Hello everyone!  I have been busy working on my top secret project, Synonymous!  Wow, I really love that name.  It is the name of our online shop for baby + child where you'll be able to find great quality essentials for the little ones.  We've curated selections from top European brands, and for the launch we are bringing you items directly from Madrid and Barcelona, Spain.  From the start, I knew I wanted to curate classic essentials for baby that felt timeless, yet updated and modern.  Think, bloomers, gorgeous, delicate blouses, the softest rompers and bodysuits.  We know you'll love them, and truly cannot wait until we finally launch.  Towards the end of March or so, Synonymous will launch so please, do stay tuned.  I could hardly believe that my dream of curating truly wonderful baby items is becoming a reality.  At Synonymous, you'll be able to find essentials that every mother seeks, while we take the trouble out of sourcing products so that you may shop with confidence.

To get sneak peaks of what's to come, follow us on Instagram @synonymousss.  There, you'll catch a glimpse at our collection for the spring / summer 2017 season.  Not only are they thoughtful curated with the utmost attention to detail, these items are so beautiful, elegant and delicate.  We curated essentials that are predominantly in white and other soft colors, that are also classic and graceful in silhouette.  That's the aesthetic behind Synonymous.  Follow us on Pinterest using the same username ( to receive even more inspiration for your little cuties as we've organized boards dedicated to "Classic Girls", "Classic Boys" and one of our very favorites, "Brick + Mortar" where we compile inspiration for a future shop in NYC, maybe?  I'm dreaming beyond, but that's ok.

I thank you all in advance and do welcome you to join us on this new endeavor.  Share with all your people, mothers to be and tell us your thoughts about Synonymous.  We'd love to hear from you.   <--- That's our website.  At the moment it is still under construction, but it'll be live very soon!  Muaaa.  

Interior design and architecture is still my main passion as well as kids fashion :)

Mixing Patterns

It's no mystery I love me a good mix up.  Well, not in the real world because that's just annoying, but in fabric patterns.  The look of different patterns together when properly combined is beautiful, HOT, interesting, to say the least.  After getting myself a whole load of fabric samples (and I do mean a WHOLE load) I began experimenting and layering them to see what sort of effect was created.   


Way before that though, I had to tackle the organization of these fabrics so I decided to color code them because I am a visual person and when creating a design I like to have a color palette in mind, so for now color coding makes the most sense.  Whenever I need a gray fabric, I'll just go to the "gray fabrics" pile.  Easy!  This method might change in the future, though.  

Mixing Patterns:  How To

For each mix of patterns created, I noticed they presented a different mood and vibe which I loved.  Amid this little exercise, I concluded "hey, you can mix unexpected patterns together and make them look like a real, non-dysfunctional family...that's petty cool!".  I also proved over and over that there is an actual "key trick" to getting the perfect combo between the patterns because all of the ones I created seemed to have the same components.

Mixing Patterns

"Large Scale Print, Contrasting Scale Print, Movement, & Texture"  

Mixing Patterns:  How To

Oversized Check,  Perfect Stripe,  Peonies - Blush,  Velvet - Blush

Large Scale Print:  

The pattern on this fabric will usually take up the majority of the space, while being large in size.  The repeat of the pattern will also usually be at a minimum because the pattern is just so large (this is specially true for pillows, where you will see the repeat of a pattern maybe twice or three times, since the pillow may be too small to accommodate many more repeats).

Mixing Patterns:  How To

Contrasting Scale Print with Geometric Pattern:

This print has a geometric pattern that feels structured and rigid.  Think lines, grids, and of course geometric figures that may or may not be molded into random looking, but cool shapes.  This print should also be a completely different scale than your large scale print so that when placed together the eye can differentiate the two quite instantly.

Mixing Patterns:  How To


To contrast with the size of the large scale print and the rigidness of the geometric print, add a pattern with movement that flows and feels organic.  Patterns that look abstract are some great examples of this and usually morph the colors together seamlessly.  Watercolor art reminds me of this sort of pattern.

Mixing Patterns:  How To


Think of this fabric as the 'icing on the cake' or the 'cherry on top' to your combo.  It will literally transform it with the depth it creates and simply by not being 'flat' like the rest of the patterns/prints used.  My favorite is definitely velvet not only for its softness but because it just gives anything a level of luxury (this would also be a great opportunity to introduce a solid fabric into your scheme).  Other options include, metallics, faux furs, lace (yes, haven't seen this one being used a lot but I love it), knits (for those cozier schemes), embroideries, and much more.

Mixing Patterns:  How To


Is too, uber, mega important when mixing patterns.  I'd say to clearly stick within your color palette but don't be afraid to introduce a random color here or there for some added interest.  The key here is to stay within the same color saturation for all of your patterns/prints.  For example: (and only using this one so that you may get the point) if one of your patterns is in a neon, very bold and saturated shade of color, then continue this with every other pattern in your scheme so that they can indeed be a part of the same "non - dysfunctional" family.  I feel this is the trick to those very cohesive looking colorful pattern schemes we tend to love in pillows and in beds.

Mixing Patterns:  How To

Camille Diamond Medallion ,  Fretwork - Mint,  Skylake Toile,  Velvet - Breeze

Now, go on and experiment with some patterns and you'll be pleasantly surprised at how they just go together.  

Mixing Patterns:  How To

PS:  Mixing patterns is the reason why I prefer a neutral base for everything: from wall color, to sofas, beds, to a simple european white washed oak floor.  This is my go to look so that I could really go crazy with pattern and color through the accessories :D

All fabric comes from: The Shade Store