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friday faves: texture trend

Lately I have been drawn to designing and decorating with more natural surfaces, texture, layers, patterns and vintage objects. This trend using canvas, wood and neutral colors is popping up everywhere. It’s very warm and nostalgic but not too stuffy, and it feels like something you can actually live in. I love mixing textures in unexpected ways to keep things interesting. In fact, if it wasn’t raining so hard this weekend I would schedule a shopping trip to some salvage shops and estate sales. I have collected some decorator eye candy and textures for inspiration. Happy Friday! Images courtesy of: Pottery Barn, Commune Design, Room and...

Gotta Love Spring Colors

I just could not be happier about the arrival of sunshine and blossoms in the Bay Area. It makes me want to play outside until dark and cook dinner on the barbeque. And the colors of Spring give me energy in a way that not even a Venti Caramel Macchiato can. If I wasn’t a graphic designer I think I could be a landscape designer. Everywhere I go these days I am overwhelmed with beautiful colors and textures of foliage. I’ve been working hard on my own yard, trying to learn more about plants and how to design a garden. Some of the sites that I find helpful are www.weekendgardener.net and www.hgtv.com (go to landscaping). Even if you don’t have a big yard, an artfully arrange potted plant can make a beautiful welcome on your front porch or small patio. I am working with contrasting colors and textures in my yard right now. I’m really feeling orange and blue this year, I’ll put the blue low-growing flowers in front so they don’t disappear with the taller brighter juicy orange flowers closer to the house. I’m also loving the grassy plants, which are easy to grow and maintain and add a soft texture. They come in tons of colors and sizes and I think I have planted almost every variety in the last month. Spring inspires more than the amateur gardener, everywhere I shop these days (and I am an excellent shopper) I’m seeing gorgeous jewel tones and my favorites, the pastels. Floral prints mixed with plaids and checks is really hot right now and Magenta is the color of...