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I'm back from the National Stationery Show, and I can't wait to show you guys wrap ups of all the stuff I found and was inspired by (it's a lot!) Until then, here's a quick sneak peak of one of my favorite exhibitors: Belle and Union. The collection is sweet, sophisticated, nostalgic and quirky all at the same time. Can't wait to get my hands on those tea towels!

While you are on the site check out the beautifully designed custom wedding suites as well. 

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summer sherbet

As the temperature rises, nothing cools you down better than some summer sherbet-y colors. (Kind of in love with that cotton candy hair- wish I had the nerve to pull it off!)

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searching for wonder

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Here's to Friday! I hope you all find a little bit of wonder over the weekend. Here's a few suggestions to get you started.

words / vintage dancin' shoes / emerson fry cocktail ring / dansk cookware

dreaming of: a mid-century modern office (3 ways)

This post is inspired by the return of Mad Men (ahhhhhhhh!!!!!) and my desire to have a much more organized, pretty office space. Which probably would be more easily achievable if half of my office wasn't also my overflowing closet space. I could get rid of some clothes, but I think I'll just wish for a bigger closet, and an office occupying it's very own room. A girl can dream.

And why 3 ways? Because sometimes I just can't make up my mind. I think I'm leaning towards neutral chic, or girly vogue...maybe a combo of the two... What's your favorite?

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victory garden of tomorrow

These prints from Victory Garden of Tomorrow make me smile. For many reasons. Especially the greens from space.

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some suzani for your world

A long time ago fell in love with this image from Elle Decor. Like really in love.  It was before Pinterest, so it was torn out and filed away, popping up occasionally to make me fall in love all over again.

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I know some would say that the trend of suzanis has come and gone. But I don't agree. For me, suzani pattern continues to be a way to do global in a very modern and fun way.

So the image popped up again (on pinterest this time, and yes I'm still in love!) and I got to thinking: what are the best ways to incorporated Suzanis into your decor? 

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The most traditional way is to use a Suzani bedspread is well, as a bedspread. It's certainly the easiest in regards to the fact that you just throw it on the bed. But for some, this may be the hardest. I love the bright and bold patterns and colors, but for others it may be a shock to have so much boldness all at once. If you're scared, just remember to keep everything else in the room pretty neutral. Layering with materials, as opposed to colors and patterns is generally best.

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Another bold option is to use it as wall art. (also seen above in the Elle Decor example) I especially love using them hung behind the bed as a headboard. Instant drama. Framing them is a great way to give new life to Suzani's that may have seen better days. (And possibly a cheaper option)

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If you don't have a bed or a wall to dedicate, you still have options. The patterns and options for Suzani throw pillows are endless, and it's such a great way to give some new life to your couch (or bed.) I actually think I may have fallen in love with the image of the white couch and pillows as much as the original image now. Yes. It's decided. I have. Seriously, a quick search on etsy turns up countless pillow options. 

Upholstering a piece of furniture is a stunning option as well. I especially love this when a more traditional silhouette is covered in the pattern- like the wing back above. Foot stools, and ottomans would be lovely recovered and could make a great centerpiece for your living room when used as a coffee table.

Since Suzanis are essentially fabric, the options really are limitless. How about you? How would you incorporate Suzani pattern into your world?

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lindsey lang designs

I'm eagerly anticipating the launch of Textile Designer Lindsey Lang's home products. She has some sneak peaks of the collection online, and everything looks great. Fresh, modern, graphic- swoon! The styling of the products is just lovely as well, makes me want one of everything!

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Lindsey's line embodies all that I want my own line of textiles and home goods to be someday. Dream...sigh...smile...

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stamp it!

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I get so much inspiration from vintage stamps- It's such a little space to work with that to be successful the design has to be quite succinct. And the colors from the vintage stamps are just to die for, don't you think? (seriously, look at that blue bird with the yellow background!)

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