Industrial Revolution

Warehouse renovation and the reinvention of industrial space for residential use has redefined décor. Here, sophistication is raw, elements unfinished and concepts of repurposing and redefining reign. If you’re as inspired by the industrial trend as we are, here’s a short list of basics to help achieve the look that has taken interiors by storm.

Repurpose common and utilitarian items into decorative pieces with an emphasis on vintage finds. Architectural objects (like stained glass doors) and everyday items (such as scissors, rusty barn hooks, tractor seats and old books) become new and intriguing when used in decorative ways.

Patterns: “Pablo” from the Urban Chic collection; “Library” and “Conveyor” from the Industrial Interiors collection. All other images found on Pinterest.

Mix fixtures and materials in a balance of “modern meets natural” and look to the unconventional for a new twist on oversized art. Here, more IS more, so layer it on in an eclectic mix to warm up the cool sophistication of functional design.

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Patterns: “Brick”, “Pound the Pavement” and “Street Art” from the Urban Chic collection from York. All other images found on Pinterest.


Knowing your manufacturing metals such as brass, steel, iron and copper is a must. Choose furnishings with their origins in industrial applications such as retro office furniture or fixtures with exposed mechanical detailing. Plumbing pipe has practical application from handrails to hardware, and subway tiles are finally getting out of the train station!

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Patterns: “Vintage Tin” and “Grand Central” from Urban Chic; Pattern “Street Light” (center image) from the Restoration Elements commercial collection for MDC. All other images from Pinterest.

This is the perfect environment for play, experimentation, adaptation and invention, so most importantly, enjoy your space and be comfortable in it. Welcome to the new Industrial Revolution!

Postcards from Paradise

Warm gentle breezes and lazy vacations parked under a palm define this side of paradise for most of us. Take a trip of the imagination to sunny worlds far away, and dream. Those dreams can become reality and when you get there, remember to bring a little piece of heaven home to hold onto.


Patterns: Athens (MS6491) from Modern Shapes by Carey Lind Designs, Watercolor Jacobean (AT7020) from Tropics by Ashford House, Garden Pergola (GE3684) from Geometrics by Ashford House.

Santorini Greece;  home of the ancient Minoan civilization, which gave rise to the mythological lost city of Atlantis. This volcanic island on the glittering teal blue Aegean is possibly one of the most beautifully romantic places in the world. Hot baked whites and desert clay, vivid color with the intensity of the sun; this is the desert by the sea.





Patterns: Moroccan Spot (GE3618) Geometrics by Ashford House, Bali Leaves (AT7052) Tropics by Ashford House, Belle of the Ball (GC8801) Global Chic by Waverly.

Havana Cuba; the Paris of the Antilles, is a 500 year old port of call which summons fantastic  images of  pirates, rum and cigars in the heart of Old Havana. The once vibrant and exotic pre-revolution playground of the rich and famous is poised on the edge of a new age of luxury as a resort destination. Now filled with nostalgic vintage Americana and abundant retro style, experience the charm of the Caribbean in weathered pattern and soft wind worn color, before it’s gone.



Patterns: Bamboo Trellis (AT7079) Tropics by Ashford House, Homeycomb (GE3641) Geometrics by Ashford House, Chunky Floral (EB2060) Vibe by Carey Lind Designs.

Cancun Mexico; The Throne of Snakes, was once a sleepy fisherman’s island surrounded by undiscovered shores, sitting just north of the Riviera Maya has now been transformed into one of the most visited resort areas of Mexico. Embraced by the second largest coral reef in the world and kissed by cooling trade winds boasts a pastel palette of soft sand, flamingo pinks and cooling crème de menthe all offset by brilliant Caribbean blue. It truly is an invitation few could refuse.

Find your own little piece of heaven inspired by the patterns from paradise, and live the dream all the year through.




Pink is for Princess

Pink is for Princess…like Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, with blushing cheeks and rosebud mouth.

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Banner from  Chandelier from  Neoclassical Cameo (AV2800)  by York Wallcoverings 120th Anniversary Archive Edition.   Princess Charlotte from  Duchess Kate from  Christening cake topper from  Delicate Rose Stripe (AV2808) by York Wallcoverings 120th Anniversary Archive Edition.

The pretty baby girl, daughter to Prince William and Duchess Kate and little sister to Prince George, is fourth in line for the British throne. The newest royal is named for her grandfather, Prince Charles, great grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, and paternal grandmother, Diana, Princess of Wales. Sweetly feminine and artfully aristocratic, this floral cameo wallpaper, with lovely coordinating stripe, is perfect for a  royal nursery done in sugar and spice and everything nice…just like a delectable Raspberry Charlotte dessert!

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Obsession (WH2617)  WallpapHer by York Wallcoverings.  Kate from hrhduchesskate.  Raspberry Charlotte recipe from  Ombre Stripe (WT4512) Watercolors by Cary Lind.  Aquarella (ST6022) Stacy Garcia Paper Muse.  Flowered skirt from

From powder pink to POWER pink, a look at the Royals’ fashion history demonstrates the popularity of the reddish color, which is currently on trend in wearable fashion as well as home décor. Queen Elizabeth, Diana Princess of Wales, and Duchess Katherine have all been pretty in pink…from soft shell to vivid cerise. Pink can be demure or assertive. This watercolor floral in soft and strong color takes center stage, shown here with a wide ombre stripe and novelty wallpaper featuring stylish accessories.

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Diana from  Elegant Damask (BA4535) Casabella ll by York Wallcoverings.  Rose Stripe (BA4570) Casabella ll by York Wallcoverings.  Pink lemonade from  Toss the Bouquet (KS2393) Cool Kids by York Wallcoverings.   Alexis Mabille – Paris Fashion Week Spring 2013.

Both the Queen and Diana have had roses named for them.   Perhaps one day Charlotte will, as well. In his revised “Candle in the Wind”, Elton John sang “Goodbye, England’s Rose”; a fitting tribute to Diana.  She had become a style icon, seen here in a simply elegant evening dress.  Surely she would approve of this traditional rose stripe along with the lacy damask and a glittering contemporary floral.

Galt Embroidery (WM2536) Williamsburg by York Wallcoverings.  The Royals from  Fruit and flowers from Hostess with the Mostess.  Open Floral (WB5403) Botanical Fantasy by Ashford House.  Gentle Cascade (WT4564) Watercolors by Cary Lind Designs.  Large Lattice (WT4602) Watercolors by Cary Lind Designs.

On a visit to Guadalcanal Island with Duchess Kate, Prince William opted for a bright pink shirt…very appropriate for a tropical setting.  Greens and pinks complement one another in the floral silhouette wallpaper which blends well with the green striae and the faux embroidery design.

So remember…Pink is for Princess…and for Princes, too!  Find all your great pinks fit for royalty at