Posts Tagged 'pattern'

Bringing out the Animal in Your Garden.

I am a lifetime lover of the leopard. Seriously. Lifetime. Zebra patterns interest me, but I go gagaaga for those spots. And if I had a yard (like the one I used to have and really cared for. I mean really cared for. The grass loved me.}, I would certainly be stylish on the outside as much as I am indoors with this leopard print covered garden hose. This printed slipcover slides over any 25′ or 50′ garden hose and makes it a delight to water those seedings. Or hose down the dirty dog. The neighbors WILL get jealous. You animal you.

hose clothes garden leopard couture

 

Perky Packaging.

You’ve gotta love Victoria Secret. They have loads of summer bikini’s in a fruit bowl of color combinations, a yearly fashion show for both boys and girls, and a weekly mailbox full of sale catalogs and circulars. A bit much sometimes. However, I found this super sweet and colorful package for the Limited-Edition Wild Tropics Lip Shine and immediately saved it to my *color palette* folder. A touch of neon on a long rectangular box frames the deep plums, golds, ocean blue, algae greens, and fuchsia pinks. It’s pretty. And the lipstick will say the same for your pout once you twist the cap and put it on. I’ve ordered it in Rock Me and will let you know how tropical it looks. It better transport me to a rockin’ beach. So should that new bikini. After I sift yet another edition of the VS catalog.

colorful packaging from Victoria Secret

Finding A Pattern in Aerial Views.

I love pattern. It can transport a room from blah to bam! It’s all over fabrics, flooring, wallpapers, linens, and even the way light casts shadows from a lamp. How about a simple photo? A photo, although flat in feel, can demonstrate a significant power when it comes to bringing pattern into a space. Just look at Google Earth and some of NASA’s enormous images taken from space – patterns are there for us everywhere. So, when I came across a post on photographer David Zimmerman, I caught a little Google Earth – up close and in person.

untitled (park), 2005

Untitled (park), 2005 by David Zimmerman

untitled (beach), 2005

Untitled (beach), 2005 by David Zimmerman

I love his aerial photographyshots of people doing what they do on Earth. Above a dining table, or sofa, or in a bathroom, these images pull you in. Closer, and closer, and closer. Gets your pattern fix at the great blog A Pattern A Day.

untitled (India), 2001

Untitled (India), 2001 by David Zimmerman

untitled (dumpsters), 2006

Untitled (dumpsters), 2006 by David Zimmerman

untitled (junk), 2006

Untitled (junk), 2006 by David Zimmerman

Check out David’s other amazing works in his Project portfolio.

Pattern Me: Chain Gang

Give me Chevron, give me Greek Key, Give Me Quadrefoil… and give me link Chain. I love this classic pattern. It’s infiltrated the home decor market for years. And with the summer weather and days lounging on the motor boat, I think it’s about time to take a peek at some goods that are all chained up.

Chainlink Mirror | Moderndose

Handcrafted Alabaster Link Lamp | William Sonoma Home

Handcrafted Alabaster Link Lamp | William Sonoma Home

Bangle Mirror, Horchow

Bangle Mirror | Horchow

Colorful 100% wool Chainlink Rug | PotteryBarn Teen

Colorful 100% wool Chainlink Rug | PotteryBarn Teen

Zen out with a Watercourse Copper Rain Chain | Napa Style

Zen out with a Watercourse Copper Rain Chain | Napa Style

Wedgwood "Renaissance Gold" Tea Cup

Wedgwood "Renaissance Gold" Tea Cup | Bloomingdales

Asos Leather Chain Purse, Asos

Asos Leather Chain Purse, $50 | Asos

Dynamite Ball & Chain Pillow | Hable Construction

Dynamite Ball & Chain Pillow | Hable Construction

Ebony Chain Bracelet by Roost, Velocity A&D

Ebony Chain Bracelet by Roost | Velocity A&D

Pattern Me: Chain Link and Snow

I ventured outside to play with my pup in the snow and snap some photos. Its amazing… wish I was a small kid again so this would seem bigger then big! While meandering through the city streets and alleyways, I picked up on visually repeating patterns and shapes. This was so expected but so fun.

chain link in the DC snow

Chain link fence in the DC snow.

A Yard of Fruit Flavor.

I fell in love with Amanda Nisbett’s line of fabrics stocked through Holland & Sherry when I saw last month’s Traditional Home magazine. The col0rs are sweet and fresh and have adorable names like Grape Fizz and Lollipop. The textiles accompany a new line of lighting fixtures Amanda has launched through the Urban Electric Company. I’m thinking about Spring and these cute patterns and perfectly paired colors are an immediate escape to a tropical place.

Chip 2 in Tutti Fruitti | Amanda Nisbet

Chip 2 in Tutti Fruitti | Amanda Nisbett

Chip 2 in Lollipop | Amanda Nisbet

Chip 2 in Lollipop | Amanda Nisbett

Alannah in Blueberry | Amanda Nisbet

Alannah in Blueberry | Amanda Nisbet (oyster linen)

Alannah 2 in Blueberry Pepper | Amanda Nisbett

Alannah 2 in Blueberry Pepper | Amanda Nisbett

Positano in Kumquat | Amanda Nisbett (fabric on silk)

Positano in Kumquat | Amanda Nisbett (fabric on silk)

Francesca in Grape Fizz | Amanda Nisbett (fabric on oyster linen)

Francesca in Grape Fizz | Amanda Nisbett (fabric on oyster linen)

Pizzetta in Kiwi | Amanda Nisbett (fabric on oyster linen)

Pizzetta in Kiwi | Amanda Nisbett (fabric on oyster linen)

Today’s Plastic Tableware.

Its not old school. Its not your grandmothers stuff. Made of Melamine (a very durable thermosetting plastic), Bongenre has some of the best looking “with the times” plates I’ve seen around. Designed by Jill Fenichell, who was an antique porcelain and pottery dealer for 15 years, the various tableware pieces show us interesting color relationships and rhythms between shape, pattern, and color. Ranging from $11 to $14, they are instant antiques and a perfect dish for the best picnics this summer.

A painterly pendant wrapped in gold wire hangs from the organic gold chains that sweep across the face of these plates:

Gold Chains Sapphire

Gold Chains Sapphire

The Susani patterns here are inspired by textiles from Eurasia. Susani is one of the most popular patterns Bongenre has created (and my personal favorite):

Sasani in Tatianna

Sasani in Tatianna

This pattern is so beachy and intensely colorful. Pick this one for the an oceanfront afternoon snack or even for grapes on the porch:

Wilde's Seaside in Blue Splash

Wilde's Seaside in Blue Splash


Just a Thought.

"A person should design the way he makes a living, around how he wishes to make a life" — Charlie Byrd

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