If These Walls Could Talk.

Happy Valentines Day guys.
On today's post I want to know all about your relationship with....
Your Home!

What does home mean to you? What do you love about it? And does it love you back?

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Happy CNY 2013! The year of the Snake

(source from Etsy)

Chinese New Year is one of the biggest celebrations in China, so much so that the factories typically close shop for a few weeks and go home to celebrate with family and loved ones. I say typically because while it is typical I can only attest to the factories that we work with, and every factory has it's own policy for length of time off. On our end we've spent the past few months making sure all product and packaging was sent to meet all our deadlines. On their end they've put in a lot of hard work to make sure they've met our deadlines and can shut things down without any delay in shipping or manufacturing. So this CNY I'd like to acknowledge all the hard work and dedication that goes into making these products!

Now onto the celebration... the Chinese New Year is based off the lunar calendar and there are 12 zodiac signs that rotate each year. Last year was the dragon and 2013 brings the Snake! The snake is a good mediator and therefore good at business. He is also cunning, intelligent, and wise. With regard to the home the snake is very sophisticated and cultured in home decor. They tend to like muted colors and prefer quality over quantity. With this in mind we've scoured the web for ways you can add a little snake to your life.

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Super Bowl Weekend!

Well I didn't think it was right to let the Super Bowl pass without posting some amazing (dream) spaces to watch the game, and a deliciously easy recipe to try! This morning I was watching the Today show and they were battling about who makes the best crab: Maryland (blue crab, duh!) or San Fran dungeness, who knew?! You can read about their bet {here}.

Are you looking forward to the food, game, or commercials?
Here's to the weekend - and may the best team win :) 

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Repeating Patterns

Well it's almost that time of year again when Punxsutawney Phil will tell us how long winter will stick around. And I am pretty ready for it to be over! Groundhog Day also makes me think of the movie with the same name when Bill Murray gets stuck in an endless time loop and repeats the same exact day over and over again.

So in theme with that movie I have collected several images of identical patterns & elements that are repeated over and over in various ways. There are many ways to combine different patterns, but when you use the same one repeated it creates rythm, order, and definition. It also makes a strong statement so use sparingly! It's best to keep the other design elements simple so not to make the room chaotic. 

Here are some fun ideas for adding pattern into your home. 

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Design Tips: Balance

Namaste! I wish I could say this was me and my beach bod practicing yoga poses in the sand. But alas I am still writing this from freezing cold NJ.

I am showing this picture as an example of balance, and would like to relate this to balance in decorating. The reason why balance is so important is that it creates a sense of calm and stability which makes a space more inviting. Overall balance is achieved with multiple layers including scale, materials, color, and visual weight. Without balance the room may just seems a bit "off". 

The easiest way to achieve balance in any room is by adding layers of matching pairs. Each matching pair would automatically address the scale, material, color and visual weight relative to each other. By layering several different pairs (such as pillows, lamps, chairs, and side tables), the room will become more interesting. Pairs not only add balance but also reinforce a strong focal point of a room.  Below are a few examples of rooms using matching pairs, click on the link to read more:

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Belated Resolutions 2013

Hi Everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and 2013 is off to a good start! I wanted to write a thoughtful post and clarify my resolutions and goals for the new year, but I have to admit that this year has been off to a hectic start and things have been changing on a daily basis. The highlights so far have been: trying to find a new product design job, our kitchen faucet cracking and spraying water all over, the pot rack slowly falling off our wall, and my family's cat passed away. And it's only 2 weeks into the new year! I hope to get all this crazy out of the way early so the rest of the year will be a bit smoother... 

So considering my big picture resolutions aren't off to a good start and it's already mid-January I don't have high expectations for the rest of the year. With that being said though... I still thought it would be fun to send out my resolutions.  I figured if I can't keep up with all the resolutions I will make a few fun ones so I can still feel accomplished about something throughout the year! So here goes... 

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Holiday Decorating

I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season so far. Time is starting to fly and it's becoming crunch time! We've been busy decorating the house, and I'm revving up for my annual baking extravaganza. I usually bake a dozen or so cookie recipes each year to give out to our neighbors and friends. Each year I like to try a few new recipes and I think this one makes the cut! chocolate rum truffles

This is also the time when we start getting a lot of holiday cards. I wanted a way to display them so we could enjoy all the pictures but didn't want to tape them all over a door frame, and it's hard to stand those photo cards on a table. So after searching online for some inspiration I came up with this easy DIY solution. You can get the supplies at Michaels or Joann Fabrics. (The faces have been blurred to protect the early card senders!)


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Color & Accessories: Mono-Color Rooms

In the recent issue of Elle Decor there were a few rooms done in jewel toned monochromatic colors. Then I saw a magazine ad for Nate Berkus' new product line staged in a monochromatic photo and was inspired to research more "mono-colored" rooms. You might think that using one color (monotone) or several similar shades close to each other (monochromatic) would create a dull lifeless room. But these pictures show you can create a gorgeous room with lots of character by smartly layering colors. 

In all these photos below, the rooms read as one main color. But if you look closer you can see the different elements that were combined to create each cohesive look.


Purple Dining Room

Solid colors with minimal pattern in chair upholstery that ties together the red/purple curtains and blue/purple walls | White ceiling, trim & chair frames brighten the room | Black and gold accents finish the room. 

Glamorous Monochromatic Dining Room by Alex Papachristidis via Elle Decor

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