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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Pinto Pony Designs

After having moved to a tiny town in the country, I have been so pleased to find that there are some great places to shop. One of my new favorites is the Pinto Pony home decor and gift shop. 

Pinto Pony is located on Main Street in Heber, Utah and makes its home in a charming old brick house built in 1895.

Each room is chock full of decor items including tabletop and kitchen items,  

 kilim and dhurrie rugs, 

 unique florals,



 lots of fun pillows,  

and even some fun clothing and fashion accessories.

Their style definitely leans towards rustic mountain and western influences. Perfect for the beautiful Wasatch Back area. The owners also offer interior design services. It's a fun shop to browse in and find something new!

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Pinto Pony Design.

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Door Decisions

Your front door says a lot about your home. It's the first impression visitors get when they come to call and it should appear welcoming and inviting. It also reflects the style of your home whether that's traditional or contemporary. We are building a European style home in the mountains of Utah and I need to choose my new front door.
I wanted something like this with windows flanking the side but my builder says the front entry is not wide enough for that.

He suggested a door with a transom window over the top to let in some natural light but I think the proportion looks awkward.

I like this look, but it may be too Mission style-ish  for the rest of the house.

This door with lots of glass is pretty. What do you think about privacy? Does it bother you when visitors can see right into the house? 

The details on this door are beautiful.

 I am clearly drawn to arched doors! 

This is quite rustic but I kind of like the antique feel.

 I love the round window but my husband says it looks too"hobbit-y".

 I could go for some lovely iron scroll work.

I think this is my favorite with the diamond shaped leaded glass.

What are your thoughts? Which door looks the most inviting to you ?

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Trends at the Las Vegas Market 2018

Are you familiar with the Las Vegas World Market Center? Twice a year it is host to one of the county's largest gift, home decor and furniture shows. This convention is only open "to the trade" meaning you have to work in the design or retail businesses focusing on home decor, furnishings, gifts, tabletop, jewelry, or seasonal items.

I've come for many years and it is always so fun to see the latest trends. This is what I saw this week.

Farmhouse is still going strong thanks in part to Chip and Joanna. I saw lots of "shabby" country items from farm animals on dishes to rustic serving pieces and linens. There were wicker gathering baskets and rag rugs, rusty pails and cotton bolls. 

 Next to farm animals I saw lots of  honey bees. Several showrooms featured bee themed  dishes, dish towels, napkins, aprons, artwork, and  bee skeps. I love decorating with honey bees (twice I've done events with the theme) so I was happy to see this as a new trend. 

Pillows are always a favorite design accessory and I saw many colors and styles, but the color that kept popping out to me was navy. In fact navy and white was the strongest color trend I saw.
 (Sorry Pantone color of the year - Ultra violet.)

  Dishtowels were everywhere! I can't tell you how many beautiful dishtowels  were on display. 

Maybe you've tried your hand at making some velvet pumpkins. These gorgeous creations are embellished with Swarovski crystals!  Plus I was told the artist grows her own pumpkins for the stems. They also make velvet pomegranates and corn with real corn husks.

There were two strong trends I saw in the Christmas showrooms. First red & white with black & gray. It's a very "cabin-y" look .

I started seeing "Scandinavian" gnomes  two or three years ago. They are so cute!

The other Christmas trend that was featured in many showrooms was a soft color scheme of 
turquoise and silver. It is so pretty and looks very much like a winter fairyland.

 Oh, and there were some darling Christmas decorations made of  wool felt. I bought some felt flowers in the cash and carry booth.

Because we are building a new house this year I was on the lookout for the latest in lighting. I may come back and order some  industrial chic pendants for my kitchen. 

While neutrals are still strong I saw several showrooms awash with color!

Coming to the Las Vegas Market is truly a shop till you drop experience. I logged 7 miles on my Fitbit yesterday!
What is your favorite new trend?

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