Thursday, February 25, 2016

The Jewelry of Your Home

Welcome Back Blog Readers,

The weather has been grey lately, and we are all looking for something to brighten up our lives, and homes, with. What better way than with color and pattern! There are lots of ways you can bring brightness to your home. Usually we think of a new wallcovering or throw pillows or furniture. But, what about your drapes; this can create a unique and interesting contrast when set against a textured wallcovering.

I’ve found two amazing designers who do just that. John Robshaw has a collection with Duralee that focuses on block-printed textiles and petite prints. His style is a casual bohemian taken from his travels and incorporates texture with pattern to create bold, contemporary designs.

Then there is Kim Parker. Parker has teamed up with Clarke & Clarke to create her Art Book Collection. Utilizing fashionable color such as violet and citron, Parker’s designs are enthusiastic, creative and daring styles. Whether the print is one color or a whole rainbow, the liveliness of Parker’s designs is sure to warm your home up.

But, drapes aren’t complete without the right accessory. Holdbacks, finials, brackets, endcaps and more. It’s about finding the right accessory that will not only compliment your drapes but will also bring your vision for the room to life. Sometimes wood is the way to go, other times it is crystal or metal. As every girl knows, accessories make the outfit, or in this case, your home. After all…they are the “jewelry of your draperies.”

So, as I always say folks, “Don’t be afraid to decorate!”

Best,

Robin






Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Spice Up Those Walls!

Welcome Back Blog Readers!

With winter fully upon us, we are spending more time in our homes, thinking of things to do to occupy our time and minds. We spend some of that time staring at the walls. And no doubt, we’ve been thinking about how to spice up those walls for 2016. We all want to stay ahead of the curve, so let me share with you some of the trends for this year.

Florals; we tend to think it’s overused and been done too many times, but we always end up coming back to it. That’s what so great about them; they are versatile and can be created in so many designs and patterns that there is always something new. This year that variety goes from classic vintage designs to the more contemporary.

Another trend I’m really excited about is life-size art murals. Turning your walls into the art pieces themselves. We all want something interesting to look at on our walls, so why not make the walls themselves be that eye-catching thing. Plus, when your guests visit, you have a ready-made, easy conversation starter.

The next three are each on the more contemporary side, but can be infused with a classic flair as well. I’m talking about geometrics, natural materials, and the exotic. Yes, bold and daring and taking a risk. Geometrics, we all know what those are. Natural materials, such as metals, wood, brick, stone and more are making a smash this year with wallpapers that simulate their appearance and sometimes even their textures. And the exotic, if you haven’t guessed already, is about animal prints. Bringing it right to your home and giving it that wow factor you need.

All these trends, no matter which way you style them, will revitalize and bring energy to your home. It’s time to start designing, so come in now; and, as I always say, “don’t be afraid to decorate!”

Best,

Robin