Fashion Friday: Wine Time

I’ve already noticed that for fall that wine and deep red/plum tones are gonna be HUGE, especially when paired with brighter reds and pinks or navy.  I’m not usually a red person with interiors, but I do enjoy a good red when dressing. Here are some picks that follow this hot fall trend.

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Pillow Pairing & Sizing 101

People tend to really struggle with how to pair pillows as well as how many to use on certain pieces of furniture. I’m here to help!

I have a little bit of a formula when it comes to pillow patterns– I like to mix a solid (with or without trim), an organic (florak, ikat, etc.) and a small scale or geometric.  Like below, on the sofa are a solid and small scale/texture and on the chairs are a floral.  The scales are all different, which is important, especially given that the chairs have a pattern on them too.  The tiny stripe on the sofa would have been way too busy on the chairs and too similar on pattern style. So the floral breaks up all the linear pattern and the sofa has a nice mix of saturated color and smaller scale movement.

As far as size goes, I like my pillows to be a little on the larger side and ONLY use down filler.  Here’s two examples of sizes and pattern pairings that work well!

Pillow Pairing 1: Purple Stripe // Floral // Small Scale

Pillow Pairing 2: Greek Key // Pattern // Geometric  

COMBOS TO AVOID:

  • All geometric patterns together
  • All the same scale pattern
  • All the same material (I like to mix velvet, linen, wovens, fur, etc. to create texture)
  • Get rid of the pillows that come with your sofa. Always.

When it comes to how many and what size to use on various sofas, here is a cheat sheet.


And since men tend to feel like this about most throw pillows (or having too many) I noted where you can option out with the third pillow :)  Too many pillows looks ridiculous and creates issue when you try to actually sit, too few looks sad and anemic.

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Another example of a great pairing of patterns and sizes

On daybeds I go a little nuts because I want daybeds to function as seating and sleeping space. So typically we make round bolsters for the ends and then put three Euro shams pillows along the back and a pair of king shams in the front.  On top of that you can add one or two accent pillows too.

For regular beds, I am a BIG fan of one long, large lumbar pillow. I do this in almost every king or queen bedroom I design.  I make these custom, so the sizes aren’t something you can just pick up most places.  But you can message the many Etsy vendors who make custom throw pillows to ask them to custom size one for you.  For king beds, we do an 18″ x 40″ pillow, for queens slightly smaller 16″ x 36″.  For full and twin beds you can use a square accent pillow or regular size lumbar!

I hope this little cheat sheet helped! If you have any other pillow questions, ask in comments!

Photography of our work above by Michael J. Lee, Michael Partenio and Sarah Winchester.

A Quick Hello!

I’m so ridiculously overwhelmed right now, so the blog is going to have to wait until Wednesday this week. Sorry guys! Just not enough gas in the tank or minutes in the day today!

Instead here are some sneak peeks from my trip to NYC last week…. an almost completed condo project we’ve been working on for the better part of a year and some spring/ summer 2019 pillows from the Elements by Erin Gates line!

Very excited to shoot this one in the fall…. (and yes, we work long distance!)

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Fashion Friday: Wear Now & Later

We’re sort of in no man’s land clothes shopping-wise right now– summer is half over so it’s hard to buy stuff that you know you can only wear a couple more months, but it feels WAY, WAY too early for fall clothes. The catalogs coming out right now with Halloween stuff are making me CRAZY.  What’s a gal to do?

Well, there are plenty of things that will work both now and later.  Workhorse pieces that you can rock now when it’s hot or later when it’s cooler.  Here are four examples to get your mind working:

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Making Over Your Kitchen and Bath with Home Depot!

Today I’ve partnered with Home Depot to show you the vast array of amazing decorative building supplies for kitchens and baths they have and how you can create a high-end designer look in your home by simply taking a trip to the home of the orange apron!

We recently used some of Home Depot’s amazing Martha Stewart hardware on a project and I was so impressed I made it the jumping off point for this kitchen design.  If you aren’t in the market for new cabinets and counters, consider just swapping out your hardware for a quick update.  I used two different types of Martha Stewart cabinetry here as a base, doing the lowers (and island) in the cerused wood tone and the uppers in a nice white Shaker style.  A simple elongated subway tile with contrast grout makes for a simple and timeless backsplash, while the counters are done in a tough-as-nails quartz that looks a whole lot like Calacatta Gold marble, which is great for those of us with messy kids.  A pair of stylish pendant lights and a brass finish faucet add the finishing touch to the space.  Lets not forget the ground level of a showstopping star patterned tile made of ceramic but that looks like cement– so maintenance is a breeze, but you get that old world charm look as well!

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