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2016 Interior Trends

Calico Wallpaper
Calico Wallpaper

Can you believe that February is coming to a close and March is on the horizon already? Because I can’t. As we make our way through the first quarter of 2016 home trends are beginning to reveal themselves, and my oh my they are interesting and varied.

Metallic accents. 
I wouldn’t consider metallics in and of themselves to be anything new, rather it’s the way they’re being used that stands out. A few of my favorites include tinned ceilings and on walls, like in the wallpaper above.

Michaelis Boyd

Geometric tiling.
The geometric trend has made its way to tiles in 2016, most notably bathroom floors, backsplashes, and countertops. Depending on just how much you love geometric shapes and how bold you want to be, you can choose something more neutral like the above look or a more powerful color that’s sure to take centerstage.

Hotel Panache

Caned Furniture.
This might be my favorite. Caned furnitures offers a look that is both light in weight and modern in look, making it feel super fresh. Avoid those Florida retirement vibes by choosing a design that’s more simple than intricate.

Position Collective

Pegboards.
Pegboards are maybe something you’ve used in your basement or garage for years, but how about the kitchen or in your office? Yes!!! What I love most about these guys is the ability to change things up. If the current configuration isn’t working for that tall vase you just bought and want to show off just change it!

Fey Handmade

Dark Grey.
You just knew a color was here, didn’t you? Dark gunmetal grey plays perfectly well with those metallics mentioned above, with the ability to even act as one itself. It’s softer than black with that very same dramatic impact and the ability to mix any color or pattern in.

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For more inspiration from Kelly, follow along with her at Design Crush!

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Playful + Stylish Spaces for Kids

Playful space

As the parent of a very active and playful little guy, I know firsthand how essential it is for families to have a creative play space in the house! Thankfully, these days it is easier than ever to find kid-friendly furnishings, decor, and even toys that are stylish enough to leave out among the ‘grownup’ stuff. In fact, I would go as far as to say that these kids’ spaces are so fun they may even inspire the adults to leave the smartphone behind and just play!

If you have an entire room to devote to play, that’s great – there is so much you can do with an entire room! Safely installed indoor swings or a small slide can be lifesavers on a cold winter day when you can’t hit the park. A tipi or playhouse is always a hit for pretend play, and a cozy reading/lounging area makes a good spot to flop down for a rest after a major play session. Don’t forget the toy storage – think neat, organized, and easy to access: bins on shelves works well. And notice that the room pictured above is an attic space with a steeply sloping ceiling, but this doesn’t matter one bit to the room’s wee occupants, making this an excellent use of a tricky space.

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Of course if you don’t have a dedicated playroom (I don’t!), there are plenty of ways to incorporate play and creativity into any room in the house. A kid-size table and chairs tucked into a corner of the living room makes an instant project space for arts and crafts or Lego. Attractive woven baskets or canvas bins can hold (and hide) toys in plain sight, making them a great option for living rooms. Fill a few with your child’s current top-favorite toys, and rotate in a fresh selection every few weeks to help stave off boredom.

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The room shown above is packed with great ideas, from the chalkboard wall (always a big hit!) to the labeled drawers, art caddy on the table, and bench with toy trucks lined up underneath. If you homeschool, or need a dedicated homework and project space, this is a wonderful setup to draw inspiration from.

Photo credits: Chango & Co., Domino Magazine, Brandon Architects.

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And let’s not forget the bedroom! I love the idea of using fresh, fun (and removable) decals to create the look of wallpaper on a basic white wall. Kids love color and pattern, so don’t be afraid to pile it on! Choose bright, colorful bedding, pillows in fun shapes, and bold accessories like brightly hued lamps, a cool nightlight, or a table with an interesting shape.

Playful Rugs

On the floor of the play space, I’m loving the entire collection of rugs created by kid-centric design studio Petit Collage for Jaipur Rugs – I’ve highlighted four of my favorites above. Any of these bold, colorful, modern rugs is sure to be a hit with kids… and the stylish parents who love them.

Rug Shopping Guide (clockwise from top left): Jaipur Rugs Playful by Petit Collage ConfettiJaipur Rugs Playful by Petit Collage Sprouts rug in blueJaipur Rugs Playful by Petit Collage Starburst rugJaipur Rugs Iconic by Petit Collage hand-tufted Sticks Rug.

For more inspiration from Laura, follow along with her at LauraGaskill.com!

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It’s Easy Being Green | Green Home Decor Inspiration

desire to inspire
Desire to Inspire

February has been a quintessential wintery month here in Pennsylvania, and to say I’m anxiously awaiting spring’s arrival is an understatement. So while the ground is currently covered in a blanket of snow with no green in sight, that doesn’t mean that we can’t bring it indoors to liven up our homes.

The inspiration above is maybe the most obvious, but also my favorite and one I have in my own space. Here it’s a large floor to ceiling set of shelving with well-placed pops of vibrant greenery. In mine it’s a plant covered vintage buffet in the dining room.

ROCO magazine

I love the green statement pendant lighting in this otherwise minimal space. The white walls, light floor, and other neutral elements really allow it to be the focal point, a work of art in its own right.

hannotte interiors

If you’d like a little bit more of bang for your buck, you might want to consider painting an accent wall, or even your fireplace, a pretty green hue. For less than $50 you can refocus an entire room and add a beautiful pop of color.

Livet Hemma

This desk is actually a fun and easy DIY that wold be perfect in just about any room you decided upon. They simply painted the desk support a lovely light green and chose a grouping of similarly shaded books to balance out the other side. That matching green wicker chair make the entire setup feel so light and airy.

apt therapy

Green kitchen cabinets are definitely more of an investment, though they’re nothing that couldn’t be painted over once you were ready for a change. The key here is once again sticking to neutrals throughout the rest of the space and really letting the cabinetry shine.

Rugs Direct Green

For more inspiration from Kelly, follow along with her at Design Crush!

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Fashion Translation: Neutrals with a Twist

Apologies if this post feels a bit retro again, but I just can’t help myself! This season, it feels like vintage hues are here to stay, not to mention pulled-from-the-’70s style inspiration. Right now, I find myself drawn to the colors: burnt orange, terracotta, olive drab, shades of khaki and taupe. When combined, I feel like these tones are harmonious in an unexpected version of neutrals.

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Photo Credit: via The Girl With The Curl

HomeNeutrals

I simply find myself tiring of deep, dark, rich tones — instead, I’m craving neutrals that can be mixed and match. No longer do I want simply white and black. Rather, this season I’m all about shades of ivory as my new base color. From there, I pile on additional washed out hues. Even my pop colors feel neutral. Plus, how special is this bluish shade of grey? For me, that really tips the color palette into new territory.

 

Shopping Guide:

Surya Candice Olson Modern Classics rug

Nourison Marina Persimmon rug

Milliken Mix and Mingle Cloud Break rug

Couristan Moonwalk Roswell rug

Oriental Weavers Brentwood rug

Surya Rhapsody rug

Jaipur Rugs Coastal Tides rug

Milliken Mix and Mingle Urban Order rug

Loloi Rugs Orian Shag rug

For more inspiration from Joanna, follow along with her at Jojotastic!

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