pantone colour of the year – 2015


Last week Pantone introduced Marsala as their colour of the year for 2015.  Like the wine, it’s an earthy red.  I think it would look great in a den or formal dining room but it’s unlikely I’ll be incorporating it in my own home.  On social media, my favourite quote was when Genevieve Gorder referred to it as ‘organy’.  Yup, it’s the colour of kidneys.


fall fashion trends for your home

The end of Summer means the arrival of the HUGE September magazines celebrating Fall fashion.  I honestly love packing up my warm-weather clothes and pulling out my sweaters and boots (Fall is my fave time of year).  I also start to think about how I can interpret some of these fashion trends into my home.  Here are a few I’m loving this season:

Refined animal prints

These prints aren’t loud but more subtle and set against a neutral background.

Leopard Pillow H&M

This leopard print cushion from H&M Home (West Edmonton Mall now has a location) is an inexpensive way to incorporate this trend. Continue reading “fall fashion trends for your home”


2014 design trends

The trends for 2014 aren’t overly flashy and to me demonstrate a fatigue in over-the-top design.  The looks are liveable and even though they’re called ‘trends’ are really longer lasting in their appeal.  I think people are tiring of the throw-away culture that’s been evolving and instead want to ‘feather their nests’ with things they’ll love forever.  Some of the 2014 design trends I’m inspired by include:

(1) Mixing metals

Mixing metals

image via Coco Cozy

Don’t be afraid to mix different metal accents in your rooms.  This kitchen is a perfect example with the brass hood, brushed nickel pot filler, stainless steel appliances, oil-rubbed bronze trim on the light fixtures, etc.  What is also so cool about this kitchen is that it was designed in 2011 but is now considered ‘trendy’ for 2014.

(2) Sculptural light fixtures

Ipanema Multi-Boom Pendant

Ipanema Multi-Boom Pendant by Jonathan Adler

Again, this isn’t a particularly new trend as I’ve seen the addition of to-die-for lighting for awhile now but I think more people are switching out their plain drum pendants for something a little more interesting.

(3) Statement walls

Mural wallpaper

Etched Arcadia Mural available at Anthropologie

This seems to be one of those re-occurring trends but this time rather than just a pop of colour, we’re seeing more large-scale photography and mural-type wallpapers.

(4) New geometrics

Appliqued Diamonds - West Elm

Appliqued Diamonds Pillow Cover available at West Elm

For 2014, think new shapes, Bauhaus colours and even traditional quilting patterns.