Seeing Spots

A design trend I have been seeing all over the web and in my design magazines lately is the use of dalmatian print fabric and wallpaper. Of course, as with any trend, this can go terribly wrong, but most of what I have been seeing has been amazing and I am loving it! 

Dalmatian Fabric | Sarah Catherine Design
I also LOVE that floral print fabric used on this pillow.... I might have to do a little digging and find out who makes that.

I also LOVE that floral print fabric used on this pillow.... I might have to do a little digging and find out who makes that.

The dalmatian print is really easy to use because although it adds boldness to a space, its acts like a neutral, therefore it can be mixed and matched with almost anything. And it is appropriate to use in a lot of different applications.

LOVE this rug... and that bike.

LOVE this rug... and that bike.

Dalmatian Print | Sarah Catherine Design

I have been working on re-doing my living room (Its getting close guys! I'll be showing you some pictures of the {mostly} finished room in the next few weeks) and I used a variation of the spotted dalmatian print by Kelly Wearstler for my sofa pillows. My sweet grandmother helped me make the pillows and I really love how they turned out.

Dalmatian Print | Sarah Catherine Design
Dalmatian Print | Sarah Catherine Design

What do you think about the dalmatian print trend? Love it, hate it? This guy thinks it's pretty cool...

Stripes on stripes on stripes

Normally I am not a huge fan of stripes... don't get me wrong, I really like wearing stripes and I definitely like decorating with them here and there but they are not my go-to when it comes to patterns.

But there is just something about the summer that makes me want to bust out some stripes on everything I see...

Stripes | Sarah Barksdale Design

I guess on some level stripes just make me thing of the Summer time. I think of being at the beach under a striped umbrella, or at the lame with a striped swim suit and towel. Anyway, due to the glorious southern Summer we are having right now, I have had striped on the brain lately. Here are a few of my favorite striped interior inspirations:

stripes | Sarah Barksdale Design

LOVE that swing and that blanket. Man, I need to get a porch with a swing STAT!

stripes | Sarah Barksdale Design

I am really digging the mix of stripes in this sitting room. I love how they can paired a pinstripe with a chunkier stripe and then threw some check in there for fun.

And speaking of using complementing stripes....how awesome are these matching (but not too match-matchy) chairs?!?

stripes | Sarah Barksdale Design

I am DYING! This is the most brilliant idea ever!

stripes | Sarah Barksdale Design

Or if you want a more bold design for your home.... what better way to add a pop of pattern than with a bold black+white stripe accent?

stripes | Sarah Barksdale Design

These sofas are amazing.... I feel like you should only be allowed to sit in them if you are wearing couture.

stripes | Sarah Barksdale Design

I am not always a fan of striped walls.... sometimes they can look a little cutesy or crafty, but this is the perfect example of striped walls done right.

stripes | Sarah Barksdale Design

One thing to keep in mind when using striped is to not go overboard (this rule applies to any pattern really). Figure out what element of your room you want to be a focal point and then gear the rest of the design around it. nothing kills a design more than too many focal points, it overwhelms your eye and you end up not really seeing any of the special elements.

Are you a fan of stripes? or are you more of a solid or pattern person?

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