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I don’t know about you, but my brain falls into one of two thought-buckets today – In the one bucket, I’m looking around my home grimly, wanting to bring further touches of spring in; I’m on the lookout for fun Spring accents in florals, stripes, and geometrics. (Budget-friendly is definitely in there). In my other thought bucket, I’m making myself busy with a mad search for procrastination tasks because it’s laundry day, which means it’s sock folding day! If you’re in the same place, let’s procrastinate together, shall we?
I’m mortified to share this, but I have four buckets of unmatched socks. I set aside an hour or more every Monday to match them all up. An hour. I line them all up, side by side, down my hallway and attempt to make pairs – of which I’ll find only a handful. Then, I’ll get fed up, put them all back into the bucket(s) and vow to throw them all out on the next laundry day if their partner doesn’t show up. Wash, rinse, repeat. I’ve tried just about everything I can think of to minimize this, but I’ve had no luck.
So, today, after searching for pairs within mountains of single socks that left my hair standing on end and my nerves frazzled, I gave up at the 15-minute mark. I forcibly shoved them all back into their buckets, fired up the laptop. With a cup of tea (wine) in hand, and a smile on my face, I online shopped until my heart was content. I still have three buckets of socks waiting for me to stop procrastinating, but I’m still pretty happy – And, boy, have I got eye candy to share with you!
I have a tendency to gravitate towards pattern pairings at different times of the year. Spring time has me looking for bold, geometric patterns and stripes together with soft, as well as vibrant, florals. I’m a color and pattern girl and it’s an unbeatable combination. How do you make it work? You can make it work very well if you vary the scale and size of the patterns and stick to a similar color palette. The distinct lines of a geometric print such as stripes are balanced by the softness of a floral. I like my geometrics in dark colors such as black or navy and pair them against brightly colored florals, as you’ll see I picked on my virtual shopping trip. Throw in a few neutrals or seasonal accents, and you’ll be loving your home all through the Spring and likely into the summer!
Florals can feel sophisticated, whimsical, updated and fresh, depending on the pattern you go with and how you use it in your room. Floral shy? Try large-scale floral print on room accents, such as throw pillows and build the rest of the room around the floral print by pulling colors from the pattern. I also like to use a little bit of bold, floral pattern, such as the folk-art style coasters below to add a little bit of the unexpected to an otherwise neutral design. That rug, it’s going in my Master Bedroom. My sock collection will look fabulous spread out across it, don’t you think? (Rolling my eyes..)
Geometrics and Stripes
My name is Kim and I love geometrics and stripes. A geometric is any rigid pattern that follows a grid such as plaid, houndstooth, stripes, and polka dots. I could be wrong, but I see the bird patterned chair as a geometric because although it includes a bit of a meandering pattern, the pattern is repeated and the lines are distinct. Adding even the smallest geometric object to your room brings it right on trend. Use these objects to draw the eye and to give structure to florals.
Seasonal or just for fun!
Those things in your home that just scream you – those are the things that make your house a home. I like a room to surprise me. I love tassels and pom poms and unexpected touches such as a bunny vase or a mid-century modern cuckoo clock. I like mixing up patterns and textures. It’s all of these things together that make me feel like I’m in my element.
Thanks so much for procrastinating with me but we all know I have laundry calling. Tell me though, before you go, are you also looking for color, pattern and unexpected whimsy for Spring? Do you have a sure-fire way to manage your sock collection? I can’t wait to hear all about it!
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