Our Top Ten Resolutions for your Home in 2016

Here are 10 of our favorite ideas for making your home even more beautiful in 2016. What do you think? Which ones will you commit to? Please share your own design and décor resolutions in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter with #savvyresolutions

1. I RESOLVE TO GET ORGANIZED.

Okay, so this one is probably on everyone's resolution list every year, but why not make 2016 the year that it really happens! Getting organized, eliminating clutter, and donating what you don't need or want anymore is one of the easiest ways to breathe new life into your home. Whether it's a closet, a garage, a laundry room . . . even just a junk drawer . . . bringing a little order to your life and your home can really make a world of difference. 

2. I RESOLVE TO MAKE MY BOOKCASES BEAUTIFUL.

Do you look longingly at the bookshelves in design magazines and think, "why don't mine look like that?" Well, never fear, you can make your bookshelves look like that . . . even better. It's not difficult, but it does take a little bit of thought. It's not about "filling" the shelves. It's about dressing them, arranging them, decorating them, adding a pop of color, giving them personality. The books are just the beginning. 

 

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3. I RESOLVE TO ADD A FEW NEW ACCESSORIES.

Never underestimate the power of a few new accessories to make your room sing a new song. Sometimes it's the little things that make all the difference and make a space feel fresh and new. Why not add a comfy throw to your favorite chair? Or what about a beautiful vase filled with the season's best? Candles? Coffee table books? Pillows? A souvenir from your travels? Any or all of these items can bring a 2015 room into 2016 beautifully.

4. I RESOLVE TO HAVE A MORE INVITING GUEST ROOM.

Do you dread having guests because your guest room is . . . well . . . not very inviting? If so, this is the year to give your guest room the royal treatment. Little touches can mean so much to someone staying at your home. Bottled water, a stack of magazines, a basket filled with extras, such as hotel lotions, travel-sized shampoos and conditioners, nail polishes, breath mints, tea bags and a mug, even stamps are amenities your guests will appreciate very much. Fresh flowers are always a plus and smell good, too! Plush linens, a snuggly robe and extra towels and blankets will make your guests feel pampered. Several good reads on the night stand and maybe a framed picture of your guest and you together are thoughtful finishing touches. 

IMAGE: HGTV

IMAGE: HGTV

5. I RESOLVE TO REDO MY POWDER ROOM.

Since powder rooms are generally on the smallish size, it's easier to make changes without having to break the bank. Sometimes even a new wallpaper, paint color, light fixture, mirror, or vanity can change the look entirely.

6. I RESOLVE TO  BUY AND DISPLAY ART THAT I REALLY LOVE.

Art is such a personal choice, and you should choose what you truly love, not just what you feel "goes" in your home. In fact, sometimes the contrast between the style of art you choose and your home's design style can be wonderful. Don't be afraid to choose art forms other than paintings, too. A stunning sculpture, vintage poster, a metal wall hanging or a collection of porcelain plates can be the perfect way to give your room a punch of personality. 

7. I RESOLVE TO MAKE MORE HOME PEACEFUL AND ZEN-LIKE.

Most of us would like our home to be a tranquil retreat; a sanctuary to relax and rejuvenate. The master bath is often the first place we think of when we consider adding some Zen.  Even if you can't afford to do a complete overhaul, adding a few of the following can make your master bath more like spa-like. 

* Soft colors in blues, greens, and neutrals wrap the room in tranquility.

* White vanities and chrome fixtures are clean and refreshing.

* Candles and a large soaking tub. Enough said.

* Organic materials, such as stone, glass tiles and pebble floors in a glass-enclosed shower add a natural feel.

* Fresh flowers or green plants bring the outside in. 

IMAGE: Eldorado   VIA: HGTV

IMAGE: Eldorado   VIA: HGTV

8. I RESOLVE TO MIX PATTERNS AND COLORS IN ONE ROOM.

Be brave in 2016 and mix it up a bit! Mixing patterns and colors is fun and can really add a healthy dose of interest to a room. Just a few small things to keep in mind: work with the same color intensities, use related colors to tie differing patterns together, and choose obviously different patterns (a stripe with a paisley) so the difference looks intentional.  Most importantly, if you love it, and can live with it, that's all that matters. Have fun!

9. I RESOLVE TO ADD MORE CURB APPEAL TO MY HOME.

It's true, first impressions count. And when it comes to our homes, who doesn't want to put their best face forward. Why not make 2016 the year that you add some extra punch to your exterior. Maybe your front door could use a fresh coat of paint in red? green? blue? orange? What color speaks to you? Adding a few new bushes or some pretty flower beds can really amp up the exterior of a home. Window boxes are so amazing, too! There is just something so wonderful about beautiful florals spilling over the sides of window boxes. Benches on the front porch? Urns overflowing with flowers and greenery? A new walkway? What would make your home happy?

IMAGE: David Hillegas  VIA: Coastal Living

IMAGE: David Hillegas  VIA: Coastal Living

10. I RESOLVE TO NOT BE AFRAID OF COLOR.

Repeat after me . . . color is my friend. If you yearn for a more colorful interior, don't be afraid. Paint is just paint and can always be redone. And if bold color on your walls is too intimidating, why not try adding some happy hues in a few accent furniture pieces and accessories. Pillows, lamps, and art can easily be changed up if you get tired of them or want more neutrality in your world. 

What are your resolutions for your home in 2016? We'd love for you to share your thoughts in the comments below! 






TOP 5 DESIGN TRENDS FOR WINTER 2016

MAD FOR PLAID

There is probably no pattern quite as classic as plaid, and this winter the perennial favorite is having a very special moment. Showing up on fashion runways as well as in the home, plaids, especially tartans, are warm, cozy, and inviting. No wonder the iconic pattern is a seasonal showstopper. Whether your design style is traditional, contemporary, eclectic, or anywhere in-between—plaid always works. 

IMAGE SOURCE: Nancy's Daily Dish

IMAGE SOURCE: Nancy's Daily Dish

IMAGE SOURCE: Ralph Lauren Home

IMAGE SOURCE: Ralph Lauren Home

IMAGE SOURCE: Williams-Sonoma   VIA: The Decorating Files

IMAGE SOURCE: Williams-Sonoma   VIA: The Decorating Files

IMAGE SOURCE: Veranda   VIA: The Decorating Files

IMAGE SOURCE: Veranda   VIA: The Decorating Files

IMAGE SOURCE: HGTV

IMAGE SOURCE: HGTV

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IMAGE SOURCE: DecorAid

ALL THAT GLITTERS

 

Gold isn’t the only metallic that is trending right now, but it is definitely popular in home décor. Although silvers, chromes, brushed nickels, and stainless steel are always in style, it’s the warmer metallic finishes that are making headlines this season. Brass, bronze, copper and rose gold are topping the charts. Burnished, matte and patina finishes work best in traditional or more rustic settings. High gloss, and those with a brushed or subtle sheen can make a contemporary setting come alive. Or mix it up and add a shiny brass accent in a more traditional room or burnished copper in a modern space. Remember, the most important design rule is that all rules can and should be broken to make a space truly your own. 

IMAGE SOURCE: 4 Living

IMAGE SOURCE: 4 Living

IMAGE SOURCE: Design Sponge

IMAGE SOURCE: Design Sponge

IMAGE SOURCE: House Beautiful

IMAGE SOURCE: House Beautiful

IMAGE SOURCE: Leedy Interiors

IMAGE SOURCE: Leedy Interiors

IMAGE SOURCE: Harper's Bazaar

IMAGE SOURCE: Harper's Bazaar

SINK-IN SOFT

 

Deliciously soft underfoot, natural sheepskin rugs lend warmth to a room while still being airy and natural in color. No wonder they are so popular in the winter months. With sink-in softness, we are dreaming of dipping our toes in their fluffiness. Sheepskin rugs are naturally rich in lanolin, which adds luster and protects the rug from accidental spills. Long wearing and versatile, these classic rugs are the perfect complement to traditional, transitional, and contemporary décor.

IMAGE SOURCE: Rug Critic

IMAGE SOURCE: Rug Critic

IMAGE SOURCE: InMod

IMAGE SOURCE: InMod

Another craze underfoot these days are Moroccan rugs. These style makers anchor a room and truly give it a special focus. Often neutral in color with brown or black geometric lines, these rugs have a shaggy pile and are woven for warmth. According to James French, a director of Beauvais Carpets in New York, the traditional Beni Ourain tribal designs were woven from memory, not patterns, so they have an appealing “quirkiness.” It’s this quirkiness that makes them especially appealing. They can give a cold modern room a certain patina and authenticity and a more traditional space a dose of contemporary verve. Although trending right now, Moroccan rugs are actually timeless and classic and will always be in style. 

IMAGE SOURCE: Binti Home Blog

IMAGE SOURCE: Binti Home Blog

IMAGE SOURCE: House Beautiful

IMAGE SOURCE: House Beautiful

A BREATH OF FRESH AIR

 

With the holidays behind us and a new year underway—it’s important to create spaces in our homes that allow us to live well, be well and stay well. Walls that wrap us in a feeling of calm and tranquility, even when the world around us is going 100 miles an hour, can help to slow the pace and give us a chance to breathe. Sherwin William’s 2016 Pura Vida Collection for 2016 reminds us to feed the spirit, make memories, and savor every moment. Here are a few of the selections from this beautiful and relaxing color palette.

 Alabaster SW 7008

Unfussy Beige SW 6043

Doe Skin SW 6044

Ramie SW 6156

Ancient Marble SW 6162

INTO THE WOODS

 

Woodsy motifs are trending this winter big time. Wood grains and faux bois in wall coverings and fabrics can give your interior spaces a back to nature feel in a sophisticated way. Tree stumps are showing up as end tables and table bases, often pairing with glass tops to showcase the unique base. Forest murals, wall decals, and custom wooden “tree art” can make any wall a striking focal point. Papering the backs of bookcases can make your arrangements pop and adding paper to plain staircase risers can turn them into a “wow!”

And remember you don’t have to be loyal to just one type of wood when decorating your home. Working with the furniture pieces you already have, blending wood types and finishes is creative, fun, and interesting! Mix up the chairs in your dining room; they don’t all have to be the same. Why not choose different wood finishes for the pieces in your living room? And of course, if something doesn’t work, wood can always be painted. Some die-hard traditionalists may disagree, but we love repurposing a wood piece that might have been discarded by transforming it into a showstopper with a bright bold color! The key is to have fun when you take the trip into the woods. 

IMAGE SOURCE: HomeTalk

IMAGE SOURCE: HomeTalk

IMAGE SOURCE: The Kitchn

IMAGE SOURCE: The Kitchn

IMAGE SOURCE: Farrow Arcaro Design  "Woods" wallpaper by Cole & Son

IMAGE SOURCE: Farrow Arcaro Design  "Woods" wallpaper by Cole & Son

IMAGE SOURCE: Thistlewood Farms

IMAGE SOURCE: Thistlewood Farms

IMAGE SOURCE: Leedy Interiors

IMAGE SOURCE: Leedy Interiors

IMAGE SOURCE: All Things Thrifty

IMAGE SOURCE: All Things Thrifty

IMAGE SOURCE: Apartment Therapy

IMAGE SOURCE: Apartment Therapy

IMAGE SOURCE: Better Homes and Gardens



How to Create a Tabletop that is Très Chic

Savvy designer Kathleen Matthews spearheaded the creation of a gorgeous "ooh la la" tablescape for the the St. Louis Homes and Lifestyles Tabletop Tour last November. Although ours had a Christmas feel, we think this beautiful tablescape would work equally as well for Valentine's Day, with just a few different accessories. Here's how the Savvy team made this magical tabletop come alive, and how you can do the same for a day that celebrates love and friendship this February!

1.     Choose a rich and decadent color scheme.

Using iconic St. Louis chocolatier Bissinger’s brand new packaging as their inspiration, Kathleen and her team chose radiant raspberry pink, delicious chocolate brown and shimmering gold as their color palette . . . perfect colors for Valentine's Day! We'd replace the Christmas ornament with a beautiful heart box, such as the one below from Savvy.

This beautiful hinged heart box, available at Savvy, is the perfect place to hide a lovely sentiment for your guests. Also available in silver.

This beautiful hinged heart box, available at Savvy, is the perfect place to hide a lovely sentiment for your guests. Also available in silver.

2. Add flowers in vivid hues.

Hot pink coxcomb, ruby red petite roses, and bright chartreuse hydrangea blooms grace a variety of glittering crystal and gold vases of varying heights scattered across the table. For Valentine's Day, we'd go big on the roses. . . in reds, pinks, and whites. And remember to think outside the box, too, when it comes to vases. Small juice glasses and tall water glasses also work great!

3. Add lighter elements and a touch of whimsy.

Slender, clear, champagne flutes are the perfect complement to the flowers' bold pinks and greens and the tablecloth's rich chocolate brown. Classic fine china in a traditional gold and cream pattern, as well as stunning gold flatware and linen napkins, add a timeless feel. 

Bissinger's boxes wrapped in pink ribbons are a nice touch and carry the theme throughout the tablescape. Napkins tied with satin ribbon and a small jingle bell lighten the mood and are a nod to the traditional holiday feel. For Valentine's Day, we'd remove the jingle bell and either let the beautiful ribbon speak for itself, add a Valentine bauble, or use a pretty bracelet as a napkin ring.

The beautiful champagne flutes below are available at Savvy!

4. Draw the eye up for added drama.

No chandelier? No problem. Savvy's designers simply attached a moss covered branch to the ceiling and suspended hanging glass votives in varying sizes to achieve stunning candlelight ambience above.

 

5. Finishing Touches!

The tour de force of this tabletop is the replica of an antique Ferris wheel, which Kathleen chose to use as the table’s centerpiece. Kathleen spray painted the Ferris wheel gold and added twinkling white lights and vintage French postcards to add another layer of magic. We think some vintage Valentines would be perfect, too!

6. Voila! A 'love'ly tabletop






Savvy Design Tip: 3 Ways to Make your Holiday Sparkle and Shine

Savvy’s designers offer their top design tips for making your home sparkle and shine for the holidays.

DIANE FOGERTY

“When it comes to holiday décor, too much is never too much! It’s all about layering to add depth and texture to your décor. Think sumptuous ribbon, holiday pillows, trees (more than one) dressed to the nines in their holiday finery, stockings hanging by the fireplace or on the bannister, fresh greenery dripping with twinkling lights, pinecones, ornaments and ribbons, and a soft, cozy throw at the ready on your favorite chair. Holiday décor should match your home’s personality, too. Are you more formal? Golds and silvers may be perfect for you. Whimsical? Think outside the “holiday box,” and try chartreuse, pink, or blue. Casual? Burlap, plaids and natural elements may be calling your name. Traditional? Go with classic reds and greens all the way. The most important thing to remember is that when you think you’re finished . . . keep going. 

IMAGE: Lush Home

IMAGE: Lush Home

IMAGE: Kristin's Creations Online

IMAGE: Kristin's Creations Online

Kimberly Kowalski, Allied ASID

Think outside traditional color palettes when decorating your home for the holidays. Reds and greens are classic and beautiful, but it’s ok to have some fun. Peacock blue and gold are on trend this year, as are mixed metals (gold, silver, copper, rose gold), and bright “candy colors,” such as pinks, fuchsias, purples, apple green, and teal. Even black and white can be striking and festive, especially mixed with gold or silver.

IMAGE: Better Decorating Bible

IMAGE: Better Decorating Bible

IMAGE: Better Decorating Bible

IMAGE: Better Decorating Bible

Kathleen Matthews

When decorating your home for the holidays, don’t be afraid to make it sparkly! You want your home to be warm and happy during the holidays.  A little sparkle (or a lot), just adds to the warmth. White lights, mercury glass, silver and gold touches, and reflective surfaces add to the sparkle. 

IMAGE: House to Home

IMAGE: House to Home

IMAGE: House to Home

IMAGE: House to Home



Wednesday Wow! "Get Happy" from Jane Churchill

We are certainly happy about Jane Churchill's new collection for Cowtan and Tout, aptly titled "Get Happy." The bright, bold colors and fun patterns in this delightful fabric and wallpaper line bring a smile to our faces. What about you? Does this collection channel your inner child? Beyond a kid's space, we think several of these patterns would look lovely on a porch? In a sunroom? laundry room? dressing room? In a closet? What do you think?

All images: Cowtan & Tout

"Hot Dogs"

"Hot Dogs"

"Get Happy"

"Get Happy"

"March Hare"

"March Hare"

"Up a Tree"

"Up a Tree"

"Fairyland"

"Fairyland"

"Pop Cars" and "Zig Zag Multi"

"Pop Cars" and "Zig Zag Multi"

"Disco Stripe" wallpaper

"Disco Stripe" wallpaper

"Alphabetti"

All of the Jane Churchill collection is available through Savvy Surrounding Style. Stop by our showroom today to talk with one of our designers about making one of these "happy" fabrics or wallpapers part of your interior design. 

 

WEEKEND ROUNDUP: SUNDAY BEST

As the weekend winds down, we thought we'd share with you a few of our favorite links we found this week around the web. We hope they inspire you as much as they did us. Enjoy!

DESIGN  & DECOR

IMAGE SOURCE: Modern Mix by Eddie Ross VIA: One King's Lane

IMAGE SOURCE: Modern Mix by Eddie Ross VIA: One King's Lane

Designer, design editor, and entertainer extraordinare Eddie Ross shares his design tips, tricks, and gorgeous interiors in his new book Modern Mix. Click here to read more about this "must-add" to your design library. 

FOOD & DRINK

IMAGE SOURCE: SF Girl by the Bay    PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Ashley Rose Conway

IMAGE SOURCE: SF Girl by the Bay    PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Ashley Rose Conway

Summer may be "officially" over, but here' s a delicious cocktail, perfectly named "Summer on the Rocks," that will help you sing the season's swan song.

FASHION & BEAUTY

IMAGE SOURCE: The Thick    PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Michael Brager

IMAGE SOURCE: The Thick    PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Michael Brager

Fabulous heartfelt conversation between supermodel Cindy Crawford and her model daughter, Kaia Gerber. Click here to read

TRAVEL & LEISURE

IMAGE SOURCE: Conde Nast Traveler   PHOTOGRAPHY: Getty

IMAGE SOURCE: Conde Nast Traveler   PHOTOGRAPHY: Getty

Wanderlust has definitely set in. Check out these "insanely beautiful coastlines" in Conde Nast Traveler. 

WEEKEND ROUNDUP: SUNDAY BEST

As the weekend winds down, we thought we'd share with you a few of our favorite links we found this week around the web. We hope they inspire you as much as they did us. Enjoy!

DESIGN & DECOR

IMAGE SOURCE: Country Living  VIA: Boogie's Boutique

IMAGE SOURCE: Country Living  VIA: Boogie's Boutique

Sheds just aren't what they used to be. Move over lawnmowers, rakes, and tools. Here come the chandeliers, sofas, and iced tea! This fun story in Boogie's Boutique offers some beautiful inspiration for creating a shed like no other. 

FOOD & DRINK

IMAGE SOURCE: Sweet Paul Magazine

IMAGE SOURCE: Sweet Paul Magazine

Nothing says fall more than hot apple cider. Yum! Here is delicious recipe courtesy of Sweet Paul Magazine that adds a kick with spiced rum.

IN THE NEWS

IMAGE SOURCE: National Geographic    PHOTOGRAPHY BY: NG HAN GUAN, AP

IMAGE SOURCE: National Geographic    PHOTOGRAPHY BY: NG HAN GUAN, AP

Good news for elephants everywhere! A recent agreement between the U.S. and China to enact "nearly complete bans" on the import and export of ivory is a big step in the efforts to eliminate an industry that has encouraged the illegal hunting of elephants for their prized tusks. Read more here.

FASHION & BEAUTY

IMAGE SOURCE: Harper's Bazaar   PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Diego Zuko

IMAGE SOURCE: Harper's Bazaar   PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Diego Zuko

Sartorial inspiration abounds at Milan Fashion Week. Take a look at Harper's Bazaar's roundup of some of the best here.  


Savvy Design Tips: How to Choose and Hang a Chandelier

Whether they are of the crystal variety, glistening above a dining table or chic, modern and sophisticated in an entryway, or soft and sweet in a little girl’s dream bedroom, chandeliers and pendants can truly be the crown jewels in a room. Here are a few basic rules to follow  for finding the right size fixture for your space and hanging it at the perfect height.

IN AN ENTRYWAY

IMAGE SOURCE: Design New Jersey   Photographer: John Ferrentino | Designer: Rachel Minaya 

IMAGE SOURCE: Design New Jersey   Photographer: John Ferrentino | Designer: Rachel Minaya 

IMAGE SOURCE: Dig This Design

IMAGE SOURCE: Dig This Design

The height of a chandelier in an entryway should be at least 7 feet from the floor. If you have taller ceilings, of course, you can go higher.

ABOVE A DINING TABLE

IMAGE SOURCE: Wilson Lighting (this chandelier available through Savvy Surrounding Style)

IMAGE SOURCE: Wilson Lighting (this chandelier available through Savvy Surrounding Style)

IMAGE SOURCE: Wilson Lighting (these chandeliers available through Savvy Surrounding Style)

IMAGE SOURCE: Wilson Lighting (these chandeliers available through Savvy Surrounding Style)

In most cases, the bottom of your fixture should be 30”—36” above your table top and ½ to ¾ the width of the table. Remember to consider what function the table has – will there be accessories or florals on it? For rooms with ceilings higher than 8 feet, the chandelier can move up 3” per foot.

IN THE MIDDLE OF A ROOM

IMAGE SOURCE: Wardrobe Trends Fashion   The St. Regis Hotel, Singapore

IMAGE SOURCE: Wardrobe Trends Fashion   The St. Regis Hotel, Singapore

IMAGE SOURCE: The Barn Light

IMAGE SOURCE: The Barn Light

To size a chandelier to be the focal point of your room, measure the length and width of the room and add those figures together and change the sum to inches. That number will be the approximate diameter of the chandelier for your space. Remember, this is just a starting reference. Depending on the room setting and the ceiling height, you may want to go bigger!

WEEKEND ROUNDUP: SUNDAY BEST

As the weekend winds down, we thought we'd share with you a few of our favorite links we found this week around the web. We hope they inspire you as much as they did us. Enjoy!

DESIGN & DECOR

IMAGE SOURCE: VetransUnited.com   VIA: Elle Decor

IMAGE SOURCE: VetransUnited.com   VIA: Elle Decor

The 1950s saw a surge in kitchens dressed in pastels. Today, not so much. What happened to the colorful kitchens of the past? And will they come back?  This article in Elle Decor explores that question. Really interesting!

FASHION & BEAUTY

IMAGE SOURCE: Elle

IMAGE SOURCE: Elle

Check out Elle magazine's Comprehensive Guide to Spring 2016 fashion. From soft denims and bright tangerines to the next "it" bag, this is your go-to guide for everything hitting the runways next spring. 

CULTURE & LIFESTYLE

IMAGE SOURCE: House of Fifty   

IMAGE SOURCE: House of Fifty   

The grass is always greener, right? Wrong. This awesome article was a great wake up call. What do you think? Are you happy with what you've got or do you yearn for something more? Click here to read this interesting story on Purple Clover.

ART & ARCHITECTURE

IMAGE SOURCE: A Beautiful Mess

IMAGE SOURCE: A Beautiful Mess

Awesome article in A Beautiful Mess on how to create amazing oversized tile photo art. I've seen this before, but never knew exactly how to do it. This is a great DIY!.

PARTIES & ENTERTAINING

IMAGE SOURCE: Lark & Linen   PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Heidi Lau

IMAGE SOURCE: Lark & Linen   PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Heidi Lau

A hydration station! What a great idea for a party! Offering water infused with your favorite fruits or veggies (think cucumbers) is the perfect way to send guests home when the evening is over. Jacquelyn Clark of Lark & Linen shows you how to make a hydration station for your next gathering.  Click here to learn how to make your own hydration station.

SAVVY SOLUTIONS: CREATIVE WALL ART

Looking for creative wall art? Of course you are...we all are! Here's a Savvy Solution: frame a vintage (or brand new) fashion scarf. It will add color, pattern and interest to otherwise uninspired walls. How lovely! 

IMAGE SOURCE: Elle Decor

IMAGE SOURCE: Elle Decor

IMAGE SOURCE:  Kiki's List    Photography: Ryann Colleen Photography

IMAGE SOURCE:  Kiki's List    Photography: Ryann Colleen Photography

IMAGE SOURCE: The EveryGirl    Photography: Andi Hatch

IMAGE SOURCE: The EveryGirl    Photography: Andi Hatch

IMAGE SOURCE: Effortless Style Blog   Photography: Porter Hovey

IMAGE SOURCE: Effortless Style Blog   Photography: Porter Hovey

IMAGE SOURCE: Dooley Noted Style

IMAGE SOURCE: Dooley Noted Style

WEEKEND ROUNDUP: SUNDAY BEST

As the weekend winds down, we thought we'd share with you a few of our favorite links we found this week around the web. We hope they inspire you as much as they did us. Enjoy!

DESIGN & DECOR

IMAGE SOURCE: The Beverly Hills Hotel     Via: Apartment Therapy

IMAGE SOURCE: The Beverly Hills Hotel     Via: Apartment Therapy

The "Martinique" banana palm leaf wallpaper that dresses the walls of the Beverly Hills Hotel's Fountain Coffee Shop is distinctive and iconic. Created in 1942 by decorator Don Loper, it is probably one of the most recognizable wallpapers in the world. And it seems that the banana palm leaf is having another moment today. What do you think? Yay or Nay? Apartment Therapy explores what they call "the new botanical" in this interesting read.  

FOOD & DRINK

IMAGE SOURCE: Design Love Fest

IMAGE SOURCE: Design Love Fest

Fall is definitely in the air this weekend, and the crisp temps make me yearn for warm blankets, steaming tea and comfort food. That being said, check out this delicious recipe for homemade oatmeal on Design Love Fest. Yum!

ART & ARCHITECTURE

IMAGE SOURCE: The Walker Art Museum  Via: Design Sponge   Julie Mehretu "Entropia" Print

IMAGE SOURCE: The Walker Art Museum  Via: Design Sponge   Julie Mehretu "Entropia" Print

Grace Bonney of Design Sponge featured this wonderful fine artist on her blog this week, and I was smitten. Ethiopian born Julie Mehretu creates these amazing explosions of color, line, and form that are just mesmerizing. Read more about Julie and her art on Design Sponge.

PHOTO: COURTESY OF RAFAEL VIÑOLY ARCHITECTS   VIA: ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST Luxury apartment building in Manhattan

PHOTO: COURTESY OF RAFAEL VIÑOLY ARCHITECTS   VIA: ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST

Luxury apartment building in Manhattan

In honor of September 11 and in memory of the Twin Towers, we'd like to link to this stunning article in Architectural Digest that showcases eight buildings with super thin forms. Amazing. 

TRAVEL & LEISURE

PHOTOS BY: Oddur Thorisson IMAGE SOURCE: Manger  

PHOTOS BY: Oddur Thorisson IMAGE SOURCE: Manger  

Manger, a beautifully inspiring blog by Mimi Thorisson and her photographer husband, Oddur, is one we had to share. Join this family's adventures as they live, love and cook in Medoc, France. Recipes included! Click here.