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Trending - Bright, Bold Florals


For myself, I know that I struggle to let go of 'Matchy, Matchy'.  Being brave in mixing harmonious colors and finishes is the challenge for me.  But I've learned from my designer daughter that to get an outstanding effect, we have to take chances in colors as well as pattern finishes and textures.  I look at design blogs and Pinterest boards and am amazed at how far you can push the boundaries and still create a striking, cohesive look.

 

Designer Lisa Farmer of Lexington, Kentucky, in her blog Eye For Design says, "Think big, bold floral prints, bright colors and contemporary designs to keep your floral themed decor fresh...you can choose from modern and elegant bold floral designs to complement your contemporary décor."

Floral patterns are in and always will be.  House Beautiful suggests taking a fearless approach, mixing patterns to modernize the overall look.

We love our gardens and outdoor spaces and bringing the color and organic shapes inside will never be off trend. This year’s hottest wallpapers and printed fabrics feature floral motifs. Be brave with large scale patterns, vibrant hues and big, bold blooms. These are not your Grandmother's florals...although I am a grandmother now so I've decided that grandmothers aren't as old as they used to be!

Posted by Shelly Smith on 07 November, 2015 bold, bright, curtains, dahlia, draperies, drapes, floral, large, swirled peas, trend, window curtains | Read more →

The Inspiriation - Start With a Great Picture and Go From There!

Decorators might call it your 'Lead' piece.  In a bedroom, it may be your comforter, the curtains, or a piece of art.  In the living room you might take your inspiration from a throw pillow, upholstered chair fabric, or again...a piece of art.

It's the item that everything in the room relates back to some how, whether it be color, pattern, or texture.

When it comes to the bathroom, we're likely using one of two things as the décor 'lead'.  If you have a canvas or poster that you love, that's a perfect starting place.  And in most rooms, starting with a poster would be natural and easy.  But in the bathroom, we immediately come up against the lack of choices in shower curtains, which is a very large element and not always easy to coordinate.  Stores will have various choices but you'll be lucky to find something 'just right'.

This is why I get so excited about the Sherwin Williams LetsChipIt.com tool.

I worked with a client this month on a Superhero themed bathroom for her boys.  I only have daughters, but I do have grandsons, and they love their Superheros!  She showed me the Superman poster below, which was her lead piece.

I suggested that she run it through the LetsChipIt process and let the tool pull the dominate colors out for us.  From there, it was easy for me to apply the Sherwin Williams paint color codes to the stripes on her Superhero Inspired shower curtain.  It turned out so great!

An added bonus is being able to stop in at Sherwin Williams and pick up the paint color swatches.  Tuck them in your purse and you have your bathroom colors handy when you stumble on to a sale on towels or rugs.  Much easier than carrying a Superman poster into Target!

Of course, this process isn't exclusive to kid bathrooms!  Run any photo through LetsChipIt and we can incorporate the colors you want into any of our items.  It's really fun, and the possibilities are endless!

Posted by Shelly Smith on 20 August, 2015 bathroom inspiration, inspiration piece, superhero, superman, swirled peas | Read more →

The Elusive Focal Point

Whether you are trying to create a calming, serene bathroom space, or a more whimsical look, your bathroom décor will fall into place with the right focal point.  Even a grand bathroom will be one of the smaller rooms in most homes.  There typically isn't enough space to have a lot going on.  Choose your focal point and spin off from there.

In many cases, it's the shower curtain that sets the stage for the rest of the bathroom.  Or it might be an art print that becomes the inspiration for the color and theme of your space.  The beauty of these two focal points is that they are not permanent fixtures.  It's easy to change the entire feel of the room with a new curtain or print.  Not so easy to re-tile or paint the cabinets!

Here are a couple of dramatic focal point uses of our Swirled Peas shower curtains, sent to me by clients. 

The shower curtain as the focal point sets up the room, making it easy to add the towels, rugs, and accessories to create a bathroom that reflects your personal style!

 

Time Flies!

Lucky me, time spent in my shop doesn't feel much like work.  I don't love shipping, but the rest of it is rewarding.  A great day is when I have a nice block of unscheduled time, hot coffee, emails are caught up, music on, and I feel like creating.  The hours just disappear!

I start by following random searches on Pinterest, then spend time on Flickr.  I'm looking for pictures of places or things that inspire a design, pattern, or color scheme.  It's especially rewarding to discover a nature photograph that has perfect color harmony.

My favorite toy for pulling the colors from a photo is the Chip It! tool from Sherwin Williams.  Here's a one minute video to show the simplicity of the tool Chip It! Video

It's great fun to run a photo through the Chip It! tool and see what you get.  I like to overlay my inspiration photo on my design graphics to show the color group's relationship to a real world item or place.

But I've had fun with Chip It! in my hobby time as well.  Recently, my family worked together on an embroidered baby quilt for my niece's firstborn.  I roughed out the arrangement of our 'Cinderella' themed blanket and transferred the words and pictures onto fabric.

Next, I downloaded a Google Image of the Cinderella DVD case and put the image through the Chip It! process.  I printed out copies of the results and when I handed out the embroidery to the Aunts and Cousins, I also gave them a Cinderella Chip It! It may have been a little bit controlling, but I feel like the result was worth it. 

The colors everyone used for their embroidery really meshed and the blanket was adorable.  I took the Chip It! to the fabric store to guide my choices for the fabric strips I needed and it was so helpful to use.  I forgot to take a photo when the borders and back were on, but here it is almost finished.  It was a fun, collaborative project!

 

 

 

We Made It!

Thanks, everyone, for holding your breath with me as I updated and revamped my online shop!  Have you ever been surprised when something comes together much easier than anticipated?  It's such a great relief.  I still have a few tweaks to make and products to list, but for the most part, we're rolling...and I did it all myself, without even a single call to tech support!

I've got a great graphic to share from one of my favorite decorators, Dina at honeyandfitz I get the question a lot, especially with new construction and bath remodels, "How high do I want my curtain rod?"  The answer is, "The higher, the better!"

It's true of so many things...visual illusions impact our perception of depth and size.  The simple version of the window and curtain illusion is illustrated here:

So here's my advice.  If you are ready to hang a rod for your window curtains or a shower curtain, nice and high is best, no matter the size of the room.

 

 

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  • The Inspiriation - Start With a Great Picture and Go From There!

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    Whether you are trying to create a calming, serene bathroom space, or a more whimsical look, your bathroom décor will fall into place with the right focal point.  Even a grand bathroom will be one of the smaller rooms in... Read more →