Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Marriage of Trends and Classics

February 15, 2018 0 Comments

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!

Monday, February 5, 2018

My Top 5 Favorite Easter Tablescapes

February 05, 2018 0 Comments

I love to start off my post with a picture to grab your attention! Did it work??? I hope so!  This beautiful place setting is by Hester and Cook. If you don't know about Hester and Cook you are definitively are missing out.  They specialize in artistic paper table settings. Find out more HERE.  They are so cute I just can't resist!!! 

Bunny Napkins
And even though this is more of tutorial on how to fold cute napkins, imagine the adorable table setting you could make with these napkins! You can use either paper or cloth napkins. Check this Article out on how to fold a bunny napkin HERE.

You must check out the post on Driven By Decor  by Kris. I just love her style! And she has a Easter tablescape that I absolutely adore! Kris from Driven By Decor is so talented and has wonderful ideas. I highly recommend her blog.
I don't know about you but gingham checks just say Easter to me!
Pottery barn

And these bunny plates are adorable!

article via Buyers Select
I think I love this setting because it's soooo versatile and very chic! Other than the eggs, everything else can be used in other table settings. Although I love little plates and decor with bunnies on them, they can only be used once a year. I limit these items and if I do see something just for Easter it has to be a statement piece! (Or really cheap;-) You can save a little money this way for other stuff...Like more plates:-)

How adorable are these vegetable chargers from Pier One!!! You can find them HERE. I happen to collect cabbage plates so I could easily do this at home! Here is a tip, if you are into cabbage plates Tuesday morning has a stash right now! 

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Ready For Spring

January 14, 2018 0 Comments

Ready for Spring anyone?

Now that Christmas has come and gone the house is feeling a little bare. I always have torn feelings after Christmas, part of me is ready to sad to see it go but another part of me just wants to get back to my daily routine. Just before Christmas I bought a huge bookcase that is the focal point of my living room and now its completely empty. It's a daunting task. So, whenever I'm in a decorating funk, I go buy flowers. In my opinion, flowers are natures beautiful jewels. Don't get me wrong, I love a diamond but there is something that makes my heart swell when I see flowers!

So I was working on this post until 1:00AM last night and I didn't get to capture all of the photos I wanted so I needed to keep them looking perfect until the next day. 

I'll tell you my favorite flower tips below...

  • Tulips are cold weather flowers. When the day is done, I put them,vase and all, in the refrigerator overnight. Ice cubes and ice water help too. 
  • Hydrangea can be finicky. They love water. I've notice that sometimes my hydrangea start to wilt too soon. Sometimes as soon as I cut them and put them in water! I immerse my whole hydrangea in water overnight and in the morning, Voila! Brand new!
  • Orchids are another one of my go to flowers that can be finicky. It's all about the watering and the roots. Don't pull off the roots on top, that's how the breathe. Leave them root-bound in the container. They love it. Take them to the kitchen sink and run water generously through the soil. They don't like their leaves wet. Occasionally, you can use special orchid fertilizer if you like. Run it through the roots after you have watered it well. Let drain well in sink. Put back in a pretty container and cover the roots with green moss. Leave it alone until the same day the next week! I actually set a reminder on my phone.

So, remember I was saying that I needed to keep my flowers looking photo ready for today? Well, what do you think?

I think it worked pretty well!
Aren't these open tulips gorgeous!

I would love to hear any tips or tricks you know to keep your flowers happy! I want to get a Maiden Hair fern next! Advice anyone? 

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Happy Decorating,

Monday, January 1, 2018

Blue and White New Year!

January 01, 2018 0 Comments

Happy New Year!!!

So here is a long does it take you to start writing 2018 instead of 2017??? 

On a more serious note...
I wish you all the best for the coming new year! And with the new year brings in the talk of new resolutions! Personally my goal for 2018 is to get more organized with my blog. This year has been a lot of learning and just trying to figure out how to blog. Let me tell you it's a rabbit hole! However, I'm finally feeling that I have a grasp of the basics and I'm ready to take it up a notch! (I hope I didn't just jinks myself)

You can look forward this year to regular (fingers crossed) posts on Sat & Sundays and maybe Wednesdays. I would love to hear what your favorite type of posts are! 

Moving on to our New Years dinner..

I just wanted to share a few pictures of our New Year's tablescape!

 I'm a huge fan of blue and white. So this year my sister-in-law made me beautiful monogram napkins and placemats for Christmas. LOVE!!! And who doesn't love monogram? Its just so elegant! 

I'm crazy over the blue with the soft heather grey colors. It works with my color-scheme though out the house. And they work beautifully with my Spode Blue Room Collection!

So lets talk dishes for a minute...

I love blue and white. I started a collection of dishes many years ago. Spode is the go to in my book for blue and white dishes. But over the years I discovered a few others that I really enjoyed as well. Mainly Johnson Bros. Most of my favorite patterns are discontinued but they are other ways to find them. With a little patience of coarse. If you are interested in blue and white dishes check the following out. If  not scroll on down to my advice and keep reading.

Here are some goodies I found for your collection:
Get started with Spode click here
Also, Johnson Bros is another great company and works well with Spode. Some of my favorite Johnson Bros patterns are no longer made. A great place to find these are:
I even have some Queen's English Scene mixed in. Check it out here.
Honestly, I think I found some of my first plates at Marshalls and Tuesday Morning. 

My advice is to mix some of the new patterns with some of the old  It's more work but trust me the results are worth it! 

It's so much fun to see how one little addition can spark a whole cascade of wonderful change. From the new placemats and napkins I was able to pull out my blue and white Spode, from there blue  hydrangea and white tulips, then the placecards, then my cobalt blue glasses and vases and on and on!

I made these placecard holders a couple of years ago to go with a nature theme Christmas. I think they look fantastic together with the table and I've secretly been dying to find more opportunities to use them. ( Mom is trying to steal them;-) I practice chalkboard lettering off of Pintrest so I can write my names sorta, kinda well!

 In the kitchen I was able to use some more of my plates and cobalt blue vases. It's taken me time to collect what I have. And once again, I have mixed some expensive pieces with inexpensive pieces to make it look like a million bucks! My suggestion to you this year is start a collection of anything you love.

 It doesn't have to be china, it can be anything you love!!! In fact, that sounds like a great next post. Wonderful things we collect!

Happy New Year's and thanks for letting me share my dinner decor with you. If you liked this post please comment below...I want to know if you collect anything? And I always welcome questions and feedback. 
~ Sharing with a friend is the biggest compliment~  

Happy Decorating,

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