A Classic Never Dies!

I have a confession to make. I am obsessed with and physically drawn to anything Houndstooth. With that being said, it is sad to say that I do not own one outfit, accessory or home accent that has this AMAZING print on it. If it were up to me, the toilet paper in my home would be in a Houndstooth print, but‚Ķ.I’m not sure how hubby would feel about that. So, instead of purchasing anything and everything that has a Houndstooth print on it, I’ll blog and post beautiful pictures of it instead. ūüėČ

To give you a little history on this print, Houndstooth originated in the 1800s in Scotland and was originally worn as a woven wool outer garment by Scottish shepherds. This print evolved in the fashion world, ¬†becoming a symbol of wealth in the 1900s. I am sure you’ve seen this print many times used by top designers such as Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton and Chanel.

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An Interior Decorator from the 1930s, Dorothy Draper, wears a houndstooth-patterned suit with a matching hat.

And like everything else in the world, Houndstooth evolved throughout the years, changing in size, texture and color. Typically, it is still most popular in its original black and white colors, but modern day designers have strayed from this classic color way, using bold colors and unique size combinations.

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Of course, this fashion trend extended to designing interior spaces as well. Houndstooth has been a popular pattern seen in Interior Design used in  fabric and wallpaper prints, carpet patterns and incorporated in home accessories.

A classic black and white Houndstooth fabric is used on the dining chairs of this high end restaurant in Paris.

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I’m in love with this pink Houndstooth window treatment. What little princess wouldn’t love these treatments in her bedroom?! I know my daughter would adore them!

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These Houndstooth pillows add color and pattern to a neutral sofa.

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Too nervous to incorporate a Houndstooth pattern in the home? Why not try a neutral tone on tone pattern like the wallpaper in the below picture. Sophisticated and timeless!

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Do you have a pattern fetish like I do? Let us know what it is and we can help you incorporate it in your space. Visit www.vrainteriors.com to contact us.

Posted by Reem T.

Black + White: 30 Most Beautiful Interiors

I am a huge fan of black and white interiors ,while my husband on the other hand, is a traditionalist when it comes to interiors…so this could never be done in my home.  I have pulled together a collection of interiors all dressed in black & white that will entice and inspire you. These spaces evoke a sense of sophistication, edge, elegance and glamour.

To successfully tie the space together, I suggest using a monochromatic color palette with a pop of color or by allowing the light to bounce around the walls by choosing a ultra-white wall paint to help the room feel more spacious and bright. Then you can introduce black in furniture, art and accessories. Another technique is choosing black as your trim and floor color with white and gray accents in furniture and accessories. Painting the walls black may feel daring but this can be achieved with white furniture and lots of bling! Let’s not forget pattern, this can be done with wallpaper, fabric, tile, or paint. Enjoy!

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It’s Fall Y’all!

Cool breezes, snuggly sweaters, apple cider, pumpkins and fall leaves. ¬†Who doesn’t love Fall? ¬†To me however, fall means the Pantone Fashion color Fall Report, Fall Fashion Week 2013 and the new ways that these styles, patterns and colors can be incorporated into a space. ¬†Making your home cozy doesn’t just mean orange and pumpkin spice (although who wouldn’t agree that both of those items are yummy!). ¬†Fall brings bold, beautiful jewel tones with deep rich colors and textures. ¬†It might seem challenging to incorporate these items into your home or space. ¬†I’ve taken some great pieces from Fall Fashion week, and have paired them with a few great additions to any home:

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By using accessory pieces, accent furniture, paint, and accent rug or even wall coverings, Fall is a great time to mix it up and take those fall fashions straight from the Runway to your home.

If you want some help incorporating your favorite Fall fashions into your space, check out our Pinterest page for more ideas, or come by our website.

Written by Amy B.

 

 

This Ain’t Your Grandma’s Wallpaper

WALLPAPER. ¬†That’s right! ¬†Wallcoverings in general have a bad wrap these days, and it’s partially due to the horrific stereotype that I’m sure pretty much every family in America grew up with:

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That flowery wallpaper that covered every surface of your house. ¬†It had matching borders for each room, paint colors and matching window valences…AHHHHH!!! ¬†I think we can all agree that when we think of THAT type of wallpaper, this is how we feel:

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Well today I’m here to change your opinion of Wallcoverings with some great options on how to use them throughout your space. ¬†There are TONS of ways that you can apply wallpaper around your home, but for this post we’re going to focus on the traditional application, using paper as an accent, and then some unconventional places that we see wallpapers being used to add additional color and pattern in some unexpected places.

Our first option is probably what we are all mot familiar with.  Picking out a nice pattern with lots of color and applying it on the walls of a room.  While this seems like somewhat of a boring option, it can actually completely change the look of your space, and can add some much-needed beauty.  Check out some great finds below:

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This paper offers a traditional base with the blue flowers while combing a retro modern feel with the furniture. ¬†It’s always fun to mix eras and styles within a room to create something unique and new.

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I LOVE LOVE LOVE the natural wallpaper used in this space.  Just by using neutral grass style paper and combining two separate patterns, it creates a unique application and adds so much to this powder room!

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This paper is one of my favorite finds! ¬†Besides the cute pup, this example showcases glitz and glam without bold patterns or combinations of bright colors. ¬†It’s GLITTER!! ¬†What a great option that will brighten your space on its own, but will also reflect any natural and artificial light in your room, bringing that “homey” quality that only light can.

The second option mentioned above is to use wallcoverings as an accent.  This can be a wall or as the first image below shows, a ceiling:

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By using a solid wall color and placing the pop of patterned wallpaper on the ceiling, it draws your eyes upward, and makes your space feel brighter and your ceilings  seem taller.

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Creating an accent wall like the four images above is also another great way to add some interest to your space whether you want to highlight your main cooking space, some beautiful family photos, or an entryway with a great serving table to hold your daily mail and keys.

The last option that we are going to entertain today is using wallpaper in some unconventional or unexpected places such as the interior of a bookcase or drawer, framing your favorite bold patterns, or using a frame to help define a space for furniture placement.  This allows you to add a pop of color pattern without having to commit to a more permanent place in your space such as the walls or ceiling.  It also allows you to switch out your paper more often as the cost and labor is a lot less than buying enough for a whole room.

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I’m going to be using this in my own space! ¬†If you can’t decide on just one paper to use, why not pick all your favorites (you can even use the techniques from our first post about pattern genius), and hang them as an accent on a wall or above your bed with some great antique frames.

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So whether you’re looking to change the look of an entire room, or just wanted a punch of pattern and color for the back of a bookcase or as a secret in your dresser drawer, there are unlimited options when it comes to styles and ways that we can use wallpaper in our homes today. ¬†So as I always say, don’t be afraid, jump out of that box, and go bold – You won’t regret it!

If you would like some help with some ideas, please contact us on our website http://www.vrainteriors.com, or check out our Pinterest page.

Posted by Amy B.

A Nice Pop

A nice pop. ¬†No, not soda pop (although who doesn’t love a nice ice-cold soda pop every now and then!) but a pop of color. ¬†This bright and fun idea is a great way to liven up any space in your home as well as allow you to switch out and update your space as much or as little as you want. ¬†There are MANY ways that you can add an accent to your room, and if you are following us on Pinterest (insert shameless plug), you already have some great ways of adding that nice pop. ¬†For those of you who aren’t (yet) following our page, I thought we could have a little fun and look at some ways of adding color to your room.

Our first option is a great accent wall using paint, fabric or a great graphic wall covering:

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Another great way to pop some color into your space is using fabric:

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One of the simplest ways of adding a little brightness into your room is with accessories.  These can easily be changed out as colors phase out of season, or if you just need a change of color.  You can always also keep the same great pieces and have your local refurbish company to finish your furniture pieces or accessories in a new color.

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So whether you are using fabric, paint, wall coverings or beautiful flowers or other accessories, color is an inexpensive and easy way to add character and a bold accent in any space.  So pick your favorite color, and find a space that needs a little POP!

If you would like help in finding the right pop for your home, please contact us on our website at http://www.vrainteriors.com, or you can find us on Facebook, Linked-in and Pinterest.

Posted by Amy B.