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Sunday
Aug272017

The Greek Key in Interiors

 

The meander motif took its name from the river Meander, a river with many twists, mentioned by Homer in Iliad. The motif is also known as Greek key or Greek fret.

 

Meander was the most important symbol in Ancient Greece, symbolizing infinity or the eternal flow of things. Many temples and objects were decorated with this motif, and it is considered that there is a connection with the Cretan labyrinth – indeed - a labyrinth can be drawn using a Greek key.

 

Meander symbolizes as well the bonds of friendship, of love and devotion and that’s the reason it’s often given as marriage gift. It can symbolize as well the four cardinal points, the 4 seasons, waves – especially in the round version of it, or snakes, among others. 

 

The Greek Key in interior design is very much in vogue.  This oversized embroidered trim by Scalamandre makes quite a statement on a kitchen valance in this Atlanta kitchen. 

 

A Greek Key wallcovering in a carefully selected space makes quite a design statement as does this one by Seabrook.

 

 One word of caution, use the Greek Key in your design judiciously.  Applying it in too many different places in a room can lessen its punch. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday
Sep282016

Wallpaper Fun

 

 

I am so happy that wallpaper is making a big comeback!  

 

Have always loved this whimsical pattern by Schumacher.  

 

Twitter by F. Schumacher

 

Bold Stylized leaf patterns are all the rage! 


Galbraith & Paul

October 2016 House Beautiful

 

More to come later!

 

Thanks for checking in!

Saturday
Aug132016

Brass is Back!!

Brass and gold tones are making a comeback in 2016 after several years of the cooler tones being the trend. I was reading the update from this year's National Kitch and Bath Industry Show and one of the new rends this year is to incorporate brass fixtures into kitchen and baths.

The brushed brass lighting, faucets and hardware are really the jewelry for this room.

Kitchen
This brushed brass faucet from Delta was one of the new items showcased this year at the HGTV dream home.
The American Standard sink is very charming with brass legs and faucet.
via KBIS
Love this small black and white bath accented with brass!
via Cococozy

 

Designer Tobi Fairley combined brass with warm gray cabinetry and resulted in a unique and luxurious kitchen.

via Cococozy

 

If you are bulding a home or remodeling your kitchen or bathroom, consider using brass in your design.  It is Back AGAIN!

 

 

Thursday
Aug112016

Outdoor Living Living Looks in 2016

We have always enjoyed wraparound porches here in the South as an outdoor space.  A porch swing brings back nostalgic feelings of days gone by and creates a relaxing place to visit and sip iced tea.

 

Terrace areas complete with a cooking area are a big trend now.  Don't you love the architecture of the big hood surrounded by that beautiful blue and white tile? 

 

These doors that fold back completely create an indoor-outdoor space, perfect for entertaining.  

 

 

If opening up the entire wall  isn't possible, then large openings are a great way to invite people to the outdoors and to enjoy the views.

 

 

This rather formal terrace area is very eye-catching done in mixed textures and white.  The modern wing back chairs are gorgeous!

 

A fireplace or firepit seems to be in great demand.  I am seeing them being built all over our neighborhood.  What a wonderful place to sit and have a glass of wine or read during a crisp fall morning

 

 

I hope this sparked some interest in creating an outdoor living space in your home.

 

Thank you for reading!  Patti

Sunday
Aug032014

Mosaic Tile: Hot New Trend

I have been working on up-dating a laundry room and kitchen.  In this process we have to choose tile for the backsplash.  The hot new trend in tile is mosaic tile.  

Below are some interesting designs using mosaic tiles.

 

 Perk up a small bath by using it the tile extensively. 

 

Laundry rooms are a great place to try out a mosaic tile installation.  Notice the countertop was painted to match the backsplash in this fun laundry area. 

Even in a monocromatic laundry room, the mosaic adds a touch of texture and interest.

This designer went all out in this colorful kitchen and what a statement!

via cococozy.com
Below is the laundry area I have been working on.  We installed a quartz countertop, Frosty Carrina by Caesarstone which has a Carrara marble look and used a mosaic tile that was a combination of Carrara and clear glass tiles.  The room was repainted in Benjamin Moore AC 22 Nantucket Fog, an interesting blue/gray.  Have to add a few finishing touches like a fun light fixture but check out the before picture below the after pic. 

 

 

Before

 

Would you consider a mosaic tile in your next design project? 

 

Photo credits:  houzz.com, cococozy.com