The end of the year can be so chaotic and busy and it is yet one of my favorite moments of the year. I love how families and friends come together to celebrate the end of another year. Oh, and those pretty Christmas lights. Why do they feel so magical? With lots of celebrating there are of course lots of planning to do. So when it is time to snap those photos for our holiday photo cards, I always follow 3 simple steps. Because if I don’t make it easy (and I mean, super easy), I know I won’t do it at all.
1- S E T T I N G
I like to make the setting super simple. Just a simple background. Maybe trees or maybe a solid colored wall. A garage door is also a great option. I want the focus of the photo to be on the kids and their heart melting smiles. This year, I placed our outdoor seating in front of our evergreen bushes that happen to be facing our neighbor’s gorgeous pine trees. Once I decide on a setting, I take a couple of pictures to test the lighting and best angles and then, I am all set!
2- C L O T H E S
Once I know what kind of setting I have to work with, I start thinking about the clothing. I start my clothing choice by picking items that are somewhat neutral. Maybe a solid black shirt and black pants. Always think solid first. Then I add some texture or pattern. Stripes always work well for a pattern that is not too busy. This year, I chose Bela’s dress as the piece of clothing that features a little bit of texture and pattern. Lastly, I add a pop of color. Red or green are usually my first choice. Other great color combinations could be mustard yellow and navy blue for a golden Holiday Photo card. Or perhaps silver with neon colors for a modern twist. Once I gather all clothing I lay them out in bed to see if they do work well together. Then, and only then, I shout: “KIIIIIDS, Christmas Card photo time!” And they come dragging their little feet. “Really?!” they ask…
3- H A V E F U N
No stress allowed. I put some music on and snap as many pictures as I can in about five minutes. Yes, only five minutes. The preparation takes way longer than the actual photo session. Five minutes is all the time I have before those moving targets are way too difficult to manage. Snap. Snap. Snap. And usually from about 100 photos, I will have just one or two that are Christmas card appropriate. The “inappropriate” ones, though, oh, they sometimes are my favorite. How about the one of Marcus diving onto the flat ground? Mr. Claus, I am afraid we have three little naughty kids over here.
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Have you started thinking or panicking about Thanksgiving gathering yet? I designed this little Thanksgiving card last night and thought I would share it here with you as a FREE 5×7 notecard. This could go on your Thanksgiving table, or you could add a special note on the back and hand one for everyone that joins in this Thanksgiving. Feel free to print as many as you would like and send thanks to your loved ones.
To download your Thanksgiving card file, click below, and you will get your FREE 5×7 pdf file. Cheers to a wonderful Thanksgiving.
My latest design project involves seven kids, ONE bedroom and a lot of imagination. I am super thrilled to be creating a room for seven kids at my parents’ house. The youngest of them is 3 years old and the oldest is 10. And the first sleep over is this weekend!
This room is pretty spacious and it was in great shape. The bedroom is surrounded by four windows, so the space gets great lightning throughout the day. We painted the bedroom walls a light gray color and refinished the floors to give it a fresh feel.
The beds for the project arrived last week from IKEA. Which means, we have to assemble all 7 beds, 4 of them being regular beds and then 3 pullout beds. I have put so many IKEA furniture together over the years that sometimes I don’t even need to follow the instructions. But that doesn’t really make it all that much easier. It takes time to assemble these pieces. Oh, it does! Still, I love how affordable it is and the clean design of the furniture is just my style.
Once we finish the space I will do a full tour here on the blog. Come back soon to see how we transformed this space into a room for seven kids!
I have seen so many beautiful black and white nursery designs lately. This nursery trend combines lots of light wood furniture with light-colored walls and black accents throughout the space. To keep things Trendy, as we always like to do, I have designed two new wallpaper patterns for the monochromatic room. Both patterns use the contrast between black and white to create a design that is soothing and elegant for the modern nursery. The wallpapers could be used in a baby girl’s nursery, or a baby boy.
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::::Pattern Play with Yellow Triangles Wall Decal::::
Adding geometric-shaped decals to a wall is an easy and affordable way to make a wall pop. This room by Lina from projectbambino.com proves just that. The yellow triangles wall decal set creates a pattern on the wall that mimics a wallpaper look. Along with the vintage poster above the bed, these wall decals create a focal point in the room that is balanced by the super cool car bed and adorable striped tee-pee. There are lots of geometric patterns and stripes everywhere, all in a delicious combination of yellow, black and navy blue colors. I love the light fixture Project Bambino used in this space. Throughout the room, you can spot lots of car and superhero details. This is such an amazing space for a little boy to get lost in his adventures.
Thank you so much, Lina, for sharing your space with us. You sure Got Trendy!
Head on over to Project Bambino blog here to see how she made the adorable vintage poster above the bed.
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Hi there, come on in and have a little room tour of my latest project. I designed this bedroom for my eight-year-old girl Bela. We both got really trired of her pink walls and thought it was time to freshen up a bit. I wanted to create a timeless space for her. So I opted for neutral color walls, lots of geometric patterns, streamline furniture pieces, and colorful accents. The space feels so airy and yet very cozy.
The main inspiration for this room was the mini triangles wall decal. Once I decided to use them in creating a focal wall, I started to look for other geometric pieces for the room. The bedding was a great find. I think it works well with the color of the furniture and it is not too busy that it takes away from the focal wall.
I like spaces that are surrounded by great lightning, lots of white, streamline furniture pieces and colorful or rustic accent pieces. I am so thrilled with how it all turned out.
For this project I used a lot of my own pieces. It makes the project even more special to me when I can actually design a custom art print or custom wall decal for it. Here are some of the sources for the room.
Ooh and aaah… That’s what you would hear if you were here sitting next to me as I drool over this mood board I put together for a very lovely “client”. Let’s just say that if she doesn’t go for it, I can consider my bedroom done. One way or another there will be pictures to share later! Xo.
::: A bedroom makeover :::
She had me at: “out with the pink”. I am not much of a pink girl. But three years ago when Bela insisted she wanted her room all pink I thought that maybe it was a great idea, until it was really not great at all. Once we painted the walls pink, I knew I would never really appreciate it as much as she did. We brought all the princess dresses in and set down with fairies as we enjoyed a cup of tea. Her room has a big window that lets lots of light in. But that pink(!), it was everywhere. Her closet had a selection of pink dresses, pink socks and of course pink undies. I would squint my eyes every single time I walked in her room. Much to my dismay, soon enough, the princess gowns were handed to me for the donation box. Having two boys and a soon to be eight-year-old teenager, Frozen was never a big hit in our house. Little ponies were placed in the corner cabinet that never gets opened. Much like that scene from Toy Story where Jessie is just forgotten under the bed for years. So sad, I know. Slowly, Bela lost her interest in princesses and as you may have guessed, everything PINK! All of the sudden she was eight, and she was browsing Spotify to find some of her favorite music artists. So I knew that pink that I never really appreciated was about to be erased forever. Will I miss it? Maybe, but for now, let’s just say the makeover started and it is looking fabulous.
As soon as I finish the room I will be posting the photos here. Come back to check it out!
Check out our Leo Art Print in this lovely space. Lots of textures, lots of soft shades with little pops of red. The bedroom looks so cozy and inviting. Long Sunday naps are definitely a must in the room. Thank you so much Emily for sharing your space with us. You sure Got Trendy!
::: LABOR DAY SALE :::
Summer is quickly saying good-bye. Soon I will be checking the closets to make sure jackets still fit the kiddos and that the leather boots are still rocking it. Fall weather is quite fabulous, however, I must say that I wish Summer would quit being a party pooper and hang out for a little longer. Since we can’t stop time, let’s welcome the Fall season with open arms.
Starting today, you can get 20% off on any item until Tuesday. Shop the sale here and tell your friends all about it. I don’t mind a little gossip! Make sure you use coupon code “LABORFUN” during check out to redeem our Labor Day Sale offer.
This weekend I plan on going back to my new craving, popsicle making. Below is lime, cucumber, and mint. Refreshing and delicious homemade pops. Inspired by Picolé da Floresta.
I hope you have a terrific Labor Day Weekend! Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram to see all the behind the scenes. Xo, Patchi