Did you know that Ballard Designs has a blog? A few days ago, they featured the guys behind Madcap Cottage, a fun and quirky design duo known for their fabulous use of color and pattern. The team, John Loecke and Jason Oliver, used some fabrics from their own fabric line with Robert Allen to upholster some Ballard pieces and they gave some great tips on mixing patterns. It can be tricky (and more than a little daunting) but when it’s done right, mixing patterns is a great way to achieve a collected-over-time look that looks layered and “undecorated” in the best sort of way.
This colorful and eclectic twist on traditional style might not be for everyone, but there are some great takeaways in the article that anyone can apply when decorating their own home. My favorite quote is:
“A home should be a storyline come to life, so layer in the pieces that you have accumulated on your journey—from heirloom antiques to children’s paintings and stacks of books and accessories that you have collected upon your travels.”
These words perfectly sum up my own design philosophy. Fabrics and furnishings can create a lovely backdrop but it’s the layering in of personal pieces that make a space come to life and feel like home.
Enjoy your Friday!