WELCOME to CAROLINA PANACHE! I believe our homes should be a haven, a place of beauty and peace that reflect who we are and what's important to us. I'm on a journey to add personality and panache to every corner of my house. For me, good design evolves, grows and changes with the needs of one's lifestyle. I want my home to be creative, to be stylish, to be entertaining, to be real. I hope you will join me on my journey. It's always more fun to travel together.
This blog is all about bringing style and elegance to the home. The art of dressing your home goes beyond hanging a few items on the wall and arranging furniture. Much like a fabulous set of earrings or a new stylish handbag may take your little black dress from fine to fabulous, home accesories and key furnishings can take your rooms from ho-hum to singing the Halleluiah Chorus! Join with me as we discover new ways to add panache to every room of the house.

STYLE FILE - Top 6 Spring Decorating Trends

Do you love to attend Home Shows? You know the kind they hold at the convention center and highlight the latest and greatest products, designs and trends in the home improvement market? Well, we've just finished our Spring Home and Garden Show here in my part of North Carolina and I wanted to share this year's Top 6 Spring Decorating trends.Top Trend #1 - Scrollwork or Filigree. This trend is inspired by a global appreciation of ironwork scrolls and delicate embroidery. Filigree is popping up on walls, bedding, and textiles. The finely wrought designs, full of swirls and flourishes are as fresh as a sweet pea tendril. This highly sought after trend includes pierced and intricately carved designs.
Another example of scrollwork, this San Lorenzo wall medallion is handcrafted from a popular pattern forged from iron.

Top Trend #2 - Avian Chic. All things bird-related are popular this year. From owls to parrots, we have fallen in love with this natural motif. Fun and whimsical or exquisite and exotic, avian accents are the perfect dose of spring for any room in your house.


This lovely chair is covered in a large scale parrot print fabric. The understated gray tones of the pattern give a subdued nod to this trend.



Top Trend #3 - Enormous Nature-inspired Prints. All of the focus on "going green" and earth friendly living, we are embracing nature in a big way. Big bold flowers, stylized stems and branches, the scale of these prints are jumbo sized. Prints this large almost seem sculptural. We are seeing this trend appear in bedding, wall art and upholstery fabric.

Gotta love this chair! The fresh colors and bold pattern are a fresh welcome from the cold winter blues and grays.


This set of prints embrace two of this season's trends. Enormous nature-inspired prints and the color orange. Which bring us to our next trend.

Top Trend #4 - The Color Orange. This is the new springtime neutral - the color of spice, ripe fruit or citrus. This bold punchy color is the right remedy for Spring Fever or the Winter Blahs. Paired with white, khaki, or tan this color livens up you space with free-flowing energy!

I love this sofa! It's a great example of bold pattern meets the color orange. This would be perfect in my sunroom!

Top Trend #5 - Homespun Appeal. Everywhere I go I am surrounded by technology - iPhones, iPods, Bluetooth techno, wireless notebooks and the list goes on. Maybe that's why so many people are embracing this year's homespun decor. We are seeing the texture of knitted or stitched handiwork cropping up on furniture, bedding, ceramics and wall decorations. This trend mirrors what we are seeing on the fashion runways as crochet and knitted details and appliques gain popularity.




Top Trend #6 - Carved or Burled Wood. The gleam and glow of waxed wood finishes and the natural shapes of vines, florals and tree trunks defines wood's new use as decorative accents. We see wood grain making a big hit, appearing everywhere from textiles to tabletop accessories.

A wonderful example of re-purposed wood, this burled tree trunk finds new life as a side table.
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So, how about you? Are you using any of these trends in your home? I walked around my house trying to check off as many as I could. I've got the scrollwork covered pretty well and the bird motif. My sunroom has an orange accent wall and decorative pillows. I've had that decorated for about 2 1/2 years so I guess I was before my time. (Ha,ha). I really like the large nature-inspired prints but other than a large-scale floral quilt I am using in my Master Bedroom, I don't have too much of that in the house. For Homespun Appeal, I am using several crocheted placemats, tabletoppers and doilies with my spring vignettes. These were handmade by my Mother-in-law, Ann. Not too much in the way of carved wood other than furniture pieces. I'd love to hear about any ways you are using these trends in your home already.
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Some of you have asked about participating in the Easter Basket Extravaganza. The date is April 7th. This is when we will post our Easter Baskets and host our blog party. If you are interested please leave me a comment or send me an e-mail to oopsadaisync@aol.com. Tomorrow I will be posting a special guest feature. We'll visit the home of my friend Ann. Ann's home is all ready for Spring and she's invited us to take a tour. I'm sure you will like what you see. On Thursday I will post a new tablescape called "I'm Dreaming of a White Easter". I hope you will hop on over to take a peek.
Until then,
Happy Decorating!
~Alisa












22 comments:

marty39 said...

Well let's see, of all the trends you show the only one that I have going is the bright peachy throw pillows that were in the LR and now in my BDRm. I do have a couple of large floral print pillows and tablecloth in the FR and Breakfast area, so I guess that's it. I don't have any carved wood except on furn pieces, but I do have a large print tropical curtain on the shower and it has birds in it. Guess I have tiny bits and pieces. Hugs, Marty

Melanie said...

I am loving all these trends. I have some birds & I have splashes of orange in my kitchen/keeping room.
Better get to work on the rest.
Great idea for Style File!
Melanie@Bella~Mella

Terri and Bob said...

I am loving the orange and the birds and the scrollwork!

The basket thing sounds like fun but since I have made my blog private it probably won't work.

Robyn said...

I will have to get some orange to be sure I'm up with the trends.

Mrs. G said...

I'm thinking that according to your fun list I'm pretty Trendy....Hum, how did that happen?

Faye said...

ALISA,ILOVE IT.YOU GAVE ME SOME GREAT IDEAS!LOVE YOUR BLOG.HAVE A VERY BLESSED DAY!

Melissa Miller said...

Hello Alisa, :)
(My third sister) LOL!
I have two but because of how close our taste in home decor' is I think you are my other one.

I had no idea I was on trend!
That is good news to me.

What a beautiful and informative post.

I hope you have a blessed and wonderful week ahead.
~Melissa ;)

Belle (from Life of a...) said...

YAY for Orange!

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Bill Blass said, “Style is primarily a matter of instinct.” Decorating takes on a new meaning for each individual. Clever and chic for Janie may be yesterday’s yawn-fest for Carol. Different tastes in décor mean different furniture, artwork and color palettes. So what is the rule of thumb for making your place zing if it’s not a certain style, pattern, or color?
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Mix it all with gorgeous gilding in silver and gold. Toss in a few well-chosen accents-bold and beautiful. And with the trend of decor becoming more and more personalized, a meaningful piece of photography will make you feel right at home. Black and white as well as the historic look of sepia photography looks gorgeous in any room. Add all these ingredients together, and you’ve got yourself a decorating design that not only expresses your individual style but does so as personally and beautifully as you want it to.
Whatever you want to say while decorating, say it with your own personal sense of style. Put it out there for the world to see and don’t look back! Embrace your individuality whether your nature is “Janie jazzed” or “Carol calm”. Express yourself! When people enter your home they’ll shoot you a complementary smile, knowing it looks and feels sooooo perfectly like you. And no one can do YOU better.
To take your individual decorating accents and style to a whole new level of personalization, check out http://www.alphabetpix.com. Imagine photographs of natural alphabets, clip art photo messages or even personalized photo place mats. Consider yourself a person on the go? You’ll love AlphabetPIX.com pictures to go with alphabet letters! (Intrigued yet? Check us out now!)
Amp up that “you” factor, bringing the bright lights, bold city look to the forefront with clever photography of New York architecture and nature. And, if it’s gorgeous enough for your home, you KNOW personalized photo gifts are great for any occasion!
by T. Miller
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