Fashion Translation: Something Tropical

Can you hear that? It’s the sound of summer vacation, whispering to you that it’s almost time, you’re almost there. Not sure about you, but I am in the mood for something tropical, even if it’s just a good ole stay-cation. The tropics are super easy to bring into your home, starting with the floors of course.

Tropics can get verrry Hawaiian shirt very quickly, so I recommend keeping your color palette not only bright and happy, but also somewhat restricted. Either opt for a totally neutral pattern or be a bit restrained in your color palette with the number of colors you select. When it comes to pop colors for a tropical rug, I suggest picking a rug with a neutral + 3-5 pop colors — this should help you steer clear of feeling like you live in a Hawaiian shirt shop.

Scale is another important aspect to consider when selecting a tropical patterned rug — I love when the artwork feels super-enlarged and oversized. This look is really impactful for rooms of any size and kind of makes you feel like you’re under the tropical foliage, huh?

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Tropical Shopping Guide:

Surya Florence Broadhurst bondi beach rug

The Rug Market America tropicana rug

Loloi Rugs tropez rug


Tropics-inspired rugs are super versatile for most homes, but work especially well in bedrooms, kitchens, and sunrooms. I absolutely love the idea of adding a punch of both pattern AND color into the home for spring and summer, especially in these juicy, saturated hues of tangerine, raspberry, lime, and turquoise.

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Colorful Tropical Shopping Guide:

Loloi Rugs tropez rug

Nourison Fantasy rug

United Weaves sea garden rug

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Fashion Translation: Springtime Pastels

These spring months always feel so fresh after months and months of dark neutrals, mostly thanks to all of those gorgeous, powdery pastels we start to see in stores and fashion ads. Gone are the days of your grandmother’s pastels — instead these hues feel modern and vibrant, despite their toned down vibes. And there are two key colors for this spring: sky blue and lilac.

Sky Blue

When it comes to sky blue in the home, a light touch is a great approach lest you veer too… baby boy nursery. Instead, I like my pastel blues to be mixed with a tinged of grey so that they take on a silvery sheen of sorts. And, because blue is so easy to coordinate, I suggest keeping the pattern and texture of your rugs understated. This allows for easy mixing and matching within the home.

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Sky Blue Shopping Guide:

Safavieh rag rug

Jaipur Rugs Kelle rug

Jaipur Rugs tangier rug

Nourison Karma rug


Then there is lilac… my thoughts on this trend for the home are such: go big or go home. If you’re going to pack a purple punch within your home, you might as well go all out with the statement. I’m talking bohemian, global patterns, vibrant gradients, and abstract modern color combinations. While not for the faint of heart, this trend is a surefire way to freshen your home for spring.

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Lilac Shopping Guide:

Surya Pazar rug

Surya Chaz rug

Surya Watercolor rug

Safavieh Wyndham rug

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Fashion Translation: Unicorn Ombre, for the home

By now, anyone with either an Instagram account or Pinterest account has witness the hottest hair trend of the season: unicorn ombre. This trend is vibrant, bold, colorful… and definitely NOT for the faint of heart. Oh, I love it. My obvious inclination is to go for warm shades when it comes to the unicorn ombre. I mean, I actually had pink hair for a hot minute!

unicorn ombre

This trend is a super fun way to bring color into your home for spring, don’t you think? I love when the ombre features a neutral shade, like taupe or ivory. It sort of provides a bit of balance when you’re doing more of a trend-specific look. Plus, a neutral base like what you see above makes the trend easier to fit into what you’ve already got in your home.

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Shopping Guide:

Capel Beam rug

Surya southwest dip dye pillows

Trans Ocean Imports Liora Manne Ravella Ombre rug

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Honestly, I think blue ombre is the newest incarnation of this trend. The timing is perfect, too — spring is upon us (finally) and blue is always one of most desirable hues of summer. This look feels vibrant and fresh, but not overwhelming the way bold patterns can be.

Photo Credit: blue bobby pins from Urban Outfitters.

Shopping Guide:

Capel Beam rug

Trans Ocean Imports Liora Manne Ombre Horizon rug

Kaleen glam rug


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Fashion Translation: The Preppy-Cool Way to Pattern Mix

While preppy looks aren’t exactly my day-to-day vibe, I can definitely appreciate them when it comes to pulling inspiration for your home. Just think of all the rich tones of navy, black, and ivory, as well as the plethora of simple patterns. From buffalo checks to stripes of all varieties to the ever popular polka dot, the preppy look is a great way to inspire an interior space.


The first look is rather restrained, but the fun comes in the pattern mixing. For these selections, I actually chose not to heed my own advice. Instead, I thought it would be more fun to let the patterns mix and mingle at similar scales. You can definitely get away with this when the patterns are simpler in nature or if the colors veer more toward the neutral end of things.

Photo Credit: True Life of a Southern Belle.

Shopping Guide:

Capel Genevieve Gorder spots rug + Trans Ocean Imports Sorrento Pinstripe rug

Nourison Luminance rug + Loloi Rugs Harper Stripe rug

Casual for Life medan Border rug + Capel Mercia rug

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For a preppy look that’s even more fun, I suggest going bold and mixing your geometrics with oversized florals. I especially love the addition of chinoiserie patterns to this look for that delicate, airy effect. Colors are a fun addition to this look: the geometric can be more neutral in tone, while the florals are bright and cheerful. I recommend this look for sunny patios or a screened-in porch.

Photo Credit: Who What Wear.

Shopping Guide:

Jaipur Rugs Blue Petal Pusher rug + KAS Oriental Eternity Checkerboard rug

Safavieh Chelsea rug + Surya Rain rug

Bashian Tribeca rug + Nourison Impressionist rug

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