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Tropical is In! How to Make it Work

Low Tide Mashup
Eastern Accents: Tropical Style Done Right: Low Tide Mashup

https://www.easternaccents.com/pl-59-designer-bedding.html?idtype=241&curpage=1&showall=true&sortfield=categorydesc

The Key to Success: Restraint

What makes this particular Eastern Accents pattern compilation Low Tide Mashup successful is the restraint. It’s not overdone. The hallmark of Eastern Accents is the company’s ability to coordinate color and pattern to perfection.

To determine if you even like living with bold, colorful patterns in your space, purchase only a few accents, such as pillows, accessories, or artwork. Anchor the space in neutrals (headboard, area rug, draperies, wallpaper, paint). Consider a pastel or bright paint color for an accent wall only. If you determine that you love lots of pattern, still keep bold patterns to smaller items.

Faux Florals and Greenery

Think beyond fronds and banana leaves. Monstera leaves, elephant ear, and green lilies all bring freshness. Colorful tropicals include Bird of Paradise, succulent protea and antherium. Etsy always offers wonderful, unique finds, but my “go to” for quality botanicals is NDI Florals.

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NDI Tropical Faux Florals
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NDI Faux Florals Monastera Leaf

https://ndi.com/shop/flowers/tropical-flowers

Wicker and Rattan

Wicker and rattan area timeless as well due to their natural tones and subtle colors.  Rattan furniture is crafted out of rattan only, but wicker furniture may be crafted out of different materials such as bamboo, straw and ratta . Recently, synthetic materials are also being used for the manufacure of wicker furniture. An additional benefit of using wicker or rattan furniture is the ability to add colorful cushions to them.

World Market – always a leader in all things world beat and tropical
Natural Rattan Crisscross Lantern
World Market Natural Rattan Criscross Lantern
Wood X Table Lamp Base
World Market Wood X Table Lamp Base

Artwork

For artwork selections, the key to success with a tropical theme, again, is subtlety and restraint. Consider watercolors to get that fresh, breezy feel of paradise without going overboard.

Bird of Paradise by Angelicby Jones via Etsy

https://www.etsy.com/listing/155115956/birds-of-paradise-birds-of-paradise?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=tropical+art+watercolor&ref=sc_gallery-1-4&plkey=4b0a77b962d3629370abe7c3989ef22495e1d121%3A155115956

Note the muted tones in the beautiful design below by Designvibes.com. Nothing hits you over the head. The large pillow and area rug in brown and cream give some breathing room to the blue and orange patterned items in the room. Brighter hues are reserved for glass accessories. The designer achieved perfect balance and harmony in this composition!

White and Tribal Print Décor with Ottomans
Designvibes.com

For more inspiration, check out Homebnc’s post:

Commercial Resources, hospitality design, Residential Design

Nick Allman – Craftsman, Artist, Furniture Maker

In this era of rustic fabrication, Nick Allman brings elegance and refinement to rustic furniture design.

Design by Nick Allman Studio
Click the link above to see Nick Allman’s scope of design
(Note: A word of thanks to Riverscross Pottery for highlighting this incredible find.)

The rustic look has found its way into restaurants, boutique shops, big box stores, and residential interiors.  Any design that is well made and composed of natural elements has timeless appeal. Consider marble, wood, stone, silk, and linen.

Here’s a look at some other trends that will endure:

https://www.hgtv.com/design/decorating/design-101/20-design-trends-that-never-go-out-of-style-pictures

Boutique hotel design

Boutique Hotels: The New Hangout

Blurred Lines

More, now than ever, the line between our work life and private life is becoming blurred.  We take work home, our smart phones only get turned off (if at all) right before it’s ‘lights out’.  We want our office spaces to be more residential, and our homes to offer the function and simplicity that was once relegated only to our work spaces.

The Wow Factor

Given access to so much beautiful design via the internet, it’s no wonder we look to boutique hotels and restaurants to scratch that itch we have for the “wow” factor.  We might not tolerate so much bling, so much color, so much richness in our homes, but it’s nice to escape to a space where fantasy runs rampant while we take that weekend away, meet coworkers to review the next presentation, or catch up with friends over a meal.

Entrance lobby of a luxurious hotelImage by Blair-witch via Istock 

Private to Public Consumption

No doubt, our homes must become ever streamlined and functional as we rush in and out of our domiciles.  We land long enough to take care of the essentials such as laundry, dinner, and school permission forms.   Our interiors must support our pace, as well as our ever growing craving for technology and function.  Millennials, as well as those of us rethinking our proiorities and relationship with materialism, are searching more for experiences, rather than stuff.  We might not be quick  to invest in our own interiors.  So if we aren’t putting the divine details into our residences, it is no wonder that the boutique hotel and restaurant phenomenon has taken off.  The wonderful thing is that rather than sublime design being created for a wealthy few, it is now available  for public consumption.

 

 

 

Residential Design, Residential Resources

Scalamandré’s Lovely Calabria Collection

Antonella Lampas, Osborne Pom Pom Fringe, Camille Damask, Diamante Matelasse, Strada Stripe and Georgica Braided Cord
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Scalamandré always delivers on luxury. The Calabria Collection (inspired by the region of Calabria, Italy) captures the more elegant, soft, and refined side of Italian style and works well with stone and the greys that are still so popular. The line also gives us ideas on how to weave softer colors into color schemes that include greys.

Calabria Color Stories

Scalamandré allows you to pair product from the Calabria Collection with classics from other Scalamandré lines. Be sure to review Morning Glory, Winter, Bluestone and Onyx from this new collection that celebrates the company’s 90th anniversary.

http://www.scalamandre.com/custom/calabria.php?TYPE=DES&&COL=C680&SORT=N&SEARCH=calabria
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800.932.4361
www.scalamandre.com

Residential Design

Holiday Decor to Replace a Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree Shortage

There are various reasons for the shortage of Christmas trees this year.

https://www.newsweek.com/christmas-tree-prices-skyrocket-amid-national-shortage-1232069

If you find that the offerings are less than optimal, or you just don’t want to shell out the extra dollars for a real tree this year, there are many alternatives that will bring you holiday cheer without breaking the bank.

Multicolored Lights and Baubles in a Clear Vase

Design and Image by Riverscross Pottery

Faux Poinsettia and Lights Among Greenery

Faux greenery wraps and holds around a bannister beautifully.  Twist the ends together to stay in place.            Image by L. Richardson

A Basket of Greenery, Lights and Ornaments

Design and Image by Riverscross Pottery

“The Christmas spirit is simply an honest spirit of love for all humanity. It is the force that moves us to give what we can, to help as we are able, and to always be of kind comfort.” 
― Richelle E. Goodrich, Slaying Dragons

travel & experience

Goals and Adventures

Woman standing near big tropical riverImage by littlehenrabi via Istock

Put the Big Rocks in First

Imagine that your most important goals are represented by big rocks you put in your “jar of life.” The sand that fills in around the big rocks are the things that take away time from investing in your most important goals. These include activities that aren’t necessarily important but distract us from our larger goals.  If we don’t put the BIG rocks in first (guarding time, attention, and energy for these things), there will be no room in our “jar of life” for these important goals.

Semiprecious stones canned in glass jar.

Image by arckstart via Istock

https://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-prioritize-between-important-and-urgent-tasks-2017-5

The Value of Minimalism as Applied to Goal Setting

Minimalism involves intentionally promoting the things we most value and getting rid of the things that distract us from attaining those valuable things.   Living with fewer material possessions can be a way to remove distractions.  However, minimalism is really more about a way of thinking and a way of experiencing life that provides you greater freedom and happiness.  

Minimalism Blogs

8 Simple Living Blogs You Will Enjoy Discovering

Familiy time - kissImage by Ocskaymark via Istock

The Many Faces of Adventure

Adventure doesn’t just mean jumping out of an airplane or backpacking through Europe.  It means all kinds of things.  Adventure can be adapted based on our particular  circumstances and stage of life.  What adventure means to one person means something different to another.   You are the one and only you.  No one should or will live your life story….which is just as it should be.

Adventure can mean as a willingness to do somewhat risky or dangerous things but it can also mean a stirring experience or a willingness to do new things. Consider a fresh new take on your existing life — enriching the experiences and relationships already in front of you — as well as taking on new experiences outside your comfort zone.

What types of adventures will help you to experience life’s riches?

The Adventure of Enriching Your Spirit

The Adventure of New and Enhanced Existing Relationships

“Relationships are the essence of life.”

                                                    – -Bob Fulton

The Adventure of Parenting

The Adventure of Exploring the Culinary Arts

The Adventure of Pursuing Passions & Hobbies

The Adventure of Intellectual Pursuits

The Adventure of Career

The Adventure of Experiencing the Natural World

The Adventure of Making the World a Better Place

The Adventure of Creating Community

Your True Priorities

Goal setting is such an incredibly powerful tool.  It helps us tap into our potential and the abundance that life has to offer.   It can give our lives perspective.  What’s more, if your goals are aligned with your true priorities and inner desires, accomplishing them will be far easier.

Enjoy the journey.

 

Just the Good Stuff, Uncategorized

On Culture and Immigration

British-Nigerian filmaker Adeyemi Michael says in his interview, “Mothers can do anything…they give birth, they build families, they build the world, …all our mothers are queens, and are leading the universe.” In his short film, Entitiled, he celebrates the “woman, the mother, the matriach, the immigrant,” He goes on to say that his family kept him rooted in his culture. “When you know where you belong, it doesn’t matter where you are. When you know where you’re from and you know where your roots are and you know what you stand for and you know what your culture is, you are enough.” What a beautiful sentiment.

For the full interview and a glimpse of the film visit:

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-africa-45877407/british-nigerian-filmmaker-adeyemi-michael-all-immigrants-are-conquerors

 

 

travel & experience

The Critical Role of Imagination in Goal Setting

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Sign posted at my local Massage Envy

I saw this sign the other day and it made me smile and think that I should share it with my community given that I had recently suggested that people set their imagination free.  So what is imagination and how can we harness it to improve our lives?

Merriam-Webster defines imagination as such:

Definition of imagination 

1the act or power of forming a mental image of something not present to the senses or never before wholly perceived in reality

 

2acreative ability

bability to confront and deal with a problem RESOURCEFULNESSuse your imagination and get us out of here

cthe thinking or active mind INTERESTstories that fired the imagination

 

 

Imagination is something never before perceived in reality.  Being imaginative implies an ability to deal with the unknown as well as an ability to deal with and embrace change.  Thinking of imagination in this way can be daunting.  However, imagination also can help us develop a healthy discontent with our circumstances as they are.  Imagination can prod us out of ruts, push us out of bad habits and into good ones.  Imagination can instill a desire for accomplishment —  for attainment of our biggest dreams.

In my last post I invited you to set your imagination free.  Setting goals requires invoking your powerful imagination and guiding it with disciplined methods to attain those goals that will give you fulfillment.

So, revisit the prompters in my last post and see where your imagination takes you.  Future posts will help you distill your list of “I want, I wish…” into concrete goals but engaging your imagination is the first step.

Residential Design, Residential Resources

Contemporary Interior Design – CB2 Shines

CB2 Has Elevated Contemporary Interior Design

CB2 has elevated contemporary interior design. CB2 is transforming the perception of home design for today’s modern consumer by offering high quality, sophisticated design at an approachable price.

Glamour and Luxury

CB2 offers richness, glamour, and luxury in their design offerings — always stylish, ever intriguing!  The room settings showcased in their October 2018 lookbook expertly balance the currently popular gold and silver tones with soft hues.  Their interior settings adeptly apply texture and pattern, balance warm and cool, and make an artful, breathtaking use of black.  Their wood tones, upholstered furniture and area rugs create a warmth and coziness to balance contemporary lines.

CB2 has embraced the emerald green that is so hot at present, but it never looks out of place in any of their settings.  For accent walls consider SW6289 Delightful (soft mauve), SW 6747 Argyle (deep green), or SW 6496 Oceanside (deep blue) when incorporating your select CB2 offerings.

Images provided by CB2

There is a delicate nature to CB2’s bling — survey their mirrors, crystal drops, light fixtures and glass trees.  Their accessories are refreshingly innovative and interesting.

Images provided by CB2

Edgy, Eclectic, Inspirational

The brand is definitely today’s destination for timeless yet edgy home collections, creating furniture and decor to inspire creativity and celebrate individuality with an eclectic mix of products and decorating ideas. Their furniture and accessories are many and varied, so much so that you will find it easy to make CB2 your own.  Your space will truly look and feel like a home – contemporary, eclectic, unique, and very livable.

Images provided by CB2

CB2 is Growing Rapidly

In addition to being a leader in online retail, the brand is rapidly expanding their physical footprint and currently has 18 locations across the U.S and Canada. CB2 is part of Crate and Barrel Holdings, which is owned by The Otto Group, a global retail and services group based in Hamburg, Germany.

For More CB2

For more information, visit www.cb2.com, or follow them on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

 

 

travel & experience

Step 1 of Goal Setting: Capture Your Dreams

When you’re relaxed and in a receptive state, make a list of all your desires, everything you have or might ever want.    Don’t limit yourself by money, physical ability or any other thing that might inhibit you.

You can brainstorm on a pad of paper or on your computer.  Use whichever method you feel will enable you to brainstorm the best.  Don’t worry about categorization at this point, or anything else other than covering as many pages as you can with your wishes, hopes and dreams.

Some areas of life are listed below to prompt you:

  • Family/Home/Marriage/Partner
  • Physical Health/Mental Health
  • Career/Finances
  • Ethics/Spiritual Growth/Personal Growth
  • Social/Cultural/Friends/Adventure/Travel

Don’t forget to include anything and everything that would give you pure joy, and anything that sounds fun.

I’m not including any images in this blog because I don’t want to influence you but feel free to peruse magazines or the internet to inspire you.  You might even create a physical or digital folder to capture these inspiration images — these will be useful to jog your aspirations for your best self as well as help you make your goals a reality in the future.

Here are some prompters:

  • What would you like to do that you haven’t done yet?
  • Where do you want to live?  Do you want a second home?
  • What  places you would like to visit?
  • What accomplishments will bring meaning to your life?
  • Who do you want to become?
  • Are there any habits you want to create or break?
  • Are there talents you would like to persue?
  • What do you want from life?
  • Are there any tangible wants or needs you have?
  • If you develop your talents and abilities more effectively, what could you accomplish?
  • What would you really like to do?
  • What income would be satisfactory?
  • How do you want to spend your working time?
  • How do you want to spend your leisure time?
  • What could you do to improve your most important relationships?
  • Is there a dream that you have?
  • What do you find interesting and inspiring?
  • If money were no object, how would you spend your time?
  • Are you putting anything off until you feel “ready”?
  • Describe your perfect day.
  • How do you ideally want to receive and give your love?
  • What types of positive changes would you like to see in your life?  In your relationships?
  • How would you like to grow as a person?

Ready, set…. dream on.  List everything you have ever wanted.  This is your personal wish list.  Add anything and everything, no matter how unrealistic it might seem at the moment.  Don’t limit yourself by judging your dreams or deeming yourself unworthy.  No dream is silly or unimportant.  Set your imagination free.

I want… I wish….I hope for….

Airbnb

Amenities for Airbnb & Boutique Hotels

Besosa Designs is offering Woodbury & Co.’s  perfectly packaged set of delightful amenities for your guests.

Woodbury & Co. is a modern twist on the old apothecary feel.  Using a medicinal style bottle, the collection will blend in with most any room setting while standing out amongst its competitors.  A unique batch number is placed on each bottle to make the set feel unique to that user.

The brown sugar and fig scented set comes with an Old Town Apothecary bag:

Woodbury Pouch copy

The set includes shampoo, conditioner, body wash and body lotion in 1.7 fl. oz. bottles.

The set also includes shampoo, conditioner, body wash and body lotion in 1.0 fl. oz. tubes.

Also included in the pouch are a 1.2 oz (28 g) bath bar, a 0.75 oz facial bar, and shower cap.  (Individual items are also available by the case.  Visit the SHOP tab for more details.)

 

Wrap your guests in comfort throughout their stay.