Making Memorial Weekend Memories

“Memorial Day, an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.” –

Most Americans commemorate this holiday by opening their pools for the start of the summer swim season, attending parades, and hosting picnics with friends and family.  Memorial Day seems to be the un-official start to summer, and my husband and I look forward to it every year.

Being eight months pregnant with our first child seems to complicate the plans a little… no tubing down our favorite creek or camping this year.  But, that doesn’t mean we won’t be celebrating!

Kick start your Memorial Day festivities with a festive table scape, fresh at home cooking and star spangled DIY projects.

Here is an easy recipe to impress your friends from The Cookie Rookie.

Here is an easy salad recipe  that’s perfect for summer, and is sure to impress your friends, from The Cookie Rookie.


A great way to add some color and pattern to your table is by creating paper placemats, like this one from Martha Stewart! You can use scrapbook paper, but wallpaper works especially well if you want to make a long table runner. Our blue Stars wallpaper would be a festive option for Memorial Day or the 4th of July.

And, if you have a few extra minutes, add some flair to your favorite pair of jeans with just a few simple steps!

And, if you have a few extra minutes, add some star spangled flair to your favorite pair of jeans, courtesy of Free People.

No matter where you are, or what you do this long holiday weekend, take a few minutes to recognize all those in your life who have served in the military and helped to protect our great country.  Happy Memorial Day!


Start with The Walls!

Spring 2016 brings us landscapes from the urban center, a mix of matte and metals, and casual colors for the athleisure lifestyle. This season classic- meets-casual color for an upbeat approach to repurposed and redefined stylings just right for upmarket.  The key is a balance of opposites in a fast paced world.


Patterns from left to right: Fashion image found on Pinterest, pattern “Cathedral”, “3” Stripe” and “Galt Embroidery”.

Clean: Stripes organize the eye and sooth the cacophony of noise which surrounds us in the modern age.  Now delivery is bold and dynamic as stripes come to the forefront in unconventional colors and at unexpected angles. It appears that stripes have changed their stripes!


Patterns from left to right: Party favors image found on Pinterest, pattern “3″ Wide Stripe”, “Aquarella” and “Criss Cross”.

Color: from the artist’s palette in a mixed media format incorporating glimmering metallic, with an eye on warm gold. This spring color is a veritable candy store delight composed of vibrant hues in re-imagined classics, anchored by all things blue.


York Wallcoverings innovative Custom Naturals program will release in of May 2016.

Custom: Uncompromising in personal character, and readily accessible through innovative technologies, custom is coming home to the consumer. D.I.Y. drivers have created a culture demanding personal style; so determine your own color, choose your own texture and create art for your wall.


Patterns from left to right: Jewelry image found on Pinterest, pattern “Palace Gates”, “Marble” and “Boho Chic”.

Cultural: The mythologies of our space are defined by the values we carry; inspirational cues taken from our deep rooted heritage juxtaposed with contemporary lifestyle. Trends from urban organic to athletic tribal create a blending of contradiction which forms exciting new energy from a new generation.

Wallcovering is the largest canvas on which a designer will paint the story of any home. Here is where it all begins, a portrait of the people who live there and their vision for identity. Perception becomes reality, and it all starts with the walls!

The Fabulous Five

The Architectural Digest Design Show at the Pier in NYC, March 17-20, was bigger and better than ever before with an amazing array of talented artists and designers present in abundance. Here are five favorites to desire and inspire!


“Hide” and Seek: “Avo” creates custom design on leather for a natural textural look combined with contemporary geometrics.

Christina Lei Rodriguez

The Golden Child: Fine artist Christina Lei Rodriguez creates beautiful photographic installations translated to fabric, art and more….for “EDGE collections”.


The Life Aquatic:  This Atlantis-inspired “DIFFA Dining by Design” vignette from participant “Arteriors” featuring York Wallcovering’s pattern “Kaleidoscope” is just beautiful!


Moonstruck: Fabric with the look of organic forms seen in an x-ray; from “Moonish”. 


A Space Odyssey: “Jan-Kath” rugs from the “Space Crafted” collection are dynamic enough for wall art.