Tuesday–Tip:  Although most people might think adding texture in your home should only be done to cozy things up in the winter, I thought I might show you some examples of rooms where texture is added to give a room dimension and keep it from looking flat or sterile–no matter what the season.

 

I love the texture of these Tibetan Fleece Stools In Erin Fetherston’s home…

Image via One Kings Lane

 

Shiplap always adds fun texture to a room…

Image via PInterest by Studio McGee.

 

Framing textiles or hanging tapestries are a great way to add texture…

Image via Pinterest by insideout.com

 

Adding greenery is another great texture…

Image via Pinterest via Anthropologie

 

Or a great faux fur pillow…

Image via Pinterest by Decorator Girl.

 

Or woven window treatments…

Image via Pinterest by B Gallerie by Leo Designs Chicago.

 

The list is endless on how to add texture, so don’t be afraid to mix materials, woods and metals, or bring in baskets and throws.  They all add interest and depth to a room making them feel more lived in!

Monday–Item of the Week:  I think this little smartphone projector is such a clever product.  All you need is a fully charged phone and a smooth wall to project your videos, pictures or funny internet clips you’d like to watch.  Check it out…

 

Smartphone Projector by Luckies of London

 

 

 

I think this would be a great gift for anyone!  Looking for more great gift ideas?  Be sure to head on over to our shop site where we’re always adding fun new products such as this!

Friday–Faves:  Porch swings are the best!  They are so inviting not to mention therapeutic as you rock back and forth.  There are so many new, cool versions of them, so I thought I’d share a few of my faves with you!

 

This is one of the coolest porch swings I’ve ever seen! Image via Pinterest via Domino.

 

Image via Pinterest saved from dustjacketattic.blogspot.

 

Love this swing by Rachel Halvorson!

 

 

Thursday–Thoughts:  Even though I know we’ve needed all of this rain, I can’t help but wish for the sun to pop out soon so I can get outside again!  Thinking about being outside has inspired me to start plotting out what we are going to have in our vegetable gardens this year.  Do you have raised beds?  I planned our raised vegetable garden with a few principles in mind – I wanted staggered heights and lengths to create movement and I wanted them painted black to coordinate with our house.

 

 

 

 

I also wanted in ground plantings to soften the edges and add an extra opportunity for plantings.  One of my favorite things that I added for a fun detail are metal stainless strips around the borders to give them definition.

 

 

This is another of my favorite things in our backyard–an espalier wall.

 

 

Here are some images of another type of raised bed you might consider when planning your garden this spring…they are made of stainless steel.

 

 

 

The great thing about the stainless steel is that it doesn’t break down in the wet weather.  It needs to be sealed every year which is an easy process to do (you can do it with a spray can), but other than that, the maintenance on them is a piece of cake.

Just remember that planning out your garden/landscaping can take some time, but will be well worth all the work you put into it.  We love our fresh fruit and vegetables we gather in the summer, not to mention how much we enjoy the way it all looks!

Wednesday–Inspire:  I love front doors as I believe that a good one sets the tone for a house.  When I drive around neighborhoods and spot a front door that I love, it makes me wonder about the family that lives there and what the inside might look like!  Pay attention to your front door and what it says about your home!

I gathered a bunch of doors that I love and created a board for them on Pinterest.  Be sure to take a peek if you’re considering changing or updating your own.

 

Image via Pinterest via Cococozy

 

Image via Pinterest saved by This Old House

 

Image via Pinterest via My Home Ideas

 

Image via Pinterest via French-grey.com

Just a quick post to wish everyone a Happy Happy Valentine’s Day!  Enjoy the one’s you love!

Image via Pinterest by A Subtle Revelry

We couldn’t be more excited to partner with @Decoristofficial to create personalized room designs complete with mood boards and shopping lists!  It’s going to be a great way to work with us virtually!

Click here to find out more about this fun new venture!

Monday–Item of the Week:  I have a great new design book to recommend to you called Interior Design Master Class: 100 Lessons from America’s Finest Designers on the Art of Decoration.  It could be for people who are decorating their own homes or for those that are students of design and want to better understand the thought process and rationale.   It was released last October and as one review says, “Opening Interior Design Master Class is like sitting down to the best dinner party you’ve ever attended”.

This one is going to be considered a classic someday and I think you are going to love it!

Friday–Fave:  It’s that time of year when everyone hits the gym and starts new workout regimes, so of course, you need new workout gear to go with!  Here are some of my favorite pieces from cold weather gear to my favorite socks to wear!

Namaska Yoga Tank by Sweaty Betty!

 

Akasha Tunic Top by Sweaty Betty!

 

 

High Rise Powerful Gleam Tight by Athleta

 

 

Free to Be Tranquil Bra by Lululemon

 

 

Freestyle Ski Bobble Beanie by Sweaty Betty

 

 

Pace Rival Crop by Lululemon

 

 

Play All Day Sock by Lululemon

 

 

Demi Drape Yoga Tank by Sweaty Betty!

 

 

High Neck Striped Tank by Athleta

 

 

 

 

Wednesday–Inspire:  We recently presented an office space design for YDesign based in Walnut Creek.   They have two suites in the building they are located in, one of which we designed four years ago.  We wanted to incorporate their branding while creating a fun and energizing environment for their employees.  The focus was on their kitchen/lounge area near the entrance, a lounge area as well as a fabric sample wall.  We also provided some tweaks to their conference room designs (which their staff had already provided to us) and a feature wall above the cubicles.  We created a much larger kitchen which we color blocked and utilized all the furniture and lighting of the YDesign brand.  Option B has a “partition wall” made of framed colored transparent acrylic panels to divide the space a bit.   We are excited about the design and we can’t wait to see it all come together.