Let me start by saying, I am a fan of the classics – a pinstripe, a chevron and when done well, even a toile. I do wonder, though, when certain design elements become incredibly popular – are they still considered timeless or are they now trendy? And is it possible for something to be both? In order to answer these burning questions, I decided to take a look at monograms, which are both a current craze and ancient accents.
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Monograms are symbols that incorporate two or more letters. The first motifs date back to 350BC when they were used on coins. Religious leaders, royal families and later businesses and corporations also adopted these “lettered logos” over time. Eventually monograms found their way into home décor.
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Some people want to get their kids hooked on monograms right away. I mean, even infants have initials, right? If you’re a letter lover, celebrate your baby’s moniker with a monogram. Here are some step-by-step instructions you can use to create your own wall treatment.
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My love of vintage hardware is no secret. In the past I’ve loved creating custom gift-wrapping from small, recycled pieces, but recently I’ve become fascinated with doorknobs. When I travel, I love to search flea markets and thrift stores for unique knobs – they make perfect souvenirs. Once I’m unpacked at home, however, I start to wonder what I should do with them? Here are some fun and funky ways I’ve found to repurpose these little treasures. Read Post…
Lately it seems that all things 80s are new again. Shoulder pads, fanny packs and, yes, neon colors all made appearances at fashion week this year. Neon specifically has become a huge presence in all areas of design. One popular way to incorporate the trend in home décor is to combine the bright colors with neutral tones for a more sophisticated feel. Check out some examples of this style and weigh in on the colorful look! Read Post…
I don’t know about you, but my yard is looking a lot like this one right about now – lifeless.
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And even though they can’t see them, people still dealing with snow, know that the lawns buried underneath are not the greenest right now. Between November and February, homeowners everywhere begin worrying about how to tackle the dead or dying grass on their properties. So I called my one of my buddies at Weed Man, Chris Lemcke, to ask him for the lowdown on my straw-colored lawn. Read Post…
There are a few concepts in home décor that might have gotten a bad rap. Shag carpeting, track lighting and the color avocado tend to make most homeowners’ eyes roll. When used thoughtfully, however, I believe they still have a place in this world.
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Sadly, brass kitchen and bathroom fixtures seem to have fallen in with this crowd as well. For many years, builder grade brass-plated fixtures were liberally installed in homes – which, explains why the word “brass” is now spat with dread. Read Post…