"Design Trend: Ikat!"

Since starting to blog, I must admit that I sometimes feel pressured to stay up on the current trends.  In the past, I pretty much liked what I liked and that was it.  However, when you have an audience depending on you to provide ideas, tips and inspiration, it's no longer just about what you like.  While recently reading the April issue of Traditional Home, I was elated to see one of my favorite design trends featured in an ad.  Honestly, I feared it was on it's way out.  It's Ikat (pronounced 'e-kot')

What is Ikat? Well, it's a dyeing technique used to pattern textiles that employs a resist dyeing process similar to tie-dye on either the warp or weft fibres.  The defining characteristic of ikat is the dyeing of patterns, by means of bindings, into the threads before cloth construction, the weaving of the fabric, takes place. Herein lies the difference between ikat and tie-dye. In tie-dye the fabric is woven first and the resist bindings are then applied to the fabric which is dyed.

You may have noticed (if not, you will now) that is seems to be EVERYWHERE. 

J Crew

Z Gallerie


Rugs USA


I love it!  So, what's the easiest way to incorporate this trend into your home?

  • Bedding - Easily changed out from season to season and a low-cost investment.

    Williams-Sonoma Home

  •  Pillows are an even lower cost option that are ideal for adding a quick update to a space. 

    Photo Source
  • Drapes - As you know, I'm a huge fan of print drapes, since most people tend to lean toward solids for upholstery, walls and even floor coverings.  Print drapes instantly give a drab room life.  Although this one may be a little too "lively" for most, Ikat fabric is available any a variation to suit just about everyone's taste.

Southern Living/Photo by: Laurey W. Glenn

  • Rugs - There are so many more options available than in the past.  A rug, is another great way to add a little (or a lot) of pizazz.

Emily A. Clark Interiors (Rug by Rugs USA)

Finally, speaking of rugs, we've got a Fabulous Giveaway coming this week.  So get ready! 

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"Presto Chango! - Recessed to Pendant"

First of all, thanks for the great feedback on yesterday's post.  It was truly from the heart and it may have been my favorite thus far. 

Ok, so I'm currently on a personal spending hiatus and I'm not able to purchase anything that's not essential for life (i.e. food, shelter, water, etc.).  I know I could argue that these....
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Nine West
....are essential for life, but I'll behave.  It actually hasn't been so bad.  There's something to be said for having lots of time to mull over your future purchases.  One of the items that's top on my list when this freeze has lifted is a recessed light conversion pendant.   "What is that?", you ask.  Well, a few years ago these nifty devices were designed to easily convert a recessed light (pot/can light) ...

into a stylish pendant light....


 with a process that was literally as simple as screwing in a light bulb. You simply screw it in and slide up
the decorative canopy to hide the recessed light.  I admit, I was very much a doubter so I decided to give it a try.  Well, it worked!!! I have one hanging over my kitchen sink and I love it.  See for yourself WATCH VIDEO  (Worth Home Products).

Well, with time comes improvements and boy have they improved.  Home Decorators has a great selection! So great that I'm torn.  Here's my dilemma.  I have a recessed light in my bathroom that I'm dying to change out, but I'm having trouble deciding between several options.  Help!!!

Option #1

Home Decorators

I like this one because it's light and airy and has an old school vibe to it. Sort of reminds me of this look.....

Design Stiles

Option #2

Home Decorators

For the longest time my plan has been to put a chandelier in the bathroom and the scale of this one is perfect.  I like the fact that it's a blank slate.  I could add crystals or shades or both.   Plus, a chandelier in the bath creates that classic glam look, like this...
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Options #3 and 4

Home Decorators

Home Decorators

These are the curve ball options because I never dreamed of using a drum pendant in the bath until I saw these......

Jim Howard

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Marlene Wangenheim

I actually kind of like them now.  Needless to say I'm totally confused and as far as decision making goes, that doesn't happen often.  So help me out and cast your vote below.  (Can't see the poll- Click HERE)

New School "Home Economist"!

Today being Registered Dietitian Day started me thinking about my profession and my education.  My B.S. Degree is in Family and Consumer Science (formerly known as Home Economics).  I used to hate that fact, but over the years I’ve learned to embrace it.  Shucks, I’ve even started to celebrate it. 

Typically you say, “Home Economist” and people think….

But, as my Grandma used to say, “We’ve come a long way baby!”

They really look a lot more like this….

Martha Stewart

P. Allen Smith

B. Smith

Katie Brown

Note: None of these icons actually have a degree in Home Economics, but you get the picture.

Not so bad, right? So, finally at thirty-five years of age I now:

Embrace the fact that I have an eye for design and that when I see this….
Craigslist Charlotte, NC

I can envision this….

Urbanmotifs- Etsy

I like the fact that my pride and joy in the kitchen is my yellow pepper…..

Kitchen Aid

That I use to make these....

Not to mention that I rock an apron while doing it (this one’s my favorite)…

I think it's cool that I can go in the garden and make this..... 

Into these…

I'm proud of the fact that as a Registered Dietitian I can be an ambassador for this….

By doing this….

I own the fact that while I can’t sew, I can do wonders with….

Learning to really sew is next on my list.

And I love the fact that I can take my training in childhood education…

Barnes and Nobles

to do this…..

Like I said, Home Economics ain’t what it used to be.  Or is it?  Maybe I’m just not who I used to be. 

Either way, here’s to all the Home Economists, I mean Family and Consumer Scientists, out there.  
Hats off to you!

But this post is dedicated to my favorite Home Economist of them all!!

Cheryl Luckett- Tennessee State University Class of 1998
Connie Luckett - Alcorn State University Class of 1968

Know someone interested in a career in Family and Consumer Science?  There are lots of great scholarship opportunities….

"My Retail Crush"

Do you recall your first crush?  Remember how you'd go out of your way to run into that special person.  You got all flushed with fever when they were around.  Well, I so have a crush on .... 

I can literally spend hours walking around that store.  I love the fact that there is so much under one roof.  From kitchen gadgets and wall art, to lamps and outdoor furniture, there's so much to see.  As I mentioned in my second FAB 5 post, it's my favorite place to get great toss pillows.  The selection is unparalleled.  It's enough to make even my head spin, and that's no easy feat.  Look at some of the cute options I saw on my most recent visit....

For those of you who haven't shopped for throw pillows in a while, they are not cheap.  It's ridiculous if you ask me.  The thought of paying $300 for a pillow really baffles me....

Kim Seybert- Graciousstyle.com $300.00

.... and quite frankly while this Etsy option is signifantly less at $49.00 I still think the price is a little crazy. 

Etsy- Cody and Cooper Designs

That's one of the reasons why the $9.99 options at Garden Ridge are so appealing.  Not to mention they were so darn cute.  The day I visited, the redlines were and EXTRA 50% off!  I got several, including large Euros, for $5.00!

And don't get me started on the outdoor cushions....

These are current $35.00 Crate and Barrel outdoor toss pillows.  

Crate and Barrel

Crate and Barrel

Cute, but I can certainly think of better ways to spend $35.00.  Like maybe for 3 (not 1) of the Garden Ridge options.

 At a 1/3 of the price, the choice is a no brainer.  And the selection is so much fresher than the options at your typical home improvement store. 


Home Depot

Zzzzzz.... See what I mean?

There was also a great selection of swings and gliders.  Resonably priced from $69.99 to around $150, less than the ones I featured on The Outdoor Room post.

They seemed to be well stocked with Spring just around the corner and they even came in red.  Love it!

Keep in mind that this is just a small sampling of what Garden Ridge has to offer.  There is so much more that I could've shown, but this is a blog not a book.  : )

And so, my love affair with Garden Ridge continues.... 

Have you gotten anything great at Garden Ridge?  Leave me a comment or email me a picture at dwellbycheryl@yahoo.com .  I'd love to hear from you.  
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