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check yourself.

Jenny Kayne's Holiday Party - Domaine

Some design “trends” aren’t actually trends at all – because they’ve been around for decades, but recently have gained more love. This is especially true for checkered and plaid patterns. Just search the terms on Instagram or Pinterest, and you’ll see many awesome examples of using these patterns in a modern way.

BUFFALO CHECK

This fabric is typically classified by 1 or 2 colors on a light background, created by horizontal and vertical stripes of equal thickness crossing over each other to form squares.

It’s everywhere right now. On chairs, pillows, even on bathroom floors!

Checkered Bathroom Floor - Studio McGee

Black and White check is so classic but most importantly of all, very versatile. It mixes well with other patterns. You can do dots, floral, solids – the sky’s the limit.

It crosses over to many different design styles. Pictured below on this mid-century style chair by Schoolhouse Electric.

Studio McGee - Lynwood Remodel
It goes more transitional here with Caitlin Wilson’s pillow and rug collection.

Caitlin Wilson Navy Buffalo Check Pillow

PLAID

I grew up in the Catholic school system.  I wore a plaid jumper everyday for about 6 years. Needless to say, I was over anything resembling plaid. Putting my childhood aside, I’d be crazy to deny that it’s making a comeback. And I think I kinda, sorta, dig it.

Emily Henderson - Let's Get Cozy

There is some crossover between check and plaid, but plaid usually consists of 2 or more colors and the stripes vary in size and spacing.  It’s kinda like Buffalo Check’s uptight older sister. It tends to feel a little more formal, sophisticated, and traditional than the playful checkered patterns.
Dash & Albert Cooper Navy Jute Woven Rug

So the question is- are you Team Check or Team Plaid?

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insta-follow: i have this thing with floors

Any Instagram-ers out there?!  It’s always exciting to come across a new account that is outside the box or has an actual theme or purpose.  (Lets face it, I can’t be the only one that gets bored with the same ol’ picture perfect shot of someone holding an ice cream cone or bouquet of flowers, even as pretty as they are.)

Well, if you are obsessed with floors, tile, and pattern in general, this account is for you.  I Have This Thing With Floors is a plethora of beautiful floor shots from all over the world, taken by various Instagram users.

 

#ihavethisthingwithfloors instagram

 

 

#ihavethisthingwithfloors instagram account

 

 

I have this thing with floors - Instagram

 

 

@ihavethisthingwithfloors instagram

 

#ihavethisthingwithfloors

 

 

another awesome floor pattern from #ihavethisthingwithfloors

 

I love how all of the photos are taken from the same point of view.  I also love to see what shoe personality each person has.

Can’t get enough? Be sure to check out the hashtag  #floorcore on Instagram for more crazy beautiful floors!

 

design obsession: scalloped

You know what shape I’m loving right now? (I’ll give you one guess, and it may or may not be in the title of this post.)

The lovely scallop shape is derived from my favorite childhood shell with the same name.  Its curved edges takes me back to when I was a 7-year-old seeing the ocean for the first time, and the hunt for the perfect one.   The form is soothing and organic, but creates incredible interest when turned into a pattern.  It can be retro.  It can be modern.  Originating from nature, the scallop shape is timeless.

 

scalloped accent tile wall in bath

 

scalloped floor mosaic design

colorful scalloped skirt

scallop wallpaper   scalloped shorts

scalloped tile

scalloped wall

Can I have these tables? Pretty PRETTY please??!

scallopped tables

 

Some of my scallop faves on the web:

scalloped inspiration board - Vim & Vintage blog (may 2014)

  1. Scalloped Crewel Pillow Cover, West Elm
  2. Dallas Multi Fabric, Duralee
  3. Ludlow Mineral Green Fabric, Robert Allen
  4. Vero Chair, Arteriors
  5. Marysia Hot Pink Bandeau Bikini , Intermix
  6. Cocktail Table, Mr & Mrs. Howard
  7. Scalloped Bowl, Oh Joy! for Target
  8. Vintage 1940’s Art Deco Planter with Scalloped Edges,  The White Pepper on Etsy
  9. Wavy Hello Flats, ModCloth
  10. Lira Pendant, Arteriors
  11. Martha Stewart Damask Trace Quilt & Shams, Macy’s
  12. Zeb Accent Tables,  Arteriors
  13. Scallop Polymer Clay Necklace, A Quiet Curiosity on Etsy
  14. Lacey Denim Shorts, Free People
  15. Metallic Scalloped iPhone 5 Cover, Anthropologie

 

For links to these items, visit Vim & Vintage’s Pinterest Page!

 

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