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Pattern 118 Ideabooks

Chevron, herringbone, flame stitch — they all zig and zag, but which is which? Here you’ll find out how to easily spot the differences among these three popular patterns.
What Goes With a Striped Sofa?
A striped sofa can be a welcome change from basic solid colors. But when your sofa is striped, what do you put with it? Do you play it safe with solids or go out on a limb with other...
Fresh Starts: Stripes and Style in a Flexible Nursery
While Kevin and Kari McIntosh Dawdy were expecting their first child, it seemed like the world was expecting them to buy stuff, and a lot of it. Although the two were eager to sign on for new-parent duties, they weren’t ready to commit to a lot of baby...
Top It Off: Wallpapered Ceilings Take the Eye High
Wallpaper’s moment may indeed be over — because it’s starting to look more like a wallpaper decade. What might have appeared to be a fleeting love affair seems as if it may be here to stay. And just when you thought you’d seen wallpaper installed...
10 Ways to Shake Up a Room With Circles and Stripes
It’s easy for decorating traditionalists to be intimidated by the unfamiliar. If an eclectic room strikes you as haphazard, and the term “mixology” makes your head spin more than a Long Island iced tea, don’t fret! Mixing circles and stripes is...
Why It's OK to Hate Your New Custom Sofa
It took you days, weeks, even months (OK, years) to decide on your new sofa or chair. You took the fabric swatch home to make sure it worked. You carefully measured. Perhaps your interior designer approved your purchase. But when the delivery...
15 Ways to Create Drama With Light Fixtures
Not only do lamps and light fixtures help set the mood of a space with their light, but they do the same with their appearance. Color, scale, repetition and composition are all important factors to consider when choosing light fixtures. Whether you are...
13 Low-Commitment Ways to Play With Pattern
Pattern is everywhere. All you need to do is look around. But like a melting snowflake, pattern can be fleeting. Some of the most interesting applications I have found are temporary, and others are downright ephemeral. The most obvious addition...
Go for the Bold: 14 Great Ideas for Patterned Upholstery
Let’s face it: Most of us are afraid of using pattern of any kind on large upholstered furniture. I suppose it’s understandable, since we’ve been told over and over that investment pieces should remain neutral so it’s easier to change our decor...
Finish Your Look With a Fun Mix of Textiles
I love textiles, because they offer an infinite array of decorating possibilities. While upholstery is a good place to start, the world of textiles is much broader than that. Every spring Mike and I count the days until the opening of the first...
Get a Wallpaper Look With a Hand-Painted Touch
I love to draw inspiration from anywhere I can. A while back I came across the Ashbury Mosaic tile by Walker Zanger. I loved the...
12 Great Decorative Alternatives to Curtains
One way to add pattern to a room is at the windows. This is typically done with fabric, whether it’s voluminous swaths of drapery or tailored, functional shades. Both are excellent options, but there are other possibilities as well. The windows...
Perk Up Your Bedding’s Personality
Lauded New York designer Laura Bohn famously said, “I am always looking for a blend of surprise mixed with an invitation to comfort.” She completely echoes my philosophy that mixing in our homes is the key to personal, welcoming, sensational...
12 Ideas for a Knockout Kitchen
Bored with plain white subway tile and “greige” walls? Tired of making design choices based on what you think a future buyer might want? These 12 ideas prove that kitchens don’t need to be cookie cutter —...
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