It’s ¨Fabric Friday¨ around here which means it’s time for another favorite fabric & pattern find. Today it’s gonna be the African Kuba Cloth that I’ve only discovered recently. Kuba cloths are African tribal fabrics that are woven and embroided with rectangular patches, displayed in different geometric designs. They look great as accent pillow covers, runners or wall coverings and here’s what Wiki has to say about them:

Café Design | Kuba Cloth

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More than a crush, I would call this OBSESSION 🙂 I’ve been obsessed with this foyer ever since I first saw it in a corner of Pinterest so I tracked down the house and the designer. It turns out it’s Betsy Burnham of Burnham Design, a cool Los Angeles based firm that did this entire house, top to bottom. And the good news is that the rest of it is as good as this entryway!

Café Design | Coastal Retreat

Above, the recipe for a successful foyer: statement round pedestal table filled with chinoiserie ginger jars and greenery (very LA, very Mark D. Sikes) funky pendant lamp and, my all time favorite design element- the faux Zebra hide 🙂

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One of my favorite places to spend my money, Etsy has some crazy good shops for handmade jewelry. And since I’ve been swooning over some  gorgeous pieces this past weekend, I thought I’d pass along my go-to jewel shops, just in case you’re feeling like spending some $$s 🙂

ElizabethStoneJewels – LA girl Elizabeth Stone is the maker of some awesome boho chic pieces. Lots of stones and crystals, statement  necklaces and bracelets that would look great paired with a casual tee and some jeans.

Etsy Jewels

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While this may or may not be true with our relationships, it is certainly true when it comes to mixing and matching colors! Light of certain wavelengths is perceived by our eyes and brain as color and it is one of the most exciting aspects of interior decorating. Color is complex and it affects the way we feel and live in a space by creating certain moods. Cool colors like blues and greens are known for their calming effect, while warmer hues such as red and orange are stimulating, bring excitement and warmth. Since color is energy and has a psychological effect on us, it needs to be treated with just a little care.

Café Design | Orange & Blue

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Those of you who know me even the slightest bit, know I’m not a gardener. It’s not that I don’t like the idea of gardening, it’s just that I’ve never actually had a garden of my own. In fact, I’ve rarely managed to keep my indoor plants alive for too long (to my dismay). Yet, lately I’m going through a phase in which I find myself interested in all things garden and gardening. Maybe it’s the fact that for the first time ever we’ve traded big city living with life in a small town, in the middle of (what’s left of) the prairie, but I am browsing the internet and collecting garden design ideas like a madwoman. And that’s how I’ve recently discovered the charm and beauties of an old world English knot garden.

Café Design | For the Love of Gardens

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