repinned: light blue

Happy summer! Considering it's inappropriately hot outside everywhere in the US, we thought it a good time to discuss the cool tone that is light blue. We've been noticing it quite a bit in our pins lately and its comeback is in full swing. Blue has always been a lovely color but light blue can be especially intimidating considering its associations. How do you keep it from looking like a little boys room? Well, see below. We thought these were perfect examples of light blues used in ways that make us rethink all the things we ever thought about it. Sorry we labeled you, light blue! Turns out you're a striking shade when used unexpectedly. 

What exactly do we love about these pinspirations? Most of these blues have a subtle undertone, whether it's gray, green or violet. Mixed with the unexpected bold placement of matching the cabinets and the walls, or painting just the baseboard, trim and doors, or everything down to the window grid, you have the most un-baby blue room ever.  So we rounded up some of our favorite light blues in case you're inspired to go paint your powder room. (Don't forget the trim gets the glossy treatment!)

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art medium: watercolor

One recurring question we're always asked in regards to artwork is, "Where did you find that!?". The answer is as follows: Flea markets! Our absolute favorite thing to find at an antique fair is artist portfolios. A sketchbook full of figure studies, messy watercolors, pencil line drawings, I mean I'll take anything, as long as I didn't do it myself. (Side note: I lit'rally cannot appreciate artwork I've created myself. Anyone else have this problem?) Found portfolio pieces are quite often imperfect with a dot here or a wrinkle in the paper there but it adds to the character and reminds me I didn't pay arms and/or legs for it. And once in a frame, it looks totally unique. ANYWAYS, for those not into dumpster diving portfolios or not necessarily confident in your art choosing abilities, we compiled some of our favorite non-flea but generally affordable art pieces, specifically within the watercolor family. Because who doesn't love a good, colorful, abstract watercolor.

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mixing + matching: ikats

Listen, I love Fall too, everyone. Thank goodness for Dahlias and apple fritters (mums can go to hell in a handbasket). But wouldn't it be so much better if Fall were followed by Spring and then Summer? So basically, I should just move to California and be happy for the rest of my life, right? My escape from this apple fritter-less dreary fall day are these brightly colored, whimsical fabric combos. Those pink velvets never get me down. 

Today, we discuss the great Ikats of the world. (That's eee-kahht, unfortunately for me as I've only been pronouncing it every other possible way.) Eee-kahhts are your friend. They go great with the other geometrics, solids, florals, textures and there's one for every style! Proof is in the pudding folks. See example A+B.  Both colorful and fun with a wide variety of complementary fabric styles and none of which will turn all cloudy and chilly on you after a few months.  

mixing + matching: palms and fronds!

We have a new post to introduce! Welcome to our blog, Mixing + Matching. It involves lots of pretty fabrics, colors, and prints and of course, recurring themes. It's summer!!! Time to celebrate visually and feast your eyes on some whimsical summery collections for your interiors. We are searching high and low for the right fabrics for a client and couldn't pass up a few fabric samples along the way. 

What are the recurring themes, you ask? Good question! First, and most obvious: PALMS AND FERNS! You know, huge trend right now and festive for the summer months. Option 1 is playful, hollywood glam, bold, bright and totally appropriate for your dream 60's modern California split-level vacation ranch with a pool. (Is that on Airbnb? Because I want to stay there.) If by chance, you live in the New York / New England area, you'll notice there isn't the beautiful thing of the palm tree. We have FERNS here. Which are just as pretty, right? Option 2 is for your beachy Block Island gray-washed teak-shingled house with a pool's screened in porch.  A fun combination of patterns and color and totally fitting for New England. (Gonna be an awesome screened-in porch.) OK, let's get real. Not everyone has a place like this- but no one will stop us from using these fun combos regardless of location or home size! ALSO, both collections have the colorful flame stitch that always makes us weak in the knees. Mix those colors and patterns! 

on the hunt @ the NY gift fair

We noticed some recurring themes at the NYIGF today:  shapely side tables, 70's retro, organic textiles, vintage metal accents, natural wood finishes and color!!! Just some small additions that will add big pizazz! (Let us know if anything tickles your fancy......)