Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Fashion To Furniture: Leopard And Green

Have you noticed that the patterns and colors in fashion translate to home decor and vice versa?  How many times has your outfit selection easily mimicked your home decor color choices? One of my favorite combinations for home decor and fashion is leopard and green.

I won't believe my female followers if you say you don't own a pair of leopard print shoes.  I confess that I'm never without a pair or two of leopard ballet flats.  

LEOPARD BALLET FLATS

Accessorizing leopard with what I describe as Kate Spade green is my favorite fashion combo.
LEOPARD AND KATE SPADE GREEN


Do you want something less complicated?  Just add a leopard belt.
LEOPARD BELT


Or, a blouse.

Or, a scarf.


A leopard bag works too.
LEOPARD BAG
I love this leopard coat and clutch.  I see a green sweater peeking from the cuff.
LEOPARD COAT AND GREEN CLUTCH

Now, let's translate that combo into home decor.  I have to say that this first image is one of my favorite pins.  This is my dream office space.  The wall covering is fabric!
MY DREAM OFFICE IN LEOPARD AND GREEN

The green doesn't have to be a piece of furniture.  This plant is the perfect green.
LEOPARD PILLOW AND GREENERY
Anything velvet works for me.
GREEN VELVET SOFA AND LEOPARD PILLOW



DESIGN BOARD WITH LEOPARD RUG AND GREEN CHAIRS

This leopard print wall is done with a stencil from royaldesignstudio.com
STENCILED LEOPARD WALL

Green is the perfect color for a library.
The pair of leopard-covered benches works in this room.
GREEN WALLS AND LEOPARD-COVERED SEATING

Now that I've written this post I want to replace the copper metallic pillow on my
leopard print chair with a green velvet one.  I'll let you know when I find it.
Click on the image if you want to see the full blog post.

LEOPARD PRINT CHAIR IN MY FOYER IN NEED OF A GREEN VELVET PILLOW


I have leopard and green in my home and in my closet.  If you know me personally though, I mostly wear black.  My closet would make Johnny Cash proud.   I outfit my home with black too.  You'll find something(s) black in every room in my home.

Do you notice that your wardrobe choices mirror your home decor?
How do you outfit your home?


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TEN/ ELEVEN/ TWELVE/ THIRTEEN/ FOURTEEN

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Styling A Bookcase With Metallics

I've styled many bookshelves in the past and it's one of my favorite things to do.  When I found this vintage faux bamboo desk, chair and shelf,  I knew it it had to have a fun and modern vibe.   I want to share some of the guidelines I follow.  Below is a collage of the shelves.

COLLAGE OF STYLED VINTAGE FAUX BAMBOO BOOKSHELVES

STYLING GUIDELINES

  Assemble like items.  You can see that I'm using "desk" related items.
I have some pens sprinkled around and in containers, books of course, and bookends.   If you look on the right you'll see a ribboned bag with oversized paperclips too. 

FAUX BAMBOO DESK STYLED WITH METALLICS

Add interest with unique objects.  I used some wooden tassels as bookends, added a vintage ram sculpture, and some books with interesting covers.  Remember:  Books can be vertical, facing out, or stacked horizontally.

BOOKS FACING OUT AND STACKED AND WOODEN TASSEL BOOKENDS

Repetition is another important element.  For these shelves, besides repeating desk items, you'll see the color gold, or metallics throughout.  There are metallic sacks/baskets on almost every shelf, and a grouping of gold journals.  I even draped a metallic tote over the chair.

REPETITION OF METALLIC GOLD 

I always like to introduce a second color.  The blue beaded garland breaks up all the gold.  The gold heart ties it into the rest of the shelves.  Balance is important too.  I broke up the books and bookends and placed them on different shelves.  This repetition creates cohesiveness and keeps your eye moving around.  The plaster bookends add texture too.   I always add a mirror to a shelf.  This small sunburst mirror adds the color gold, more sparkle, and reflection too.

ADDING BLUE BREAKS UP ALL THE GOLD

KEEP COMPATIBILITY, SYMMETRY, BALANCE, TEXTURE and
REPETITION IN MIND AS YOU STYLE YOUR SHELVES.


If you'd like to see how I styled another bookshelf in an entirely different look, go here for that post or click on the image below.

BOOKSHELF IN MY KITCHEN
Or, go here  or click on the image for my nature-inspired shelves in my family room to see that post.

NATURE-INSPIRED BOOKSHELVES IN MY FAMILY ROOM

Monday, January 15, 2018

Mixing Patterns Using Big Bold Buffalo Checks

Are you noticing buffalo checks everywhere?  I am and I'm loving the look.
I believe the checks make a statement and work best when mixed with other patterns.


Here are some guidelines when mixing patterns:

1.   Choose one loved pattern.  Mine at the moment is buffalo check.

2.  Select a common color(s).  Black and white checks are my favorite.  Next beige or brown, then blue.  It's all a personal preference. 

3.  Make sure you distribute that color(s) evenly throughout the room.

4.  Select different patterns.  Three patterns work.

5.  Balance geometrics, stripes, plaids, chevrons, and dots with softer patterns like toile, florals, animal print, or botanicals.

6.  ALWAYS INCLUDE A SOLID OR TWO.   


For clarification, here are some mix and match fabric combos that include buffalo checks.

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These mix and match pillows are another example.  
You have a buffalo check, a polka dot, and a floral plus two repeating colors.

Caitlin Wilson

There is buffalo check, toile, ticking stripe, a geometric, and a small pattern in this room.
The orange color breaks up the brown and beige.  It all works. 


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This is my absolute favorite room with buffalo checks.
Notice that the transferware plates are the toile pattern.
The fern adds a pop of green and the natural wood table and chair add texture.

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You don't have to put the buffalo check on your furniture.  A black and white checked pillow matches perfectly with leopard and green.

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Here's another space with a lot going on. 
Would you ever think to combine navy with brown and all these patterns?

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Plaid, ethnic, buffalo check, and stripes.  Yes.
The art even has a pattern.

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Buffalo checks on the window seat, a large pattern on the red pillows, and stripes on the other.

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Buffalo checks and florals.

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Buffalo checks and paisley.

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Red, white, and blue.
Checks, geometrics, and stripes.

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Are you on board the buffalo checks train?