Jewelry with Flower Power

On the Charmed-mag.com Blog page today

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Design Trend- Rough Cut Gems

We have noticed a new trend appearing, crossing over home goods, furniture, and into fashion.  The rough cut gem look.  It gives a sense of glamour and preciousness, without feeling like you are trying to show off.  It is slightly more natural looking…polished just enough to show the natural beauty of the stone.  Below are some new pieces inspired by this rough cut gem look.

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Gemstone T Light by Global Views Gemstone T Light by Global Views

Gem Table by Tom Dixon

Gem Table by Tom Dixon

Garza Crystal Box by West Elm

Garza Crystal Box by West Elm

Amethyst & Gold Necklace

Amethyst & Gold Necklace

Carnelian Solitaire Necklace by Midwinter Co.

Carnelian Solitaire Necklace by Midwinter Co.

Dorit Candle Holder by Pelle Designs

Dorit Candle Holder by Pelle Designs

Soap Stones by Pelle Designs

Soap Stones by Pelle Designs

MARCHESA, LILY MED. EMBROID. CRYSTAL CLUTCH, $2,995.

MARCHESA, LILY MED. EMBROID. CRYSTAL CLUTCH, $2,995.

Shop Baltimore- Fells Point

The neighborhood of Fells Point in Baltimore, MD is not just for pub crawls (though it is great for that too) or dining (great options), it has great shopping too.  It is always nice when your shopping location oozes with atmosphere too.  The harbor view and historic buildings ad to the charm of the experience.  As a teenager, my friends and I were drawn to the neighborhood for its more alt-vibe.  There are less vintage clothing stores, and record stores now…it is a bit more polished, but I can not say it is all for the worse.   It still has edge thanks to fixtures such as Killer Trash, Soundgarden, and Daily Grind Coffee House.  There is a lot of construction happening there right now, but it does not prohibit a day of shopping.  Click on the photos for more information or get on the Water Taxi or Charm City Circulator and enjoy Fells.

Poppy and Stella, Baltimore Sun Photo

Poppy and Stella, Baltimore Sun Photo

Cup Cake Boutique, photo Baltimore Sun

Cup Cake Boutique, photo Baltimore Sun

Su Casa, photo by bmoremedia

Su Casa- For furniture and accessories, photo by bmoremedia

Fashion Attic, photo from Ms. Charm's Series

Fashion Attic, photo from Ms. Charm’s Series

A Good Yarn

A Good Yarn

Another Period in Time, photo baltimore.about.com

Another Period in Time, photo baltimore.about.com

Easiest DIY ever…

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Have loads of books, but don’t love the look of them in your space.  Make them work for you by wrapping in your choice of paper. So quick and easy, and major impact!  This was for a client installation yesterday that really wanted a space void of color.  11″ x 17″ paper and voila!

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This is so easy to customize, whether you want to add color or take it away.  Just pick a paper and get folding:)

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Monochromatic at Home

Much like the ease a monochromatic wardrobe, as shared in my last post, brings to everyday life so does decorating your home with the same principle.  This is especially true if you’re starting from scratch or building upon a few basics and really want to tie it all together beautifully.  Going for the monochromatic look is an excellent base for a well-designed room, and home, especially when you begin with neutrals.  When the majority of the furnishings find themselves among the same palette, you allow yourself the opportunity to accent with bolder colors, new textures, and layer on the patterns!  I’ve heard many clients tell me they think they’ll get tired of such a “boring room”, but they quickly realize that a brilliant mix of textures and patterns in the same color family make for a well thought out, sophisticated space.  They also appreciate the ability to quickly change the entire look of a room by switching out accents for those of a new color, thus gaining an entirely new look at a fraction of the cost of re-doing the space once again.

There are those out there that love a bold color enough to design an entire room around it without fear, and to those people I say go for it!  Just don’t forget to mix in a fair amount of white for contrast.

Here are beautiful monochromatic spaces for you to enjoy while I’m on the train headed for NYFW.

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all images via House Beautiful and Decorpad

Have a wonderful day.

xoxo