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April 29, 2013

pillow styling for sofas & sectionals

Love pillows, but have a hard time styling them? I created this little diagram to show some ideas of how I arrange pillows on sectionals (it works for sofas, too), from just a couple of pillows to a bunch. It also demonstrates some pattern mixing, though the point is really to show placement and sizing.

For clients, I most often suggest the 5th arrangement. It looks full but not overcrowded, and can be more complex or simpler depending on the colors and patterns you use. I like 22" covers for the largest square pillows and 20" for the smaller (with down inserts 2" larger). I almost never use 18", I think they look dinky. 

Need ideas for your bedroom pillows? I also made a diagram for bed pillow styling here.

Want to create rooms you absolutely love? Lets work together!

April 23, 2013

genevieve for capel rugs

If I could pick any designer to do my house, I'd pick Genevieve Gorder. She's a brilliant designer who favors global patterns, brass, and pieces with a story (bonus: she's also happy and funny). She works particularly excellent magic with kitchens and bathrooms:

Genevieve has an awesome collection with Capel Rugs. Every one of them is perfectly "her" look. These are my favorites:

1. 2. 3

Genevieve showed her new collection at High Point Market this weekend... I can't wait for it!

April 17, 2013

8 favorite wallpapers

I don't think I've ever lived in a house with wallpaper (minus the Orca whale border in my childhood bathroom, oh yeah). Wallpaper always seemed kind of "granny" to me, but in the past few years I've really started to love it. Like, want-to-put-it-everywhere love it.

These are some of my favorites:
Maybe I'd change my tune if I ever had to put up or take down wallpaper... but I love it.

Are you a fan? 

April 15, 2013

no-fail color palettes for dress or decor

Fact: I'm not very clever at pulling innovative color palettes out of thin air. The place I get more color inspiration than anywhere else? J. Crew.

I love their clothes, but it's the styling that's truly genius. Whenever I'm in the store, I take pictures of the mannequins, displays, product styling... sometimes even covert ones of the employees or other shoppers. Creepy, but true.

I've noticed a commonality among many of their good color palettes:
any two colors + a mixture or a shift.

Here's what I mean by a mixture:
Color 1 + Color 2 + the color in between.

And here's what I mean by a shift:
Color 1 + Color 2 + a tint (add white) or shade (add black) on either color.

Two colors alone looks fine, but adding that third color tones it down (and makes you look like a styling genius). 

Do you have a fancy trick for picking colors?

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April 9, 2013

vermeer's lead-tin yellow

When I was in New York in December, I visited the Frick Collection with my mom. The art is amazing, especially if you love French Impressionism or Rococo. Even if you don't, you should go just to see the mansion!

The painting that caught my eye more than any other was Mistress and Maid by Vermeer. The yellow he used, "lead tin yellow," is electric in person! It was so unusual and happy. I think of this painting whenever I see bright, lemon yellow.

Inspired by Vermeer

April 8, 2013

herbed pork with peach reduction & roasted brussels

This weekend was LDS General Conference, during which it's family tradition to have TONS of food. I made one of my favorite super delicious, fast, and easy meals. I'm always looking for good recipes, so I thought I'd share!

Pioneer Woman
This herb roasted pork tenderloin is by Pioneer Woman. The only changes I make are to use Italian herbs instead of Herbs de Provence and 14-16 oz. peach preserves instead of 8 oz. plum preserves. Delicious. (And I'm thinking it would be equally good for duck or chicken.)

A Hint of Honey
This recipe for roasted brussel sprouts is so simple it hardly needs explaining, but I got it from A Hint of Honey. This is my favorite vegetable dish, by far.

It's simple and light meal, but sooo delicious.

See more recipes I want to try here, and more recipes I've tried and like here.

April 5, 2013

fresh pillows for spring

Do you change your pillows with the seasons?

When the weather gets warm, I'm inclined to add a little color and brightness to my usual pillow lineup. These are some of my favorite pillows this spring... though I can't promise I'd put them away in the fall!

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

April 3, 2013

living room e-design: lark street

I saw this star pendant in Emily Henderson's office and had to find a place to use it! I found the perfect place in this library design (library = code for 'small living room + lots of books'). The furniture is pretty grown-up and serious, but the star light and the fun pillows bring a little spice. And I spy one of my favorite fabrics that go with everything!

Want to create rooms you absolutely love? Lets work together!
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April 1, 2013

easy + cheap + awesome: green household swaps

I've never mentioned it here, but I'm a little "crunchy." I'll go out of my way for things that are eco-friendly and healthy, but my favorite green options are the ones that check all my boxes: easy, cheap, awesome, and green. So I put together a list of some swaps I use and love. They're so good, I don't miss their chemically alternatives at all!

3T Borax + 3T Washing Soda + 2T Blue Dawn Soap + 4C Hot Water
(adapted from this recipe)
There are lots of more complicated recipes, but easy works for me: just mix the ingredients up and you're done. I use the same amount per load as I would conventional laundry detergent, but this stuff doesn't get sudsy. It's good for everyday laundry, but I still use stain removers for the difficult stuff. Our clothes smell like absolutely nothing, which I love.

.5t Liquid Castille Soap + 3T White Vinegar + .5t Washing Soda + 2C Hot Water
(from here)
I use this as my daily kitchen/bathroom cleaner. I think it's better at dissolving crusty/sticky stuff than what I used to use (Method brand). And when I clean the bathroom, I don't feel like I'm gassing myself to death.

Baking Soda + Vinegar
Sprinkle the baking soda around (more on the dirtiest parts) and spray vinegar over top. Let it sit for a few minutes and wipe clean! This was the first green cleaner I tried, on what was probably years-old buildup on our nasty grad school apartment oven. Worked like a charm!

1 Part Vinegar + 1 Part Hot Water + a few drops of Dawn
I use that solution with these washable pads for Swiffer mops. I can't vouch for it on stone or wood, but it's great on linoleum.

Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap claims 18 uses, from toothpaste to laundry. I have the rose scent, and so far, I've used it for face and body wash and to clean my bathtub. I've used it daily for two months and the bottle barely looks used. Literally, a few drops do the job (it doesn't get super sudsy, FYI). 

You know the dad in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" who thinks Windex solves everything? That's me with coconut oil. I use it daily as a face and body moisturizer and makeup remover, but I've also used it to treat leather, remove adhesive goo, and cook. This post claims 101 uses! It's amazing. I use this kind, I bought it 8 months ago and it's only half gone.

File this under: Duh. I have a big stack of cleaning towels (old dish towels and a bunch of these cheap ones from IKEA), and I go through a few every day. I toss them in the washing machine to go with my next load, to keep them from stinking up the house. I use cloth whenever possible, and I go through maybe one roll of paper towels every few months. 

(substitutes for cooking spray, like Pam)
After I figured out you have to pump the top a lot to give the sprayer enough pressure, I love this thing! And I feel pretty good about not having nasty propellants from conventional sprays in my food.