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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!

Looking for other animal print rugs? Shop all animal print rugs.

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The Fringe Factor

Fringed Wall Lamp in Gold and Green
Out There Interiors

You’ve noticed it too, right? Fringe is officially back in the interior design game. The resurfaced trend offers texture and dimension to any number of decorating elements and can be approached from either a luxe or boho angle. Read on to check out a few ways to embrace the trend before you delve right into – or out of – this back from the dead look!

Accomplish equal parts function and elegance with a fringed light fixture like the one above. Whether it’s a pair of pendants bringing a pop of color into the bedroom or a larger chandelier perched over the dining room table, a fringed fixture is bound to make a statement.

Fringed Wall Art
Anthropologie

The fringe trend began its reemergence with fiber wall art’s popularity and has steadily gained momentum since. This type of art is perfect for adding a bohemian touch to your space without breaking the bank because it’s so easy to DIY a simple piece. Make one large statement hanging or group various sizes together to showoff a collection like the living room above does so well. (Or look to purchase from the pros for a more intricate piece!)

Fringe Basket
Fringe and Forest

Some of my favorite fringed pieces are low-key, like the accent on a woven basket or a simple throw pillow. Both will add a touch of fringed flair to your home without looking like you’ve gone all in or being too much of a financial investment. They’ll also help to keep some of those warm weather vibes around that you’re sure to miss come winter.

Emma Blackout Fringe Window Curtain
Urban Outfitters

Speaking of winter, think ahead a little to getting cozy – even if it seems difficult in September. A set of fringed curtains in a dark and moody hue will help to keep the warmth of the indoors where it belongs and create a sanctuary for those chillier months. Pro Tip: Put them in the bedroom if you’d like to block out the light for weekend sleeping in!

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Out There Interiors

One way to incorporate fringe into your life in what’s sure to be a lasting way is through floor rugs. Nothing takes one from so-so to oh wow like a tasseled edge – you can see six of my favorites below!

Fringe Rugs

1/ Surya Restoration   2/ Surya Berber Shag
3/ Nourison Kamala   4/ Surya Laural
5/ Dynamic Rugs Metro   6/ Surya Restoration

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

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A Touch of Terra Cotta

Tess Guinery
Tess Guinary

A full range of earthy terra cotta hues have been making their presence known in interiors as of late – from pastel cantaloupe to deep rust – replacing the whites and cooler tones we’ve seemed to favor for so long with some warmth. I’m very drawn to this neutral, especially with autumn just around the corner and chilly nights ahead. Surrounding yourself with a few things in terra cotta just might trick you into believing it’s a few degrees warmer than it actually is if you’re trying to hang on to summer for just a little while longer.

This little corner painted a pale terra cotta and brought to life with a few vibrant plants and that fantastic piece of art is sure to be a warm spot on even the dreariest of days. A color like this would make a big difference in the energy of a space that doesn’t get a lot of natural sunlight.

In Bed
In Bed

Don’t you just want to climb right under those covers?! Bring terra cotta into your home in the form of fabric textiles in the bedroom and bathroom and instantly up the coziness factor or give a relaxed earthy vibe, depending on what you surround it with. A thick duvet and plush pillows on the bed would be ideal for fall and winter while some soft Turkish towels in the bathroom would be so refreshing come warm weather.

via Gardenista
via Gardenista

When you think of terra cotta chances are the first thing that comes to mind are traditional terra cotta pots. They’re great homes for your plants, age beautifully, and are generally affordable. Why not make them a focal point by grouping several together or going so far as to create a sort of installation like the one above? It would work indoors or out depending on what kind of climate you live in and would make such a fantastic herb or succulent garden!

Block Shop Textiles
Block Shop Textiles

I’m so inspired by terra cotta that I’m already thinking ahead to the holidays and what a wonderful color it would be to base my entire Thanksgiving table off of. With earthy orange tones being a hallmark of autumn it’s such an beautifully obvious choice! I love the persimmons on branches above paired with a gorgeous tablecloth or runner. Adding terra cotta pots filled with greenery or a pile of pumpkins would make for a great look.

via Country Living
via Country Living

Of course, some of the first terra cotta that may have come to mind are the long-lasting floor tiles popular across Mexico. The look is terribly charming and fits any number of styles – I love it in the kitchen above with all of that traditional black cabinetry! Retiling isn’t in the cards for everyone, so why not consider adding a touch of terra cotta to your floors with a new rug? Check out a few of my favorites below.

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1/ Couristan Recife Saddle Stitch   2/ Rizzy Home Mesa
3/ Liora Manne Ombre Horizon   4/ Kaleen Ziggy
5/ Surya Caesar   6/ Safavieh Cape Cod

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

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Stylish Houseplants for a Happier Home

Houseplants are having a serious design moment and with good reason! Living plants help purify the air, add personality to your abode, and can even make your space look bigger. Inspiration and tips for curating your own personal houseplant collection are ahead.

Old Brand New
Old Brand New

Plants add oxygen to the air and increase our connection with nature, making them a great choice for the home office. To keep your actual desk clear, position potted plants on floating shelves above and around your work area as shown here. A setup like this is surprisingly budget-friendly to put together because you can use itty bitty plants — and those are much cheaper than the big guys. Intersperse a few shiny objects, like a glass terrarium and a metallic vase, to make the whole arrangement pop.

Plant Style FP via Decor8
Plant Style
by Alana Langan and Jacqui Vidal via Decor8

Have an unused fireplace? Fill it with plants! Play up texture by selecting pots in a range of materials, from woven baskets to hand-thrown ceramics. And don’t forget to position a few small potted plants on the mantle — trailing varieties work especially well here.

Jungalow-zebra-plant
Jungalow

One of the best parts of bringing in more houseplants is choosing cute planters to put them in. Scoop up anything that catches your eye, from handmade Etsy finds to vintage pots at yard sales. Pots and planters with faces on them make a fun addition — tuck one in among your plain pots to perk things up. And don’t be afraid to buy the pots before you have plants to put in them. You can always swing by a nursery (or even Trader Joe’s) to buy a plant, but if you bring a plant home and don’t have a pot, that’s a problem!

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Architectural Digest

To make your plants into a focal point, take a cue from this space and paint a dramatic backdrop to play up the greenery. Bold, rich colors really sing in a plant-filled space, so consider deep green, turquoise, or even black. Give your plants some height by using wall-mounted and hanging planters, and setting a few pots on tables and pedestals, or lined up on bookshelves.

Plant Styling Book via Decor8
Plant Style
by Alana Langan and Jacqui Vidal via Decor8

If you have trouble remembering to water your plants, set an alarm on your phone to help you out. And to keep your plants really happy, take a few extra minutes each time you water to dust large leaves with a rag and trim back any overgrown bits with sharp scissors. Once you start adding plants to your home, I think you’ll find that they are the finishing touch you didn’t even realize you were missing.

Botanical Rugs

Rug Shopping Guide (clockwise from top left): Oriental Weavers Tommy Bahama Atrium in green and ivory; Kaleen Sea Isle in green; Liora Manne Capri Palm Leaf in blue; KAS Catalina Island Breeze in green and blue.

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

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