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Spot On Dalmatian: A Unique Animal Print In The Home

Lilly Bunn Interiors
Lilly Bunn Interiors

When you think of trendy animal print patterns, I’m guessing Dalmatian doesn’t make the list. But oh, it really should! Not only does this pattern provide a dynamic, bold statement, it also magically maintains the neutral appeal that other animal prints have. That means it’s a really versatile look and works great in small spaces like a bathroom, a small hallway, or even lining the back of a linen closet or bar cabinet.

Courtney Apple
Courtney Apple

A Dalmatian print is modern and graphic – an edgier take on the classic polka dot, if you will. At the moment this print is really enjoying its time in the spotlight with lots of wallpaper and fabric options readily available. There are also plenty of DIY projects to be had if you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for in stores. Most projects, like the pair of dining chairs above, only require a Sharpie marker and a willing hand with some time to spare.

Genevieve Garruppo
Genevieve Garruppo

Dalmatian manages to pull off the rare combination of feeling pulled together and chic, yet playful and fun. I really like what an unexpected surprise it is in this casual dining space. Thanks to removable wallpaper, the pop behind the shelves doesn’t have to be permanent, and the same goes for the chair cushions with so much affordable fabric by the yard readily available. The simple palette of black and white works so well, but this space would look just as fantastic with royal blue shelves or a bright red dining table.

Domaine
via Domaine

When in doubt go against the expected and flip it on its head – in this case, black on white reverse Dalmatian! When partnered with a large and bold pattern, like the tile floor in this bathroom, it really shines as a neutral with some power behind it. By keeping the rest of the room simple with glossy black and white the two patterns doesn’t need to compete with one another.

Bed Bath & Beyond
Bed Bath & Beyond

If you’re still not convinced, or maybe just not quite ready to take a diving leap into full-on Dalmatian, think about how you might incorporate the print in smaller ways. Throw pillows or sham covers, a cozy blanket, dish towels or napkins. Floor rugs are also a smart way to dip your toe into any trend you’d like to experiment with, here are a few favorites.

Dalmation Spot Rugs

1/ Artistic Weavers Stella Dalmation   2/ Surya Moroccan Shag

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

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Stripes Forever: 4th of July Decor

With the Fourth of July falling mid-week this year, let’s take this chance to hit pause on our busy lives and savor the little things that make life sweet — like iced coffee on the porch, fireworks on a summer night, and the always-stylish power of stripes.

Design Sponge
Erin Napier for Design Sponge

With a centennial American flag framed on the wall and an antique armchair reupholstered using striped French grain sacks, this home really knows how to put stripes to work!

Aerin Lauder
Aerin Lauder via Habitually Chic

Barker and Stonehouse
Barker and Stonehouse

Love Breton striped tops? Bring the classic blue-and-white stripes into your home with chic striped wallpaper and a geometric striped rug in the bedroom. With this many stripes going on in one room it helps to keep everything else soft and neutral, so go with white or natural wood floors, a linen-upholstered bed, and crisp white sheets.

Domino2

Domino
Domino

If you want a bolder look, go for wide stripes. In the space shown here, a shade sail with wide black and white stripes is suspended from the ceiling for a dramatic look.

Domino3
Domino

Iittalla via Apartment Therapy
Iittala via Apartment Therapy

For a look as comfy as slipping on your favorite tee shirt, pop striped pillowcases over plush pillow inserts and line them up on your couch.

Whether you like your stripes wide or narrow, classic blue, chic black, or neutral, one super easy way to bring stripes home is with a fresh new rug. Striped rugs go with any style, and are just as easy to work with as a solid, but so much more interesting — check out four of my current favorites below. Happy Fourth, and happy decorating!

Striped Rugs
Rug Shopping Guide (clockwise from top left): Capel Nags Head Vertical Stripe Rectangles in blue; Liora Manne Sorrento Rugby Stripe in black; Liora Manne Sorrento Pinstripe in navy; Safavieh Cape Cod in natural and black.

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

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Dark Moody Florals

Anthropologie
Anthropologie

Just because it’s winter and the days are short and dark doesn’t mean we have to deny ourselves beautiful flowers. In fact, I’d actually say it’s an argument for exactly the opposite. While I always try to have a vase of florals or greenery in the house, it might be nice to embrace darker, moodier blooms and have something more permanent. Read on for ways to include moody florals into your space!

H&M Home

I love the thought of adding a dark duvet to the bedroom mix for these winter months. These aren’t an old woman’s florals; they’re elegant and chic and thoroughly sexy. This particular duvet is extremely affordable and can be taken off the bed as soon as spring shows her pretty face with the real deal.

Lottas Trad

As we all know, wallpaper is a more permanent way to embrace any trend. I love this particular take on florals, with its smaller more detailed blooms rather than the large-scale we’re most used to seeing. The dark background also makes this wallpaper feel daring and modern rather than stuffy and boring.

Vogue

Or maybe consider the middle of the road with a tapestry like the one above. Other options down this same path could be an enlarged engineering print of a photo or a framed length of wallpaper. Don’t be afraid to think creatively, even if your idea isn’t something you’ve seen on the pages of a home decor magazine!

My Scandinavian Home

Throw pillows, a blanket, floor rugs; all are ways to incorporate this emerging trend into your own space and your own style.

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

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Southwestern Flair

When I was around 12 years old my mom decided it was time to abandoned the pale blue painted walls that had been in my bedroom since before I was born (yeah, they thought I was going to be a boy). Even though we lived in Pennsylvania I immediately gravitated towards a roll of Southwestern-inspired wallpaper with accents of green, purple, and peach pastels. The patterns and textiles of the southwest have a way of resonating like that, whether you go big or small in impact.

Urban Outfitters

Pillows, throw blankets, and upholstery can each add their own touches of rich texture and design to a space. Pull colors into the rest of the decor from the palette created in each design as easy ways to accent. Group together a few pillows or throws of different patterns for a serious pop.

The Brick House

I’m not sure what the full story is here, but I love the idea of taking a traditional southwestern rug and casually layering it over a headboard. It’s a fast and easy way to insert some flair into an existing decor style. I’ve been toying with the idea of hanging on the wall behind my bed in place of a headboard as well.

Lauren Logan

A more permanent idea would to reupholster an existing piece of furniture in a southwest-inspired fabric. By choosing neutral colors – say black and white – a piece of any structural style would be at home with whatever other styles of furniture you already have in place.

Thoughts from Alice

A useful middle-of-the-road piece of southwestern inspiration could be a pouf for extra seating, patterned curtains, or an intriguing rug. Check out six of my favorites below!

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

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