Welcome to Frontgate’s new Style Notes series, featuring decorating discussions with the industry’s finest designers, artists and makers.
This guest post comes from Betsy Burnham, the principal designer at LA-based Burnham Design.
We all have a friend who makes Bohemian style seem effortless.
She makes worn-out jeans and a gray sweatshirt look like a million bucks just by adding an unexpected accessory – like a wrist full of turquoise bracelets, some printed tennis shoes, or a rope and bead necklace she bought at a street fair. At home, she mixes print pillows and throws on every sofa and serves dinner on mismatched china.
First, anchor your space with something neutral (remember your friend’s jeans and sweatshirt?). Then add a couple of large, bold pieces or patterns. Smaller items with all-over prints make the perfect finishing touches.
Be sure to stay within a clearly defined color palette – with a lot of white or beige in the mix – and vary your prints from large to small. The difference in scale is what makes everything come together.
To update your outdoor space in this style, try the timeless St. Kitt’s Lounge Chair. Clean, modern lines and a wonderful light finish make it the perfect piece on which to build texture. The Nola Chandelier is also a neutral in a classic shape, but with a little more flourish.
A striped market umbrella or bold tribal print rug adds some flash. And ethnic print pillows and patterned pottery plates and bowls really tie it all together.
See? It’s an easy formula, and all it really takes is an interesting assortment of furnishings, a little courage, and a laid-back attitude.
There are more than 625 million people who are blind or vision impaired simply because they don’t have access to adequate eye care and glasses. Now, when you buy a pair of sunglasses, Revo will donate $10 to support those fighting for their sight.
The Buy Vision Give Sight Initiative – a collaboration among Revo, the Brian Holden Vision Institute and U2 frontman Bono – is committed to preventing vision impairment and blindness in more than 5 million children and adults by 2020.
The goal is to create permanent, sustainable eye care services throughout the world. And as a celebrated activist and philanthropist, Bono is raising awareness for this very important issue.
In some developing countries, there may be only one eye care practitioner per one million people. Training local people to provide eye care, exams and glasses is one of the first defenses for preventing vision impairment and eye diseases.
In many under-resourced communities, vision problems go untreated. Training schoolteachers to identify vision problems in students is crucial to detecting and treating eye health issues before they result in irreversible vision loss.
Treatment and Support
Providing quality, affordable treatment is critical to reducing vision impairment and blindness. However, establishing services to provide eye care is only one piece of the puzzle. To ensure sustainability and long-term success, ongoing training and support is required at the local level.
Outfitted with state-of-the-art polarized Serillium™ lenses, Revo shades offer industry-leading performance and style. And $10 of every pair purchased goes directly to the Buy Vision Give Sight initiative to help create sustainable eye care services throughout the world.
Shop the collection to join Revo and Bono in support of those fighting for their vision.
Sometimes, the most meaningful celebrations are the most informal. Take Mother’s Day. Not every mom wants a lot of fanfare. For some, the best way to celebrate is by sleeping in, going for a long run or to yoga, and then coming home to a relaxed meal with family on the patio.
Relaxed doesn’t mean unrefined. Set your outdoor dining table with the same attention you would indoors. Start with a gorgeous bouquet of flowers. Then, use beautiful dinnerware. You could even surprise Mom with a few new pieces like a charming pagoda lantern or designful Kavala plates. Complete the look with colorful placemats and linen napkins.
And for the meal itself? It should be special, too. Set out an array of fruits and pastries, and then wow her with delicious (and surprisingly simple) brown butter crepes.
A low-key celebration like this is all that’s needed to make Mother’s Day one she’ll truly appreciate and never forget.
Beautiful design is continuous and harmonious. In your space, one color blends with another. One detail supports the next.
And a gorgeous tablescape should similarly connect with its environment. As evidenced in his new collections for Frontgate, renowned designer Carleton Varney stresses being purposeful in planning your tabletop.
“When you’re designing and creating a happy experience for your guests, you decorate the top of the table just as you do a room,” he says.
Varney trained at and is now head of Dorothy Draper & Co. Inc., one of America’s leading interior design firms, and has decorated landmark buildings such as the Plaza hotel in New York and the Greenbrier resort. His signature style features bold contrasts, unique prints and vibrant colors.
As his Ibis Isle Dining Collection features a caning design, his dinnerware and drinkware carry the same pattern. He styled his table with bamboo-themed flatware that mimics the dinnerware’s bamboo border.
“Everything about it has a reason,” he says. “Everything connects.”
Table linens, china, glassware, flowers, candles and crystal all add important accents. Each piece should be purposeful. “It all has to say that you care,” Varney says.