Take a Seat

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Retro 1950’s inspired dandelion print

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French Inspired Classic White with Hair Pillow

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Paradise Punch Trina Turk

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Studio Bon

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Working with Nature- need your vote please!

Please vote for this amazing video about Architecture and Frank Lloyd Wright.

The film is called “Working with Nature” and has some amazing interviews from architects Frank …Henery and Tom Hahn both professors at the Frank Lloyd Wright school of architecture Taliesin. -Corey Gaffer


Valentine’s Day

In my family, we have always loved Valentine’s Day. What could be better than a day that is all about loving people and showing it? I’m all for it. So in honor of Valentine’s Day, here are some great design ideas and accessories for the home.

I love you spoon

I Love You Spoon, Hand Stamped Vintage Silverplated Spoon, Present Topper, Table Settings, Wedding Favors

Love pillow

Decorative Pillow Cover Love Joy Hope Cotton Modern Accent- Made to Order-  Pillow Insert Not Included

Heart bowls

red love heart bowl, valentine's day pottery, modern serving bowl, trinket dish, ring catcher, handshaped by karoArt, made in Ireland

Love you more frame

XOXO Ring Dish

Valentine Ceramic Ring Dish Red Heart XOXO Minimalist Pottery Recycled Box

No More “Safe” Designing

My first job out of college was (& is) working in a textiles showroom. Before this job, I was deathly afraid of “mixing it up”. I was what you call a  ‘safe’ designer- I only used textiles and patterns that matched, were from the same color family and like I said, were very safe. Since working in the textiles world, I realized how much fun I was missing out on. Mixing fabrics, textures and colors is now one of my favorite aspects of design. There is no sense in being afraid of mixing patterns- go crazy, and for god’s sake, have some fun!

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Here are some lovely little “reminders” to help you mix-it-up:

1.) Work with the magic number 3. It is said that groupings of objects in 3 or in odd numbers are more appealing to the eye than even numbers. Odd numbers in design force the eye to keep moving and add visual interest.

Pattern #1: Use this pattern as your focal point. Let this fabric be the largest scale of all the 3 patterns. All the other patterns will be inspired from this pattern.

Pattern #2: This pattern should contain colors that go well with pattern #1; there should be some colors that are also in pattern #1. This pattern should be half the scale of pattern #1 so these two don’t fight.

Pattern #3: This pattern should be in the neutral family, let this pattern be more quiet.

Here is some more knowledge from apartment therapy on “mixing it up”:

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Color Intensity: Stay with the same color tones and intensities. Veer away from mixing primary colors with pastels, or muted ones with jewel tones.

Solids and Textures: You don’t want to put too many patterns on top of each other. You need a place for the eye to rest. Add in solids and textures to balance and separate.

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Graphics: Choosing a black and white (or color and white) graphic is a good way to add in an eye-catching element to unify the space.

Balancing: Whether you begin with your patterns or solids first, be sure the rest of the room is continued in that same color palette to create harmony.

White: White is a great base that brings everything together and lets your patterns make a vibrant statement. Just make sure to keep the same white throughout for a crisp, clean look.

Companion Fabrics: If you need a little study time to push you into the world of mixing patterns, look into companion fabrics. Companion fabrics are designed by companies as pre-mixed harmonious patterns by color palette. Just head to the fabric store, ask for some companions and start studying what works together and why.

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Pattern Buddies: Ok, so let’s get down to the nitty-gritty. What looks good together:

  • Polka Dots, Textures and Graphics
  • Small Polka Dots, Stripes and Florals
  • Plaid, Paisley and Graphics
  • Ikat, Polka Dots and Paisely
  • Chevron, Floral and Geometric
  • Toile, Texture and Stripes
  • Animal Prints and Texture
  • Two Ikats and Texture
  • Damask, Floral and Stripes


…So, are we having fun yet?!

Are you a “mixer”? What is your favorite way to mix-it-up in design?


I have been helping a friend brainstorm some ideas for her living room which is all neutrals. I am usually a lover of color (bold, bright, fun!) so visualizing and designing a room with most neutrals is a somewhat of a challenge for me. I have found the more research I do on the topic, the more I can appreciate a room done in mostly neutrals. There is something so classy, calm and cozy about an all neutral palette.