Saturday, April 14, 2018

Blue & White

                                             Photo by Wm Ohs Inc. - Search kitchen pictures  Link Click Here

Blue and white is an all time classic color pallet and I thought I would share some of my favorite inspirational photos! Scroll to the end for my favorite blue and white shopping list! Also, don't forget to follow me on Pinterest! I collect the most beautiful pictures for inspiration! I Especially collect color inspiration for your rooms. Enjoy!

Dan Carithers October 1999- Source
Traditional Home

1st Dibs

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                                                                   Ballard Designs


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The best finds on the internet!

Happy Decorating,

Thursday, March 29, 2018

A Grown Up Easter Table

Hi guys! So, I've been recovering from spinal surgery for awhile and I feel like it's been forever since I've posted. I'm still having good and bad days so it slow going! However, I think I could be dying and still be decorating. At least in my mind I would still be decorating:-)  So with lots of help, I've finally got my next tablescape together!

We don't have little kiddos running around so I decided to post a grown-up table for this Easter.  No pinks here. Color scheme- green, gold,white and a pop of yellow. Anyhow, lets get to the fun stuff. 

A little here about my thought process. I wanted to do a tablescape that was for adults. Something for a ladies brunch. I wanted to do any color scheme except pink. Not that I don't like pink, It's actually my favorite color, but this time I wanted a little more sophisticated. Something a little different. So the first place I always start is with what I already have. Viola, my green cabbage plates!  These plates are perfect for Easter. I will have a shopping list at the end of this blog but I have a secret. I have seen lots of these plates at Tuesday Morning! They can be quite expensive but if you keep your eye out you can find them discounted! 

 Yellow Daisy's, green Bells of Ireland and white Hydrangea are perfect, inexpensive and super easy. Need I say more? You can't see from the photo but my vase is really tall and cheap. Since it was tall you could see too much of the stems so I found a ribbon and problem solved!

About the table: My first thought was to use my white tablecloth for this tablescape but as soon as I started laying out my dishes on the table, I liked the grey wood. I personally love yellow and grey so here was a perfect opportunity.  (Note to self: need to do a post just on when to use a tablecloth and what type of tablecloth.)I'm so glad I didn't use a tablecloth.  I think it gives it a more modern look and I liked the depth the grey added. Grey is neutral and looks great with any color.

The gold Lindt rabbits were perfect for my green and gold theme. Got them on sale at HEB!
And individual champagne with a white ribbon ... Yes Ma'am, sign me up!

I love these Kate Spade napkins with this! I picked these up at Bed Bath and Beyond.  I had originally entertained the idea of yellow gingham napkins but ultimately I was afraid that it would read too casual and I wanted sophisticated. I'm so glad I decided to go with this sleek and modern napkin. It ties in with the grey table and white plates. I was freaking out that I didn't have napkin rings but I'm so glad I didn't. I think adding the Daisy that I pinched of the flowers is great. It got me out of my box!

Picture Plates Spode

I found a set of these beautiful Spode cabbage plates at The Guild Shop in Houston.The Guild is a resale shop with a great mission: To enrich the community as a Christian ministry and resale shop dedicated to awarding financial support to organizations that serves the elderly in need. This was defiantly a win win! I found a set of 8 in perfect shape! And they were 10 dollars a piece. I couldn't believe my luck! This particular pattern was produced from 1961-1975. I've been searching and searching for the perfect white plates. I'm so glad I held out. These plates are even more beautiful in person. And, because I had to wait and hunt for them its more rewarding than if I would have bought something brand new.  My advice...the hunt is half the fun. Keep your eyes open. Antique stores, Ebay and Etsy are great sources.  

                                                   Cabbage Plates by Bordallo Pineiro

I started collecting these plates 10 years ago. I have 8 now and I absolutely did not pay full price for these. About the artist : Bordallo Pineheiro was established in Porturgal in 1884 by Raphael Bordallo Pineheiro. I think I found my first few plates at Homegoods! And since then I found a few on Etsy and now I've seen in healthy quantities at Tuesday Morning! The possibilities for spring and summer place settings are endless. I defiantly, think you will get your moneys worth with these workhorses!

Anne Weatherly Charger

Anne Weatherly is on of my very favorite modern artists. In the early 1990's she established a studio in Budapest, Hungary where she trained a group of highly talented painters to create her collection of hand-painted porcelain.You won't find any bargain basement prices here. These are an investment but I think they are so worth it! I have no problem asking for a plate of charger, etc. for birthdays, Valentine's day, etc. 

I hope you found some ideas that you can incorporate into your Easter!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Marriage of Trends and Classics

At the beginning of the year everyone is talking about the trends for the new year. So I thought we would talk about some of the new trends and how we can combine them with classics.

So what are trends and classics? Well here is my two cents...

Trends are something that eventually go out of style. Why do they go out of style? One, because people get bored easily. Secondly, maybe it wasn't that great of an idea in the first place? Gasp! I know. How dare I say that!!!

Classics are the thoughts and ideas that are the very best of the best. They never go out of style. They stand the test of time and are always considered in good taste!

Now, I know what your thinking... well I like the trends and I don't want a old fashion home. I want something hip and trendy or at least up to date!

Just keep this in mind...

So what am I saying? Am I saying don't follow the trends?  Well, yes and no. 

My advice is keep it 80% classics and 20% trends. More or less.

You want trendy items to be the jewelry to your outfit. Fashion is very much like home design. You want to have that classic little black dress and add the trendy shoes or trendy earrings to make it modern and bring it into the 21st century!

My Icon! The very name Audrey Hepburn 
is synonymous with Classic! 
Classic black dress with a touch of modern accessories.
Classics are our foundation! 
The rest is just icing on the cake.

Now lets look at some example of home interiors that 
do a wonderful job of blending the latest trends of 2018 
with classic architecture. 

Accessories are the way to go with trends.

Velvet Pillows are a great way to work the velvet trend into your home without breaking the bank! Just a touch of vibrant blue and modern art keep this room from looking too old fashion. The traditional architectural features along with clean lines keep it fresh.   

If you're suffering from a design conundrum, then you're going to want to visit this new San Francisco design studio asap!

today at Luxxu Blog we decided to share with you the 2018 color trends that Pantone got to tell the world at the International + Housewares show last week.

Pantone has declared violet the color of the year! Paint is a relativity cheap way to embrace a trend. Their is nothing old fashioned about this room. If your looking for wow factor this is it. Notice the architecture is very traditional but the violet paint changes everything!

today at Luxxu Blog we decided to share with you the 2018 color trends that Pantone got to tell the world at the International + Housewares show last week.

 Velvet is everywhere from sofas to clothing this year. This is a trend I can get behind. I happen to love velvet. This velvet settee and bench juxtaposed with the classic mill work really create this modern aesthetic.

The punch of color gives a fresh and vivid take on a traditional living room.

A beautiful blend of classics with contemporary trends. This is more of my style. French, velvet, hot pink and animal print...this has my name written all over it!

 but the rug, curtains and ceiling keep it from being anything but old fashioned. I love this ceiling!

So I hope this gives you some ideas! There are many trends that I love. But I love them more when they are mixed with classics!

Happy Decorating!