shaped chip bowls and group pennants. Rather, cloak the table with sophisticated linens and fresh blossoms from the colors of the big event.

Amber Flooring

2. Louisiana State University Tigers: Purple and Gold

Purple and yellow tones lie opposite each other on the colour wheel, so these two colors create a gorgeous contrast in tandem. A plum-colored wall along with a muted gold column spark this tranquil space.


Stylish lamps with golden yellow foundations and sheer, muted purple shades deliver a more subtle message in your fandom compared to a giant foam finger.

Momoko Morton

Powerful and punchy, this kitchen is just fun. Repeating the island hue on the bottom of the purple cabinetry can help to connect the 2 components and prevents the kitchen from feeling choppy.

Peg Berens Interior Design LLC

3. Alabama Crimson Tide: Crimson and White

Crimson kitchen cabinets — any daring cabinets, for that matter — are a big commitment. However, if you are a diehard lover or simply in love with the way this rich, hot color enhances a kitchen, then they can create significant drama. A healthy dose of white at the furniture can help to cut their strong impact.

Crimson Design Group

Svelte crimson bar stools add a classy note to a neutral area.

These bright, happy crib sheets create a refreshing change of pace from nursery pastels. (Bonus spirit points such as the elephant theme.)

Vanessa De Vargas

4. Oklahoma Sooners: Crimson and Cream

Here is our second crimson contender, this time enriched even further by warm cream. A reddish birdcage-style light fixture provides just the right focal point to a very simple space.

Visual echoes are among the keys to color victory, and red accents layer together beautifully in this living room vignette.

Timeless Architecture

Willing to take your spirit outside? Forget the giant mascot flag mounted from the front porch; rather, dab your team colors across your entire residence. Of course, this is easy if you’re lucky enough to have colors that work naturally together on an exterior — it is a little trickier with, say, orange and purple (sorry, Clemson fans).

Caitlin Creer Interior Design

5. Oregon Ducks: Green and Yellow

The Ducks are known almost as much for their parade of eye-popping uniforms because of their fireworks on the field. Luckily, you can combine these two colors at a far more sophisticated way. Emerald greens along with a yellow that goes one particular shade beyond lemon give this space a vibrant and fresh yet mannerly atmosphere.

Leslie Lundgren Design

Green velvet is an appealingly unexpected selection with this particular pair of bérgères. Combined with the electrical yellow wall, it modernizes a decidedly traditional room.

Rikki Snyder

This room is about the greens — that the yellowish art on the wall is merely a supporting player. Nevertheless it somehow brings the entire scheme.


6. Georgia Bulldogs: Red and Black

Red and black is among the most striking, classic colour combinations on the spectrum, and I’m not just saying that since I’m a University of Georgia alum. A tight red and black palette joins together the disparate elements in this endearingly funky dining room, and whitened lightens the whole package up.

Fougeron Architecture FAIA

When you really take a look at this area, it is basically neutral — the red and black are restricted only to a little slice of the space. Nevertheless their intensity makes the plot read as red and black.


As befits this glamorous Hollywood Regency area, a voluptuous red mirror steals the show amid a sea of black.

Cecilia Staniec

7. Florida State Seminoles: Garnet and Gold

These two colors may not be the first you would think of pairing indoors, but they really complement each other very well and create a warm, gentle impact. Quite subtle gold walls in this bedroom form a quiet backdrop for the garnet accent wall, which helps to cozy up the space.

Erika Bierman Photography

Garnet draperies provide this bedroom an amazing feel. Dark curtains can feel oppressive at a material such as velvet or corduroy, so maintaining them sheer helps to enhance their own intensity.

Kendall Wilkinson Design

Otherwise to the palette, this living room would feel ultratraditional and comfortable. Brighter shades of golden and deep red give it a sassy, fresh spin.

Darci Goodman Design

8. Michigan Wolverines: Maize and Blue

It’s tough to go wrong with blue and yellow in any form. The happy color combo, and the Roman shade and the bow-tied seat cushions, give this dining area a French country-meets-coastal vibe.

1 bright element frequently is all you need to balance a dark area. This striking yellow chaise rises to the challenge admirably.

Grace Home Design

Zany zigzags, a mod oil seat, an asymmetrical coffee table … could this chamber be any more entertaining? Mod furniture and accents help to earn a classic colour palette feel fresh all over again.

Carolyn Miller Interiors

9. West Virginia Mountaineers: Gold and Blue

Here is a brighter, more luxurious spin on the blue and yellow pairing. Rich royal blue seats and walls are alive when paired with gold-tone lighting and artwork.

Tracy Murdock Allied ASID

Modern golden armchairs and a tufted blue ottoman make an oasis of colour in this transitional bedroom.

Susan E. Brown Interior Design

Color junkies will be over this brilliant bathroom. Blue countertops, golden yellow walls and intricate tilework give it a Mediterranean flair.

Rachel Reider Interiors

10. South Carolina Gamecocks: Garnet and Black

Whereas garnet and golden feel as a layer of fall leaves, garnet and black may be a bit edgier. The rusty orange seat pillow adds yet another dimension that keeps the scheme from feeling flat.

John Lum Architecture, Inc.. AIA

A textured garnet island foundation and black countertops anchor this romantic kitchen.


I can not decide what creates the most drama in this bathroom: the deep reddish vanity, the stunning black accents, the wall tile detailing or the asymmetrical placement of the sink and mirror. It’s a stunner all the way around.

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Green and Clean: Ecofriendly Bath Floors

Toilet flooring play host to water that is drinkable, wet feet, potty clogs and cosmetics marks, so durability and hygiene are crucial. However, that does not mean that you have to sacrifice on personality. Keep those qualities and enhance your bathroom’s appearance with these flooring choices.

Concrete flooring. The ultimate multitasker, concrete may behave as both the end material and structural floor. Adding a intricate flooring system to one substance is smart, efficient and cost effective. Green your concrete with recycled aggregates such as ceramic, glass or coal fly ash (though bypass the fly ash if coal is not produced in your area, since the transport energy negates any green cred).

This bath handsomely warms up concrete’s cool vibe with a slatted hardwood flooring overlay beyond the shower.

Contemporary Tile

Pebble tile flooring. Smooth stones underfoot gently massage weary toes and lend a spalike quality for your bath. While most conventional pebble tiles derive from mining stone, the folks at Modwalls have created a 100 percent recycled glass version of pebble tiles, called ModRocks, that lend the spa vibe without harming the environment.

FORMA Design

Terrazzo flooring. Apparently indestructible, terrazzo receives high marks for durability and great looks. This material, made of chips of granite or marble set in concrete and polished, and can score high to sustainability if you use no- or low-VOC sealers and low-impact aggregates such as recycled glass. Though terrazzo can be pricey, a toilet, with its relatively small footprint, may be a fantastic place to splurge with this elite substance.

The Gaines Group Architects

Linoleum flooring. Linoleum is often mistaken with sheet vinyl, however, the two have little in common. True linoleum is constructed of natural materials, such as jojoba oil, also is inherently antimicrobial — ideal for combating mold and mildew in the bathroom. To boot, linoleum is scratch resistant, fire resistant and water resistant, and has been proven to strengthen over time, earning the nickname “40-year floor.”

Linoleum is available in sheets, tiles or boards. If you are not creating a pattern with tiles like in this charming toilet, I suggest using sheets, since you’ll have fewer joints and fewer areas to the floor to reveal its age. Make sure that any adhesives are free of solvents and labeled “no-VOC.”

Birdseye Design

Recycled glass tile flooring. Recycled glass tile, with its jewellike attributes and bevy of color choices, makes greening your bath a cinch. Nearly all of the products of Oceanside Glasstile contain recycled content, ranging from 30 to 97 percent of the composition of the tile. This tub employs Oceanside’s Tessera string in Spruce, which is 95 percent recycled glass.

TTM Development Company

Ceramic tile flooring. Ann Sacks’ Savoy series (among its Eco-Thinking traces), is made from 21 percent post-industrial recycled content, such as ceramic waste substance from discarded clay and tableware pieces. The refined Savoy series is broad and affordable, plying you with all the field tiles and mosaics a tub could desire.

Modwalls Tile Company

CorkDotz Mosaic Penny Tile – $18.95

Cork flooring. Cork touts a great deal of green cred: It’s a fast renewable and carefully protected resource. Each nine decades, producers in Portugal and Spain strip the bark of cork trees to long, wide slabs, using care to not damage the tree. Wine corks are made out first, along with the bits are subsequently pressed and ground to earn flooring and bulletin boards, so that every bit harvested is utilized. Ensure that your cork water resistant with a non- or no-VOC sealer.

Modwalls has fostered cork’s ecofriendly reputation with its charming CorkDotz Mosaic Penny Round, made from the cork stopper industry’s by-product.

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Wood flooring. Designers and architects are eschewing the idea that wood flooring do not belong in the tub. Instead, wood flooring is extended throughout houses and into bathrooms like this one, lending a seamless appearance. When properly sealed (with no- or low-VOC sealers, please), wood flooring in the bathtub need not pose any additional challenges.

Just bear in mind that, ecologically speaking, wood may be the very best or the worst of materials. It can be almost ideal when harvested. It’s durable, it has a very long life cycle and milling may be easy and requires very little energy. However, wood that is not harvested sustainably could be environmentally harmful. When choosing wood flooring, start looking for the next to make certain you’re making the most sustainable choice:
FSC-certified: The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an independent service that offers certification, or consent, to wood that has been chosen in a responsible manner. Think of it as wood’s equal of organic. Local species: Wood harvested locally reduces transportation-related energy, supports the local economy and strengthens the feeling of place. Salvaged: The only thing better than recycling is upcycling, or repurposing salvaged materials. Doing this sets the bar high for sustainability and is a chance to bring some history and personality for your kitchen. Salvaged beams from a 100-year-old warehouse roof were milled into tongue and groove flooring for this particular home. More:
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So Your Is: Colorful

What it is: Colorful design celebrates the beauty of the spectrum. It’s not tied into a single set of design specifications — it can be sleek or rustic, contemporary or traditional, cozy or minimalist. But it’s always lively, engaging and full of life.

Why it works: Nothing can satisfy a colour craving except colour. The sheer quantity of possibilities is tantalizing, and it’s empowering to know that no matter what shade you pick, there is a way to pull it off. And we respond so strongly, so personally, to colors that their impact on our mood and mind-set could be magical.

You will enjoy it if… You find yourself humming”Kodachrome” from the shower. You consume the rainbow not just because it’s great for you but because it seems pretty on your plate. Your toenails are painted indigo one week and mint green another. Your garden blossoms with luminous daffodils, brilliant delphiniums and zesty poppies. You do not know why colors drop in and out of style — aren’t they all gorgeous?

Anthony Baratta LLC

Design Secret: A Artful Balance

One secret to combining a lot of strong colors in a room: Pay attention to scale and proportion. In this living area, the strong zones of colour help buoy and balance one another: crimson walls, yellowish chaise, orange couch, green and blue carpet. Take away any of these elements and the entire composition would feel off-kilter. Little visual echoes, such as the red carpet border along with the rainbow of framed polka dots, tie the space together.

Color your world: The useful thing about this guideline is that it applies to every palette you pick. Imagine this room using a mixture of citron green, periwinkle, turquoise and Prussian blue, or using a subtler blend of cream, straw, oxblood red and blue-gray. You could even put it in practice using a stark black and white plot, not that many colour addicts could live with this kind of restraint.

Burnham Design

Style Secret: Color-Wheel Opposites

It’s color theory 101: Hues that oppose each other on the colour wheel work well in combination. That means oranges complement blues, purples play well with yellows, and greens and reds get together. Go as daring or as pale as you like — a distance done in watery blues and crimson oranges can seem as striking as one that is saturated in sizzling tangerine and cerulean.

Color your world: Give a space depth by layering in variations of every colour. Picture a butter-colored living area with a deep eggplant couch, punctuated with accents of taxicab yellow and pale violet. If you are intrigued by the thought of red and green but do not need an area that feels like year-round Christmas, try instead a complex pairing such as olive and crimson.

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Style Secret: Analagous Colours

Here’s another lesson from the colour wheel: Dress a distance with similar colors, which fall alongside each other about the spectrum, rather than opposites. That might mean yellows and greens, reds and oranges, blues and purples. This distance artfully marries swaths of turquoise, teal, sky and chartreuse into a cohesive whole.

Color your world: One secret to the success of this palette displayed here is that the rich pigments are cut by bands of crispy white. This imbues the appearance with a more restful, less rambunctious feel. If you wished to make a livelier atmosphere, nevertheless, you can skip the neutrals and just go all-out with bold colors.

Kristen Rivoli Interior Design

Style Secret: Judicious Editing

If you crave a hit of colour but aren’t so confident about pulling all the stops, take heart: A room can still read as vivid even when the surfaces are largely neutral. This living space, though grounded in creams, browns and beiges, is anything but bland, as a result of its red chair and ottoman, the green accent pieces as well as the bright art.

Color your world: Because colors perform differently in relation to additional colors that surround them, a neutral base can work to your advantage. Against the pale walls, as an instance, that red chair actually pops. High contrast contributes to drama and energy, and that is part of what a colorful room is all about.

Eileen Kathryn Boyd Interiors

Style Secret: Livable Base Hues

Under a skillful hand, this living area could have caused a headache. But look closer, and you will see how masterfully it’s balanced. Here’s the secret: The reigning colour, green, is easy on the eye (partially because we are used to viewing it in character ) and easy to live with. Regardless of the daring slipper chairs that appear to dominate first glance, the magenta and persimmon colors are really just beams.

Color your world: Recall the colour wheel opposites we spoke about a minute ago? That is exactly what this strategy boils down to — greens and reds — and that is one reason it works. But you can find sufficient orange and purple undertones from the mix to provide the pairing a totally new spin.

Judith Balis Interiors

Design Secret: The Power of Paint

Some individuals are so in love with colour that they hesitate to devote themselves to one palette. What if your connection with kelly green ends abruptly or you suddenly turn against tomato? If that’s the case, paint is your very best friend. It’s easy, it’s cheap and you can’t beat it into bang-for-buck stipulations. Create paintable surfaces, such as walls and wooden furniture, your most important sources of colour in a place, and proceed with neutrals for items that aren’t really easy to replace: couches, tile, carpeting.

Color your world: Those with a colour commitment phobia can go with brightly patterned bits to satisfy their changing tastes. The duvet and shams in the bedroom possess enough different colors that it would be easy to pull out one, then another, then another to replicate about the walls if you were in the mood to create a shift. And when the whole palette becomes old hat, little accessories are a snap to replace.

Erika Bierman Photography

Design Secret: Color Blocking

Color blocking has been around for years, in vogue as well as interior decorating. But sometimes it’s hard to think beyond simply painting squares of varying shades on the walls. Remember that color blocks can take the kind of any material: fabric, flooring, accessories. Within this space a mustard ceiling, blue draperies along with a rainbow of colors on the backs of the storage crates along with the throw pillow produce a obstructed effect that goes far beyond the paintbrush.

Color your world: Color blocking doesn’t have to be permanent. The next time you throw a dinner party, consider using a different shade for every place setting and fitting vessels into the tone of these meals served in them (a red transferware bowl for berries, possibly, or a green majolica platter for asparagus). Or how about a modular gallery wallsocket? Hang a set of canvases that are each painted a different solid color, then move them around or swap them out as you’d like.

Style Secret: A Lighthearted Twist

Color and whimsy go together, so don’t hesitate to have some fun. Paint every one of your kitchen seats another shade, spatter your ceiling with wild hues, follow the lead of artist Scott Ingram and trickle nail polish a blank sheet of newspaper for a first abstract work. Or compile all those paint chips you’ve collected into a picture composition such as the one in this dining room — much fresher than just one painting or a mirror.

Color your world: Look for less obvious opportunities to perform with colour. Maybe you can organize the books on your shelves by the color of their spines or produce a rainbow effect with your collection of Fiesta ware, glass or china. Or mass together a group of plain or clear white vases, each stuffed with blossoms in one, strong colour.

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Batman, holy Creativity!: Comic Strip Decor for Real Life

I’ve known people who are Sunday comics fanatics. Not a Sunday goes for these folks without the morning ritual of coffee, comic strips and crossword puzzles. It is a routine that many people have enjoyed for several years.

It is no surprise that this cherished pastime of reading the comics has morphed into interior design inspiration. Comic strip–inspired art, cloths and murals are fantastic for kids’ rooms, game rooms or any room that wants a kitchy twist. If you are looking for a few quirky design tips for your space, consider these examples.

Lucy Interior Design

Within this setting, the comic strip art piece appears modern even though the topic is retro. Bold scale and colour make this space feel all grown up.

Imagine Living

The comic strip fabric on these art deco–inspired chairs is reminiscent of the black and white ink of ancient comics. This fabric would look amazing in a room with a black and white colour scheme or with a bold paint colour on the walls.

Eunice Fernandes

The same as the comic strip format itself, this art tells a story in a panel format. Comics-inspired art is a perfect backdrop for game room activity.

Laura U, Inc..

With this look in the entry hall, you understand this Houstonpied-à-terre is going to be fun. The colours in the art set the palette to your whole house.

Laura U, Inc..

A bedroom in the same home includes a sitting area with a mirror shaped like a cartoon dialog bubble.

Lea Bassani Design

This comic strip fabric on a lacquered white rococo armchair is unique style at its best. I do love the glowing reddish wall but could also see this working with vivid green, yellow or cobalt blue.

Utilize a primary color scheme to enhance comic strip art. The modern elements of this space make it appropriate as a kid’s room or a home office. Superman seems to be coming from the skies outside this room.

Cody Anderson Wasney Architects, Inc..

Overscale comic strip art takes up the entire wall in this game space. The camp-style lights take color cues in the art. The other wall tips at a comic-book “Pow!” With an opening that imitates a broken brick wall.

Cody Anderson Wasney Architects, Inc..

Here’s the same room from the opposite side of the broken wall. Whimsical comic-style pillows support the subject.

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Framed comic strip art signed by Charles Schultz of Peanuts fame is the focal point within this fantastic kid space.

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Pattern Play: Subtle Southwest Style

I’m really loving all of the Southwestern influences I have been visiting in interiors and fashion this past year. Many times I get asked how to achieve certain looks without always making them a theme. By playing with stripes and colours I managed to get a look to illustrate that for you. As you can see, I didn’t actually use any actual Southwestern patterns. You’ll see no arrowheads or bison in this pattern play!

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Jennifer Bishop Design

Here is how I used my blueprint mixing rules of thumb to produce for this palette:

1. Decide on a beginning print. I began with the stripe. It gave me a fantastic way to pull my colours in, and the texture reminded me of a tapestry or a poncho.

2. Build the colour palette. With this stripe, I managed to pull in terra cotta, teal, beige and beige. Good colours to provide us our Southwestern feel.

3. Vary the design. Earlier, I pointed out I didn’t really use a typical Southwestern print. Instead, I used an Ikat which isn’t traditionally Southwestern but rather it provides me a similar feel. I then mixed in a tweed pattern that included a manly touch and an oval patterned chenille that read more contemporary to me. The conventional faux silk diamond pattern included yet another layer of texture with twine to layout the contour.

4. Limit the size of the pattern. The Ikat is my big blueprint, the stripe, diamond and tweed are my medium patterns and the oval chenille is my own small pattern.

Tip: You can mix in more medium-sized patterns than you can small and big.

Jennifer Bishop Design

Here’s a closer look at the mixture of textures happening. Next, more on the individual fabrics I used to get this look.

KRAVET VARI – $55.30

This Ikat includes a sublte wood grained pattern in its own beige backdrop, giving it a much more rustic edge — another fantastic way to achieve a Southwestern sense without that theme.

I would love to see these used on an accent chair or even throw pillows.

Jennifer Bishop Design

Lee Jofa-Beehive colour: Mallard – $123.64

The teal color in this cloth was gorgeous, and the chenille added a touch of softness and shine to an otherwise largely flat-sheened cloth palette.

This heavyweight cloth would wear nicely in an ottoman.

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Lassen – Lassen Tawny – Carole Fabric – $33.90

I would use this lightweight synthetic silk as draperies or as a throw pillow that would be put in a lighter traffic place. It is always fantastic to interline silk or lighter weight materials to assist them hang more attractively.

Jennifer Bishop Design

Kravet-26281 colour: 616 – $39.90

This tweed could be used to get a seat, or if you were daring enough, even a sofa. Its smaller pattern would make a wonderful background for some of our larger patterns on throw pillows.

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Grandview Stripe – Grandview Stripe Adobe – Carole Fabric – $49.80

The stripe would make great pillow or upholstered item, as it has such a thick texture.

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Tastemakers: Object Creative

The husband-and-wife team behind Seattle-based Object Creative believes regular activities do not need to be boring. Jonah and Mac Griffith’s philosophy is to deliver the extraordinary into regular living, and also to provide users of their products with a little bit of comedy. Object Creative’s designs certainly pay tribute to this perspective. Their goods are simple, lively, and decidedly distinct. Since Jonah has experience in houseware design and Mac’s experience is in environmental design and softgoods, each of their designs functions easily and easily.

Tea by Object Creative

The sleek lines of this über modern tea kettle were inspired by the smooth, aerodynamic shapes of marine transport. A blend of ceramic, wood, and stainless steel, this pot makes the simple act of warm water just a little more elegant.

Q: How did you get started in product design? What’s it about house design that inspires you?

A: We both grew up in DIY households, fixing up our own houses, and finally continuing to study industrial design at college. We have our very own fixer-upper where we enjoy spending time working on house projects — we are finding our inspiration in our very own house.

Address by Object Creative – $21

The bold style of these modern address numbers come from their ease. Keep them subtle and sophisticated in an oxidized iron, or add some pleasure to the front of your residence in a daring green or blue.

Q: What sort of changes do you see occurring in product design now?

A: We believe companies and consumers are beginning to realize every product has an effect, and product design is reacting by using substances in a real way. Today we see far more products showcasing craftsmanship at a level of mass production.


Modern, sleek, and subtle, this stepladder’s design is intended to be used away from the closet. Its daring construction of lacquered maple makes it a piece you automatically want to show off.

Q: Exactly what are you attempting to convey with your layouts?

A: There are many products that we live with and accept just as they are familiar. Our design work concentrates on reconsidering these everyday products in an attempt to discover something new.

Redoor by Object Creative

The Redoor is made from reclaimed and repurposed traditional house doors. Object Creative then uses a CNC router to reduce designs and patterns to these solid wood doorways, which are painted with a lacquered color.

Q: How has your work evolved since you started? How can you see it growing in the future?

A: Hopefully our layouts are smarter today. Among the exciting pieces of product design is not understanding what you’ll be working on in the future, but always knowing that there are more issues that will need to get solved.

Object Creative

Once you find the light that filters from the woven metal shade of the Galaxy Floor Lamp, the lamp’s name is reasonable. The lamp’s oxide metallic shade allows the light to flicker out in soft specks, mimicking the expression of the night sky.

Q: What are some of your favorite new design trends?

A: We adore people are designing smaller distances, and we love seeing all kinds of new DIY projects.

Q: What are some of the new favorite product lines?

A: Linus Bikes, and Le Creuset — old is new again!

Q: What designers (both past and present) are you inspired ?

A: In the past — Eva Zeisel, and Charles and Ray Eames. Currently — Marc Newson.

More Tastemakers:
Asaf Weinbroom
Daniel Schofield
Jared Rusten

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Inspired by the Runway: The Art of Mixing Patterns

The fashion lords and ladies have sung: layouts were large hitters in NYC’s recent fashion week, forecasting prints galore for summer and spring 2012. Obviously, we are not talking just 1 print at a moment: the runway models were brilliant visions of floral, stripes and patterns , all in looks that are singular.

Lucky for us insides people, it is a look that can easily translate to the house. It may appear to be a tricky motif to pull off, but it merely takes training. Have a look at these examples to find out what a trove of patterns can do to help your personal style.

More: How to Layer Patterns Proper

SRM Architecture and Interiors

Get your pattern-mixing feet wet with throw cushions. They’re relatively inexpensive and easy to move around, making them excellent items to start your pattern practice. Notice how the middle pillow features a marginally smaller-scaled print, developing a complementary balance between the three.

Shoshana Gosselin

Try building from that point. See how new lampshades or accessories interact with your throw cushions. The smaller scale of this container onto the side table matches the larger patterns scales in the shade and cushion. You’re likely to be hearing the term”scale” a lot in this post. It actually is the key to mastering the pattern-mixing craft.

Nicole Lanteri Design

Another easy place to experimentation: the toilet. Mix and match towels, shower curtains and bath rugs to get a sense of an equilibrium between patterns.

Nicole Lanteri Design

Now your assurance is fostering. Go a little bigger and have a little fun by upholstering your dining table seats in different patterns. Mix a floral brocade with modern stripes. A host chair in one solid colour will ground different patterns.

Once you feel like you’ve got the hang of it, you can really start making some changes, like adding patterned wallpaper. It will bring more texture and colour to a room than paint , of course, enhance the dynamic of your space when mixed with added patterns.

Why do both of these patterns work together? Here comes the rally cry: scale. Additionally, the mixture of shapes, square vs. circle, distinguishes one print from the other.

Blount Architectual and Interior Design

Once you’ve obtained up the wallpaper, think about complementing it farther with patterned drapes. Both of these patterns really possess a comparable scale, but this look works due to the comparison between stripe and zigzag.

Cecile Lozano Interiors

Carry your new patterned drapes into the room with larger or smaller scale patterns on throw cushions.

Janell Beals – House of Naked

When mixing patterns, look at using contrasting colours: it will create that even more of a differentiation between different prints.

Emily A. Clark

Here’s another illustration of contrasting colours. It is hard not to accomplish a fresh, lively sense with oversized contemporary polka-dot wallpaper, but it actually sings in a hot pink colorway mixed with a timeless print in apple green.

Elad Gonen

If multiple patterns and a variety of colours are too much for you, think about sticking to black and white. You may still achieve the mixed pattern look by choosing prints in different styles, like a traditional pattern with a more contemporary zebra print.

Tara Seawright Interior Design

To prevent going visually overboard, you’ll want to incorporate some sort of neutral to ground the look. Sisal or seagrass rugs will do just the trick.

The Lettered Cottage

Apply pattern to the decor and ceiling, but keep the walls basic.

Brian Watford Interiors

Animal prints can function as neutrals. In this picture, zebra print shams equilibrium the surrounding routines.

CIH Design

Here’s another instance of an animal-print ottoman neutralizing an area full of enticing patterns.

Vintage Renewal

To get a significant dab of layout, upholster a major piece of furniture in a vibrant print. Twist it with complementary pattern-filled cushions to bring the piece to life.

Now you have seen several distinct examples, are you going to test your pattern-mixing skills on your home?

Step-by-Step: How to Layer Patterns Right

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A Small Glow, a Small Sparkle

I have got a problem within my family room, as well as for weeks I’ve not been able to place my finger on it. I went right into a brand new place several months past, although it is undoubtedly feeling like house, the principal room only does not feel “done” however. Lately, a popular blogger hit the nail on the head: She wrote that her failsafe decorating mix is utilizing a blend of “old, new, fluffy, gleaming.” A fast scan of my livingroom revealed lots of aged and new (a mixture of classic and modern furniture), something downy, however a serious lack in the glow department. For adding just a little shimmer in the houses on Houzz I made the decision to acquire some inspiration. Here’s what I discovered:

Elizabeth Gordon

A lot of wonderful gold tones! In the sunburst mirror (an innovative solution to cover a vintage light fixture?) And metallic patterned wall paper to the displays and vase on the mantel on the ceiling, this chamber is 24-karat joy. And however it is nothing garish, only a delicate glow.

Setting Interior Design Inc.

Chromed-out drum metal and pendants trimming across the isle take this kitchen from straightforward to dramatic.

Heather Garrett Style

A palette of grays and linens feels luxury thanks to some mirror that is glamorous -framed spherical mirror and what is now, my new obsession, thanks to the picture: mercury glass demijohns.


This entire home is in utilizing glow to great result, an example. Sequined toss pillows and gold- wall-paper pair nicely with all the velvet and faux-fur feels on the mattress.

LDa Architecture & Insides

This opalescent back splash provides so a lot more interest to the recognizable fashion, although I really like simple white subway tiles. It is just like a pearl necklace for the kitchen!

Instinctive Layout

With no gold- pedestal dining table glossy foundation and drapes, this chamber will be with a lack of luster. On the contrary, it feels encouraging and warm.

Jane Ellison

Of inviting, think about welcoming guests using a gold door, and talking! Itis a small amount of extra oomph that isn’t too excessive.

Jamie Laubhan-Oliver

Protections from platinum to chrome, of silver, sparkle even mo-Re when reflected in the night stand.

Lauren Liess Interiors

I will never get ill of the entrance. Gold frames float just like a light house — across an amazing light glows along with the wall even if it is maybe not switched on.

A couple parts that are bronze act nearly like jewellery in this chamber, bringing on the eyes to the protection of the lamp on the other side of the way in the legs of along side it dining table. (And talking of lamps, the large one here continues to be knocking my socks away, radiance or no.)

Heather Garrett Layout

Two glossy gold seats give off nearly just as much light as sconces, the candles as well as other mild resources in this chamber.

Garret Cord Werner Architects & Inside Designers

The flicker of the fireplace performs off of the gold leafing on the ceiling, equally enveloping the the area using a luminosity of this dining room.

So tell us, how can you add radiance to your own chambers?

Mo-Re ways to get the luminescence:
Adding Glow to Your Own House Or Apartment with Metal and Metallics
8 Excellent Ways with Silver Leaf
Rock in Decor In Your Home