by design episode #12: Seasons of Waiting & Mixing Patterns

In this week’s episode we chat about waiting… and not just in line at the store… but in those seasons of our lives when all we can do is WAIT. Be it in a relationship, a job, or really any circumstance, how we react in those times says a lot about our view of God.

We also chat about using patterns and prints in your rooms, and we give you a few simple tips to help you mix it up! It’s another fun one!

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Ok friends! Enjoy!
Lyn & Dannette

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Isa 40:31 “but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

Psalm 130:5-6 “I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope. I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning.”

James 1:2 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers,whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.”

“Resolved, to live with all my might, while I do live.” quote by Jonathon Edwards, 1722

Ann Voskamp … she wrote a gem of a book called One Thousand Gifts.

DESIGN CHAT: Mixing Patterns

A little recap for you all…

#1 – Number of pillows. There’s something magical about odd numbers in design. So consider using 3 or 5 pillows or even 7 (eeek!), depending on the size of furniture you’re accessorizing.

#2 – Start with the biggest and boldest pattern. This is the one you want to make the biggest statement in your room. And odds are, this should be your largest pillow. Bigger patterns need a little bit more size to be effective.

#3 – Next choose a pattern (most likely a different one altogether) that is about half the size of the “statement pattern” you started with.

#4 – For your third pillow, bring a texture to create a little visual weight and depth. Maybe it’s a chunky knit fabric, a sparkly sequin detailed pillow, or something fuzzy with faux fur.

#5 – One good piece of advice is to find a common thread between the pillows. Maybe it’s a pop of color that flows thru each one…this will help pull the look together and make them all feel like they belong together.

#6 – Contrast! Don’t forget about this lovely little detail (like we did in the podcast, ha!).

#7 – Remember design is all about layering, and the same goes for when you’re attempting to pull together pillows. Just remember to layer a good mix of size, color, and shape when picking your pillows.

#8 – Mix in some neutrals or solid pillows if you’re feeling overwhelmed.

#9 – Get rid of those pillows that came with your sofa and the ones that just don’t work! Our advice is to not use a pillow that isn’t right, just because you have it. Either send it off to goodwill or consider recovering it. Pottery Barn always has some great options if you want to purchase a new cover.

Or, here are a few inexpensive and easy diy’s to re-purpose the pillows you already have:

No Sew Pillow Tutorial – using glue {}

DIY pillows made with glue! (3)

No sew pillow tutorial – folding fabric {


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