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Ostriches, Zigzags and Stripes Oh My!

I think there is something very captivating and inviting when it comes to all white rooms. You can never have too much white if you ask me. However, there are times when a splash of color and texture lends to an even more eye-catching space. Take this living room apartment for example.


This is in the home of textile designer and editor, Michelle Adams. Now most people wouldn't dare put ostrich wallpaper up on their walls, but look how seamlessly it blends in to the elegant space. And the yellow curtains are to die for. Simple zigzag patters are one of my favorite things right now. The yellow curtains and throw bring the perfect amount of color and warmth into the room.

I also love the mixture of styles used in this space. You have a casual rug and sofa paired with a contemporary acrylic coffee table and an elegant mirror and light fixtures. This just goes to show that it's okay to mix styles. In fact, I'd say it's a must in achieving a stylish design.

Please DO NOT buy a furniture set of any kind to place in your rooms. Having pieces that look exactly like one another will do nothing to add interest to the space. You have to mix it up. If you already own a matching set, split up the pieces and display them in different rooms of your house. Or if you want to go bold, paint one of the pieces to give it a completely different look. I can't tell you what a difference it will make. More to come later on this topic...

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