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Maggie Rose Blog

Color Theory: Olive and Blush

Maggie Stephens

Mixing muddied and muted tones with soft pastels will always result in a moody but soft interior. I especially like mixing a potentially unappealing color like olive green with a romantic blush tone. You get a lovely sense of contrast as well as temperature balance. Plus it's not commonly seen, so the interiors (or outfits!) with this combination always look fresh and interesting.

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Trend: Fiber Art

Maggie Stephens

It used to be that the word "macrame" would send you visions of either the '70s or of summer camp - but macrame is one of several fiber arts that has been gaining momentum in the world of interior design trends. More and more I'm seeing weavings, tapestries, even scraps of textiles, being used as artwork in chic interiors. Some of them are framed, and some are simply hung on the wall to add a dose of texture. I rounded up a few of my favorite examples that I've seen lately.

(Note: A couple of these might actually be paper or pantings - it was a little hard to tell, but they still fit the "look" to me so I thought it would be remiss to leave them out).

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Monday Moment

Maggie Stephens


I'm reviving my Monday Moment series, where I pop in to say hello on Monday with some chit-chat about life and our weekend!

Seems like life has been moving at warp-speed lately, am I alone? We were grateful to have a pretty open weekend on our calendar. Saturday we ran some errands and wandered around downtown Willow Glen by day, and then spent date night at our favorite sushi restaurant, and playing a new board game (above). Ryan loves these fancy board games, and this is one that I have been enjoying so far too - it's called The Castles of Burgundy.

As you can see in the picture, we also had some fun making fancy cocktails. We almost never go through the effort to get out the shaker and measure things, but for this Spiced Pear Flip, it was worth all the extra effort. We still have some of the infused simple syrup left, so I think we'll be experimenting with the leftovers some night this week.

After 3 years in the decorating world, I still am surprised when business starts picking up in November and December. It's been the case for me every year, but I keep thinking it's a fluke! In any case, it's really nice to start laying the groundwork for projects before the holidays. The beginning of a project takes some time to get nailed down, but I love that after Christmas break I can usually hit the ground running with lots of creative design work.

Meanwhile, I also used some of our quiet weekend time to do some thinking about our second on-our-own Thanksgiving here in California. We reserved a turkey breast and almost have the menu set. Thinking of a few gaps in my table setting, and now would be the time to order any missing pieces! Especially when it's just the two of us, I like the ritual of having the table set and special.

Happy Monday - stay tuned this week, I have actual posts in the pipeline! You can always sign up here to get posts in your email as well. Have a great week!

Our Place: Living Room Tables

Maggie Stephens

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that we have been making some more purchases for our apartment lately. And while not everything has arrived and I can't do a big full apartment tour, I can capture a few new moments as they come together. Starting with our new table arrangement in the living room!

We've been sporting a placeholder side table at the end of the living room for a while now, and especially since we got our new chair back in May it's been used more and more. It was not something I ever envisioned using for this long, but so it goes. We had a somewhat awkward amount of space back there thanks to the fireplace in the corner, so while I love having a chair on that side of the room, it was floating about 18 inches from the window and felt sort of lost. I wanted to put a console table behind the chair (for a lamp, especially) but didn't want to block the window. So I used a lucite table there - it's becoming a favorite trick of mine.

Since the lucite console sits behind the chair, I still needed a little side table for setting down a drink, etc. We found one at the flea market for $30 and it's the cutest little thing. I really wanted something with some age to balance all the new buys in the room. Plus it contrasts nicely with the lucite.

The lucite is quite difficult to photograph - my friend commented on my "levitating lamp" on instagram the other day! In real life it's pretty obviously a table, it just doesn't block the light. Best of both worlds!

I'm loving the new arrangement - the lamp being up higher spreads light further around the room (which can be a bit too dark in the evenings) and the side table adds a nice warm wood tone. I'm still hunting for the perfect (smaller) pillow for the chair (for now the sofa pillow is hanging out). I'm thinking a vintage kilim pillow right now, but I keep changing my mind.

But for now the pieces are playing nicely with the rest of the room too ;)