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Sunday, February 21, 2010

~~ 2010 Decor Trends ~~

Every year there are predicted trends in home decor and the colors of the season. 

For 2010, this is what we are looking towards:

~Simplification and reduction.
 As more people are clearing out the extras in our homes and donating them to charities, we have created a new trend. We are looking to keep the essentials by "doing the right thing".  This trend is "recession inspired."

We are now looking for well made, quality products.  We still want value but are more aware as to where the product is made.  This trend is turning more people to buy hand-made.

~Nature.  The "go green" movement is giving us more home decor items that are nature inspired.

Next up:  Color trends.

Monday, February 8, 2010

~ Snow inspired ~

Snow day.

When I heard it was going to snow 12 -26 inches the first thing that I thought of was "yes, I get to design and sew!".  Snow inspired.  We won't be able to go anywhere for 2 days, think of how much I could get done.  Oh, there will be sledding, snowball fights the whole fun of a big snow storm and oh yeah, the shoveling.  But most of all, I can't wait to get my sketch pad out and explore my options.  Will I finish my shabby chic collection or work with some cozy fleece?  How about start that new concept that I've been playing around with?  We'll see once the snow begins to fall.  I can't wait to be ~~ snow inspired.

Still snowing, calling for up to 30" or more now.

"Blizzard of the Century" according to news reports.

The calm right after the storm, the sun is setting.

Monday, February 1, 2010

~~ How to decorate with pillows ~~

Why decorate with pillows?

Decorating with pillows is one of the quickest, cost effective ways to change the look of your rooms. You can choose to make your room warm and inviting, add a "pop" of color, add "interest", etc.

To decorate with pillows first you need to determine your color scheme and style. Next, think about layering. Choose pillows in various sizes, styles and complementary or contrasting colors. Choosing a solid or subtle print, can be used as a "back drop" to a busier fabric or to highlight a particularly interesting pillow. Use oblong (12"x22" or 12"x16") pillows for back support or to line the back of a sofa, chair, bed or bench.

12" x 22" on a seat gives you that support you may need and adds a bit of interest.

12" x 16" in a rocker is perfect to support your lower back and makes the seat more inviting.

How many pillows do I need?

For a formal look, use symmetry - two pillows on each corner and one in the center. For an informal look, use more color schemes and place randomly. Using odd numbers in either case is appealing to the eye.

Seeing the progression of adding pillows one at a time shows how the furniture becomes more inviting.

Odd number of pillows, formal look.
Odd number of  pillows in a symmetrical setting.

An even number of pillows in an informal setting.

Here's a great example of  a complementing contrast, mixing traditional and modern.

~It's a personal preference, which speaks to you?  Leave your comments below. ~

More information about these pillows may be found here.