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Spring is just around the corner and with that comes the crisp whites, the pretty yet vibrant colors, and the trends: florals are showing up in both fashion and interiors. Here are some great finds in you’re thinking of incorporating a little flower power into your home or wardrobe.


Floral Pillow via Etsy

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Monogrammed Plate via Layla Grayce

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Regina Andrews Mod Floral Accent Table

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Rose Knob from Anthropologie

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Floral skirt from JCrew


Coveted Louboutins

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Poppy Day wallhanging by Alexander McQueen for The Rug Co

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As I was browsing Pinterest, I came across this picture of a charming powder room. When I clicked on the source it took me to a blog who’s writer is a Newport Beach based blog. Newport Beach is my hometown and the above image is quintessential beachy, evoking the homes of where I grew up. While it may be winter across the rest of the nation, here in Southern California it currently remains sunny and 70’s. The blue hues like in the above seem to fit in well here, year round.

To view more, check out the blog here and for some local highlights, visit the “So Cal Field Trips” tab too.

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Las Vegas Winter Market is fast approaching! Kicking off the start of markets for 2014, I will be attending and covering Las Vegas Market. The five day event begins on Sunday, January 26th and runs through January 30th. The World Market Center in Las Vegas are a great source of all things furnishings, gift, and home decor related.

For more info and to register, click here.


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Happy to announce starting next month, I will be a contributing blogger for 55 Downing Street. Joining several other respected design bloggers, I am looking forward to sharing my design interests and expertise. 55 Downing Street is a subsidiary of Lamps Plus and offers lighting and furnishings via an online site. The blog offers great ideas and resources for all things design related.

55 Downing Street can also be found on Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter

Looking forward to sharing my posts here on the Material Girls Blog too!

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…or the simplicity of art.











It’s for you to decide.

Images via Pinterest.

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Mixing It Up!

Posted By Jill-LA | Sep 15, 2013 | No Comments | Category: Color, Decorating, Design Inspiration, Fashion, Trends


In both interiors and fashion, sometimes it’s fun to break out of the norm and mix things up a bit, be it color or pattern or any mix of eclectic styles. These rooms evoke a balanced harmony despite a mix of colors and pattern – try mixing it up!


{A bold graphic rug with a pattern toile bedding.}


{A color combo seen in the area rug above.}


{Mixing color: greens and greens, moss and emerald.}

{All kinds of great color and pattern…and art.}

{Mixing it up in fashion too, color and graphics.}

{A mix of furnishings, area rug, and window treatment – creates a visual interest.}


{A muted background with a splash of color.}


{Adding an unexpected splash of color to an outfit.}


{A shared girl’s bedroom with two distinct color and pattern palletes, that harmonize so well together.}


{Bold colors that pair so well together.}


{Even bolder.}

All images via Pinterest.

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From the latest issue of Lonny Magazine comes a very cool trend: all things hexagon. These accessories and furnshings in metallics with a honeycomb pattern are just so chic!


Scout: The Fall Preview, featured in the September issue of Lonny Magazine are all things hex.


A hammered hex champagne bucket from Tom Dixon.

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Hexagon earrings from Rebecca Minkoff.

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Loving this hexagonal box clutch, which comes in various colors.

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Super affordable bath accessories from Urban Outfitters, this hex towel ring is only $14!

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So sculputural – black and gold brass hex weights.

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Honeycomb plate from Jayson Home.


This chandelier from Egg Collective is absolutely stunning!

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Loving this solid brass faceted knob from Nest Studio.

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Pretty honeycomb console from Mr.Brown London.


Be sure to also check out the September 2013 issue of Lonny Magazine – it’s a packed full one!

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Lamps Plus just released an online lookbook of their Color + Plus lighting collection (featuring a range of over 100 designer colors with custom-coordinated shades, bases, and finials). It was fun to be featured in the lookbook with several other designers, bloggers, and television personalities. To view the full lookbook, click here.

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For the longest time I have been wanting to share the amazing rug designs from Shivhon Rugs, and the motivation to do so has finally come – especially now that Shirley (the proprietor / designer behind Shivhon Rugs) and I have become good friends! I’ve always been a fan of her colorful, graphic rugs. Most recently, Shirley has shared some of her inspiration and direction for her forthcoming Fall collection and I look forward to seeing those come to fruition! In the interim, check out some graphic faves I’ve pulled from her site along with some she sent me.


The “pearl” is so cute, would be great for a children’s room or playroom.


Graphically sophisticated, I quite like the “holly” area rug.


A custom rug in the making, this is the Bella Rug.


An image of the finished product, the Bella Rug.


Like an abstract canvas, love the colors of the “shift” rug.


A rug goes that goes “vroom” – I bet my nephew would love this one!


Beautiful butterflies – “flutter” is earthy and organic.


“Salem” is so artistic, love the movement.


New for Spring, the “aqua” rug will take you right through summer!

For more info, visit Shivhon or contact Shirley directly, right here.

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As I am sort of (pseudo) helping my brother and sister-in-law with their home in Manhattan Beach, CA – I came across the idea to incorporate a bit of surf theme into their modern-era beach adjacent home. What better to decorate the walls then with a surfboard? (And why there are half a dozen surfboards stacked in the garage I do not know!) Instant art and decor! In searching for concepts I found some fun ideas, everything from a modern home to a beach cottage…



Fun colors, a little cottage-y, a little glam…and a longboard hanging on the wall of this living room!

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A surfboard shaped headboard for a children’s room. Precious.


In a tall stairwell, a vertical hanging surfboard fills out the space well.


A completely surf themed bedroom!


A beach cottage truly needs a surfboard somewhere in the decor!


Colorful art and a colorful surfboard pair well together.


A sophisticated black and white striped bedroom contrasts well with a plain white surfboard.


This ultra chic living room uses a vintage surfboard as part of it’s decor.


And if your office happens to be near the beach, keeping a surfboard on display is convenient for catching those good waves when they come rolling in!

All images via Pinterest.

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