Gingham Style

Well, if you've picked up on it- I like a good pun.  If you were able to put the title of today's post together (think ridiculous Korean dance song circa 2012), then props to you!  This, along with many other one-hit-wonders are just some of the ridiculous things my brain decides to remember. 

Ok- back to business.  So with the dog days of Summer right around the corner, I think everyone is craving a fresh, bright, happy space- maybe one that would pair nicely with a kiddy pool and some popsicles?  One pattern that embodies all of these things and is making its comeback at the right time is gingham!  Now, ten years ago if you had asked me if I liked gingham, I would have probably said "sure, for a picnic tablecloth?".  Now, I have an all new appreciation for this classic motif.  It has truly stood the test of time, and when done right- it can bring a breath of fresh air into a room.  Let's check out some of my favorite ways to incorporate a zing of ging'!

Design by Caitlin Wilson, Image by D Home

Design by Caitlin Wilson, Image by D Home

When I first saw this image- I kind of fell in love.  Caitlin Wilson knows how to marry color + pattern like no other, and these gorgeous Madeline stools embody that perfectly!  Such a statement they make- but what a happy one! Shop these stools below.

Caitlin Wilson Design Madeline Counter Stool

Caitlin Wilson Design Madeline Counter Stool

Design & Image by Kate Marker

Design & Image by Kate Marker

Now, gingham doesn't always have to be in-your-face.  Like any pattern, if it is scaled/colored appropriately, it can act more as visual texture.  Here we see a super subdued watery tone which makes these draperies quietly say "gingham", especially with the pleating.  It adds interest to an otherwise simple room.  And paired with a Wegner Wishbone chair- pure perfection!

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Gingham is not only making a major appearance in interior design.  Reese Witherspoon, the princess of Southern style is fully behind this trend too.  Here she is rocking her own Draper James Parton Check Mary Beth Halter dress.  Shop the look below.

Image via Pinterest- Source Unknown

Image via Pinterest- Source Unknown

Here we're seeing a more masculine version of gingham called a "Buffalo Check".  They are usually larger in scale and incorporate the color black.  I could totally see this bathroom right off of a men's study.  Bold, sophisticated, and timeless- check, check, check!

Image via Society Social- click to shop!

Image via Society Social- click to shop!

Oh my gosh- here is why I just love this pattern.  VERSATILITY.  Right up there we've got a majorly glam vibe with this gorgeous intense blue check combined with some leopard, some satin gold, and some classic wingbacks.  

Super excited to see more of this pattern- so fresh, fun, and stands the test of time.  And really- can work in just about any style space you put it in!'

Xo,

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Unbe-weavable!

Ok- sorry for the cheesy title, I couldn't resist.  So, I want to talk about natural weaves today (wicker, hyacinth, caning, bamboo, etc.). These natural beauties a MAJOR moment in interior design.  Actually, not really just a moment- these materials have been around for awhile, and they are here to stay.

Image/Design Via Mitzi Maynord Interiors

Image/Design Via Mitzi Maynord Interiors

I'm a huge proponent of adding at least one natural element to each space.  These counter stools act as a nice grounding element with their warm wood tone and textural backs.   

Image/Design Via Workshop APD

Image/Design Via Workshop APD

Here's a more traditional use of woven furniture pieces.  This crisp, Cape Cod style great room is anchored by a coastal-vibe flat weave seagrass area rug and a couple of fun woven stools.   

Image/Design Via Whittney Parkinson Design

Image/Design Via Whittney Parkinson Design

This Uber-fresh light filled nook by Whittney Parkinson perfectly showcases how a natural woven piece of furniture does not need to be in a "coastal/beachy/island" home.  These gorgeous clean-lined chairs are setting a scene here for a transtionally classic feel.  

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Really I couldn't be more obsessed with this fun chandelier.  Visual texture, warmth, and a dash of fun for any style room!

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This bamboo clad coffee table would be equally at home in a funky pink-covered bachelorette pad or a crisp black and white loft!

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I don't like playing favorites but I have had a crush on this chair for awhile.  I think a pair of these in a breezy/refined living room would add the perfect touch of clean lines and a touch of the unexpected!

I hope that today you feel inspired to add some texture, life, and nature into your home.  The outcome is truly unbelievable-weavable.  (Sorry!)  ;) 

xo,

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Mixed Metals...Mixed Opinions

Mixed metals…mixed opinions.  Can we just take a moment to really delve into this concept?  It may not be new or groundbreaking- but with most of my clients, it is surprisingly controversial!  Now don’t get me wrong, the idea of throwing a dresser with decorative brass knobs into a bedroom that has a polished nickel table lamp in it used to give me heart palpitations.  BUT- I am now a convert.  There is definitely an art to mixing metal finishes in a room (that’s why you hire a designer!), but when done right, mixed metal finishes in a room can add a layer of interest and personality.  Let’s take a look at some examples below…

All hail Jean-Louis Deniot! This kitchen flaunts sleek polished stainless cabinetry with an antique gold pendant fixture. Talk about STATEMENT. Image Via Elle Decor.

All hail Jean-Louis Deniot! This kitchen flaunts sleek polished stainless cabinetry with an antique gold pendant fixture. Talk about STATEMENT. Image Via Elle Decor.

This light 'n airy Key West home by Brooke Wagner Design perfectly executes a grounding iron stair balustrade with a contrasting funky satin gold light fixture. Love! Image Via Brooke Wagner Design

This light 'n airy Key West home by Brooke Wagner Design perfectly executes a grounding iron stair balustrade with a contrasting funky satin gold light fixture. Love! Image Via Brooke Wagner Design

This range and hood combination by St. Charles New York acts more as an art piece in this kitchen. The stainless and polished nickel metal finish combo adds just enough of the unexpected in this timeless space. Image Via St. Charles New York.

This range and hood combination by St. Charles New York acts more as an art piece in this kitchen. The stainless and polished nickel metal finish combo adds just enough of the unexpected in this timeless space. Image Via St. Charles New York.

This Celerie Kimble for Arteriors wall sconce= perfection. Matte bronze and polished brass makes for a striking statement piece. I imagine a pair of these flanking a beautiful white stacked stone fireplace! Image via Arteriorshome.com

This Celerie Kimble for Arteriors wall sconce= perfection. Matte bronze and polished brass makes for a striking statement piece. I imagine a pair of these flanking a beautiful white stacked stone fireplace! Image via Arteriorshome.com

This happy bedroom by Bria Hammel Interiors is brought to you by a bright white upholstered bed, blush accent pillows, natural light, and last but not least- MIXED METALS! How powerful are the warm gold lamps, iron bed frame, and cheery soft gold starburst mirror? They make the room, I'm tellin' ya! Image Via Bria Hammel Interiors.

This happy bedroom by Bria Hammel Interiors is brought to you by a bright white upholstered bed, blush accent pillows, natural light, and last but not least- MIXED METALS! How powerful are the warm gold lamps, iron bed frame, and cheery soft gold starburst mirror? They make the room, I'm tellin' ya! Image Via Bria Hammel Interiors.

The moral of today's story is this: there are NO rules in design.  That's what makes it fun.  Mix your drinks, mix your company, and mix your metals.  But call your designer first.  :)

xo

 

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