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.


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


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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GIVEAWAY: win a free pillow cover from Motif Pillows!




Guess what? Vim & Vintage is hosting its first giveaway!

pillow cover giveaway!

I’m so pumped to be partnering with Motif Pillows on this awesome giveaway!  Fabric is such a great way to bring color and personality into your home, and Motif Pillows has a wide variety of exclusive fabrics to choose from.  The Charleston-based online boutique features custom pillow covers in an eclectic mix of patterns and colors.  Each is handmade by the very creative and talented Priscilla, who sources the latest designer fabrics and sews each pillow cover herself!

Priscilla is giving ONE LUCKY BLOG FOLLOWER a pillow cover of their choice!    That’s right –  the winner gets to PICK OUT ANY PILLOW COVER (up to a $70 value)!  You can choose one of the featured numbered styles below, or look through the hundreds of styles in her shop to find your perfect match!


It’s easy to enter:

1) Like Motif Pillows’ Facebook page
2) Like Vim & Vintage’s Facebook page
3) Comment on this blog post and tell me which pillow you would love to own (indicate the # or include the link), and where you will put it in your home!

pretty pillowspillows from Motif Pillows!


Contest closes at 12am CDT on Friday, April 25th,2014.  The winner will be announced Friday morning around 9am Central on Vim & Vintage’s Facebook page!  Good luck!


(The fine print:  Winner will be selected at random.  Giveaway is for (1) pillow cover and shipping, and does not include the pillow form to stuff the pillow.  You must like both Motif Pillows & Vim & Vintage on Facebook to be eligible.  If in the event contest winner does not respond within 72 hours of announcement, a new winner will be selected.)

design obsession: peacock

(Source: Wikipedia)

This iconic bird is the driving force behind many products and interiors that have been surfacing in recent months.  Although it seems to be trending lately, the peacock’s reputation and influence has spanned generations.  Respected in many cultures and religions as a symbol of love, compassion, knowledge, patience, and virtue, it’s bold colors are intriguing yet inspiring.


(Source: Design Seeds)

Stunning peacock feather Palette


(Source: Pinterest)

This chair is so fly because it practically has wings!  (sorry I couldn’t resist haha)


This wallpaper accent is great in this room – it adds interest without being overwhelming.


(Source: Pinterest)

 Peacock inspired hair highlights.


(Source: The Laquered Peacock)


(Source: Pinterest)

I wonder how long it took to do these nails??


(Source: Laura U blog)

LOVE this bedroom.  The peacock inspired accents show through in a very subtle way.


My favorite picks?? Ask and you shall receive.

a. Peacock Chair by Hive Modern – this chair comes at a pretty penny. Or 717,400 of them.

b. Dwell Studio Peacock Journal for Paper Source

c. Eddie Leather Accent Chair by Z Gallerie

d. Malone Aquamarine Vase by Z Gallerie

e. Handmade Peacock Clutch by Cutie Girlie on Etsy.com

f. Peacock Rug by Global Views (available through design firms only – contact me to order)

g.  Peacock Print by Dekanimal on Etsy.com

h.  Peacock Feather Linen Pillowcase by Giardino on Etsy.com

i.  Peacock Bowl by Jonathan Adler

11 great finds at Target

While perusing in Target last week, I saw so many new spring items!  Interesting new pillow patterns.  Stylish end tables at a great price. And cute accessories.  Enjoy!


a) Blue Green Lattice Thank You Cards –  I’ve seen these before but I loved them and had to include them!

b) Lucky Linen Hemp Boudoir Pillow – I love me some linen (says its not sold in stores, but I saw it there the other day)

c) Variegated Striped Throw in Cream – also comes in blue, red, brown, and purple!

d) Wire End Table (available in stores only at the moment) – for $69.99 this is a STEAL.  Get one before they’re gone.

e) Taryn Flat Sandal – love the color! perfect for Spring

f) Loreal Tangerine Crush Nail Polish –  Bought this and its stunning.  Great way to flaunt Pantone’s color of the year!

g) Brown Geometric Outdoor Pillow – this will hold up indoors or outdoors and the brown color will mask dirt

h)  Blue Ikat Pillow – LOVE! Also comes in a rust color!

i) Red Grainsack Stripe Pillow – simple pattern goes with just about anything!

j) Decorative Metal Cutout Lantern in White – cute lantern at a great price

k) Decorative Accent Table – simple and colorful!

fall target finds

Here’s my list of Target items I couldn’t live without for this fall:

cute fedora…..bow gives it a nice feminine touch.

sleeveless zip front dress with ruffles…..loving the little bird print

Mossimo Grey Bootie…. 29.99 yes please

Chenille throw… unbelievably soft in this year’s hottest hue

Medallion pillow…..Goes great with the throw, and this cotton/linen down-filled gem is only $14.99!