Category Archives: DESIGN ELEMENTS


I’m always on the lookout for innovative finish materials, especially chemical-free ones. Today’s design element is both of these and it also comes More


bright red industrial seating

With bright reds trending right now, it’s the perfect time to introduce some industrial-style seating to your next design project. Metal stools and More

Design Elements {Black & White Skulls}


Are you looking for an edgy detail for your next design project? Black and white skull prints might be just what you’re looking for. I’ve put together a great collection of ‘skull print’ inspiration to help you on your way. Fabrics, wallpaper, throw pillows, ceramic plates, you name it. There are lots of possibilities for you to consider. Let’s start with a fantastic design example of what you can do with this fun design element. I absolutely love the design of this styling salon. Just the kind of place I would like to hang out in for hours. Which is sometimes what it takes to manage my unruly hair. The black skull wallpaper accent wall is awesome!

These black and white skull plate patterns would make a great table setting for your Halloween or Day of the Dead celebrations…

Unfortunately, this skull print upholstered chair is no longer available but I had to show it as an example of what can be done with this fun print. You can always reupholster your own chair with a similar fabric if you have to have this look.

Black and White Skull Damask Upholstery

Skull Upholstery on Harp Chair. Discontinued item from Nest

A couple more skull patterns to take in…

A detail shot of the Grateful Head Salon. Their logo is shown on the black bag hanging on the wall. So cool!

Maybe you’d prefer a couple throw pillows for your sofa?

Here’s a closeup of a black skull wallpaper from Graham and Brown. It’s the perfect mix of subtle with edgy, don’t you think?

Maybe a white background fabric to soften the look? Or, dark and moody?

Here’s an overall view of the Grateful Head Salon. You can see the black skull wallpaper accent wall in the back. Nice, subtle detail.

Or, maybe you would prefer to wear this design element with these scarves from Alexander McQueen…

So, what do you think of the use of black and white skull prints in interior design? Would you use this edgy design element in one of your designs?

Design Elements {Recycled Tires}


I’m really impressed with all the creative ways that companies are recycling old tires these days. I’ve been using rubber flooring made from recycled tires in my design projects for years. But, there are so many more options if you want to incorporate this unusual material into your interior design projects.

Take this stylish table and chair set for example. I really love the woven look to these and the table base is fantastic!

I really like the texture on this recycled tire basket and imagine how durable these would be:

I’ve always been a big fan of black floors. They make such a nice neutral backdrop to pop accent colors off of. This is a retail space with a rubber floor made from old car tires.

Picture Frames? …I never would have thought of this but I love the result! The texture from the different tire tread designs is so cool…

These bracelets from Urban Lace Jewelry are awesome!!! They also make a fun, lacey mask that would be perfect for a costume party.

Baa Baa Black Sheep…Who new that recycled inner tubes could be so adorable?

A larger basket design for your magazines and such. I have this one on my wish list for my husband’s bathroom reading…

How about a flower pot holder? The durability from the old tires would work perfectly for this application.

Super cool storage solution…

What do you think about these innovative solutions to solving our tire disposal problem? Do you know some other great uses to add to the list?

Design Elements {Cardboard}


Cardboard light fixtures? Furniture made from cardboard? Sure, it’s not a material that typically comes to mind when you think of interior design. But, that’s what makes it so cool! I’ve always been fascinated with the innovative use of unexpected materials in interior spaces. And, what could me more unexpected than cardboard furniture? My first exposure to cardboard furniture was in design school when I learned about ‘The Wiggle Chair’ designed by architect, Frank Gehry. I never would have imagined that a piece of furniture made out of cardboard could be so awesome! And, Gehry isn’t the only one expressing his creativity through cardboard. Just last week, I came across a pendant light fixture from Greypants with a layered cardboard shade. Now, this is one cool light fixture. The shape of it is great and the ‘glow’ from the backlit corrugated cardboard makes it even better.

My re-discovery of cardboard designs inspired me to find out what others are doing with cardboard these days. This surround has a great look to it. Not a bad idea to set the mood for a special event.

Very well designed chair! I love how the ottoman tucks into the chair itself. The details are great and the two-toned material combination and shape are spot-on too.


Cardboard Chair Design by Tim May via

Here’s a designer to keep your eye on. Domingos Tótora is doing some exciting things with recycled cardboard. Here’s one of his furniture designs. The base of the table is constructed from a pulp made from recycled cardboard. His website is full of great designs made from the same process.

Oh, and let’s not forget the one that started it all for me. The infamous ‘Wiggle Chair’. Just love it! I recently found out you can purchase one of your own from Hive Modern…Going on my wish list…

Here’s another fun cardboard chair design. Great for the angle lovers out there!

Another cardboard light shade design. This one from Inhabit. They have many different shapes to choose from. Definitely worth a look.

Another of Domingos Tótora‘s designs:

So, what do you think of the use of recycled cardboard for interior design objects? Are you as fascinated by it as I am? I would love to hear your thoughts!

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