Patterns You Need to Know! (And How To Use Them!)

There is an ever-growing list of patterns you can use while decorating or designing, and I think that mixing and matching patterns together in a space can add unlimited styles. Just imagine a simple pink pillow.. now add stripes to it, now dots! See how it can start to change a space? We have been in the midst of renos at our home, and not quite ready to be furnishing or decorating, but I am still finding myself creating mood boards with fun patterns and textiles for each space. I can't help it! 

So today I have a list of patterns that you need to know! Ones that maybe you can add to your home in some way!

Paisley-
A curved, feather shaped figure.

Argyle-
Diamonds of various colour on a plain background. Think, school uniform.

Ogee-
A continuous S-shaped line. 

Chevron-
A continuous line in the shape of a 'V'

Herringbone- 
Similar to the chevron, except all of the lines and columns are slopped against each other.

Checkered-
Different coloured squares in a 1 to 1 pattern. 

Gingham-
Almost the same as checkered, except for overlapping colours.

Plaid-
A more intricate gingham, checkered or tartan with multiple sized lines.

Houndstooth-
A larger checkered pattern, with notched corners, made to resemble a 'hounds tooth'.

Polka-Dot-
A series of dots creating a pattern on a different background.

Quatrefoil-
An ornamental design with four lobes representing a clover/flower like shape.

Damask-
A figurative woven pattern, fluttery symmetrical leaves. 

Basket Weave-
A style of weave resembling basketwork.

IKAT-
An Indonesian technique that dyes the warp or weft threads before weaving. This technique creates a 'bleeding' look. 

Fleur De Lis-
A stylized lily with its three petals bound together near their base. It is known from the former royal arms of France.

Lattice-
Lines that are crossed, and leave a diamond shape left in the middle.

 

And there you have it! A few patterns that you ned to know, and how you can use them! This is one of those posts that can just keep growing, so stay tuned for more parts to come.

Do you use any of these patterns in your home? If so, tell me how! 

Until next time, 

Wes Anderson Style

If you have seen a Wes Anderson film you know that there is a special aesthetic that he likes to use. There is a retro, monochrome, yet vibrant feeling you get when seeing these spaces. For a fun little bust of inspo, I thought I would share some Wes Anderson inspired spaces, and ways you can bring it into your own home.  

Using a limited colour palette is the best way to achieve this style. I have a series on this blog on 'Monochrome Homes', and this style fits perfectly into it. The only difference would be to make it more curated and retro. Head on into your local antique or thrift shops and poke around for some fun and funky items, and if you find a few with the same colours, thats even better! 

Another great thing about this style is that you can have fun with pink. Now if you are like me, you love anything pink, but may find it hard to incorporate into your space. If you have a look at all these pictures, you will see an underlying theme of pink! It's so fun. 

Let me know in the comments which Wes movie is your favourite! And if you like this style please share with your friends! 

Till next time

8 Summer Party Ideas

Since moving into our new place, I have been so excited to get al our friends over and have a fabulous summer party. Full tables of food, wonderful flower arrangements, music and games; How fun! So today I have curated some wonderful ideas to use when hosting a gathering this summer to make it a great one!

1. It's all about the table setting! An easy way to get a fresh new look without spending hundreds of dollars is by getting paper plates and plastic cutlery. They are so stylish and trendy, and a very inexpensive way to get the look you want. 

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2. Use arrangements. Flowers are a necessity when hosting a party, whether they are on your dining table or places around a deck, you can't go wrong.

3. Make things fun with balloons. You don't need to be throwing a children's party to use balloons! You can spice up your party with these guys, and you can even get very customized or personal sayings on them. 

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4. Drink up. Having a designated drinks station is a fabulous way to encourage people to get social (not just from the buzz), an area where people can go and mix their own drinks, and share their spirits is a welcoming touch. 

5. Have some fun! Have you ever been to a party where the conversation seems to slow down? Don't let this be yours! Having games on hand is one way to keep the party alive! 

6. Decor galore. This is probably one of the only times you can bust out your pink flamingos and it be acceptable! Don't be afraid to have a little fun, your guests will love the photo ops! 

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7. Fire up the Q. A summer party without a BBQ meal is kind of a waste! Make sure to have all you need to get that baby fired up. 

8. Tasty Treats. How many of us scroll Pinterest and see the amazing treats people make? Well now is the perfect time to test them out! Have a table set up with all of your creations! And even invite your friends to bring some of theirs! 

Above all else, just have fun! Summer is an amazing season to spend with friends, they will love the time no matter what! But if you want this to be a party to remember, don't be afraid to go there! 

Until next time