What I Love Now

This page is the little room where I store a few of the wonderful things, big and small, that I’m drooling over in the world of design.

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Tropical Decor

There are many other ways to infuse the tropics into home decor. It all begins with striking the right balance, because it’s all too easy to go overboard and wind up with a “tacky tourist” look.

But if done right,tropical decor can be elegant, timeless, and airy.  Here are five things to consider when bringing the tropics into home décor.

1.  Choose a Limited Color Palette

Limiting the color palette can keep a tropical look tasteful.

A tropical pattern adds playfulness to the classic blue-and-white color scheme of this tablecloth from The Roostery.


And it’s hard to go wrong with green and white.  I love this tropical leaf linen table runner from Mezalova Textile.


Using a limited color palette also helps when you want to go bigger and bolder, as with this Tropical  Leaves peel-and-stick wallpaper from DecoWorks.

Keeping the room’s accessories and colors to a minimum, as done here, helps balance the strong wall pattern.

2.  Use More Texture And Less Color

With the right accessories, rattan has the ability to blend into almost any décor.  I love all the texture in this room – and the luxurious, monochromatic look of the accessories on this rattan daybed  from The Wicked Boheme.

3.  Use Classic or Vintage-Inspired Botanical Prints

Vintage botanical prints always make me think of adventure, romance, and far-away places. I love the classic look of this Vintage Schumacher fabric from Melba Fabrics.

4.  Give Traditional Furniture a Tropical Update

Giving one well-chosen piece of accent furniture a tropical makeover can elevate a room.  A lovely example is this traditional armchair, which has been covered with this tropical palms/monkey cotton fabric from Exquisite Fabrics 2015.

5.  Feed the Senses

Scented candles, like this plumeria candle from Olive Branch Organics, can also fill a room with a delicious tropical vibe.


And so can tropical island music.

Finnish Design

Simple, clean, and whimsical.  I love how these Finnish designers elevate practical household items and infuse them with joy.

Franco Albini ottoman


Viggo Boesen rattan chair


Klaus Haapaniemi Les Chats Putte cushion cover


Anderssen & Voll Ildhane candleholder


Stoneware and Leather Pikku Koppa serving dish by Sami Ruotsalainen


Ketunmarja mug


Wall Murals

Wall murals are a great way to take a bland room and make it amazing.

I’m loving the look of these bold statements – especially the old-world glamour of the second photo.

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Misty Mountains by Graham & Brown
Venetian Floral by Graham & Brown


Lattice by Graham & Brown


Couture Jungle Flora by Graham & Brown


Couture Painterly Woods by Graham & Brown


Wall murals aren’t for the cautious decorator – they really make a big impact.  And my takeaway here is that, with such a striking wall, accessories can and should be kept to a minimum.


Photos courtesy of Graham & Brown from their Ready Made Wall Murals collection.

Vertical Gardens

Vertical gardens are trending, and it’s no wonder since they are a great way to maximize a small garden space or dress up a bland wall or fence.  Vertical plant hangers of all sizes are easy to find.






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