¨Paisley (or paisley pattern) is a term used for a droplet-shaped vegetable motif of Persian origins. It became very popular in the West in the 18th and 19th centuries, following imports from India, and were imitated locally….Resembling a twisted teardrop, the fig-shaped paisley gets its western name from the town of Paisley, in West Scotland, a center where the paisley designs were first reproduced.¨ (Wikipedia)

Café Design | Pretty Paisley

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Open floor plans and light color palettes are all the rage these days. No walls means less visual clutter, homes that are more spacious and conducive to conversation. And as much as I like all that, every now and then I find myself drawn to labyrinth homes, with floor plans that offer surprise and discovery. Floor plans that separate you from the outdoors, making you happy and forgetful of where you came from. And the same goes with color palettes. Light and bright is great, but darker, moodier rooms are equally appealing to me.

By far, my favorite spaces for going dark with your palette are home offices and libraries. As long as the furnishings and accessories are kept neutral, the look is fabulous and sophisticated, without being too overwhelming.

Café Design | Dark and Moody

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Let this be my new uniform! Effortless and casual, and fresh, works for any body type and it’s super easy to put together. Hey, she looks like she wasn’t even trying 🙂  I have most of the items in my wardrobe already (well, except that Luis Vuitton jewel of a bag, but I’m working on it )

Fashion Outfit 2

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OK, I am officially late to this party and probably most of you have already seen it since it was all over the design blog land this past couple of months, but it is too good to let it slide. House Beautiful kicked off this year with a lovely spread about Michelle Adams’ home makeover in its February issue and I fell in LOVE ( as I usually do in the presence of a beautiful house 🙂 Former Editor in Chief of DOMINO and co-founder of LONNY, Michelle Adams traded her bustling Manhattan life with the slower paced Midwest and purchased a colonial style house in her hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Even though the home itself doesn’t look as bad as many fixer-uppers do, there were lots of structural issues that needed to be addressed, like electrical rewiring and a complete kitchen makeover. The transformation is INCREDIBLE!

Café Design | Ann Arbor Colonial

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