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Star & Strips (Forever)

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Stars & Stripes is not only a nickname for the American Flag – it is also a brand of soft drinks, a ballet, the official newspaper of the United States Armed Forces, an album by The Beach Boys, and The National March of the United States of America composed by John Philip Sousa. When I was in high school, I would time my mornings to Sousa marches. The beat always kept me in perfect time. As most marches were only a few minutes long, usually around 5, I would know how to time my shower, teeth brushing, and driving, accordingly. Now, two step, double time, and let’s decorate our home with American flair via both alternating stars and stripes, sometimes each together.

Sixteen mirrored glass panes are skillfully cut, shaped and fitted by hand to create each of these stars. Framed in antiqued brass, the glass has a mottled gilded finish that lends warmth and opulence to the light-catching facets. From Pottery Barn, HERE.

A country style, English inspired, sky blue living room. Image via House to Home UK.

Gunmetal, gilt, and metallic colors make this room feel celestial. Barneby Gates is the brainchild of Vanessa Barneby, Vogue Living Editor and Alice Gates, graduate of London Art School and fashion textile designer.  Pooling their experience, Vanessa and Alice set up Barneby Gates in 2009. With a quintessentially English feel, their inaugral collection gives classical ideas a contemporary twist using subtle metallic finishes and a touch of irony. Image found HERE. 

A slightly more updated take on “your girly bedroom”. Bring classic linear pattern into your home with a striped chair cover in the latest coral shades. Continue the modern feel with a co-ordinating ribbon picture and keep the rest of the colours neutral. Using all natural materials such as woods, cottons, glass, and patinas, this room feels extremely rustic yet traditional. Image found HERE. 

Wary Meyers Decorative Arts, a redone and recreated Brooklyn, NY Brownstone. New paint colors with old world details. Image found HERE.

A tiny 969 sq ft carriage house is in Des Moines, Iowa. The Country Home team transformed it using renewable and recycled products. To see more of the eco friendly images of the home, here HERE.

Imported all the way from Sweden, this very cool wallpaper is perfect for any kids bedroom (or any room, for that matter). Product found HERE.

A mix of lilac, purple and white in layers of pattern create a look that’s fresh and exotic. A pretty block-print coverlet and paisley pillows draw the eye, while gold star patterned wallpaper on the ceiling adds whimsy. Image via Canadian House & Home, HERE.

 Moravian Glass Star Lamp, vases in a Cloche, black color schemes, almost a Victorian yet, Gothic vibe. The wallpaper is a bookshelf!

Create a striking backdrop in the hallway with a glamorous wallpaper such as this striped design! Image via House to Home UK, HERE.

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Mixology (8)

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Socks: POLKA DOTS SOCKS by Etiquette Clothiers, found HERE / Room:  Tim Walker polka dot room walls from Vogue Italia

Socks: Antipast, the rise argyle & stripe socks, found HERE. / Room:  Susan Diana Harris Interior Design, San Francisco, CA, Ballpark Condo, image found HERE.

Socks: Kate Spade, FOREVER STRIPE KNEE HIGH SOCK, found HERE. / Room: Anthony Baratta LLC, New York, NY, US, SEASIDE, image found HERE. 

My boyfriend, Michael, says, “Socks are the lynchpin of any good outfit”.

Let Them Eat Cake

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The word “pastel” as we know it is originally an art term (of course). It technically is the term for a powdered pigment stick (or chalks) in a binder. The most widely used form of pastels is a “soft pastel” which is a crayon that can be easily smudged and whose colors are bright. Pastel techniques can be challenging since the medium is mixed and blended directly on the working surface, and unlike in paints, colors cannot be tested on a palette before applying to the media. The pastel form was first mentioned by Leonardo da Vinci (who apparently invented and discovered EVERYTHING) in 1495. Because the use of pastel and term has become so colloquial and ubiquitous – IT HAS BECOME AN ADJECTIVE – pastels can now mean any color that is pale in color and saturated in a low hue. Let us hop into the candy-colored, cake-frosted world of pastels (encompassing several art forms):

Wayne Thiebaud “Cakes and a Counter,” 1963, National Gallery of Art

THE ABOVE IMAGE IS A PHOTOGRAPH AND REPLICA OF THE THIEBAUD PAINTING. The Inspiration: “Cakes,” by American artist Wayne Thiebaud, 1963. Williams Freeman’s sugary spread is virtually identical to the original. Image found via Martha Stewart Weddings, HERE.

 Wayne Thiebaud Pies, Pies, Pies 1961. Oil on canvas 20 x 30 in (50.8 x 76.2 cm) Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento.

Mary Cassatt, Sleepy Baby, 1910

Ian Davenport,”Puddle Painting: White”, 2008

Ian Davenport, Prismatic Diptych (Ghost), 2011, Colour etching diptych on Hahnemühle Bright White 300 gsm paper

I find these muted hues extremely calming, almost bordering on earth tones (on that note, it is said that technically cave paintings could be considered pastels). My bedroom is in a pastel, sage green so that I can feel relaxed before the sandman visits. A pastel color palette feels cozy and inviting. It also allows your home to be in a perennial spring!

Why not live inside of an Easter Egg Shell? Image found HERE.

I am showing this even though I am not the biggest fan of slipcovers. To each his own pastel! Image found at InteriorHolic, HERE.

Image found at House To Home, HERE.

Photographer Deborah Whitalw Llewellyn found via Coastal Living, HERE.

Add a little touch of Versailles to your life! Image found at the Shelterness, HERE.

A dessert colored palette readymade in your kitchen. Who wouldn’t want to be a baker living in this? Image found HERE.

The colors and the glass jars transport me to 1920’s Italy. This image hails form a GELATO THEMED BRIDAL SHOWER found at Ruffled, HERE.

Pastel living room found HERE.

I get that this isn’t TECHNICALLY interior design, but I actually could not resist. Photo by Camilla Lindqvist.

Image designed by Behr Paints, exact colors and image details found HERE.

Image found HERE.

Pastel meets crochet meets Art Deco, found HERE.

NOW HOW CAN YOU LIVE IN A VAT OF FROSTING?

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