Patterned Perfection

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Pattern on pattern is a fast-growing trend in the fashion world, and we’ve certainly seen the look interpreted in home textiles like mix-and-match throw pillows, bedding and layered rugs. But tell us, have you ever considered mixing patterns on your walls or ceilings? Surely it’s not possible, right?

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Why Don’t You…?

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… install beadboard on everything!

Contrary to what you might think, wood paneling provides depth in a space, making it feel larger when installed properly. In the home above, the vertical lines make the ceiling appear a bit higher, and the contrasting horizontal lines on the floor and ceiling provide balance while “widening” the room.

When painted or whitewashed in a light shade, the beadboard’s texture creates a calm and serene space for any home. I can’t get enough of this look — what do you think?

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Why Don’t You…?

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… ditch the picture frames?

For photography and art lovers alike, choosing a visual display for your walls can sometimes cause a serious case of decorating anxiety. Surely I’m not the only one, right?

Instead, why not opt for a subtle display by “framing” your art with Japanese masking (washi) tape or painter’s tape? The look is relaxed, informal and flexible, so you’ll suffer from art remorse no longer and can switch out your photos seasonally (or weekly if you’re anything like me!).

Bonus? You’ll save hundreds on picture frames alone. Happy hanging!

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The Art of the Display

I've been thinking quite a lot about how I'll display my hundreds of prints, posters and artful pieces when I move into my new home. I know it's unhealthy to house such an artsy obsession (and certainly not storage-friendly!), but I flock to a pretty picture like bees to honey. Or something like that.

Anyway, I've got a few options for art displays. Care to join in on the decision-making process?:


What do you think? Any display inspiration I've missed, and how do you display artwork in your own home? Spill in the comments below!

All photos via Pinterest.

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The Memory Keeper’s Wall

I've shared before my love for a good gallery wall.  Below is one we installed in our home earlier last year.  I like that you can easily change out the pictures to go with the seasons or with what is relevant in your life.  And I like the eclectic look of mixed frames on the wall.

 

I've also shared how much I adore this simple installation above the fireplace.  The grid keeps everything from looking too chaotic; creating a large focal point over the mantle.

 

So it is only natural, that I want to share this installation with you all because it inspires me every time I see it. This is a small reading area directly across from the galley kitchen in my in-law's home in Pittsburgh.  For all other intents and purposes, my mother in law can be considered a minimalist.  While she has some pieces that she displays, there certainly is not an ounce of clutter in her home.  Which is why it is always so pleasantly surprising to happen across this room in the kitchen. 

The display of pictures is vast and yet never overwhelming.  Instead, with the cozy couch and fireplace it becomes a wonderful place to sit and congregate while meals are being prepared.  The walls of photographs are a family history lesson with snapshots from vacations and posed pictures from weddings.  I remember the very first time I "made it" onto the wall…I knew long before I was ever engaged to my husband that I was part of the family because up on the wall was my smiling mug releasing a hawk in Scotland while on a family vacation.

 

Each photo is displayed in an acrylic frame with a cardboard insert.  Upon removal of the cardboard insert, each photo has the relevant information…the who, what and where, of the photo.  Yup…that's me taking a dive out of a plane three years ago!

 

Perhaps the thing I appreciate the most about these walls is that no matter how many times I have visited and no matter how long I have stayed, I still find new things to look at every time I sit there.  It is a conversation starter for those people who have graced the wall themselves for years just as much as it is a conversation starter for anyone who is new to visiting.  And isn't that what home design is all about?  Creating comfortable spaces that encourage conversation and instill a feeling of warmth?  

 

 Have you ever seen something like this in a home you've visited?

 

(photos: 1, 3-6: Miriam Z. Bradford; 2: James Merrell)

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