Mismatched Pillows!

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Nothing brightens up a bed like a pile of gorgeous pillows! Mismatched pillows, especially with a central focal point like the one above, are the perfect way to add style and flavor to any bed or sofa. Here are our picks for this lovely trend.

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http://www.deborahfrenchdesigns.com

Shades of red give depth and harmony to this pale yellow couch, while the different patterns of the pillows offer an exotic feel. This is a most effective use of blending textures and patterns, as stripes, solids and florals all combine together beautifully. Various red objects throughout the room serve to add more balance and accent the pillows perfectly.

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www.raenovate.com

For something a little more neutral, we just love this sofa and pillow combination. The geometric pattern of the area rug mimics one of the pillows, anchoring the space. We love that the pillows are just bold enough to add visual interest to the room, without overpowering the deliciously simple gray couch. We also love the way the hue of the simple window treatments compliments all of the pillows effortlessly.

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Form Interiors by Erika Bierman Photography

Now for something fabulous! We are tickled pink by this gorgeous bedroom and luscious wallpaper, but the bed wouldn’t be complete without satin and velvet pillows to add even more sensuality to the space! The details on the pillows just add to their appeal, and we can’t get over the designer’s boldness of throwing in some animal print pillows for even more pizazz. Even the browns and silvers of the solid pillows add complexity to the room, drawing out the depth of the painting above the bed.

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http://www.shopsocietysocial.com/products/fuschia-peak

Now this one suits us just perfectly. Such an artsy high-end look for a living room! Contrasting patterns capture the eye of any beholder, and turn the couch into a work of art. The daring abstract paintings behind the couch only add to the overall feel of the space as modern, fun, and full of energy. The table lamps help to offset some of the volume of the pillows and lend themselves well to balance. We love how in spite of all the different patterns of the pillows, the size of them create a pleasing sense of balance on this sofa.

Before They Were Trendy: Bold Blue Walls

Another great post on bold blue walls, before they were trendy! Here’s one I did for designer Starr Miller, featuring her own fabulous interior design work. Enjoy the inspiration! BW1

This year we are seeing bold blue walls everywhere, and they remind us of a beautiful project we did a few years ago. Bold blues add instant depth to a room and really make lighter colors pop, whether soft treatments or lighting. We love to see this trend taking center stage this year….

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Here’s another shot from the same room showing off the blue wall trend before it was big. We have platinum furnishings to give the space a sharp contrast. The artwork gives depth of texture and a sense of provenance to the space. The contemporary pillows and fabric on the chairs bring a touch of contemporary to the traditional forms.

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www.bubbleista.com

Here’s a triple-dose of blue, with blue furniture, blue artwork and blue walls! Again we see beiges and neutrals sprinkled throughout the room to offer some contrast. The mismatched pillows are another hot trend and look great paired against the velvety deep water blue of the sofa. The walls themselves are luxurious, deep and dark, with bookshelves painted to match. We love the distinct feel of this room created by the cocoon of blue.

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Another great way to use the bold blue trend is to use another primary color in the artwork. Yellow pops against the dark blue hue, creating a beautiful focal point for the wall. The simplicity of the art lends itself well to the intensity of the paint, and the blue sofa just adds even more depth. We love to see the mismatched pillows again, and are thankful for some more color and complexity against the bold blue.

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Opt for Great Outdoor Lighting!

Here’s the latest post I wrote for designer Starr Miller, showcasing beautiful options for outdoor lighting. Enjoy the inspiration!

With the weather heating up, the urge to dine and spend time outside is growing by the day. Want to enjoy the outdoors even after the sun goes down? Here are our picks for creative lighting to light up your life outside!

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http://www.trendir.com

This gorgeous lamp works perfectly for late night reading and relaxing. The sheer size of the lamp adds drama to the space, while also addressing utilitarian concerns. The large lamp offers enough soft lighting to illuminate the whole table, even after dusk. There is a certain art to the structure of the lamp itself, making it such a great pick for a dreamy reading spot.

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www.designsponge.com

Happy Morocco! Described by the homeowner as “Moroccan Modern meets English library by way of a flea market,” this outdoor set-up is so layered and playful – just what we love! The string lights and lanterns give an exotic feel that matches the décor perfectly, adding a delightful sense of being transported to another land entirely.

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www.guidinghome.com

For lighting of a different kind, try this super creative set-up at the outdoor bar. (Do you think guests’ legs might get hot? Or could these be heat regulated?) The double illumination creates a beautiful aesthetic while lining the bar with soft, unobtrusive lighting, which makes for a stunning effect overall.

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www.ziqmi.com

Need a new place to add some outdoor lighting? Try the stairs! These long, sleek lights give radiance just where we need it – on the steps. It also helps give the stairs an artistic feel, improving the aesthetic of the space as a whole. The backyard also utilizes some creative landscape lighting, with many of the plants being well-lit too. This place just looks ready for a party!

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http://www.thedenimloft.com

Speaking of party, this gathering gets a taste of romance and whimsy with string lights overhead. Adding a healthy dose of sparkle to the evening, string lights can make even the most mundane night seem decorative and special. Well-lit tables also add to this affair, enhancing an atmosphere of uniqueness and love.

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http://www.homedesigninspiration.com/ Outdoor Lighting Atlanta

For something a little more out of this world, try these outrageous lighting fixtures lining an equally dramatic walkway. Part lighting, part art installation, these sculptural pieces set the tone perfectly for a distinctive home, letting all guests know they are in for a surprise or two as they approach the front door.

Go Bold!

Go Bold with the latest from the interior design world; deep dark hues that create a distinct aura in any home. Written for Beginning to End Interiors, I walk you through how to make these dark colors work in any space, even if you’re a little intimidated by all that saturation.

Trend Report: High Point Market

Need some inspiration? Here are our picks from the one and only High Point Market, the mecca of design. See below for the post I wrote for designer Starr Miller.

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“For impact, energy, excitement, and sheer size, no other show matches the High Point Market.”www.highpointmarket.org

Fresh from our trip to the High Point Market, we are more enthused than ever! We were busy finding unique items for our clients, but along the way spotted some interesting trends, and would like to offer up a few of our favorite styles from the Market. From elements of shine to fresh, new color palettes, High Point is never short on inspiration.

Brass

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Photo by Joann Carlozzo Kandrac

Brass is back in a big way! Check out the latest trend from the market: brass arm-chairs. An alloy made of copper and zinc, brass certainly makes a statement due to its high shine and unique finish.  It feels modern and warm all at once.

It takes some bravery to embrace the patina than comes from unlacquered brass elements, but this trend was everywhere we turned at High Point. The fluid/living nature of unlacquered brass and nickel were recently shown by Kohler Plumbing as well.

Brass is back in a big way! Check out the latest trend from the market: brass arm-chairs. An alloy made of copper and zinc, brass certainly makes a statement due to its high shine and unique finish.  It feels modern and warm all at once.

It takes some bravery to embrace the patina than comes from unlacquered brass elements, but this trend was everywhere we turned at High Point. The fluid/living nature of unlacquered brass and nickel were recently shown by Kohler Plumbing as well.

We are particularly fond of pairing the dark colors of the chair with the brassy arms and legs.

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Brass Chippendale-Style Side Chairs – Traditional – Armchairs and Accent Chairs

This simple chair has an elegant geometric ‘bamboo’ backing that offers much visual interest to the room. The brass legs are on trend and they create incredible contrast with the dark cushion. We are left with a gilded effect that is sure to bring shine to any space.

Blush

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Apartment Therapy

Pink, rose and blush were everywhere this year, from textiles to wallpaper. Blush was often paired with white or beige for an ultra-feminine look that still delivered that pop of color.

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Photos taken at Century Furniture – Blush and gray.

Two years ago you would have seen these paired with silver, but now there are brass touches everywhere. A pink sofa looks divine with white and gray, creating a beautiful feminine ambiance to the space.

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This Mimou wallpaper is blush and art all at once with fascinating geometric patterns and a gorgeous color palette. Again, the warmth and pops of color create eye-candy for the walls and allow for a beautiful backdrop for a dramatic room.

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Taken in the Bungalow 5 Showroom

We just LOVE this wallpaper that helps to bring the outside in with trees and a touch of blue. Paired with table lamps and eclectic mirrors, we see the power of wallpaper to serve as its own form of art.

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www.interiorsbystudiom.com spotted at High Point Market

Speaking of wallpaper, watercolor wallpaper was all the rage this year, and was seen throughout the market. This blush paper shows how gestural lines are giving yet another ultra-feminine twist to a room and add a highly artistic tone to otherwise traditional furniture. The interplay between white/beige and blush can be seen yet again in this room.  This particular BlackCrow Studios watercolor look was all over market – very hot trend in the oversized print world.

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High Point Market Picks – www.restylesource.com

For a spellbinding wallpaper, try this peacock feather design spotted at High Point by http://www.restylesource.com. Block color upholstered furniture only adds to the allure of the paper by allowing it to take center stage. The patterned peacock imagery gives an exotic feel to the space while the dramatic mirror gives the room depth and texture. Yet another example of how wallpaper becomes art when done right.