Happy New Year!!!

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– From Homedit


Fun at The Tile Shop

Hubby and I went on an adventure to Alexandria, Virginia the other day to get our backsplash tiles from the Tile Shop. Knowing that I already did some research on this and if the look fit with our granite, Hubby had high hopes that we would be quickly on our way out of the shop. Well, who would have thought there’d be so much fun inspiration to find at a tile shop? I slowed down our exit…just a tad…so I could share these with you. Enjoy!

Fabric Yard Sale This Weekend! (DC and Baltimore Area)

Just learned about a fabric sale hosted by a local interior designer. For those in the DC and Baltimore, MD area…here are the details:

Fabric Yard Sale on Saturday, September 24th from 8:00 am until 12:00 pm, and then the following Saturday, October 1st from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm!

Sale will be at:
1403 Frederick Road
Catonsville, MD 21228

House is directly across from Catonsville Presbyterian church.

1000’s of decorative fabrics and 100’s of imported trims! ALL fabric $.50 to $4.00 per piece, 3 and 6 yard bolts $6.00 to $12.00. to and ALL trim $.50 to $4.00 per piece. Come shop and design. Hope to see you there!

Deanna Keagle

Fabrics: Zig-zags, Chevrons, Ikats…

And other geometric shapes or solids? Yes, I’m still at it! (Read my post here to catch up). Just when you think you know what you’re going for, it doesn’t quite turn out the way you had expected.

My fabric samples from Spoonflower (Etsy-equivalent for fabrics) came in the other day. Spoonflower, by the way, allows you to print your own fabric designs. It’s such a great startup concept.

Anyhoo – here they are:

This is the Chevron fabric by Ravynka. It really is a funky pattern, isn’t it!

This is the Zig Zag by Brownpaperpackages.
I’m torn because I do love the pattern. The background of the fabric is just too white, I think for the look I was imagining. I planned to paint the wood frame on the sofa with an antique white finish, which would not match the white background on either of these fabrics. I suppose one alternative would be to paint the wood frame a blue or even yellow?? But I don’t think I want to go too much on that funky route. So, what are the other options?

Country Cabin in Bluebell by Robert Allen.

Sultana Lattice in Luna by Iman.

Kalah in Blue.

Or I could go with solids. Like this Sunbrella fabric in Baltic color. I could just spice it up with pillows and accessories.

Or Endow Saffire.

Or another Sunbrella in Navy.

I was told by the fabric expert at Calico Corners that Sunbrella may be a good option for constantly used furniture. It should last a long time and deal well with everyday wear. Has anyone used Sunbrella for interior upholstery?

I think, I’m leaning toward the Country Cabin in Bluebell by Robert Allen. But not completely sure. What do you guys think?

Fabricly Lost and Confused

Simple Bedroom Makeover

You don’t have to spend much to change the look and feel of a space. Take the bedroom, for example. Hubby and I updated our bedroom with a new coat of paint, new duvet, carpet, and simple accessories.

Photograph by Michelle @ Design Palate

Here’s the before. I was really into orange a couple years back…wanted to even paint our headboard orange (but the silent gasp in hubby’s eyes stopped me). So, we settled with a duvet cover. Something about the fact that it can be easily removed, I think, comforted him.

Photograph by Michelle @ Design Palate

Then I moved into a calmer phase in my life where I wanted everything else around me calm, too. What better place to start than the bedroom. We softened the room with a blue-green accent wall. Then I found this beautiful yellowish-beige duvet cover and found some accent pillowcases to match to lighten up the space and create some contrast between the dark-chocoloate headboard and my newly painted blue-green wall.

Photograph by Michelle @ Design Palate

It also better highlights our most treasured posssession: this photograph that we got in Charleston, South Carolina as a souvenir from our honeymoon 6 years ago.

Photograph by Michelle @ Design Palate

We added some warmth to the room, while creating some more definition in the space with this rug. We got in on sale in Alexandria, VA (will update this post with the store’s name). We spent close to like 4 hours in that rug store. They had piles and piles of beautiful antique Persians.

Photograph by Michelle @ Design Palate

This was a vase we’ve had in our bedroom before. But I just love the pop of salmon-pink in the space. We blended in different hues as pops of color elegantly placed here and there.

Photograph by Michelle @ Design Palate

Finally, we updated the knobs on the bedside tables. I wanted something simpler to pull, not overdone.

Photograph by Michelle @ Design Palate

Here’s a closer picture of the bedside table. And my latest night-time reads.

Hope you enjoyed a mini tour of our bedroom!

Webify Me!

Just upgraded my Firefox browser, and it has a new feature called “Webify Me” where you can get a sense of your “Web personality.” Kind of fun…like cracking open a fortune cookie and unfolding the little piece of paper that supposedly describes you, and you think: “wow, yeah, that’s totally how I am feeling today” or “that really describes my current situation.” Well, for those of you I don’t personally know, here is a little bit more about me (apparently).

Click on Me

Happy Day! (And I hope it’s not raining wherever you are…or if it is, that you’re in your pjs — snuggled up on your couch watching sitcom reruns).

Close-Enough Coffee Table

I was so bummed the other day when I found the perfect coffee table style I wanted but it didn’t quite fit the budget. So what’s a gal to do when she can’t get the expensive option? Look for deals at Overstock.com, Amazon.com, Craigslist.com, and a general search on Google.com will do, too! Search terms: gold, metal, glass, coffee table.

From Becker Furniture World

And I even discovered the name of the coffee table style I originally wanted: St. Tropez Sanremeo Bunching Cocktail Table by Lexington Home Brands (aka Lexington Bunching Cocktail Table).

From CSN Stores

I wanted to get two of these and place them together like the pic above. CSNstores.com them on sale at $485.10 for one, in case you’re interested.

Well, here are alternates I found as options. Reasonably priced and still gives me the the gold, metal, glass top look I was looking for.

From Amazon.com

This is the Steve Silver Emerson Coffee Table (and End Tables) in Bronze (looks gold enough). $260.00

From Amazon.com

This one is the 3pcs Coffee and End Side Table Set in Bronze Finish by Poundex. $193.70

From The Simple Coffee Table Store

I think this one might be the winner. It’s the Ellipse Rectangular Cocktail Table by Hammary. $200.00

Design Treats: Chinoiserie Chippendale Chairs

How did I not know about these chairs before??

From Chinoiserie Chic

Chinoiserie and ikat…what a unique combination!

From blog.effortless-style.com via pinterest

Love the golden tones on this version. Perfect for a sunroom!

From Chinoiserie Chic

In black…elegant.

From Decorpad

This jade-grey color give the chair a softer tone.

Interiors by Jennifer Dengel via Aesthetic Oiseau

Red! Bold statement in the dining room.

Chairs by Jonathan Adler via Chinoiserie Chic

Or yellow-green for a little pop of fun.

I do think this style would be just perfect for my dining room! My design dilemma now is finding the right color to match the mahogany table. Any suggestions??

My Dining Table

West Elm Sweepstakes

One of my favorite stores is West Elm. I get tickled when I get their catalog in the mail. All other unopened mail gets piled up on my little side table by the door, but the catalog is one of my night-time, on the Metro, take-a-break-from work reads. I’m especially excited to see a lot of hand-made, globally inspired items this season. Thought I’d share the love and inform you of their Dream Big Sweepstakes (enter now through August 31)! Of course, if you want to pay-it-forward, you can enter more friends names after you’ve already entered your information.

If I won, I’d love to buy these delicious items!

From West Elm

Gorgeous carved mango wood coffee table.

From West Elm

This “Arc” chair with the Paisley Iron/Flax fabric.

From West Elm

These pretty mugs for my hot chocolate cravings.

From West Elm

LOVING this handmade quilted throw made from Indian saris.

From West Elm

Beautiful bone-tiled side table.

From West Elm

Four of these nailhead chairs for my dining space.

From West Elm

From West Elm

And this whole bedroom!

What would you buy if you won??

Design Palate Finds At The New York International Gift Fair

So excited to tell you all about my first visit to the New York International Gift Fair this weekend! In addition to having an amazing time looking at all sorts of design candy–from home furnishings to fashion and accessories–I met with some of the most amazing and talented people. My best finds were in the Handmade Global Design division, which showcased artisan-made items from all over the world. Let’s check them out, shall we? (P.S. if you click on the images, it will take you to more info about the product.)

Photo by Michelle @ Design Palate

Amazing detail, don’t you think? This vase, called the Three Leaf Fish Vase, was made by an artisan from San Juan de Oriente in Nicaragua and is showcased in the U.S. with the wonderful help of Chaka MarketBridge. I’ll tell you more about that in another post!

Photo by Michelle @ Design Palate

I love the colors of these woven textiles from India.

Photo by Michelle @ Design Palate

LOVE! these pillows. Such beautiful craftsmanship by the talented women living in the rural communities near Tegucigalpa, Hondoruas. More on their story on another post too!

Photo by Michelle @ Design Palate

This is a garden wall art made out of the base of an oil steel drum by an artisan in Haiti. What a marvelous way to repurpose used bins!

Photo by Michelle @ Design Palate

During the Autumn, ever think of turning that pile of leaves that fall on your yard into eco-friendly lamps?? Well, eangee home design had a great idea and ran with it…working with artisans in the Philippines to make these colorful beauties for you.

Photo by Michelle @ Design Palate

Malaysian woodcarving by Norhaiza Noordin, mastercarver. This little image does not do the real pieces justice. When I meet Norhaiza, he was sketching plans for a beautifully intricate wood-carved bed. He’s an amazing artist all around.

Photo by Michelle @ Design Palate

A gorgeous wood cabinet with mother-of-pearl inlay from Syria.

Photo by Michelle @ Design Palate

And one of my very faves, Egyptian ceramics at the Aid to Artisans booth.

What do you think? Amazing pieces aren’t they? Know of more artisan-made home furnishings and accessories? Let us know!