Posts Tagged ‘pattern’

I just had to share these amazing pillows with you I designed for my client’s Family Room.  I can’t wait to get pictures of them in the actual room, but isn’t this fabric so cool?

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Here is a close up of the fabric… see the snakes?

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Stay tuned for pictures of the room!

If you need help designing your own project or pillows, contact me!


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One large source of social controversy all around the world is graffiti.  Traveling from city to city you see it everywhere.  It is accepted as an urban artistic expression but viewed as property vandalism and is completely condemned.

Source: Elle Decor

But what happens when graffiti is taken off the streets and applied to interiors and thus, used in a totally different application?  Here are some highly creative ways graffiti can be applied in a more “accepted” way.

Source: artist Reyes

Source: artist Reyes

Source: Ethan Allen

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These artists truly are very talented.  I love the vibrant and modern feel the freeform art brings to a room!  And how cool is this furniture below?

Source: designers Burke and Hazelden

Source: Luis Alicandu

Source: Luis Alicandu

I wil add some fun pictures I took of a skate park in London this summer….

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The Brant Chair made by Ethan Allen is one of the most versatile chairs I can find right now! The detailed carved repeating ball frame and fluted apron (taken from a 17th century design) can fall towards traditional or lean towards modern styling… it just depends on the fabric its upholstered in!

Here are some fun fabric-to-frames I came up with to help you visualize Brant’s potential!

By the way, Ethan Allen offers OVER 1000  fabrics AND 25 wood finishes for the frames- talk about custom!

Here is the link to Ethan Allen’s website where you can check out the chair for yourself.

If you need help creating this look or starting any other design project, feel free to contact me!

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Source: Vera Bradley

I was shopping around Home Goods (what else is new?) and noticed that they had tons of cute little paper covered boxes everywhere!  I just loved the brightly colored prints, they kind of remind me of Vera Bradley.

These could be cute in a home office or a little girl’s bedroom for organization.

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My clients, Kate and Jim, have been building a house in the Friendship Heights part of DC for the last 9 months and are finally ready to move in!  With the “Library” being the first room seen at the front of the house, they wanted this to be the first focus of the project. 

The room is bright with white walls, dark floors, and lots of built-in shelving.  Kate gave me guidelines for this room: she needs a desk to work at, there will need to be a small TV in the room, she wants it to be “fresh”, “airy”, and “WARM”,  but absolutely no seafoam and mineral blues, and she wants a white sofa.


Color scheme

So my challenge was to select a color palette that is bright and fresh but to avoid greens and blues (which was the color scheme in her old house and she is totally tired of).  Okay, a warm but bright palette that would work with a white sofa, sounds difficult since I usually associate warmer tones with creams and not white.

Source: sofa-Kravet, chairs- Ethan Allen, ottoman- Ballard, casegoods and accents- Ethan Allen

I achieved the look Kate and Jim wanted by finding fabrics with a white base but accents of bright orange and yellow.  I also kept a fresh vibe in the room by combining white-painted wood furniture with natural elements like a raw wood lamp on the desk and the bamboo woven area rug.

Library Floor Plan

I will be sure to post pictures of the finished product when everything is installed so stay tuned in the next few months!


If you need help achieving this look or tackling any other design challenge, feel free to contact me!

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Source: Casa Sugar

The Chevron is a very bold pattern that can make a really strong impact on a room.  A Chevron (also spelt Cheveron) is an inverted “V” shaped pattern typically seen in repetition.

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This pattern can sometimes be difficult to work with and isn’t for everyone, but it’s certainly one to try to play around with!

Source: West Elm Bedding

If you don’t want to commit to incorporating it into your design completely, you can always bring the pattern in by using accents like pillows, blankets, rugs, and other smaller pieces that are easy to change out.

Source: Etsy

Source: Etsy

Source: chair-Z Gallerie, pillows-Clayton Gray Home, lamp-Jill Rosenwald, room-Houzz.com, pottery-Jill Rosenwald

One of my favorite (and most subtle) ways  to use the Chevron is in a tile backsplash or a wood flooring.  Remember that the lighter the pattern, the less intense it will be as well.

Source: Southern Accents

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Source: Houzz.com

Source: Hernderson Wood Floors

Okay, Okay, just a few more that I love…

Source: Shades of Light

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Source: West Elm

Source” Etsy

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So I have a complete obsession with Ikat (it’s really pronounced Ecot!).  The print is so bold and looks amazing in any color way, its also so easy to mix with other bold prints so don’t be afraid!  It makes me feel like summer is just around the corner, everywhere I go I see it!  I have also learned that its one of those things that people either love or hate though… I LOVE it!

Source: Madeline Weinrib

I just love these bright colors with the black contrast, so yummy.

Source: HGTV Dream Home 2012

The blue and silver Ikat on these dining chairs bring up the formality of this very casual country Dining Room.

Source: HGTV Dream Home 2012

Even in fashion!  I want one…

Source: J.Crew

I recently designed these two custom kidney pillows in a bright Ikat to sit on these custom chairs in a wine color crocodile embossed leather for a client of mine, turned out gorgeous.

Cook project, Design byLauren Racowsky

Cook project, Design by Lauren Racowsky

I love how the Ikat pillows on the chairs tie in the oranges, purples, and creams of the custom pillows we did on her sofa.

So whats your take?  Do you love or leave it?

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