January 19, 2017

Friday Favorites - Turtlenecks

Since we're having a real winter this year (real for Southern California at least!) I definitely have winter fashion on my mind. In fact, I don't even have enough sweaters to get me through this many cold days since I've never needed this many before! But one thing I do have, and have always loved, is turtlenecks. Most specifically, chunky turtlenecks. 

They're casual, cozy, and oh-so-comfy! And they're not just functional, but versatile, too. They can be worn in a myriad of ways, they work with everything from skirts to jeans, and they're warm (something I'm definitely looking for these days!) 

And of course, a leopard bag never hurts an outfit!

Such a cute casual outfit!

January 18, 2017

Top 5 Design Trends Predicted for 2017

Last week I talked about the Pantone Color of the Year winner, Green, and how it will affect design in 2017 and going forward. (Something I'm personally excited about!) But this week, I thought I would go into trends a little more thoroughly and touch on the Top 5 Design Trends predicted to be big in 2017. I do a lot of reading and researching about design, so when a new year comes around, I'm always interested to know what the experts are predicting will be the new big trends. As I mentioned before, I'm not one to be a slave to trends, but I do like to know what is happening in design in general, and it's always nice to add some aspect of trends in order to keep our interiors from getting stale. The same way we buy a new blouse or a scarf or some other new style in clothing, it's nice to add some small items or accessories that incorporate a new trend in decor without breaking the bank. So let's talk about the Top Five Design Trends that are being talked about the most. These are the ones that are on everyone's radar.

One of the things that seems to be happening, though this isn't a "trend" in the true sense of the word, is that there seems to be a move toward a warmer, lived-in look and away from the minimalist styles we've been seeing for the past few years. And for those of us who never did the mid-century mod, or don't like the cool, sleek, modern styles that have been most popular recently, this is great news! And as you'll see, most of these 2017 trends fit into that overall paradigm change.

1. Velvet

Velvet is a trend that started getting really big last year in fashion, and now it seems to be hopping over to design. It's elegant, and timeless, but it's also cozy and luxurious and speaks to making our homes more comfortable. I'm seeing it in sofas and chairs more than ever, but an inexpensive way of incorporating it into your home would be with pillows. And they can be found almost everywhere, from Pottery Barn to Walmart, and at every price point.

Via BHDM Design.

In love with the deep purple velvet pillows against the white linen sofas. Via Shabby Slips.
Here they've used grey velvet to upholster a headboard. Gorgeous! Via Heatherly Design.

January 15, 2017

Restyle and Refresh: 7 Great Living Room Design Ideas

Hi everyone! If you are coming here from my friends Kim and Lacey at Styled with Lace, thanks so much for stopping by! And for those of you who have been here before, welcome back to our monthly blog hop where we touch on different style and design issues each month. In October and November, we each styled a coffee table, in December we all did a tablescape, and now for January, we are talking living rooms. 

I don't know about all of you, but after Christmas I find I'm kind of in a "design funk." All the excitement of the holidays is over, and once I've taken all the Christmas decor down, my house feels pretty bare. It can feel challenging to decorate in these few months before spring. But instead of letting it get me down, this year, I'm embracing that pared down simplicity. I've focused on a clean and simple look, with just a few winter touches to refresh the room.

I concentrated on adding a few things that just say "winter" to me, with the main one being pinecones. I use them at Christmas, obviously, but I feel like they cross over to "winter decor" as well. I also changed some of the baskets in front of my mantel and added my vintage French demijohn.

Wire and burlap basket is from TJ Maxx and the one below is an antique.

Texture is a big one for me in winter. Baskets, blankets and throws, and texture in pillows and fabrics all add that "cozy" feeling we want in the wintertime.

On the sofa I changed out my Christmas pillows for these linen and velvet ones from Home Goods. I love the texture the cut velvet adds.

January 12, 2017

Friday Favorites - Green in Design

Green is back! Can I tell you how happy I am about this? And not for the reason you may think. I don't actually care if it's in style, but I love it, and all the time it was "out" I've had the hardest time finding pillows, fabrics, bedding... literally anything in green. What I found was once it was decided it was "out," fabrics lines and stores like Pottery Barn, Wisteria and Ballard Designs discontinued it. All of it! So I would look at a rug or a pillow and within the 3 or 4 color options, green would never be one of them. When I was changing my master bedroom bedding two years ago, I had such a hard time that I ended up buying my comforter on Ebay! It was a (no shocker here!) discontinued green one from Restoration Hardware! 

But now it's back. It's been named Pantone's Color of the Year and I'm seeing it more and more which thrills me to no end. Granted, the Pantone color "Greenery" is a brighter, more apple green than the one I'm drawn to, but I truly love any green. And, the fact that it's been deemed "back" in any shade means we will see more of all of it going forward. I'm still in the middle of making decisions on my own family room re-do and for once, my procrastination has paid off! I originally planned to do it in blues, but now I may do a mix of the two. I adore blue and green together! Green seems cheerful and restorative, especially after the long winter so I suspect that as spring gets closer, we will begin to see it a lot!

Gorgeous! Love this room. By Barbara Westbrook.

Interior design by Karen Davis via New England Home.

Design by Shelley Gordon via Traditional Home.


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