Bring out the Animal in You! Leopard in Fashion for the Home~

Lately, I’ve had Animal Prints on my mind. Must be the Fall air, I get excited to begin wearing more of my animal prints although I have many I wear in the summer months. Just as there is most probably room in your closet for a few animal print items there is certainly room in most every home for just a touch- or more… My favorite is Leopard Prints.  Let me tell you though, there is classy and trashy. Don’t over do!  Here’s a look at Leopard print done right, both as wearable fashion and fashion for the home – photos via #Pinterest. Plus, my family will get a kick out of this post, one Christmas I opened six gifts in a row that were all leopard print!

Gorge occasional chair

Stunning little leopard print occasional chair. Use this chair at a vanity, in a foyer or tucked in the corner of the living room, you can’t go wrong!

casual leopard style

Think leopard is too crazy for you? Not if you pair it with a simple white tee and jean jacket. Makes a great weekend outfit, ready for any function!

Animal Print Stair runner.

OK so the leopard print stair runner/carpet is not for everyone but certainly a stylish person lives here!

Ralph Lauren Chair

This absolutely gorgeous leopard print and black leather chair is by none other than Ralph Lauren. The epitome of class and style!

prada animal print pump

If Prada makes a high heel leopard spotted pump, you know it’s great!

Ralpph Lauren Dishes

Again, another classy but warm and inviting table setting in…yes, in leopard! China by Ralph Lauren.

Leopard print dress

Ahh, gorgeous all by itself, this leopard print dress is stunning!

leopard handbag

Great handbag in leopard print and brown leather.

Leopard boot

Pair with a short skirt and some black tights and you have a wonderful autumn look that is fashionable and stylish with these little leopard boots.

leopard scarf2

This is the time of year to don your scarf, so grab a leopard print and wear it proudly!

 

Thanks for stopping by Chatti Patti Talks Design! See you soon!

 

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Not Your Average Blue and White~

NOT YOUR AVERAGE BLUE and WHITE!

RECENTLY,  I began to follow some beautiful home decorating and lifestyle blogs, many of which post often about their mutual affection for all things BLUE and WHITE.  I cannot recall how I stumbled upon one, I believe it was via Pinterest, but it doesn’t matter.  I came upon a blog entitled: “The Pink Pagoda”.  Maybe you have heard of it and follow it. It led to me to other beautiful blogs as well. Long story short, they are having a BLUE and WHITE Linking Party for bloggers to share their BLUE and WHITE love, Monday, November 4th, 2013. Let me tell you, this could be a daunting task! These bloggers are serious about their BLUE and WHITE and I certainly hope I came up with some different photos from everyone else! All that was necessary to join the fun was to create a post with a BLUE and WHITE topic and voila! – another feast for the eyes.

What I found interesting in my search was the variety of styles.  BLUE and WHITE in the past is what I would have termed a “Collected Look”.   One very lonely piece of BLUE and WHITE porcelain will not be happy.  It beckons for others to join her!  I know. I just started.  I’ve been around BLUE and WHITE for decades.  My mother gave me a couple pieces of BLUE and WHITE porcelain when I was a newlywed (which I still have). Unfortunately I never decorated with BLUE and WHITE in any of the nine homes we’ve lived in.  But now, I really, really enjoy the hunt.

So, if you have been thinking that BLUE and WHITE is not for you, please stay through the balance of the post, I’ve got some fresh suggestions for you!

As you will see in the beautiful photos below is that it has evolved and has a lovely modern take as well.

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Great classic women’s wear in BLUE and WHITE. A fresh vignette and a stunning deep blue chest with nail head detailing.

But as  you will see in the beautiful photos below is that it has evolved and has a lovely modern take as well.

A FEW TRADITIONAL TAKES FIRST:

blue and white bedroom

A very traditional take on a BLUE and WHITE patterned bedroom. For the serious BLUE and WHITE aficionado!

blue and white china display

A highly Traditional look with BLUE and WHITE and Silver on display. Lovely in the right setting.

blue and white dishes

Close up of some BLUE AND WHITE china. Mix ’em and Match ’em!

blue and white chair

A vibrant take on the traditional BLUE and WHITE wing chair!

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A lovely transitional style reproduction chair in BLUE and WHITE.

blue and white dining chairs

This photo depicts a Coastal feel with the sisal like carpet and the BLUE and WHITE fabric covered dining chairs.

Cashiers Show House

Another example of a Traditional BLUE and WHITE display, primarily Chinoiserie.

If you’re not quite into the Chinoiserie Blue and White look, I’ve found a  fresh take on the blue and white that’s hitting the fashion and home fashion scene pretty big~ JUST. FOR. YOU.

blue and white chevron chair

This BLUE and WHITE chair is so fresh and keeps the trend living on.

blue and white chair 3

Another fabulous way to incorporate BLUE and WHITE into your decor and keeping the pattern aspect toned down.

Blue and white trio A

These great examples prove that the BLUE and WHITE look come in various designs for all styles.  Absolutely LOVE the ottoman!

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BLUE and WHITE? Something for EVERYONE!

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DON’T tell me that this is not a fresh take on BLUE and WHITE!

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Fresh, fresh, fresh are these BLUE and WHITE beauties.

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BLUE and WHITE for ALL ages!

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Classic and Stylish – for the BLUE and WHITE minded.

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The BLUE and WHITE touch graces a wedding cake. Fresh BLUE and WHITE stripes on a lovely summer sundress and pale BLUE glass bottles add a cute touch to the table setting.

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Love the Blue upholstery on the bed. Here’s a fresh take on a BLUE and WHITE table-setting! How about the BLUE and WHITE striped lamp from Ralph Lauren?

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Some interesting and creative ways to incorporate the BLUE and WHITE theme into your space!

Blue and White jewlery WCAS

Jewelry made from broken Antique BLUE and WHITE porcelain. From the Warren County Antique Show October, 2013.

WCAS

Where to purchase BLUE and WHITE porcelain? Antique Shows such as the Warren County Antique Show are wonderful places to start!

My Blue and White Collection

Just beginning my BLUE and WHITE collection. Small, I know. Just starting!

The Pink Pagoda Blue and White Bash November button

Thanks so much for stopping by Chatti Patti Talks Design!

I hope that you have found something in this post to inspire you!

Collaborate to Build a Brand~

Brands Do it.

Designers Do it.

Politicians Do it. (sometimes)

Celebrities do it.

You Can Do It.

col·lab·o·rate [kuh-lab-uh-reyt]

Via Wikipedia.com
verb (used without object), col·lab·o·rat·ed,col·lab·o·rat·ing.
Collaboration is working together to achieve a goal. It is a recursive process where two or more people or organizations work together to realize shared goals,  — for example, an intriguing endeavor that is creative in nature by sharing knowledge, learning and building consensus. Most collaboration requires leadership, although the form of leadership can be social within a decentralized and egalitarian group. In particular, teams that work collaboratively can obtain greater resources, recognition and reward when facing competition for finite resources.

JASON WU

Photo via Delta Skymiles magazine

At age 29,  esteemed Fashion Designer Jason Wu has had multiple collaborations in building his brand. One that I am becoming more and more familiar with is his work with Brizo, a very fashionable and  high quality brand of Kitchen & Bath plumbing fixtures.

If you haven’t heard of Jason Wu, here’s the short version.

Born in 1982 in Taipei, Taiwan;  Jason moved to Vancouver, Canada at age 9 with his mother where he learned English. His mother had recognized his unusual talent when he was a young boy.  Jason then attended  boarding school in Connecticut, sketching all the way until entering into a  Collaboration with Integrity Toys for designing doll clothing (which is very fashionable by the way!). Take a look!
With the profits of that collaboration, he went on to Parson’s School of Design and eventually opened his own design house and wowed viewers with national attention when First Lady, Michelle Obama, wore a gown Jason designed, for the President’s Inaugural Ball.

First Lady Michelle Obama in gown designed by Jason Wu. Photo via Glamour Fashion

Next up: a collaboration with Brizo. Two great design houses com together for a fashionable faucet.

Jason Wu carefully contemplating faucet design for Brizo. Photo via http://www.brizo.com

Below is a faucet from the Jason Wu for Brizo line.

Odin_faucet Jason Wu for Brizo photo via http://www.Brizo.com

“At the center of the collection is a faucet unlike any other. Named for mythology’s Norse god of wisdom and magic, the Jason Wu for Brizo Odin™ faucet features a unique and unexpected rotating handle motion to emphasize the collection’s modern and seamless design. Punctuated by Wu’s signature Miss Wu owl emblem on the tip of the handle, this faucet is truly the collection’s showpiece.

The Jason Wu for Brizo Odin faucet is equipped with SmartTouchPlus™ Technology, which allows users to start and stop the flow of water with a simple touch anywhere on the spout or handle of the faucet.  For a more intuitive experience, its hands-free mode activates the flow of water when hands are anywhere within 4” of the faucet.” quote: Brizo

If you would like to hear Jason speak on fashion and his personal design concept, you can view it here:

 Jason is now in collaboration with NEST Fragrances

“This month, Wu’s first candle, in collaboration with NEST Fragrances, will launch at many of those same high-end stores. Jason Wu Orchid Rain—a mix of white orchid, nashi pear, pomegranate and goji berry—burns in the ultramodern entryway of Wu’s sweeping showroom in Manhattan’s garment district. Wu breathes it in. “This is what I smell like, in a $48 candle.” He notes that the candle is his first foray into home accessories, suggesting it won’t be his last.” ~ Fashioning a Brand – Delta Sky Magazine

Jason also collaborates with Target with affordable fashions.

Photo via http://www.Target.com

And one more…

Photo via Linda Merrill

I have had the pleasure of meeting Jason Wu in person twice. Here I am with some of the Blogger 19 Alumni who attended the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (#KBIS) last month in Chicago.

Jason has several additional products  under the umbrella of his empire. As you can see, he has quickly established his brand by wonderful collaborations with top companies across the spectrum of lifestyle goods.

What can YOU do to collaborate and build a brand?