Styles We Love: Marbling Art February 08 2018, 0 Comments
The “Marbling” technique is a trend that has been emerging in all aspects of design during the past few years. Everywhere you look, from fashion to accessories to even food, the trend is present. Aside from these areas, marbling is also making an eye-catching statement in our area of expertise: home décor. This fad is showing no signs of going anywhere and we are perfectly okay with that! We put together this informative blog to help you understand how the marbling technique originated, how to decorate your home with this technique, and how a local neighborhood spot is using this technique to put a spin on their commodities.
Marbling was first discovered in Japan during the twelfth century. It is believed to have originated by accident, when an individual dropped ink in the water. Thanks to science, the ink floated to the surface and radiated whirls of color in the water, which intrigued the individual to dip a piece of paper into it. When he or she pulled the piece of paper out, an alluring wave-like image of colors remained on the paper. From there, marbling became a treasured form of art that eventually spread to Europe, where different cultures used various formulas to create diverse marbling techniques. Who would have thought that such an accidental and simple discovery could turn into such a popular fashion statement?
We fell so in love with the marbling technique and it’s history that we decided to reach out to a few artists who created some fascinating designs. The result? Luxurious digitally printed shower curtains, pillows, memory foam mats, and duvets, all show casing rich and vibrant pigments that flow perfectly together to create a mesmerizing colorway of waves.
Through our observations, we’ve established that marbling’s bold pattern also makes it extremely versatile and a fun pop of color to accommodate many décors. Here are a few ways we would suggest incorporating our marbling products into a bathroom, living room, and/or bedroom:
For the Bathroom:
Our “Gray Marble” shower curtain.
Who doesn’t love a gray, black, and white combination?! Personally, we can’t resist it, so we reached out to artist Nancy Green to feature her art on our shower curtain.
How we recommend styling it: This whirl of colors would pair well in a bathroom with all-white tiles, marble or granite countertops, and some black or gray/silver accents (such as knobs, mirrors, and towels). How #CHIC could you possibly get? 😉
For the Living Room:
Our “Persimmon II Marble” decorative pillow. The free-flowing red, orange, and white lines on this pillow are not only elegant, but mesmerizing as well. It is sure to get the most attention of any accent piece in the room.
How we recommend styling it: Set 2 or 3 of these abstract pieces of art by Nancy Green onto a white couch with other solid pillows to match. You can make your room stand out by having other bold red accent pieces or you can tone it down by sticking with neutrals for a simpler look!
For the Bedroom:
Our “Turquoise Marble” duvet cover. For those who need a break from the black, white, and gray color way, cuddle up with this duvet cover, which almost resembles a relaxing turquoise and green Caribbean Sea. The soothing colors that artist Nancy Green incorporates into this duvet cover are sure to help you drift into a relaxing sleep.
How we recommend styling it: This duvet is versatile when it comes to what to pair it with. However, our favorite way to style this would be with a soft, neutral-colored wall, light-colored wood furniture, and airy turquoise window curtains. How it’s displayed in the photo below is quite perfect as well!
Click the link here to check out all of the Marbling products we have to offer!
Where we Spotted the Marbling Trend Outside of Laural Home:
As we were writing this blog, we stopped into our local bakery: La Promenade in Tenafly, NJ and happened to spot a baker applying the marbling effect onto a cake she was designing. The baker, who we see as more of an artist, not only marbleized the cake she was working on, but she also incorporated the pantone color of the year: ultra violet. Was this a coincidence? We will never know! Nevertheless, this made us super happy and made the cake even more appealing, so we couldn’t help but to snap a few photos of this edible work of art.
If you're in the New Jersey/New York area, be sure to check out La Promenade or visit their website.
Thank you for reading our blog and we hope we have inspired you to step out of your comfort zone by including some marbling in your decor! Be sure to leave your opinions and photos of this fad in the comments section. We look forward to seeing them and hope you are going as marbles over marbleizing as we are! #marblesovermarbleizing
Here's to a Comfy Cozy New Year! January 11 2018, 0 Comments
Happy New Year, Laural Home friends! We are full of hope and excitement for 2018 and working on beautiful new products to share with you soon.
January is all about taking good care of yourself after the hectic holiday season. Most of us are looking to begin living our New Year’s resolution list that might include eating healthier, making time to exercise more, learning a new skill, and strengthening our connections with cherished family and friends.
Especially for those of you in living in cold climate locales, the hygge trend is alive and well.
Hygge is a Danish term defined as “a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being.” Pronounced “hoo-guh,” the word is said to have no direct translation in English, though “cozy” comes close.
Though there are many ways to describe hygge, it is simply as the Danish ritual of enjoying life's simple pleasures. Friends. Family. Graciousness.
May we suggest a few of our favorite comfy, cozy comforters and throws that we plan on hibernating under till the winter is over?!
We also like the idea of using room darkening window coverings to create a cozy haven.
Learn more about the Hygge trend here:
Trends We Love: Bohemian July 08 2015, 0 Comments
Bohemian decor is a great way to create a warm and cozy atmosphere while expressing an easygoing, free-spirited personality. It's all about conveying an eclectic, "collected" look. People might get the sense that you've carefully scoured all the antique shops, and that it's taken years of hard work to find these unique prints. All you need, though, is to incorporate some decor with an ornate boho-chic print — there's no need to go thrift shopping, if that's not your thing. Think bold and varying colors, embellished patterns and mixed textures.
The great thing about this style is that it's all about mixing, and there's not too much emphasis on matching. Mix different pattern styles like floral, graphic, paisley and aztec; mix modern and vintage. Keep layering and adding whatever catches your eye.
You can create a bohemian sanctuary with some of our favorite Laural Home decor below.
This duvet cover will be your bedroom's centerpiece and will instantly transform your room and give it an artsy feel. We love how these warm, deep colors are blended together with paisley patterns to create a unique look. Shop the look: Persian Nights Duvet Cover and Shams
Feathers are a popular image that convey the free-spirited attitude that boho is known for. You can get the same effect by using an inspirational word or phrase, like the one below. Shop the look: Pink Feathers Decorative Pillow, Watercolor Flowers Laugh Decorative Pillow, Stars Canvas Wall Art
Have any tips for getting this look? Show us how you #Lauralize your home and let us know in the comments below!
The Love of a Dog March 26 2015, 0 Comments
"Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole."
We are thrilled to present Laural Home's new Dog Bed Collection! More than just a home decor item, our dog beds give your best friends a comfy, warm place to rest their heads for naps, slumbers and belly rubs. All dogs deserve a section of the room they can call their own and still stay part of the action.
Our Dog Bed designs range from bright patterns and colors to mantras about the love of a dog. Made here in the USA, they are filled with a 100% polyester insert and come in two different styles: a fleece top with a heavy cotton bottom for cuddling at nap time, and a water resistant top with a heavy waterproof bottom — perfect for sunbathing in the backyard. Don't worry if your buddy gets a little messy either — both covers can be removed by a side zipper and are machine washable!
Not many things can compare to the love a dog. Theirs is unconditional and they have the potential to become your lifelong companions and loyal friends. Unfortunately, some dogs are not presented with the opportunity to have a loving owner, or even a bed to sleep in. Thankfully, there are organizations that make it their goal to prevent this and rescue those in need. The first step for many of these animals is a foster family — people who can't commit to a forever pet but are able to help by taking them out overcrowded kennels into their homes while they await adoption.
So, when an opportunity came up to foster a puppy from a shelter in Kentucky, I couldn't say no! Timid at first, Sage is now an energetic, happy puppy who loves to cuddle. I can't imagine this sweet girl in a kennel or worse. As we look for a forever home for her, she is comfortable and loved, thus bringing out more of her wonderful personality — something that would have definitely been suppressed if a foster home was not available.
As printed on one of our dog beds:
We are excited to launch this line as we believe dog beds should not be an eyesore but a beautiful addition to your home decor. Not only will your dog be thrilled with their new place to lounge, your inner interior designer will be satisfied as well. ;)
Swap Winter Blues for Colorful Hues January 26 2015, 0 Comments
Winter days on the East Coast have a certain beauty to them but with the short days and bitter cold, it can get a little dreary. Much of the color is drained out of nature leaving a lot of dark hues and greys. The crunch of ice and snow is a familiar sound and only the hardiest vegetation survives.
While flowers might not be growing outside in the winter, that doesn't mean they have have to be absent in your life! Floral home decor brings the beauty of flowers into your home. Where plant life hides in the winter, floral decor can brighten your home all year round! Similarly, bright colors and interesting patterns energize you from the inside out. What better than to come in from the dark dullness of winter to a house that is full of just the opposite.
Kick those winter blues out the door with Laural's colorful home decor! Here are some of my favorite bright and cheery items from Laural!
A classic but fun floral design from the renowned Waverly brand. These colorful flowers and bright birds are sure to brighten up any room! Try hanging in a room with a lot of windows to let the winter sunshine illuminate the vibrant colors of these canvases. (Shop: Candid Moment I; Candid Moment II)
While the background to these gorgeous canvases is a little dark, it makes the creamy white petals of the flowers pop, giving them a realistic quality. The light color and sensual lines of the petals give a sense of rebirth and innocence, therefore symbolizing the spring to come. They are perfect centerpiece in an otherwise dreary room. Try hanging these on light walls in an entranceway. (Shop: Gardenia Blossom; Magnolia Blossom)
Floral caricatures can give a young and energetic feel to any room. The vivid, clear colors pop off the canvas and are sure to bring out a smile on even the coldest winter day. These would go perfectly in a kitchen, closed porch or close to a vanity to remind yourself every morning that spring is right around the corner! (Shop: Jar of Sunshine I; Jar of Sunshine II)
While bright canvases are the perfect thing for blank walls, make sure you don't forget about the rest of the house!
Bright floral pillows can bring an old couch or armchair back to life! One of the great things about these pillows is that they are reversible. This makes it possible to mix and match sides and allows you to change it up every once in a while with a simple pillow turn. This pattern is fun, summery and a perfect way to lighten up a room. (Shop: Summer Floral I; Summer Floral II)
Playful pillows don't have to be kept in kids' rooms! These charming pillows would be perfect in a reading nook or on an office couch. Additionally, blue is a calming, meditative color that can soothe and help focus. Again the reversible aspect makes for great mixing and matching so it never gets boring! (Shop: Sunshine Moonshine; Sunshine)
Nothing says spring like pinks and purples! I just love this pattern; it reminds me of a vast sun-drenched country field filled with delicate flowers. Pair these with large solid pillows to really get them to pop. (Shop: Couleur Printemps II; Couleur Printemps III)
You may think shower curtains aren't important but they are! Shower curtains are almost always noticeable and are typically the centerpieces in a bathroom. So, with that in mind, what better way to revive a boring bathroom than with a statement shower curtain? First you want to figure out what mood you want to set, and think about who is going to use it. Is it for a teen? Go with something something fun and bold to let them express their personality (or inner angst). With guest bathrooms go a little more traditional — but not too much! Pick a curtain that will please any guest and make them feel at home; a bright floral or fun pattern always works. (Shop: Seasons Change; Good Day)
What better than to come in from outside, shivering and cold, than to crawl into a bed of flowers! These two duvet cover and sham sets are light and bright, great for adding a little color into any bedroom. From curling up with a book mid-afternoon to sleeping in on a snowy Sunday morning, they are sure to bring cheer, comfort and warmth to the room. (Shop: Flowers & Ferns; Hand Lettered US Map Color)
The Kitchen is the Heart of the Home January 16 2015, 0 Comments
The kitchen is my favorite room in a house. And no, not just because it feeds my love of food (pun intended). But it's true, the love for food, and the love for cooking, brings family and friends together — whether it's a holiday, special occasion or just a casual weekday dinner.
Wednesday nights have become kind of a fun and special night for three of my closest friends and me. What started out as excitement over a new Crock-Pot has turned into weekly dinners made alternately by each of us. Each week we go to one of our houses for dinner and while the meal is typically prepared ahead of time, we spend most of our time in the kitchen with the cook, laughing, talking and enjoying each other’s company. We congregate around the counters, sample the food, help out with any preparation and excitedly wait to eat whatever the hostess of the night has whipped up!
The kitchen plays a big part of our ritual and brings us all together. People tend to forget about decor for the kitchen but it is important to make your kitchen warm and welcoming! You never know the impromptu dinner parties, Christmas cookie baking or culinary discoveries that could occur. The kitchen truly is the heart of the home!
Spice up your kitchen with Laural Home's NEW Canvas Wall Art Kitchen Collection!
- The Barbecue Master -
Hands off the grill! They've got it under control. Typically found with a "King of the Grill" apron, covered in charcoal dust and with an insane gleam in their eye.
- The Gardener -
No meal is complete without a little bit of fresh seasoning from the garden! Whether they're using thyme, rosemary, mint or parsley, they know the perfect pairings to make a dish really pop.
- The Morning Bear -
The "Don't-Even-Look-at-Me-'Til-I-Get-My-Cup-of-Coffee" person. It's best to avoid this person until they are at least well into their second cup — but after that they are a ray of sunshine!
- The Chef -
You don't know how they do it, but every meal looks straight out of a five-star restaurant! Typically a combination of all of the above, they rule the kitchen!
Styles We Love: Marbling Art Posted on February 08, 2018
Here's to a Comfy Cozy New Year! Posted on January 11, 2018
Trends We Love: Bohemian Posted on July 08, 2015
The Love of a Dog Posted on March 26, 2015
Swap Winter Blues for Colorful Hues Posted on January 26, 2015
The Kitchen is the Heart of the Home Posted on January 16, 2015