Thursday, October 20, 2011

Repeat after me...

Repetition is such a good thing in the design world. I've been doing this for so long that I never even realized that I was doing it.  Repeating the same or similar things in a grouping creates the most amazing impact.  My husband brought this to my attention years ago after I purchased a bird cage from a flea market and before he knew it there were 5 of them in our house( I'm  certain he wasn't thinking "great design element", in fact I think he thought I was crazy).
My tastes have changed a bit over the years and I find myself repeating so many things.  Ironstone pitchers, frames, candlesticks , pumpkins and orchids  just to name a few.  Repeating a wall of black frames gives a gallery effect that makes a space come to life. Adding a row of ironstone pitchers to the top of a surface gives a simple graphic effect . This is so simple and gives back so much. Check out these images, some from my home and some from my favorite tear sheets.  Start repeating things that you love ,stand back and see if you need more or less.  I bet soon you’ll be repeating yourself.
Thank you Steve, from Urban cottage for putting a bee in my bonnet and getting me back to blogging.  I missed everyone. anurbancottage.blogspot.com







11 comments:

Janine Marshall said...

So glad Steve talked you back to blogging. Have always enjoyed reading your posts. Have missed them very much.

Thanks for sharing your knowledge and I love your images.

Take care

Janine
XXOO
Tasmania, Australia

the gardener's cottage said...

thank you steve.

love these images and the advice.

xo

An Urban Cottage said...

Love those clocks!

A Vintage Vine said...

So glad you are back to blogging....Your blog is a must read for me!

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

Yep...I am a believer. If one is good...three is BETTER!

Thanks to Steve and his bugs...

for the love of a house said...

repeating is called "collecting" at our house;);)

glad to have you back! yay Steve!

joan

Drømmeslottet said...

Hi! So glad to see you are blogging again. I have stopt blogging for some time,cant find the energy, but I still read other peoples blogs and I have been missing yours. You give me so much inspiration and I love these photos and espesialy the clocks. I repeate myself with the cups and bowls from my favorite brand Green Gate and now I need more shelves before I can buy more cups :) have a nice weekend.

24 Corners said...

Way to go Steve!
Mr. 24 used to design landscaping in his former life and this was exactly his motto...repeat, repeat, repeat...don't just have one of this and one of that...good advice indoors and out.
Love your images...
xo J~

hong kong property said...

i really like the first pic! the carpeted stairs and its' pattern really looks nice:)

Lisa Daria said...

Repetition is calming for some reason - these photos are great examples of your description. Also, you are so lucky you got to do prop styling for Yankee!!!

angelo h said...

This is a beautiful home to live with your family! I really enjoyed seeing all the photos. :)

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