Branch Out: Decorating with Tree of Life Patterns

Have you ever been awed by a colorful fabric or wallpaper panel featuring a soaring tree with bold, exotic flowers, abundant leaves and arching branches? You may have spotted a tree of life pattern. Originating in India in the 17th century, this motif was often used on palampore (bed hangings or coverings), and featured birds, animals and flowers surrounding a single tree. Later, as textiles were exported to the western world, the tree of life pattern was adapted to fit European tastes.

We carry quite a few products featuring the tree of life at DecoratorsBest, and we’ve compiled some expert advice on how to use them in your home.

Make Tree of Life Your Central Theme

In designer Mark D. Sikes’ Mediterranean-influenced Hollywood Hills home, a guest room is draped with tree of life from floor to ceiling, with the same fabric used on the bed hangings, walls, window treatments and even upholstered chairs and ottomans.

Mark D. Sikes bedroom via Veranda - photo by Roger Davies

We spoke with Mark about this room, and his tip for using tree of life was simple: “Use it everywhere.”

“Because the pattern is so beautiful and the repeat so large, using it everywhere really focuses the room on the tree of life pattern and print. Sometimes all you really need is one thing!”

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Nurtured by Nature: Products Inspired by the 2015 Hampton Designer Showhouse

Nurtured by Nature

This week, the annual Hampton Designer Showhouse opened to the public, and DecoratorsBest took a trip to Sag Harbor to attend. In a nod to the house’s surroundings, the talented designers filled the space with natural themes, beachy elements and organic materials. Shop our nature-inspired products below!

Beauty by the Beach

Master bedroom by Dyfari Interiors at 2015 Hampton Designer Showhouse

Diane Guariglia of Dyfari Interiors told DecoratorsBest that she wanted the bedroom to be a calm, fresh retreat, so she used a neutral palette with gold accents to give off a warm glow. Instead of creating drama with color, Diane employed multiple textures, including a stunning Beacon Hill drapery fabric embroidered with shells, beads, flowers and raffia.

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Exclusive Designer Tips from the 2015 Hampton Designer Showhouse

The fourteen annual Hampton Designer Showhouse couldn’t have come at a more opportune time. In the midst of a relentless New York City heat wave, we couldn’t wait to leave the crowded sidewalks to stretch our legs and feel a sea breeze. And, of course, to take in the sights of this year’s beautifully decorated Hamptons home!

After our visit, we spoke to a few of the talented designers who participated and got exclusive tips on how to recreate the looks at home. Read on for their advice!

Marlaina Teich Designs

Marlaina Teich used a gorgeous selection of intricate Beacon Hill fabrics in her bright, open kitchen, sticking with shades of blue to continue the nautical theme we saw throughout the home.

2015 Hampton Designer Showhouse kitchen designed by Marlaina Teich - photo by Jeff Cully of EEFAS

“I like to use my own kitchen as a place to experiment,” Marlaina told us. “It’s the perfect spot to try out new trends in color, wallpapers or to experiment with different vibes. Seriously neutral or fabulously fun, I like to layer color and pattern to create an inviting space.”

2015 Hampton Designer Showhouse kitchen designed by Marlaina Teich

Marlaina’s tip: “The chevron design in the glass front cabinets can be easily recreated as a DIY Saturday afternoon project. Using chevron walllpaper, lay the pattern out centered on a piece of foam core, cut to the width and height of the cabinet space. Using a straight edge, trim the paper and use double tack mounting film to affix the wallpaper to the foam core. Climb up a step ladder and put the foam core in place. The best part: you can change this out for other patterns when you redecorate, the season’s change or the mood strikes.”

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A Bird Wallpaper for Everyone in Your Family

Nesting Together Bird Wallpaper for Everyone in Your Home

When it comes to home decor, bird wallpaper is not only a classic, but also strikingly beautiful and surprisingly versatile. We believe that there’s a plume for every room, and they’re all available at DecoratorsBest!

For the Lady of the Nest

Feminine bird chinoiserie wallpaper

Our more feminine bird wallpaper patterns, featuring delicate florals, Asian-inspired themes and chinoiserie elements, are perfect for gracing an elegant dining space or luxurious dressing room. We love to see them paired with gilt mirrors, crystal chandeliers and other shimmering pieces – an ideal combination for the most glamorous hen in your home.

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For the Love of Lofts: Shop the Look!

For the Love of Lofts

When it comes to nighttime skyline views and abundant morning light, lofts are the ultimate urban dwelling, and we can’t get enough of them! Check out a few inspirational photos and fabulous products to help you get the loft look in your home.

Soho Loft With Interior Architecture by Casamanara

The open floor plan and molding-free walls create the perfect blank canvas for any decor style under the sun. In the living room above, a wide range of ethnic, colorful fabrics pair with modern furnishings and clean stripes for an eclectic look.

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Tour the Homes of the Real Housewives of NYC – and Get the Look!

Let’s be honest – all of the Real Housewives of New York City have enviable homes. In fact, we admired the spaces belonging to LuAnn de Lesseps, Aviva Drescher and Jill Zarin here on the blog just last year. Over the past seven seasons, though, two of our favorites have belonged to Carole Radziwill and Bethenny Frankel. Check out our mini-tours, and we’ll help you recreate the look in your home!

Carole Radziwill SoHo Apartment

During Season 6 of the show, Carole Radziwill hired designer Wayman Robertson to give her SoHo apartment a bit of a facelift.

Carole Radziwill SoHo apartment staircase designed by Wayman Robertson

This season, we’ve loved seeing Carole lounge around on that stunning Scalamandre Tigre-upholstered sofa (a gift from her mother-in-law, Lee Radziwill).

Carole Radziwill living room with Scalamandre Tigre-upholstered sofa

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Kimberly Whitman’s Margarita Bar: Featuring Schumacher Citrus Garden

There’s no doubt about it: summer is officially here. With the sun staying up a bit longer, it’s the perfect excuse to get together with family, friends and neighbors. Who doesn’t like a reason to have a little bit of fun?

DecoratorsBest was recently mentioned on party planner Kimberly Schlegel Whitman’s blog as a source for her DIY Margarita Bar. Whitman says that for summertime entertaining, she loves setting up do-it-yourself elements for her guests. “It gives guests a chance to get in on the action and make their own custom creation exactly the way they like,” Kimberly said. Might we add: it also gives the host the opportunity to put together a vignette as beautiful as the one featured here!

Kimberly Schlegel Whitman Margarita Bar Schumacher Citrus Garden table cloth

For the tablecloth in her fabulous garden soiree set up, she used the very suiting Citrus Garden fabric by Schumacher. This fabric features whimsical, colorful and personality-filled botanical motifs. Based on archival patterns designed by mid-century architect Josef Frank, the fabric combines Bauhaus principles, inimitable charm and a hand-drawn sensibility. In other words? It’s gorgeous, has a rich history behind it, and is absolutely perfect for summertime!

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Celebrate Bastille Day with Our Favorite French Design Styles

Bastille Day is a celebration of unity among the people of France, and we’re joining in by showcasing some of our favorite French design styles – plus products you can use to bring them into your space!

Cole and Son Folie Collection

Cole & Son’s Folie collection is truly an homage to France. Each product in the collection pays tribute to one of the country’s many palaces, and some, like the one shown above, are reinterpretations of original pattern documents found within the buildings. Time to bring some history into your home, oui?

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