Steal our Secrets: Sofa Styling!

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We’re spilling our best styling secrets in an exciting new post series, and we’re starting with sofas! If your couch needs sprucing, try swapping out pillows. We think they’re the easiest and most affordable way to energize an entire room. But before you buy, make sure you scroll through our 4 best styling secrets for an effortlessly chic sofa.

Mix big and small pillow sizes! Are all of your pillows the same size? Try tossing in a lumbar size for good measure.

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Use large and small scale patterns. Two large patterns next to each other can clash. Try alternating scale for a more varied look.

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Incorporate texture. We think the best way to do this is to drape a cozy throw blanket over the arm of your sofa or add a few textured pillows.

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Choose fresh, coordinating colors! Here’s a little secret that has big impact: Select one pillow with multiple colors in the pattern (like our Navy Fleur Chinoise Pillow on the far left) and then add 2-3 additional solid pattern pillows from the same color palate.

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And there you have it! Consider these 4 simple rules when you pick new pillows and your sofa will thank you. Below is our favorite pillow combination for the end of summer. We can’t get enough of the new Tribeca Collection!

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Click here to shop this look. And good news! You can hang on to summer a littler longer because the bright Tribeca pillows are 15% off! Now through 9/3 off with promo code TRIBECA15.  

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Trad Home Feature

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We’re so excited to announce that our Arizona Street of Dreams home made the cover of Trad Home Magazine! It’s a thrill to see all our hard work come to life on these pages. Head over here to see the full layout and check back soon for more images from this home. Thanks Trad Home!

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Wish List // Living Room Accessories

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If you follow us on Instagram you might have seen a snap shot of a clients beautiful new living room that we just finished! We have received lots of questions about where we bought some accessories that are displayed perfectly on our favorite shelves from West Elm. We decided to put together a wish list of some of the items we used in the space to share the love! Which ones will you be putting on your wish list?

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Sprinkle Sugar Cookies

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Summer’s in full swing and this new cookie recipe from Lauren of Lauren’s Latest makes a great addition to an outdoor picnic, birthday party, or bbq! Sugar cookies plus sprinkles? It’s the perfect combo to make any day a little happier : ) See below for the recipe. Thanks Lauren!

“Is it just me or are sprinkles showing up everywhere on the interwebs?! Well, I’m happy to report that I’ve caught the bug and decided to make some super-fun, chewy, colorful sprinkles-filled cookies. My 5 year old daughter was thrilled.

This is my basic sugar cookie recipe that I just added a bunch of sprinkles to. It comes together in a cinch and tastes great with or without the sprinkles.

Try them out and see how you {and your kiddos!} like ‘em. It was a great afternoon activity for my daughter and I. : )

Have a great day, friends!”

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Sprinkle Sugar Cookies

Active time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Total time: 25 minutes
Yield: 20 cookies

Ingredients:
½ cup softened butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 large egg
1 ½ cups all purpose flour
¼ teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup colorful jimmies sprinkles

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until smooth. Stir in vanilla and egg and whip until light and fluffy. Scrape sides of bowl and mix again briefly. Stir in all dry ingredients until incorporated. Add in the sprinkles and stir.

Scoop cookies onto baking sheet and refrigerate until oven is preheated.

Bake 9-10 minutes or until not shiny anymore. Cool 5 minutes and then transfer to cooling rack. Store in an airtight containers for up to 3 days.

XO, Lauren

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Current Obsession // Mint Upholstery

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We have been swooning over Caitlin’s mint sofa that she has in her family room – it is a perfect compliment for the Gold pillows and works with many combinations. I’m sure many of you are thinking you could never do a color for your sofa – but mint is so versatile! Mint upholstery is not only be the perfect way to capture the essence of spring and summer but will carry you through the winter blues by keeping a room airy and light.   There are so many great color compliments for every season that work with mint.  Here are some more inspiring spaces featuring mint upholstery. Do you love it as much as we do?
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Decorating with Picture Books

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We’re always on board with finding new ways of displaying art that’s inexpensive yet beautiful. Laura of You Doll Design shares a few of her favorite illustrators that can also be used as gorgeous art in your children’s room. Either displayed on a shelf or selecting individual pages to be framed, these illustrations are meant to be seen.

Decorating a child’s room with picture books is an easy way to add color and visual interest to the space. Some of them are such beautiful works of art themselves that, in my house at least, they sit high above reaching fingers where only an adult can bring them down and read with supervision. I thought I’d share a few of my current illustrative heroes so you can incorporate some of their gorgeous books into your own library (and perhaps out of reach for the time being : ). Below is an example of how we used an image from the gorgeous book by Nina Cosford to style a kids room as well as a few more of my favorites.

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1. Mouse Doll / 2. Nina Cosford’s Illustration / 3. Polka Dot Pouf / 4. Two Ring Lamp / 5. Navy Deco Pillow / 6. Jenny Lind Bed

Nina Cosford: Pop-Up Books – Being the anglophile that I am, I couldn’t be more obsessed with this London – based artist. Her series of pop-up books are particularly stunning. If I could own and decorate my daughter’s room with everything Nina created – or better yet, live in her version of the world – I would be a happy girl indeed!

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Jon Klassen - In my opinion this Canadian born illustrator, designer and concept artist can do no wrong. Jon achieves his striking and minimalist artwork with inks, gouache and acrylics and assembles a lot of his work digitally afterwards. Do yourself a favor and check him out!

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Lotta Nieminen: Walk this World This Finnish art director, illustrator and graphic designer is full of style. In fact, both her Manhattan and Helsinki homes were featured on Design Sponge! Her illustrations remind me of paper cutouts that form an intricately layered mural, creating a whimsical portrayal of our world and its varying cultures.

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Rosy Lamb: Paul Meets Bernadette - I was with my kids at the library recently when the cover of Rosy Lamb’s picture book, Paul Meets Bernadette, caught my attention. This book is full of thickly painted oil illustrations and a charming story, teaching its readers that finding beauty in our everyday world can change a dull day to one that’s fresh and full of color.

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Oliver Jeffers: The Day the Crayons QuitA perfect gift for back-to-school or for budding artists, it tells the story of a boy named Duncan and his box of opinionated and emotional crayons.

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xo, Laura

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Fashion + Fabric

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Our fabrics have not only been dressing up our homes but have been inspiring us to add some excitement and pretty palettes to our closets. Are we the only ones finding ourselves wearing the same hues that we dress our couches in?  Caitlin often designs client’s spaces based on what colors they look good in. We love that color and pattern influences and inspires all areas of our lives!

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1. Fashion / Gold Fleur 2. Fashion / Navy Fleur 3. Fashion / British Bouquet 4. Fashion/ Bright Berry Greek Key  

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Las Vegas Trade Show

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Next week we’ll be showing at the Las Vegas World Market! This is our second time at the trade show and we love getting to meet our customers. If you’re in the area, stop by our booth (C5-0122). Product will be available for viewing and if you’re a designer or shop owner we have discounted prices and new fast order options. If you have any questions feel free to email us at info@caitlinwilson.com. We can’t wait to meet you!

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