Need to Know: Mae Engelgeer

If textile designer Mae Engelgeer isn’t on your radar, it’s time for a tune up. Her latest collection of tea towels is stunning in every way – equal parts graphic, bold and perfectly patterned.

Based in Amsterdam, Mae’s work has a very Dutch influence, complete with calming color palettes, clean lines and minimalist bells and whistles. All of my ingredients for brilliant design!

What do you think? Gorgeous, no? I’d gladly hang these beauties in my kitchen (heck, maybe they’d even magically rinse my dishes, too? Yes?).

[All images via Studio Mae Engelgeer]

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Expression of Texture

There’s nothing better, given my personal sensibilities, than an environment designed to be rich in texture. By texture I mean a sea of ‘one thing’, which is subtly defined by a difference in scale, pattern or tactile element. It’s easy to create, you just have to pay close attention to the details of objects. The spaces in these three images do this well, and I find them visually dynamic. The warm tones in the first image are created by designing with a varied collection of color, material and pattern. The tones of the wood fence are reflected in the upholstery both in the bench cushions as well as the chair strategically perched in the protruding window above. Layered further, the knots and nail holes in the wood as well as the varied dimension of the lumber, create a visually textural vignette.

Taking clues from the natural environment, visual texture is created in the bedroom above by introduction of a tonal composition built upon the green and cream tones outside the window. Lastly, the living room seating group below uses an analogous color scheme, which are colors that are adjacent to each other on the color wheel. One color is used as a dominant color while others are used to enrich the scheme. The analogous scheme is similar to a monochromatic one, but offers more nuances.

When you look at this home overall, it hangs together beautifully, through use of a limited color palette, and bold pattern and texture. The scheme here is titled “Dans le jardin”, In The Garden.  I believe it works.  Do you agree?

Images sourced at Marie Claire.



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Why Don’t You…?

Image Credit: Houzz

… cover your staircase railings with Southwestern-inspired rugs?

Isn’t it funny how so many of the best DIY ideas are so often the easiest? In this case, a few sliced rugs elevate a standard staircase into a work of art, bringing a playful punch of pattern into an otherwise neutral space.

After all, why should floors get to have all the fun?

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Spotted: Over-Dyed Sling Chairs

Overdyed rugs are such beautiful statements in any spaceNail Salon Blueprint – Ebook $16 Commission!, but when transformed into seating? They simply sing.

Still & Co. recently created an edition of over-dyed sling chairs for Sit and Read in a perfectly spring color combo of grassy green and vibrant yellow. Priced at just over $1600, I certainly wouldn’t call the chairs affordable, but the look is so perfectly aspirational – and who knows, maybe DIY friendly?

In fact, check out the dying process in this video to get some ideas of your own!

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Why Don’t You…?

… go simply crazy with your bedding?

Indeed, why choose just one pattern when you can showcase as many patterns as you’d like? After all, your home should be a place for fun and whimsy, so decorate to your absolute delight.

Not sure the stacked blanket works for you (or are you an undoubtedly warm sleeper)? Try playing with textiles in other areas of your home: throw pillows on your sofa, tea towels in your kitchen and aprons in your mudroom. As a general rule, as long as the color palettes are complementary, you can mix as many patterns as your heart desires!

Happy mixing!

[Image Credit: Mokkasin]

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