Do you pin? Those of you who do know that I am not talking about something involving a sewing machine. “To pin” is the verb attached to the scrapbook sharing site known as Pinterest. It’s kind of like window shopping and flipping through a magazine rolled into one.
I started to pin a couple of years ago in response to some of my writing client’s online needs. But I quickly became hooked and began to pin for myself. And when my daughter got engaged a year and a half ago Pinterest became our way of sharing wedding ideas and pictures. This was so helpful as she travels for work and was out of town most of each month so thre was no time to sit and brainstorm.
To my surprise a couple of my pins have become very popular.This last minute bridal shower decorating idea is repinned several times a week. I get a real chuckle out of this because all it is is a couple of yards of tulle that I clipped silk flowers onto and hung on the door with a wreath holder. A true DIYer would have sewn the flowers on, added some sparkles and hemmed the tulle to look like a veil but no one has ever called me a DIYer so this is the best I could do.
Another very popular pin from my site is this photo of a beautiful mid-century living room designed by Amberinteriors.com and found on her site. I pinned it under “Rooms I love” which is a page I created to file away pictures for future design inspiration.
If you haven’t already done so I invite you to take a look at Pinterest. It is a fun and relaxing way to fill the time when you are waiting for an airplane, sitting in the doctor’s office or in front of the TV. Let me know what you think and if you already pin, what is the most popular repin from your pinterest page?
Try saying that three times, fast! Ok..now that I have your attention let’s get down to business.
As a child of the sixties I have had a long love affair with paisley so I was pleased to see that it is making a comeback in both fashion and home decor. Let’s start off with defining paisley. That ever realiable source, Wikipedia, defines it as “a droplet shaped vegetable motif of Persian (Iranian) origin.” You can read all about the history of paisley by visiting it’s very own site- Paisley Power.
All types of apparel, including shirts, dresses, trousers and even shoes sport this versatile pattern. But since this is a home design blog let’s look at the ways you can use paisley in your home.
Upholstered pieces are an obvious choice and the bigger the better to show off the beautiful pattern. This settee features a subtly colored paisley fabric that adds pattern to the somewhat rustic setting.
Use your favorite paisley fabric to upholster a headboard, side chair or large ottoman.
Along with other small items in a room such as lampshades or throws, accent pillows are a simple way to introduce just a hint of paisley to your decor. Let them take center stage or combine them with other patterns for an eclectic look. Checks and stripes are a great complement to paisley but you might want to exercise a little care when adding floral patterns to the mix. In this bedroom a paisley pillow is paired with a zebra animal print and a nordic looking stripe, creating a designer inspired combination.
Draperies, roman and roller shades, valances and cornice boards provide a wonderful opportunity to display paisley fabric.
Wallpaper and tile
Yes, even tile can be applied in a paisley pattern as this bathroom so beautifully illustrates. Stunning!
A paisley patterned wallpaper really allows the fluidity of the paisley design to show. A powder room is a choice spot to display your love of this ancient design. Go elegant–
What are your thoughts on this iconic pattern? Do you use paisley in your home decor?