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The Pantone 2018 Color of the Year

The Pantone Color Institute, which is an organization that predicts color trends, has recently announced that their color of the year for 2018 is ultra violet, a shade of purple. When I think of purple, I think of its historical assocations with royalty and power. Purple also has spiritual and celestial qualities and is often…… Continue reading The Pantone 2018 Color of the Year

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Using Blue and White Plates as Wall Art

Using pretty china plates as wall art is hardly a new idea.  In fact I am fairly certain that many in my grandmothers’ generation hung china plates on the walls in their homes. Recently, I was moving things around in one of the hallway spaces adjoining our elevator foyer,  and I ended up  with some…… Continue reading Using Blue and White Plates as Wall Art

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Wallpapered Ceilings

Wallpapering a ceiling is hardly a new idea, but the technique seems to be showing up with greater frequency recently.  Wallpaper on the ceiling adds an element of surprise to a space, bringing dramatic flair to another dimension of a room. In some rooms, the walls and ceiling use matching wallpaper, which can create a…… Continue reading Wallpapered Ceilings

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Using Identical Wallpaper and Fabric

As I have been looking at designer showhouses lately, I have noticed many rooms that feature identical wallpaper and fabric. Here is an example—a bedroom designed by Sarah Bartholomew—from the 2017 Southeastern Showhouse in Atlanta: Here, in the same Southeastern Showhouse, is a corner of a room in which designer Amy Berry used matching wallpaper…… Continue reading Using Identical Wallpaper and Fabric

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Design Trend: Pom Poms!

Have you noticed the pom poms that have been adorning home decor items lately? Pom poms are appearing on everything from baskets to bedding and bath items. I love pom poms.  They add a touch of lighthearted fun to ordinary items. I have hot-glued pom pom trim to a variety of items over the years to…… Continue reading Design Trend: Pom Poms!

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A Favorite In Garden Design: Espalier

When I was browsing through the new June issue of Traditional Home the other night, I was struck by photos of a beautiful, English-looking garden that is in Birmingham, Alabama.  The feature that stood out to me the most in the garden design was the plants that were covering the walls and growing in a formal, trellis…… Continue reading A Favorite In Garden Design: Espalier

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Design Trend: Macrame is Back!

Yesterday, I shared with you my recent visit to Anthropologie.  While there, I couldn’t help but think I was back in the 1970s because of all the macrame wall hangings on display. I was just a young child in the 1970s, but I did my fair share of macrame-making at summer camp and at school.…… Continue reading Design Trend: Macrame is Back!